The Communicator’s Corner: Add to Your Holiday Cheer with ITScripts

466159259Earlier this month, Anne Steiner wrote a short series of blog articles called “Beyond Patch.” In this series she summarized three key features within Shavlik Protect that offer benefits beyond the program’s core patch management capabilities. As I read Anne’s articles, it occurred to me that these features were sort of like bonuses to our Shavlik Protect customers – a little something extra in the holiday stocking if you will. With the holiday season now in full swing, I thought I would expound on what Anne wrote by providing more details about each of the three key “bonus” features. In this article I will talk about our ITScripts feature. In coming articles I will discuss the power management and the anti-virus capabilities in Shavlik Protect.

So, what is this feature called ITScripts? Well, it enables you to execute a variety of PowerShell scripts on the console and on your remote target machines. As most seasoned IT folks know, PowerShell scripts are a great way to automate repetitive tasks across a large number of machines. With ITScripts you have access to scripts that enable you to perform everything from the most rudimentary task to highly advanced and complex operations. For example, you might want to search your target machines for a particular type of data, gather and read log files, install software, create a report, determine the status of a service, read the registry, etc. Wait, I know what you are thinking. You can do all of this using Shavlik Protect? Yes!

And here’s the beauty of it. The ITScripts feature leverages the machines, machine groups, and credentials that you already have defined in Shavlik Protect so you have immediate access to all of the machines in your organization. The scripts can be executed against your target machines either immediately or on a scheduled basis, and the results are reported to the Shavlik Protect console so that you have a complete historical record of all activity.

But is it secure you ask? Well, we are Shavlik, so you know that we have implemented a number of security features. For example, only scripts that are digitally signed by authorities that you trust can be imported into Shavlik Protect. In addition, only those scripts that you explicitly approve for use will be available to be executed.

Perhaps best of all, you do not need to be a scripting expert to take advantage of the ITScripts feature. Shavlik provides you with a large number of predefined scripts in the following categories: Maintenance, Configuration, Information, Support, Group Policy, and Network. You also have access to scripts created by trusted members of the Shavlik community. But if you are a scripting expert, we provide you with detailed guidelines for creating your own scripts and easily importing them into Shavlik Protect.

Interested in learning even more? You can:

Note: The ITScripts feature is available with either Shavlik Protect Advanced or as a separately licensable add-on to Shavlik Protect Standard.

 

December Patch Day Round-Up

ShavlikSecurityAlthough it was not as large as the November Patch Tuesday, December’s Patch Tuesday still had some important updates to close out the year.  Microsoft released seven bulletins, three of which were critical.  The three critical updates affect Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, and VBScript engine.  Also, the Exchange update (MS14-075), which was deferred from the November Patch Tuesday, did release this month.

The Microsoft side of Patch Tuesday does not seem all that daunting of a challenge aside from the Exchange update.  Adobe, on the other hand, has added a number of critical updates to the December Patch Tuesday, which effectively doubles the priority 1 list for the month.  Adobe pre-announced an update for Acrobat and Reader, but on Patch Tuesday they released updates for Flash, Shockwave, and ColdFusion.  Shockwave and ColdFusion were lower priority updates, but the Flash update is resolving a vulnerability which was already being exploited in the wild.  We also have a couple of things to for you to watch out for in today’s Patch Tuesday Round-Up.

Known issues to look out for:

  • KB3004394: An update Windows Root Certificate Program in Windows, has caused some issues for companies.  The update, when applied to Windows 7 or Server 2008 systems, has caused a few issues such as MMC functions requiring Administrator authentication even when logged on as an Administrator, Windows Defender Service failing to start, and Windows Update Service being unable to apply additional updates.  KB3024777 has been released to fix the issue by removing KB3004394.
  • An issue occurred on Windows 10 Technical Preview where some users had to remove Office before they could apply the December update.  Recommendation is to try applying the updates before going through the more tedious workaround of removing office, installing updates, then re-installing office.  Most users will not see the issue.
  • Cannot insert object” error in an ActiveX custom Office solution after you install the MS14-082 security update.
  • Two of the November Bulletins had re-releases for specific affected products.  You will likely see some of those updates being reapplied this month.  Recommendation is to do so as the original fixes were not complete.  MS14-066 (Schannel) update on Vista and 2008 and MS14-065 (IE Cumulative) update on IE 8 for Windows 7 or 2008 R2 or IE10.  In the case of IE, applying the December IE Cumulative will also resolve the issues in the re-release.

