SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE) today announced that it provides coverage for the 11 security vulnerabilities disclosed by Microsoft Corporation today. These vulnerabilities have been reviewed by McAfee® AvertR Labs®, and based on their findings, McAfee recommends that users confirm the Microsoft product versioning outlined in the bulletins and update as recommended by Microsoft and McAfee. This includes deploying solutions to ensure protection against the vulnerabilities outlined in this advisory.
"Today's Microsoft patches emphasize the need for proactive browser protection and the risk of surfing the Web unprotected," said Dave Marcus, security research and communications manager, McAfee Avert Labs. "The vulnerability in the Windows Media File Format is another warning that media files are potentially unsafe and people should use caution when opening or playing media files."
Today's seven security bulletins cover a total of 11 vulnerabilities. Three of the bulletins are rated critical by Microsoft due to their potential for remote code execution. The remaining four bulletins are deemed important, a notch lower on Microsoft's severity scale.
For additional information on today's vulnerabilities, including the McAfee Avert Labs Patch Tuesday webinar, as well as information on current threats, visit McAfee's Threat Center at http://www.mcafee.com/us/threat_center/default.asp
With McAfee's Security Risk Management approach, customers can effectively address business priorities and security realities. McAfee's award-winning solutions identify and block known and unknown attacks before they can cause damage. McAfee will continue to update its coverage as needed as new exploit vectors are discovered and as new threats emerge.
Out of the box, Host IPS protects against many buffer overflow exploits. McAfee Host IPS and McAfee Entercept® protect users against code execution that may result from common classes of exploits targeted at the buffer overflow/overrun vulnerabilities in Microsoft DirectX, Message Queuing, Windows Media File Format and Internet Explorer. This "out of the box" protection is provided without the need for security content updates for either product.
The McAfee Vulnerability Shield package for McAfee Host IPS customers provides specific protection against common classes of exploits targeted at the vulnerabilities in Message Queuing. The Vulnerability Shield package is deployed through McAfee ePolicy OrchestratorR to agents, protecting systems without a reboot.
McAfee VirusScan® Enterprise and McAfee Managed VirusScan with AntiSpyware protects users against code execution that may result from common classes of exploits targeted at the buffer overflow/overrun vulnerabilities in Microsoft DirectX, Windows Media File Format and Internet Explorer.
McAfee IntruShield® provides coverage for Microsoft Direct X, Message Queuing, Windows Media File Format and Internet Explorer vulnerabilities through signature sets released today. McAfee IntruShield sensors deployed in in-line mode can be configured with a response action to drop such packets for preventing these attacks.
The McAfee System Compliance Profiler, a component of McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator, is being updated for today's newly disclosed vulnerabilities in Microsoft SMBv2, DirectX, Message Queuing, Windows Kernel, Macrovision Driver, Windows Media File Format and Internet Explorer to quickly assess compliance levels of the security patches announced today.
The McAfee Foundstone® and McAfee Network Access Control (previously known as McAfee Policy Enforcer) checks are being created to detect the vulnerabilities announced today, and will be available in the packages released today and the day after tomorrow, respectively. These checks are expected to accurately identify if a system is vulnerable in many enterprise environments.
McAfee Policy Auditor compliance checks and McAfee Remediation Manager remediations are being created to identify unpatched systems and apply the necessary patches to affected systems for the vulnerabilities in Microsoft SMBv2, DirectX, Message Queuing, Windows Kernel, Macrovision Driver, Windows Media File Format and Internet Explorer. Updates will be available in the next V-Flash package.
Avert DAT files have already been released to detect known exploits and new detection will be added as new exploits are discovered. DAT files are used by McAfee GroupShield®, PortalShield™, Secure Internet Gateway appliances, Secure Messaging Gateway appliances, Secure Web Gateway appliances, Total Protection suites, VirusScan Enterprise, VirusScan Command Line, VirusScan Online and other McAfee scanners. McAfee users can refer to http://www.mcafee.com/us/threat_center/default.asp for information regarding any new threats attempting to exploit these vulnerabilities.
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