Chrome 11 Bug Fix Release

May 8, 2011

Google has released a new version, 11·0·696·65, of its Chrome browser, for all platforms: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and Chrome Frame.  This release fixes three  identified bugs, and also includes an updated version of the integrated Flash Player 10.2.   Further details are available in the announcement on the Google Chrome Releases blog.

Although there are no specificied security fixes in this version, I do recommend installing the update as soon as you conveniently can, because of the new Flash Player version.  The player has been a fruitful source of security vulnerabilities in the past, and keeping it updated seems prudent.  You can get the new version using the update mechanism built into the product (Tool Menu -> About Google Chrome).  Linux users can get the update using the standard package update tools (e.g., apt-get, synaptic, yum)

Microsoft Patch Tuesday Preview, May 2011

May 8, 2011

In keeping with its usual schedule, Microsoft released its Security Bulletin Advanced Notification for May on Thursday, previewing the security fixes it plans to release on Tuesday, May 10.   Beleaguered system administrators will probably be relieved to know that there are only two bulletins scheduled for this month, after April’s bumper crop of 17.  One of the bulletins affects Windows Server 2003, Server 2008, and Server 2008 Release 2, and is rated Critical; however, other supported versions of Windows are not affected.  In particular, this bulletin should not affect most desktop or laptop machines.  The second bulletin affects Microsoft Office and its components, and is rated Important.   Mac users who use Office should note that this bulletin does affect the Mac version of the software.  Microsoft says that either of these fixes may require a reboot, depending on your system configuration.

As always, the details of these bulletins are subject to change until the actual release is made on Tuesday.  I will post another note then with updates information.

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