New Microsoft Update (MS08-067)

As most of you know, my day job is a Mobile Computer Technician for Las Vegas Geeks.  We have been Microsoft Partners for several years.  Doing that time, I have received many e-mails about security patches as Microsoft has released them.  The latest update, however, is different.  Not only did I get the normal e-mail notification from Microsoft yesterday, I also got an e-mail from my account executive at Microsoft.  That has never happened before.  To further hightlight how important this particualar update is, my account executive called me today.  Due to the seriousness that Microsoft is placing on this update, I am posting this information here.

“This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in the Server service. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an affected system received a specially crafted RPC request. On Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 systems, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability without authentication to run arbitrary code. It is possible that this vulnerability could be used in the crafting of a wormable exploit. Firewall best practices and standard default firewall configurations can help protect network resources from attacks that originate outside the enterprise perimeter. The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting the way that the Server service handles RPC requests.”

This security bulletin is MS08-067 and more information can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS08-067.mspx.  I highly recommend all who read this blog install this security patch.

Happy B-Day Windows 95

On August 24, 1995, 12 years ago today, Microsoft Corp released Windows 95. As a Tech, I remember hating it, as did most Techs that I knew. We had jokes about it too. Two of my favorites: “Friends don’t let friends run Windows 95” and “Windows 95 (Noun). A 32-bit patch for a 16-bit GUI shell, running on top of a 8-bit operating system, designed for a 4-bit processor, by a two bit company, that can’t stand 1-bit of competition!”

In 12 years, when Windows Vista is 13 years old, I wonder what the computer world will look like.

Windows Shared Fax Services

I have a client using Windows Server 2003 Shared Fax Services. Recently, all their incoming faxes stopped being answered. I opened up the Fax Service Manager and right clicked on Fax (Local) and selected properties. There is a checkbox labeled “disable the reception of new faxes”. This box was checked. Of course, I don’t want this, I want it to answer the fax.

So I uncheck it and press Okay. Guess what? I get a window that says “Unexpected Error”. I searched the Internet, Microsoft’s Knowledge Base, etc. Nothing. I posted the question on Microsoft’s Partner Newsgroup.