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Microsoft Releases Patches For Critical Windows TCP/IP and Other Bugs

Microsoft Releases Patches For Critical Windows TCP/IP and Other Bugs

October 14, 2020Ravie Lakshmanan
Microsoft on Tuesday issued fixes for 87 newly discovered security vulnerabilities as part of its  October 2020 Patch Tuesday , including two critical remote code execution (RCE) flaws in Windows TCP/IP stack and Microsoft Outlook. The flaws, 11 of which are categorized as Critical, 75 are ranked Important, and one is classified Moderate in severity, affect Windows, Office and Office Services and Web Apps, Visual Studio, Azure Functions, .NET Framework, Microsoft Dynamics, Open Source Software, Exchange Server, and the Windows Codecs Library. Although none of these flaws are listed as being under active attack, six vulnerabilities are listed as publicly known at the time of release. Chief among the most critical bugs patched this month include  CVE-2020-16898  (CVSS score 9.8). According to Microsoft, an attacker would have to send specially crafted ICMPv6 Router Advertisement packets to a remote Windows computer to exploit the RCE flaw in the TCP/IP stack to execute arbitrary code
Adobe Issues July 2020 Critical Security Patches for Multiple Software

Adobe Issues July 2020 Critical Security Patches for Multiple Software

July 14, 2020Wang Wei
Adobe today released software updates to patch a total of 13 new security vulnerabilities affecting 5 of its widely used applications. Out of these 13 vulnerabilities, four have been rated critical, and nine are important in severity. The affected products that received security patches today include: Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Application Adobe Media Encoder Adobe Genuine Service Adobe ColdFusion Adobe Download Manager Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Application versions 5.1 and earlier for Windows operating systems contain four vulnerabilities, one of which is a critical symlink issue (CVE-2020-9682) leading to arbitrary file system write attacks. According to the advisory , the other three important flaws in this Adobe software are privilege escalation issues. Adobe Media Encoder contains two critical arbitrary code execution (CVE-2020-9650 and CVE-2020-9646) and one important information disclosure issues, affecting both Windows and macOS users running Media En
Microsoft Issues Patches for 3 Bugs Exploited as Zero-Day in the Wild

Microsoft Issues Patches for 3 Bugs Exploited as Zero-Day in the Wild

April 14, 2020Mohit Kumar
It's April 2020 Patch Tuesday , and during these challenging times of coronavirus pandemic, this month's patch management process would not go easy for many organizations where most of the resources are working remotely. Microsoft today released the latest batch of software security updates for all supported versions of its Windows operating systems and other products that patch a total of 113 new security vulnerabilities, 17 of which are critical and 96 rated important in severity. Patches for 4 Zero-Days Exploited In the Wild Most importantly, two of the security flaws have been reported as being publicly known at the time of release, and the 3 are being actively exploited in the wild by hackers. One of the publicly disclosed flaws, which was also exploited as zero-day, resides in the Adobe Font Manager Library used by Windows, the existence of which Microsoft revealed last month within an early security warning for its millions of users. Tracked as CVE-2020-10
Update Microsoft Windows Systems to Patch 99 New Security Flaws

Update Microsoft Windows Systems to Patch 99 New Security Flaws

February 11, 2020Mohit Kumar
A few hours after Adobe today released security updates for five of its widely-distributed software, Microsoft also issued its February 2020 Patch Tuesday edition with patches for a total of 99 new vulnerabilities. According to the advisories, 12 of the total issues patched by the tech giant this month are critical in severity, and the remaining 87 have been listed as important. Five of the bugs are listed as publicly known at the time of release, four of which are important in severity and one critical ( CVE-2020-0674 ) that is also listed as under active attack. Microsoft warned about this zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) browser last month when it released an advisory without releasing a patch for millions of its affected users. As explained previously, this flaw could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on targeted computers and take full control over them just by convincing victims into opening a maliciously crafted web page on the vulner
Adobe Releases Patches for Dozens of Critical Flaws in 5 Software

