Final Patch Tuesday Quietly Ushers Out XP and 2003

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MS14-017: Critical

First and foremost, Microsoft has closed the loop on the MS Word vulnerability addressed in last week’s advisory, 2953095, with MS14-017. This is a critical vulnerability for three CVEs that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a RTF file in Word. This bulletin also addresses Outlook when configured to use Word as the email viewer. Known to be under active attack, a hacker using this vulnerability could gain user rights.

In the final Patch Tuesday for Windows XP and Office 2003, Microsoft released four patches today, two critical and two important, that cover a total of just 11 CVEs. While an unusually small Patch Tuesday, it isn’t surprising that Microsoft included final fixes in XP and Office 2003. For that reason, this is an important Patch Tuesday for users who rely on the outdated platforms and applications that move to self-support this month. Here's a closer look at this month's patches, provided by Russ Ernst, director product management, Lumension.


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