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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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Adobe Patches Zero-Day Flaw Being Exploited in the Wild

Posted January 22, 2015    BeyondTrust Research Team

Earlier this week, French malware researcher Kafeine reported on a new Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild using the latest versions of the Angler Exploit Toolkit. “Any version of Internet Explorer or Firefox with any version of Windows will get owned if Flash up to 16.0.0.287 (included) is installed and enabled”…

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Your Data Security Strategy Starts with Deploying a Least Privilege Model (part 2 of 2)

Posted January 22, 2015    Scott Lang

In last week’s blog, we talked about how controls and accountability must be put into place so that only the right folks can access data and the systems on which that data resides, and that employing a least privilege model helps to achieve that and more. We’re using conclusions and data from a recent report…

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Basic Blocking and Tackling for Defending Against Advanced Targeted Attacks

Posted January 22, 2015    Larry Brock

With football season at its pinnacle at both the college and professional levels, the best teams continually focus on the fundamentals that make them successful. In security, we need to do the same.  It is okay for us to have a few key plays, especially in certain industries where we have to focus on unique…

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