The October Patch Tuesday updates are rolling out today

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  • We hope you are ready for another batch of important updates and fixes.
  • Microsoft will have a hefty release today, as a part of Patch Tuesday.
  • You can catch up on what the tech giant put out in the previous months.
  • Also, learn what we can expect from the Redmond company in October.
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October is here, and with it comes yet another batch of Patch Tuesday updates that many users have been eagerly waiting for.

As with all the other Patch Tuesday updates of previous months, these bring a host of changes, fixes, and improvements to all supported versions of the Windows OS.

Last month, the Redmond company fixed a bug that involved the MSHTML component of Microsoft Office, which can render browser pages in the context of an Office document.

In the exploitation of the bug, an attacker creates a maliciously-crafted ActiveX control and then embeds code into an Office document that calls the ActiveX control when the document gets opened or previewed.

What can we expect from this month’s Patch Tuesday?

During the September Patch Tuesday event, Microsoft released a total of 67 fixes for many of its products.

Most of them, 27, were to repair problems that an attacker might use to raise their own privilege level on a computer.

In case you were wondering about the second-largest number, which in this case is 14, address the ability of an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a victim’s computer

Some of the nasty bugs affecting the Edge browser on both the Android and iOS platforms were also fixed by the tech giant.

So now it’s been over three months since the vulnerabilities were announced, but PrintNightmare still remains a scary topic of conversation.

Redmond developers changed the Point and Print feature functionality with their recent updates to require administrator privileges.

However, while this protects against the exploitation of vulnerabilities, it also creates a management nightmare for the rest of us.

It will be interesting to see how many CVEs Microsoft addresses in this month’s update batch, as the previous month was a bit poor.

We should see the standard operating system and ESU updates, and we might even be surprised with a Windows 11 update if Microsoft has been keeping up with feedback from the beta versions.

All-in-all it could be a pretty busy month, with a lot to address, so we eagerly await to see what’s in store for us.

As we know, software updates typically pick up in October and November prior to the end-of-year holidays and we also need to factor in adding support for the release of all these new operating systems.

Do you have any predictions on any of this month’s fixes? Let us know in the comments section below.

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