Microsoft Patch Tuesday, March 2021

Microsoft today released software updates to plug more than 82 security flaws in Windows and other supported software. Ten of these earned Microsoft’s “critical” rating, meaning they can be exploited by malware or miscreants with little or no help from users.

Top of the heap this month is a patch for an Internet Explorer bug that is seeing active exploitation. The IE weakness — CVE-2021-26411 — affects both IE11 and newer EdgeHTML-based versions, and it allows attackers to run a file of their choice by getting you to view a hacked or malicious website in IE.

For the second month in a row, Microsoft has also patched scary flaws in the DNS servers on Windows Server 2008 through 2019 versions that could be used to remotely install software of the attacker’s choice. All five of the DNS bugs quashed in today’s patch batch earned a CVSS Score (danger metric) of 9.8 — almost as bad as it gets.

How to manually check for Updates in Windows 10

Open Start Menu and click on SettingsUpdate & Security settings

Here, press on the Check for updates button.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday, March 2021

If any updates are available, they will be offered to you.

If Windows Update says that your PC is up to date, it means that you have all the updates that are currently available for your system.

If you are looking for details on the latest updates, click on the Details link. More details about the updates will then be shown to you.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday, March 2021

If you need more information about the updates, click on the Learn more link. Every update comes with a KB number. Here for example you can see update KB3103688 being offered. You could search on your favorite search engine using this KB number. Relevant results about the update are sure to be offered.

You can make your Windows 10 receive updates for other Microsoft products and software, like Office, when you update Windows.