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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for July 2012

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Version: 5.1

This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for July 2012.

With the release of the security bulletins for July 2012, this bulletin summary replaces the bulletin advance notification originally issued July 5, 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 July 11, 2012, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada). Register now for the July 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 (July 10, 2012): Bulletin Summary published.
  • V1.1 (July 10, 2012): Removed CVE-2012-1860 from the Exploitability Index because the vulnerability has a Moderate severity rating. Only vulnerabilities that have a severity rating of Critical or Important in the bulletins are included in the Exploitability Index.
  • V2.0 (August 15, 2012): For MS12-043, added download links for Microsoft XML Core Services 5.0.
  • V3.0 (October 9, 2012): For MS12-043, added Microsoft XML Core Services 4.0 when installed on supported editions of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 to affected software. See the MS12-043 bulletin for details.
  • V4.0 (November 13, 2012): For MS12-046, replaced the KB2598361 update with the KB2687626 update for Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3. See the MS12-046 bulletin for details.
  • V5.0 (December 11, 2012): For MS12-043, replaced the KB2687324 update with the KB2687627 update for Microsoft XML Core Services 5.0 when installed on Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3, and replaced the KB2596679 update with the KB2687497 update for Microsoft XML Core Services 5.0 when installed with all affected editions of Microsoft Groove 2007, Microsoft Groove Server 2007, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. See the MS12-043 bulletin for details.
  • V5.1 (December 12, 2012): For MS12-050, revised bulletin summary to announce availability of an update for Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0. This update is available from the Microsoft Download Center only.