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MS patches address key vulnerabilities

Lumension Security : 15 May, 2008  (Technical Article)
Patches released by Microsoft this week include critical updates which address vulnerabilities that can cause denial of service attacks
Microsoft has released one moderate and three critical patches this Patch Tuesday addressing vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Malware Protection Engine.

Alan Bentley, Regional VP EMEA of Lumension Security (formerly PatchLink) comments:

"Organisations need to play close attention to MS08-028. This Jet bulletin will have the widest impact because it affects Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003. As such, when prioritising this month's patches, this is likely to get the most attention due to the number of organisations running these systems and programs.

"The jet vulnerability has been in the wild for some time, however due to its low profile stealth attacks, it escaped April's Patch Tuesday listings. The vulnerability allows an attacker to embed a maliciously crafted .mdb file within a Word or Publisher file and take remote control of the affected system. A more 'inventive' technique used by hackers.

"Close attention must also be paid to MS08-029, affecting Microsoft's own key security software—including Windows Defender, Forefront Security and Antigen.

This vulnerability can cause a denial of service (DoS) attack. This would occur when the malware engine scans a specially crafted malicious file. This would cause a PC to crash and then go through reboot loops. Whenever security tools are affected (even if they have been given 'moderate' status), organisations must treat the patch with increased importance."
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