As we mentioned last Friday today is the first Tuesday of the month and that makes it Patch Tuesday for Windows based systems.
This update was small and only affected two programs from Microsoft. All versions of Microsoft Office prior to the 2010 release and the Windows Server series of OS’s.
According to the MSRC these two updates are summarized as follows:
MS11-035 (WINS or Windows Internet Name Server): This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Windows Internet Name Service (WINS). The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user received specially crafted malware on an affected system running the WINS service. By default, WINS is not installed on any affected operating system. Only customers who manually install this component are affected by this issue and will be offered the update.
MS11-036 (PowerPoint): This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft PowerPoint. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted malicious PowerPoint file. An attacker who successfully exploited either of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as a logged-on 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.
If you would like to grab these updates so that you can burn them to a DVD-ROM and hand walk the update to PC’s that might not be on the network then check out this ISO image from the Microsoft Download Center.
If your set to automatically download and install updates they should be on your system soon. You are set for automatic updates right?