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February Patch Tuesday: Disable Windows Update

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February Patch Tuesday: Disable Windows Update

It's the second Tuesday of February, which means it's time for another round of Patch Tuesday security updates from Microsoft.

Microsoft has released almost 80 security patches today covering IE, Edge, Exchange, Windows, .NET Framework and Office. There are only 20 rated Critical, 54 rated Important, and 3 are rated Moderate in severity.

Four of the updates released CVE-2019-0636, CVE-2019-0686, CVE-2019-0646 and CVE-2019-0647 are marked as “Publicly Disclosed” meaning there is an increased risk of attack in the near future. Although they are marked Important, we would highly recommend these updates be prioritized this month.

Why should you disable Windows Update?

Many of our customers are concerned that updates released by Microsoft cause significant user disruption, and are simply unable to keep up with the constant fire fighting bad patches give an IT department.

The first reaction is not to patch. This places your environment and users’ identity at risk of exposure, and risk a total network breach. Leaving Windows Update enabled in its default setting downloads and installs all updates released by Microsoft on the same day they are released, leaving your IT department no time to test.

Our clients like the way Syxsense provides the control over when and where the scanning and deployment of updates takes place, providing much relieved stress to any IT department. Ask us how Maintenance Windows can help schedule any patch deployment over high dispersed environments.

Adobe Releases Over 70 Updates

Acrobat and Reader from version 2019.010.20069 and earlier for both Windows and Mac OS are affected. All updates carry a Priority Rating of 2 meaning there is an elevated risk of exploit although no active exploits are known to exist in the wild.

Robert Brown, Director of Services said, “Adobe use their Priority Rating to illustrate how quickly users should update their systems, in this case they recommend within 30 days. Users using Mac OS who usually update their systems manually can truly benefit from the remote patching capability of Syxsense which enables automation over a typical otherwise manual method.”

Of the 71 updates released today, 43 are rating Critical. If exploited, this would allow malicious native-code to execute, potentially without a user being aware.

Is it time to replace IE?

Over the past several months there is an increasing amount of “Actively Exploited” updates being fixed by Microsoft. CVE-2019-0676 is no exception, and as it involved Internet Explorer which is still highly used we would recommend this update be one of your top priorities.

If you wish to replace IE with another browser, Syxsense can deploy the software throughout your environment, and better still your new browser can be kept up date using the Patch Manager solution. Replace your IE browser before an exploit ruins your Valentine’s Day.

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Patch Tuesday Release

CVE ID Patch Description Severity Publicly Disclosed Active Exploited Recommended
CVE-2019-0676 Internet Explorer Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No Yes Yes
CVE-2019-0636 Windows Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important Yes No Yes
CVE-2019-0686 Microsoft Exchange Server Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability Important Yes No Yes
CVE-2019-0646 Team Foundation Server Cross-site Scripting Vulnerability Important Yes No Yes
CVE-2019-0647 Team Foundation Server Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important Yes No Yes
CVE-2019-0590 Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0591 Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0593 Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0594 Microsoft SharePoint Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0604 Microsoft SharePoint Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0605 Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0606 Internet Explorer Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0607 Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0618 GDI+ Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0626 Windows DHCP Server Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0634 Microsoft Edge Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0640 Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0642 Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0644 Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0645 Microsoft Edge Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0650 Microsoft Edge Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0651 Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0652 Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0655 Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0662 GDI+ Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Critical No No Yes
CVE-2019-0540 Microsoft Office Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0595 Jet Database Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0596 Jet Database Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0597 Jet Database Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0598 Jet Database Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0599 Jet Database Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0600 HID Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0601 HID Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0602 Windows GDI Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0610 Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0613 .NET Framework and Visual Studio Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0615 Windows GDI Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0616 Windows GDI Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0619 Windows GDI Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0621 Windows Kernel Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0623 Win32k Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0625 Jet Database Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0627 Windows Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0628 Win32k Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0630 Windows SMB Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0631 Windows Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0632 Windows Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0633 Windows SMB Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0635 Windows Hyper-V Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0637 Windows Defender Firewall Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0648 Scripting Engine Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0649 Scripting Engine Elevation of Privileged Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0654 Microsoft Browser Spoofing Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0656 Windows Kernel Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0657 .NET Framework and Visual Studio Spoofing Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0658 Scripting Engine Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0659 Windows Storage Service Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0660 Windows GDI Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0661 Windows Kernel Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0664 Windows GDI Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0668 Microsoft SharePoint Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0669 Microsoft Excel Information Disclosure Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0724 Microsoft Exchange Server Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0728 Visual Studio Code Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Important No No
CVE-2019-0641 Microsoft Edge Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability Moderate No No
CVE-2019-0643 Microsoft Edge Information Disclosure Vulnerability Moderate No No
CVE-2019-0670 Microsoft SharePoint Spoofing Vulnerability Moderate No No

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