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Internet Security Systems Delivers Preemptive Protection from Critical Microsoft Vulnerabilities

Internet Security Systems Delivers Preemptive Protection from Critical Microsoft Vulnerabilities

ATLANTA, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Internet Security Systems (ISS) announced that it has preemptive protection available for all vulnerabilities announced by Microsoft today. Of these vulnerabilities, ISS' X-Force(R) research and development team considers two to be a serious threat to enterprise organizations. They are the License Logging Service (LLS) Vulnerability (MS 05-010) and the Server Message Block (SMB) Client Vulnerability (MS 05-011).

"Organizations using the affected Windows platforms should patch these high risk vulnerabilities immediately," said Abe Mounce, Director, X-Force Research and Development. "Successful exploitation of the SMB vulnerability or the LLS vulnerability can lead to the installation of malicious programs and even complete control over an affected system."

ISS products and managed services preemptively protect customers against all threats targeting these vulnerabilities. Those organizations without ISS protection should be aware of the following:

Business Impact:

If a user is logged on with administrator privileges, an attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could take complete control of an affected system, including installing malicious programs such as malware; viewing, changing, or deleting confidential information; or further network compromise.

Affected Infrastructures:

The SMB protocol is used by Windows for sharing resources such as files and printers. The Windows SMB client contains multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities, which can be triggered when an affected client queries an untrusted SMB server. Affected systems include Windows 2000 up to and including SP4, Windows XP up to and including SP2, and Windows Server 2003.

LLS is a Microsoft-specific service designed to manage and track licensing for large installations of Windows products. The service contains several buffer overflow vulnerabilities which might be leveraged by an attacker to gain control of an affected server. Affected systems include Windows NT4 and Windows 2000 Server.

Available Protection:

ISS preemptively shipped its customers network and server protection for these vulnerabilities on February 8, 2005. All other organizations should immediately install critical updates provided by Microsoft.

The full ISS X-Force alert can be found at: http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/alerts/id/186 or http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/bulletins/microsoft .

For more information on Internet Security Systems preemptive protection offerings, please visit: http://www.iss.net/proof/preemptiveprotection/

About Internet Security Systems, Inc.

Internet Security Systems is the trusted expert to global enterprises and world governments providing products and services that protect against Internet threats. An established world leader in security since 1994, ISS delivers proven cost efficiencies and reduces regulatory and business risk across the enterprise. ISS products and services are based on the proactive security intelligence conducted by ISS' X-Force(R) research and development team - the unequivocal world authority in vulnerability and threat research. Headquartered in Atlanta, Internet Security Systems has additional operations throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit the Internet Security Systems Web site at http://www.iss.net/ or call 800-776-2362.

Internet Security Systems is a trademark and X-Force is a registered trademark of Internet Security Systems, Inc. All other companies and products mentioned are trademarks and property of their respective owner

Internet Security Systems, Inc.

CONTACT: Jeff Nessler, +1-404-236-3026, or [email protected] , or Kathryn
Quigley, +1-404-236-3691, or [email protected] , both of Internet Security

Web site: http://www.iss.net/

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