October Black Tuesday overview

Published: 2007-10-09
Last Updated: 2007-10-09 18:56:29 UTC
by Swa Frantzen (Version: 1)
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Overview of the October 2007 Microsoft patches and their status.

# Affected Contra Indications Known Exploits Microsoft rating ISC rating(*)
clients servers
MS07-055 An input validation failure allows remote code execution.
Windows - Kodak image viewer

KB 923810
No publicly known exploits Critical Critical Important
MS07-056 Input validation failure in the NNTP protocol allows remote code execution.
Updates MS06-076.
Outlook express and Windows mail (vista)

KB 941202 No publicly known exploits Critical Critical Important
MS07-057 Memory corruption in Internet Explorer lead to remote code execution.
Multiple address bar spoofing vulnerabilities.
Cumulative patch for IE, replaces MS07-045.

KB 939653 Some vulnerabilities have been publicly known since February 22nd 2007. Critical Critical Important
MS07-058 NTLMSSP authentication can be abused to cause the RPC service to stop in a way that it also prevent the system from restarting the service.
Replaces MS06-031 (information leak).
Windows RPC

KB 933729 No publicly known exploits Important Important Important
MS07-059 XSS issues on the sharepoint server cause elevate privileges problems on the server itself and information leaks on the client connecting to such server.


KB 942017

Publicly known exploit since May 4th 2007. Important Less urgent(**) Important(**)
MS07-060 Input validation problem allows remote code execution with the rights of the logged on user.

KB 942695 Abused in targeted exploits Critical Critical Important


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(*): 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.

(**): Typical for XSS issues: it's mostly important for the client, but the actual problem is on the server. The risk is mainly linked to the data to be protected and it can vary wildly depending on the organization and its needs.

Swa Frantzen -- NET2S

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