Patch Tuesday Analysis for January 2008

Only 2 bulletins this month and neither is what I’d call high priority unless you manage a server exposed to the Internet that sends or receives multi-cast traffic. If you have systems connected to hostile networks that are open to IGMP/MLD and Router Discovery Protocol you should load this patch as soon as possible. Of course workstations are typically in this category but I would recommend testing the patch before rolling out to hundreds or thousands of workstations. Your other option – for systems that don’t need to support multicast traffic – is to disable the features with a registry tweak that can be automated through group policy with a custom administrative template. 

The other vulnerability is limited to the risk of someone logged on locally who runs a specially crafted program which elevates its privileges. This is mostly a matter for high security workstation environments where end users don’t have admin authority and Terminal Servers where end-users could access and execute a specially crafted program. 
BulletinExploit Types
/Technologies Affected
System Types AffectedExploit
details public?
/ Being exploited?
Comprehensive,
practical
workaround
available?
MS severity ratingProducts AffectedNotesRandy's recommendation
MS08-001

941644
Arbitrary code

/ Windows
Workstations
Terminal Servers
No/NoYesCritical Win2000
XP
Vista
Server 2003
Small Business Server 2003
Restart is RequiredOptions: - Disable or block IGMP/MLD and Router Discovery Protocol. This will break multi-cast applications such as some features in Ghost or live Internet broadcasts. Can be disabled using group policy by creating a custom administrative template. - Patch after testing
MS08-002

943485
Privilege elevation

/ Windows
Workstations
Terminal Servers
No/NoNoImportant Win2000
XP
Server 2003
Restart is RequiredPatch after testing

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