Tag Archive | "microsoft security"


03 January 2013 | 1,053 views

Microsoft Rushes Out ‘Fix It’ For Internet Explorer 0-day Exploit

Pretty unusual for Microsoft but they’ve rushed out a fast fix for a 0-day Internet Explorer vulnerability which allows remote code execution and malware dropping. It doesn’t effect the latest version of Internet Explorer (9) but it effects all the common previous versions (6, 7 & 8) – which still accounts for the majority of [...]

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17 August 2012 | 1,048 views

Microsoft Patches Critical Security Vulnerabilities In Windows, Office, IE, Exchange & SQL Server

Another huge raft of critical fixes has been pushed out by Microsoft across almost their entire range of products, including client and server side software and the Windows OS itself. It’s been a while since I’ve seen such a huge variety of security issues in one update including 5 critical vulnerabilities. If you are running [...]

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12 July 2012 | 1,307 views

Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Evaluation Toolkit (EMET) 3rd Party GUI

We published an article about Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Evaluation Toolkit (EMET) when it came out back in June 2011. The Native GUI for EMET is in .NET and there are some situations or restricted environments where you may be unable to install .NET or just simple don’t want to use it. This is where this [...]

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22 June 2012 | 1,545 views

Windows XML Core Services Exploit Attacked In The Wild – CVE-2012-1889

Oh look, another serious flaw in Windows – and this one is really bad because it can be exploited directly in Internet Explorer. And even worse than that, this vulnerability is actually being exploited in the wild by cybercriminals – this shows it’s no longer a theoretical attack. Plus of course the fact, it’s actually [...]

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15 December 2011 | 8,078 views

No BEAST Fix From Microsoft In December Patch Tuesday – But They Fixed Duqu Bug

It looks like Microsoft originally had a patch for the BEAST vulnerability, but for some reason they have withdrawn it for the December Patch Tuesday. It’s a pretty bumper crop of patches though with 13 bulletins and 19 vulnerabilities fixed, the highest profile one being a patch for the zero-day vulnerability exploited by Duqu. The [...]

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01 June 2011 | 7,371 views

Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Evaluation Toolkit (EMET)

The enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is designed to help prevent hackers from gaining access to your system. Software vulnerabilities and exploits have become an everyday part of life. Virtually every product has to deal with them and consequently, users are faced with a stream of security updates. For users who get attacked before the [...]

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13 April 2011 | 6,933 views

Microsoft Unleashes Record Breaking Patch Tuesday – April 2011

We all love Patch Tuesday – no doubt about that right? Well Microsoft has blessed us this month with the biggest Patch Tuesday in the history of the program. That’s a good thing because it’s had some horribly effective vulnerabilities revealed lately. It managed to package up a massive bundle of patches for 64 vulnerabilities [...]

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03 March 2011 | 9,007 views

Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer – Test Software Vulnerabilities

Attack Surface Analyzer is developed by the Security Engineering group, building on the work of our Security Science team. It is the same tool used by Microsoft’s internal product groups to catalogue changes made to operating system attack surface by the installation of new software. Attack Surface Analyzer takes a snapshot of your system state [...]

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24 September 2010 | 28,475 views

Microsoft Warns Of ASP.Net Vulnerability In The Wild – Cryptographic Padding Attack

There seems to be a fairly serious attack being exploited in the wild that targets vulnerable ASP.Net web applications, so far there is a temporary fix but no official announcement on when a patch will be issued. The next scheduled patches should be pushed out on October 12th. If you had set up your server [...]

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18 June 2010 | 10,560 views

Windows Help Vulnerability Exploited In The Wild

So the other big news this week apart from the AT&T iPad/iPhone 4 screw-up is that a recently announced critical vulnerability in Windows XP is being exploited in the wild. It was disclosed fairly recently and is a vulnerability in the Windows XP help system disclosed by Tavis Ormandy, a Google researcher who has appeared [...]

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