Shavlik Priority 1 Updates (Priority 1 updates should be applied as soon as possible):

Normally I would start with Microsoft, but your highest priority this month should be Adobe Flash, the Advisory for updating the IE Flash Plug-In and the Google Chrome update to update Flash.

  •  APSB14-27 : Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player – This update resolves six vulnerabilities, one of which (CVE-2014-9163) was discovered being exploited in the wild.  The CVSSv2 base score for this vulnerability is a 10.0, which is the highest that can be assigned and it is Network Exploitable meaning an attacker does not need local network access or local access to exploit the vulnerability.  Admins should ensure they update Flash this month.  Not only for this update, but also for the other two Flash updates that occurred since November.  To fully patch Flash you must also update the Advisory for IE and the Chrome release so you have updated the plug-in for both browsers.
  • MSAF-034: Update for Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer  - Updates the Flash Plug-In for IE.  Nuff said.
  • CHROME-119: Chrome 39.0.2171.95 – Ditto on the Flash Plug-In.  Update it.  In addition Google released a Chrome update just after the November Patch Tuesday that included 42 security updates, including many High priority updates.  That is two very good reasons to update Chrome ASAP.
  • MS14-080: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3008923) – This update is rated as Critical and resolves fourteen privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.  Many of the vulnerabilities involve memory corruption, continuing a trend we have seen for most of 2014.
  • MS14-081: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office Web Apps Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3017301) – This update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word and Office Web Apps, which could lead to remote code execution if exploited.  The attacker would gain rights equal to the logged on user, so running as less than a full admin could reduce the impact of this type of attack if exploited.
  • MS14-084: Vulnerability in VBScript Scripting Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3016711) –  This update resolves one privately reported vulnerability in the VBScript engine.  If exploited an attacker would gain equal rights to the logged on user.  If the user is a full admin, the attacker would gain complete control of the affected system.
  • APSB14-28 : Security Updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat – This update resolves 20 privately reported vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.  The impacts vary, but the worst of these could lead to code execution.  Adobe rated the update as a Priority 1, the highest priority Adobe assigns.

Shavlik Priority 2 Updates (Priority 2 updates should be tested and rolled out in a reasonable time frame, typically within 10-30 days of release):

  • MS14-075: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3009712) – This update is rated as Important and resolves four privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange server.  Originally slated for November, this update was held until the December release.  Also, if you wait for the cumulative updates before updating, you may want to read up on the latest here.  The Exchange 2010 CU8 ran into some issues and was pulled from circulation then re-released.  The updated RU8 package is version number 14.03.0224.002 if you need to confirm you have the updated package.
  • MS14-082: Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3017349) – This update is rated as Important and resolves one privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Office.  If you have not rolled this out yet please check on this article which I referenced in the known issues above.  “Cannot insert object” error in an ActiveX custom Office solution after you install the MS14-082 security update.
  • MS14-083: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3017347) – This update is rated as Important and resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel.
  • MS14-085: Vulnerability in Microsoft Graphics Component Could Allow Information Disclosure (3013126) – This update resolves one privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Graphics Component which could lead to information disclosure.

And that closes out December’s Round-Up.  Hopefully you all have your patching wrapped up before Christmas so you can relax, kick back, and enjoy the holidays.

 

 

Shavlik in the news- December Patch Tuesday

ShavlikSecurityCompared to last month’s Patch Tuesday (the biggest this year) this month’s was slightly calmer, with seven bulletins, three of which were Critical. There were also a few third-party updates from Adobe and Google Chrome.

Shavlik is often quoted in the press as an authority on patching, and this month we spoke with a variety of media on the news. In case you haven’t had a chance to read up on the news yet, here are links to a selection of the articles that include information from Shavlik:

Each month, we review the Microsoft and third-party releases for Patch Tuesday in a webcast, which occurs the day after the announcements are made. Our next webcast will take place shortly after the January Patch Tuesday announcement. If you’d like to attend, check back here for registration information. You can also view other recent webinars, including a recording of this month’s patch Tuesday webcast at the same link.

