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U-164: Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for May 2012

May 8, 2012 - 7:00am

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PROBLEM:

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for May 2012.

PLATFORM:

Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2,
Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 and Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 Service Pack 1,
Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Silverlight

ABSTRACT:

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for May 2012. Microsoft has posted 3 Critical Bulletins and 4 Important Bulletins. Bulletins with the Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact of "Critical" may allow remote execution of code. Microsoft is hosting a webcast to address customer questions on these bulletins on May 8, 2012, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada).

reference LINKS:

Microsoft Security Bulletin
Security Bulletin Summary Archive
TechNet Webcast

IMPACT ASSESSMENT:

High

Discussion:

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2012. Microsoft has posted 3 Critical Bulletins and 4 Important bulletins. Bulletins with the Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact of "Critical" may allow remote execution of code.

Impact:

Critical - A vulnerability whose exploitation could allow the propagation of an Internet worm without user action.
Important - A vulnerability whose exploitation could result in compromise of the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of users data, or of the integrity or availability of processing resources.
Moderate - Exploitability is mitigated to a significant degree by factors such as default configuration, auditing, or difficulty of exploitation.
Low - A vulnerability whose exploitation is extremely difficult, or whose impact is minimal.

Solution:

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 and Windows 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".

For customers of Microsoft Office for Mac, Microsoft AutoUpdate for Mac can help keep your Microsoft software up to date. For more information about using Microsoft AutoUpdate for Mac, see Check for software updates automatically.

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.

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