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    December Security Announcement

    Wow, this email has come rather early for once! Its normally a 2am on Wednesday for me recently, but here is it, the MS Security announcement email for December:

    ************************************************** ******************
    Title: Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December 2006
    Issued: December 12, 2006
    Version Number: 1.0
    Bulletin: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=79710
    ************************************************** ******************

    Summary:
    ========
    This advisory contains information about all security updates released this month. It is broken down by security bulletin severity.

    Critical Security Bulletins
    ===========================

    MS06-072 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (925454)

    - Affected Software:
    - Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 4 on Windows 2000 Service
    Pack 4
    - Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 on Windows 2000 Service
    Pack 4
    - Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP Service Pack 2
    - Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
    - Internet Explorer 6 for Windows Server 2003 and Windows
    Server 2003 Service Pack 1
    - Internet Explorer 6 for Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based
    Systems and Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based
    Systems
    - Internet Explorer 6 for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition


    - Impact: Remote Code Execution
    - Version Number: 1.0

    MS06-073 - Vulnerability in Visual Studio 2005
    Could Allow Remote Code Execution (925674)

    - Affected Software:
    - Microsoft Visual Studio 2005


    - Impact: Remote Code Execution
    - Version Number: 1.0

    MS06-078 - Vulnerability in Windows Media Format
    Could Allow Remote Code Execution (923689)

    - Affected Software:
    - Microsoft Windows Media Format 7.1 through 9.5 Series Runtime
    on the following operating system versions:
    - Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
    - Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
    - Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
    - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Microsoft Windows Server
    2003 Service Pack 1
    - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition
    - Microsoft Windows Media Format 9.5 Series Runtime x64 Edition
    on the following operating system versions:
    - Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
    - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition
    - Microsoft Windows Media Player 6.4
    - Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
    - Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
    - Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
    - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or on Microsoft Windows
    Server 2003 Service Pack 1
    - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition


    - Impact: Remote Code Execution
    - Version Number: 1.0

    Important Security Bulletins
    ============================

    MS06-074 - Vulnerability in SNMP
    Could Allow Remote Code Execution (926247)

    - Affected Software:
    - Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
    - Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
    - Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
    - Microsoft Windows Server 2003
    - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
    - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems
    - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with SP1
    for Itanium-based Systems
    - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition


    - Impact: Remote Code Execution
    - Version Number: 1.0

    MS06-075 - Vulnerability in Windows
    Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (926255)

    - Affected Software:
    - Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
    - Microsoft Windows Server 2003
    - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems


    - Impact: Elevation of Privilege
    - Version Number: 1.0

    MS06-076 - Cumulative Security Update for Outlook Express (923694)

    - Affected Software:
    - Outlook Express 5.5 Service Pack 2 on Windows 2000 Service
    Pack 4
    - Outlook Express 6 Service Pack 1 on Windows 2000 Service
    Pack 4
    - Outlook Express 6 on Windows XP Service Pack 2
    - Outlook Express 6 on Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
    - Outlook Express 6 on Windows Server 2003 and Windows
    Server 2003 Service Pack 1
    - Outlook Express 6 on Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based
    Systems and Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based
    Systems
    - Outlook Express 6 on Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition


    - Impact: Remote Code Execution
    - Version Number: 1.0

    MS06-077 - Vulnerability in Remote Installation Service
    Could Allow Remote Code Execution (926121)

    - Affected Software:
    - Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4


    - Impact: Remote Code Execution
    - Version Number: 1.0



    Update Availability:
    ===================
    Updates are available to address these issues.
    For additional information, including Technical Details, Workarounds, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and Update Deployment Information please read the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for this month at: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=79710

    Support:
    ========
    Technical support is available from Microsoft Product Support Services at 1-866-PC SAFETY (1-866-727-2338). There is no charge for support calls associated with security updates.
    International customers can get support from their local Microsoft subsidiaries. Phone numbers for international support can be found
    at: http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx

    Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Business and Developer Software ================================================== =============
    The Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy provides consistent and predictable guidelines for product support availability at the time that the product is released. Under this policy, Microsoft will offer a minimum of ten years of support. This includes five years of Mainstream Support and five years of Extended Support for Business and Developer products. Microsoft will continue to provide security update support, at a supported Service Pack level, for a minimum of ten years through the Extended support phase. For more information about the Microsoft Support Lifecycle, visit http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/ or contact your Technical Account Manager.

    Additional Resources:
    =====================
    * Microsoft has created a free monthly e-mail newsletter containing
    valuable information to help you protect your network. This
    newsletter provides practical security tips, topical security
    guidance, useful resources and links, pointers to helpful
    community resources, and a forum for you to provide feedback
    and ask security-related questions.
    You can sign up for the newsletter at:

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec...s/default.mspx

    * Microsoft has created a free e-mail notification service that
    serves as a supplement to the Security Notification Service
    (this e-mail). The Microsoft Security Notification Service:
    Comprehensive Version. It provides timely notification of any
    minor changes or revisions to previously released Microsoft
    Security Bulletins and Security Advisories. This new service
    provides notifications that are written for IT professionals and
    contain technical information about the revisions to security
    bulletins. To register visit the following Web site:

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec...in/notify.mspx

    * Join Microsoft's webcast for a live discussion of the technical
    details of these security bulletins and steps you can take
    to protect your environment. Details about the live webcast
    can be found at:

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec...n/summary.mspx

    The on-demand version of the webcast will be available 24 hours
    after the live webcast at:

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec...n/summary.mspx

    * Protect your PC: Microsoft has provided information on how you
    can help protect your PC at the following locations:

    http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/

    If you receive an e-mail that claims to be distributing a
    Microsoft security update, it is a hoax that may be distributing a
    virus. Microsoft does not distribute security updates through
    e-mail. You can learn more about Microsoft's software distribution
    policies here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec...cy/swdist.mspx

    Acknowledgments:
    ================
    Microsoft thanks the following for working with us to protect
    customers:

    * Jakob Balle and Carsten Eiram of Secunia Research
    (http://secunia.com)
    for reporting an issue described in MS06-072

    * Sam Thomas, working with TippingPoint
    (http://www.tippingpoint.com) and the
    Zero Day Initiative
    (http://www.zerodayinitiative.com),
    for reporting an issue described in MS06-072

    * Yorick Koster of ITsec Security Services
    (http://www.itsec-ss.nl)
    for reporting an issue described in MS06-072

    * TippingPoint (http://www.tippingpoint.com) and the
    Zero Day Initiative (http://www.zerodayinitiative.com)
    for reporting an issue described in MS06-073

    * Kostya Kortchinsky of Immunity, Inc.
    (http://www.immunityinc.com) and
    Clement Seguy of the
    European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company
    (http://www.eads.com)
    for reporting an issue described in MS06-074

    * Nicolas Ruff for reporting an issue described in MS06-077

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    Re: December Security Announcement

    yet the office exploit remains unpatched.

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec...ry/929433.mspx

    Do not open or save Word files that you receive from un-trusted sources or that you receive unexpectedly from trusted sources. This vulnerability could be exploited when a user opens a specially crafted Word file.

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