July 2024 Patch Tuesday

This month’s Patch Tuesday update is here, packed with enough fixes and features to make any IT professional swoon.

Let’s examine what’s included and why it matters, using humor to keep things light.

Windows 10 Updates (Versions 21H1 and 21H2)

OS Builds 19044.4651 and 19045.4651:

Security Fixes:

  • Remote Code Execution (RCE): Stopping remote villains from running rogue code.
  • Privilege Escalation: Keeping the power in the right hands.
  • Information Disclosure: No more accidental secrets slipping out.
  • Denial of Service (DoS): Fortifying defenses against DoS shenanigans.

Performance Enhancements:

  • System Stability: Fewer crashes, more zen.
  • Speed Optimization: Turbocharging your operations.

Bug Fixes:

  • User Interface: Smoother sailing through your UI.
  • Application Compatibility: Ensuring harmony with third-party apps.

Specific Patches:

  • Kernel Updates: Beefing up the core defenses.
  • Edge Browser: Securer surfing.
  • Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP): Safeguarding your remote connections.
  • Windows Update Components: Making updates less of a chore.
  • .NET Framework: Fixing those pesky .NET issues.
Windows 11 Updates

OS Builds 22621.3880 and 22631.3880:

Security Updates:

  • RCE Vulnerabilities: Locking down remote execution loopholes.
  • Privilege Escalation: Preventing unauthorized power grabs.
  • Information Disclosure: Keeping your data under wraps.
  • DoS Mitigations: Boosting resilience against service disruptions.

Feature Improvements:

  • System Performance: Smoother, faster, better.
  • User Interface Fixes: Enhancing your digital workspace.

Bug Fixes:

  • Compatibility Updates: Ensuring smooth operation with various apps.
  • Reliability Enhancements: General system improvements.

New Features:

  • Game Pass Recommendation Card: Bringing game suggestions to your settings.
  • Show Desktop Button: Making a triumphant return to the taskbar.
  • File Compression: Now you can create 7-Zip and TAR files right from the context menu.
  • Emoji 15.1 Support: More emojis, more expression.
  • File Copying from Share Window: Convenient copy button for easy transfers.
  • Account Manager on Start Menu: Quick access to account benefits and settings.
  • Improved File Selection Visibility: Easier to see what you’ve selected in File Explorer.
  • Advanced Copilot Experience: Pinning Copilot to the taskbar for easier access.
  • Virtual Filtering Platform Enhancements: Better packet drop collection for troubleshooting.
  • Task Manager Process Sorting: Improved performance for sorting processes.
  • DDR Speed Units Change: From MHz to MT/s for more accurate readings.
  • OneDrive as RemoteApp: Use OneDrive in Azure Virtual Desktop like a pro.

Why It Matters:

  1. Enhanced Security: Shields your systems from the latest cyber threats.
  2. Improved Compliance: Ensures you’re ticking all the regulatory boxes.
  3. Optimized Performance: Smooth, efficient, and reliable system operations.

How Equate Can Help:

  1. Timely Implementation: Quick and precise update applications.
  2. Comprehensive Risk Assessment: Ongoing vulnerability checks and update recommendations.
  3. Continuous Monitoring: Real-time threat detection and response.

Stay Ahead with Equate:

After Patch Tuesday comes Exploit Wednesday, where cybercriminals exploit unpatched systems. Don’t worry, Equate has your back:

  • Swift Patch Application: Minimizing your vulnerability window.
  • Training and Awareness: Keeping your team updated on best practices.

Partner with Equate for a secure, compliant, and efficient IT environment. Let us manage your patching and cybersecurity needs, so you can focus on what you do best.

Stay secure, and happy patching!

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