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Light Patch Tuesday Expected from Microsoft

Lumension Security : 08 March, 2010  (Technical Article)
Alan Bentley of Lumension Security comments on the patch release scheduled from Microsoft which includes only two important updates
Alan Bentley, VP International Lumension, comments: "A particularly light month, March's Patch Tuesday will include two bulletins rated important and may require a restart; one in Microsoft Office and one in Microsoft Windows. From what we've seen, it doesn't appear that the bulletins released will address all of the issues that are in the wild and use a specialty file. Despite being a light month, these bulletins are another reminder of the importance of endpoint security as traditional gateway defences would in all likelihood miss an exploit

"Earlier this week, customers were alerted to a VBScript that was exposed on supported versions of Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 through the use of Internet Explorer. Although this issue won't be addressed by next week's monthly patches, a workaround will be provided by Microsoft. Of note, Microsoft has said they don't think it's a big issue, but only time will tell.

"This exploit is another reminder of the importance of maintaining updated endpoint security, as traditional gateway defenses would in all likelihood miss an exploit such as this, which can be activated simply by having a user open a specially crafted file.

"Interestingly, this week Microsoft also announced end-of-life dates of some of the older operating software, such as Windows XP, which will no longer be supported after July 13, 2010. Customers will soon have to start updating these operating systems, including Windows XP Service Pack 2, and are being encouraged to upgrade to Service Pack 3 or to Windows 7 as soon as possible."
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