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Single security bulletin from Microsoft

McAfee : 15 January, 2009  (Technical Article)
New Year Microsoft bulletin addresses vulnerabilities in Windows 2000 and XP as well as Windows Server 2003
Microsoft started the new year with a quiet Patch Tuesday, releasing a single Security Bulletin that addresses three vulnerabilities, including one previously disclosed vulnerability.

The single bulletin is deemed critical by Microsoft for users of Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

"In a worst case scenario an anonymous attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could remotely gain complete control over a vulnerable system, without any action on the side of the user" said Dave Marcus, security research and communications director at McAfee Avert Labs. "In the past, these types of vulnerabilities have been exploited in worm attacks."

All three vulnerabilities are in Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol, a Microsoft network file sharing protocol used in Microsoft Windows. An attacker could try to exploit the vulnerability by sending a specially crafted network message to an affected system. Microsoft has had to address vulnerabilities with SMB in the past.

McAfee recommends that home users install Microsoft's patches as soon as possible. Home users should use Windows Automatic Updates.
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