Microsoft Security Advisory (967940)

Update for Windows Autorun

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Version: 2.1

Microsoft is announcing the availability of updates to the Autorun feature that help to restrict AutoPlay functionality to only CD and DVD media on supported editions of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008. Restricting AutoPlay functionality to only CD and DVD media can help protect customers from attack vectors that involve the execution of arbitrary code by Autorun when inserting a USB flash drive, network shares, or other non-CD and non-DVD media containing a file system with an Autorun.inf file.

Microsoft released the following updates related to this advisory.

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The information provided in this advisory is provided "as 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.

Revisions:

  • V1.0 (February 24, 2009): Advisory published.
  • V1.1 (August 25, 2009): Summary revised to notify users of an update to Autorun that restricts AutoPlay functionality to CD-ROM and DVD-ROM media, available for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008 from Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 971029.
  • V2.0 (February 8, 2011): Summary revised to notify users that the 971029 update to Autorun that restricts AutoPlay functionality to CD and DVD media will be offered via automatic updating.
  • V2.1 (February 22, 2011): Summary revised to notify users of a change in the deployment logic for updates described in this advisory. This change is intended to minimize the user interaction required to install the updates on systems configured for automatic updating.