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Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for October 2008
Published: October 22, 2008

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: October 22, 2008
Microsoft Security Bulletin to be issued: October 23, 2008

This is an advance notification of an out-of-band security bulletin that Microsoft is intending to release on October 23, 2008.

This bulletin advance notification will be replaced with the revised October bulletin summary on October 23, 2008. The revised bulletin summary will include the out-of-band security bulletin as well as the security bulletins already released on October 14, 2008.

For more information about the bulletin advance notification service, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification.

To receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft Security Bulletins are issued, subscribe to Microsoft Technical Security Notifications.

Microsoft is hosting a webcast to address customer questions on this out-of-band security bulletin on October 23, 2008, at 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada). Register now for the Out-of-Band Security Bulletin Webcast. After this date, this webcast is available on-demand. For more information, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Summaries and Webcasts.

Microsoft also provides information to help customers prioritize monthly security updates with any non-security, high-priority updates that are being released on the same day as the monthly security updates. Please see the section, Other Information.

Bulletin Information
Executive Summaries
This advance notification provides the software subject as the bulletin identifier, because the official Microsoft Security Bulletin numbers are not issued until release. The bulletin summary that replaces this advance notification will have the proper Microsoft Security Bulletin numbers (in the MSyy-xxx format) as the bulletin identifier. The security bulletins for this month are as follows, in order of severity:

 Critical (1)

 

Bulletin Identifier Windows Bulletin
Maximum Severity Rating
 Critical
 
Impact of Vulnerability
 Remote Code Execution
 
Detection
 Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer can detect whether your computer system requires this update. The update requires a restart.
 
Affected Software
 Microsoft Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software section.
 

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 Affected Software

This advance notification provides the software subject as the bulletin identifier, because the official Microsoft Security Bulletin numbers are not issued until release. The bulletin summary that replaces this advance notification will have the proper Microsoft Security Bulletin numbers (in the MSyy-xxx format) as the bulletin identifier.

How do I use this table?

Use this table to learn about the security updates that you may need to install. You should review each software program or component listed to see whether any security updates are required. If a software program or component is listed, then the severity rating of the security update is also listed.

Note You may have to install several security updates for a single vulnerability. Review the whole column for each bulletin identifier that is listed to verify the updates that you have to install, based on the programs or components that you have installed on your system.

 Windows Operating System and Components

 

Microsoft Windows 2000   
Bulletin Identifier
 Windows
 
Aggregate Severity Rating
 Critical
 
Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
 Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
(Critical)
 
Windows XP   
Bulletin Identifier
 Windows
 
Aggregate Severity Rating
 Critical
 
Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3
 Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3
(Critical)
 
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
 Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Critical)
 
Windows Server 2003   
Bulletin Identifier
 Windows
 
Aggregate Severity Rating
 Critical
 
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
 Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(Critical)
 
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
 Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Critical)
 
Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
 Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(Critical)
 
Windows Vista   
Bulletin Identifier
 Windows
 
Aggregate Severity Rating
 Important
 
Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 1
 Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 1
(Important)
 
Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1
 Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1
(Important)
 
Windows Server 2008   
Bulletin Identifier
 Windows
 
Aggregate Severity Rating
 Important
 
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems
 Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems*
(Important)
 
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems
 Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems*
(Important)
 
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
 Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
(Important)
 

*Windows Server 2008 server core installation affected. For supported editions of Windows Server 2008, this update applies, with the same severity rating, whether or not Windows Server 2008 was installed using the Server Core installation option. For more information on this installation option, see Server Core. Note that the Server Core installation option does not apply to certain editions of Windows Server 2008; see Compare Server Core Installation Options.

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 Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance

Security Central

Manage the software and security updates you need to deploy to the servers, desktop, and mobile computers in your organization. For more information see the TechNet Update Management Center. The TechNet Security Center provides additional information about security in Microsoft products. Consumers can visit Security At Home, where this information is also available by clicking “Latest Security Updates”.

Security updates are available from Microsoft Update, Windows Update, and Office Update. Security updates are also available at the Microsoft Download Center. You can find them most easily by doing a keyword search for “security update”.

