Big patch day for all Windows versions, including 7

With nine “Critical” and five “Important” updates October’s patch Tuesday is a biggie if not a record for Microsoft which addresses some 34 vulnerabilities. Among the critical updates are a host of fixes to prevent remote code execution and block security holes across Windows Internet Explorer 8 Silverlight and other components of the modern desktop. There is a complete list of systems affected here.

The Microsoft Security Response Blog explains that “Usually we do not go into this level of detail in the advance notification but we felt that it is important guidance so customers can plan accordingly and deploy these updates as soon as possible.” It links to the relevant security advisories that may be of use to admins and others. Keep reading down for some insight into how Microsoft rates the severity of threats.

Stand-by to grab the latest updates to protect your PC

This Windows-centric update comes hot on the heels of Cisco’s bi-annual patch-fest that fixed a dozen holes in the server-room kit that powers the Internet and many company systems. So do you feel secure when browsing the Internet? With even the most paranoid of people like the head of America’s FBI nearly getting stung take precautions and be safe out there!