 

Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification December 2014

Bunker BlogThis month is a bit quieter than last month’s barrage of patches as there are only seven bulletins announced, of which three are Critical and four are Important.

The Microsoft Exchange patch (likely MS14-075) is on the list this month again and rated as Important. It is resolving an elevation of privilege vulnerability. Admins who have been watching for when that patch may drop can rest assured that it will not be before Tuesday. As you may recall, this patch was held out of last month’s Path Tuesday updates along with another out-of-band patch that was released later in November.  With all of the changes at Microsoft recently, this practice of holding a patch could become a pattern. It is likely that with less important patches, these will be released on a subsequent Patch Tuesday. However, for more important patches that aren’t ready for Patch Tuesday, they will likely be released later on in the month as they become ready for release.

There is a Critical Internet Explorer update this month as well. We have seen a steady trend of a Critical Cumulative Security Update for IE each month for some time. It may just become a regular fixture as all of the major browsers are getting a lot of attention in the white hat hacking community. We can safely say that this is going to become a Critical monthly occurrence.

There are two additional Microsoft Windows patches, one of which is rated as Critical, the other Important. The Critical update could allow for remote code execution, the Important update is an information disclosure vulnerability.

There are three updates for Microsoft Office including one Critical. All three Office updates resolve vulnerabilities, which could allow remote code execution.

Adobe released an update for Flash Player late in November, so maybe we will see a break in the nine-month streak of Flash Player updates on Patch Tuesday.  We will have to wait and see on that.

Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox both released a couple of updates in the past few weeks, so we anticipate not seeing any additional Patch Tuesday updates from the other major browsers — unless we see a Flash update. In that case we could also see a Chrome update to support the plug-in.

Microsoft Security Bulletins:

  • 3 bulletins are rated as Critical.
  • 4 bulletins are rated as Important

Vulnerability Impact:

  • 5 bulletins address vulnerabilities which could allow Remote Code Execution.
  • 1 bulletins address vulnerabilities which could allow Elevation of Privileges.
  • 1 bulletin addresses a vulnerability which could lead to Information Disclosure.

Affected Products:

  • All supported Windows Operating Systems (Including the Technical Previews!)
  • All supported Internet Explorer versions.
  • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010
  • Microsoft Exchange 2007, 2010, and 2013

Join us as we review the Microsoft and third-party releases for December Patch Tuesday in our next monthly Patch Tuesday webcast, which is scheduled for Wednesday, December 10th at 10 a.m. CDT.  We will also discuss other product and patch releases since the November Patch Tuesday.

You can register for the Patch Tuesday webinar here.

For more information on Patch Management go here.

Beyond Patch: Shavlik Protect IT Scripts

As we continue in our “Beyond Patch” video blog series, let’s examine Shavlik Protect’s ITScripts capabilities.

Protect’s ITScripts allow you to run PowerShell scripts on targeted machines at a scheduled time.

Why is this important?

  • You can automate the performance of mundane maintenance tasks like Check Disk or defrags. Tasks that often get left undone due to time constraints can now be done automatically at a time of your choosing.
  • You can acquire information about the machines in your environment. For example, you can run scripts to report on disk space or when the machine was last rebooted.
  • Shavlik Protect provides a library of scripts you can use OOTB or…
  • You can create your own PowerShell scripts and use Protect to schedule and to deploy them. This means that nearly any operation can be automated.

Check out this video where Shavlik Product Evangelist John Rush walks you through the ITScripts capabilities within Shavlik Protect. For more information, please contact us at sales@shavlik.com.

Beyond Patch: Shavlik Protect Anti-Virus

Having effective patch management and anti-virus practices are two of the most basic building blocks of network security.

However, this often requires separate software solutions that come with separate agents and most importantly, separate costs. With Shavlik Protect’s antivirus, you can bring together what all too often is separate:  patch and A/V.

Shavlik’s anti-virus solution provides:

  • Access to patch and antivirus capabilities as well as reporting from a single console
  • A single-agent for managing patch, anti-virus, and anti-spyware policies
  • The ThreatTrack Security VIPRE engine

Check out this video where Shavlik Product Evangelist John Rush walks you through the anti-virus capabilities within Shavlik Protect. For more information, please contact us at sales@shavlik.com.

