Microsoft found that the fix would be "too disruptive" to apply to Windows 2003, Kandek said, especially given that the company will stop supporting this operating system shortly. It is a good reminder for those shops still running the nearly outdated OS to update soon.
In addition to releasing the patches, Microsoft did other security housecleaning Tuesday.
It has re-released a patch for Microsoft Excel. It has expanded its auditing capabilities in the newer versions of Windows. It has revised a security advisory on how to limit data leakage that could stem from the Security Sockets Layer version 3.0.
Usually Adobe also issues security patches on the first Tuesday of each month, alongside Microsoft. This month, the company has not done so, though it has already issued four critical patches since the beginning of the year. Administrators busying themselves with the Microsoft patches should make sure they are up to date with Adobe's as well, Kandek said.
Updated at 3:42 PM with additional details.
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