Feeds

Worm fears over MS October patch batch

Nine patches - three critical - in latest monthly update

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Microsoft's patch train rolled into town on Tuesday carrying a cargo of nine updates. Three of the October batch fix critical vulnerabilities involving Windows, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player, Microsoft warned. Four of the patches address important flaws and two deal with moderate security bugs. Microsoft pulled plans to issue a patch last month so it doesn't come as much surprise that there's a bumper load this month.

Worst of the critical vulnerabilities is a flaw in the MSDTC and COM+ middleware components of Windows which might allow remote code execution (MS05-051.mspx). Both Windows 2000 and Win XP systems - even those running Service Pack 2 - are potentially at risk from the vulnerability, which security firm eEye warns is ripe for exploitation by an internet worm. A cumulative update to IE (MS05-052.mspx) and a fix to DirectShow (MS05-050.mspx), software in Windows which processes streaming media, are also deemed critical.

The four important fixes protect against flaws in Client Services for Netware, Microsoft Collaboration Objects, Windows PnP (Plug and Play) and Windows Shell. Windows's FTP client and Network connection manager are the subject of moderate flaws. Microsoft's overview of these various security vulns is here. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Google recommends pronounceable passwords
Super Chrome goes into battle with Mr Mxyzptlk
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
Reddit wipes clean leaked celeb nudie pics, tells users to zip it
Now we've had all THAT TRAFFIC, we 'deplore' this theft
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
TorrentLocker unpicked: Crypto coding shocker defeats extortionists
Lousy XOR opens door into which victims can shove a foot
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.