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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for October 2004

Published: October 12, 2004 | Updated: February 08, 2005

Version: 2.0

Issued: October 12, 2004
Updated: February 8, 2005
Version Number: 2.0

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Summary

Included in this advisory are updates for newly discovered vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities, broken down by severity are:

Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS04-032
Bulletin Title Security Update for Microsoft Windows (840987)
Executive Summary A remote code execution vulnerability, two elevation of privilege vulnerabilities, and a denial of service vulnerability exist in Windows. The most severe vulnerability could allow remote code execution on an affected system.
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Affected Software Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.
Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS04-033
Bulletin Title Vulnerability in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (886836)
Executive Summary A vulnerability exists in Microsoft Excel that could allow remote code execution on an affected system.
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Affected Software Office, Excel, Office for Mac, Excel for Mac. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.
Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS04-034
Bulletin Title Vulnerability in Compressed (zipped) Folders Could Allow Remote Code Execution (873376)
Executive Summary A vulnerability exists in the way that Windows processes Compressed (zipped) Folders that could allow remote code execution on an affected system.
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Affected Software Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.
Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS04-035
Bulletin Title Vulnerability in SMTP Could Allow Remote Code Execution (885881)
Executive Summary A vulnerability exists in the Windows SMTP component and Exchange Server Routing Engine component that could allow remote code execution on an affected system.
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Affected Software Windows and Exchange. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.
Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS04-036
Bulletin Title Vulnerability in NNTP Could Allow Remote Code Execution (883935)
Executive Summary A vulnerability exists in the Windows NNTP Component that could allow remote code execution on an affected system.
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Affected Software Windows and Exchange. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.
Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS04-037
Bulletin Title Vulnerability in Windows Shell Could Allow Remote Code Execution (841356)
Executive Summary A vulnerability exists in the way that the Windows Shell launches applications. A vulnerability exists in Program Group Converter because of the way that it handles specially crafted requests. Both could allow remote code execution on an affected system.
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Affected Software Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.
Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS04-038
Bulletin Title Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (834707)
Executive Summary Five remote code execution and three information disclosure vulnerabilities exist in Internet Explorer.
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Affected Software Windows, Internet Explorer. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.

Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS04-029
Bulletin Title Vulnerability in RPC Runtime Library Could Allow Information Disclosure and Denial of Service (873350)
Executive Summary An information disclosure and denial of service vulnerability exists that could cause the affected system to stop responding or could potentially read portions of active memory content.
Maximum Severity Rating Important
Impact of Vulnerability Information Disclosure and Denial of Service
Affected Software Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.
Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS04-030
Bulletin Title Vulnerability in WebDav XML Message Handler Could Lead to a Denial of Service (824151)
Executive Summary A Denial of Service vulnerability exists that could cause the affected system to stop responding to requests.
Maximum Severity Rating Important
Impact of Vulnerability Denial of Service
Affected Software Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.
Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS04-031
Bulletin Title Vulnerability in NetDDE Could Allow Remote Code Execution (841533)
Executive Summary A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the NetDDE services because of an unchecked buffer.
Maximum Severity Rating Important
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Affected Software Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.

How do I use this table?

You use this table to learn about the security updates that you may need to install. You should review each software program or component listed to see if there are required security updates. If a software program or component is listed then the impact of the vulnerability is listed and also hyperlinked to the available software update.

In the table, a number in brackets [x] indicates that there is a note that explains more about the issue. These notes are located at the bottom of the table.

