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Rapid7 Blog

Greg Wiseman  

Technical Product Manager for Security Content – I help ensure that Rapid7's customers receive timely, accurate, and relevant security content.

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Patch Tuesday - April 2018

Over 70 vulnerabilities have been fixed this month, including 6 in Adobe Flash (APSB18-08). At a high level, there's nothing too out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, that means the majority of the patched vulnerabilities are once again of the worst variety: Remote Code Execution (RCE)…

Patch Tuesday - March 2018

There are a lot of fixes this month: Microsoft's updates include patches for 76 separate vulnerabilities, including two critical Adobe Flash Player remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities. In fact all of this month's critical vulnerabilities are browser-related. This is not surprising considering web browsers are…

Patch Tuesday - February 2018

It's a run-of-the-mill month as far as Patch Tuesdays go. Even so, 50 individual CVEs have been fixed by Microsoft, most of which (34) are rated "Important". As usual, most of the 14 considered "Critical" are web browser vulnerabilities that could…

Patch Tuesday - January 2018

The first Microsoft patches of 2018 came early, with new updates released late Wednesday, January 3rd. Although this was due to the (somewhat) coordinated disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, last week’s updates also contained fixes for 33 additional CVEs. These days, Microsoft…

HaXmas Review: A Year of Patch Tuesdays

Today’s installment of the 12 Days of HaXmas is about 2017’s 12 months of Patch Tuesdays. Never mind that there were only eleven months this year, thanks to Microsoft canceling most of February’s planned fixes. This coincided with when they’d planned…

Patch Tuesday - December 2017

No big surprises from Microsoft this month, with 70% of the 34 vulnerabilities addressed being web browser defects. Most of these are Critical Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerabilities, so administrators should prioritize patching client workstations. It doesn't take sophisticated social engineering tactics to convince most…

Patch Tuesday - November 2017

Web browser issues account for two thirds of this month's patched vulnerabilities, with 24 CVEs for Edge and 12 for Internet Explorer being fixed. Many of these are classified as Critical (allowing code execution without user interaction). This is no surprise, as browser bugs are…

Patch Tuesday - September 2017

It's a big month, with Microsoft patching 85 separate vulnerabilities including the two Adobe Flash Player Remote Code Execution (RCE) fixes bundled with the Edge and Internet Explorer 11 updates. Continuing recent trends, the bulk of Critical RCE vulnerabilities are client-side, primarily in Edge, IE,…

Patch Tuesday - July 2017

Most of the critical vulnerabilities patched this month concern client-side systems, with 14 separate Remote Code Execution (RCE) issues being addressed for the Microsoft Edge browser and five for Internet Explorer. One of the three Adobe Flash Player vulnerabilities being patched is also a critical…

Patch Tuesday - June 2017

This month sees another spate of critical fixes from Microsoft, including patches for a number of Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerabilities. Two of these are already known to be exploited in the wild (CVE-2017-8543 and CVE-2017-8464). Today's patches are so crucial that Microsoft has once…

Patch Tuesday - May 2017

It's a relatively light month as far as Patch Tuesdays go, with Microsoft issuing fixes for a total of seven vulnerabilities as part of their standard update program. However, an eighth, highly critical vulnerability (CVE-2017-0290) that had some of the security community buzzing over the…

Patch Tuesday - April 2017

This month's updates deliver vital client-side fixes, resolving publicly disclosed remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office that attackers are already exploiting in the wild. In particular, they've patched the CVE-2017-0199 zero-day flaw in Office and WordPad, which could allow an…

Patch Tuesday - March 2017

Due in part to the delay of February's fixes, today's Patch Tuesday is a big one, comprising 18 bulletins split evenly between "Critical" and "Important" ratings. It's also significant as three of the bulletins (MS17-006, MS17-012, and MS17-013) contain fixes for…

February 2017 Patch Tuesday: Delayed

Earlier today Microsoft announced that they will be delaying this month's security updates due to finding a last-minute issue that could "impact some customers." This may be due to a glitch in their new process that they were not able to iron out in time…