Google and Microsoft Miscommunication?

Google’s Project Zero posted details of a vulnerability in Windows 8.1 after waiting for Microsoft to respond, to no avail, for 90 days. Once a vulnerability is public knowledge, it can be abused by attackers. Microsoft criticized Google for publicizing the flaw too early, saying the company had put Windows customers at risk.

According to Microsoft, it had specifically asked Google to withhold details of the flaw until January 13, Patch Tuesday, when the fix would be released. Microsoft patched two Windows vulnerabilities that were exposed by Google in MS15-001 and MS15-003.

With adherence to its 90-day policy, Google disclosed two additional vulnerabilities after last week Tuesday’s patches were released. One of them does not appear to be a security issue. The next Patch Tuesday is scheduled for February 10, when presumably the more serious of the two vulnerabilities will be patched.

Mozilla Releases Firefox 34

This week Mozilla released Firefox 34.0.5. Users of this browser will notice that the default search engine in Firefox 34 is Yahoo, rather than Google. Also included in this version are an improved search bar, and the launch of WebIDE (the replacement for App Manager). SSL 3.0 support has been removed from this update due to known security issues.

Read the Notes for Firefox 34.0.5

Adobe Releases Flash Player Update, Delays Reader and Acrobat Fixes

Last week, Adobe released an update for Flash to address a dozen critical flaws. Chrome and IE 11 users will find their versions of Flash automatically updated.  You can see which version you have installed here, or download Adobe Flash Player here.

Fixes for flaws in Reader and Acrobat that had been scheduled to be released last week are delayed until this week so Adobe can conduct further testing.

Read the full story in the news.

Microsoft Security Updates for September 2014

Microsoft is planning to release four updates this Tuesday, September 9, to address various flaws. On the same date Microsoft is also planning to release a new security feature for Internet Explorer (IE), called out-of-date ActiveX control blocking and a new version of the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Affected software being updated includes Windows, IE (rated critical) and Lync Server.

Read the full story in the news.

December 2013 Security Updates from Microsoft

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Today, Tuesday December 10, Microsoft is releasing eleven new security bulletins. Five of the bulletins are rated critical. Microsoft systems affected are:

  • Windows operating systems
  • Office
  • Lync
  • Internet Explorer
  • Exchange
  • Windows Server operating systems
  • Developer Tools

It is recommended to accept the updates. MIT WAUS subscribers will receive the updates after they have been tested for compatibility. Installing the bulletins manually may require a restart.

This is the last update of the year, finishing the 10th anniversary of Microsoft’s formularized process for security updates. Six of this month’s bulletins close potential remote code execution holes. All Windows platforms are affected, from XP to 8.1 and from Server 2003 to 2012. In addition, this month’s Internet Explorer update covers IE 6 through 11.

Adobe Releases Security Updates for Flash, ColdFusion

Adobe-LogoAdobe has released security updates for Flash Player and ColdFusion to address four vulnerabilities. The Flash update is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. According to Adobe, the updates are not related to the recent theft of ColdFusion source code.

Read the full article online.

Why Patch a Mac?

Apple-LogoAccording to ZD Net, this has been a fairly busy security update season for Mac users. In fact, they say, Mac users have a lot more work involved to keep their systems safe.

There have been patches for the operating systems, for Safari for Mac, for Java and Adobe vulnerabilities, quite a long list compared to previous years.

There really are attacks out there against Macs which exploit vulnerabilities, so accepting and installing these patches is important.

Read the story online.

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