Microsoft is scheduled to release a security bulletin (out-of-band) to address a vulnerability in all currently supported versions of Windows. The bulletin is scheduled for release at approximately 10 A.M. Pacific Time on Thursday, October 23, 2008.
This security update will be released outside of the usual monthly security bulletin release cycle in an effort to protect customers. Microsoft recommends customers prepare their systems and networks to apply this security bulletin immediately once released to help ensure that their computers are protected from attempted criminal attacks. For more information about security updates, visit http://www.microsoft.com/protect
The purpose of this notification is to assist customers with resource planning for this security bulletin release. The information offered in this notification is purposely general in nature to provide enough information for customers to plan for deployment without disclosing vulnerability details or other information that could put them at risk.
Anyone believed to have been affected can visit: http://www.microsoft.com/protect/support/default.mspx
and should contact the national law enforcement agency in their country. Those in the United States can contact Customer Service and Support at no charge using the PC Safety hotline at (866) PC SAFETY. Additionally, customers in the United States should contact their local FBI office or report their situation at: www.ic3.gov
Microsoft continues to encourage customers to follow the “Protect Your Computer” guidance of enabling a firewall, applying all software updates, and installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Additional information can be found at: http://ww.microsoft.com/protect
NEW BULLETIN SUMMARY
Bulletin Identifier Windows Bulletin
Maximum Severity Rating Critical
Impact of Vulnerability Remote Code Execution
Detection Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer can detect whether your computer system requires this update.
Restart Requirement The update requires a restart.
Affected Software Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
The full version of the Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for this month can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec.../ms08-oct.mspx
Although we do not anticipate any changes, the information provided in this summary is subject to change until the release. At this time, no additional information on this bulletin such as details regarding severity or details regarding the vulnerability will be made available until the bulletin is published.