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March 9, 2011

Latest Microsoft patches close Media Player flaw

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by Darren Allan

Microsoft unleashed its latest round of security patches for the month of March yesterday.

Three patches were released, one of them rated critical which solves two issues, and the other two patches were rated as important.

The critical update is MS11-015, which fixes a vulnerability in DirectShow, and also a flaw in Windows Media Player and Media Centre. This solves an exploit whereby an attacker could remotely execute malicious code via a Microsoft Digital Video Recording (.dvr-ms) file.

The other two patches weren’t so serious, and tackled a problem with the Windows Remote Desktop Client which could allow for remote code execution, and a vulnerability in Microsoft Groove, a collaborative software application in Microsoft Office.

What’s perhaps most telling about this round of updates is what’s missing, namely a fix for the major MHTML vulnerability in Internet Explorer which Microsoft discovered over a month ago.

We’d have expected this to have been addressed by now, so evidently it’s causing MS some considerable problems behind the scenes.


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  1. Good!!!!

    Comment by Nisha Paunikar — March 9, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

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