Tomorrow is Microsoft's Patch (Black) Tuesday. If your running Microsoft Windows, either for home or work, make sure you update you system tomorrow.
So everyone always tells you how important it is to update your system. But do you ever ask... Why? What's so important? I figured I'd go over a few of those reasons, and explain a little bit more about what some of the terminology is used.
Microsoft is releasing 3 patches this month (wow... they've been... ammm... not busy? LOL). However, why they are only a few they are very important. Each one of them will fix a "Remote Code Execution" vulnerability. Sounds scary? Well it is... Or it could be.
So WTH is a "Remote Code Execution" vulnerability anyways? Well, let's start by breaking it down:
Remote -"distant: located far away spatially"
Code - Programming Code - i.e A program, or application.
Execution - To kill... LOL No just kidding. In this instance it means to run, like to run a program.
So when you put that all together it means "Run a program remotely". Doesn't sound too bad? Well it depends on what that program is. In this case, it's like a "malicious" or bad program (think -Virus). So what Microsoft is patching is a vulnerability in Windows, or one of it's many sub-systems, that allows an "attacker" to run a program on your computer with out your knowledge or consent.
Hmmm... actually that does sound pretty bad doesn't it? So make sure you patch your system tomorrow!!!