Patch Analysis for March 2009
MS09-006 replaces last year’s patch MS08-061 both of which patch vulnerabilities with how Windows processes certain image files (WMF and EMF). This is a workstation patch that should be rolled out after normal testing.
MS09-007 only applies to secure web servers that require certificate based client authentication. Simply running an https:// web site doesn’t make you vulnerable to this exploit – only if you are using client certificates. I wrote an article some time ago on how you can implement soft 2-factor authentication using client certificates - http://www.ultimatewindowssecurity.com/articles_certs.html.
Remember DNS spoofing last year. Well here’s another patch with MS09-008 but this one affects only DNS and WINS servers--not the client. Don’t delay in patching vulnerable
DNS servers especially any on the Internet.
|System Types Affected||Exploit|
/ Being exploited?
|MS severity rating||Products Affected||Notes||Randy's recommendation|
|Arbitrary code |
|No/No||No||Critical ||Win2000 |
|Restart Req’d||Patch after testing |
/ Site Spoofing
|Web Servers ||No/No||Yes||Important ||Win2000 |
|Restart Req’d ||Patch after accelerated testing for web servers that use schannel |
|Yes/No||No||Important ||Server 2003 |
|Restart Req’d ||Patch after testing |
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