Windows

    Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (July – December 2006)

    Select Language:
    An in-depth perspective of software vulnerabilities, malicious code threats, and potentially unwanted software, focusing on the second half of 2006.
    • Version:

      1

      File Name:

      MS_Security_Report_Jul-Dec06.pdf

      Date Published:

      2007-05-10

      File Size:

      3.2 MB

        This is the second volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report.
        This Security Intelligence Report focuses on the second half of the 2006 calendar year (from July to December) and builds upon the data published in the first volume of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report that covers the first half of 2006. (http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6543860). Using data derived from several hundred million Windows users, this report provides an in-depth perspective of trends in the malicious and potentially unwanted software landscape. The scope of this second volume of the report has been expanded to include trends on software vulnerabilities disclosed in the second half of 2006.
    • Supported Operating System

      Windows 2000; Windows 2000 Advanced Server; Windows 2000 Professional Edition ; Windows 2000 Server; Windows 2000 Service Pack 2; Windows 2000 Service Pack 3; Windows 2000 Service Pack 4; Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2003 Itanium-based editions; Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86); Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition (32-Bit x86); Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (32-Bit x86); Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition ; Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 editions; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 for Itanium-based Systems; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 for Itanium-based Systems; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003 x64 editions; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for 64-Bit Itanium-Based Systems; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86); Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition; Windows Server 2003, Web Edition

        Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000; Windows Server 2003; Windows Vista; Windows XP
      • Download the white paper and open using Adobe Acrobat

        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.
      • A Security Intelligence Report (July - December 2006) webcast is also available. In this webcast, we review the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report for July to December 2006. This report, released at the end of April 2007, provides an in-depth perspective of software vulnerability, malicious software (malware), and potentially unwanted software landscapes. Join us for a discussion about the data and trends identified in the report.

        http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032340085&Culture=en-US

    Popular Downloads

      • 01

        DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer

        The Microsoft DirectX® End-User Runtime provides updates to 9.0c and previous versions of DirectX — the core Windows® technology that drives high-speed multimedia and games on the PC.

      • 02

        Malicious Software Removal Tool

        This tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found. Microsoft will release an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month.

      • 03

        Microsoft Security Essentials

        Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

      • 04

        Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

        Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if your PC is ready for Windows 7. It scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues, gives you guidance on how to resolve potential issues found, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.

    Loading your results, please wait...

    Free PC updates

    • Security patches
    • Software updates
    • Service packs
    • Hardware drivers

    Microsoft suggests

    The new Windows is here
    The new Windows is here
    Have more fun, get more done.
    Get started