Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Eliminate costly downtime!
Find out how with Free White Paper
& enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Microsoft/Windows
Register for a certification exam.
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
No Zero-Day Office Flaw Fix on Patch Tuesday
No Zero-Day Office Flaw Fix on Patch Tuesday

By Jennifer LeClaire
November 8, 2013 10:27AM

    Bookmark and Share
Microsoft's November Patch Tuesday Advance Bulletin is out and everyone is breathing a sigh of relief and frustration. Relief because for the first time in a few months, this is a relatively straightforward Patch Tuesday for Microsoft. And frustration because Microsoft hasn't provided a fix for the zero-day flaw, said security expert Ross Barrett.
 



Microsoft plans to deliver eight security bulletins on Patch Tuesday next week. Three of them are rated critical; five are important. The three critical updates address vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Windows. The important updates address issues in Windows and Office.

What this release won’t include is an update for the zero-day vulnerability that impacts Office, Windows and Lync announced earlier this week. Dustin Childs, group manager for the Microsoft Security Response Center, said the company is working to develop a security update and will release it when it’s ready. That opens the door to the possibility of an out-of-band patch for the flaw, which exists in the way affected components handle TIFF images.

“In the meantime, the advisory includes a Fix it that prevents the attacks from succeeding and we recommend customers apply it to help protect their systems,” Childs said. “We also want to provide clarification on the products that the advisory notes are affected. We’ve seen some confusion due to the shared nature of the GDI+ component, which is where the issue resides. There are three ways you can have the GDI+ component installed on your system: Office, Windows, and Lync.”

Relief and Frustration

With regard to the TIFF flaw, Childs said Office 2003 and Office 2007 are affected regardless of the installed operating system. Microsoft is currently only aware of targeted attacks against Office 2007 users. Office 2010 is affected only if installed on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. Office 2010 is not affected when installed on Windows Vista or newer systems. Office 2013 is not affected, regardless of the OS platform.

On the Windows side, supported versions of Vista and Windows Server 2008 ship with the affected component but are not known to be under active attack. Other versions of Windows are not directly impacted. Customers who use these systems are only impacted if they have an affected version of Office or Lync, Childs said. All supported versions of the Lync client are affected but are not known to be under active attack.

“The November Patch Tuesday Advance Bulletin is out and I think everyone is breathing a sigh of both relief and frustration,” Ross Barrett, senior manager of security engineering at security firm Rapid7, told us. “Relief because for the first time in a few months, this is a relatively straightforward Patch Tuesday, with fixes for most Windows versions, the ever-present IE roll-up patch, and some Office components, but nothing esoteric or difficult to patch. No SharePoint plugins, no complicated .NET patching, no esoteric office extensions.” And frustration, he added, because there’s no fix for the zero-day flaw.

Another Busy Month

Overall, Paul Henry, a security and forensic analyst at security firm Lumension, told us it’s another busy month for IT. As he sees it, the first patching priority should be bulletin 1, which is a critical remote code execution for Internet Explorer given its widespread use.

The second priority would be bulletin 2, which could allow a remote code execution in Windows. Third on your list of priorities will likely be the final critical bulletin, number 3, he said, which will be another remote code execution in Windows.

“The remaining bulletins shake out with an important rating,” he said. “Bulletin 4 will be a remote code execution for Office. Bulletin 5 will be an elevation of privilege issue in Windows. Bulletin 6 an information disclosure issue in Windows, bulletin 7 an information disclosure issue in Office, and bulletin 8 will be a denial of service in Windows.”
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, information services, financial services, retail, media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies in location, identification, and evaluation to help its customers promote and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.


 Microsoft/Windows
1.   Microsoft Buys InMage Recovery Tech
2.   'Reinvent Productivity,' Nadella Urges
3.   Microsoft Revamps Office 365 Plans
4.   Windows 7 Ends Mainstream Support
5.   Another IE-Focused Patch Tuesday


advertisement
Review: Microsoft's Surface Pro 3
Is it a tablet and laptop replacement?
Average Rating:
Windows 7 Ends Mainstream Support
But extended support still available.
Average Rating:
Another IE-Focused Patch Tuesday
One critical for Internet Explorer.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Report: Chinese Hackers Hit U.S. Personnel Networks
Hackers from China broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees.
 
Charges: Russian Stole Data from U.S. Restaurants, Zoo
A Russian man arrested on bank fraud and other charges hacked into computers at restaurants in Washington, hundreds of other retail businesses, and even the Phoenix Zoo, authorities say.
 
Another Month, Another IE-Focused Patch Tuesday
Microsoft rolled out 59 vulnerabilities for Internet Explorer in June. But the IE-patching party is not over yet. Redmond published six new security bulletins on Tuesday; two, critical; three, important.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.