Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for March 2013
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This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for March 2013.
With the release of the security bulletins for March 2013, this bulletin summary replaces the bulletin advance notification originally issued March 7, 2013. For more information about the bulletin advance notification service, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification.
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Microsoft is hosting a webcast to address customer questions on these bulletins on March 13, 2013, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada). Register now for the March Security Bulletin Webcast. After this date, this webcast is available on-demand.
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.
The following table summarizes the security bulletins for this month in order of severity.
For details on affected software, see the next section, Affected Software and Download Locations.
|Bulletin ID||Bulletin Title and Executive Summary||Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact||Restart Requirement||Affected Software|
|MS13-021||Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2809289) |
This security update resolves eight privately reported vulnerabilities and one publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
Remote Code Execution
|Requires restart||Microsoft Windows, |
|MS13-022||Vulnerability in Silverlight Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2814124) |
This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Silverlight. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an attacker hosts a website that contains a specially crafted Silverlight application that could exploit this vulnerability and then convinces a user to view the website. The attacker could also take advantage of compromised websites and websites that accept or host user-provided content or advertisements. Such websites could contain specially crafted content that could exploit this vulnerability. In all cases, however, an attacker would have no way to force users to visit a website. Instead, an attacker would have to convince users to visit a website, typically by getting them to click a link in an email message or in an Instant Messenger message that takes them to the attacker's website. It could also be possible to display specially crafted web content by using banner advertisements or by using other methods to deliver web content to affected systems.
Remote Code Execution
|Does not require restart||Microsoft Silverlight|
|MS13-023||Vulnerability in Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2801261) |
This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Office. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Visio file. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
Remote Code Execution
|May require restart||Microsoft Office|
|MS13-024||Vulnerabilities in SharePoint Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2780176) |
This security update resolves four privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow elevation of privilege if a user clicks a specially crafted URL that takes the user to a targeted SharePoint site.
Elevation of Privilege
|May require restart||Microsoft Office, Microsoft Server Software|
|MS13-025||Vulnerability in Microsoft OneNote Could Allow Information Disclosure (2816264) |
This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft OneNote. The vulnerability could allow information disclosure if an attacker convinces a user to open a specially crafted OneNote file.
|May require restart||Microsoft Office|
|MS13-026||Vulnerability in Microsoft Office for Mac Could Allow Information Disclosure (2813682) |
This security update resolves one privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Office for Mac. The vulnerability could allow information disclosure if a user opens a specially crafted email message.
|Does not require restart||Microsoft Office|
|MS13-027||Vulnerabilities in Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation Of Privilege (2807986) |
This security update resolves three privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. These vulnerabilities could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker gains access to a system.
Elevation of Privilege
|Requires restart||Microsoft Windows|
For the bulletin release that occurs on the second Tuesday of each month, 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. No updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is available for out-of-band security bulletin releases.
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. Includes all Windows content.
- Updates from Past Months for Windows Server Update Services. Displays all new, revised, and rereleased updates for Microsoft products other than Microsoft Windows.
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.
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.
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Microsoft thanks the following for working with us to help protect customers:
- Arseniy Akuney of TELUS Security Labs for reporting the Internet Explorer OnResize Use After Free Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0087)
- An anonymous researcher, working with HP's Zero Day Initiative, for reporting the Internet Explorer saveHistory Use After Free Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0088)
- An anonymous researcher, working with HP's Zero Day Initiative, for reporting the Internet Explorer CMarkupBehaviorContext Use After Free Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0089)
- Stephen Fewer of Harmony Security for reporting the Internet Explorer CCaret Use After Free Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0090)
- SkyLined, working with HP's Zero Day Initiative, for reporting the Internet Explorer CCaret Use After Free Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0090)
- Jose A Vazquez of Yenteasy - Security Research, working with Exodus Intelligence, for reporting the Internet Explorer CElement Use After Free Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0091)
- Aniway.Aniway@gmail.com, working with HP's Zero Day Initiative, for reporting the Internet Explorer GetMarkupPtr Use After Free Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0092)
- Aniway.Aniway@gmail.com, working with HP's Zero Day Initiative, for reporting the Internet Explorer onBeforeCopy Use After Free Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0093)
- Simon Zuckerbraun, working with HP's Zero Day Initiative, for reporting the Internet Explorer removeChild Use After Free Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0094)
- Gen Chen of Venustech ADLab for working with us on the Internet Explorer CTreeNode Use After Free Vulnerability (CVE-2013-1288)
- Qihoo 360 Security Center for working with us on the Internet Explorer CTreeNode Use After Free Vulnerability (CVE-2013-1288)
- James Forshaw of Context Information Security for reporting the Silverlight Double Dereference Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0074)
- Aniway.Anyway@gmail.com, working with VeriSign iDefense Labs, for reporting the Visio Viewer Tree Object Type Confusion Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0079)
- Emanuel Bronshtein of BugSec for reporting the Callback Function Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0080)
- Sunil Yadav of INR Labs (Network Intelligence India) for reporting the SharePoint XSS Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0083)
- Moritz Jodeit of n.runs AG for reporting the SharePoint Directory Traversal Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0084)
- Christopher Gabriel of Telos Corporation for reporting the Buffer Size Validation Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0086)
- Nick Semenkovich for reporting the Unintended Content Loading Vulnerability (CVE- 2013-0095)
- Andy Davis of NCC Group for reporting the Windows USB Descriptor Vulnerability (CVE-2013-1285)
- Andy Davis of NCC Group for reporting the Windows USB Descriptor Vulnerability (CVE-2013-1286)
- Andy Davis of NCC Group for reporting the Windows USB Descriptor Vulnerability (CVE-2013-1287)
- 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.
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- V1.0 (March 12, 2013): Bulletin Summary published.
- V1.1 (March 15, 2013) For MS13-026, corrected bulletin title in the Executive Summaries section.