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September Patch Tuesday: The Final Countdown

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Patch Tuesday: The Latest News

Microsoft has released 61 security patches and two advisories covering Internet Explorer (IE), Edge, ChakraCore, Azure, Hyper-V, Windows components, .NET Framework, SQL Server, and Microsoft Office.

In the fallout of the British Airways hack this week, which we have learned was caused by an attack from Magecart, the world waits for the suspected Windows Zero Day exploit to be confirmed as CVE-2018-8440.

If so, we would recommend this update be prioritized this month.

Critical Adobe Updates

Adobe’s Patch Tuesday updates for September address a total of 10 vulnerabilities in Flash Player and with six of those Critical in ColdFusion. Only one Critical security issue has been patched in Flash Player, which is a light reprieve from the usual bucket load.

Microsoft will begin charging for updates in 2020

Windows 7 is estimated to be used by 40% of all devices using a Microsoft operating system, so it is a huge surprise that following the extended support in January 2020, Microsoft will start charging customers to continue receiving their Operating System updates.

Robert Brown, Director of Services for Verismic said, “Our clients still using Windows 7 have 2 very important choices. They chose either to commit to migrating to Windows 10, or they invoke a vigorous patch management strategy to begin updating all Windows 7 devices to the latest updates. The deadline is only 13 months away.”

If you commit to migrating to Windows 10, you can utilize the Feature Updates functionality in Syxsense to make future proofing your environment a reality.

Windows 10 Feature Update Planning

Only one month to go. If you are using Windows 10, version 1703 then you only have one month left to upgrade before it falls out of the standard ‘End of Service’ on October 9, 2018.

Each Windows 10 version will be serviced with quality updates for up to 18 months from availability. It is important that all quality updates are installed to help keep your device secure.

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Patch Tuesday Release

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Vendor Name Vendor Severity Title
Microsoft Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4339093)
Microsoft Critical Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 (KB4339093)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x86-based Systems (KB4338819)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x86-based Systems (KB4338814)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1709 for x86-based Systems (KB4338825)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1703 for x64-based Systems (KB4338832)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x86-based Systems (KB4338832)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB4338832)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x86-based Systems (KB4338832)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x64-based Systems (KB4338832)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1803 for ARM64-based Systems (KB4338832)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1703 for x86-based Systems (KB4338832)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1709 for ARM64-based Systems (KB4338832)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1709 for x64-based Systems (KB4338825)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1709 for x86-based Systems (KB4338832)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB4338814)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1709 for ARM64-based Systems (KB4338825)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 1709 for x64-based Systems (KB4338832)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for ARM64-based Systems (KB4338819)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x64-based Systems (KB4338819)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1703 for x64-based Systems (KB4338826)
Microsoft Critical 2018-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1703 for x86-based Systems (KB4338826)
Microsoft Important Security Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4022221) 64-Bit Edition
Microsoft Important 2018-07 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2 for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 for x64 (KB4340558)
Microsoft Important Security Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4022225) 32-Bit Edition
Microsoft Important Security Update for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2013 (KB4022243)
Microsoft Important Security Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4018338) 64-Bit Edition
Microsoft Important Security Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4018338) 32-Bit Edition
Microsoft Important 2018-07 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2 for Windows 7 (KB4340556)
Microsoft Important 2018-07 Security Only Update for .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2 for Windows 7 (KB4340004)
Microsoft Important 2018-07 Security Only Update for .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2 for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 for x64 (KB4340004)
Microsoft Important Security Update for Microsoft Office Viewers Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack (KB4011202)
Microsoft Important Security Update for Microsoft Access 2013 (KB4018351) 32-Bit Edition
Microsoft Important 2018-07 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2 for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 for x64 (KB4340556)
Microsoft Important Security Update for Microsoft Access 2013 (KB4018351) 64-Bit Edition
Microsoft Important 2018-07 Security Only Update for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2 for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 for x64 (KB4340006)
Microsoft Important Security Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4022221) 32-Bit Edition
Microsoft Important Security Update for Word Viewer (KB4032214)
Microsoft Important Security Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4022225) 64-Bit Edition
Microsoft Important 2018-07 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4338818)
Microsoft Important 2018-07 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x86-based Systems (KB4338818)
Microsoft Important 2018-07 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4338823)
Microsoft Important 2018-07 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7 for x86-based Systems (KB4338823)
Microsoft Low Security Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4022218) 64-Bit Edition
Microsoft Low Security Update for Microsoft Word 2010 (KB4022202) 64-Bit Edition
Microsoft Low Security Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4022200) 32-Bit Edition
Microsoft Low Security Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4022218) 32-Bit Edition
Microsoft Low Security Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4022200) 64-Bit Edition
Microsoft Low Security Update for Microsoft Word 2010 (KB4022202) 32-Bit Edition
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Breaking Patch News: Zero-Day Flaw

