Windows you should already be running the updater on a regular basis, but I
realize that many people do not; hence the reminder to run it tonight.
posts record 13 patches
By John Leyden
Published Wednesday 9th February 2005 12:29 GMT
Microsoft yesterday released 13 security bulletins - nine "critical" - in
its biggest monthly patch yet. Twelve patches fix multiple components in
Windows and Windows-based applications and one updates an October 2004 alert
to protect Exchange 2000 users against possible attack.
The most serious vulnerabilities involve security bugs in Windows licensing
logging service (MS05-010), Windows Server Message Block (MS05-011) and
multiple flaws in Internet Explorer (MS05-014) that might used by crackers
to gain complete control over targeted systems. A flaw in the way Windows
Media Player and MSN Messenger process PNG files (MS05-009) carries a
similar critical risk as do a bug in an ActiveX control in Windows involved
with DHTML Editing (MS05-013) and a vulnerable Hyperlink Object Library in
A bug in Windows OLE and COM middleware components affecting Exchange and
Office could let hackers run hostile code on vulnerable systems (MS05-012).
Last, but not least, on the critical list is a patch to fix flaws with
Office XP (MS05-005).
Three of the 12 new fixes issued by Microsoft yesterday are deemed
important. These are: a flaw in ASP.Net that could allow an attacker to gain
unauthorized access to parts of a website, a bug in Windows Shell Component
that could allow an attacker to cause the affected system to stop responding
and vulnerability Windows Shared Resource Connection component opens the way
to unauthorised snooping. Lastly, a "moderate" flaw in Microsoft Sharepoint
could allow cross-site scripting attacks. An advisory from US CERT gives an
overview of the patches.
Redmond also revised an October 2004 bulletin yesterday to mark the
availability of a patch for Exchange 2000 Server. Although initially thought
safe, a variation in a remote code execution vulnerability has been found to
affect Exchange 2000, prompting the release of a fix (MS04-035).
Microsoft advises users to visit Windows Update and Office Update to receive
the updates that apply to their systems. Virtually all Windows users,
including those who are using Win XP SP2, are going to need to do some
patching. MSN Messenger 6.1 and 6.2 users will be automatically notified to
upgrade when they sign in for the service.