After the burgeoning baskets of security updates for the previous two Patch Tuesdays, May’s collection comes as something of a welcome relief. There are really only two ( or perhaps five) updates that are truly worthy of note, as this Executive Summary table from the May 2011 Microsoft Security Bulletin illustrates:
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I learned about items numbered three through five from Ed Bott’s ZDNet blog for today “Patch Tuesday fixes a trio of Windows 7 SP1 glitches,” wherein he recounts that another couple of the updates in today’s collection help to address SP1 installation errors for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB2534366 and KB2533552). He also discusses KB2529072, which deals with a failure on Windows’ part to update binary files for some USB drivers after installing Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. The first two won’t have any impact except on systems where installation issues related to the specific error codes in those two KB articles come into play. The third applies when USB speeds drop down from 2.0 to 1.1 levels following an SP1 installation. And of course there were some additional customary elements, including the monthly update to the Outlook Junk Mail filter, and a May 2011 edition of the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.
It’s nice to have Patch Tuesday come and go without a major influx of patches and updates for a change. Enjoy the lull: it can’t last!