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Patch Tuesday forecast from Lumension

Lumension Security : 13 July, 2009  (Technical Article)
Lumension comments on Microsoft plan to plug high profile security flaws during the forthcoming patch Tuesday
Microsoft plans to issue three critical security flaws Tuesday. Andrew Clarke, senior vice president, International, Lumension comments: "Tuesday's patch bulletin from Microsoft will be a taxing one with three critical patches to address. The first critical update affects all major Microsoft platforms in use by organisations today (S2003, S2008, XP, and Vista.) Given that this patch requires a mandatory reboot, IT leaders and their organisations should be prepared for the disruption that can accompany the process of rebooting all Microsoft systems in their organisation.

"The second update addresses a critical flaw in Direct X, a widely used Windows multimedia technology. Unfortunately, analysis indicates that this update will not address the ActiveX vulnerability that currently has exploits in the wild. Given the apparent speed of exploit proliferation being reported in the media, we believe there is a good possibility that Microsoft will issue an out-of-band patch soon. Until then, we suggest that organisations take the need to mitigate this risk very seriously and proactively look at alternative methods to protect their organisations until a patch for the ActiveX vulnerability is released from Microsoft. To that end, we recommend the workaround instructions provided by Microsoft last Monday."

"To implement the workaround running on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, click the Fix this problem link under Enable workaround. To undo the workaround, click the Fix this problem link under Disable workaround. Then click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in this wizard found here."
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