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August 2011 Security Bulletin Release

As mentioned in August’s  Advance notification post this month’s security bulletin releases are now confirmed to contain 13 bulletins addressing 22 vulnerabilities, two of which have a critical rating. Microsoft has recommended for all security updates to be installed asap.

The following table shows affected software by bulletin and the likelihood of an Operating System restart being required and hence impacting on services provided:

Bulletin ID Bulletin Title and Executive Summary Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software
MS11-057 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2559049)
This security update resolves five privately reported vulnerabilities and two publicly disclosed vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited any of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the local user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
Critical
Remote Code Execution
Requires restart Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer
MS11-058 Vulnerabilities in DNS Server Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2562485)
This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Windows DNS server. The more severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if an attacker registers a domain, creates an NAPTR DNS resource record, and then sends a specially crafted NAPTR query to the target DNS server. Servers that do not have the DNS role enabled are not at risk.
Critical
Remote Code Execution
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
MS11-059 Vulnerability in Data Access Components Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2560656)
This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a legitimate Excel file (such as a .xlsx file) that is located in the same network directory as a specially crafted library file. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the logged-on user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
Important
Remote Code Execution
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
MS11-060 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Visio Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2560978)
This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Visio. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Visio file. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the logged-on user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
Important
Remote Code Execution
May require restart Microsoft Office
MS11-061 Vulnerability in Remote Desktop Web Access Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2546250)
This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Remote Desktop Web Access. The vulnerability is a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability that could allow elevation of privilege, enabling an attacker to execute arbitrary commands on the site in the context of the target user. The XSS Filter in Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 prevents this attack for its users when browsing to a Remote Desktop Web Access server in the Internet Zone. The XSS Filter in Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 is not enabled by default in the Intranet Zone.
Important
Elevation of Privilege
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
MS11-062 Vulnerability in Remote Access Service NDISTAPI Driver Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2566454)
This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in all supported editions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. This security update is rated Important for all supported editions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 are not affected by the vulnerability.
The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker logs on to an affected system and runs a specially crafted application designed to exploit the vulnerability and take complete control over the affected system. An attacker must have valid logon credentials and be able to log on locally to exploit this vulnerability.
Important
Elevation of Privilege
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
MS11-063 Vulnerability in Windows Client/Server Run-time Subsystem Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2567680)
This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker logs on to an affected system and runs a specially crafted application designed to send a device event message to a higher-integrity process. An attacker must have valid logon credentials and be able to log on locally to exploit this vulnerability.
Important
Elevation of Privilege
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
MS11-064 Vulnerabilities in TCP/IP Stack Could Allow Denial of Service (2563894)
This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerabilities could allow denial of service if an attacker sends a sequence of specially crafted Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) messages to a target system or sends a specially crafted URL request to a server that is serving Web content and has the URL-based Quality of Service (QoS) feature enabled.
Important
Denial of Service
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
MS11-065 Vulnerability in Remote Desktop Protocol Could Allow Denial of Service (2570222)
This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Remote Desktop Protocol. The vulnerability could allow denial of service if an affected system received a sequence of specially crafted RDP packets. Microsoft has also received reports of limited, targeted attacks attempting to exploit this vulnerability. By default, the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is not enabled on any Windows operating system.
Important
Denial of Service
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
MS11-066 Vulnerability in Microsoft Chart Control Could Allow Information Disclosure (2567943)
This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in ASP.NET Chart controls. The vulnerability could allow information disclosure if an attacker sent a specially crafted GET request to an affected server hosting the Chart controls. Note that this vulnerability would not allow an attacker to execute code or to elevate the attacker’s user rights directly, but it could be used to retrieve information that could be used to further compromise the affected system. Only web applications using Microsoft Chart Control are affected by this issue. Default installations of the .NET Framework are not affected.
Important
Information Disclosure
May require restart Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Developer Tools
MS11-067 Vulnerability in Microsoft Report Viewer Could Allow Information Disclosure (2578230)
This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Report Viewer. The vulnerability could allow information disclosure if a user views a specially crafted Web page. In all cases, however, an attacker would have no way to force a user to visit the Web site. Instead, an attacker would have to persuade a user to visit the Web site, typically by getting them to click a link in an e-mail message or Instant Messenger message that takes the user to the vulnerable Web site.
Important
Information Disclosure
May require restart Microsoft Developer Tools
MS11-068 Vulnerability in Windows Kernel Could Allow Denial of Service (2556532)
This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow denial of service if a user visits a network share (or visits a Web site that points to a network share) containing a specially crafted file. In all cases, however, an attacker would have no way to force a user to visit such a network share or Web site. Instead, an attacker would have to convince a user to do so, typically by getting the user to click a link in an e-mail message or Instant Messenger message.
Moderate
Denial of Service
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
MS11-069 Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Information Disclosure (2567951)
This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft .NET Framework. The vulnerability could allow information disclosure if a user views a specially crafted Web page using a Web browser that can run XAML Browser Applications (XBAPs). In a Web-based attack scenario, an attacker could host a Web site that contains a Web page that is used to exploit this vulnerability. In addition, compromised Web sites and Web sites that accept or host user-provided content or advertisements could contain specially crafted content that could exploit this vulnerability. In all cases, however, an attacker would have no way to force users to visit these Web sites. Instead, an attacker would have to convince users to visit the Web site, typically by getting them to click a link in an e-mail message or Instant Messenger message that takes users to the attacker’s Web site. This vulnerability could also be used by Windows .NET applications to bypass Code Access Security (CAS) restrictions.
Moderate
Information Disclosure
May Require restart Microsoft .NET Framework

 

 

So in summary, we are likely to see updates requiring reboots of servers this month. (As usual, as a UKFast customer, you benefit from these updates being applied automatically unless you have opted out of this service.)
MC.

 

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