Patch Tuesday Analysis for November 2009

First you have the usual batch of workstation related security patches. One of them in particular - MS09-065 - needs immediate attention if your run pre- Vista workstations which are susceptible to arbitrary code attacks where bad guy puts malicious content on websites and other html sources and take over client computers. The vulnerability is public.
 
Other than that, admins of Windows 2000 servers and domain controllers need to pay attention to MS09-064 for computers with License Logging Service running. 
 
The surface area of Windows keeps increase. I didn’t even know about port 5357 and 5358 and Web Services on Devices (WSDAPI) until this month with MS09-063. Just a “patch after testing” vulnerability but to learn more about WSDAPI check out the FAQ in Microsoft’s security bulletin.
 
Also interesting is that Windows 7 survived unscathed this month.  To track patches for Windows 7 (5 so far) use my MS security bulleting database: http://www.ultimatewindowssecurity.com/patchanalysis/research.aspx

Before I give the Fast Facts chart for this month's patches please take note of these items:

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And here's the chart:

BulletinExploit Types
/Technologies Affected
System Types AffectedExploit
details public?
/ Being exploited?
Comprehensive,
practical
workaround
available?
MS severity ratingProducts AffectedNotesRandy's recommendation
MS09-065

969947
Arbitrary code

/ Embedded OpenType fonts
Workstations
Terminal Servers
Yes/NoNoCritical Win2000
XP
Win2003
Vista
Win2008
Restart Req'dPatch Pre-Vista Workstations Immediately
MS09-067

972652
Arbitrary code

/ Office Excel
Workstations
Terminal Servers
No/NoNoImportant Office 2003
Office 2007
Office 2004 for Mac
Office 2008 for Mac
Excel Viewer
Office Converter Pack
Office 2002
Restart may be req'dPatch after testing
MS09-066

973309
Denial of service

/ Active Directory, ADAM, AD LDS
Servers
Domain Controllers
No/NoYesImportant XP
Server 2003
Server 2000
Server 2008
Restart Req'dPatch after testing
MS09-063

973565
Arbitrary code

/ Windows
Workstations
No/NoNoCritical Vista
Win2008
Restart Req'dPatch after testing
MS09-064

974783
Arbitrary code

/ License Logging Service
Domain Controllers
No/NoYesCritical Server 2000
Restart Req'dPatch after testing or disable License Logging Service
MS09-068

976307
Arbitrary code

/ Office Word
Workstations
Terminal Servers
No/NoNoImportant Office XP
Office 2003
Word Viewer
Office 2004 for Mac
Office 2008 for Mac
Open XML Format Converter Mac
Restart may be req'dPatch after testing

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