Last Updated: 2008-07-17 18:48:22 UTC
by Mari Nichols (Version: 1)
Microsoft has issued a "Security Bulletin Major Revision" involving its DirectX products. These revisions include the following two previously released bulletins and particularly affect administrative users as the resulting compromise allows the attacker to gain user rights.
MS08-033 Vulnerabilities in DirectX Could Allow Remote Code Execution (951698) is rated as critical and states that DirectX 9.0 was added as affected software. This vulnerability can be exploited through a specially crafted media file. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS08-033.mspx
MS07-064 Vulnerabilities in DirectX Could Allow Remote Code Execution (941568) is also rated critical and has been updated to reflect DirectX 9.0 and 9.0a as affected software. This vulnerability can be exploited through a specially crafted media file via streaming. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms07-064.mspx
Yet another opportunity to remind administrators to try not to log in with admin rights unless it is absolutely necessary. It is much better to use a non-admin profile for routine tasks and surfing. And yes, it might be more cumbersome, but surely, more secure.