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Notice anything missing from last week’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday? Obscured by a long list of Microsoft patches and some fuss about a missing SMB fix, the answer is Adobe, which normally times its update cycle to coincide with the OS giant’s monthly schedule. It’s mostly a practical convenience – admins and end-users get all the...
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Virtualisation company VMware patched two bugs this week that affected a large proportion of its client-side virtual machines (VMs). VMware made its name offering server virtualisation products that recreate server hardware in software, allowing admins to run many virtual servers on the same physical box at once. Most ‘type one’ server hypervisors, including VMware’s, run...
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What’s the difference between a scheduled security update and one that’s out-of-band? In the case of the critical Windows 10 Server Message Block (SMB) vulnerability (CVE-2020-0796) left unpatched in March’s otherwise bumper Windows Patch Tuesday update, the answer is two days. That’s how long it took Microsoft to change its mind about releasing a fix...
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Intel’s March security updates reached its customers this week and on the face of it, the dominant theme is the bundle of flaws affecting the company’s Graphics drivers. There are 17 of these all told, including six high-severity flaws, starting with CVE-2020-0504, a buffer overflow leading to a denial of service flaw whose CVSS score...
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Microsoft has been forced to patch a vulnerability in the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol which was accidentally disclosed by some of its security partners earlier this week. The fix, KB4551762, is an update for Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909, and Windows Server 2019, versions 1903 and 1909. It addresses a remote code execution...
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Apple has just announced its latest round of security updates. As usual, Apple’s fixes arrived unheralded, given the company’s insistence that security fixes are best handled simply by publishing them when they’re ready, rather than following any sort of formal schedule. Not everyone agrees – Microsoft has followed its Patch Tuesday process for many years...
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Citrix has issued its first set of patches fixing a nasty vulnerability that’s been hanging over some of its biggest products. The flaw, identified as CVE-2019-19781 on 17 December 2019, affected Citrix’s Application Delivery Controller (ADC) load and application balancer, and the Citrix Gateway Virtual Private Network (VPN) appliance (previously known as the NetScaler ADC...
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Citrix has begun issuing patches for a serious vulnerability in its Application Delivery Controller (ADC) product which experts have warned is being exploited in the wild. The tech giant revealed the CVE-2019-19781 bug in ADC and its Citrix Gateway back in December. If successfully exploited, it could allow an unauthenticated attacker to perform arbitrary code execution....
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As the world’s second-largest software company, Oracle has become an organisation built on big numbers. This includes the number of security patches it issues – which with the January 2020 update reached a joint record of 334, matching an identical number released in July 2018. Unlike rivals such as Microsoft, Oracle only releases security patches...
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Oracle has hit an all-time record for number of security fixes issued in a critical patch update (CPU), providing sysadmins with over 330 in its first quarterly release of the decade. The enterprise software giant issued 334 patches in total across more than 90 products this week. As such, January 2020 easily beats the previous...
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Microsoft has kicked off the new decade with fixes for half a century of vulnerabilities, including one discovered by the NSA that could allow hackers to spoof digital certificates to bypass security measures. This month’s Patch Tuesday focused around the CVE-2020-0601 flaw, which security experts praised the NSA for disclosing responsibly rather than trying to...
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TikTok has been forced to patch several critical vulnerabilities which may have allowed hackers to hijack user accounts and steal personal data. Check Point researchers discovered the flaws in the wildly popular social media platform, including one SMS link spoofing bug affecting a feature on the main TikTok site that lets users send a message...
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