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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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How To Implement The Australian Signals Directorate’s Top 4 Strategies

Posted October 20, 2014    Morey Haber

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), also known as the Defence Signals Directorate, has developed a list of strategies to mitigate targeted cyber intrusions. The recommended strategies were developed through ASD’s extensive experience in operational cyber security, including responding to serious security intrusions and performing vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for Australian government agencies. These recommendations…

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Exploiting MS14-059 because sometimes XSS is fun, sometimes…

Posted October 17, 2014    BeyondTrust Research Team

This October, Microsoft has provided a security update for System.Web.Mvc.dll which addresses a ‘Security Feature Bypass’. The vulnerability itself is in ASP.NET MVC technology and given its wide adoption we thought we would take a closer look. Referring to the bulletin we can glean a few useful pieces of information: “A cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability exists…

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Four Best Practices for Passing Privileged Account Audits

Posted October 16, 2014    Chris Burd

Like most IT organizations, your team may periodically face the “dreaded” task of being audited. Your process for delegating privileged access to desktops, servers, and infrastructure devices is a massive target for the auditor’s microscope. An audit’s findings can have significant implications on technology and business strategy, so it’s critical to make sure you’re prepared…

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