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Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for April 2013

Monday, April 8th, 2013
Bulletin ID Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software
Bulletin 1 Critical
Remote Code Execution
Requires restart Microsoft Windows,
Internet Explorer
Bulletin 2 Critical
Remote Code Execution
May require restart Microsoft Windows
Bulletin 3 Important
Information Disclosure
May require restart Microsoft Office,
Microsoft Server Software
Bulletin 4 Important
Elevation of Privilege
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
Bulletin 5 Important
Denial of Service
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
Bulletin 6 Important
Elevation of Privilege
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
Bulletin 7 Important
Elevation of Privilege
Requires restart Microsoft Security Software
Bulletin 8 Important
Elevation of Privilege
May require restart Microsoft Office,
Microsoft Server Software
Bulletin 9 Important
Elevation of Privilege
Requires restart Microsoft Windows

Excerpt from microsoft.com

New IE9 update fixes several security flaws

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Microsoft has rolled out a new update for Internet Explorer 9 that fixes a host of different security holes.

Launched yesterday on Microsoft’s familiar “Patch Tuesday,” the August 2011 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer is a critical one that resolves issues not just in IE9 but in versions 6, 7, and 8 as well, according to a Microsoft blog. The update is available through Windows Update, so IE users who have Windows automatic updates turned on should have already received it.

The patch takes care of five holes in IE that were disclosed in coordination with Microsoft and two others that were publicly revealed. The most serious of the security flaws could let a hacker run code on a remote PC if the user visits a malicious Web page. Microsoft also advises that people who run accounts without administrative rights are generally better protected against these types of exploits.

Beyond patching the security holes, the 21MB update throws in some non-security fixes. One resolves an issue in which IE took a long time to open an e-mail on Outlook’s Web App. Another addresses a flaw in IE8 in which the browser may have frozen when opening some pages in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Due to the critical nature of the security flaws, Microsoft is recommending that individual users who don’t have automatic updates turned on install the update manually as soon as possible. IT administrators will also want to roll out the update to their organizations using their own in-house update tools.

Yesterday’s Patch Tuesday was a big one for Microsoft and the third largest of 2011, according to security vendor McAfee. The folks in Redmond rolled out 13 security updates to fix 22 flaws that affected Windows, IE, Microsoft Office, the .Net Framework, and Microsoft Developer Tools.

“Overall this Patch Tuesday is on the large side,” Dave Marcus, director of security research and communications at McAfee Labs, said in a statement. “Although there are only two critical patches this month, this update comes after the July patches from Oracle and Apple, and there will be another release of critical patches for Adobe Flash Player [on Tuesday], leaving IT administrators with a full plate this summer.”

Marcus advises IT admins to place priority on the IE and Windows updates since their related vulnerabilities could “result in remote code execution attacks and can expose users to drive-by download attacks via the browser.”

Source:  CNET

Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for August 2011

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Microsoft yesterday announced a significant number of patches to secure vulnerabilities in its desktop/server OS, Office suite, and developer software.  Key excerpts from the release can be found below:

Bulletin ID Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software
Bulletin 1 Critical
Remote Code Execution
Requires restart Microsoft Windows,
Internet Explorer
Bulletin 2 Critical
Remote Code Execution
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
Bulletin 3 Important
Remote Code Execution
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
Bulletin 4 Important
Remote Code Execution
May require restart Microsoft Office
Bulletin 5 Important
Elevation of Privilege
May require restart Microsoft Windows
Bulletin 6 Important
Elevation of Privilege
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
Bulletin 7 Important
Elevation of Privilege
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
Bulletin 8 Important
Denial of Service
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
Bulletin 9 Important
Denial of Service
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
Bulletin 10 Important
Information Disclosure
May require restart Microsoft .NET Framework,
Microsoft Developer Tools
Bulletin 11 Important
Information Disclosure
May require restart Microsoft Developer Tools
Bulletin 13 Moderate
Denial of Service
Requires restart Microsoft Windows
Bulletin 12 Moderate
Information Disclosure
May require restart Microsoft .NET Framework