Finally, security updates can be downloaded from the Microsoft Update Catalog. The Microsoft Update Catalog provides a searchable catalog of content made available through Windows Update and Microsoft Update, including security updates, drivers and service packs. By searching using the security bulletin number (such as, “MS07-036”), you can add all of the applicable updates to your basket (including different languages for an update), and download to the folder of your choosing. For more information about the Microsoft Update Catalog, see the Microsoft Update Catalog FAQ.

Detection and Deployment Guidance

Microsoft has provided detection and deployment guidance for this month’s security updates. This guidance will also help IT professionals understand how they can use various tools to help deploy the security update, such as Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Office Update, the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA), the Office Detection Tool, Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS), and the Extended Security Update Inventory Tool (ESUIT). For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 910723.

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) allows administrators to scan local and remote systems for missing security updates as well as common security misconfigurations. For more information about MBSA, visit Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.

Windows Server Update Services

By using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), administrators can quickly and reliably deploy the latest critical updates and security updates for Windows 2000 operating systems and later, Office XP and later, Exchange Server 2003, and SQL Server 2000 to Windows 2000 and later operating systems.

For more information about how to deploy this security update using Windows Server Update Services, visit Windows Server Update Services.

Systems Management Server

Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) delivers a highly-configurable enterprise solution for managing updates. By using SMS, administrators can identify Windows-based systems that require security updates and to perform controlled deployment of these updates throughout the enterprise with minimal disruption to end users. The next release of SMS, System Center Configuration Manager 2007, is now available; see also System Center Configuration Manager 2007. For more information about how administrators can use SMS 2003 to deploy security updates, see SMS 2003 Security Patch Management. SMS 2.0 users can also use the Software Updates Services Feature Pack to help deploy security updates. For information about SMS, visit Microsoft Systems Management Server.

Note SMS uses the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and the Microsoft Office Detection Tool to provide broad support for security bulletin update detection and deployment. Some software updates may not be detected by these tools. Administrators can use the inventory capabilities of the SMS in these cases to target updates to specific systems. For more information about this procedure, see Deploying Software Updates Using the SMS Software Distribution Feature. Some security updates require administrative rights following a restart of the system. Administrators can use the Elevated Rights Deployment Tool (available in the SMS 2003 Administration Feature Pack and in the SMS 2.0 Administration Feature Pack) to install these updates.

Update Compatibility Evaluator and Application Compatibility Toolkit

Updates often write to the same files and registry settings required for your applications to run. This can trigger incompatibilities and increase the time it takes to deploy security updates. You can streamline testing and validating Windows updates against installed applications with the Update Compatibility Evaluator components included with Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0.

The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) contains the necessary tools and documentation to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying Microsoft Windows Vista, a Windows Update, a Microsoft Security Update, or a new version of Windows Internet Explorer in your environment.

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Other Information
Non-Security, High-Priority Updates on MU, WU, and WSUS
For information about non-security releases on Windows Update and Microsoft update, please see:

• Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 894199: Description of Software Update Services and Windows Server Update Services changes in content for 2008. Includes all Windows content.
 
• New, Revised, and Released Updates for Microsoft Products Other Than Microsoft Windows.
 

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Security Strategies and Community
Update Management Strategies

Security Guidance for Update Management provides additional information about Microsoft’s best-practice recommendations for applying security updates.

Obtaining Other Security Updates

Updates for other security issues are available from the following locations:

• Security updates are available from Microsoft Download Center. You can find them most easily by doing a keyword search for “security update”.
 
• Updates for consumer platforms are available from Microsoft Update.
 
• You can obtain the security updates offered this month on Windows Update, from Download Center on Security and Critical Releases ISO CD Image files. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 913086.
 

IT Pro Security Community

Learn to improve security and optimize your IT infrastructure, and participate with other IT Pros on security topics in IT Pro Security Community.

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Support
• The affected software listed have been tested to determine which versions are affected. Other versions are past their support life cycle. To determine the support life cycle for your software version, visit Microsoft Support Lifecycle.
 
• Customers in the U.S. and Canada can receive technical support from Microsoft Product Support Services at 1-866-PCSAFETY. There is no charge for support calls that are associated with security updates.
 
• International customers can receive support from their local Microsoft subsidiaries. There is no charge for support that is associated with security updates. For more information about how to contact Microsoft for support issues, visit International Help and Support.
 

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Disclaimer
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