Newsletters
The Enterprise Security Supersite NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Network Security Viruses & Malware Cybercrime Security Solutions More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Network Security
Real-time info services with Neustar
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
March Patch Tuesday Points to Desirability of  IE 11 Upgrade
March Patch Tuesday Points to Desirability of IE 11 Upgrade

By Jennifer LeClaire
March 12, 2014 10:33AM

Bookmark and Share
"Anymore, it's cause for pause when we don't see an IE update in Microsoft's Patch Tuesday. It's a popular browser and a favorite among attackers," said Russ Ernst of security firm Lumension. "Internet Explorer accounted for 27 percent of all Microsoft vulnerabilities last year, making it the most targeted Microsoft application."
 


Microsoft on Tuesday released five security bulletins: two ranked critical and three ranked important. The bulletins fix 23 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Silverlight.

"Obviously the IE update should be your highest priority, but do not ignore the update eliminating a DEP [data execution prevention] and ASLR [address space layout randomization] bypass as it can have a long term impact in improving your systems' security," said Dustin Childs, group manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing. MS14-012 addresses 18 issues in IE.

Childs also pointed to MS14-014, which provides an update to address a security feature bypass in Silverlight. This issue wasn't publicly known and it isn't under active attack, he said, however it can affect your security in ways that are not always obvious.

IE Fix, No Surprise There

"Anymore, it's cause for pause when we don't see an IE update in Microsoft's Patch Tuesday. It's a popular browser and a favorite among attackers," said Russ Ernst, director of product management at security firm Lumension. "Internet Explorer accounted for 27 percent of all Microsoft vulnerabilities last year, making it the most targeted Microsoft application. While updating IE, make sure you also include the Flash Player update from Adobe released on Feb. 20."

Ernst also called out MS14-013, the second critical bulletin this month. He reports this vulnerability could allow a remote code execution in DirectShow for all supported versions of Windows. However, the good news is that the attack method requires a user to click on a specially crafted JPEG file in IE -- and there are no known active attacks.

"The final bulletin for this Patch Tuesday is MS14-016," Ernst told us. "It covers one CVE [common vulnerability and exposure] for a vulnerability in Security Account Manager Remote Protocol that could allow a security feature bypass. In this instance, an attacker could lock out a user account if they have an account name using return status codes and brute force to break the password."

Is IE 11 the Way to Go?

Tyler Reguly, manager of security research at security firm Tripwire, confirmed that the IE update is at the top of everyone's list this month. He said that's no surprise, considering it resolves multiple vulnerabilities, including two zero-day issues, one in IE 8 and one in IE 10. As he sees it, this is more proof that IE 11 is the way to go.

"Last week I mentioned that I thought it was time for Microsoft to give up on Silverlight -- it sees a lot of patches given its limited adoption," Reguly said. "It appears that the Microsoft EOL date for Silverlight 5 reaches into 2021. That's a long time for this technology to continue to receive updates."

Since Microsoft is committed to supporting it, Reguly said it would be nice to see Web sites still using it commit to dropping it because consumers could then uninstall Silverlight and effectively increase security of end user. He said running a Web technology to support one or two sites is not an effective way to limit the attack surface of a system.

"Perhaps the most interesting update this month is MS14-016, which fixes an API call in the security account manager that allows you to brute-force Active Directory accounts while avoiding the password attempt lock-out policy," Reguly said. "Password attempt lock-out policies are put in place specifically to prevent brute-force attempts, and allowing a malicious attacker to bypass the policy completely defeats the protection it provides."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Get Powerful App Acceleration with Cisco. In a world where time is money, you need to accelerate the speed at which data moves through your data center. Cisco UCS Invicta delivers powerful, easy-to-manage application acceleration for data-intensive workloads. So you can make decisions faster and outpace the competition. Learn More.


 Network Security
1.   Retailers Hacked by New Malware
2.   IBM Beefs Up Identity Intelligence
3.   USB Security Flaw Uncovered
4.   Tor Internet Privacy Service Breached
5.   Canada Says China Hacked Gov't


advertisement
IBM Beefs Up Identity Intelligence
To offer biz better security products.
Average Rating:
Tor Internet Privacy Service Breached
Users should assume they're affected.
Average Rating:
Tor Working To Fix Security Exploit
Bug reportedly reveals ID of users
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
New 'Backoff' Malware Slips Undetected into Retail Systems
'Malicious actors' are using a new variety of malware to access consumer payment data remotely through point-of-sale systems, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security.
 
IBM Beefs Up Identity Intelligence Security Solutions
Big Blue is betting big on identity intelligence. IBM just acquired a private firm with security software to govern user access to apps and data across cloud and on-premise environments.
 
USB Security Flaw Lets Hackers Hijack PCs
Hackers can use the firmware that controls USB functions to take control of computers, say security experts. That means there may be a new class of attack for which there are no defenses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit
It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
 
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
BlackBerry Messenger Now Available on Windows Phone
BlackBerry's free Messenger chatting and voice app is out of beta and widely available for Windows Phone users, the company said. BBM offers secure messaging, Groups, Voice, Channels and more.
 
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 

Navigation
Enterprise Security Today
Home/Top News | Network Security | Viruses & Malware | Cybercrime | Security Solutions | Mobile Security | Disaster Recovery | Windows Security
Data Security | EST Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.