Windows Operating System and Components

Table 1

Windows XP
Bulletin Identifier Bulletin 1 Bulletin 2 Bulletin 3 Bulletin 5 Bulletin 6 Bulletin 7
Aggregate Severity Rating Critical None None None Important Important
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Internet Explorer 6
(Critical)Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)Internet Explorer 8
(Critical)
Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Windows XP Service Pack 3
(Important)
Windows XP Service Pack 3
(Important)
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2 Internet Explorer 6
(Critical)Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)Internet Explorer 8
(Critical)
Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Server 2003
Bulletin Identifier Bulletin 1 Bulletin 2 Bulletin 3 Bulletin 5 Bulletin 6 Bulletin 7
Aggregate Severity Rating Critical Important None None Important Important
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Internet Explorer 6
(Important)Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)Internet Explorer 8
(Critical)
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(Important)
Not applicable Not applicable Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2 Internet Explorer 6
(Important)Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)Internet Explorer 8
(Critical)
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)
Not applicable Not applicable Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems Internet Explorer 6
(Important)Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(Important)
Not applicable Not applicable Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(Important)
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(Important)
Windows Vista
Bulletin Identifier Bulletin 1 Bulletin 2 Bulletin 3 Bulletin 5 Bulletin 6 Bulletin 7
Aggregate Severity Rating Critical None None None None Important
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)Internet Explorer 8
(Critical)Internet Explorer 9
(Critical)
Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2 Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)Internet Explorer 8
(Critical)Internet Explorer 9
(Critical)
Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Server 2008
Bulletin Identifier Bulletin 1 Bulletin 2 Bulletin 3 Bulletin 5 Bulletin 6 Bulletin 7
Aggregate Severity Rating Critical Critical None None None Important
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 Internet Explorer 7**
(Critical)Internet Explorer 8**
(Critical)Internet Explorer 9**
(Critical)
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2*
(Critical)
Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2*
(Important)
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 Internet Explorer 7**
(Critical)Internet Explorer 8**
(Critical)Internet Explorer 9**
(Critical)
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2*
(Critical)
Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2*
(Important)
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2 Internet Explorer 7
(Critical)
Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows 7
Bulletin Identifier Bulletin 1 Bulletin 2 Bulletin 3 Bulletin 5 Bulletin 6 Bulletin 7
Aggregate Severity Rating Critical None Important None None Important
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1 Internet Explorer 8
(Critical)Internet Explorer 9
(Critical)
Not applicable Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(Important)
Not applicable Not applicable Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(Important)
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 Internet Explorer 8
(Critical)Internet Explorer 9
(Critical)
Not applicable Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(Important)
Not applicable Not applicable Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(Important)
Windows Server 2008 R2
Bulletin Identifier Bulletin 1 Bulletin 2 Bulletin 3 Bulletin 5 Bulletin 6 Bulletin 7
Aggregate Severity Rating Critical Critical Important Important None Important
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 Internet Explorer 8**
(Critical)Internet Explorer 9**
(Critical)
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1*
(Critical)
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1*
(Important)
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1**
(Important)
Not applicable Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1*
(Important)
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1 Internet Explorer 8
(Critical)
Not applicable Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(Important)
Not applicable Not applicable Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(Important)

Table 2

Windows XP
Bulletin Identifier Bulletin 8 Bulletin 9 Bulletin 10 Bulletin 13 Bulletin 12
Aggregate Severity Rating None Moderate Important None Moderate
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Not applicable Windows XP Service Pack 3
(Moderate)
Windows XP Service Pack 3
(Important)
Not applicable Windows XP Service Pack 3
(Moderate)
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2 Not applicable Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Moderate)
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)
Not applicable Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Moderate)
Windows Server 2003
Bulletin Identifier Bulletin 8 Bulletin 9 Bulletin 10 Bulletin 13 Bulletin 12
Aggregate Severity Rating None Important Important None Moderate
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Not applicable Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(Important)
Not applicable Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(Moderate)
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2 Not applicable Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)
Not applicable Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Moderate)
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems Not applicable Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(Important)
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(Important)
Not applicable Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(Moderate)
Windows Vista
Bulletin Identifier Bulletin 8 Bulletin 9 Bulletin 10 Bulletin 13 Bulletin 12
Aggregate Severity Rating Moderate None Important Moderate Moderate
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(Moderate)
Not applicable Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(Moderate)
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(Moderate)
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2 Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Moderate)
Not applicable Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Moderate)
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Moderate)
Windows Server 2008
Bulletin Identifier Bulletin 8 Bulletin 9 Bulletin 10 Bulletin 13 Bulletin 12
Aggregate Severity Rating Important None Important Moderate Moderate
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2*
(Important)
Not applicable Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2**
(Important)
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2**
(Moderate)
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2**
(Moderate)
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2*
(Important)
Not applicable Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2**
(Important)
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2**
(Moderate)
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2**
(Moderate)
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2 Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(Important)
Not applicable Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(Important)
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(Moderate)
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(Moderate)
Windows 7
Bulletin Identifier Bulletin 8 Bulletin 9 Bulletin 10 Bulletin 13 Bulletin 12
Aggregate Severity Rating Moderate None Important Moderate Moderate
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1 Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(Moderate)
Not applicable Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(Important)
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(Moderate)
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(Moderate)
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(Moderate)
Not applicable Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(Important)
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(Moderate)
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(Moderate)
Windows Server 2008 R2
Bulletin Identifier Bulletin 8 Bulletin 9 Bulletin 10 Bulletin 13 Bulletin 12
Aggregate Severity Rating Important None Important Moderate Moderate
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1*
(Important)
Not applicable Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1*
(Important)
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1**
(Moderate)
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1*
(Moderate)
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1 Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(Important)
Not applicable Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(Important)
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(Moderate)
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(Moderate)

Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office Unites Office With Google Docs

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine the best of Microsoft Office and Google Docs? Imagine the feature set and usability of Office with the ability of Google Docs to store documents in the cloud and share them. With Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, that’s exactly what you get. This free add-in for Microsoft Office, which hails from Google, lets you save your Office documents to Google Docs, where you can use them as you would normally.

After you install the software, it runs as its own toolbar at the top of Office. When you want to save a document to Google Docs, simply click Sync, and it saves the file, and then syncs it automatically every time you save. If you want, you can change that syncing behavior, and having Google Cloud Connect sync only when you manually tell it to.

You can also use the Google Cloud Connect toolbar to share a document that you’ve saved to Google Docs. Click the Share button and a dialog box opens that lets you share your document. You can use Google Cloud Connect with multiple Google Doc accounts; simply switch from one to the other. There are a few limitations, though. You can’t use multiple accounts simultaneously, and you can’t open a document stored on Google Docs from directly within Office.

There’s no simpler way to combine the power of Microsoft Office and Google Docs than Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office–and you can get it for free.

Source:  PCworld

Microsoft security updates for March 2011

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Several critical security updates are pending for Microsoft products as of 3/8/11.  Be sure to update your server and workstation operating systems and MS Office products to repair vulnerabilities.  Details provided by Microsoft are as follows:

Windows XP

Bulletin Identifier

Bulletin 1

Bulletin 2

Aggregate Severity Rating

Critical

Important

Windows XP Service Pack 3

Windows XP Service Pack 3
(Critical)

Windows XP Service Pack 3
(Important)

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Critical)

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)

Windows Server 2003

Bulletin Identifier

Bulletin 1

Bulletin 2

Aggregate Severity Rating

None

Important

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

Not applicable

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(Important)

Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Not applicable

Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)

Windows Vista

Bulletin Identifier

Bulletin 1

Bulletin 2

Aggregate Severity Rating

Critical

Important

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(Critical)

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(Important)

Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Critical)

Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(Important)

Windows Server 2008

Bulletin Identifier

Bulletin 1

Bulletin 2

Aggregate Severity Rating

None

Important

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2

Not applicable

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2**
(Important)

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2

Not applicable

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2**
(Important)

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2

Not applicable

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(Important)

Windows 7

Bulletin Identifier

Bulletin 1

Bulletin 2

Aggregate Severity Rating

Critical

Important

Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1

Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(Critical)

Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems
(Important)

Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1

Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(Critical)

Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
(Important)

Windows Server 2008 R2

Bulletin Identifier

Bulletin 1

Bulletin 2

Aggregate Severity Rating

Important

Important

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1**
(Important)

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems**
(Important)

Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

Not applicable

Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems
(Important)

Microsoft Office Programs

Bulletin Identifier

Bulletin 3

Aggregate Severity Rating

Important

Microsoft Groove 2007

Microsoft Groove 2007 Service Pack 2
(Important)

 

Use Windows Update to apply all recommended patches or visit the Microsoft Download Center to select updates a la carte.