Beyond Patch: Shavlik Protect Power Management

We all know and love Shavlik Protect for its patch management capabilities, but Protect’s value doesn’t stop when the calendar flips past Patch Tuesday.

Protect offers a wide array of features that simplify the complexity of IT, save time and money, and keep your network more secure. In this video blog series we will explore the capabilities of Shavlik Protect beyond patch.

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Maximize your time during maintenance windows, find un-managed machines on your network, be green, and even save your company some money…did you know that Shavlik Protect’s Power Management can do all of this and more?

With Shavlik Protect’s Power Management you can…

  • Turn off power-hungry machines when not in use
  • Control power up, sleep, and power down
  • Wake up machines for maintenance windows
  • Perform quick scans to find un-managed machines on your network

Check out this video where Shavlik Product Evangelist John Rush walks you through the Power Management capabilities within Shavlik Protect. For more information, please contact us at sales@shavlik.com.

Different vendor perspectives on security and vulnerabilities. Which is right? You decide.

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We rely on a lot of software in this highly connected world. We have things such as The Internet of Things, BYOD, Shadow IT. All of these trendy phrases mean we have a lot more riding on the software vendors that provide our connected world, but what are their views on security? By taking a look at some recent press you can start to paint a picture on some of the different perspectives that vendors have on security.

First, let’s take a look at Microsoft. Microsoft has a large following around Patch Tuesday and there is a lot of press and awareness about their security updates. They provide strong recommendations that updates should be applied on a regular basis. Microsoft also has a series of advisories they put out regarding issues that exist when no update has yet to be released. This proactive approach, and open disclosure about the risks to their customers, has been applauded by many, but also brings Microsoft under the gun when things go sour. This year, there have been a few patches that were either pulled or postponed due to quality issues.

For example, a recent Secure Channel (Schannel) update resolved a critical issue that experts say would be an enticing target for hackers. The update, however, has some known issues and has caused problems when applied to some systems. Despite these problems, Microsoft urged the update be applied as soon as possible. This article discusses the update and the impact of the known issues. What is the key take-away from this? That Microsoft prefers full disclosure when it comes to security issues.

Apple, on the other hand, has typically had a very closed-mouth take on security. Updates are typically released without much fanfare. When asked directly about security-related issues, they tend to deny an issue, or play it down, until a fix is available. They tend to lean more towards security by obscurity, or play down issues to be less than they are. While saying less, and preventing as many facts from being released as possible, may prevent some hackers from finding leads to where and what they can exploit, it has brought some scrutiny on Apple.

In this article, Apple addresses the ‘Masque Attack’ and plays it down, saying customers are safe. While Apple’s statement about the risk of exploit coming from third party sources may be true, the majority of exploits on any platform have some form of social engineering involved. The user is the weakest link in many exploits that occur. The Team at FireEye definitely stress a lot more concern than Apple regarding this form of exploit.

A third perspective is the vendor who is providing an application that is used by millions and is quite popular. Many other vendors fall into this category as well. The social media apps that are such an addiction for today’s culture often overlook security. The promises made by these vendors are taken at face value, but are they being met?

Snapchat recently had some issues that were in the news. ‘The Snappening’ was an attack dubbed by 4chan users, which ended up with over 100,000 pictures being captured and shared across the web. This included many questionable photos of a lot of minors. Snapchat has been criticized for misleading users about personal information privacy. The way Snapchat is designed has allowed third party developers to enhance the Snapchat experience, but the design also allowed account information and photos to be stolen. Snapchat’s response? Ban any accounts that utilize a third party app.

So what is the hypothetical result? An account is created by a hacker, the hacker gets x amount of hours exploiting the weaknesses in the Snapchat API, gets some amount of data (account\personal info, pictures), then is banned. The hacker then starts the process over again. They create software to replicate the process of creating an account and going through the process over and over. How well do we think this will play out? Kids, nothing ever really goes away. Conduct yourself in all things on the Internet as if you were standing in front of a crowd. You never know where it may end up.

