August 2014 Patch Tuesday Includes Two Critical Updates
Microsoft has rolled out nine security bulletins for their August Patch Tuesday. Two bulletins are rated as Critical, while the rest are rated as Important. Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft .NET Framework are some of the affected applications that these bulletins covered.
One of the most notable bulletins in this month’s cycle is MS14-051, which addresses 26 vulnerabilities found in Internet Explorer. The other Critical bulletin is MS14-043, which resolves problems in Windows Media Center, a component of Microsoft Windows. The vulnerabilities resolved in these bulletins, if exploited, could lead to arbitrary code being run on affected systems. Many of these vulnerabilities are in older versions of Internet Explorer (versions 6-8), which
The bulletins rated as Important covered a wide variety of applications, including Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Windows. It’s also worth noting that from this point forward, users of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 must have installed the April update to these operating systems in order to receive security updates.
Adobe also follows the same second-Tuesday-of-the-month patching cycle as Microsoft; they released released patches for vulnerabilities affecting Adobe Reader/Acrobat and Adobe Flash Player. These vulnerabilities are covered under the following CVEs:
Users are highly recommended to update their Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader and Acrobat to its latest versions. Trend Micro Deep Security and Office Scan with Intrusion Defense Firewall (IDF) plugin protect user systems from threats that may leverage these vulnerabilities discussed in MS14-051 via the following DPI rules:
- 1006175 – Microsoft Internet Explorer Memory Corruption Vulnerability (CVE-2014-2823)
- 1006176 – Microsoft Internet Explorer Memory Corruption Vulnerability (CVE-2014-2824)
- 1006165 – Microsoft Internet Explorer Memory Corruption Vulnerability (CVE-2014-4050)
- 1006177 – Microsoft Internet Explorer Memory Corruption Vulnerability (CVE-2014-4057)
- 1006166 – Microsoft Internet Explorer Memory Corruption Vulnerability (CVE-2014-4063)
We encourage users to immediately apply these patches on their systems. For more information on these security bulletins, visit our Threat Encyclopedia page.