Microsoft Black Tuesday - December 2006 overview

Published: 2006-12-13
Last Updated: 2006-12-14 00:18:30 UTC
by Swa Frantzen (Version: 3)
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Overview of the December 2006 Microsoft patches and their status.

# Affected Contra Indications Known Exploits Microsoft rating ISC rating(*)
clients servers
MS06-072 Internet Explorer - remote code execution

No known problems

KB 925454
No known exploits
Critical Critical Important
MS06-073 Visual Studio 2005 - remote code execution

No known problems

KB 925674
Exploit publicly available
Critical PATCH NOW Important
MS06-074 SNMP - remote code execution - buffer overflow

No known problems

KB 926247

We are aware of a problem with a link in the advisory for Win2000 SP4 pointing to the MS06-078 fix.
Exploit available in for pay program
Important Critical Critical
MS06-075 csrss - privilege escalation

No known problems

KB 926255
No known exploits
Important Important Important
MS06-076 Outlook express - remote code execution

No known problems

KB 923694
No known exploits Important
Less Urgent
MS06-077 RIS - remote code execution

No known problems

KB 926121
No known exploits Important Important Important
MS06-078 Windows Media player - remote code execution

No known problems

KB 923689
KB 925398
Exploits available for the .asx vulnerability
Critical PATCH NOW Important

No known problems

KB 924164

Fixes installation failures in Excel 2002
Exploits are publicly available
Critical Critical Less Urgent

We will update issues on this page as they evolve.
We appreciate updates
US based customers can call Microsoft for free patch related support on 1-866-PCSAFETY

(*): ISC rating
  • We use 4 levels:
    • PATCH NOW: Typically used where we see immediate danger of exploitation. Typical environments will want to deploy these patches ASAP. Workarounds are typically not accepted by users or are not possible. This rating is often used when typical deployments make it vulnerable and exploits are being used or easy to obtain or make.
    • Critical: Anything that needs little to become "interesting" for the dark side. Best approach is to test and deploy ASAP. Workarounds can give more time to test.
    • Important: Things where more testing and other measures can help.
    • Less urgent: Typically we expect the impact if left unpatched to be not that big a deal in the short term. Do not forget them however.
  • The difference between the client and server rating is based on how you use the affected machine. We take into account the typical client and server deployment in the usage of the machine and the common measures people typically have in place already. Measures we presume are simple best practices for servers such as not using outlook, MSIE, word etc. to do traditional office or leisure work.
  • The rating is not a risk analysis as such. It is a rating of importance of the vulnerability and the perceived or even predicted threat for affected systems. The rating does not account for the number of affected systems there are. It is for an affected system in a typical worst-case role.
  • Only the organization itself is in a position to do a full risk analysis involving the presence (or lack of) affected systems, the actually implemented measures, the impact on their operation and the value of the assets involved.
  • All patches released by a vendor are important enough to have a close look if you use the affected systems. There is little incentive for vendors to publicize patches that do not have some form of risk to them.

Swa Frantzen -- Section 66

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Microsoft Office 2004 (Mac OS X) update was an accident.

Published: 2006-12-13
Last Updated: 2006-12-13 18:00:21 UTC
by Swa Frantzen (Version: 5)
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Microsoft accidentally released an updated named 11.3.1 for Office 2004 (the Apple Mac version) today.

It did contain an unspecified security fix and stability improvements. After asking what it fixed we got the reply it was actually a pre-release that was made available through auto-update.

The wasn't intended to be released and hence has been pulled. See the MSRC blog for more details.

Microsoft is also recommending to uninstall the patches, although to be honest I've no idea how to actually do that.

A reader wrote in pointing out the standalone download .dmg image did contain in its instructions:

"This update does not include an uninstall feature. To restore your application to its original state, delete it from your hard disk, reinstall it from your original installation disk, and then install the updates you want."

So I guess we'll be dragging Office to the waste basket, search for the DVD and start having to register the software all over and then download a bunch of patches.

Swa Frantzen -- Section 66
Keywords: mac Microsoft
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IBM/ISS protection suites - content update problem

Published: 2006-12-13
Last Updated: 2006-12-13 17:02:57 UTC
by Kyle Haugsness (Version: 1)
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IBM/ISS issued a notice for customers to NOT update to the latest version of their content update Proventia G update, XPU 1.92 library for most of their RealSecure products.  Here is the text of their alert:

"IBM Internet Security Systems has discovered a serious issue that impacts network connectivity in the content update that was released early in the morning on Dec. 13, 2006.  The following Content Updates are being recalled and withdrawn from the Download Center and from the automatic download feature of SiteProtector.  If you have already downloaded these updates, DO NOT APPLY THEM.  If you have applied these updates and can roll-back to a previous update, do so."

Affected products:
*       Proventia(r) Intrusion Prevention Appliance 1.92 (1.2 and above) or older firmware versions 24.53
*       Proventia Integrated Security Appliance 1.92
*       Proventia Intrusion Detection Appliance 24.53
*       RealSecure(r) Network Sensor 24.53
*       Proventia Server 1910 for Windows (SiteProtector SP5/6 Agent Manager Service Packs 6.76/7.76) and 1.92 for Linux
*       RealSecure Server Sensor 24.53
*       Proventia Desktop 1910 (SiteProtector(tm) SP5/6 Agent Manager Service Packs 6.76/7.76
*       RealSecure Desktop EPW (SiteProtector SP5/6 Agent Manager Service Packs 6.76/7.76

More information on the ISS knowledgebase article #3819:

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