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                         AUSCERT Security Bulletin

                              ASB-2009.1153.2
    Microsoft Bulletin Notification - December Pre-release Announcement
                              8 December 2009

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        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
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Product:              Microsoft Windows
                      Microsoft Office
Operating System:     Windows
Impact/Access:        Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
                      Denial of Service               -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:           Patch/Upgrade
Member content until: Thursday, January  7 2010

Revision History:     December 8 2009: Corrected body to refelect December
                      December 8 2009: Initial Release

OVERVIEW

        Microsoft will be releasing critical security patches for December
        for their products on Wednesday 9th of December 2009 at:
                        
        4:00 am - AEST (Queensland)
        5.00 am - AEDT (ACT, NSW, Tasmania, Victoria)
        4:30 am - ACDT (SA)
        3:30 am - ACST (NT)
        2:00 am - AWST (WA)
                        
        Further details are available from the Microsoft web site. [1,2]


IMPACT

        Microsoft will be releasing six security bulletins:
        
        Critical:
           - Two for Windows
           - One for Microsoft Office
                
        Important:
           - Two for Windows
           - One for Microsoft Office


MITIGATION

        AusCERT advises that system administrators consider patching their
        machines as quickly as possible following their release by Microsoft.
        Bulletin information will be available from the Microsoft web site
        soon after their release, and AusCERT will be distributing bulletins
        to AusCERT members on Wednesday.
                        
        Historically, exploits targeting Microsoft vulnerabilities are
        released in the days immediately following their announcement, so it
        is critical that system administrators apply patches or mitigate
        vulnerabilities as quickly as possible.


REFERENCES

        [1] Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification
            http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/advance.mspx

        [2] Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for December 2009
            http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS09-dec.mspx

AusCERT has made every effort to ensure that the information contained
in this document is accurate.  However, the decision to use the information
described is the responsibility of each user or organisation. The decision to
follow or act on information or advice contained in this security bulletin is
the responsibility of each user or organisation, and should be considered in
accordance with your organisation's site policies and procedures. AusCERT
takes no responsibility for consequences which may arise from following or
acting on information or advice contained in this security bulletin.

If you believe that your computer system has been compromised or attacked in 
any way, we encourage you to let us know by completing the secure National IT 
Incident Reporting Form at:

        http://www.auscert.org.au/render.html?it=3192

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Australian Computer Emergency Response Team
The University of Queensland
Brisbane
Qld 4072

Internet Email: auscert@auscert.org.au
Facsimile:      (07) 3365 7031
Telephone:      (07) 3365 4417 (International: +61 7 3365 4417)
                AusCERT personnel answer during Queensland business hours 
                which are GMT+10:00 (AEST).
                On call after hours for member emergencies only.
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