Patch Analysis for May 2009
MS09-17 patches something like 14 vulnerabilities in most versions of PowerPoint. Ongoing attacks already exploit at least one vulnerability and more exploit code is on the radar. I disagree with Microsoft's rating of Important for some versions of PowerPoint. Their justification is apparently that the user is required to Open, Save, or Cancel before opening a the malformed document. Well, experience has shown that a user cannot be relied upon to make the wise decision when presented with these options. Therefore apply this patch after minimal testing.
|System Types Affected||Exploit|
/ Being exploited?
|MS severity rating||Products Affected||Notes||Randy's recommendation|
|Arbitrary code |
/ Microsoft Office PowerPoint
|Yes/Yes||No||Critical ||Office 2000 |
Office 2004 for Mac
Office 2008 for Mac
| ||Patch after minimal testing|
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