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Patch Now: Microsoft Fixes Zero-Day Flaw

Two major security flaws were addressed in the latest Patch Tuesday update. The first was a zero-day vulnerability that is currently being used in attacks against Russian-speaking users. The second is a response to the new BlueBorne exploit that targets Bluetooth devices.

If you’ve deployed the Patch Tuesday updates for September, you already have these updates. However, if you haven’t already done so, we strongly urge you make this your top priority.

We know Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday bundle can be a real pain and kill your day, but that’s where Syxsense can help. With our maintenance windows and patch queries, you can set automatic tasks to deploy Patch Tuesday Updates every month they are released and schedule them around business hours.

It’s important to avoid a loss of productivity, but it’s also critical to keep your systems free of vulnerabilities by patching. Syxsense allows you to do both. There’s no excuse for not patching your systems and great risk with waiting to deploy updates.

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Equifax Should Have Patched

Another reason to keep up to date on patches; breaches like Equifax. It seems they have tracked down the source of the security breach, a flaw in the Apache Struts Web Framework. This vulnerability was revealed back in March and has an update that fixes it.

It seems this isn’t the end of Equifax’s incompetence, but only the beginning. An unrelated discovery found that Equifax’s Argentinian website had their administrator user/password login to admin/admin. There are not words for how foolish this is.

This is one of the three major agencies charged with tracking our financial lives. It’s important that punishment comes and safeguards are put in place so that something like this never happens again.

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September Patch Tuesday: Escaping the Equi-Hack

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Money Well Spent

Every dollar of fraud to merchants and firms in the retail and financial services sector is estimated to cost $2.66 on average, said a new fraud report.

The LexisNexis Fraud Multiplier estimates the total amount of loss a business incurs, based on chargebacks, fees, interest, merchandise replacement and redistribution.

The study also investigates fraud costs as a percentage of revenues, as reported by survey respondents, to be nearly 2 percent (1.90 percent) across retail, e-commerce, financial services and digital lending businesses. Businesses that sell digital goods and/or conduct transactions primarily through remote channels take an even harder hit to their bottom line at 2.51 percent of revenues.

Robert Brown, Director of Services for Verismic says, “It’s astonishing how much money is being lost because critical systems are not being kept up to date. Updating critical systems is so easy using Syxsense. We recommend starting a trial to see how it can work for you.” Full article can be found here.

As recent as last Wednesday, a U.S. government website was hosting malicious ransomware. It has been wildly speculated that either the site was hacked, or it possibly stores attachments from government officials’ emails and the downloader was archived.

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The ransomware had similarities to the Blank Slate spam campaign which earlier this year was spreading Cerber. Emails in that campaign contained only a double-zip archive with the second containing either a malicious JavaScript file or a malicious Microsoft Word document. The emails contain no text, and experts believed then that all of this combined to evade detection.

Researcher Ankit Anubhav of NewSky Security tweeted the discovery Wednesday, and within hours, the malware link was taken down. It’s unknown whether anyone was infected through the site, full article can be found here.

