Critical Patches Issued for Microsoft Products

Critical Patches Issued for Microsoft Products

A cybersecurity advisory was issued by Microsoft today, August 13, 2019, regarding critical patches for several of its products. Multiple vulnerabilities have been found in many Microsoft products that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code which could potentially lead to a breach. The critical patches issued could help to prevent an attack by bad actors.

What It Is:
Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Microsoft products, the most severe of which could allow for remote code execution.

Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged-on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.

Read the original Microsoft Security Update Guide, Security Update Summary, and the Microsoft Release Notes.

Threat Intelligence:
There are currently no reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild.

Systems Affected:

• Microsoft Windows
• Internet Explorer
• Microsoft Edge
• ChakraCore
• Microsoft Office and Microsoft Office Services and Web Apps
• Visual Studio
• Online Services
• Active Directory
• Microsoft Dynamics

Risk:
Government:
• Large and medium government entities: High
• Small government entities: Medium
Businesses:
• Large and medium business entities: High
• Small business entities: Medium
Home users: Low

What It Means:
If you and/or your business utilize the Microsoft products mentioned above, you will need to apply the appropriate patch(es) and/or mitigations following proper testing.

Technical Summary:
Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Microsoft products, the most severe of which could allow for code execution.

A full list of all vulnerabilities can be found at the link below:
https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance

What To Do:
We recommend the following actions be taken:

• Apply appropriate patches or appropriate mitigations provided by Microsoft to vulnerable systems immediately after appropriate testing.
• Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative rights) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
• Remind all users not to visit untrusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
• Inform and educate users regarding threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments especially from untrusted sources.
• Apply the Principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services.

Negative Consequences of Lost or Stolen Data:
The loss or theft of proprietary data can have severe impacts, particularly if the compromise becomes public and sensitive information is exposed. Possible impacts include:

• Temporary or permanent loss of sensitive or proprietary information.
• Disruption to regular operations.
• Financial losses incurred to restore systems and files.
• Potential harm to an organization’s reputation.

Should your agency or business need assistance with issues arising from vulnerabilities in Microsoft products including updates and/or patches, Dox can help. Please contact Dox if there is anything we can do to assist in securing your agency, business, or organization.

Thank you for your time and stay safe online.