"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is recommending that Windows Operating Systems users apply Microsoft security patch MS06-040 as quickly as possible. This security patch is designed to protect against a vulnerability that, if exploited, could enable an attacker to remotely take control of an affected system and install programs, view, change, or delete data, and create new accounts with full user rights."MS06-040 and the other updates released on "Patch Tuesday" can be downloaded directly from TechNet. This update should be installed on the following affected systems:
Note: Windows 98 and ME are not included in that list. Remember, those operating systems reached the end of the life support cycle on July 11, 2006. For all systems, see Microsoft Support Lifecycle by Product.
-- Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
-- Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
-- Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
-- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 & Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
-- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems
-- Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition
Microsoft has a toll-free number available to call in the event you are having problems with this or any other Microsoft Update. The service is free and is for all virus and security-related support. It is available 24 hours a day for the U.S. and Canada.
Call: 1-866-PCSAFETY (1-866-727-2338)
For support outside the United States and Canada, please contact your Microsoft Help and Support worldwide. Go to Microsoft Security Home and choose your region from the box in the upper right corner.