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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2008

Published: May 13, 2008

Version: 1.0

This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for May 2008.

With the release of the bulletins for May 2008, this bulletin summary replaces the bulletin advance notification originally issued May 8, 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 May 14, 2008, 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

Executive Summaries

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

Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS08-026
Bulletin Title Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word Could Allow Remote Code Execution (951207)
Executive Summary This security update resolves several privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Word 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. 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 MS08-027
Bulletin Title Vulnerability in Microsoft Publisher Could Allow Remote Code Execution (951208)
Executive Summary This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Publisher that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Publisher 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 MS08-028
Bulletin Title Vulnerability in Microsoft Jet Database Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution (950749)
Executive Summary This security update resolves a security vulnerability in the Microsoft Jet Database Engine (Jet) 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. 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. For more information, see the Affected Software and Download Locations section.

Bulletin IdentifierMicrosoft Security Bulletin MS08-029
Bulletin Title Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine Could Allow Denial of Service (952044)
Executive Summary This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine. An attacker could exploit either of the vulnerabilities by constructing a specially crafted file that could allow denial of service when received by the target computer system and scanned by the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine. An attacker who successfully exploited either vulnerability could cause the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine to stop responding and automatically restart.
Maximum Severity Rating Moderate
Impact of Vulnerability Denial of Service
Detection The affected software provide built-in mechanisms for automatic detection and deployment of updates. The update does not require a restart.
Affected Software Windows Live OneCare, Microsoft Antigen, Microsoft Windows Defender, Microsoft Forefront Security. 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 Servers

Microsoft Windows 2000
Bulletin Identifier MS08-028
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 Microsoft Jet 4.0 Database Engine
(Critical)

Windows XP
Bulletin Identifier MS08-028
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Microsoft Jet 4.0 Database Engine
(Critical)
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Microsoft Jet 4.0 Database Engine
(Critical)

Windows Server 2003
Bulletin Identifier MS08-028
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Microsoft Jet 4.0 Database Engine
(Critical)
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Microsoft Jet 4.0 Database Engine
(Critical)
Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems Microsoft Jet 4.0 Database Engine
(Critical)

Microsoft Office Suites and Software

Microsoft Office Suites, Systems, and Components
Bulletin Identifier MS08-026 MS08-027
Maximum Severity Rating Critical Critical
Microsoft Office 2000 Service Pack 3 Microsoft Word 2000 Service Pack 3
(KB950250)
(Critical)
Microsoft Publisher 2000 Service Pack 3
(KB950682)
(Critical)
Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3 Microsoft Word 2002 Service Pack 3
(KB950243)
(Important)
Microsoft Publisher 2002 Service Pack 3
(KB950129)
(Important)
Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2 Microsoft Word 2003 Service Pack 2
(KB950241)
(Important)
Microsoft Publisher 2003 Service Pack 2
(KB950213)
(Important)
Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 Microsoft Word 2003 Service Pack 3
(KB950241)
(Important)
Microsoft Publisher 2003 Service Pack 3
(KB950213)
(Important)
2007 Microsoft Office System Microsoft Word 2007
(KB950113)
(Important)
Microsoft Publisher 2007
(KB950114)
(Important)
Microsoft Outlook 2007
(KB950113)
(Critical)
None
2007 Microsoft Office System Service Pack 1 Microsoft Word 2007 Service Pack 1
(KB950113)
(Important)
Microsoft Publisher 2007 Service Pack 1
(KB950114)
(Important)
Microsoft Outlook 2007 Service Pack 1
(KB950113)
(Critical)
None

Microsoft Office for Mac
Bulletin Identifier MS08-026
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac
(KB952332)
(Important)
Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
(KB952331)
(Important)

Other Microsoft Office Software
Bulletin Identifier MS08-026
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Microsoft Word Viewer Microsoft Word Viewer 2003
(KB950625)
(Important)

Microsoft Word Viewer 2003 Service Pack 3
(KB950625)
(Important)
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats
(KB951808)
(Important)

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats Service Pack 1
(KB951808)
(Important)

Other Microsoft Software

Note The following entries do not have associated download links because the identified software provide built-in mechanisms for automatic detection and deployment of updates.

Microsoft Anti-Malware
Bulletin Identifier MS08-029
Maximum Severity Rating Moderate
Windows Live OneCareWindows Live OneCare
(Moderate)
Microsoft AntigenMicrosoft Antigen for Exchange
(Moderate)

Microsoft Antigen for SMTP Gateway
(Moderate)
Microsoft Windows DefenderMicrosoft Windows Defender
(Moderate)
Microsoft Forefront SecurityMicrosoft Forefront Client Security
(Moderate)

Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server
(Moderate)

Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint
(Moderate)
Standalone System SweeperStandalone System Sweeper located in Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset 6.0
(Low)

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:

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.

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Revisions

  • V1.0 (May 13, 2008): Bulletin summary published.

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