So we have three perspectives on software security. You can argue the benefits and deficits to each (and there are continuing arguments). Which do you feel is right? Which do you feel is effective? Let us know.

 

 

Shavlik in the news- November Patch Tuesday(s)

478641227If you follow patching news, you are well aware that this month was somewhat of an abnormality. As we covered in a previous blog post, this month’s Patch Tuesday was the biggest this year with 16, and only 14 were released on the regular Patch Tuesday. An additional patch was released out-of-band this week and also received quite a bit of attention.

As an authority on Patching, Shavlik is often quoted in the press, and this month was no exception. Our own Chris Goettl was quoted in a variety of outlets, including KrebsOnSecurity, Computerworld, Network World, CIO, CNET, CSO, and internationally at The Register and The Inquirer.

In case you haven’t had a chance to read up on the news yet, here are links to a selection of the articles that include information from Shavlik:

Krebs On Security- Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update

Krebs On Security- Adobe, Microsoft Issue Critical Security Fixes

CSO- Microsoft patches Kerberos vulnerability with emergency update

Network World- Patch Tuesday: 16 security advisories, 5 critical for Windows

The Register- Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

CNET- Microsoft plans big Patch Tuesday this month with 16 bug fixes

Computerworld- Microsoft releases emergency patch to stymie Windows Server attacks

SearchSecurity- Microsoft addresses Kerberos security flaw with critical out-of-band patch

Each month, we review the Microsoft and third-party releases for Patch Tuesday in a webcast, which occurs the day after the announcements are made. Our next webcast is scheduled for Wednesday, December 10 at 11:00am ET/8:00am PT. If you’d like to attend, you can register here. To view our other recent and upcoming webinars, including a recording of this month’s patch Tuesday webcast, you can find that information here.

November Patch Day Round-Up

ShavlikSecurityNovember Patch Tuesday was the biggest this year with 16 announced, but Microsoft only released 14 on Patch Tuesday and today we step up to 15 updates.  As you may recall, two of the updates were not pulled from November, but marked as “Release date to be determined”.  Well today is the day for MS14-068.  Microsoft announced the Critical OS patch this morning.  This update for Kerberos should make its way into your deployment plan if possible.

So if we run down the list of everything that will be touched this month when you patch, here is what will receive updates: All Windows OSs, All versions of IE, MSXML, .NET Framework, IIS (for specific OSs), RDP, Office, Sharepoint, AD Federation Services, and there is still the Exchange patch with a release date TBD.  Aside from Microsoft there is the Adobe Flash update which resolved 18 vulnerabilities and there is an corresponding IE Advisory and Chrome release to update the Flash plugin.

Known issues to look out for:

  • There is an issue with the IE Cumulative and EMET that you will want to watch out for and rising concerns over how bad the Schannel (MS14-066) update really is.

Shavlik Priority 1 Updates (Priority 1 updates should be applied as soon as possible):

