This is the final Patch Tuesday for the year and also the last one using the “per-patch” detailed format. Starting in January, we will match the latest Microsoft patch deployment grouping or “roll-ups” and provide patch-related insights and deployment guidance based on the Windows Security, Quality, Office, and .NET cumulative updates.
For December, Microsoft has released 12 updates, six of which are rated as critical, with the remaining six rated as important. This month also includes a fix for those Windows 10 users who had trouble connecting to the internet after the last wave of patches from Microsoft. For this month, Microsoft did not provide any mitigating factors or workarounds for any of the updates bar one. MS16-154 is the Microsoft wrapper for the Adobe Flash patch that comes with some advice, “Disable Flash.”