I have been told this is actually quite critical!

Frank

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for October 2008
Published: October 22, 2008

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: October 22, 2008
Microsoft Security Bulletin to be issued: October 23, 2008

This is an advance notification of an out-of-band security bulletin that
Microsoft is intending to release on October 23, 2008.

This bulletin advance notification will be replaced with the revised October
bulletin summary on October 23, 2008. The revised bulletin summary will
include the out-of-band security bulletin as well as the security bulletins
already released on October 14, 2008.

For more information about the bulletin advance notification service, see
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification.

To receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft Security Bulletins are
issued, subscribe to Microsoft Technical Security Notifications.

Microsoft is hosting a webcast to address customer questions on this
out-of-band security bulletin on October 23, 2008, at 1:00 PM Pacific Time
(US & Canada). Register now for the Out-of-Band Security Bulletin Webcast.
After this date, this webcast is available on-demand. For more information,
see Microsoft Security Bulletin Summaries and Webcasts.

Microsoft also provides information to help customers prioritize monthly
security updates with any non-security, high-priority updates that are being
released on the same day as the monthly security updates. Please see the
section, Other Information.

Bulletin Information
Executive Summaries
This advance notification provides the software subject as the bulletin
identifier, because the official Microsoft Security Bulletin numbers are not
issued until release. The bulletin summary that replaces this advance
notification will have the proper Microsoft Security Bulletin numbers (in
the MSyy-xxx format) as the bulletin identifier. The security bulletins for
this month are as follows, in order of severity:

Critical (1)



Bulletin Identifier Windows Bulletin
Maximum Severity Rating
Critical

Impact of Vulnerability
Remote Code Execution

Detection
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer can detect whether your computer system
requires this update. The update requires a restart.

Affected Software
Microsoft Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software section.


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Affected Software

This advance notification provides the software subject as the bulletin
identifier, because the official Microsoft Security Bulletin numbers are not
issued until release. The bulletin summary that replaces this advance
notification will have the proper Microsoft Security Bulletin numbers (in
the MSyy-xxx format) as the bulletin identifier.

How do I use this table?

Use this table to learn about the security updates that you may need to
install. You should review each software program or component listed to see
whether any security updates are required. If a software program or
component is listed, then the severity rating of the security update is also
listed.

Note You may have to install several security updates for a single
vulnerability. Review the whole column for each bulletin identifier that is
listed to verify the updates that you have to install, based on the programs
or components that you have installed on your system.

Windows Operating System and Components



Microsoft Windows 2000
Bulletin Identifier
Windows

Aggregate Severity Rating
Critical

Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
(Critical)

Windows XP
Bulletin Identifier
Windows

Aggregate Severity Rating
Critical

Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3 Windows XP Service
Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3
(Critical)

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Service Pack 2 Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows XP
Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Critical)

Windows Server 2003
Bulletin Identifier
Windows

Aggregate Severity Rating
Critical

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(Critical)

Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service
Pack 2 Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition
Service Pack 2
(Critical)

Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server
2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for
Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based
Systems
(Critical)

Windows Vista
Bulletin Identifier
Windows

Aggregate Severity Rating
Important

Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Windows Vista and Windows
Vista Service Pack 1
(Important)

Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1
Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1
(Important)

Windows Server 2008
Bulletin Identifier
Windows

Aggregate Severity Rating
Important

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems*
(Important)

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Windows Server 2008 for x64-based
Systems*
(Important)

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Windows Server 2008 for
Itanium-based Systems
(Important)


*Windows Server 2008 server core installation affected. For supported
editions of Windows Server 2008, this update applies, with the same severity
rating, whether or not Windows Server 2008 was installed using the Server
Core installation option. For more information on this installation option,
see Server Core. Note that the Server Core installation option does not
apply to certain editions of Windows Server 2008; see Compare Server Core
Installation Options.

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Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance

Security Central

Manage the software and security updates you need to deploy to the servers,
desktop, and mobile computers in your organization. For more information see
the TechNet Update Management Center. The TechNet Security Center provides
additional information about security in Microsoft products. Consumers can
visit Security At Home, where this information is also available by clicking
"Latest Security Updates".

Security updates are available from Microsoft Update, Windows Update, and
Office Update. Security updates are also available at the Microsoft Download
Center. You can find them most easily by doing a keyword search for
"security update".

Finally, security updates can be downloaded from the Microsoft Update
Catalog. The Microsoft Update Catalog provides a searchable catalog of
content made available through Windows Update and Microsoft Update,
including security updates, drivers and service packs. By searching using
the security bulletin number (such as, "MS07-036"), you can add all of the
applicable updates to your basket (including different languages for an
update), and download to the folder of your choosing.
For more information about the Microsoft Update Catalog, see the Microsoft
Update Catalog FAQ.

