Microsoft just released 9 different security bulletins. Do you need to panic over any of them? We've gone ahead and done the reading -- and possible panicking -- for you. Long story short: If you're into a secure version of Windows 10, take these updates seriously

Microsoft Security Bulletin 3175677 MS16-094: Security update for secure boot

What it does: This closes a hole in the code that would have allowed an attacker to completely bypass secure boot features.

Which users it affects: Good news, Vista and Windows 7 users! This one doesn't concern you. Only Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users need this patch.


Microsoft Security Bulletin 3174060 MS16-093: Security update for Adobe Flash Player

What it does: Reminds us all that one of the few constants in a changing world is the certainty that Flash will contain some sort of security hole. This update "resolves vulnerabilities." No further details are available as of now.

Which users it affects: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10


Microsoft Security Bulletin 3171910 MS16-092: Security update for Windows Kernel

What it does: To quote the bulletin, "This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow security feature bypass if the Windows kernel fails to determine how a low-integrity application can use certain object manager features."

Which users it affects: Good news, Vista and Windows 7 users! This one doesn't concern you. Only Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users need this patch.


Microsoft Security Bulletin 3170048 MS16-091: Security update for .Net Framework

What it does: This update eliminates a vulnerability that would have allowed an attacker to upload a specially-crafted XML file to web-based app and hijack the machine through that file access.

Which users it affects: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10


Microsoft Security Bulletin 3171481 MS16-090: Security update for Kernel Mode Drivers

What it does: This update reduces the opportunity for an attacker to log into your system and run some malware to hijack your machine.

Which users it affects: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10


Microsoft Security Bulletin 3170050 MS16-089: Security update for Windows secure kernel mode

What it does: To quote the bulletin, "This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow information disclosure when Windows Secure Kernel Mode improperly handles objects in memory."

Which users it affects: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10


Microsoft Security Bulletin 3170005 MS16-087: Security update for the Microsoft Print Spooler

What it does: This update eliminates at least one avenue by which a network would be vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attack on a workstation or print server, or the insertion of a rogue print server on a target network

Which users it affects: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10


3169999 MS16-085: Cumulative security update for Microsoft Edge

What it does:  It fixes a code vulnerability that would let someone remotely execute code after a user has been tricked into downloading a file or program from someone who really wants to get on their machine. (This update fixes only the code, not the social-engineering problem; there is no patch for installing "DO NOT CLICK ON SHADY EMAIL LINKS" in your users.)

Which users it affects: Windows 10 users only.


Microsoft Security Bulletin 3169991 MS16-084: Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer

What it does:  It fixes a code vulnerability that would let someone remotely execute code after a user has been tricked into downloading a file or program from someone who really wants to get on their machine. (This update fixes only the code, not the social-engineering problem; there is no patch for installing "DO NOT CLICK ON SHADY EMAIL LINKS" in your users.)

Which users it affects: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10