Inside the Microsoft Security Response Process: The View from the Podium

I just want to take a moment to thank *everyone* who attended the MSRC talk today at Tech Ed.  You guys asked some great questions and provided some awesome feedback.  What I heard from you resoundingly, is that we’re on the right track, and there are still great things we can do to further assist you.  The talk…

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Thoughts on Steve Ballmer’s keynote

Wow, oh wow.  It’s always a pleasure to see Steve Ballmer speak, and it’s a greater privilege to be here at Tech Ed 2005 supporting the great things he noted in his keynote.  I’ve seen Bill Gates speak many times, but other than some internal presentations to employees I’ve never gotten a chance to see…

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MSRC focus group at TechEd — tell us what you think!

Hi folks, counting down – it’s just a couple of weeks now until TechEd Orlando. Stephen, Mike and I are excited to have the opportunity once again to meet our customers, and hear your experiences and feedback around our security bulletins. This year at TechEd we will take this a step further with a focus…

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Sasser Worm Anniversary & MSRC Learnings

It’s been just over a year since we experienced our last major network worm outbreak, Sasser, which exploited a vulnerability in the LSASS component of Windows in April 2004.    On the security response team at Microsoft, it is part of our process to do post mortems after incidents or outbreaks and review how we…

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Is there a new MSN Messenger update or not?

Hey folks – Mike Reavey here. Recently, some folks have asked us if there’s a new security update in MSN Messenger.  In doing some investigation, we’ve realized that these questions might be coming in because the “Date Published” on this page on our Download Center: shows it was published last Tuesday.  Because of that it…

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Customers Help Us Improve Security Communications

Debby Fry Wilson here!  I had the opportunity to attend the CanSecWest security research conference in Vancouver, Canada last week. It was a tremendously valuable and eye-opening experience to see and hear the passion, dedication and commitment that segments of security researchers put into their craft of finding and exposing security vulnerabilities in software products….

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One security bulletin for May and a few more things…

Hi everyone, Mike Reavey here to tell you about today’s security bulletin and some other offerings to help protect and provide guidance for customers.   Today’s release includes one bulletin affecting Windows 2000.  It’s rated as “Important”.  (This update addresses the recently disclosed “greymagic” vulnerability that Stephen blogged about a few weeks back.)   You…

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Information on Publicly Disclosed Windows Vulnerability

Stephen Toulouse here with the MSRC, just wanted to provide everyone with some information related to public reports of a possible vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was publicly disclosed.  The issue involves the Windows Shell, and our initial investigation has found that significant user interaction would be required for an attacker to exploit this vulnerability. …

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Welcome to our new home…. and April Security Updates.

Hey everyone, this is Mike Reavey from the MSRC. Welcome to the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog’s new home! We here at the MSRC started the blog for our time at RSA 2005, but we had such great support and positive responses from customers that we’ve have decided to keep it going. Today we’ve moved the blog to a…

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A little bit about the Security Update Validation Program

A little bit about the Security Update Validation Program Late last week there was some confusion about the Security Update Validation program, and I wanted to take a minute to explain how the program works and our reasons behind implementing it. To start, the Security Update Validation Program (SUVP) was tested for about a year…

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