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Remote code execution vulnerability fixed in Microsoft patch

Lumension Security : 11 September, 2008  (Technical Article)
Microsoft's latest patch release includes critical update to remove vulnerability associated with remote code execution
Alan Bentley, Regional VP of Lumension Security EMEA (formerly PatchLink) comments on the latest September patch release from Microsoft:

'With four critical updates, this is a relatively light Patch Tuesday in terms of volume. However, given that the four critical bulletins deal with the majority of current Microsoft operating systems, organisations should not be lax when rolling out this month's patches. This group addresses critical-level, remote code execution vulnerabilities that reside on just about every Windows computer in an organisation, so companies need to be ready to react swiftly.

'The Windows Bulletin (MS08-052) is the most critical patch and will have the widest impact. It affects a broad range of windows operating systems and server applications including the most current versions of Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows Server 2008. When prioritising this month's patches, this bulletin deserves the most attention due to the pervasive deployment of Windows.

'MS08-052 is also critical for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 so IT staff managing SQL Servers will want to pay special attention to critical business applications that run on Microsoft SQL Server. This vulnerability is also confirmed as remote code execution so it could, in theory, allow unfettered access to sensitive databases and therefore needs to be treated very seriously.

'Lastly, the Windows Media Player Bulletin is critical for organisations running Windows XP and Windows Vista. With the use of video taking becoming more prevalent in business, organisations should pay special attention to patch Media Player.'
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