A serious vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer has been patched today. This vulnerability allowed for saved internet passwords to be stolen using malicious code.

 

Microsoft considers this risk critical enough to release a patch outside of their regular patch schedule.

 

This vulnerability was announced on December 9, and has been seen in the wild on some compromised gaming websites. The patch was just released.

 

There is always some risk associated with saving your passwords on  your computer, and if you choose to save your passwords on your computer, you should do so with caution.

 

Loading all available critical updates will resolve this vulnerability.

 

You know the routine. Go to:

http://update.microsoft.com and load all of the latest Microsoft critical updates.

 

If you have trouble with this, you are welcome to give us a call.

 

Thanks,

Vi

 

Vi Wickam

President

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Out-of-Band Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December 2008

Issued: December 17, 2008

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This bulletin summary lists an out-of-band security bulletin released on December 17, 2008.

 

The full version of the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December 2008 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-dec.mspx.

 

With the release of the out-of-band bulletin on December 17, 2008, this bulletin summary replaces the bulletin advance notification originally issued on December 16, 2008.

 

The revised bulletin summary Web page includes the out-of-band security bulletin as well as the security bulletins already released on December 9, 2008.

 

For more information about the bulletin advance notification service, see http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/advance.mspx.

 

To receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft Security Bulletins are issued, subscribe to Microsoft Technical Security Notifications on http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/notify.mspx.

 

Microsoft will host two webcasts to address customer questions on this out-of-band security bulletin: on December 17, 2008, at 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) and December 18, 2008, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time. Register for these out-of-band Security Bulletin Webcasts at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/summary.mspx.

 

Microsoft provides the Exploitability Index to help customers prioritize monthly security updates in relation to the likelihood of functioning exploit code. Please see the full version of this security bulletin summary on the Web.

 

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.

 

 

Critical Security Bulletins

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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-078

 

  - Affected Software:

    - Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 4 when installed on

      Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4

    - Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 when installed on

      Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4

    - Internet Explorer 6 for

      Windows XP Service Pack 2 and

      Windows XP Service Pack 3

    - Internet Explorer 6 for

      Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and

      Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2

    - Internet Explorer 6 for

      Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and

      Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

    - Internet Explorer 6 for

      Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition and

      Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2

    - Internet Explorer 6 for

      Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems and

      Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems

    - Internet Explorer 7 for

      Windows XP Service Pack 2 and

      Windows XP Service Pack 3

    - Internet Explorer 7 for

      Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and

      Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2

    - Internet Explorer 7 for

      Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and

      Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

    - Internet Explorer 7 for

      Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition and

      Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2

    - Internet Explorer 7 for

      Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems and

      Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems

    - Internet Explorer 7 in

      Windows Vista and

      Windows Vista Service Pack 1

    - Internet Explorer 7 in

      Windows Vista x64 Edition and

      Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1

    - Internet Explorer 7 in

      Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems

    - Internet Explorer 7 in

      Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems

    - Internet Explorer 7 in

      Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems

 

    - Note for Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

      The vulnerability addressed by MS08-078 was reported after the

      release of Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2. Customers

      running Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 are encouraged to

      download and apply the update to their systems. Please refer

      to the bulletin for more information.

 

    - Impact: Remote Code Execution

    - Version Number: 1.0

 

 

Other Information

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Non-Security, High-Priority Updates on MU, WU, and WSUS:

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Please see:

* http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894199: Microsoft Knowledge Base

  Article 894199, Description of Software Update Services and

  Windows Server Update Services changes in content for 2008.

  Includes all Windows content.

* http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/wsus/bb466214.aspx: New,

  Revised, and Released Updates for Microsoft Products Other Than

  Microsoft Windows

 

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 at http://www.microsoft.com/security/msrc/mapp/partners.mspx.

 

Recognize and avoid fraudulent e-mail to Microsoft customers:

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If you receive an e-mail message that claims to be distributing a Microsoft security update, it is a hoax that may contain malware or pointers to malicious Web sites. Microsoft does not distribute security updates via e-mail.

 

The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) uses PGP to digitally sign all security notifications. However, PGP is not required for reading security notifications, reading security bulletins, or installing security updates. You can obtain the MSRC public PGP key at https://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/pgp.mspx.

 

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