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Check your Equifax Credit Report and Score Now

Victims of the massive Equifax breach may have to wait days to find out if they were impacted. Americans who either applied for new jobs, loans, or just wanted to check their credit score via Equifax are having a difficult time getting answers as to whether they are part of the breach of 143 million records that occurred Thursday.

Details of how this breach happened is still very unclear, however with companies suffering the same fate over the past year, the root cause is likely to be via a sophisticated cyberattack exposed using vulnerable software or operating systems.

Robert Brown, Director of Services for Verismic says, “We recommend clients download our ‘5 Biggest Patch Mistakes‘ whitepaper.

Microsoft published its monthly security updates on September 12, 2017. Microsoft addressed 81 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Office. The vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, gain elevated privileges, bypass security protections, view sensitive information, or cause a denial of service. Full details of the complete Security Update Guide can be found here.

Microsoft Updates

We have chosen a few updates to prioritize this month. This recommendation has been made using evidence from industry experts (including our own), anticipated business impact and the independent CVSS score for the vulnerability. The independent CVSS scores used in the table below range from 0 to 10. Vulnerabilities with a base score in the range 7.0-10.0 are High, those in the range 4.0-6.9 as Medium, and 0-3.9 as Low.

ID Vulnerability Alert CVSS Score Recommended
CVE-2017-8686 Microsoft Windows DHCP Server Remote Code Execution Vulnerability 9.8 Yes
CVE-2017-8630 Microsoft Office Memory Corruption Vulnerability 9.6 Yes
CVE-2017-8631 Microsoft Office Memory Corruption Vulnerability 9.6 Yes
CVE-2017-8632 Microsoft Office Memory Corruption Vulnerability 9.6 Yes
CVE-2017-8725 Microsoft Office Publisher Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability 9.6 Yes
CVE-2017-9417 Microsoft Windows HoloLens Wireless Network Driver Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability 8.8 Yes
CVE-2017-8567 Microsoft Office Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability 8.6 Yes
CVE-2017-8744 Microsoft Office Memory Corruption Vulnerability 8.6 Yes
CVE-2017-8682 Microsoft Windows Graphics Component Remote Code Execution Vulnerability 8.4 Yes
CVE-2017-8742 Microsoft PowerPoint Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability 8.3 Yes
CVE-2017-8743 Microsoft PowerPoint Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability 8.3 Yes
CVE-2017-0161 Microsoft Windows NetBIOS Packet Processing Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability 8.1 Yes
CVE-2017-8628 Microsoft Windows Bluetooth Driver Spoofing Vulnerability 8.1 Yes
CVE-2017-8714 Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Virtual Host Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability 7.8 Yes
CVE-2017-8720 Microsoft Windows Win32k Kernel Driver Privilege Escalation Vulnerability 7.8 Yes
CVE-2017-8759 Microsoft .NET Framework Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability 7.8 Yes
CVE-2017-8695 Microsoft Windows Uniscribe Component Information Disclosure Vulnerability 7.5 Yes
CVE-2017-8696 Microsoft Windows Uniscribe Component Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability 7.5 Yes
CVE-2017-8702 Microsoft Windows Privilege Escalation Vulnerability 7.5 Yes
CVE-2017-8747 Microsoft Internet Explorer Memory Corruption Vulnerability 7.5 Yes
CVE-2017-8749 Microsoft Internet Explorer Memory Corruption Vulnerability 7.5 Yes
CVE-2017-8750 Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer Memory Corruption Vulnerability 7.5 Yes
CVE-2017-8706 Microsoft Windows Hyper-V Information Disclosure Vulnerability 7.2 Yes
CVE-2017-8707 Microsoft Windows Hyper-V Information Disclosure Vulnerability 7.2 Yes
CVE-2017-8711 Microsoft Windows Hyper-V Information Disclosure Vulnerability 7.2 Yes
CVE-2017-8712 Microsoft Windows Hyper-V Information Disclosure Vulnerability 7.2 Yes
CVE-2017-8713 Microsoft Windows Hyper-V Information Disclosure Vulnerability 7.2 Yes
CVE-2017-8675 Microsoft Windows Win32k Kernel Driver Privilege Escalation Vulnerability 7 Yes
