Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Microsoft Security Updates for August, 2017

The August security release consists of security updates for the following software:
    • Internet Explorer
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Microsoft Windows
    • Microsoft SharePoint
    • Adobe Flash Player
    • Microsoft SQL Server

      The updates address Remote Code Execution, Denial of Service, Information Disclosure and Elevation of Privilege in 48 CVE's in which 25 are Critical, 21 Important, and 2 Moderate in severity.

      For more information about the updates released today, see https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/summary.  Updates can be sorted by OS from the search box. Information about the update for Windows 10 is available at Windows 10 Update history.

      For a list of the CVEs addressed in the August update requiring special attention, see the The August 2017 Security Update Review by Dustin Childs.

        Additional Update Notes

        • Adobe Flash Player -- For Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 10, Adobe Flash Player is now a security bulletin rather than a security advisory and is included with the updates as identified above.
        • MSRT -- Microsoft released an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services, and the Download Center. 
        • Windows 10 -- A summary of important product developments included in each update, with links to more details is available at Windows 10 Update History. The page will be regularly refreshed, as new updates are released.


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          Adobe Flash Player Critical Security Updates

          Adobe Flashplayer

          Adobe has released Version of Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Chrome and Linux.

          These updates address vulnerabilities could lead to remote code execution, information disclosure and Memory address disclosure..

          Release date:  August 8, 2017
          Vulnerability identifier: APSB17-23
          CVE Numbers:   CVE-2017-3085, CVE-2017-3106
          Platform: Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS


          *Important Note:  Downloading the update from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center link includes a pre-checked option to install unnecessary extras, such as McAfee Scan Plus or Google Drive.  If you use the download center, uncheck any unnecessary extras that you do not want.  They are not needed for the Flash Player update.

            Verify Installation

            To verify the Adobe Flash Player version number installed on your computer, go to the About Flash Player page, or right-click on content running in Flash Player and select "About Adobe Flash Player" from the menu. 

            Do this for each browser installed on your computer.

            To verify the version of Adobe Flash Player for Android, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Adobe Flash Player x.x.


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            Adobe Reader and Acrobat Critical Security Updates


            Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat XI for Windows. These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

            Release date: August 8, 2017
            Vulnerability identifier: APSB17-24
            Platform: Windows

            Update or Complete Download

            Update checks can be manually activated by choosing Help > Check for Updates.

            Note: UNcheck any pre-checked additional options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.

            Enable "Protected View"

            Due to frequent vulnerabilities, it is recommended that Windows users of Adobe Reader and Acrobat ensure that Protected View is enabled.  Neither the Protected Mode or Protected View option is available for Macintosh users.

            To enable this setting, do the following:

            • Click Edit > Preferences > Security (Enhanced) menu. 
            • Change the "Off" setting to "All Files".
            • Ensure the "Enable Enhanced Security" box is checked. 

            Adobe Protected View
            Image via Sophos Naked Security Blog


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