Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

2/7/2008
09:39 PM
George V. Hulme
George V. Hulme
Commentary
50%
50%

Enough With The Patches Already!

I'm growing increasingly grateful for those quiet days when I can actually use my computer systems, for work or fun, rather than have to patch them. Is it really too much to ask?

I'm growing increasingly grateful for those quiet days when I can actually use my computer systems, for work or fun, rather than have to patch them. Is it really too much to ask?This week Apple patched security troubles within its QuickTime media player and digital image management application, iPhoto, while Adobe filled a gaping security hole in its ubiquitous Acrobat Reader.

On Tuesday, Apple users found that their systems would be vulnerable to attack through a vulnerability in iPhoto that could enable an attacker to run malicious software on their system if they subscribed to a photocast broadcast by an evildoer.

That patch was followed up the very next day with a patch for its QuickTime player (which fixed a heap buffer overflow error) that affects its Windows XP, Vista, and Mac OS X versions.

Note to developers: Please check your input strings.

Note to Apple: Please release these patches on the same day, so your customers can roll these updates together.

For those of you who laud Apple's software as being more secure than the rest, consider this nugget of reality I culled from a recent story by Thomas Claburn:

From the release of QuickTime 7.1.3 in January 2007 through the release of QuickTime 7.3.1 in December of that year, Apple fixed 34 different QuickTime vulnerabilities. In 2006, Apple fixed 28 QuickTime holes. So far this year, Apple has made five specific QuickTime repairs.

So, for 2007, Apple had to issue nearly three fixes a month for QuickTime alone.

Speaking of monthly fixes, get ready for a bevy of patches from Redmond next Tuesday. For this month, Microsoft is planning to release no less than 12 security patches. Five of these patches are labeled as "Critical." And according to its advance notification bulletin, each of these patches fill security holes that enable systems to be attacked over the Internet.

With it only being the first week of February, it looks like 2008 is going to be a long year of endless updates and security-related reboots.

Anyone else have enough of this?

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
NSA Appoints Rob Joyce as Cyber Director
Dark Reading Staff 1/15/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win an Amazon Gift Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: STOP LOOKING IN HERE FOR YOUR PASSWORD!!!
Current Issue
2020: The Year in Security
Download this Tech Digest for a look at the biggest security stories that - so far - have shaped a very strange and stressful year.
Flash Poll
Assessing Cybersecurity Risk in Today's Enterprises
Assessing Cybersecurity Risk in Today's Enterprises
COVID-19 has created a new IT paradigm in the enterprise -- and a new level of cybersecurity risk. This report offers a look at how enterprises are assessing and managing cyber-risk under the new normal.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-28488
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-22
This affects all versions of package jquery-ui; all versions of package org.fujion.webjars:jquery-ui. When the "dialog" is injected into an HTML tag more than once, the browser and the application may crash.
CVE-2021-22847
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-22
Hyweb HyCMS-J1's API fail to filter POST request parameters. Remote attackers can inject SQL syntax and execute commands without privilege.
CVE-2021-22849
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-22
Hyweb HyCMS-J1 backend editing function does not filter special characters. Users after log-in can inject JavaScript syntax to perform a stored XSS (Stored Cross-site scripting) attack.
CVE-2020-8567
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-21
Kubernetes Secrets Store CSI Driver Vault Plugin prior to v0.0.6, Azure Plugin prior to v0.0.10, and GCP Plugin prior to v0.2.0 allow an attacker who can create specially-crafted SecretProviderClass objects to write to arbitrary file paths on the host filesystem, including /var/lib/kubelet/pods.
CVE-2020-8568
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-21
Kubernetes Secrets Store CSI Driver versions v0.0.15 and v0.0.16 allow an attacker who can modify a SecretProviderClassPodStatus/Status resource the ability to write content to the host filesystem and sync file contents to Kubernetes Secrets. This includes paths under var/lib/kubelet/pods that conta...