Microsoft Kicks Off Spring with Nine Security Bulletins

Next Tuesday, Microsoft will release nine security bulletins, two of which the Redmond-based software company rates as Critical. The bulletins will fix flaws in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office, and some of Microsoft’s server and security software. As usual, they haven’t shared many details yet, but some experts expect the critical IE update to fix the zero day vulnerabilities disclosed at CanSecWest’s recent Pwn2Own contest. Either way, I expect the IE flaws to pose the greatest risk to most users, so you should plan on applying that patch as quickly as possible.

Four Office-related Updates Fix Productivity Software Vulnerabilities

Today, Microsoft released four security bulletins describing vulnerabilities in some of their Office-related productivity packages, including Visio Viewer, SharePoint, OneNote, and Outlook for Mac. We summarize the four security bulletins below, in order of severity:

Microsoft Black Tuesday: Security Flaws in a Menagerie of Products

Though today’s Patch Day might seem pretty average as far as the number of security bulletins released, it does cover a rather eclectic range of Microsoft products. In fact, a few of the updates affect Mac users as well, and one is even exclusive to Mac.

Microsoft Piles on Patches Next Tuesday

February looks to be a busy month for Microsoft administrators. According to the latest advanced patch notification, the Redmond-based software company plans to release a dozen security bulletins next Tuesday. The bulletins will fix security flaws in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office, the .NET Framework, and Exchange server. Microsoft rates five of the bulletins as Critical, and the rest as Important.

WatchGuard Security Week in Review: Episode 50 – UPnP Pwnage

This week is rife with security news. If you want the quick highlights, you’ve come to the right place. Today’s video covers a few Yahoo XSS vulnerabilities, some serious UPnP security flaws, and the alleged China-based hack of the New York Times. Watch the video below for details.

WatchGuard Security Week in Review: Episode 49 – Expelled Hacker

Red October, Cisco WLAN Updates, and Expelled Hacker Welcome to another “on the road” edition of WatchGuard Security Week in Review, the video podcast dedicated to summarizing the biggest InfoSec stories each week. This week’s episodes covers a Cisco wireless controller security update, Kaspersky’s investigation into the Red October cyber-espionage campaign, and the controversy surrounding an expelled “white hat” hacker. For more details on those stories and others, watch the short video below.

WatchGuard Security Week in Review: Episode 48 – 0day Updates

This week’s security video summary comes a tad late due to my travel schedule this week. It covers updates on the two latest zero day exploits, Oracle’s critical patch update, and stories about a mobile phone botnet and US power plant breach. Click play below to watch the short episode, or check out the References for more details.

WatchGuard Security Week in Review: Episode 46 – Piles of Patches

Ready for a weekly dose of InfoSec? This episode has a strong “patch” theme, with many vendors releasing some big security updates this week. Besides the patches, I also cover a few new 0day exploits, including a serious Java one getting leveraged quite a bit in the wild, and a couple crazy sounding security-related news items. If you want all the details, click play below, or check out the Reference section.

Ring in the New Year with Seven Microsoft Patches

If you, like me, are still basking in the afterglow of a relaxing holiday respite, the relentless re-introduction of Microsoft Patch Day may seem like a harsh reminder of some of the drudgery suffered by an InfoSec professional. Don’t get me wrong! Patching is one of the most effective ways of keeping your systems safe. Yet, its ceaseless nature can’t help but put me into a Sisyphean mood.