Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (January – June 2008)- Executive Summary

This is the fifth volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR).
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      The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (January – June 2008) provides an in-depth perspective on software vulnerabilities (both in Microsoft software and in third-party software), software exploits, and malicious and potentially unwanted software observed by Microsoft during the past several years, with a focus on the first half of 2008.

      The report also contains sections on security breach notifications and Internet safety enforcement. This document is an executive summary of the report. The full report,which offers strategies, mitigations, and countermeasures based on the key findings, can be found at
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      If you experience problems when attempting to open this PDF, the workarounds below have been shown to resolve the issue:

      Workaround 1

      Configure Adobe Reader to not open a PDF file in an Internet Explorer browser. This is done by un-checking 'open in browser' in the Internet tab of Adobe Reader preferences.

      1. Open Adobe Reader
      2. Go to Edit, Preferences
      3. Go to Internet
      4. Uncheck 'Display PDF in browser'
      5. Click OK
      6. Close Adobe Reader
      7. Attempt to download the PDF file again. Now you should be prompted to open/save/cancel when trying to open or download the PDF file.

      Workaround 2 (for Windows XP)

      Configure Internet Explorer to prompt to save PDF files to disk. Then open the PDF file using your preferred PDF reader. Use Folder Options -> File Types to reset this.

      1. Go to Control Panel
      2. Click Folder Options
      3. Go to File Types
      4. Scroll to PDF in list
      5. Click PDF
      6. Click Advanced
      7. If 'Save as' is not in the 'Actions box', click New
      8. Type 'Save as' in Action box, click OK
      9. Click OK
      10. Click Apply
      11. Click OK

      Workaround 3 (for Windows Vista)

      Configure the default PDF reader.

      1. Verify default program for PDF files
      2. Right-click on the PDF file that is already saved to your local disk
      3. Choose, Open With...
      If Internet Explorer is listed as the 'Recommended Programs', do the following:
      1. Mark checkbox, 'Always use the selected program to open this kind of file'
      2. Click Browse
      3. Find Adobe Reader 8.0 (default location - Adobe\reader 8.0\reader\acrord32.exe)
      4. Highlight this .exe
      5. Click Open
      6. Click OK
      Check to see that Adobe Reader is now listed as the 'Recommended Program' for this type of file.
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