Patch Critical Windows 8 RTM Security Vulnerabilities

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 12:53 Written by admin Tuesday, 13 November 2012 12:53

Windows 8 certainly doesn’t make an exception to Microsoft’s monthly patch cycle. In fact, the Redmond company just released a number of updates designed to patch Critical security vulnerabilities impacting the latest iteration of Windows.

MS12-072 comes to resolve two severe issues in Windows Shell. In scenarios in which attackers would be able to exploit the security vulnerabilities, they’d also have an open window into Windows allowing them to execute code remotely and completely take over infected machines. Only the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions of Windows 8 RTM are impacted.

MS12-075 resolves three security holes in Windows kernel-mode drivers, also Critical, also allowing for remote code execution in the eventuality of a successful exploit. In addition to the 32-bit and 64-bit releases of Windows 8, Windows RT is also impacted.

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Digital signature on Microsoft files expires prematurely on Windows 8 RTM

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 12:38 Written by admin Tuesday, 13 November 2012 12:37

This problem is already known, and apparently it only impacts files produced and signed by Microsoft on Windows 8 RTM. According to the Redmond company, the issue also impacts Windows Server 2012 RTM. Download links for updates below:

All supported x86-based versions of Windows 8
All supported x64-based versions of Windows 8
All supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2012


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Windows 8 Is Here

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 October 2012 01:13 Written by admin Thursday, 25 October 2012 01:13

Ready, set, upgrade! Tomorrow, Friday October 26, 2012, starting at 12:01 a.m., sales of the latest iteration of Windows, as well as the next generation of innovative form factors from Microsoft and its third-party computer manufacturers will go live worldwide.

One think that you have to love about Microsoft is the incredible diversity that the company and its ecosystem of partners bring to the table. In excess of 1,000 certified PCs and tablets, including Surface, will be available at launch to customers around the world. “Windows 8 is now available for purchase” says an email that I just received from a Microsoft representative. And if you click on that link, you’ll be able to explore the offerings that the software giant has lined up for you.

Plain vanilla Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro will be sold in more than 140 markets and 37 languages, with business users being offered the good old Enterprise SKU.

Just a reminder, if you already own a valid variant of Windows, you’ll be able to upgrade for as little as $39.99 (U.S.) with the Windows Upgrade Offer.


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