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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2012

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Version: 3.0

This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for August 2012.

With the release of the security bulletins for August 2012, this bulletin summary replaces the bulletin advance notification originally issued August 9, 2012. For more information about the bulletin advance notification service, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification.

For information about how to receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft security bulletins are issued, visit Microsoft Technical Security Notifications.

Microsoft is hosting a webcast to address customer questions on these bulletins on August 15, 2012, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada). Register now for the August 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 updates that are being released on the same day as the monthly security updates. Please see the section, Other Information.

Bulletin Information

Executive Summaries

Exploitability Index

Affected Software and Download Locations

Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance

Other Information

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

Microsoft has released an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services, and the Download Center.

Non-Security Updates on MU, WU, and WSUS

For information about non-security releases on Windows Update and Microsoft Update, please see:

Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP)

To improve security protections for customers, Microsoft provides vulnerability information to major security software providers in advance of each monthly security update release. Security software providers can then use this vulnerability information to provide updated protections to customers via their security software or devices, such as antivirus, network-based intrusion detection systems, or host-based intrusion prevention systems. To determine whether active protections are available from security software providers, please visit the active protections websites provided by program partners listed in Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) Partners.

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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  • V1.0 (August 14, 2012): Bulletin Summary published.
  • V2.0 (October 9, 2012): Bulletin Summary revised to coincide with the rerelease of update packages in MS12-053, MS12-054, MS12-055, and MS12-058. Customers need to apply the rereleased update packages to avoid an issue with digital certificates described in Microsoft Security Advisory 2749655. See the bulletins for more information.
  • V3.0 (December 11, 2012): For MS12-057, replaced the KB2553260 and KB2589322 updates with the KB2687501 and KB2687510 updates respectively for all affected editions of Microsoft Office 2010. For MS12-059, replaced the KB2597171 update with the KB2687508 update for all affected editions of Microsoft Visio 2010. For MS12-060, replaced the KB2687323 update with the KB2726929 update for Windows common controls on all affected variants of Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2003 Web Components, and Microsoft SQL Server 2005.