Feeds

Microsoft's XML 0-day fix expected in July Patch Tuesday

Hack attack smack

High performance access to file storage

Microsoft is planning to release nine bulletins, three critical, as part of the July edition of its Patch Tuesday monthly update cycle.

One of the three crucial advisories is expected* to offer patches for a serious XML Core Services vulnerability, disclosed but not fixed in June’s Patch Tuesday. This vulnerability has been actively exploited in attacks over recent weeks. The other two crucial bulletins cover unspecified problems in Internet Explorer and Windows.

The remaining six bulletins are rated "important" and grapple with flaws in Windows, Office, Sharepoint and Office for the Mac.

Redmond has also been rolling out an improved version of the Windows Update client over recent weeks, designed to address shortcomings in the patching mechanism abused by the Flame cyber-espionage tool. These improved patching measures will come into play in earnest with next week's update, which is due to arrive on 10 July.

Microsoft's advisory can be found here. Additional commentary from Wolfgang Kandek, CTO at vulnerability scanning firm Qualys, can be found here. ®

Bootnote

* The majority of security watchers expect Redmond to patch the XML flaw next Tuesday but this remains unconfirmed. Paul Henry, security and forensic analyst at Lumension, certainly has his doubts.

"It remains unclear if Microsoft will be issuing a patch this Patch Tuesday for the XML Core Services issue that is currently being actively exploited in IE attacks," Henry writes. "Microsoft normally includes details in their pre-release information if a Day Zero patch is included. However, in the July pre-release, no mention of the issue was included."

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker
Natter-board tells middle-class Britain to purée its passwords
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed
Vendors and ISPs have work to do updating firmware - if it's possible to fix this
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches
German service pays tribute to Lavabit
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'
So it begins ... or maybe not, says one analyst
NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS
Agency forgets it exists to protect communications, not just spy on them
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.