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08/12/2008 - Security Alert: Update released for MS Windows that prevents exploiting applications that can cause crashing.

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Technical Cyber Security Alert TA08-225A

Microsoft Updates for Multiple Vulnerabilities

National Cyber Alert System


Original release date: August 12, 2008
Last revised: --
Source: US-CERT

Systems Affected

* Microsoft Windows
* Microsoft Internet Explorer
* Microsoft Office including Access, Excel, and Word

Overview

Microsoft has released updates that address vulnerabilities in Microsoft
Windows, Office, and Internet Explorer.

I. Description

Microsoft has released updates to address vulnerabilities that affect
Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and other related components
as part of the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2008. The most
severe vulnerabilities could allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to
execute arbitrary code. For more information, see the US-CERT Vulnerability
Notes Database.

II. Impact

A remote, unauthenticated attacker could execute arbitrary code or cause a
vulnerable application to crash.

III. Solution

Apply updates from Microsoft

Microsoft has provided updates for these vulnerabilities in the August 2008
Security Bulletin Summary. The security bulletin describes any known issues
related to the updates. Administrators are encouraged to note these issues
and test for any potentially adverse effects. Administrators should consider
using an automated update distribution system such as Windows Server Update
Services (WSUS).

IV. References

* US-CERT Vulnerability Notes for Microsoft August 2008 updates -
http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/byid?searchview&query=ms08-aug

* Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2008 -
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-aug.mspx

* Microsoft Update - https://www.update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/

* Windows Server Update Services -
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/updateservices/default.mspx

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The most recent version of this document can be found at:

http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/techalerts/TA08-225A.html
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Produced 2008 by US-CERT, a government organization.