Detection and Deployment Guidance

Microsoft has provided detection and deployment guidance for this month's
security updates. This guidance will also help IT professionals understand
how they can use various tools to help deploy the security update, such as
Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Office Update, the Microsoft Baseline
Security Analyzer (MBSA), the Office Detection Tool, Microsoft Systems
Management Server (SMS), and the Extended Security Update Inventory Tool
(ESUIT). For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 910723.

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) allows administrators to
scan local and remote systems for missing security updates as well as common
security misconfigurations. For more information about MBSA, visit Microsoft
Baseline Security Analyzer.

Windows Server Update Services

By using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), administrators can quickly
and reliably deploy the latest critical updates and security updates for
Windows 2000 operating systems and later, Office XP and later, Exchange
Server 2003, and SQL Server 2000 to Windows 2000 and later operating
systems.

For more information about how to deploy this security update using Windows
Server Update Services, visit Windows Server Update Services.

Systems Management Server

Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) delivers a highly-configurable
enterprise solution for managing updates. By using SMS, administrators can
identify Windows-based systems that require security updates and to perform
controlled deployment of these updates throughout the enterprise with
minimal disruption to end users. The next release of SMS, System Center
Configuration Manager 2007, is now available; see also System Center
Configuration Manager 2007. For more information about how administrators
can use SMS 2003 to deploy security updates, see SMS 2003 Security Patch
Management. SMS 2.0 users can also use the Software Updates Services Feature
Pack to help deploy security updates. For information about SMS, visit
Microsoft Systems Management Server.

Note SMS uses the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and the Microsoft
Office Detection Tool to provide broad support for security bulletin update
detection and deployment. Some software updates may not be detected by these
tools. Administrators can use the inventory capabilities of the SMS in these
cases to target updates to specific systems. For more information about this
procedure, see Deploying Software Updates Using the SMS Software
Distribution Feature. Some security updates require administrative rights
following a restart of the system. Administrators can use the Elevated
Rights Deployment Tool (available in the SMS 2003 Administration Feature
Pack and in the SMS 2.0 Administration Feature Pack) to install these
updates.

Update Compatibility Evaluator and Application Compatibility Toolkit

Updates often write to the same files and registry settings required for
your applications to run. This can trigger incompatibilities and increase
the time it takes to deploy security updates. You can streamline testing and
validating Windows updates against installed applications with the Update
Compatibility Evaluator components included with Application Compatibility
Toolkit 5.0.

The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) contains the necessary tools and
documentation to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues
before deploying Microsoft Windows Vista, a Windows Update, a Microsoft
Security Update, or a new version of Windows Internet Explorer in your
environment.

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Other Information
Non-Security, High-Priority Updates on MU, WU, and WSUS For information
about non-security releases on Windows Update and Microsoft update, please
see:

.. Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 894199: Description of Software Update
Services and Windows Server Update Services changes in content for 2008.
Includes all Windows content.

.. New, Revised, and Released Updates for Microsoft Products Other Than
Microsoft Windows.


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Security Strategies and Community
Update Management Strategies

Security Guidance for Update Management provides additional information
about Microsoft's best-practice recommendations for applying security
updates.

Obtaining Other Security Updates

Updates for other security issues are available from the following
locations:

.. Security updates are available from Microsoft Download Center. You can
find them most easily by doing a keyword search for "security update".

.. Updates for consumer platforms are available from Microsoft Update.

.. You can obtain the security updates offered this month on Windows
Update, from Download Center on Security and Critical Releases ISO CD
Image files. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article
913086.


IT Pro Security Community

Learn to improve security and optimize your IT infrastructure, and
participate with other IT Pros on security topics in IT Pro Security
Community.

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Support
.. The affected software listed have been tested to determine which
versions are affected. Other versions are past their support life cycle.
To determine the support life cycle for your software version, visit
Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

.. Customers in the U.S. and Canada can receive technical support from
Microsoft Product Support Services at 1-866-PCSAFETY. There is no charge
for support calls that are associated with security updates.

.. International customers can receive support from their local Microsoft
subsidiaries. There is no charge for support that is associated with
security updates. For more information about how to contact Microsoft
for support issues, visit International Help and Support.


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Disclaimer
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is" without warranty of any kind. Microsoft disclaims all warranties,
either express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability
and fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall Microsoft
Corporation or its suppliers be liable for any damages whatsoever
including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, loss of business
profits or special damages, even if Microsoft Corporation or its
suppliers have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some
states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for
consequential or incidental damages so the foregoing limitation may not
apply.

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--
Frank McCallister
COMPUMAC