Monday, December 31, 2012

Fix it for Security Advisory 2794220 Available

Security Bulletin
Microsoft  Security Advisory 2794220 has been updated to provide a Fix it solution.  Applying this Fix it solution will prevent the vulnerability in the referenced Security Advisory from being used for code execution without affecting your ability to browse the Web. 

Microsoft Fix it

A Microsoft Fix it solution is available now for applying to protect your computer. The update will not require a restart.

Fix it
Fix this problem
Microsoft Fix it 50971
Fix this problem
      Microsoft Fix it 50972


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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Microsoft Security Advisory 2794220

Security Advisory
Microsoft released Security Advisory 2794220 to address an issue that affects Internet Explorer versions 6, 7 and 8.  Internet Explorer versions 9 and 10 are not affected.

At this time, Microsoft is aware of a very small number of targeted attacks.  This issue allows remote code execution if users browse to a malicious website with an affected browser.  Generally, this is a result of an attacker convincing someone to click a link in an email or instant message.


Microsoft is actively working to develop a security update to address the issue.  In the meantime, please consider the following suggestions:

1.  Update Internet Explorer -- If your operating system is Windows Vista or Windows 7, update to Internet Explorer 9.  For Windows XP, your system will be more secure if you update to Internet Explorer 8.

2.  Update or Uninstall Java -- Current exploits of this type of vulnerability in Internet Explorer use third-party software, including Oracle’s Java, to help obtain reliable exploitation.

Most home computer users no longer need Java.  Following are reasons why someone may need Oracle Sun Java installed on their computer:

  • Playing on-line games generally requires Java.
  • With OpenOffice, Java is needed for the items listed here
  • It used to be that Java was needed for websites to be properly displayed. However, that is generally not the case now with Flash having taken over.
  • There may be commercial programs that depend on Java. If Java is needed for a software installed on your computer, there should be a prompt for it.
If you need Java, be sure you have uninstalled all old, vulnerable versions and have only the most recent release installed on your computer.  The current version of Java is Version 7 Update 10.

3.  Install and configure EMET -- The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit was designed to help prevent hackers from gaining access to your system. It prevents exploitation by applying in-box mitigations to help protect against this and other issues and should not affect usability of websites.

An easy guide for EMET installation and configuration is available in KB2458544.  Additional information about configuring EMET is available in the EMET User's Guide, in the following locations:
  • 32-bit systems -- C:\Program Files\EMET\EMET User's Guide.pdf
  • 64-bit systems -- C:\Program Files (x86)\EMET\EMET User's Guide.pdf
Additional suggestions are available in the MSRC Blog post and the Security Advisory, referenced below.


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Critical Update MS12-078 Re-released

Microsoft re-released security update KB2753842 to resolve an issue with OpenType fonts not properly rendering after the original update was installed.

MS12-078 is a Critical update.  Thus, even if you have already installed the December security updates, the re-released KB2753842 update needs to be installed.

Note:  The update requires a restart to complete installation.

More Information:

Bulletin NumberBulletin TitleBulletin KB
MS12-078Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows 2783534

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Adobe Flash Player Critical Security Updates

Adobe Flash Player was updated to address critical security vulnerabilities.  These updates address a vulnerability that could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Update Information

The newest versions are as follows:
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7:  11.5.502.135
Windows 8:  11.3.377.15
Macintosh:  11.5.502.136

Release date: December 11, 2012
Vulnerability identifier: APSB12-27
Priority: 1
CVE number: CVE-2012-5676, CVE-2012-5677, CVE-2012-5678
Platform: All Platforms

Flash Player Update Instructions

Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh and Linux

Although Adobe suggests downloading the update from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center or by using the auto-update mechanism within the product when prompted, if you prefer, direct download links are available.

  • Users of Adobe AIR for Windows should update to and Macintosh users to  See Determine version | Adobe AIR runtime
  • Beginning with Adobe Flash Version 11.3, the universal 32-bit installer will include the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Flash Player.  
  • If you use the Adobe Flash Player Download Center, be careful to uncheck the optional McAfee Security Plus box.  It is not needed for the Flash Player update.
  • Uncheck any toolbar offered with Adobe products if not wanted.
  • If you use alternate browsers, it is necessary to install the update for both Internet Explorer as well as the update for alternate browsers.
  • The separate 32-bit and 64-bit uninstallers have been replaced with a single uninstaller.
Adobe Flash Player for Android

The latest version for Adobe Flash Player for Android is available by downloading it from the Android Marketplace by browsing to it on a mobile phone.

Verify Installation

To verify the Adobe Flash Player version number installed on your computer, go to the About Flash Player page, or right-click on content running in Flash Player and select "About Adobe Flash Player" from the menu. 

Do this for each browser installed on your computer.

To verify the version of Adobe Flash Player for Android, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Adobe Flash Player x.x.


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Microsoft Security Bulletin Release for December 2012

Microsoft released seven (7) bulletins addressing 17 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Word and Windows Server.

Five bulletins are identified as Critical and two as Important.

Bulletin NumberBulletin TitleBulletin KB
MS12-077Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 2761465
MS12-078Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows 2783534
MS12-079Vulnerability in Microsoft Office 2780642
MS12-080Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server 2784126
MS12-081Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows 2758857
MS12-082Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows 2770660
MS12-083Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows 2765809


The following additional information is provided in the Security Bulletin:


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Monday, December 10, 2012

Introducing WinPatrol 2013, Enhanced for Windows 8

No question about it, Bill Pytylovany has done it again!  Officially released is WinPatrol 2013, version 26.0.2013, which Bill has enhanced for Windows 8.  It works with either Windows 8 or Windows 8 Professional.  However, there (currently at least) is not an App for Windows RT so it will not work on Windows RT.

Although additional features specific to Windows 8 will be added to WinPatrol in the future, for people using Windows 8 who want to go directly to the desktop, you can use WinPatrol to easily make that happen.  With File Explorer (explorer.exe) as a Start up Program will cause Windows 8 to switch to the desktop mode.  To add explorer.exe (or other programs) to Start up is easy with WinPatrol:

Adding Programs to Start up
  • Right-click Scotty in the system tray and click "Display Startup Info..."  Accept the UAC prompt.
  • At the bottom of the Start up Programs tab, click the Add button 
  • Navigate to the location of the program to be added, locate and highlight the .exe file and click Open (explorer.exe is located in the C:\Windows directory).
See Bits from Bill: WinPatrol 2013 Enhanced for Windows 8 for additional information.

For anyone wondering, although the latest version update addresses Windows 8 features, WinPatrol runs on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, Windows 8 including x64 versions.

Download WinPatrol 26.0.2013 
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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Security Bulletin Advance Notice for December 2012

Security Bulletin
On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, Microsoft is planning to release seven (7) bulletins addressing eleven (11) vulnerabilities.

Five bulletins are identified as Critical and address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Word, Windows Server and Internet Explorer.  The two remaining bulletins are rated Important and will address issues in Microsoft Windows.

As happens each month, Microsoft will also 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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