Adobe Releases Patches for Dozens of Critical Flaws in 5 Software

February 11, 2020Swati Khandelwal
Here comes the second 'Patch Tuesday' of this year. Adobe today released the latest security updates for five of its widely used software that patch a total of 42 newly discovered vulnerabilities, 35 of which are critical in severity. The first four of the total five affected software, all listed below, are vulnerable to at least one critical arbitrary code execution vulnerability that could allow attackers to take full control of vulnerable systems. Adobe Framemaker Adobe Acrobat and Reader Adobe Flash Player Adobe Digital Edition Adobe Experience Manager In brief, Adobe Framemaker for Windows, an advanced document processing software, contains 21 flaws, and all of them are critical buffer error, heap overflow, memory corruption, and out-of-bounds write issues, leading to code execution attacks. Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and macOS also contain 12 similar critical code execution vulnerabilities, along with 3 other important information disclosure
Adobe Releases First 2020 Patch Tuesday Software Updates

Adobe Releases First 2020 Patch Tuesday Software Updates

January 14, 2020Mohit Kumar
Adobe today released software updates to patch a total of 9 new security vulnerabilities in two of its widely used applications, Adobe Experience Manager and Adobe Illustrator. It's the first Patch Tuesday for the year 2020 and one of the lightest patch releases in a long time for Adobe users. Moreover, none of the security vulnerabilities patched this month were either publicly disclosed or found being actively exploited in the wild. 5 of the 9 security vulnerabilities are 'critical' in severity, and all of them affect Adobe Illustrator CC versions 24.0 and earlier, which were reported to the company by Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs researcher Honggang Ren. According to an advisory published by Adobe, all five critical issues in Adobe Illustrator software are memory corruption bugs that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on targeted systems in the context of the current user. The rest 4 security vulnerabilities affect Adobe Experience Manager —
Adobe Releases Patches for 'Likely Exploitable' Critical Vulnerabilities

Adobe Releases Patches for 'Likely Exploitable' Critical Vulnerabilities

December 10, 2019Mohit Kumar
The last Patch Tuesday of 2019 is finally here. Adobe today released updates for four of its widely used software—including Adobe Acrobat and Reader, Photoshop CC, ColdFusion, and Brackets—to patch a total of 25 new security vulnerabilities. Seventeen of these flaws have been rated as critical in severity, with most of them carrying high priority patches, indicating that the vulnerabilities are more likely to be used in real-world attacks, but there are currently no known exploits in the wild. The software update for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and macOS operating systems addresses a total of 21 security vulnerabilities, 14 of which are critical, and rest are important in severity. Upon successful exploitation, all critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Reader software lead to arbitrary code execution attacks, allowing attackers to take complete control of targeted systems. Adobe Photoshop CC for Windows and macOS contains patches for two critical arbitrary
Adobe Releases Out-of-Band Security Patches for 82 Flaws in Various Products

Adobe Releases Out-of-Band Security Patches for 82 Flaws in Various Products

October 15, 2019Swati Khandelwal
No, it's not a patch Tuesday. It's the third Tuesday of the month, and as The Hacker News shared an early heads-up late last week on Twitter, Adobe today finally released pre-announced out-of-band security updates to patch a total of 82 security vulnerabilities across its various products. The affected products that received security patches today include: Adobe Acrobat and Reader Adobe Experience Manager Adobe Experience Manager Forms Adobe Download Manager Out of 82 security vulnerabilities, 45 are rated critical, and all of them affect Adobe Acrobat and Reader and which, if exploited successfully, could lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user. A majority of critical-rated vulnerabilities (i.e., 26) in Adobe Acrobat and Reader reside due to use-after-free, 6 due to out-of-bounds write, 4 are type confusion bugs, 4 due to untrusted pointer dereference, 3 are heap overflow bugs, one buffer overrun and one race condition issue. Ad
Microsoft Releases October 2019 Patch Tuesday Updates

