Microsoft Black Tuesday patches - February 2007

Published: 2007-02-13
Last Updated: 2007-02-16 23:05:40 UTC
by Swa Frantzen (Version: 6)
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Overview of the February 2007 Microsoft patches and their status.

# Affected Contra Indications Known Exploits Microsoft rating ISC rating(*)
clients servers
MS07-005 Remote code execution in Step-by-Step Interactive training, replaces MS05-031
Step-by-Step Interactive training

No known problems

KB 923723
No known exploits Important Important Less Urgent
MS07-006 Privilege elevation in Windows Shell, replaces MS06-045

No known problems

KB 928255
No known exploits
Important Important Less Urgent
MS07-007 Privilege elevation in Windows Image Acquisition
Image Acquisition

No known problems

KB 927802
No known exploits Important Important Less Urgent
MS07-008 Remote code execution in HTML help Active-X, replaces MS06-046

No known problems

KB 928843
Exploit expected to become public soon
Critical PATCH NOW
MS07-009 Remote code execution in Microsoft MDAC ActiveX, replaces MS06-014
Workaround through a killbit, if you did not do that already: PATCH NOW
MDAC ActiveX

No known problems

KB 927779
Public exploits since Oct 24th, 2006 Critical Critical
MS07-010 Remote code execution in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine. This will automatically update.
Microsoft malware protection

No known problems

KB 932135
No known exploits Critical Critical Critical
MS07-011 Remote code execution in Microsoft OLE dialog

No known problems

KB 926436
Exploit publicly available
Important Critical Important
MS07-012 Remote code execution in Microsoft Foundation Class

No known problems

KB 924667
No known exploits Important Critical Important
MS07-013 Remote code execution in RichEdit, also affects Mac OS X versions of office.

Autodesk Inventor issues [forum]

KB 918118
No known exploits Important Critical Important
MS07-014 Multiple vulnerabilities in word leading to remote code execution, replaces MS06-060

No known problems

KB 929434
Actively used and publicly known exploits since Dec 5th, 2006.
Critical PATCH NOW
MS07-015 Multiple vulnerabilities in Office lead to remote code execution, replaces MS06-062

No known problems

KB 932554
Actively exploited, exploit known since Feb 2nd, 2007.
Critical PATCH NOW
MS07-016 Multiple vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer leading to remote code execution, replaces MS06-072

No known problems

KB 928090
Exploits expected to be released soon
Critical PATCH NOW

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 -- NET2S

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