Windows Updates vs. Web Threats - Dennis Technology Labs

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  1. malexous

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    http://www.dennistechnologylabs.com/reports/s/a-m/microsoft/DTL_2014_Updates_MS.1.1a.pdf
    The test was sponsored by Microsoft.
     
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  2. MrBrian

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    There's an extraneous character in the above URL. Correct is hxxp://www.dennistechnologylabs.com/reports/s/a-m/microsoft/DTL_2014_Updates_MS.1.1a.pdf .

    Thanks for posting :).
     
  3. malexous

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    Thank you. I have fixed it.
     
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    Interesting but not surprising. Common exploits make use of vulns that have been patched. Just by keeping your OS updated, you would have a decent level of protection (93% based on sample set according to the report).

    Unfortunately, this thread may not be getting much response as people would rather see tests comparing AVs.
     
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    Actually I was surprised. I expected a bigger difference with the Adobe and Java patches, which appear to offer little benefit.
     
  6. MrBrian

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    I was surprised at this also. It would be interesting to see tests of other browsers than Internet Explorer.
     
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    I thought java was the most exploited software followed by flash.

    Has this changed?
     
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    thanks reading now.
     
  10. xxJackxx

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    The thing this test doesn't account for is the recalled updates they have released for the last 3 months in a row. I guess my job moving forward will be to determine which is worse, the security threat of not updating or the BSODs of installing the updates.
     
  11. Mayahana

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    Also Firmware updates.

    Many state sponsored exploits rely on the fact that people are 'afraid' of Firmware updates. I tend to keep Firmware up to date on all of my hardware, it does tend to help avoid some exploits/malware.
     
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