[ISN] Microsoft releases monthly security patches

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Date: Wed Jun 09 2004 - 03:06:09 PDT

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    By Paul Roberts
    JUNE 08, 2004
    Microsoft Corp. released software updates for versions of Windows XP
    and Windows Server 2003 and warned customers about a security
    vulnerability in a Windows component called IDirectPlay4, which is
    used to support multiplayer network games.
    The security hole, if successfully exploited, could allow a remote
    attacker to cause a Windows application using the affected component
    to fail, creating a denial-of-service attack. Microsoft published
    bulletin MS04-016 describing the hole and rated the problem
    "moderate," indicating that the hole is difficult to exploit or can be
    fixed by changing configuration settings or other factors.
    IDirectPlay4 is one of three application programming interfaces that
    makes up Microsoft DirectPlay, a protocol that provides networking
    services for networks based on TCP/IP and IPX. DirectPlay is
    frequently used to support multiplayer games.
    A remote attacker could trigger the security vulnerability by
    connecting to a machine using DirectPlay and sending a specially
    misformatted data packet to the machine. When received, that packet
    would cause the application using DirectPlay to crash.
    Microsoft provided patches for both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows
    XP and Windows Server 2003 and advised customers to consider applying
    the updates.
    The company also patched three of its products to plug a newly
    discovered hole in the Crystal Reports and Crystal Enterprise
    reporting tools from Business Objects SA. Software updates were
    released for Visual Studio .Net and Outlook 2003 with Business Contact
    Manager, which redistribute Crystal Reports. A patch was also issued
    for Microsoft Business Solutions CRM 1.2, which redistributes Crystal
    Enterprise and is also affected.
    The hole, if successfully exploited, could allow a remote attacker to
    use a Web interface to Crystal Reports and Crystal Enterprise to
    retrieve or delete files on affected systems, Microsoft said.
    Microsoft published a bulletin (MS04-017) concerning the hole that
    rated the vulnerability "moderate." Customers should consider applying
    the patch, the company said.
    Microsoft released the patches in keeping with its stated policy of
    trying to limit security updates to one day per month, typically the
    second Tuesday of each month.
    After releasing more than 20 patches for security holes in April, many
    of them related to "critical" holes in versions of Windows and the
    Internet Explorer Web browser, the company has had two quiet months.  
    It issued just one bulletin in April for a single, noncritical
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