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Light patch Tuesday from Microsoft

Lumension Security : 13 November, 2008  (Technical Article)
Vigilance advised despite light load from Microsoft on patch Tuesday
Andrew Clarke, senior vice president, International, Lumension Security comments:

"IT administrators can breathe a little easier this Patch Tuesday, as Microsoft has issued a light load with only two fixes, one "critical" and the other "important". However, organisations must still be vigilant in patching. As the critical patch MS08-069 addresses a vulnerability in Windows XML Core Services, a pervasive technology used throughout businesses to format and manipulate data, organisations should ensure they address this vulnerability immediately. If not addressed straight away, hackers could compromise the integrity of a company's sensitive information.

"While MS08-068 might be ranked as important in terms of severity, organisations should also pay close attention to it, as it could allow hackers to take remote control of users' PCs. Furthermore, Microsoft's Exploitability Index is warning that exploit code is likely to be developed for this vulnerability. It has received the most severe Exploitability Index Assessment, which warns users that exploit code could be created in such a way that an attacker could consistently exploit that vulnerability.

"This will be the second month that Microsoft is using its Exploitability Index, a new Microsoft initiative aimed at predicting whether exploit code will be released and the potential severity of that exploit code. It will be interesting to see how the predictions match up with the reality."
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