Source:  microsoft.com

 

Google Apps to pose serious challenge to Microsoft Cloud services? Integrating Voice into Apps for Business is another big step

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Google’s recent announcement that their Voice service will be included in the new Apps and Apps for Business rebranding provides yet another weapon in their assault against Microsoft’s Office, Exchange Unified Communications, and Cloud offerings, in particular the Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) suite.  With the inclusion of Voice, Google is now able to match Microsoft’s scope of services by offering a complete range of media tools, access, and storage to its Apps for Business subscribers.

While most larger companies will opt to remain with the established business services provider in Microsoft, many smaller, mid-sized, and even some larger companies are going to pull the trigger and switch to Google’s product.  Several large companies and government entities – such as salesforce.com, the City of Los Angeles and the District of Columbia – already have, no doubt lured by Google Apps for Business’ lower price tag.

Which office productivity solution is right for your business?  Contact Gyver Networks today and our consultants will help you figure it out.

US-CERT: Multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft Forefront, Office

Friday, November 12th, 2010

From:  National Cyber Alert System

Technical Cyber Security Alert TA10-313A – Microsoft Updates for Multiple Vulnerabilities

Original release date:  November 09, 2010

Last revised: —  Source: US-CERT

Systems Affected:  Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway, Microsoft Office

Overview:

There are multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway. Microsoft has released updates to address these vulnerabilities.

I. Description:

The Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for November 2010 describes multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway. Microsoft has released updates to address the vulnerabilities.

II. Impact:

A remote, unauthenticated attacker could execute arbitrary code or gain unauthorized access to your files or system.

III. Solution:

Apply updates

Microsoft has provided updates for these vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for November 2010. That bulletin describes any known issues related to the updates. Administrators are encouraged to note these issues and test for any potentially adverse effects. In addition, administrators should consider using an automated update distribution system such as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

IV. References:

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for November 2010

Microsoft Windows Server Update Services

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011: best-in-class functionality and value

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

For those seeking to migrate from an existing CRM platform due to cost, scalability, or integration issues (think Salesforce), Microsoft recently released the beta of Dynamics CRM 2011 for on-demand or on-premise users.  Native support for and integration with MS Office applications already resident in most office environments, as well as a price point nearly half that of Salesforce.com, make the choice a no-brainer for companies in the market for a CRM solution upgrade.  According to Microsoft, the beta of Dynamics CRM 2011 offers:

  • Familiar experiences through a next-generation native Microsoft Outlook client, Microsoft Office contextual CRM Ribbon, RoleTailored design and user personalization
  • Intelligent experiences through guided process dialogs, inline data visualizations, performance and goal management, and real-time dashboards
  • Connected experiences through cloud development, Windows Azure integration, contextual Microsoft SharePoint document repositories, teamwork and collaboration, and the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace

Contact Gyver Networks today if your company is interested in learning more about what Dynamics CRM 2011 can do for your team.

e-Mail error codes

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Regardless of the e-mail client you use – whether Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, or even a webmail application – and your e-mail configuration – POP, IMAP, etc. – you have no doubt had your patience tried by innumerable bouncebacks, unreceived e-mails, and other frustrating denials of service.  The following error codes can help you diagnose precisely what the issue is, who’s to blame – and more importantly,  how to fix it…

Email Error Codes (format: x.x.x)

The 1st digit indicates if the response was good, bad, or incomplete

1 =The Command was accepted, but the action is pending confirmation of a reply
2 =The action was completed successfully
3= The command was accepted, but the action is pending receipt of further information.
4 =The command was not accepted and the requested action did not occur. These are usually because of a temporary error or condition and one should try resending the request again.
5 =The command was not accepted and the requested action did not occur. This is a permanent failure message. Something needs to be fixed before the action will work.

