Microsoft releases its Security Bulletins for February 2006

17 February 2006

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for February reports the release of two security patches rated "critical" and five rated "important".

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-005 warns of a vulnerability in Windows Media Player that could potentially allow an attacker to execute code on an affected system and thereby gain complete control of its functions. The vulnerability lies in the way Windows Media Player handles bitmap (.bmp) files. An attacker could construct a malicious bitmap image file and plant it on a webpage or in e-mail messages. Malicious code would then be executed on a user's system when the webpage or the e-mail is viewed.

Users are advised to patch their systems against these vulnerabilities immediately. Patches can be downloaded via links posted within the appropriate Security Bulletins or by visiting Microsoft Update.

Important:
We recommend that users patch their systems by downloading and installing critical Microsoft updates as soon as possible.

Users are also encouraged to update their antivirus software daily and to install a firewall on their computers, if they have not done so already. For more information on firewalls, please read Microsoft's tutorial on how to protect your PC.

Microsoft Security Updates Summary for February
Technical Summary of February Security Bulletins

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