Feeds

MS score card: four patches, 20 vulns, heaps of trouble

Record clean-up

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Spring is a time for growth. And Microsoft has taken this maxim to heart by releasing an unprecedented number of security fixes on the same day. Yesterday it released four security patches to protect Windows users against 20 security vulnerabilities. Eight vulns are critical.

The most serious is a critical vulnerability in the Windows Local Security Authority Subsystem (LSASS), discovered by security tools outfit eEye. Serious vulnerabilities have also been uncovered in the Microsoft Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1) library, the Negotiate Security Software Provider (SSP) interface, Microsoft RPC runtime library and the parsing of MIME encoded content by Outlook Express.

Less serious problems have been found in SSL handshakes, H.323 parsing in Netmeeting, Microsoft LDAP, and the Help and Support Centre protocol.

These flaws are open to a raft of exploit mechanisms which could allow skilled hackers to run amok.

Windows (all flavours including the supposedly super-secure Win 2003), IIS Web servers, Exchange servers, Internet Explorer, Outlook and Outlook Express all need patching, for one reason or another.

US-CERT has done a good job in summarising these various problems here. An advisory by security tools vendors ISS goes into the issue in greater depth.

Microsoft's own summary can be found here which links to the four horsemen of cyber doom: a security update for Microsoft Windows (MS04-011); a cumulative update for Microsoft RPC/DCOM (MS04-012); a cumulative security update for Outlook Express (MS04-013) and a vulnerability in the Microsoft Jet Database Engine which could allow code execution (MS04-014).

The Jet Database patch is described as important, while the other three patches earn the dreaded critical sobriquet.

As if that wasn't enough , Microsoft also reissued four security fixes (the oldest of which dates back four years) to accompany an update for Exchange Server 5.0.

The unprecedented patch batch comes as senior Microsoft execs - including Bill Gates - seek to convince world+dog that security is Redmond's number one priority. Microsoft's most recent "security manifesto" can be found here. ®

Related stories

MS March patch batch low on peril
MS releases double-plus critical security fix
Security is our biggest ever challenge Gates
MS bigs up Windows XP SP2
Microsoft's high-risk security strategy

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests
Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials
Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods
Not just web servers under threat - though TENS of THOUSANDS have been hit
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
PEAK IPV4? Global IPv6 traffic is growing, DDoS dying, says Akamai
First time the cache network has seen drop in use of 32-bit-wide IP addresses
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'
Want to register that domain? We're way ahead of you.
Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished
UK data watchdog rolls up its sleeves, polishes truncheon
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.