Patch Analysis for January 2014

The January Microsoft Security Bulletin was a very light one with 4 patches that are all rated as Important.  Remote code execution may be possible by exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Word (MS14-001) but attacks have not been observed prior to the patch release.  Pay close attention to MS14-002 that addresses an elevation of privilege vulnerability found in Windows XP SP3 and Windows Server 2003 SP2.  This patch is of note because there have been reports of targeted attacks that exploit a vulnerability that is fixed with this update.  MS14-003 fixes a kernel mode driver vulnerability that may allow Elevation of Privilege.  Finally, MS14-004 addresses a denial of service vulnerability in Microsoft Dynamics AX.

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BulletinExploit Types
/Technologies Affected
System Types AffectedExploit
details public?
/ Being exploited?
Comprehensive,
practical
workaround
available?
MS severity ratingProducts AffectedNotesRandy's recommendation
MS14-004

2880826
Denial of service

/ Microsoft Dynamics AX
Servers
No/NoNoImportant Dynamics AX 2012
Dynamics AX 4.0
Dynamics AX 2009
Dynamics AX 2012 R2
Restart Req'dPatch after testing
MS14-003

2913602
Privilege elevation

/ Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers
Workstations
Terminal Servers
Servers
No/NoNoImportant Server 2008 R2
Windows 7
Restart Req'dPatch after testing
MS14-002

2914368
Privilege elevation

/ Windows Kernel
Workstations
Terminal Servers
Servers
No/YesYesImportant XP
Server 2003
Restart Req'dPatch after testing
MS14-001

2916605
Arbitrary code

/ Word and Office Web Apps
Workstations
Terminal Servers
Servers
Sharepoint Servers
No/NoNoImportant Office 2003
Office 2007
Word Viewer
Office 2010
SharePoint Server 2010
SharePoint Server 2013
Office 2013 RT
Office 2013
Office 2013 Web Apps
Office 2010 Web Apps
Restart Req'dPatch after testing

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