Thursday, January 3, 2013

Ring in the New Year with Seven Microsoft Patches


If you are still basking in the afterglow of a relaxing holiday respite, the relentless re-introduction of Microsoft Patch Day may seem like a harsh reminder of some of the drudgery suffered by an InfoSec professional. Don’t get me wrong! Patching is one of the most effective ways of keeping your systems safe. Yet, its ceaseless nature can’t help but put me into a Sisyphean mood.

That said, here comes another round of Microsoft patches, so get ready to push that security boulder back up another hill next Tuesday.

According to their first advanced Notification post for the year, Microsoft plans to release seven new security bulletins next Tuesday, as part of their January Patch Day. The bulletins will include updates to fix security vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, the .NET Framework, and some of Microsoft’s Server Software. Microsoft rates two of the  bulletins as Critical, and the rest as Important.

Microsoft Patch Day: January 2013

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

DNS Services --- When Is an Invoice Not at Invoice?

Some Excalibur's clients have alerted us to a purported Domain Name Service (DNS) back-up service provider that goes by the name DNS Services ( and lists a business address of Vancouver, Washington.

If you receive what looks like an invoice from this company via mail or email, do not respond to it or make a payment – it is simply a solicitation that our web hosting clients don’t need.

In short: Don’t be fooled – dispose of mail or email from DNS Services.