Microsoft Issues Only 3 Patches for May, But There’s Something for Everybody

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Microsoft this week issued three new Windows security patches, including two that affect Windows XP, and one that affects Exchange. The Exchange patch is said to fix a vulnerability that Microsoft classifies as “critical”, as does one of the XP patches.

The critical patch for Windows XP involves MacroMedia Flash Player. Says Microsoft, “Vulnerabilities exist in Macromedia Flash Player from Adobe that could allow remote code execution.”

The other patch for XP is considered of moderate severity, and relates to a vulnerability in the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC). Explains Microsoft of that vulnerability, “A denial of service vulnerability exists that could allow an attacker to send a specially crafted network message to an affected system. An attacker could cause the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) to stop responding.”

The Exchange vulnerability is also considered “critical” because, explains Microsoft, “An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”

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One thought on “Microsoft Issues Only 3 Patches for May, But There’s Something for Everybody

  1. Microsoft’s Flash update is apparently aimed at Flash 6 and before.

    However, on several of my staff’s computers, it could not recognize later versions and simply produced a recurrent failure/install loop.

    I had to visit these computers to select “Custom” update, deslect the box for the update and then tell Windows not to remind me about this update again.

    I count myself lucky that I don;t have thousans of computers to worry about…


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