Patch Tuesday Analysis for December 2006

None of the 7 critical and important security bulletins released by Microsoft today impact Vista or Internet Explorer so it will be interesting to see if this is a trend and how long it lasts.  The most important bulletins this month are MS06-073 if you have in-house developers using Visual Studio 2005 and MS06-078 for your workstation and Terminal Services environments.
 

BulletinExploit Types
/Technologies Affected
System Types AffectedExploit
details public?
/ Being exploited?
Comprehensive,
practical
workaround
available?
MS severity ratingProducts AffectedNotesRandy's recommendation
MS06-078

923689
Arbitrary code

/ Windows Media
Workstations
Terminal Servers
Yes/NoYesCritical Win2000
XP
Server 2003
Server 2000
Datacenter Server 2000
Small Business Server 2003
Advance Server 2000
Small Business Server 2000
Windows media formats. Either install updates or set the kill bit on Windows Media Player 6.4,7.1,9 and 10 using my nifty ADM file and group policy…
MS06-076

923694
Arbitrary code

/ Outlook Express
Workstations
Terminal Servers
No/NoNoImportant XP
Server 2003
Datacenter Server 2000
Small Business Server 2003
Outlook Express; Windows Address Book file Test and then patch
MS06-072

925454
Arbitrary code
Information disclosure

/ IE
Workstations
Terminal Servers
No/NoNoCritical Win2000
XP
Server 2003
Small Business Server 2003
Internet ExplorerNo practical workarounds - Patch workstations after testing…
MS06-073

925674
Arbitrary code

/ Visual Studio
Developer Workstations
Yes/YesYesCritical Visual Studio 2005
Visual Studio 2005 Std, Pro and Team editionsSet kill bit using my ADM file or install patch ASAP…
MS06-077

926121
Arbitrary code

/ RIS
RIS Servers
No/NoYesImportant Win2000
Small Business Server 2000
Remote Installation ServicePatch Windows 2000 RIS servers after testing or implement workarounds
MS06-074

926247
Arbitrary code

/ SNMP Service
Workstations
Terminal Servers
No/NoYesImportant XP
Server 2003
Small Business Server 2003
Small Business Server 2000
SNMP Servicemplement one of serveral workarounds
MS06-075

926255
Privilege elevation

/ CSRSS subsystem
Workstations
Terminal Servers
No/NoNoImportant XP
Server 2003
Small Business Server 2003
CSRSS subsystemTest and then patch end-user accessible Terminal Services servers and workstation environments where end users do not have local administrator authority

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