11 March 2015

Microsoft has released its March 2015 security bulletin summary featuring updates to address vulnerabilities affecting several widely used products. These products include Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Exchange and Server software. 

Five of the individual security bulletins are ‘critical’ – the highest ranking for severity and vulnerability impact – while the remainder are one level below at ‘important’.

The updates address vulnerabilities that could enable attackers to undertake a range of activities. These activities may include executing code remotely and gaining user rights, or taking control of an affected system and gaining the ability to create new accounts, install programs and view, change or delete data. 

The bulletin includes an update for Microsoft Windows to address the recently reported‘FREAK’ vulnerability.

Apple has also released a series of security updates for OS X, iOS and Apple TV, which are available via this page.

Stay Smart Online recommends you apply these updates as quickly as possible. 

More information

How to set automatic updates on your computer.

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