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IE 0day Fixed in Out-of-Band Patch

Posted September 21, 2012    The eEye Research Team

Microsoft has released a patch to fix the IE 0day, CVE-2012-4969, along with four other privately reported CVEs that lead to remote code execution (CVE-2012-1529, CVE-2012-2546, CVE-2012-2548, and CVE-2012-2557). One interesting thing to note is that CVE-2012-2546 and CVE-2012-2548 only affect the most recent version of Internet Explorer, IE 9. The now-patched 0day, CVE-2012-4969, affects all supported versions from 6 through 9. Since CVE-2012-4969 affects all versions, and is actively being exploited in the wild, it is imperative that administrators roll out this patch immediately. If the patch rollout must be delayed, then mitigate these vulnerabilities by disabling ActiveX controls and Active Scripting in both the Internet and Local intranet security zones. Additionally, use Blink Endpoint Protection or EMET to protect against exploits that leverage these vulnerabilities.

You can detect vulnerable systems using Retina and Retina CS, via the following audit:
17119 – Microsoft Internet Explorer Cumulative Security Update (2744842)

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2014: The Year of Privilege Vulnerabilities

Posted December 18, 2014    Chris Burd

Of the 30 critical-rated Microsoft Security Bulletins this year, 24 involved vulnerabilities where the age-old best practice of “least privilege” could limit the impact of malware and raise the bar of difficulty for attackers.

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Looking back on information security in 2014

Posted December 16, 2014    Dave Shackleford

Dave Shackleford is a SANS Instructor and founder of Voodoo Security. Join Dave for a closer look at the year in security, and learn what you can do to prepare for 2015, with this upcoming webinar. 2014 has been one heck of an insane year for information security professionals. To start with, we’ve been forced…

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December 2014 Patch Tuesday

Posted December 9, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This month marks the final Patch Tuesday of 2014. Most of what is being patched this month includes Internet Explorer, Exchange, Office, etc… and continues a trend of the greatest hits collection of commonly attacked Microsoft software. Probably the one thing that broke the mold this month is that for once there is not some…

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