CVE-2017-8699 Microsoft Windows Shell Command Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability 6.4
CVE-2017-8758 Microsoft Exchange Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability 6.1
CVE-2017-8677 Microsoft Windows Win32k Kernel Driver Information Disclosure Vulnerability 5.5
CVE-2017-8678 Microsoft Windows Win32k Kernel Driver Information Disclosure Vulnerability 5.5
CVE-2017-8679 Microsoft Windows Kernel Information Disclosure Vulnerability 5.5
CVE-2017-8680 Microsoft Windows Win32k Kernel Driver Information Disclosure Vulnerability 5.5
CVE-2017-8681 Microsoft Windows Win32k Kernel Driver Information Disclosure Vulnerability 5.5
CVE-2017-8683 Microsoft Windows Graphics Component Information Disclosure Vulnerability 5.5
CVE-2017-8684 Microsoft Windows Win32k Graphics Component Information Disclosure Vulnerability 5.5
CVE-2017-8685 Microsoft Windows Win32k Graphics Component Information Disclosure Vulnerability 5.5
CVE-2017-8687 Microsoft Windows Win32k Kernel Driver Information Disclosure Vulnerability 5.5
CVE-2017-8688 Microsoft Windows Graphics Device Interface Information Disclosure Vulnerability 5.5
CVE-2017-8629 Microsoft SharePoint Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability 5.4
CVE-2017-8745 Microsoft SharePoint Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability 5.4
CVE-2017-8704 Microsoft Windows Hyper-V Denial of Service Vulnerability 5.3
CVE-2017-8746 Microsoft Windows Device Guard Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability 5.3
CVE-2017-11761 Microsoft Exchange Information Disclosure Vulnerability 5.3
CVE-2017-8692 Microsoft Windows Uniscribe Component Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability 5
CVE-2017-8716 Microsoft Windows Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability 4.9
CVE-2017-8708 Microsoft Windows Kernel Information Disclosure Vulnerability 4.7
CVE-2017-8709 Microsoft Windows Kernel Information Disclosure Vulnerability 4.7
CVE-2017-8719 Microsoft Windows Kernel Information Disclosure Vulnerability 4.7
CVE-2017-8710 Microsoft Windows Kernel Information Disclosure Vulnerability 4.4
CVE-2017-8597 Microsoft Edge Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.3
CVE-2017-8643 Microsoft Edge Information Disclosure Vulnerability 4.3
CVE-2017-8648 Microsoft Edge Scripting Engine Information Disclosure Vulnerability 4.3
CVE-2017-8723 Microsoft Edge Security Bypass Vulnerability 4.3
CVE-2017-8724 Microsoft Edge Spoofing Vulnerability 4.3
CVE-2017-8733 Microsoft Internet Explorer Spoofing Vulnerability 4.3
CVE-2017-8735 Microsoft Edge Spoofing Vulnerability 4.3
CVE-2017-8736 Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer Information Disclosure Vulnerability 4.3
CVE-2017-8739 Microsoft Edge Scripting Engine Information Disclosure Vulnerability 4.3
CVE-2017-8649 Microsoft Edge Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8660 Microsoft Edge Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8728 Microsoft Windows PDF Document Processing Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8729 Microsoft Edge Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8731 Microsoft Edge Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8734 Microsoft Edge Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8737 Microsoft Windows PDF Document Processing Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8738 Microsoft Edge Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8740 Microsoft Edge Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8741 Microsoft Edge Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8748 Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8751 Microsoft Edge Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8752 Microsoft Edge Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8753 Microsoft Edge Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8754 Microsoft Edge Security Bypass Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8755 Microsoft Edge Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8756 Microsoft Edge Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8757 Microsoft Edge Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-11764 Microsoft Edge Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-11766 Microsoft Edge Memory Corruption Vulnerability 4.2
CVE-2017-8676 Microsoft Windows Graphics Device Interface Information Disclosure Vulnerability 3.3
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