Microsoft Releases October 2019 Patch Tuesday Updates

October 08, 2019Swati Khandelwal
Microsoft today rolling out its October 2019 Patch Tuesday security updates to fix a total of 59 vulnerabilities in Windows operating systems and related software, 9 of which are rated as critical, 49 are important, and one is moderate in severity. What's good about this month's patch update is that after a very long time, none of the security vulnerabilities patched by the tech giant this month is being listed as publicly known or under active attack. Moreover, there is no roll-up patch for Adobe Flash Player bundled in Windows update for this month. Besides this, Microsoft has also put up a notice as a reminder for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 users, warning them that the extended support for these two operating systems is about to end in the next two months and that they will no longer receive updates as of January 14, 2020. Two of the critical vulnerabilities patched this month are remote code execution flaws in the VBScript engine, and both exist in the way VBS
Adobe Issues Critical Patches for ColdFusion, Flash Player, Campaign

Adobe Issues Critical Patches for ColdFusion, Flash Player, Campaign

June 11, 2019Swati Khandelwal
It's Patch Tuesday week! Adobe has just released the latest June 2019 software updates to address a total 11 security vulnerabilities in its three widely-used products Adobe ColdFusion, Flash Player, and Adobe Campaign. Out of these, three vulnerabilities affect Adobe ColdFusion, a commercial rapid web application development platform—all critical in severity—that could lead to arbitrary code execution attacks. Here below you can find brief information about all newly patched ColdFusion flaws : CVE-2019-7838 — This vulnerability has been categorized as "File extension blacklist bypass" and can be exploited if the file uploads directory is web accessible. CVE-2019-7839 — There's a command injection vulnerability in ColdFusion 2016 and 2018 editions, but it does not impact ColdFusion version 11. CVE-2019-7840 — This flaw originates from the deserialization of untrusted data and also leads to arbitrary code execution on the system. Besides ColdFusion
Adobe Releases Critical Patches for Flash, Acrobat Reader, and Media Encoder

Adobe Releases Critical Patches for Flash, Acrobat Reader, and Media Encoder

May 14, 2019Swati Khandelwal
Adobe today released its monthly software updates to patch a total of 87 security vulnerabilities in its Adobe Acrobat and Reader, Flash Player and Media Encoder, most of which could lead to arbitrary code execution attacks or worse. None of the flaws patched this month in Adobe products has been found exploited in the wild. Out of 87 total flaws, a whopping number of vulnerabilities (i.e., 84 in total) affect Adobe Acrobat and Reader applications alone, where 42 of them are critical and rest 42 are important in severity. Upon successful exploitation, all critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Reader software lead to arbitrary code execution, allowing attackers to take complete control over targeted systems. Adobe has released updated versions of Acrobat and Reader software for Windows and macOS operating systems to address these security vulnerabilities. The update for Adobe Flash Player , which will receive security patch updates until the end of 2020, comes this
Adobe Releases February 2019 Patch Updates For 75 Vulnerabilities

Adobe Releases February 2019 Patch Updates For 75 Vulnerabilities

February 12, 2019Mohit Kumar
Welcome back! Adobe has today released its monthly security updates to address a total of 75 security vulnerabilities across its various products, 71 of which resides in Adobe Acrobat and Reader alone. February 2019 patch Tuesday updates address several critical and important vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, Adobe Coldfusion, Creative Cloud Desktop Application, and Adobe Flash Player for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS. According to the advisory released today, 43 out of 71 vulnerabilities addressed by Adobe in Acrobat and Reader are rated as critical in severity, most of which could lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user upon successful exploitation. The update also includes a permanent fix for a critical, publicly disclosed zero-day vulnerability (CVE 2019-7089) impacting Adobe Reader that could allow remote attackers to steal targeted Windows NTLM hash passwords just by tricking victims into opening a specially crafted PDF fi
Microsoft releases tons of Security Updates to patch 44 vulnerabilities

