A Trio of Critical Updates for Bluetooth, IE, and DirectX Users
Critical updates typically refer to the potential for remote code execution exploits (aka "bad guys take over your PC"), and June's trio of critical updates are no exception.
If you use
Bluetooth devices on Windows XP SP2 or SP3, Vista and Vista SP1
of Windows XP or Vista, you're number one on the critical update list.
What's at Number Two2? Anyone running
Internet Explorer 5.01 SP4, IE6, or IE7 on Windows 2000 SP4 up through Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 and 2008.
Number Three affects
DirectX 7.0, 8.1, 9.0 and above
Windows 2000 SP4, XP, and Vista
are affected, as well as
Windows Server 2003 and some Windows Server 2008 installations
Of the three updates listed as "Important" for June, the first one affects servers running the Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS), not desktops. However, the other updates (for
Active Directory services
and for the
Pragmatic General Multicast [PGM] protocol
for network multicasting), do affect
Windows XP SP2/SP3 and Vista/SP1 systems
as well as
Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003 and 2008-based systems
. All three target elevation of privilege vulnerabilities.
Kill Bit (not Bill)
The final security update for June fixes a remote code execution vulnerability in
desktop versions of Windows from 2000 SP4 through Vista SP1 as well as for Windows Server 2003 and 2008
These updates will be available starting June 10th via Windows Update or manually: the
June 2008 Security Bulletin
page will have the links you need.
...And the Rest
June 2008's Patch Tuesday will also include the following updates, including:
The monthly update for the Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830)
An update for Vista that updates the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program (KB939165 and KB931174)
The monthly update for the Windows Mail Junk email filter for Vista (KB905866)
Cumulative update for Windows Vista Media Center (KB950126)
Update to fix restart loop on Windows XP SP3 systems running AMD or other non-Intel processors (KB953356)*
*AMD laptop users with Windows XP, this is the
fix you've been waiting for
Note that the KB articles referenced above
will not be available until the updates are available
via Windows Update or manually at the Microsoft Download Center. To search for these or other KB articles, visit the
Microsoft Help and Support Center