As it does every month, Microsoft packed all of the October 2011 patches for Windows into a single package which it’s offering as a free download.
The October 2011 Security Release ISO Image will require customers to do a little planning as it weights no less than 3 GB, according to information provided by the software giant.
Earlier this week, as a part of the Redmond company’s Patch Tuesday, a total of eight security bulletins were released.
Pete Voss, senior response communications manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing told Softpedia that the two Critical and six Important patch packages are “part of [the company’s] regular monthly release cycle to help protect customers using Internet Explorer, .NET Framework & Silverlight, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Forefront UAG and Microsoft Host Integration Server.”
There are a total of six security bulletins impacting Windows operating system, including Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), but also additional supported versions of the operating system.
All six patch packages offered to Windows users in October 2011 are packed inside this month’s Security Release ISO Image, namely MS11-075, MS11-076, MS11-077, MS11-078, MS11-080, MS11-081.
As Microsoft already underlined, users should prioritize the deployment of MS11-078 and MS11-081, while making sure that all patches are deployed as soon as possible, since they’re designed to patch no less than 23 vulnerabilities
MS11-078 is designed to help customers patch a security hole in Microsoft .NET Framework and Microsoft Silverlight. “The vulnerability could allow remote code execution on a client system if a user views a specially crafted Web page using a Web browser that can run XAML Browser Applications (XBAPs) or Silverlight applications,” Microsoft warned.
MS11-081 comes to resolve a number of security vulnerabilities affecting Internet Explorer, including IE9 running on Windows 7 SP1. “The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer,” the company added.
The October 2011 Security Release ISO Image is available for download here.