Microsoft has announced that it plans to release eight patches next week as part of October’s Patch Tuesday release, addressing flaws in its Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET Framework, Office, Server and Silverlight software.
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Guest contributor Andrew Storms reflects on a decade of Patch Tuesday. The Microsoft initiative turns 10 next week.
A Metasploit exploit module has been released for the zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The flaw has been exploited in attacks against Japanese targets, and expert think the availability of a Metasploit exploit could accelerate attacks.
Microsoft’s latest Law Enforcement Requests Report shows that no requests for Skype user content were made in the first half of 2013.
Microsoft reports having discovered a click-fraud component to the Sefnit malware, thought to have disappeared in 2011. It has also linked Sefnit to the Mevade Tor botnet.
The latest Internet Explorer zero day is being used in a watering hole attack where local media sites in Japan have been compromised and serving exploits. The targets are government, high tech and manufacturing workers.
Critical SharePoint patches must be prioritized according to experts commenting on Microsoft’s September 2013 Patch Tuesday security bulletins.
Microsoft is expected to release critical patches for vulnerabilities in Office and SharePoint for its September Patch Tuesday release next week.
Facebook complied with 79 percent of the government requests for user data it received, according to its first transparency report.
Microsoft has pulled back MS13-061, a critical patch released yesterday for Exchange Server 2013 because it breaks indexing on the messaging server.