March 2012 updates from Microsoft… In like a Lion? hah, I crack me up!

New, from Microsoft!   Updates! Just in time for Patch Tuesday…

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for March 2012, released today, March 8, 2012, states that there is a little something for everyone.

If you are running XP, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, or Vista in 32bit or x64, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 or 2010, Microsoft Expression Design (through version 4),  or even the Server 2008 Server Core, then for the love of all that is Holy, please install the updates!

The impact ranges from Denial of Service to Remote Execution and Elevation of Privilege.  These are bad things.

If you require assistance installing these updates for your personal computer, or maybe many computers on your business network, please contact us at 864.990.4748 or email info@homelandsecureit.com – We offer computer service & repair to the entire Upstate and Greenville, SC!

Here’s the complete Microsoft Bulletin for your reading enjoyment:

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for March 2012

Issued: March 8, 2012

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This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on March 13, 2012.

 

The full version of the Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for March 2012 can be found at http://technet.microsoft.com/security/bulletin/ms12-mar.

 

This bulletin advance notification will be replaced with the March bulletin summary on March 13, 2012. For more information about the bulletin advance notification service, see http://technet.microsoft.com/security/bulletin/advance.

 

To receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft Security Bulletins are issued, subscribe to Microsoft Technical Security Notifications on http://technet.microsoft.com/security/dd252948.aspx.

 

Microsoft will host a webcast to address customer questions on these bulletins on March 14, 2012, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada). Register for the Security Bulletin Webcast at http://technet.microsoft.com/security/bulletin.

 

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.

 

This advance notification provides a number 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 Security Bulletins

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Bulletin 1

 

– Affected Software:

– Windows XP Service Pack 3

– Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2

– Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

– Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2

– Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems

– Windows Vista Service Pack 2

– Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2

– Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2

(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation affected)

– Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2

(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation affected)

– Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2

– Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and

Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1

– Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and

Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1

– Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and

Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1

– Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and

Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1

– Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1

(Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core installation affected)

– Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1

(Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core installation affected)

– Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems and

Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

Service Pack 1

– Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems and

Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

Service Pack 1

– Impact: Remote Code Execution

– Version Number: 1.0

 

 

Important Security Bulletins

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Bulletin 2

 

– Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

– Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2

– Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems

– Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2

(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation affected)

– Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2

(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation affected)

– Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1

(Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core installation affected)

– Impact: Denial of Service

– Version Number: 1.0

 

Bulletin 3

 

– Affected Software:

– Windows XP Service Pack 3

– Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2

– Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

– Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2

– Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems

– Windows Vista Service Pack 2

– Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2

– Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2

(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation affected)

– Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2

(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation affected)

– Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2

– Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and

Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1

– Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and

Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1

– Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1

(Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core installation affected)

– Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems and

Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

Service Pack 1

– Impact: Elevation of Privilege

– Version Number: 1.0

 

Bulletin 4

 

– Affected Software:

– Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1

– Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

– Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1

– Impact: Elevation of Privilege

– Version Number: 1.0

 

Bulletin 5

 

– Affected Software:

– Microsoft Expression Design

– Microsoft Expression Design Service Pack 1

– Microsoft Expression Design 2

– Microsoft Expression Design 3

– Microsoft Expression Design 4

– Impact: Remote Code Execution

– Version Number: 1.0

 

 

Moderate Security Bulletins

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Bulletin 6

 

– Affected Software:

– Windows Vista Service Pack 2

– Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2

– Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2

(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)

– Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2

(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)

– Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and

Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1

– Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and

Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1

– Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1

(Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core installation not affected)

– Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems and

Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

Service Pack 1

– Impact: Denial of Service

– Version Number: 1.0

 

 

Other Information

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Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool:

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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.

 

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

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For information about non-security releases on Windows Update and Microsoft update, 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.

Includes all Windows content.

* http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/wsus/bb456965.aspx: Updates

from Past Months for Windows Server Update Services. Displays all

new, revised, and rereleased 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 websites provided by program partners, listed at http://www.microsoft.com/security/msrc/collaboration/mapp.aspx.

 

Recognize and avoid fraudulent email to Microsoft customers:

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

 

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