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MSVIDCTL (MS09-032) and the ATL vulnerability

Today we have released Security Advisory 973882 that describes vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Active Template Library (ATL), as well as security updates for Internet Explorer (MS09-034) and Visual Studio (MS09-035). The Visual Studio update addresses several vulnerabilities in the public versions of the ATL headers and libraries. The IE update contains two defense in depth …

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Security Bulletin Webcast Video, Questions and Answers – July 2009

Today Adrian Stone and I conducted the security bulletin webcast for June covering the six bulletins we released yesterday and Security Advisory 973472 (vulnerability in Office Web Components). There were several questions about MS09-028 and MS09-032. These security updates addressed two open security advisories (971778 and 972890 respectively). One common question was “if I installed …

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More information about the Office Web Components ActiveX vulnerability

We are aware of public attacks on the Internet exploiting a vulnerability in the Office Web Components Spreadsheet ActiveX control (OWC 10 and OWC11). Microsoft has released an advisory with further information available here. What’s the attacking vector? This vulnerability could be used for remote code execution in a “browse and get owned” scenario. User …

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Questions about Timing and Microsoft Security Advisory 972890

Hi everyone, Mike Reavey here.   You’ve probably seen in Jerry’s Advance Notification posting today announcing that we’re on track to release an update to address the issue discussed in Microsoft Security Advisory 972890.   We’ve gotten some questions from customers about when we got the first report of this vulnerability and how long the …

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New vulnerability in MPEG2TuneRequest ActiveX Control Object in msvidctl.dll

We are aware of active attacks exploiting a remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft’s MPEG2TuneRequest ActiveX Control Object. We have released advisory 972890 providing guidance to help our customers stay protected. In this blog post, we’d like to go into more detail to help you understand this issue. What’s the attack vector? (i.e. How could …

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New vulnerability in quartz.dll Quicktime parsing

Recently, we found a remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft’s DirectShow platform (quartz.dll) when processing the QuickTime format. We have released advisory 971778 providing guidance to help protect customers. We’d like to go into more detail in this blog to help you understand: Which configurations are at risk? Why is this a high risk vulnerability? How …

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MS08-050 : Locking an ActiveX control to specific applications.

MS08-050 concerns an ActiveX control that can be maliciously scripted to leak out personal information such as email addresses. There appeared to be no need for the control to have this behaviour so giving it a Kill-Bit seemed the correct approach to take. During the extensive testing that each security update undergoes, however, it became apparent …

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MS08-041 : The Microsoft Access Snapshot Viewer ActiveX control

MS08-041 fixes a vulnerability in the Microsoft Access Snapshot Viewer ActiveX control. It’s an interesting vulnerability so we wanted to go into more detail about platforms at reduced risk and also more about the servicing strategy for this vulnerability. Windows Vista at reduced risk? We first heard about this vulnerability from customers sending in reports …

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