Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-031 - Important
Vulnerability in Step-by-Step Interactive Training Could Allow Remote Code Execution (898458)
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Who should read this document: Customers who use Microsoft Windows or may have installed the Step-by-Step Interactive Training
Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution
Maximum Severity Rating: Important
Recommendation: Customers should apply the update at the earliest opportunity.
Security Update Replacement: None
Tested Software and Security Update Download Locations:
- Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 and Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
- Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
- Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Service Pack 1 (Itanium)
- Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003 (Itanium)
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition
- Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (SE), and Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (ME) – Review the FAQ section of this bulletin for details about these operating systems.
Tested Microsoft Windows Components:
- Step-by-Step Interactive Training - Download the update
- Step-by-Step Interactive Training when it is running on Itanium-based systems - Download the update
- Step-by-Step Interactive Training when it is running on x64-based systems - Download the update
Note The Step-by-Step Interactive Training software is included with many Microsoft Press titles. Use the information in the "Frequently asked questions (FAQ) related to this security update" section to help determine whether you require this security update.
The software in this list has been tested to determine whether the versions are affected. Other versions either no longer include security update support or may not be affected. To determine the support life cycle for your product and version, visit the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Web site.
Microsoft thanks the following for working with us to help protect customers:
- iDEFENSE and Brett Moore of Security-Assessment.com for reporting the Interactive Training Vulnerability (CAN-2005-1212).
Obtaining Other Security Updates:
Updates for other security issues are available at the following locations:
- Security updates are available in the Microsoft Download Center. You can find them most easily by doing a keyword search for "security_patch."
- Updates for consumer platforms are available at the Windows Update Web site.
- 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 the International Support Web site.
- The Microsoft TechNet Security Web site provides additional information about security in Microsoft products.
- Microsoft Software Update Services
- Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)
- Windows Update
- Windows Update Catalog: For more information about the Windows Update Catalog, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 323166.
- Office Update
Software Update Services:
By using Microsoft Software Update Services (SUS), administrators can quickly and reliably deploy the latest critical updates and security updates to Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003-based servers, and to desktop systems that are running Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional.
For more information about how to deploy this security update by using Software Update Services, visit the Software Update Services Web site.
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 can perform controlled deployment of these updates throughout the enterprise with minimal disruption to end users. For more information about how administrators can use SMS 2003 to deploy security updates, visit the SMS 2003 Security Patch Management Web site. SMS 2.0 users can also use Software Updates Service Feature Pack to help deploy security updates. For information about SMS, visit the SMS Web site.
Note SMS uses the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyze, Microsoft Office Detection Tool, and the Enterprise Update Scanning 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, visit the following Web site. 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.
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- V1.0 (June 14, 2005): Bulletin published
- V1.1 (June 15, 2005): Bulletin “Acknowledgments” section revised with additional details.