  • MS14-064: Vulnerabilities in Windows OLE Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3011443) – This update is rated Critical by Microsoft and resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Windows OLE.  One of the vulnerabilities resolved has been exploited in the wild (CVE-2014-6352) with an exploit known as ‘Sandworm’.  The attack was targeted at NATO PC’s through a specially crafted PowerPoint file.
  • MS14-065: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3003057) – This update is rated Critical by Microsoft and resolves 17 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.  Many of the vulnerabilities resolved are memory related, continuing a trend we have been seeing since June of this year.  So far there is at least one known issue with this update.  If you are running IE11 and EMET on Windows 7 or 8.1, you will also need to update EMET to version 5.1 which released this month as well.
  • MS14-066: Vulnerability in Schannel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2992611) – This update is rated as Critical by Microsoft and resolves one vulnerability.  The issues resolved are being compared to the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability as far as severity of the issue.  Although Microsoft has not received information to indicate this vulnerability has been publicly disclosed, the recommendation is to roll this update out ASAP.  If a worm or mass botnet were developed to exploit this vulnerability the expected could be significant.
  • MS14-067: Vulnerability in XML Core Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2993958) – This update is rated as Critical and resolves one privately reported vulnerability in XML Core Services.  An attacker could create specially crafted web content to exploit this vulnerability allowing the execution of code on the system exposed.
  • MS14-068: Vulnerability in Kerberos Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3011780) - This update has been rated as Critical by Microsoft.  This update was postponed on Patch Tuesday, but was not pulled from the November release.  Well, it released today.  The vulnerability is in Kerberos and affects all Windows Operating Systems currently under support.  It resolves one privately reported vulnerability in Kerberos KDC, which could allow Elevation of Privilege.  The attacker must have a valid domain user account, but with that user account they can forge a Kerberos ticket that will allow them to claim they are a domain administrator.  From there they can do pretty much what they want from creating accounts to installing software and deleting or changing data.  They will have access to your network as a Domain Administrator.  The update should be worked into your deployment plan this month as the vulnerabilities resolved are severe enough to warrant some urgency.
  • APSB14-24: Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player – This update is a Priority 1 update from Adobe resolving 18 vulnerabilities across many types of attack vectors.  You will have OS and browser updates to completely resolve these vulnerabilities.  This is for Flash on the OS.
  • MSAF-032: Update for Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer – This Advisory is not rated by Microsoft, but following the Adobe rating of Priority 1, this update is recommend to push as soon as possible.  This update resolve allows Internet Explorer to run the latest Adobe Flash release resolving the 18 vulnerabilities.
  • CHROME-116: Chrome 38.0.2125.122 – This update is not rated by Google as it resolves no known vulnerabilities in Chrome.  This update does provide support for the Adobe Flash release.  Again the severity here should be based on the Priority 1 that Adobe has set and should be rolled out as soon as possible to ensure all parts of Flash are updated preventing any exposure to these risks.

Shavlik Priority 2 Updates (Priority 2 updates should be tested and rolled out in a reasonable time frame, typically within 10-30 days of release):

  • MS14-069: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3009710) – This update is rated as important and resolves three privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office.  An attacker could create specially crafted content to exploit these vulnerabilities allowing them to execute remote code.
  • MS14-070: Vulnerability in TCP/IP Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2989935) – This update is rated as Important and resolves one privately reported vulnerability in Windows Server 2003 which could allow an attacker to exploit a vulnerability in TCP\IP, which could lead to an Elevation of Privilege attack.
  • MS14-071: Vulnerability in Windows Audio Service Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3005607) – This update is rated as important and resolves one privately reported vulnerability in Windows Audio Service, which could allow Elevation of Privilege.
  • MS14-072: Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3005210) – This update is rated as Important and resolves one privately reported vulnerability in .NET Framework which could allow Elevation of Privilege.
  • MS14-073: Vulnerability in Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3000431)  - This update is rated as Important and resolves one privately reported vulnerability in SharePoint Foundation, which could allow Elevation of Privilege.
  • MS14-074: Vulnerability in Remote Desktop Protocol Could Allow Security Feature Bypass (3003743) –  This update resolves one privately reported vulnerability in Remote Desktop Protocol, which could allow Security Feature Bypass.
  • MS14-075: “Release date to be determined”.  Likely before December Patch Tuesday if MS14-068′s release today is any indication.
  • MS14-076: Vulnerability in Internet Information Services (IIS) Could Allow Security Feature Bypass (2982998) – This update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Internet Information Services, which could allow Security Feature Bypass.
  • MS14-077: Vulnerability in Active Directory Federation Services Could Allow Information Disclosure (3003381) – This update resolves one privately reported vulnerability in Active Directory Federation Services, which could allow Information Disclosure.

Shavlik Priority 3 Updates (Priority 3 updates should be evaluated to determine potential risk to the environment and tested and rolled out in a reasonable time frame if applicable):

  • MS14-078: Vulnerability in IME (Japanese) Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3005210) – This update resolves one privately reported vulnerability in IME Japanese, which could allow for Elevation of Privilege.  The mitigating circumstances reduces the potential risk extensively, but this was discovered in the wild, so it has been publicly disclosed.
  • MS14-079: Vulnerability in Kernel Mode Driver Could Allow Denial of Service (3002885) –  This update resolves one privately reported vulnerability in Kernel Mode Driver, which could allow a Denial of Service attack.  The steps to exploit this vulnerability would require the attacker to put specially crafted TrueType font on a network share and require a user to navigate to it and open to exploit.  Chances are the attacker would find easier ways to exploit an environment so this is less likely to occur.