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OpenBSD Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability (CVE-2019-19726)

Qualys Research Labs discovered a local privilege escalation vulnerability in OpenBSD’s dynamic loader. The vulnerability could allow local users or malicious software to gain full root privileges. OpenBSD developers have confirmed the vulnerability and released security patches in less than 3 hours.

Qualys Research Labs also provided proof-of-concept exploits in the security advisory.

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CVE-2019-11016: Open Redirect Vulnerability

elgg logoEarlier this year the Qualys Web Application Scanning team discovered and reported an open redirect vulnerability (CVE-2019-11016) in Elgg, an open source rapid development framework for socially aware web applications, which the Elgg team promptly fixed.

Versions of the Elgg framework before 1.12.18 and 2.3.x versions before 2.3.11 are vulnerable to open redirect via the $url parameter. An attacker could abuse the functionality by entering a particular path that triggers an open redirect to an attacker-controlled website.

Because this type of vulnerability is not uncommon, QID 150051 in Qualys Web Application Scanning (WAS) was improved to report if this type of open redirect vulnerability is found in a scanned web application.

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December 2019 Patch Tuesday – 36 Vulns, 7 Critical, Actively Attacked Win32k vuln, Adobe vulns

This month’s Patch Tuesday is rather light and addresses 36 vulnerabilities, with only 7 labeled as Critical. Five of the seven Critical vulns are in Git for Visual Studio. The others are for Hyper-V and Win32k. Also, there is one actively attacked “Important” vuln in Win32k. Adobe released patches today covering Acrobat/Reader, ColdFusion, Photoshop, and Brackets.

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OpenBSD Multiple Authentication Vulnerabilities

Multiple authentication vulnerabilities in OpenBSD have been disclosed by Qualys Research Labs. The vulnerabilities are assigned following CVEs: CVE-2019-19522, CVE-2019-19521, CVE-2019-19520, CVE-2019-19519. OpenBSD developers have confirmed the vulnerabilities and also provided a quick response with patches published in less than 40 hours.

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Qualys Cloud Platform 2.42 New Features

This release of the Qualys Cloud Platform version 2.42 includes updates and new features for Web Application Scanning, highlights as follows.

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Streamlining and Automating Compliance

There are seemingly countless regulatory and industry frameworks out there that organizations have to navigate and comply with. SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley), PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), and many others that require maintaining a specified baseline of security. Compliance is a challenge in and of itself, but it is increasingly difficult to maintain compliance with accelerated DevOps lifecycles and complex, hybrid cloud environments.

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Qualys Cloud Platform 8.22 New Features (VM, PC)

Update December 11, 2019: See additional details about this release.

The 8.22.0 release adds several new features in Qualys Cloud Platform, adds a new API in Policy Compliance and support for 2 new technologies for OCA.

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Policy Compliance Library Updates, November 2019

Qualys’ library of built-in policies makes it easy to comply with the security standards and regulations that are most commonly used and adhered to. Qualys provides a wide range of policies, including many that have been certified by CIS as well as the ones based on security guidelines from OS and application vendors and other industry best practices.

In order to keep up with the latest changes in security control requirements and new technologies, Qualys publishes new content to the Policy Library every month.

The November release adds support to 3 new technologies, includes 1 new CIS Benchmark policy and provides updates to several existing policies in the Qualys Content Library.

Qualys’ Certification Page at CIS has been updated.

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The Power and Future of the Qualys Cloud Platform

Qualys Security Conference 2019 kicked off this morning at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas. The event actually began on Monday with training sessions over the first two days, but this morning hundreds of attendees filled a conference room to listen to keynote presentations about the state of cybersecurity and the vision for the future of the Qualys Cloud Platform.

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November 2019 Patch Tuesday – 74 vulns, 13 Critical, Actively Attacked IE vuln, Hyper-V escapes, Adobe

This month’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday addresses 74 vulnerabilities with 13 of them labeled as Critical. Of the 13 Critical vulns, 5  are for browsers and scripting engines. Out of the 8 remaining Critical vulns, 4 are potential hypervisor escapes in Hyper-V, as well as vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange, Win32k, Windows Media Foundations, and OpenType. Adobe’s Patch Tuesday was on time this month, and covers 11 vulns spread across Animate, Illustrator, Media Encoder, and Bridge.

UPDATE
There are reports that the CVE-2019-1402 patches are causing issues with all supported versions of Microsoft Access. Microsoft has posted a document on the issue with upcoming fix dates and workarounds.

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