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Media RoundUp | Patch Tuesday June 2012

Posted June 14, 2012    Sarah Lieber

The June 2012 installment of Patch Tuesday was easily one of the most active of the year so far, in terms industry commentary and predictions, driven by the more than two-dozen security vulnerabilities across several of Microsoft’s products. As I’m sure many of you are still catching up on the news, for your convenience I’ve included some of the more insightful coverage from this month’s Patch Tuesday below.

I also encourage you to join us on a monthly basis for our Vulnerability Expert Forum (VEF) where we discuss in detail, that month’s Patch Tuesday and cover other relevant news and events surrounding the security landscape.

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PC Magazine | Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Updates IE, RDP, Certificate Tool
By: Fahmida Y. Rashid

“While any RDP vulnerability rated as “exploit code likely” by Microsoft should be taken very seriously, there is still more of a chance that the average IT environment will continue to be hit by drive-by client application style exploits,” said Marc Maiffret, CTO at BeyondTrust.

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ComputerWorld | Microsoft scrambles as it patches 26 bugs, warns users of active attacks
By: Gregg Keizer

Another expert, Marc Maiffret, chief technology officer at BeyondTrust, chided Microsoft for the constant patching of the same bug.

“Here we are seven months after the original Duqu fix for TrueType font parsing and this same code reuse bug has reared its ugly head [again],” said Maiffret in an email.

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ZDNet | Patch Tuesday: Microsoft raises alert for dangerous IE, Windows flaws

By: Ryan Naraine

According to Marc Maiffret, CTO at BeyondTrust, the Internet Explorer and RDP issues present the “more immediate

“Given the value of Remote Code Execution on RDP there will surely be a lot of folks trying to weaponize that vulnerability. Only time will tell if people are successful with this RDP flaw where they were not with the one in March,” Maiffret added.

Windows users and administrators will also want to treat the MS12-038 bulletin with the highest possible priority.

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eWeek | Microsoft Patch Tuesday Release Fixes Flaws in Internet Explorer, Windows

By: Brian Prince

The MS12-037 bulletin, which contains 13 security fixes for Internet Explorer, is being regarded by Microsoft and some security researchers as one of the most important to deploy immediately. One of the vulnerabilities it fixes, CVE-2012-1875, is already being used in limited attacks in the wild. The bulletin also fixes CVE-2012-1876, which was used by VUPEN Security during the PWN2OWN contest held early this year at CanSecWest.

“This is probably one of the most severe bulletins because exploit code is likely to be created for one or more of these vulnerabilities, which leads to the potential for drive-by malware attacks across all versions of Internet Explorer,” said Marc Maiffret, CTO at BeyondTrust. “This, in our opinion, is one of the more important sets of patches to roll out as soon as possible.”

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BeyondTrust to be acquired by Veritas Capital

Posted September 2, 2014    Mike Yaffe

We’re pleased to announce that Veritas Capital plans to acquire BeyondTrust. This is positive news for everyone associated with BeyondTrust, as it will spur significant investments in our Privileged Account Management and Vulnerability Management solutions. Rest assured that the BeyondTrust management team will remain intact, and there will be no changes to the company name,…

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Failing the Security Basics: Backoff Point-of-Sale Malware

Posted August 22, 2014    Marc Maiffret

At the beginning of this month, US-CERT issued a security alert relating to a string of breaches that had been targeting Point of Sale (POS) systems. The alert details that attackers were leveraging brute forcing tools to target common remote desktop applications such as Microsoft’s Remote Desktop, Apple Remote Desktop, Splashtop and LogMeIn among others….

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Troubleshooting Windows Privilege Management Rules with Policy Monitor

Posted August 21, 2014    Jason Silva

When defining and testing PowerBroker for Windows rules for production or pilots, customers sometimes tell us, “I don’t think this policy / program is working.” This is usually a case of the policy not properly triggering because of the way the rule was created. A unique feature of PowerBroker for Windows compared to other solutions is a client-side…

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