Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Microsoft Security Bulletin for April, 2014

Microsoft released four (4) bulletins.  Two of the bulletins are identified as Critical with the other two as Important.

The security update provided through MS14-017 addresses the Microsoft Word issue described in Security Advisory 2953095.  If the Fix it solution was installed on your computer, install the update first and then disable the Fix it.

Disable Fix it


  • MS14-017 -- Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word and Office Web Apps Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2949660)
  • MS14-018 -- Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2950467)
  • MS14-019 -- Vulnerability in Windows File Handling Component Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2922229)
  • MS14-020 -- Vulnerability in Microsoft Publisher Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2950145)


Microsoft released an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services, and the Download Center.  Included in the update is detection for Win32/Ramdo and Win32/Kilim

Windows XP and Windows 8.1

As has been widely publicized, support ends for Windows XP and Office 2003 today.  Thus, this will be the last security updates for those products.  See Tim Rains article, The Countdown Begins: Support for Windows XP Ends on April 8, 2014.

Also note that effective after today, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available.  This includes automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download.  Note, however, that definitions will be available until July 15, 2015.  See Microsoft antimalware support for Windows XP.

Windows 8.1 users note: Windows 8.1 users: It's time to move to Windows 8.1 Update


The following additional information is provided in the Security Bulletin:


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