Microsoft security roundup

OK – there have been a number of Excel problems floating around in the last week – week and a half. Securiteam blog has a FAQ on the Excel 0-day vulnerabilities with Excel and Excel Viewer kindly gives us a scoresheet documenting the three different vulnerabilities that have been recently exploited. I have not thoroughly read details, but suspect that avoiding opening unexpected xls attachments would likely be a GOOD preventative measure. If you take the attitude… “oh junk mail…. ooo attachment – wonder whats in there – let’s see…” then you’re likely already stuck by a few viruses.

The other bit of Microsoft security news is the update to the MS06-025 patch from last week (week before I believe.) It turns out the original patch broke (caused problems with) dialup. Given that there’s an updated update – be sure to patch because the underlying vulnerability IS being actively exploited. (Are we up to 3 patches in this year that have caused other issues and had to be re-released? I wonder if that indicates a shift in Microsoft’s patch cycle testing?)

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