Vulnerabilities / Threats
1/12/2010
06:14 PM
Connect Directly
LinkedIn
Twitter
Google+
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle Release Security Fixes

The first "Patch Tuesday" of 2010 brings only one fix from Microsoft. But Adobe and Oracle have vulnerabilities to address too.

Microsoft's January patch day has arrived, bringing with it a single security bulletin. It would be light work day for IT administrators but for the fact that both Adobe and Oracle have also released security patches today.

Further clouding the security picture, Intevydis, a security research company based in Russia, recently said that it planned to identify a series of zero-day server vulnerabilities over the next three weeks. To date, the company has released proof-of-concept exploit code for Sun Directory Server 7.0 and IBM Tivoli Directory Server 6.2

Microsoft's single patch, MS10-001, affects Windows 2000 through Windows 7. Its severity is rated "critical" for Windows 2000 and "low" for other Windows systems.

"Due to the memory model in Windows 2000, the vulnerability is critical on that version of the Windows operating system, all others receive a low severity rating," said Qualys CTO Wolfgang Kandek in an e-mailed statement. "The flaw can be exploited through any OpenType-enabled application such as Internet Explorer, PowerPoint, and Word by viewing a Web page or a document."

Microsoft is recommending that Windows 2000 customers deploy the patch immediately. The company credits Google's Tavis Ormandy with reporting the issue.

Adobe has released an update for a month-old critical vulnerability in Adobe Reader 9.2 and Acrobat 9.2, and Adobe Reader 8.1.7 and Acrobat 8.1.7 for Windows and Macintosh, and Adobe Reader 9.2 for UNIX.

Ben Greenbaum, senior research manager with Symantec Security Response said in an e-mailed statement that this vulnerability is being actively exploited by attackers. "Attack attempts seemed to peak near the end of December and then drop off, but we're continuing to see limited attempts at exploitation, and more reliable exploits could still be developed," he said.

Oracle's Critical Patch Update, also just released, addresses 24 vulnerabilities in 7 of the company's enterprise products.

"The majority of the vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable without authentication and IT admins should be taking a close look at the exposure these products have in their networks," said Kandek. "In general database engines should have no necessity to be connected to open networks, but the application servers are very likely exposed."

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading Must Reads - September 25, 2014
Dark Reading's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of identity and access management. Learn about access control in the age of HTML5, how to improve authentication, why Active Directory is dead, and more.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2012-5619
Published: 2014-09-29
The Sleuth Kit (TSK) 4.0.1 does not properly handle "." (dotfile) file system entries in FAT file systems and other file systems for which . is not a reserved name, which allows local users to hide activities it more difficult to conduct forensics activities, as demonstrated by Flame.

CVE-2012-5621
Published: 2014-09-29
lib/engine/components/opal/opal-call.cpp in ekiga before 4.0.0 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) via an OPAL connection with a party name that contains invalid UTF-8 strings.

CVE-2012-6107
Published: 2014-09-29
Apache Axis2/C does not verify that the server hostname matches a domain name in the subject's Common Name (CN) or subjectAltName field of the X.509 certificate, which allows man-in-the-middle attackers to spoof SSL servers via an arbitrary valid certificate.

CVE-2012-6110
Published: 2014-09-29
bcron-exec in bcron before 0.10 does not close file descriptors associated with temporary files when running a cron job, which allows local users to modify job files and send spam messages by accessing an open file descriptor.

CVE-2013-1874
Published: 2014-09-29
Untrusted search path vulnerability in csi in Chicken before 4.8.2 allows local users to execute arbitrary code via a Trojan horse .csirc in the current working directory.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
In our next Dark Reading Radio broadcast, we’ll take a close look at some of the latest research and practices in application security.