Microsoft releases tons of Security Updates to patch 44 vulnerabilities

June 14, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Microsoft has released 16 security bulletins on Tuesday resolving a total of 44 security holes in its software, including Windows, Office, Exchange Server, Internet Explorer and Edge. Five bulletins have been rated "critical" that could be used to carry out remote code execution and affected: Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Edge (the new, improved IE), Microsoft Office and Office services; and the remaining 11 are marked important. One of the critical issues, MS16-071 that caused alarm bells to go off for many security experts involves a Use-After-Free bug (CVE-2016-3227), which affects Microsoft Windows Domain Name System (DNS) servers for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2. The vulnerability resides in the way servers handle requests. Attackers could send a specially crafted request to a DNS server and convinced it to run arbitrary code in the context of the Local System Account, Microsoft's advisory warns. Another critical vulnerability is addressed in MS16-070, which patc
Microsoft Kills Public Patch Tuesday Advance Notifications; Now for Paid Members Only

Microsoft Kills Public Patch Tuesday Advance Notifications; Now for Paid Members Only

January 10, 2015Mohit Kumar
Microsoft began issuing Patch Tuesday updates publically in advance over ten years ago, but from next every second Tuesday of the Month, if you want to see what security patches Microsoft is going to issue, then you will have to pay for it. UPDATE ALERTS FOR PAID CUSTOMERS ONLY Yes right, Microsoft has decided to ditch its Advanced Notification Service (ANS) and will no longer be releasing a public blog post to preview what is to come on Patch Tuesday. Microsoft is facing fierce criticism by industry experts for its decision to make advanced security bulletin available only to those who pay a premium. Note: Only advance notifications are now paid, but security updates/patches are free. NO MORE "OUT-OF-BAND" PUBLIC SECURITY ALERTS In the post on the Microsoft Security Response Center blog , Chris Betz, senior director at Microsoft's security research arm, said: " more and more customers today are seeking to cut through the clutter and obtain s
Microsoft set to deliver Patches for three Critical flaws, but no patch for Office Zero-day vulnerability

Microsoft set to deliver Patches for three Critical flaws, but no patch for Office Zero-day vulnerability

November 09, 2013Wang Wei
Microsoft has released advanced notification for the November 2013 security updates that are scheduled to be released on November 12, 2013. The company plans to deliver eight security bulletins for Windows 8.1, three of them are rated critical and five are important. But there's no relief in sight for a zero-day vulnerability ( CVE-2013-3906 ) in how Office handles .TIFF graphics files . The bulletins listed in Microsoft's advanced notification as critical are for remote code execution vulnerabilities in Windows operating system and the remaining vulnerabilities listed as important are said to be remote code execution, elevation of privilege, information disclosure and denial of service flaws affecting Windows operating system, as well as Microsoft Office. A malicious zero day attack capable of hijacking your PC via a vulnerability found in Windows, Office, and Lync is being exploited more widely than originally thought. Some new reports of the security resea
Microsoft Patch Tuesday - 8 Security Updates, 4 critical vulnerabilities, including Internet Explorer zero-day

Microsoft Patch Tuesday - 8 Security Updates, 4 critical vulnerabilities, including Internet Explorer zero-day

October 07, 2013Wang Wei
October is turning out to be a busy month for patches. This month also marks the 10-year anniversary of the Patch Tuesday program, which Microsoft started in October of 2003. Scheduled for tomorrow, Microsoft has announced that they will release eight security updates including four critical, addressing vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Microsoft Office and its other products. Bulletin 1 is almost certainly to a zero-day vulnerability   CVE-2013-3893   that has been actively exploited by hackers in targeted attacks.  Though Microsoft issued a temporary " Fix it " in September for the vulnerability, Bulletins 2, 3 and 4 address vulnerabilities in a wide range of Microsoft products, including Windows XP, 7 and 8, and Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012. Bulletins 5, 6 and 7 address vulnerabilities that could allow for remote code execution .  Bulletin 8 addresses an information disclosure vulnerability in SIlverlight and is the le
September's Patch Tuesday updates to fix Critical flaws in Windows, IE and Office

