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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2008

Published: April 08, 2008 | Updated: February 18, 2009

Version: 1.3

This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for April 2008.

With the release of the bulletins for April 2008, this bulletin summary replaces the bulletin advance notification originally issued April 3, 2008. 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 April 9, 2008, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada). Register now for the April 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

Executive Summaries

The security bulletins for this month are as follows, in order of severity:

Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS08-018
Bulletin Title Vulnerability in Microsoft Project Could Allow Remote Code Execution (950183)
Executive Summary This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Project that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Project file. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability 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.
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Detection Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer can detect whether your computer system requires this update. The update does not require a restart.
Affected Software Microsoft Office. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.

Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS08-021
Bulletin Title Vulnerabilities in GDI Could Allow Remote Code Execution (948590)
Executive Summary This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in GDI. Exploitation of either of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted EMF or WMF image file. An attacker who successfully exploited 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.
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Detection Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer can detect whether your computer system requires this update. The update requires a restart.
Affected Software Microsoft Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.

Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS08-022
Bulletin Title Vulnerability in VBScript and JScript Scripting Engines Could Allow Remote Code Execution (944338)
Executive Summary This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the VBScript and JScript scripting engines in Windows. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability 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.
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Detection Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer can detect whether your computer system requires this update. The update requires a restart.
Affected Software Microsoft Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.

Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS08-023
Bulletin Title Security Update of ActiveX Kill Bits (948881)
Executive Summary This security update resolves one privately reported vulnerability for a Microsoft product. This update also includes a kill bit for the Yahoo! Music Jukebox product. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user viewed a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. 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.
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Detection Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer can detect whether your computer system requires this update. The update may require a restart.
Affected Software Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.

Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS08-024
Bulletin Title Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (947864)
Executive Summary This security update resolves one privately reported vulnerability. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user viewed a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. 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.
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Detection Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer can detect whether your computer system requires this update. The update requires a restart.
Affected Software Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.

Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS08-020
Bulletin Title Vulnerability in DNS Client Could Allow Spoofing (945553)
Executive Summary This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability. This spoofing vulnerability exists in Windows DNS clients and could allow an attacker to send specially crafted responses to DNS requests, thereby spoofing or redirecting Internet traffic from legitimate locations.
Maximum Severity Rating Important
Impact of Vulnerability Spoofing
Detection Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer can detect whether your computer system requires this update. The update requires a restart.
Affected Software Microsoft Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.

Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS08-025
Bulletin Title Vulnerability in Windows Kernel Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (941693)
Executive Summary This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Windows kernel. A local attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts.
Maximum Severity Rating Important
Impact of Vulnerability Elevation of Privilege
Detection Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer can detect whether your computer system requires this update. The update requires a restart.
Affected Software Microsoft Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.

Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS08-019
Bulletin Title Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Visio Could Allow Remote Code Execution (949032)
Executive Summary This security update resolves privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Visio that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Visio file. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability 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.
Maximum Severity Rating Important
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Detection Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer can detect whether your computer system requires this update. The update does not require a restart.
Affected Software Microsoft Office. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.

How do I use this table?

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 whether any security updates are required. 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.

Windows Operating System and Components

Microsoft Windows 2000
Bulletin Identifier MS08-021 MS08-022 MS08-023 MS08-024 MS08-020 MS08-025
Maximum Severity Rating Critical Critical Critical Critical Important Important
Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
(Critical)
VBScript 5.1 and JScript 5.1
(Critical)

VBScript 5.6 and JScript 5.6
(Critical)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 4
(Critical)

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1
(Critical)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 4
(Critical)

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1
(Critical)
Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
(Important)
Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
(Important)

Windows XP
Bulletin Identifier MS08-021 MS08-022 MS08-023 MS08-024 MS08-020 MS08-025
Maximum Severity Rating Critical Critical Critical Critical Important Important
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Windows XP Service Pack 2
(Critical)
VBScript 5.6 and JScript 5.6
(Critical)
Windows XP Service Pack 2
(Critical)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
(Critical)

Windows Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)
Windows XP Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows XP Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2 Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Critical)
VBScript 5.6 and JScript 5.6
(Critical)
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Critical)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
(Critical)

Windows Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)

Windows Server 2003
Bulletin Identifier MS08-021 MS08-022 MS08-023 MS08-024 MS08-020 MS08-025
Maximum Severity Rating Critical Critical Critical Critical Important Important
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(Critical)
VBScript 5.6 and JScript 5.6
(Critical)
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(Moderate)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
(Critical)

