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

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The last of the critical updates is MS13-024, which is an elevation of privilege issue with SharePoint. Interestingly, Henry points out, only one of the four CVEs is a critical one. That elevation of privilege vulnerability, which looks eerily like a cross-site scripting issue, would allow attackers to read and write into memory and tamper with content. The other CVEs are a moderate class denial of service and two important elevation of privilege issues. 

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.


Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

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