Patch Tuesday – everyone’s getting in on the act!

Patches are flying in from everywhere! Mozilla patches FireFox and Thunderbird, Oracle issues 50 patches, and Microsoft releases its monthly batch, including a critical one (“Remote Code Execution” – from a word processor!) that affects Word 2000 and 2002. Also, Apple releases OS X Tiger 10.4.2 with its own security updates.

InfoWorld reports Mozilla patches bugs in Firefox, Thunderbird. “The Mozilla Foundation on Tuesday fixed a number of security bugs in its Firefox Web browser, many of which will also be patched in upcoming releases of Mozilla’s Thunderbird e-mail client and Mozilla Internet software suite.”

Also in InfoWorld, Oracle releases critical security updates. “Oracle has released its latest quarterly batch of security updates, offering fixes for several dozen security flaws in its database, application server, business applications, and other products.”

Microsoft re-released MS05-033, a patch for their Services for UNIX 2.0, as well as MS05-035, the Word 2000 and 2002 vulnerability, MS05-036, another remote code exploit vulnerability affecting Windows 2000 and later (and likely the unsupported Win98 and ME as well) and MS05-037, yet another remote code exploit vulnerability in JView. Read all the details in the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for July, 2005

[UPDATE] Office Watch (formerly Woody’s Office Watch) notes that the exploit affects Microsoft Works 2002, 2003, 2004 and Works Suite 2000 and 2001.

Not to feel left out, Apple joins in with an update to OS X Tiger to version 10.4.2. Here’s what the Software Update widget says:

“The 10.4.2 Update delivers overall improved reliability and compatibility for Mac OS X v10.4 and is recommended for all users. It includes fixes for:

  • file sharing using AFP and SMB/CIFS network file services
  • single sign-on authentication and reliable access to Active Directory servers
  • autologin for managed user accounts
  • AirPort and wireless access
  • Core Graphics, Core Audio, Core Image, including updated ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
  • Finder updates including finding on Kind and using Slideshow
    synchronizing your iDisk with .Mac

  • installation reliability
  • managing Dashboard widgets
  • Address Book, Automator, iCal, iChat, Mail, Safari, and Stickies applications
    compatibility with third party applications and devices

“For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n301722. For detailed information on Security Updates, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798”

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