Windows Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2 Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Critical)
VBScript 5.6 and JScript 5.6
(Critical)
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Moderate)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
(Critical)

Windows Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(Critical)
VBScript 5.6 and JScript 5.6
(Critical)
Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(Moderate)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
(Critical)

Windows Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)
Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(Important)
Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(Important)

Windows Vista
Bulletin Identifier MS08-021 MS08-022 MS08-023 MS08-024 MS08-020 MS08-025
Maximum Severity Rating Critical Critical Critical Critical Important Important
Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 1
(Critical)
None Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 1
(Important)
Windows Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)
Windows Vista
(Important)
Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 1
(Important)
Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1 Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1
(Critical)
None Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1
(Important)
Windows Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)
Windows Vista x64 Edition
(Important)
Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1
(Important)

Windows Server 2008
Bulletin Identifier MS08-021 MS08-022 MS08-023 MS08-024 MS08-020 MS08-025
Maximum Severity Rating Critical Critical Critical Critical Important Important
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems
(Critical)
None Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems
(Low)
Windows Internet Explorer 7*
(Critical)
None Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems
(Important)
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems
(Critical)
None Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems
(Low)
Windows Internet Explorer 7*
(Critical)
None Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems
(Important)
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
(Critical)
None Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
(Low)
Windows Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)
None Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
(Important)

*Windows Server 2008 server core installation not affected. The vulnerabilities addressed by these updates do not affect supported editions of Windows Server 2008 if Windows Server 2008 was installed using the Server Core installation option, even though files affected by these vulnerabilities may be present on the system. However, users with the affected files will still be offered this update because the update files are newer (with higher version numbers) than the files that are currently on your system. For more information on this installation option, see Server Core. Note that the Server Core installation option does not apply to certain editions of Windows Server 2008; see Compare Server Core Installation Options.

Microsoft Office Suites and Software

Microsoft Project
Bulletin Identifier MS08-018
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Microsoft Project 2000 Service Release 1 Project 2000 Service Release 1
(KB949043)
(Critical)
Microsoft Project 2002 Service Pack 1 Project 2002 Service Pack 1
(KB949005)
(Important)
Microsoft Project 2003 Service Pack 2 Project 2003 Service Pack 2
(KB948962)
(Important)

Microsoft Visio
Bulletin Identifier MS08-019
Maximum Severity Rating Important
Microsoft Visio 2002 Service Pack 2 Visio 2002 Service Pack 2
(KB947896)
(Important)
Microsoft Visio 2003 Service Pack 2 Visio 2003 Service Pack 2
(KB947650)
(Important)
Microsoft Visio 2003 Service Pack 3 Visio 2003 Service Pack 3
(KB947650)
(Important)
Microsoft Visio 2007 Visio 2007
(KB947590)
(Important)
Microsoft Visio 2007 Service Pack 1 Visio 2007 Service Pack 1
(KB947590)
(Important)

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.

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:

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:

  • National Cyber Security Center, The Republic of Korea for reporting an issue described in MS08-018
  • An anonymous finder for reporting an issue described in MS08-019
  • An anonymous finder for reporting another issue described in MS08-019
  • Amit Klein of Trusteer for reporting an issue described in MS08-020
  • Alla Berzroutchko of Scanit for reporting an issue described in MS08-020
  • Roy Arends of Nominet UK for reporting an issue described in MS08-020
  • Jun Mao of iDefense Labs for reporting an issue described in MS08-021
  • Sebastian Apelt of Zero Day Initiative for reporting an issue described in MS08-021
  • Thomas Garnier of SkyRecon for reporting an issue described in MS08-021
  • Yamata Li of Palo Alto Networks for reporting an issue described in MS08-021
  • Peter Ferrie of Symantec for reporting an issue described in MS08-022
  • An anonymous researcher working with the iDefense VCP for reporting an issue described in MS08-023
  • Carsten Eiram of Secunia for reporting an issue described in MS08-024
  • Thomas Garnier of SkyRecon for reporting an issue described in MS08-025

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 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 International Help and Support.

Disclaimer

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Revisions

  • V1.0 (April 8, 2008): Bulletin summary published.
  • V1.1 (April 9, 2008): Executive Summary for Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-018 updated.
  • V1.2 (April 16, 2008): Finder information for MS08-021 updated, and Affected Software for Microsoft Office Suites and Software clarified.
  • V1.3 (February 18, 2009): Added unaffected server core notation for Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems for MS08-024.

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