Vulnerabilities / Threats
10/8/2010
01:40 PM
Connect Directly
LinkedIn
Twitter
Google+
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Microsoft Preps Record Security Patch Tuesday

To lighten the patch burden over the holiday season, Microsoft plans to release an unprecedented number of fixes in October.

Just in time for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Microsoft next week plans to release its largest security patch to date.

It was only two months ago, in August, that Microsoft broke its previous October, 2009, record, with the release of 14 bulletins to address 34 vulnerabilities.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Beta Revealed
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Beta Revealed
(click image for larger view and for full photo gallery)

Come October 12, 2010, IT administrators should be prepared for 16 bulletins covering 49 vulnerabilities.

Four of the bulletins are designated "critical," ten are rated "important," and two are "moderate." As is typical, Microsoft is not providing any details about vulnerabilities because that information could be used to create exploits prior to the release of its patch.

"The theory behind the larger October patch is that many industries go into 'lock-down' mode with their critical infrastructure as the end of year approaches," said Andrew Storms, director of security operations for nCircle, in an e-mailed statement. "Finance and retail sectors in particular are extremely careful with changes in the latter part of the year given the heavy volume of online shopping."

Storms notes that the known DLL load hijacking vulnerability is not specifically mentioned in Microsoft's notice about its upcoming patch, making it unclear how or whether the company will address the issue.

In late August, Microsoft published a security advisory warning that insecure DLL loading could be exploited. The issue was not addressed in the company's September patch.

In a blog post, Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of Qualys, notes that one of the critical updates covers Internet Explorer, versions 6, 7, and 8, and that Microsoft Word 2010 makes its first appearance in a security advisory.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
Partner Perspectives
What's This?
In a digital world inundated with advanced security threats, Intel Security seeks to transform how we live and work to keep our information secure. Through hardware and software development, Intel Security delivers robust solutions that integrate security into every layer of every digital device. In combining the security expertise of McAfee with the innovation, performance, and trust of Intel, this vision becomes a reality.

As we rely on technology to enhance our everyday and business life, we must too consider the security of the intellectual property and confidential data that is housed on these devices. As we increase the number of devices we use, we increase the number of gateways and opportunity for security threats. Intel Security takes the “security connected” approach to ensure that every device is secure, and that all security solutions are seamlessly integrated.
Featured Writers
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading's October Tech Digest
Fast data analysis can stymie attacks and strengthen enterprise security. Does your team have the data smarts?
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-0619
Published: 2014-10-23
Untrusted search path vulnerability in Hamster Free ZIP Archiver 2.0.1.7 allows local users to execute arbitrary code and conduct DLL hijacking attacks via a Trojan horse dwmapi.dll that is located in the current working directory.

CVE-2014-2230
Published: 2014-10-23
Open redirect vulnerability in the header function in adclick.php in OpenX 2.8.10 and earlier allows remote attackers to redirect users to arbitrary web sites and conduct phishing attacks via a URL in the (1) dest parameter to adclick.php or (2) _maxdest parameter to ck.php.

CVE-2014-7281
Published: 2014-10-23
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in Shenzhen Tenda Technology Tenda A32 Router with firmware 5.07.53_CN allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of administrators for requests that reboot the device via a request to goform/SysToolReboot.

CVE-2014-7292
Published: 2014-10-23
Open redirect vulnerability in the Click-Through feature in Newtelligence dasBlog 2.1 (2.1.8102.813), 2.2 (2.2.8279.16125), and 2.3 (2.3.9074.18820) allows remote attackers to redirect users to arbitrary web sites and conduct phishing attacks via a URL in the url parameter to ct.ashx.

CVE-2014-8071
Published: 2014-10-23
Multiple cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in OpenMRS 2.1 Standalone Edition allow remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the (1) givenName, (2) familyName, (3) address1, or (4) address2 parameter to registrationapp/registerPatient.page; the (5) comment parameter to all...

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Follow Dark Reading editors into the field as they talk with noted experts from the security world.