The second digit

0 Syntax=Usually refers to a syntax error occurring.
1 Information=Reply to a request for information.
2 Connections=Refers to the channel transmitting
3 or 4=Undefined
5=Indicate the status of the receiver’s mail system

x.x.x Email Error Codes

    x.1.x Codes

  • X.1.0 – Other address status
  • X.1.1 – Bad destination mailbox address
  • X.1.2 – Bad destination system address
  • X.1.3 – Bad destination mailbox address syntax
  • X.1.4 – Destination mailbox address ambiguous
  • X.1.5 – Destination mailbox address valid
  • X.1.6 – Mailbox has moved
  • X.1.7 – Bad sender’s mailbox address syntax
  • X.1.8 – Bad sender’s system address
  • x.2.x Codes

  • X.2.0 – Other or undefined mailbox status
  • X.2.1 – Mailbox disabled, not accepting messages
  • X.2.2 – Mailbox full
  • X.2.3 – Message length exceeds administrative limit
  • X.2.4 – Mailing list expansion issue
  • x.3.x Codes

  • X.3.0 – Other or undefined mail system status
  • X.3.1 – Mail system full
  • X.3.2 – System not accepting network messages
  • X.3.3 – System not capable of selected features
  • X.3.4 – Message too big for system
  • X.3.5 – System incorrectly configured
  • x.4.x Codes

  • X.4.0 – Other or undefined network or routing status
  • X.4.1 – No answer from host
  • X.4.2 – Bad connection
  • X.4.3 – Routing server failure
  • X.4.4 – Unable to routev
  • X.4.5 – Network congestion
  • X.4.6 – Routing loop detected
  • X.4.7 – Delivery time expired
  • x.5.x Codes

  • X.5.0 – Other or undefined protocol status
  • X.5.1 – Invalid command
  • X.5.2 – Syntax error
  • X.5.3 – Too many recipients
  • X.5.4 – Invalid command arguments
  • X.5.5 – Wrong protocol version
  • x.6.x Codes

  • X.6.0 – Other or undefined media error
  • X.6.1 – Media not supported
  • X.6.2 – Conversion required and prohibited
  • X.6.3 – Conversion required but not supported
  • X.6.4 – Conversion with loss performed
  • X.6.5 – Conversion failed
  • x.7.x Codes

  • X.7.0 – Other or undefined security status
  • X.7.1 – Delivery not authorized, message refused
  • X.7.2 – Mailing list expansion prohibited
  • X.7.3 – Security conversion required but not possible
  • X.7.4 – Security features not supported
  • X.7.5 – Cryptographic failure
  • X.7.6 – Cryptographic algorithm not supported
  • X.7.7 – Message integrity failure

 

xxx Email Error Codes

    200 Codes

  • 211 – System status / system help reply
  • 214 – Help message
  • 220 – Domain service ready
  • 221 – Service closing transmission channel
  • 250 – Requested mail action okay and completed
  • 251 – will forward to forwardpath
  • 252 – Pending messages for node started. Cannot Verify user, will take message for this user and attempt delivery
  • 253 – pending messages for node started
  • 300 Codes

  • 354 – Start mail input; end with . server is ready to accept the message
  • 355 – Octet-offset is the transaction offset
  • 400 Codes

  • 421 – Domain service not available, closing transmission channel
  • 432 – Domain service not available, closing transmission channel
  • 450 – Requested mail action not taken: mailbox unavailable. request refused
  • 451 – Requested action aborted: local error in processing
    Request is unable to be processed, try again
  • 452 – Requested action not taken: insufficient system storage
  • 453 – No mail
  • 454 – TLS not available due to temporary reason. Encryption required for requested authentication mechanism.
  • 458 – Unable to queue messages for node
  • 459 – node not allowed: reason
  • 500 Codes

  • 500 – server could not recognize the command due to a syntax error
  • 501 – Syntax error, no parameters allowed
  • 502 – Command not implemented
  • 503 – Bad sequence of commands
  • 504 – Command parameter not implemented
  • 510 – Check the recipient address
  • 512 – Host unknown. Domain can not be found.
  • 515 – Destination mailbox address invalid
  • 517 – Problem with senders mail attribute, check properties
  • 521 – Machine does not accept mail
  • 522 – Recipient has exceeded mailbox limit
  • 523 – Server or connector limit exceeded. Message too large
  • 530 – Must issue a STARTTLS command first. Encryption required for requested authentication mechanism
  • 531 – Mail system Full
  • 533 – Remote server has insufficient disk space to hold email
  • 534 – Authentication mechanism is too weak. Message too big
  • 535 – Multiple servers using same IP
  • 538 – Encryption required for requested authentication mechanism.
  • 540 – No DNS Server for email address
  • 541 – No answer from host
  • 542 – Bad Connection
  • 543 – Routing server failure. No available route
  • 546 – Email looping
  • 547 – Delivery time-out.
  • 550 – Requested action not taken: mailbox unavailable.
  • 551 – User not local; please try forwardpath
  • 552 – Requested mail action aborted: exceeded storage allocation
  • 553 – Requested action not taken: mailbox name not allowed
  • 554 – Transaction failed

