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Microsoft confirms it's patched most of the NSA's Windows exploits

Microsoft said it's patched most of the Windows vulnerabilities purportedly exploited by the NSA using tools leaked last week.

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Microsoft kills off security bulletins after several stays

Microsoft this week retired the security bulletins that for decades have described each month's slate of vulnerabilities and patches for customers.

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Google patches Chrome bug from fizzled Pwn2Own hack

Google has updated Chrome to patch several vulnerabilities, including a bug in the browser's JavaScript engine that a Chinese team tried to exploit at Pwn2Own.

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Most Android devices lack latest security patches

Nearly three-quarters of Android devices on the five biggest U.S. carriers are running on security patches that are at least two months old, putting them at greater risk of being hacked.

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Google: Half of Android devices haven’t been patched in a year or more

Google acknowledged that half of all Android devices had not received a security update in the past year, but the company is working to streamline the patching process.

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Mozilla beats rivals, patches Firefox's Pwn2Own bug

Mozilla has already patched a Firefox vulnerability revealed during Pwn2Own, the first vendor to fix a flaw disclosed at the hacking contest.

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Microsoft says it's blocking Windows 7, 8 patches on latest AMD, Intel chips

Microsoft takes the rather harsh step of blocking Windows updates to those who try to run Windows 7 or Windows 8 on Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Ryzen chips.

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Microsoft quietly promotes Creators Update in Patch Tuesday update

Microsoft has begun a low-key promotion for the next Windows 10 feature upgrade with the release of this month's Patch Tuesday updates.

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Expert: Apple may have deployed unauthorized patch by mistake

Last month, reports came out that Apple accidentally installed a fake firmware patch on internal development servers. That's a lesson to all companies to be careful about where they get their patches.

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Microsoft stays security bulletins' termination

Microsoft today postponed the retirement of the security bulletins it uses to describe in detail each month's slate of vulnerabilities and patches.

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What’s up with Windows patching, Microsoft?

A month late? Seriously? It’s both outrageous and unsurprising.

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Microsoft's decision to scrap February security updates unnerves patch experts

Patch experts struggled with Microsoft's decision to cancel this month's updates, pointing out that known vulnerabilities will go unpatched and IT planning was disrupted.

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Windows Update issues may be at root of February's patch delay

Microsoft didn't say why it postponed this month's security updates, but a patch expert pointed to a likely problem with the company's update service infrastructure.

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Microsoft shelves all February security updates

Microsoft today took the unprecedented step of postponing an entire month's slate of security updates for Windows and its other products.

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Oracle patches raft of vulnerabilities in business applications

Oracle released its first batch of security patches this year fixing 270 vulnerabilities, mostly in business-critical applications.

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Microsoft slates end to security bulletins in February

Microsoft in February will stop issuing the detailed security bulletins that for nearly 20 years have provided information about vulnerabilities and patches.

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Adobe patches critical flaws in Flash Player, Reader and Acrobat

Adobe Systems released security updates for its Flash Player, Adobe Reader and Acrobat products fixing critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to install malware on computers.

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FTC sets $25,000 prize for automatic IoT patching

The tool, at minimum, will “help protect consumers from security vulnerabilities caused by out-of-date software,” said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

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