September's Patch Tuesday updates to fix Critical flaws in Windows, IE and Office

September 09, 2013Wang Wei
This Tuesday, Microsoft will be releasing its September's Patch Tuesday updates includes 14 bulletins in total, fixing issues in Windows, Office, Outlook, Internet Explorer, SharePoint and FrontPage. In all, there are eight remote code execution flaws in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Server Software, Microsoft Windows, which can allow hackers to gain access to, or take control of an affected system without user prompts or permission. The four critical bulletins affect Sharepoint, Outlook, Internet Explorer and XP and Windows 2003. Bulletien second will address a Remote Code Execution flaw in Microsoft Office that can be triggered simply by previewing an email in Outlook, even without explicitly opening the e-mail. The problem for users is that Outlook automatically displays the content of each email it previews. The remaining 10 bulletins are all rated important by Microsoft, four of them patch remote code execution flaws in Office, while three other privilege escalati
Microsoft discontinues MD5 crypto for digital certificates to improve RDP Authentication

Microsoft discontinues MD5 crypto for digital certificates to improve RDP Authentication

August 15, 2013Mohit Kumar
This week Microsoft has released several advisories to help their users update from weak crypto. Microsoft is beginning the process of discontinuing support for digital certificates that use the MD5 hashing algorithm and to improve the network-level authentication for the Remote Desktop Protocol . Microsoft's optional updates : Microsoft Security Advisory 2661254: The private keys used in these certificates can be derived and could allow an attacker to duplicate the certificates and use them fraudulently to spoof content, perform phishing attacks, or perform man-in-the-middle attacks . Microsoft Security Advisory 2862973: Microsoft is announcing the availability of an update for supported editions of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 , Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows RT that restricts the use of certificates with MD5 hashes. This restriction is limited to certificates issued under roots in the Microsoft root certificate
Microsoft Patch Tuesday to Fix Three Critical Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities

Microsoft Patch Tuesday to Fix Three Critical Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities

August 13, 2013Mohit Kumar
Yeah, it's Patch Tuesday once again. Almost 10 years ago in October, 2003 - Microsoft  invented the process of regularly scheduled security updates on every second Tuesday of the Month, as  Patch Tuesday. Today, the Microsoft Security team will i ssue eight security updates in total, out of that -- three of which are designated as " critical ," and rest five as " Important " updates, that patches vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Server Software, and Internet Explorer. The eight bulletins that Microsoft is releasing fixes a total of 23 different vulnerabilities in Microsoft products. Microsoft will be rolling out a total of three Critical patches dealing with Remote Code Execution. Windows 8 is expected to get four of the updates, one of them is critical and dealing with Remote Code Execution with Internet Explorer 10, while the other three updates are Important and deal with Elevation of Privilege and Denial of Service . Windows RT i
Microsoft to patch Six critical Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities this Tuesday

Microsoft to patch Six critical Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities this Tuesday

July 07, 2013Mohit Kumar
Microsoft has announced   Patch Tuesday for this July Month, with seven bulletins. Out of that, one is important kernel privilege escalation flaw and six critical Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities . Patch will address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, .Net Framework, Silverlight and will apply to all versions of Internet Explorer from IE6 on Windows XP to IE10 on Windows 8 . Often targeted by attackers to perform drive-by malware download attacks, remote code execution flaws allow an attacker to crash an application and launch malware payloads often without any sort of notification or interaction form the user. The Windows 8 maker is also patching a kernel vulnerability disclosed at the beginning of June by Google researcher Tavis Ormandy . The issue is to do with Windows kernel's EPATHOBJ::pprFlattenRec function (CVE-2013-3660) and after Ormandy released the exploit code, Metasploit module was developed to exploit the bug. The company is planning to release the updat
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