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October 2019 Patch Tuesday – 59 vulns, 9 Critical, Azure App Service, Remote Desktop Client, PoC for Windows Error Reporting

This month’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday addresses 59 vulnerabilities with only 9 of them labeled as Critical. Of the 9 Critical vulns, 7 of them are for browsers and scripting engines. The remaining 2 are for Azure App Service and Remote Desktop Client. In addition, PoC code has been published for an Important Windows Error Reporting vulnerability. Adobe has not posted any patches for Patch Tuesday, but did issue out-of-band patches for ColdFusion on September 24th.

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September 2019 Patch Tuesday – 79 Vulns, 17 Critical, Remote Desktop Client, SharePoint, Exploited PrivEsc

This month’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday addresses 79 vulnerabilities with 17 of them labeled as Critical. Of the 17 Critical vulns, 8 are for scripting engines and browsers, 4 are for the Remote Desktop Client, and 3 are for SharePoint. In addition, Microsoft has again patched a critical vulnerability in LNK files, along with a vuln in Azure DevOps / TFS. Adobe has also released patches for Flash and Application Manager.

Update: Following Patch Tuesday, Microsoft updated the entries for CVE-2019-1214 and CVE-2019-1215 to remove the “exploited” label.

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August 2019 Patch Tuesday – 93 Vulns, 29 Critical, 7 Remote Desktop Vulns, Hyper-V, DHCP, Adobe vulns

Update Aug 13, 2019: Detect and Patch Windows Remote Desktop Vulnerabilities

This month’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday addresses 93 vulnerabilities with 29 of them labeled as Critical. Of the 29 Critical vulns, 10 are for scripting engines and browsers, 6 for Windows Graphics/Font Library, and 4 are for Office apps. In addition, Microsoft has patched 4 (!) Critical RCEs in Remote Desktop (plus 3 Important), 2 for Hyper-V, 2 in DHCP Client/Server, and one for LNK files. Adobe has also released a large number of patches covering multiple products.

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July 2019 Patch Tuesday – 77 Vulns, 15 Critical, DHCP RCE, Exploited PrivEsc, SQL, Adobe Vulns

This month’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday addresses 77 vulnerabilities with 15 of them labeled as Critical. Of the 15 Critical vulns, 11 are for scripting engines and browsers, with the remaining four covering DHCP Server, GDI+, .NET Framework, and Azure DevOps Server / Team Foundation Server. In addition, Microsoft has released Important patches for two actively exploited privilege escalation vulnerabilities, as well as a SQL Server RCE. Microsoft also issued two advisories for Outlook on the web and Linux Kernel vulnerabilities. Adobe issued patches today for Bridge CC, Experience Manager, and Dreamweaver.

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Exim MTA Vulnerability (The Return of the WIZard – CVE-2019-10149)

Last week, Qualys issued a security advisory for a vulnerability we discovered during a code review of Exim. This vulnerability can lead to Remote Command Injection, and is currently being actively attacked in the wild. This blog will show you how to quickly identify assets that are impacted by this vulnerability.

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June 2019 Patch Tuesday – 88 Vulns, 21 Critical, Hyper-V Escape, Adobe Vulns

This month’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday addresses 88 vulnerabilities with 21 of them labeled as Critical. Of the 21 Critical vulns, 17 are for scripting engines and browsers, and 3 are potential hypervisor escapes in Hyper-V. The remaining vulnerability is an RCE in the Microsoft Speech API. Microsoft also issued guidance on Bluetooth Low Energy FIDO keys, HoloLens, and Microsoft Exchange. Adobe issues patches today for Flash, ColdFusion, and Campaign.

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Boosting Patch Management Is Key for Breach Prevention

Vulnerabilities that vendors have disclosed and issued patches for remain a major source of breaches. Why? Too many organizations take too long to deploy those patches — or never do.

That was the case with WannaCry. The ransomware exploited Windows vulnerability MS17-010, which Microsoft disclosed in mid-March 2017, rating it “Critical” and issuing a patch for it. The attacks began two months later. It was only then that most affected organizations began to install the patch. When the dust cleared, WannaCry had infected 300,000-plus systems, disrupting critical operations globally.

So why does this baffling problem persist?

As is true for most IT and security challenges, the patch management problem and its solution depend on a combination of the technology being used and of the processes in place.

Read on to learn about patch management best practices, and about Qualys’ new patch management cloud app.

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Windows RDP Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (BlueKeep) – How to Detect and Patch

This month’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday included a very high-risk vulnerability (CVE-2019-0708, aka BlueKeep) in Remote Desktop that impacts Windows XP, Windows 7, Server 2003, Server 2008, and Server 2008 R2. This vulnerability allows an unauthenticated attacker (or malware) to execute code on the vulnerable system. It is very likely that PoC code will be published soon, and this may result in a WannaCry-style attack.

Microsoft has not only released patches for Windows 7, Server 2008 & R2, but also has taken the extra step to issue patches for Windows XP and Server 2003. Patch now!

UPDATE: Network Level Authentication (NLA) partially mitigates this vulnerability. QID 90788 (Microsoft Windows Network Level Authentication Disabled) can be used to find hosts that have NLA disabled. This forces the attacker to have valid credentials in order to perform RCE.

UPDATE: A new remote (unauthenticated) check was released under QID 91541. See below for details.

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May 2019 Patch Tuesday – 79 Vulns, 22 Critical, RDP RCE, MDS Attacks, Adobe Vulns

This month’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday addresses 79 vulnerabilities with 22 of them labeled as Critical. Of the 22 Critical vulns, 18 are for scripting engines and browsers. The remaining 4 are remote code execution (RCE) in Remote Desktop, DHCP Server, GDI+, and Word. Microsoft also released guidance on the recently disclosed Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) techniques, known as ZombieLoad, Fallout, and RIDL. Adobe’s Patch Tuesday includes patches for vulnerabilities in Flash, Acrobat/Reader (83 vulnerabilities!) and Media Encoder.

UPDATE May 15: Microsoft has also issued Remote Desktop patches for Windows XP and Server 2003.

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April 2019 Patch Tuesday – 74 Vulns, 16 Critical, 2 Actively Attacked, 1 PoC Exploit, Adobe Vulns

This month’s Patch Tuesday addresses 74 vulnerabilities, with 16 labeled as Critical. Eight of the Critical vulns are for scripting engines and browser components, impacting Microsoft browsers and Office, along with another 5 Critical vulns in MSXML. Two Critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities are patched in GDI+ and IOleCvt. Two privilege escalation vulns in Win32k are reported as Actively Attacked, while another in the Windows AppX Deployment Service has a public PoC exploit.

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