No Luck O’ the Irish for IT this St. Patty’s Day

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Next on the list of critical patches is MS13-023, which is a remote code execution issue in Microsoft Visio Viewer. It’s a pretty standard-looking file type vulnerability issue. The attack vector for this would be receiving an email with a contaminated Visio diagram, which might be useful for a spear phishing attack, but is otherwise pretty low-key as an issue.

IT admins can’t seem to catch a break this year. First, the never-ending stream of Java issues that has kept folks on their toes since January. Now they’ve got another busy month of patches ahead of them, with seven total patches from Microsoft, four of which are critical. However, once again the issues outside of Microsoft will likely eclipse the Patch Tuesday patches this month.

According to Paul Henry, security and forensic analyst at Lumension, three months into 2013 and already we’re seeing higher numbers of patches from Microsoft, particularly across critical patches. Last year at this time, Microsoft was averaging seven patches, only two of which were critical. This year, Microsoft has so far averaged close to nine patches, about four of which are critical. To really put things in perspective, by March of 2011, Microsoft was averaging close to six patches, with around one critical patch. We can only hope that this increase is due to a combination of new platforms and better discovery of vulnerabilities, rather than actual ongoing security problems at Microsoft.


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