August 2010 Microsoft Black Tuesday Summary

Published: 2010-08-10
Last Updated: 2010-08-16 15:15:31 UTC
by Jim Clausing (Version: 5)
17 comment(s)

 Overview of the Aug 2010 Microsoft Patches and their status.

Update:  Microsoft also released an advisory for an unpatched privilege escalation vulnerability

Update 2: Exploit code apparently exists for MS10-048, but it is not being seen in the wild at present.

# Affected Contra Indications Known Exploits Microsoft rating ISC rating(*)
clients servers
MS10-047 Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (Replaces MS10-021 )
Windows Kernel
KB 981852 no known exploits. Severity:Important
Exploitability: 1,2,?
Important Important
MS10-048 Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (Replaces MS10-032 )
Windows Kernel
KB 2160329 PoC code apparently exists Severity:Important
Exploitability: ?,1,1,1,1
Important Impoortant
MS10-049 Vulnerabilities in SChannel could allow Remote Code Execution
IIS and SChannel
KB 980436 no known exploits. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 3,2
Important Critical
MS10-050 Vulnerability in Windows Movie Maker Could Allow Remote Code Execution (Replaces MS10-016 )
Windows Movie Maker
KB 981997 no known exploits. Severity:Important
Exploitability: 1
Critical Important
MS10-051 Vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution (Replaces MS08-069 )
Microsoft XML core services
KB 2079403 no known exploits. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 2
Critical Critical
MS10-052 Vulnerability in Microsoft MPEG Layer-3 Codecs Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Microsoft MPEG Layer-3 Codecs
KB 2115168 no known exploits. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 1
Critical Important
MS10-053 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (Replaces MS10-035 )
Internet Explorer
KB 2183461 no known exploits. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 3,2,1,2,2,1
Critical Important
MS10-054 Vulnerabilities in SMB Server Could Allow Remote Code Execution
SMB server
KB 982214 no known exploits. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 2,3,3
Critical Critical
MS10-055 Vulnerability in Cinepak Codec Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Cinepak codec
KB 982665 no known exploits. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 1
Critical Important
MS10-056 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Word Could Allow Remote Code Execution (Replaces MS09-068 M009-027 MS10-036 )
KB 2269638 no known exploits. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 1,1,2,2
Critical Important
MS10-057 Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (Replaces MS10-036 MS10-038 )
KB 2269707 no known exploits. Severity:Important
Exploitability: 1
Critical Important
MS10-058 Vulnerabilities in TCP/IP Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
Windows Networking (TCP/IP)
KB 978886 no known exploits. Severity:Important
Exploitability: 3,1
Important Important
MS10-059 Vulnerabilities in the Tracing Feature for Services Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
Tracing Facility for Services
KB 982799 no known exploits. Severity:Important
Exploitability: ?,1
Important Important
MS10-060 Vulnerabilities in the Microsoft .NET Common Language Runtime and in Microsoft Silverlight Could Allow Remote Code Execution (Replaces MS09-061 )
.NET and Silverlight
KB 2265906 no known exploits. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 1,1
Critical Critical


We will update issues on this page for about a week or so as they evolve.
We appreciate updates
US based customers can call Microsoft for free patch related support on 1-866-PCSAFETY
(*): ISC rating
  • We use 4 levels:
    • PATCH NOW: Typically used where we see immediate danger of exploitation. Typical environments will want to deploy these patches ASAP. Workarounds are typically not accepted by users or are not possible. This rating is often used when typical deployments make it vulnerable and exploits are being used or easy to obtain or make.
    • Critical: Anything that needs little to become "interesting" for the dark side. Best approach is to test and deploy ASAP. Workarounds can give more time to test.
    • Important: Things where more testing and other measures can help.
    • Less Urgent: Typically we expect the impact if left unpatched to be not that big a deal in the short term. Do not forget them however.
  • The difference between the client and server rating is based on how you use the affected machine. We take into account the typical client and server deployment in the usage of the machine and the common measures people typically have in place already. Measures we presume are simple best practices for servers such as not using outlook, MSIE, word etc. to do traditional office or leisure work.
  • The rating is not a risk analysis as such. It is a rating of importance of the vulnerability and the perceived or even predicted threat for affected systems. The rating does not account for the number of affected systems there are. It is for an affected system in a typical worst-case role.
  • Only the organization itself is in a position to do a full risk analysis involving the presence (or lack of) affected systems, the actually implemented measures, the impact on their operation and the value of the assets involved.
  • All patches released by a vendor are important enough to have a close look if you use the affected systems. There is little incentive for vendors to publicize patches that do not have some form of risk to them


Jim Clausing, jclausing --at-- isc [dot] sans (dot) org
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17 comment(s)


I'm getting Code 80070643, unknown error, when I try to install KB2183461 on a relatively fresh install of Windows 7 Professional 32-bit.
MS010-46 is listed in MS's August rollout, even though it was released last week. You might want to provide current intel on that in your table here, for those that haven't applied it yet, since it is publically disclosed and active.
I was able to install all updates except KB2183461, KB983590 and KB978886 (on Win 7 32bit). KB978886 actually did install but on reboot my network failed with "The TCP/IP Protocol Driver service failed to start due to the following error: The system cannot find the file specified." in the event log. I had to uninstall from the command line to get it to work (Windows Updates in control panel would not show the previously installed updates...)

The other 2 updates would not install at all and gave me the error I reported above, ie. 80070643, unknown error.

At the moment I guess nobody else is seeing this so it must be somewhat rare... but if someone does come across this, the solution was (from CMD): wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:<KB Number> (that is, 978886.

For the Windows Updater issues either post to the Windows Update forum
or, since they are all Security updates, contact MS for *no-charge* support for getting them installed and troubleshooting compatibility -
" How to obtain help and support for this security update
For home users, no-charge support is available by calling 1-866-PCSAFETY in the United States and Canada or by contacting your local Microsoft subsidiary. For more information about how to contact your local Microsoft subsidiary for support issues with security updates, visit the Microsoft International Support website:
North American customers can also obtain instant access to unlimited no-charge email support or to unlimited individual chat support by visiting the following Microsoft website:
For enterprise customers support for security updates is available through your usual support contacts. "

I'm wondering why MS10-049 (SChannel) is Important for Clients and Critical for Servers when from everything I can work out it's a Client-Side Vuln.? What am I missing?

Also, there's been exploit code released for MS10-054 as of the 10th:
After patching and rebooting some of the 2003 and 2008 servers here we had a DNS server failure. It would not resolve addresses. Another reboot seemed to fix things.

@david, A server can act as a client too. (although not recommended)
-049 is critical for servers because it finally includes the fix for the TLS/SSL renegotiation issue from last Nov for IIS 6 & 7. It appears that PoC's exist for -051 and -054 as well, we probably won't update the table again, but will do new diary entries if we start seeing this vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild.
so why Important for Clients but Critical for Servers? Especially seeing how it's RCE with SYSTEM privs for clients (from a shady memory)
I have a question regarding last month's MS OFFICE SP1 end of life.

Do I need to assume Office SP1 is also vulnerable (Word vulnerability)?
Microsoft has omitted to state this in its bulletin, probably because they no longer offer patches for SP1.
If someone could clarify this point it would be quite useful.

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