November 2012 Patch Tuesday Is Here

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The customary second Tuesday of the month updates for your Windows based OS’s arrived today and for the first time formally updated their new Windows 8 OS as well as the Microsoft Surface RT which got a firmware update.

Updates for six bulletins were released today and are summarized below:

  • MS12-071 – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2761451)
    • This security update resolves three privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
  • MS12-072 – Vulnerabilities in Windows Shell Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2727528) 
    • This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user browses to a specially crafted briefcase in Windows Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code as the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker could take complete control of the affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
  • MS12-074 – Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2745030) 
    • This security update resolves five privately reported vulnerabilities in the .NET Framework. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if an attacker convinces the user of a target system to use a malicious proxy auto configuration file and then injects code into the currently running application.
  • MS12-075 – Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2761226)
    • This security update resolves three privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted document or visits a malicious webpage that embeds TrueType font files. An attacker would have to convince users to visit the website, typically by getting them to click a link in an email message that takes them to the attacker’s website.
  • MS12-076 – Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2720184) 
    • This security update resolves four privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Excel file with an affected version of Microsoft Excel. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
  • MS12-073 – Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Could Allow Information Disclosure (2733829)
    • This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and one privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS). The more severe vulnerability could allow information disclosure if an attacker sends specially crafted FTP commands to the server.

Easiest way to get these updates is to use Windows Update on your machine or device.  If you would rather sneaker net the update to all of your machines then you can grab the ISO image from the Microsoft Download Center.

November 2012 Security Release ISO Image

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