Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday for March addressed 64 vulnerabilities, 17 of which were rated critical, 45 important, one moderate, and another low in severity. Two of these vulnerabilities, CVE-2019-0797 and CVE-2019-0808, were reported to have been actively exploited in the wild. The patches addressed security flaws in a number of Microsoft products and services: .NET Framework, Edge, Exchange, Internet Explorer, Office, Office Services and Web Apps, NuGet, Team Foundation Server, and Windows. Seven of the vulnerabilities were disclosed via Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI).Read More
Majority of the vulnerabilities are related to elevation of privileges. When exploited successfully, these can allow hackers to carry out normally restricted and system-level functions or hijack the affected systems. There are also 11 security issues affecting the Windows kernel that can lead to local privilege escalation and information disclosure when exploited.Read More
Trend Micro detected a new variant of Android Remote Access Tool (AndroRAT) (identified as ANDROIDOS_ANDRORAT.HRXC) that has the ability to inject root exploits to perform malicious tasks such as silent installation, shell command execution, WiFi password collection, and screen capture. This AndroRAT targets CVE-2015-1805, a publicly disclosed vulnerability in 2016 that allows attackers to penetrate a number of older Android devices to perform its privilege escalation.Read More
Earlier this week, an independent researcher publicly disclosed a severe vulnerability in MySQL. This is a very popular open-source DBMS which is used by many organizations to manage their backend databases and websites. Proof of concept code was provided as part of the disclosure.
This particular vulnerability was designated as CVE-2016-6662, one of two serious flaws that the researcher found. This vulnerability allows an attacker to create the MySQL configuration file without having the privileges to do so, effectively taking over the server. The other assigned as CVE-2016-6663 has not yet been disclosed.Read More
Microsoft has released an out-of-band security bulletin (MS14-068) that addresses a vulnerability in the implementation of Kerberos in various versions of Windows. The bulletin states that this vulnerability is already being used in “limited, targeted attacks”. This warning, plus the fact that Microsoft considered this threat serious enough to merit an out-of-cycle patch, should make users consider…Read More