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Secure IT Alert: Merry Christmas! Microsoft has a package for you!
 

Secure IT Alert: Merry Christmas! Microsoft has a package for you!

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Homeland Secure IT Alert

Microsoft didn’t forget you, in fact, they already have your Christmas present, which will be delivered in the form of patches on the infamous “Patch Tuesday”…

So, whether you have been naughty or nice… Please update your computers!

If you require assistance with managing updates for your personal computer, your server, or your entire business network in the Greenville and Upstate SC area, please call us at 864-990-4748.

Here’s the Microsoft Bulletin for your reading enjoyment:

 

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for December 2012

Issued: December 6, 2012

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This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on December 11, 2012.

 

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

 

This bulletin advance notification will be replaced with the December bulletin summary on December 11, 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.

 

Microsoft will host a webcast to address customer questions on these bulletins on December 12, 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

- Internet Explorer 6

- Internet Explorer 7

- Internet Explorer 8

- Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2

- Internet Explorer 6

- Internet Explorer 7

- Internet Explorer 8

- Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

- Internet Explorer 6

- Internet Explorer 7

- Internet Explorer 8

- Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2

- Internet Explorer 6

- Internet Explorer 7

- Internet Explorer 8

- Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems

- Internet Explorer 6

- Internet Explorer 7

- Windows Vista Service Pack 2:

- Internet Explorer 7

- Internet Explorer 8

- Internet Explorer 9

- Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2:

- Internet Explorer 7

- Internet Explorer 8

- Internet Explorer 9

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

- Internet Explorer 7

- Internet Explorer 8

- Internet Explorer 9

(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)

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

- Internet Explorer 7

- Internet Explorer 8

- Internet Explorer 9

(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected)

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

- Internet Explorer 7

- Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and

Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1:

- Internet Explorer 8

- Internet Explorer 9

- Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and

Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1:

- Internet Explorer 8

- Internet Explorer 9

- Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and

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

- Internet Explorer 8

- Internet Explorer 9

(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

- Internet Explorer 8

- Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems

- Internet Explorer 10

- Windows 8 for 64-bit Systems

- Internet Explorer 10

- Windows Server 2012

- Internet Explorer 10

(Windows Server 2012 Server Core installation not affected)

Windows RT

- Internet Explorer 10

- Impact: Remote Code Execution

- Version Number: 1.0

 

Bulletin 2

 

- 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

- Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems

- Windows 8 for 64-bit Systems

- Windows Server 2012

(Windows Server 2012 Server Core installation affected)

Windows RT

- Impact: Remote Code Execution

- Version Number: 1.0

 

Bulletin 3

 

- Affected Software:

- Microsoft Word 2003 Service Pack 3

- Microsoft Word 2007 Service Pack 2 and

Microsoft Word 2007 Service Pack 3

- Microsoft Word 2010 Service Pack 1 (32-bit editions)

- Microsoft Word 2010 Service Pack 1 (64-bit editions)

- Microsoft Word Viewer

- Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 2 and

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 3

- Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 1

- Word Automation Services

- Microsoft Office Web Apps 2010 Service Pack 1

- Impact: Remote Code Execution

- Version Number: 1.0

 

Bulletin 4

 

- Affected Software:

- Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3

- Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1

- Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2

- Impact: Remote Code Execution

- Version Number: 1.0

 

Bulletin 5

 

- 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: Remote Code Execution

- Version Number: 1.0

 

Important Security Bulletins

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Bulletin 6

 

- 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 not affected)

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

(Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not 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 not affected)

- Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems and

Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service

Pack 1

- Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems

- Windows 8 for 64-bit Systems

- Windows Server 2012

(Windows Server 2012 Server Core installation not affected)

- Impact: Remote Code Execution

- Version Number: 1.0

 

Bulletin 7

 

- Affected Software:

- 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 2012

(Windows Server 2012 Server Core installation affected)

- Impact: Security Feature Bypass

- 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/wsus/bb456965: 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.

 

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://technet.microsoft.com/security/bulletin/pgp.

 

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

 

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