Affected Software and Download Locations

Details        Details        Details        Details        Details        Details        Details        Details        Details        Details        
Bulletin Identifier MS04-029 MS04-030 MS04-031 MS04-032 MS04-033 MS04-034 MS04-035 MS04-036 MS04-037 MS04-038
Maximum Severity Rating Important Important Important Critical Critical Critical Critical Critical Critical Critical
Windows Affected Software:
Windows Server 2003 Moderate Moderate Critical Critical Important Important Important [2]
Windows Server 2003 64-Bit Edition Moderate Moderate Critical Critical Important Important Important [2]
Windows XP Moderate Important Critical Critical Critical [2]
Windows XP Service Pack 1 Moderate Important Critical Critical Critical [2]
Windows XP Service Pack 2 [2]
Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Service Pack 1 Moderate Important Critical Critical Critical [2]
Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003 Moderate Moderate Critical Critical Important Critical [2]
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 Important Important Critical Important Critical [2]
Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 Important Important Critical Important Critical [2]
Windows NT Server 4.0 Service Pack 6a Important Important Important Important Critical [2]
Windows NT Server 4.0 Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 6 Important Important Important Critical [2]
Windows Millennium Edition (Me) [1] [1] [1] [2]
Windows 98 Second Edition (SE) [1] [1] [1] [2]
Windows 98 [1] [1] [1] [2]
Windows Affected Operating System Components:
Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 3 Critical
Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 4 Critical
Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2 on Windows ME Critical
Internet Explorer 6 Critical
Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 Critical [4]
Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (64-Bit Edition) Critical
Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP Service Pack 2 Important
Internet Explorer 6 for Windows Server 2003 Important
Internet Explorer 6 for Windows Server 2003 (64-Bit Edition) Important
Office Affected Software:
Office 2000 Service Pack 3 Critical
Office XP Service Pack 2 Critical
Office 2001 for Mac Important
Office v.X for Mac Important
Exchange Affected Software:
Exchange 2000 Server Service Pack 3 Critical Critical [3]
Exchange Server 2003 Important [3]
Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Important [3]
Exchange Server 2003 when installed on Windows Server 2003 Critical [3]
Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1 when installed on Windows Server 2003 Critical [3]
Exchange Server 2003 when installed on Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 Critical

[1] This operating system is vulnerable to this issue. However, it is not critically affected. Security updates for non-critical issues are typically not offered on this operating system. For more information about the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policies for this operating system, visit the following Web site. See the appropriate security bulletin for more details.

[2] There is a security update available for this operating system. See the affected component, Microsoft Internet Explorer, in the table and the appropriate security bulletin for more details.

[3] This software program makes use of the underlying operating system component and is therefore called out as affected software. See the affected operating system in the table and the appropriate security bulletin for more details.

[4] This update is intended for systems with Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 on Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3, Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Microsoft Windows XP, and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1.
The corresponding critical security update for Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 on Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Service Pack 6a, Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Terminal Service Edition Service Pack 6, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 SE, and Microsoft Windows ME can be found at the following download location.

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 with 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 to 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, see 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 Analyzer and the Microsoft Office Detection 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, see 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.

QChain.exe and Update.exe:

Microsoft has released a command-line tool named QChain.exe that gives system administrators the ability to safely chain security updates together. Chaining is when you install multiple updates without restarting between each install. Update.exe, used in the updates that are described in this advisory, has chaining functionality built in. Customers who use Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 or later, who use Windows XP, or who use Windows Server 2003, do not require Qchain.exe to chain these updates. Qchain.exe still supports chaining these Windows Updates so that an administrator can create a consistent deployment script across all platforms. For more information about Qchain, visit this Web site.

Integrating security updates into your Windows installation source files:

It is possible to integrate Windows software updates that use Update.exe with Windows installation source files. This procedure may be useful when an administrator must apply one or more software updates during installations from a Windows distribution folder that the administrator creates. This procedure is also useful when integrating security updates so that a new installation does not become infected by a virus when it is set up. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 828930.

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer:

The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) allows administrators to scan local and remote systems for missing security updates as well as common security misconfigurations. For more information about MBSA visit Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer Web site.

Other information:

Acknowledgments

Microsoft thanks the following for working with us to help protect customers:

Obtaining Other Security Updates:

Updates for other security issues are available from the following locations:

Support:

  • 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.

Security Resources:

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Revisions:

  • V1.0 (October 12, 2004): Bulletin published
  • V1.1 (November 9, 2004): Updated acknowledgement section to include appreciation for Liu Die Yu working with us on issues described in MS04-038.
  • V2.0 (February 8, 2005): Bulletin updated to advise of the availability of an update for Exchange 2000 Server for MS04-035.

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