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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2009

Published: May 12, 2009 | Updated: June 09, 2009

Version: 2.0

This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for May 2009.

With the release of the bulletins for May 2009, this bulletin summary replaces the bulletin advance notification originally issued May 7, 2009. 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 May 13, 2009, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada). Register now for the May 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, high-priority updates that are being released on the same day as the monthly security updates. Please see the section, Other Information.

Bulletin 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 IDBulletin Title and Executive SummaryMaximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability ImpactRestart RequirementAffected Software
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340)

This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability and several privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted PowerPoint file. An attacker who successfully exploited any of these vulnerabilities could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. 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.
Critical
Remote Code Execution
May require restartMicrosoft Office

The following table provides an exploitability assessment of each of the vulnerabilities addressed this month. The vulnerabilities are listed in order of bulletin ID and CVE ID.

How do I use this table?

Use this table to learn about the likelihood of functioning exploit code being released within 30 days of security bulletin release, for each of the security updates that you may need to install. You should review each of the assessments below, in accordance with your specific configuration, in order to prioritize your deployment. For more information about what these ratings mean, and how they are determined, please see Microsoft Exploitability Index.

Bulletin IDBulletin TitleCVE IDExploitability Index AssessmentKey Notes
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) CVE-2009-0220 For Office versions compiled without /GS:
1 - Consistent exploit code likely
The /GS protection built when compiling Office 2003 Service Pack 3 and later versions of Office is a mitigating factor for this vulnerability, significantly reducing the risk for such systems to 3 - Functioning exploit code unlikely.
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) CVE-2009-0221 2 - Inconsistent exploit code likely(None)
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) CVE-2009-0222 For Office versions compiled without /GS:
1 - Consistent exploit code likely
The /GS protection built when compiling Office 2003 Service Pack 3 and later versions of Office is a mitigating factor for this vulnerability, significantly reducing the risk for such systems to 3 - Functioning exploit code unlikely.
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) CVE-2009-0223 For Office versions compiled without /GS:
1 - Consistent exploit code likely
The /GS protection built when compiling Office 2003 Service Pack 3 and later versions of Office is a mitigating factor for this vulnerability, significantly reducing the risk for such systems to 3 - Functioning exploit code unlikely.
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) CVE-2009-0224 2 - Inconsistent exploit code likely(None)
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) CVE-2009-0225 2 - Inconsistent exploit code likely(None)
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) CVE-2009-0226 For Office versions compiled without /GS:
1 - Consistent exploit code likely
The /GS protection built when compiling Office 2003 Service Pack 3 and later versions of Office is a mitigating factor for this vulnerability, significantly reducing the risk for such systems to 3 - Functioning exploit code unlikely.
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) CVE-2009-0227 For Office versions compiled without /GS:
1 - Consistent exploit code likely
The /GS protection built when compiling Office 2003 Service Pack 3 and later versions of Office is a mitigating factor for this vulnerability, significantly reducing the risk for such systems to 3 - Functioning exploit code unlikely.
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) CVE-2009-0556 1 - Consistent exploit code likely This vulnerability is currently being exploited in the Internet ecosystem.
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) CVE-2009-1128 1 - Consistent exploit code likely(None)
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) CVE-2009-1129 1 - Consistent exploit code likely(None)
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) CVE-2009-1130 For Office versions compiled without /GS:
1 - Consistent exploit code likely
The /GS protection built when compiling Office 2003 Service Pack 3 and later versions of Office is a mitigating factor for this vulnerability, significantly reducing the risk for such systems to 3 - Functioning exploit code unlikely.
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) CVE-2009-1131 1 - Consistent exploit code likely(None)
MS09-017 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340) CVE-2009-1137 For Office versions compiled without /GS:
1 - Consistent exploit code likely
The /GS protection built when compiling Office 2003 Service Pack 3 and later versions of Office is a mitigating factor for this vulnerability, significantly reducing the risk for such systems to 3 - Functioning exploit code unlikely.

The following tables list the bulletins in order of major software category and severity.

How do I use these tables?

Use these tables to learn about the security updates that you may need to install. You should review each software program or component listed to see whether any security updates pertain to your installation. If a software program or component is listed, then the available software update is hyperlinked and the severity rating of the software update is also listed.

Note You may have to install several security updates for a single vulnerability. Review the whole column for each bulletin identifier that is listed to verify the updates that you have to install, based on the programs or components that you have installed on your system.

