Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December 2005
Published: December 13, 2005
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Included in this advisory are updates for newly discovered vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities, broken down by severity are:
|Bulletin Identifier||Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-054|
|Bulletin Title||Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (905915)|
|Executive Summary||Vulnerabilities exist in Internet Explorer, the most severe of these could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system.|
|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 Identifier||Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-055|
|Bulletin Title||Vulnerability in Windows Kernel Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (908523)|
|Executive Summary||A vulnerability exists in the Windows Kernel that could allow elevation of privileges on an affected system. An attacker must have valid logon credentials and be able to log on locally to exploit this vulnerability.|
|Maximum Severity Rating||Important|
|Impact of Vulnerability||Elevation of Privilege|
|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.
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.
Affected Software and Download Locations
|Maximum Severity Rating||Critical||Important|
Windows Affected Software:
|Windows Server 2003|||
|Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1|| |
|Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition|| |
|Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems|||
|Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems|||
|Windows XP Service Pack 1|||
|Windows XP Service Pack 2|||
|Windows XP Professional x64 Edition|||
|Windows 2000 Service Pack 4||||Important|
|Windows Millennium Edition (Me)|||
|Windows 98 Second Edition (SE)|||
|Windows Affected Operating System Components:|
|Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 4 on Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4||Critical|
|Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2 on Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition|||
|Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 on Microsoft Windows 98, on Microsoft Windows 98 SE, or on Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition|||
|Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 on Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 or on Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1||Critical|
|Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP Service Pack 2||Critical|
|Internet Explorer 6 for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1||Moderate|
|Internet Explorer 5.5 Service Pack 2 on Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition|||
|Internet Explorer 6 for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems||Moderate|
|Internet Explorer 6 for Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition||Critical|
|Internet Explorer 6 for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition||Moderate|
 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.
 By default, this operating system is not vulnerable to this issue. However, this operating system could become vulnerable if other software programs or components are installed. See the appropriate security bulletin for more details.
 The security updates for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition also apply to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2.
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.
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 the Windows Server 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.
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.
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), the Extended Security Update Inventory Tool, and the Enterprise Update Scan Tool (EST). For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 910723.
Microsoft thanks the following for working with us to help protect customers:
- Andreas Sandblad and Jakob Balle of Secunia for reporting an issue described in MS05-054.
- Will Dormann of CERT/CC for reporting several class identifiers documented in MS05-054.
- eEye Digital Security for reporting an issue described in MS05-055.
Obtaining Other Security Updates:
Updates for other security issues are available from the following locations:
- Security updates are available from the Microsoft Download Center. You can find them most easily by doing a keyword search for "security_patch".
- Updates for consumer platforms are available from the Microsoft Update Web site.
- 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.
- The Microsoft TechNet Security Web site provides additional information about security in Microsoft products.
- Microsoft Software Update Services
- Microsoft Windows Server Update Services
- Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)
- Microsoft Update
- Windows Update
- Windows Update Catalog: For more information about the Windows Update Catalog, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 323166.
- Office Update
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- V1.0 (December 13, 2005): Bulletin published.
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