Media releases are provided as is by companies and have not been edited or checked for accuracy. Any queries should be directed to the company itself.

VOICE OF REASON TO MICROSOFT SECURITY BULLETIN - OCTOBER

  • 11 October, 2006 14:48

<p>Dear Editor—</p>
<p>Today, Microsoft issued information on 10 security bulletins. The following summary provides Symantec’s evaluation of the most critical issues.</p>
<p>Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint</p>
<p>Symantec Security Response rates the four security bulletins concerning Microsoft Office applications to be critical. Each bulletin addresses multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Some of these vulnerabilities have already been publicly disclosed. In some cases, available exploit code is actively taking advantage of these issues. Examples of active exploits include the Excel zero-day exploit using Trojan.Hongmosa and the Word zero-day exploit using Trojan.MDropper.Q which Symantec observed in July and September respectively.</p>
<p>“Symantec’s recent Internet Security Threat Report demonstrated that attackers have an increasing tendency to exploit vulnerabilities in desktop applications rather than network infrastructure,” said Oliver Friedrichs, director, Symantec Security Response. “The quantity of Microsoft Office vulnerabilities this month illustrates this emerging attacker focus, and users should consider the installation of these patches to be a critical component of a smart security strategy.”</p>
<p>Symantec recommends the following actions for IT administrators:
· Evaluate the possible impact of these vulnerabilities to critical systems.
· Plan for required responses including patch deployment and implementation of security best practices using the appropriate security and availability solutions.
· Take proactive steps to protect the integrity of networks and information.
· Verify that appropriate data backup processes and safeguards are in place and effective.
· Remind users to exercise caution in opening all unknown or unexpected e-mail attachments and in following Web links from unknown or unverified sources.</p>
<p>Symantec recommends the following actions for consumers:
· Regularly run Microsoft Update and install the latest security updates to keep software up-to-date.
· Avoid opening unknown or unexpected e-mail attachments or following Web links from unknown or unverified sources.
Use an Internet security solution such as Norton Internet Security to protect against today's known and tomorrow's unknown threats.</p>
<p>Additional information will be available on Symantec’s Security Response Blog shortly at:</p>
<p>http://www.symantec.com/enterprise/security_response/weblog/</p>
<p>Additional information on Microsoft’s security bulletins can be found at:</p>
<p>http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms06-oct.mspx</p>
<p>Symantec’s security experts will closely monitor further information related to these vulnerabilities and will provide updates and security content as necessary. Please let me know if you have any questions.</p>
<p>Sincerely,</p>
<p>Debbie Sassine</p>
<p>MaxAustralia</p>
<p>(61 2) 9954 3492</p>
<p>debbie.sassine@maxaustralia.com.au</p>

Most Popular

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?