Microsoft Office Suites and Software

Microsoft Office Suites, Systems, and Components
Bulletin Identifier MS09-017
Aggregate Severity Rating Critical
Microsoft Office 2000 Service Pack 3 Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2000 Service Pack 3
(KB957790)
(Critical)
Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3 Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2002 Service Pack 3
(KB957781)
(Important)
Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 Service Pack 3
(KB957784)
(Important)
2007 Microsoft Office System Service Pack 1 and 2007 Microsoft Office System Service Pack 2 Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 Service Pack 2
(KB957789)
(Important)
Microsoft Office for Mac
Bulletin Identifier MS09-017
Aggregate Severity Rating Important
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac
(KB969661)
(Important)
Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
(KB971822)
(Important)
Open XML File Format Converter for Mac Open XML File Format Converter for Mac
(KB971824)
(Important)
Other Office Software
Bulletin Identifier MS09-017
Aggregate Severity Rating Important
PowerPoint Viewer PowerPoint Viewer 2003
(KB969615)
(Important)

PowerPoint Viewer 2007 Service Pack 1 and PowerPoint Viewer 2007 Service Pack 2
(KB970059)
(Important)
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats Service Pack 2
(KB969618)
(Important)
Microsoft Works 8.5 Microsoft Works 8.5
(KB967043)
(Important)
Microsoft Works 9 Microsoft Works 9
(KB967044)
(Important)

Note for MS09-017

Microsoft rereleased MS09-017 to provide security update packages for Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, Open XML File Format Converter for Mac, Microsoft Works 8.5, and Microsoft Works 9. Customers who have these software installed need to apply this update immediately.

When MS09-017 was first released, these security update packages were still in development. At the time, Microsoft released MS09-017 because we had update packages ready on the regular bulletin release cycle for an entire product line to address the vast majority of customers at risk. This current release of MS09-017 now completes the range of updates for software that are affected by the vulnerabilities discussed in this bulletin.

Security Central

Manage the software and security updates you need to deploy to the servers, desktop, and mobile computers in your organization. For more information see the TechNet Update Management Center. The TechNet Security Center provides additional information about security in Microsoft products. Consumers can visit Security At Home, where this information is also available by clicking "Latest Security Updates".

Security updates are available from Microsoft Update, Windows Update, and Office Update. Security updates are also available at the Microsoft Download Center. You can find them most easily by doing a keyword search for "security update".

Finally, security updates can be downloaded from the Microsoft Update Catalog. The Microsoft Update Catalog provides a searchable catalog of content made available through Windows Update and Microsoft Update, including security updates, drivers and service packs. By searching using the security bulletin number (such as, "MS07-036"), you can add all of the applicable updates to your basket (including different languages for an update), and download to the folder of your choosing. For more information about the Microsoft Update Catalog, see the Microsoft Update Catalog FAQ.

Detection and Deployment Guidance

Microsoft has provided detection and deployment guidance for this month’s security updates. This guidance will also help IT professionals understand how they can use various tools to help deploy the security update, such as Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Office Update, the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA), the Office Detection Tool, Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS), and the Extended Security Update Inventory Tool (ESUIT). For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 910723.

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.

Windows Server Update Services

By using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), administrators can quickly and reliably deploy the latest critical updates and security updates for Windows 2000 operating systems and later, Office XP and later, Exchange Server 2003, and SQL Server 2000 to Windows 2000 and later operating systems.

For more information about how to deploy this security update using Windows Server Update Services, visit Windows Server Update Services.

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. The next release of SMS, System Center Configuration Manager 2007, is now available; see also System Center Configuration Manager 2007. For more information about how administrators can use SMS 2003 to deploy security updates, see SMS 2003 Security Patch Management. SMS 2.0 users can also use the Software Updates Services Feature Pack to help deploy security updates. For information about SMS, visit Microsoft Systems Management Server.

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 Deploying Software Updates Using the SMS Software Distribution Feature. 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.

Update Compatibility Evaluator and Application Compatibility Toolkit

Updates often write to the same files and registry settings required for your applications to run. This can trigger incompatibilities and increase the time it takes to deploy security updates. You can streamline testing and validating Windows updates against installed applications with the Update Compatibility Evaluator components included with Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0.

The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) contains the necessary tools and documentation to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying Microsoft Windows Vista, a Windows Update, a Microsoft Security Update, or a new version of Windows Internet Explorer in your environment.

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, High-Priority 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 Web sites 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.

Acknowledgments

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

Support

  • 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.
  • Customers in the U.S. and Canada can receive technical support from Security Support or 1-866-PCSAFETY. There is no charge for support calls that are associated with security updates. For more information about available support options, see Microsoft Help and Support.
  • 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 International Help and Support.

Disclaimer

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Revisions

  • V1.0 (May 12, 2009): Bulletin Summary published.
  • V1.1 (May 13, 2009): Removed an erroneous note for MS09-017 pertaining to security updates KB969618 and KB957789 for supported versions of Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007.
  • V2.0 (June 9, 2009): Revised to announce rerelease of MS09-017. MS09-017 is being rereleased to provide security update packages for Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, Open XML File Format Converter for Mac, Microsoft Works 8.5, and Microsoft Works 9. Customers who currently have these software installed need to apply this update immediately.

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