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It’s official. Microsoft to release IE update tomorrow via Windows Update

 

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: January 20, 2010
Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: January 21, 2010

This is an advance notification of one out-of-band security bulletin that Microsoft is intending to release on January 21, 2010. The bulletin will be for Internet Explorer to address limited attacks against customers of Internet Explorer 6, as well as fixes for vulnerabilities rated Critical that are not currently under active attack.

This bulletin advance notification will be replaced with the January bulletin summary on January 21, 2010. 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 will host a webcast to address customer questions on the out-of-band bulletin on January 21, 2010, at 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada). Register now for the January 21, 1:00 PM Webcast. Afterwards, the Webcast is available on-demand. For more information, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Summaries and Webcast.

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.

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for January 2010

Elevation PowerToys for Windows : Elevation Gadget 2.0

 

In my June 2008 TechNet Magazine article I introduced the Elevation Gadget.  This Windows Sidebar Gadget functioned as drag and drop target to elevate programs, scripts, etc.  Version 2 sports an updated look and can now be enlarged (enlarges when undocked on Windows Vista, enlarges via the Size control on Windows 7). However, the biggest change is the addition of a command box.  Below are a few screen shots.

Elevation PowerToys for Windows : Elevation Gadget 2.0

The latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) is available

 

The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) provides an in-depth perspective on the changing threat landscape including software vulnerability disclosures and exploits, malicious software (malware), and potentially unwanted software. Using data derived from hundreds of millions of Windows computers, and some of the busiest online services on the Internet, this report also provides a detailed analysis of the threat landscape and the changing face of threats and countermeasures and includes updated data on privacy and breach notifications. The seventh volume of the report is now available:

Security Intelligence Report – Learn more about malware – Microsoft Malware Protection Center

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) released | Media | TechNet Edge

 

MSE, a free consumer anti-malware program, has released their final version to the public today!  Already As an IT Pro, what can you expect from MSE and how does it compare to the Forefront equivalent?  For businesses, Forefront Client Security is the current released client anti-malware product and Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) 2010 is the next version slated to be released in H1 2010.

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) released | Media | TechNet Edge

Microsoft Security Bulletin Major Revisions

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Title: Microsoft Security Bulletin Major Revisions
Issued: August 25, 2009
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Summary
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The following bulletins have undergone a major revision increment.
Please see the appropriate bulletin for more details.

* MS09-044 – Critical
* MS09-029 – Critical

Bulletin Information:
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* MS09-044 – Critical

- http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms09-044.mspx
- Reason for Revision: V2.0 (August 25, 2009): Corrected the
download link for RDP Version 5.2 for Windows XP Service Pack
2 (KB958469). Also corrected the footnote that prescribed an
erroneous install sequence for KB958471 and KB958470.
Customers who have successfully installed these updates do
not need to reinstall.
- Originally posted: August 11, 2009
- Updated: August 25, 2009
- Bulletin Severity Rating: Critical
- Version: 2.0

* MS09-029 – Critical

- http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms09-029.mspx
- Reason for Revision: V3.0 (August 25, 2009): Added an entry to
the section, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Related to This
Security Update to communicate the rerelease of the
Japanese-language update for Windows XP Service Pack 2,
Windows XP Service Pack 3, and Windows XP Professional x64
Edition Service Pack 2. Customers who require the
Japanese-language update need to install the rereleased
update. No other updates or locales are affected by this rerelease.
- Originally posted: July 14, 2009
- Updated: August 25, 2009
- Bulletin Severity Rating: Critical
- Version: 3.0

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for January 2009

 

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: January 8, 2009
Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: January 13, 2009

This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on January 13, 2009.

This bulletin advance notification will be replaced with the January bulletin summary on January 13, 2009. 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 will host a webcast to address customer questions on these bulletins on January 14, 2009, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada). Register now for the January 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 following table summarizes the security bulletins for this month in order of severity.

For details on affected software, see the next section, Affected Software.

Bulletin ID
Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact
Restart Requirement
Affected Software

Windows

Critical
Remote Code Execution

Requires restart

Microsoft Windows

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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.

The following tables list the bulletins in order of major software category and severity.

How do I use these tables?

Use these tables 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 pertain to your installation. 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

Moderate

Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 1

Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 1
(Moderate)

Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1

Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1
(Moderate)

Windows Server 2008

Bulletin Identifier

Windows

Aggregate Severity Rating

Moderate

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems*
(Moderate)

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems*
(Moderate)

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
(Moderate)

Notes for Windows Server 2008

*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

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

Microsoft will release an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services, and the Download Center.

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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. Includes all Windows content.

New, Revised, and Released Updates for Microsoft Products Other Than Microsoft Windows.

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Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP)

To improve security protections for customers, Microsoft provides vulnerability information to major security software providers in advance of each monthly security update release. Security software providers can then use this vulnerability information to provide updated protections to customers via their security software or devices, such as antivirus, network-based intrusion detection systems, or host-based intrusion prevention systems. To determine whether active protections are available from security software providers, please visit the active protections Web sites provided by program partners, listed in Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) Partners.

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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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Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for January 2009

Microsoft kicks fake security software off 400,000 PCs – Network World

 

In the second month of a campaign against fake security software, Microsoft has booted the rogue application "Antivirus 2009" from almost 400,000 PCs, the company recently claimed.

December's version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), a free utility that Microsoft pushes to Windows users as part of Patch Tuesday, targeted one of the most popular phony security app, Antivirus 2009. According to Microsoft, the MSRT erased the fake from over 394,000 PCs in the first nine days after it released this month's edition on Dec. 9.

Microsoft kicks fake security software off 400,000 PCs – Network World

Symantec Awarded $12 Million Judgment in Counterfeit Software Case

Symantec Awarded $12 Million Judgment in Counterfeit Software Case
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 – myITforum.com

Symantec

CUPERTINO, CA–(Marketwire – December 17, 2008) – Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced it was awarded $12 million in damages against a distributor selling counterfeit Symantec software throughout North America. The ruling constitutes one of the largest single judgments awarded to Symantec in a software piracy case.

The verdict was handed down by the United State District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles in favor of Symantec against Carmelo Cerrelli of Interplus Online, a Canadian-based organization selling software in the United States and Canada.

"The size of the judgment against Interplus indicates how big their operation was throughout North America," said Marc Brandon, director, Symantec Global Brand Protection. "We were particularly encouraged by the Court's finding that the infringement was willful, so that Interplus' owner, Mr. Cerrelli, faces heightened personal exposure. Shutting down their ability to move counterfeit Symantec software is a tremendous step towards protecting unsuspecting end-users from the security threats posed by counterfeit software."

The case was filed in civil court and included claims from Symantec alleging that Interplus engaged in copyright and trademark infringement involving Symantec products such as Norton SystemWorks, Norton AntiVirus, Norton Ghost, and Symantec pcAnywhere.

About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com.


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