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.