‘Microsoft Outlook was not shut down properly’ error

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

We have an extremely e-mail intensive brokerage client who, due to the nature of their business,  has about three-plus years of unarchived e-mails, 80,000-plus objects, and so on, for an average Microsoft Outlook user.  No wonder they recently contacted us because one of the users was receiving the always annoying ‘Outlook was not shut down properly’ error, prompting a never-ending scan each time he attempted to reopen the program.

The error was traced back to the user’s .ost file, which had become corrupt and entirely unwieldy.  The only thing to do at that point was to close Outlook, delete the .ost file in the local folder (located by default in Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 at C:|Users|USER|AppData|Local|Microsoft|Outlook|outlook.ost), then reopen Outlook and wait for the .ost to be recreated; six hours later, we moved onto the archive process; 10 hours and an Outlook-induced computer crash later (necessitating a trip to the site to confirm everything had completed) and it was good as new.

Tip of the day:  archive your e-mails on a regular basis; it’s not like you’re losing them.  Although Outlook doesn’t have a specific limit per se, it actually does have a limit to how many e-mails you can keep and still retain optimal functionality.

Microsoft Online Services Offering: BPOS is the ultimate in cloud connectivity

Friday, August 20th, 2010

People have been talking about cloud computing, cloud storage, cloud networking – and on and on – for some time now, but with its newest offering, Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS),  Microsoft Online Services has set the standard for cloud connectivity, encompassing computing, storage, networking, and pretty much anything else you could wish for.  The functionality of Office mainstays like Exchange, Communicator and SharePoint are included and integrated so it’s actually more like using one all-inclusive application instead of many.

 

After sign-in, the icon for the application stays open on your toolbar and you simply right-click to access any of the included services.  The company portal is also accessible and allows you to download necessary software (for instance, .Net is a requirement for BPOS) and enter SharePoint intranet sites and Live Meeting rooms.

Live Meeting has some particularly cool options, including the ability to record audio and video, view all attendees in panorama view (making everyone appear to be sitting across the same table from you even though they’re in multiple locations), and a number of meeting planning and management options.  SharePoint Services online offers something even cooler: the ability to view your Microsoft Outlook OWA mailbox right in the SharePoint homepage – no more multiple browser pages!

Microsoft SharePoint online

There are many more features available, so check it out if you’re intersted.  Microsoft is currently offering a free one-month trial of BPOS to anyone interested in sampling its cloud productivity services, and Microsoft partners are able to secure a one-year, 250-seat license for free.  Can’t beat that deal ….

Users begin by installing the sign-in application, which becomes the launch point for accessing all of the included functionality.

Microsoft Office 2010 – PowerPoint SmartArt Timesaver

Friday, June 18th, 2010

So you’re called upon to create a last-minute PowerPoint presentation to a new client and the clock is ticking.  You spend the majority of your time formulating the perfect phraseology to frame your compelling arguments – and then you realize as you’re about to walk out the door that your presentation is entirely in black and white and could possibly be the blandest thing since raw broccoli.  What do you do?

 

Microsoft Office’s PowerPoint 2010 features a carryover from PowerPoint 2007 which is right up your alley:  Convert to SmartArt.  In two mouse clicks, you can convert a page of text into a presentation that looks like it took hours to prepare.  See the difference in the before…

 

PowerPoint 2010 text

Plain, boring PowerPoint text

 

… and the after:

 

PowerPoint 2010 SmartArt

Not bad for a two-second fix...

 

With a variety of layouts to choose from, Microsoft provides a great timesaving option for those in crunchtime.  Just right-click on the textbox(es) you want to include, pick “Convert to SmartArt,” and select the layout you want.  Alternately, you can pick your template first by clicking the Insert tab on the ribbon and selecting SmartArt from the dropdown menu.

 

So thanks again, Microsoft, for saving us some time in our PowerPoint presentation creation – even if you’ll eventually take it back somehow in the future….