"It is almost that time again. The ritual of installing
Microsoft patches released on the second Tuesday of each month to
fix security problems with its operating systems and software. My
company will be monitoring and installing these updates again for
some of our local clients this week.
"It is an ironic coincidence that I have received update notices
from Mandriva for software installed on my Linux PC systems as well
this weekend. These updates come regularly from the upstream
developers through Mandriva to Mandriva end-users. These updates
may be simple code fixes for bugs, upgrades to get new versions of
software or security fixes to patch possible security problems.
While looking at these today I thought it would be interesting to
compare vulnerability wise what I am getting from Mandriva today
with what Microsoft customers will be getting on Tuesday 14
"First, to understand Microsoft's vulnerability code words one
must know the terminology Microsoft uses and what it means. This is
found in this table borrowed from Microsoft:"