Microsoft's July Patch Tuesday to feature 2 critical fixes

Microsoft has notified users of upcoming security fixes, including two critical-rated vulnerabilities

Patch Tuesday

Microsoft will be rolling out two critical fixes during its monthly Patch Tuesday round of security updates.

There are six notifications in all, with two ranked critical, three important and one listed as only moderate.

The average since 2013 has been around nine per month, so the six announced for next week represent a lower bulletin count than usual.

Of the two labelled critical, one is related to Internet Explorer, and is more than likely to be a patch that collects a number of updates needed to the browser. This marks the sixth Patch Tuesday in a row that's featured updates for the browser.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of Qualys, highlighted the importance of the IE update in a blog post. "This patch should be top of your list, since most attacks involve your web browser in some way.

"Take a look at the most recent numbers in Microsoft SIR report v16, which illustrate clearly that web- based attacks, which include Java and Adobe Flash are the most common," he added.

The second critical bulletin resolves remote code execution issues with all versions of Windows currently available, including Windows RT and RT 8.1.

Arriving third, fourth and fifth, the "important" bulletins address issues around privilege elevation. All the vulnerabilities addressed by these bulletins are local, meaning they cannot be executed through  a network connection.

That doesn't mitigate the danger, claims Kandek, as an attacker who gains access to a computer through stolen credentials can still control the user's computer with them.

Bulletin six, ranked the lowest in importance with a "moderate" rating, fixes denial-of-service vulnerabilities in Microsoft's server software.

Advertisement - Article continues below

"All of the vulnerabilities in this month's release were discovered by Microsoft or privately disclosed by security researchers," said Karl Sigler, threat intelligence manager at Trustwave. "The good news is that none of these vulnerabilities have been exploited in the wild yet."

Full details of each bulletin will be released when the patches go live next Tuesday

Featured Resources

How inkjet can transform your business

Get more out of your business by investing in the right printing technology

Download now

Journey to a modern workplace with Office 365: which tools and when?

A guide to how Office 365 builds a modern workplace

Download now

Modernise and transform your sales organisation

Learn how a modernised sales process can drive your business

Download now

Your guide to managing cloud transformation risk

Realise the benefits. Mitigate the risks

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/cloud/cloud-computing/354478/microsoft-has-an-edge-on-aws-according-to-it-executives
cloud computing

Microsoft has an edge on AWS, according to IT executives

8 Jan 2020
Visit/hardware/354336/the-it-pro-products-of-the-year-2019-all-the-years-best-hardware
Hardware

The IT Pro Products of the Year 2019: All the year’s best hardware

24 Dec 2019
Visit/security/internet-security/354417/avast-and-avg-extensions-pulled-from-chrome
internet security

Avast and AVG extensions pulled from Chrome

19 Dec 2019
Visit/laptops/34636/microsoft-surface-laptop-3-hands-on-review-powerfully-tempting
Laptops

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13in review: Almost the perfect laptop

6 Dec 2019

Most Popular

Visit/cloud/cloud-computing/354767/google-cloud-snaps-up-multi-cloud-analytics-platform-for-26bn
cloud computing

Google Cloud snaps up multi-cloud analytics platform for $2.6bn

13 Feb 2020
Visit/mobile/28299/how-to-use-chromecast-without-wi-fi
Mobile

How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

5 Feb 2020
Visit/operating-systems/27717/how-to-fix-a-stuck-windows-10-update
operating systems

How to fix a stuck Windows 10 update

12 Feb 2020
Visit/security/cyber-attacks/354747/apple-mac-malware-detections-overtake-windows-for-the-first-time
cyber attacks

Apple Mac malware detections overtake Windows for the first time

11 Feb 2020