Patch Tuesday July 2016 news: hot off the printer

Patch Tuesday July 2016 news: hot off the printer.

Hot print

Microsoft released 11 patches yesterday for all versions of Windows and Office, six of them critical.

The most important patched fixed a 20 year old printer driver vulnerability (yes, it goes all the way back to Windows 95).

Always get your printer driver directly from the manufacturer. Dodgy drivers pave the road to malware.

More details about the printer vulnerability here.

More details about all the Microsoft patches yesterday here.

It won’t take long for hackers to reverse engineer these patches, so schedule an hour this week to update your Windows and Office software.

Hot off the WordPress

Lots of WordPress updates this month.

WordPress itself is updated to version 4.5.3.

Lots of plugin updates followed this event:

  • BackupBuddy
  • Jetpack 4.1.1
  • Quiz and Survey Master 4.7.6
  • Yoast SEO 3.3.4
  • WordFence Security

Most important plugin update? The All-In-One SEO plugin was updated to fix a nasty vulnerability. More information on that update here.

Be sure to update your WordPress web site monthly. If you don’t know how to do this, please contact me. You don’t want clients or potential clients getting malware from your web site.

Hot Flash

Adobe patched Flash yesterday for a stunning 57 vulnerabilities. The update is required for Mac, Windows and even Linux.

As a security bonus, Adobe also patch Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat.

Norton Burn

Updated your antivirus software recently? Always good to check if the program itself needs updates (not just the virus definitions).

Norton/Symantec users definitely need to update their software this month after the discovery of a nasty targeting that software. More information about the Norton/Symantec program problem here.

Be sure to spend some time this week updating and patching all your devices. An ounce of patching prevents of a pound of hacking.