securitybulletin

This month we have 6 new security bulletins and 1 new security advisory that you need to apply in your environments.  Please see all the details below.

What is the purpose of this alert?

This alert is to provide you with an overview of the new security bulletin(s) being released on March 13, 2012. Security bulletins are released monthly to resolve critical problem vulnerabilities.

New Security Bulletins

Microsoft is releasing the following six new security bulletins for newly discovered vulnerabilities:

Bulletin ID

Bulletin Title

Max Severity Rating

Vulnerability Impact

Restart Requirement

Affected Software

MS12-017

Vulnerability in DNS Server Could Allow Denial of Service (2647170)

Important

Denial of Service

Requires restart

Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 (except Itanium-based systems), and Windows Server 2008 R2 (except Itanium-based systems).

MS12-018

Vulnerability in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2641653)

Important

Elevation of Privilege

Requires restart

Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

MS12-019

Vulnerability in DirectWrite Could Allow Denial of Service (2665364)

Moderate

Denial of Service

May require restart

Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 (except Itanium-based systems), Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

MS12-020

Vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2671387)

Critical

Remote Code Execution

Requires restart

Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

MS12-021

Vulnerability in Visual Studio Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2651019)

Important

Elevation of Privilege

May require restart

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010.

MS12-022

Vulnerability in Expression Design Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2651018)

Important

Remote Code Execution

May require restart

Microsoft Expression Design, Expression Design 2, Expression Design 3, and Expression Design 4.

 

Summaries for new bulletin(s) may be found at http://technet.microsoft.com/security/bulletin/MS12-mar.

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

Microsoft is releasing an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Windows Update (WU), and the Download Center. Information on the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is available at http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=890830.

High Priority Non-Security Updates

High priority non-security updates Microsoft releases to be available on Microsoft Update (MU), Windows Update (WU), or Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) will be detailed in the KB article found at http://support.microsoft.com/?id=894199.

New Security Advisory

Security Advisory 2647518

Update Rollup for ActiveX Kill Bits

Affected Software

• Microsoft Windows XP

• Windows Server 2003

• Windows Vista

• Windows Server 2008

• Windows 7

• Windows Server 2008 R2

Executive Summary

• With this advisory, Microsoft is releasing an update rollup of ActiveX kill bits that contains new kill bits and all kill bits previously released.

• This update sets the kill bits for the following third-party software:

o Biostat SamplePower (IBM)

o Blueberry Software Flashback Component (IBM)

o HP Photo Creative (HP)

More Information

http://technet.microsoft.com/security/advisory/2647518

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