"April Patch" By Microsoft & Adobe Closed Critical Security Holes

"April Patch" By Microsoft & Adobe Closed Critical Security Holes

As per schedule two software giants Microsoft and Adobe today each issued security bulletin to plug security holes in their vulnerable products. The patch batch from Microsoft fixes at least 11 flaws in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office and several other products, including one bug that attackers are already exploiting. The company also issued the first patch for Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the beta-like build Microsoft released at the end of February. Adobe’s update tackles four vulnerabilities that are present in current versions of Adobe Acrobat and Reader. 
Seven of the 11 bugs Microsoft fixed with today’s release earned its most serious “critical” rating, which Microsoft assigns to flaws that it believes attackers or malware could leverage to break into systems without any help from users. In its security bulletin summary for April 2012. Among those is an interesting weakness (MS12-024) in the way that Windows handles signed portable executable (PE) files. According to Symantec, this flaw is interesting because it lets attackers modify signed PE files undetected. Microsoft said that this patch the highest priority security update this month. “What makes this bulletin stand out is that Microsoft is aware of attacks in the wild against it and it affects an unsually wide-range of Microsoft products, including Office 2003 through 2010 on Windows, SQL Server 2000 through 2008 R2, BizTalk Server 2002, Commerce Server 2002 through 2009 R2, Visual FoxPro 8 and Visual Basic 6 Runtime,” Kandek said. “Attackers have been embedding the exploit for the underlying vulnerability (CVE-2012-0158) into an RTF document and enticing the target into opening the file, most commonly by attaching it to an e-mail. Another possible vector is through web browsing, but the component can potentially be attacked through any of the mentioned applications.” Other notable fixes from Microsoft this month include a .NETupdate, and a patch for at least five Internet Explorer flaws. Patches are available for all supported versions of Windows, and available through Windows Update. In March 2012 Security bulletins Microsoft closed a total of seven security holes in its products. Among them one Critical-class, four Important and one Moderate – addressing seven issues in Microsoft Windows, Visual Studio, and Expression Design. According to Microsoft (MS12-020) remote code execution vulnerability has been found in RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol).

After Microsoft here comes the turn for Adobe &  they updates fix critical problems in Acrobat and Reader on all supported platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Users on Windows and Mac can use each products’ built-in update mechanism. The newest, patched version of both Acrobat and Reader is v. 10.1.3 for Windows and Mac systems. The default configuration is set to run automatic update checks on a regular schedule, but update checks can be manually activated by choosing Help > Check for Updates. Reader users who prefer direct links to the latest version can find them by clicking the appropriate OS, Windows, Mac or Linux (v. 9.5.1).


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