The head of Trustwave SpiderLabs Nicholas Percoco has had an unusual goal this year of drinking a different beer every day for the entire year. Considering his travel schedule and the number of times he has been stranded in airports around the world coming up with a new beer every single day has been quite the accomplishment. He has been checking them in on Untappd and the list is pretty impressive. From fairly regular beers such as Miller Light (Mar 17) to the fairly esoteric Trappistes Rochefort 10 (Oct 14) the varieties of beers he has drunk almost rivals the varieties of vulnerabilities we have seen in Microsoft’s products this year.
This last Patch Tuesday of the year makes it a total of eighty-three different bulletins for 2012. That only comes out to about one bulletin for every four days or so, which isn’t the same as a beer per day but at least there were seventeen fewer bulletins this year than there were in 2011. However, while some beers have higher alcohol content than others some bulletins are more severe than others. This year, even though there are fewer overall bulletins, more of those bulletins were rated as critical. There were thirty-five critical bulletins this year versus thirty-four critical bulletins last year. So while the overall number of vulnerabilities seems to be decreasing the percentage of those that are really bad seems to be increasing.
So grab a bottle of your favorite beer, perhaps a bottle of Cipher (Feb 17) from Half Acre Brewing, and lets go through the bulletins for December, the last Patch Tuesday of the year 2012.