Feeds

10 vulns - three critical - in MS patch batch

It's that time of the month again

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Microsoft's patch bandwagon rolled into town yesterday loaded with three critical updates and seven other new bulletins. A cumulative security update for Internet Explorer (MS05-025), a vulnerability in Windows HTML Help that could allow hackers to inject hostile code into vulnerable systems (MS05-026) and a security bug in Windows Server Message Block that could likewise allow remote code execution (MS05-027) all earn Redmond's dreaded critical sobriquet.

Last week Microsoft predicted it would need to issue only one critical update so the importance of this month's patches has gone up a notch or two. New IE vulns are probably the biggest problem and cover flaws in the processing of PNG graphics files and XML redirects. US CERT has produced an overview of these critical security vulns here.

Redmond also issued four "important" security updates covering a privilege elevation vulnerability in Web Client Service, a security bug in Outlook Web Access for Exchange Server 5.5 that creates a means for possible cross-site scripting attacks, a code execution vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Interactive Training and a cumulative security update for Outlook Express. Finally there are fixes for moderate security vulns in Microsoft Agent, Window's Telnet client and Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000 SP 2. Microsoft is also re-releasing three earlier security bulletins after making minor revisions to MS02-035 and MS05-004 and more significant changes to MS05-019, a patch which covers security flaws in Windows TCP/IP stack.

All recent updates are available for download from Microsoft's web site here. Put simply almost all Windows users are going to need to patch their systems. To ease the pain of this process Microsoft also began rolling out long-anticipated improvements in its patching tools on Tuesday.

The new technologies include the immediate availability of Windows Server Update Services and Microsoft Update, as well as the availability of Microsoft Baseline Security Analyser 2.0 and the SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates by mid-July. Microsoft Update - touted as a a one-stop destination for software patches - allows customers to get updates for Office and other applications from the same place they get Windows patches. Users can sign up for Microsoft Update here. ®

Related stories

10 patches - one critical - for June patch Tuesday
Study: Flaw disclosure hurts software makers' stock
Microsoft issues solitary patch
Microsoft fortifies monthly patches with interim advisories
SANS revises Top 20 security vulns list

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)
So nasty no one's even whispering until patch is out
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar
Michael Daniel wants to kill passwords dead
FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones
Claims it's what the Founding Fathers would have wanted – catching killers and pedos
Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE
Pull it out ASAP, it is SWISS CHEESE
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
Admins! Never mind POODLE, there're NEW OpenSSL bugs to splat
Four new patches for open-source crypto libraries
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.