Feeds

MS March patch batch low on peril

Moderate, important and moderate (none critical)

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

Microsoft's monthly patch train rolled through today bearing a cargo of fixes uncharacteristically low on the peril scale. Today we have patches for two moderate and one important security vuln.

First up, a Microsoft Outlook flaw could allow hackers to inject hostile code on PCs (MS04-009). The flaw stems from incorrect parsing of specially crafted "mailto" URLs by certain versions of Outlook. Users of Office XP and Outlook 2002 need to apply a Redmond-supplied band-aid to avoid the risk of being rooted should they visit a maliciously-constructed website.

Microsoft describes this fix as "important" - its second highest severity classification. Microsoft says that default installations of Outlook make exploitation difficult, hence a slightly lower risk assessment. Hmm.

Next up, there's a moderate vuln in Microsoft MSN Messenger (MS04-010). This creates a means for crackers to view files on a user's hard disk providing he knows the location of a file and a user's login details. Microsoft suggests a hacker would have to know a great deal about a user. But it is still pulling out the stops to get a fix out there.

An auto-update for MSN Messenger users begins early next week. However, the "Messenger team is working overtime to pull that date in closer", Microsoft's spin-doctors tell El Reg. Still concerned? If so, Updated MSN Messenger client software should be posted at the Messenger MSN home page later today.

Lastly, there's vulnerability in Windows Media Services component of Win 2K which carries a moderate DoS risk (MS04-008). ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
Four fake Google haxbots hit YOUR WEBSITE every day
Goog the perfect ruse to slip into SEO orfice
Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE
Russian Interior Ministry offers big pile o' roubles for busting pro-privacy browser
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.