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  • April 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast and Q&A

    Today we published the April 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . We answered 13 questions in total, with the majority focusing on the update for Internet Explorer ( MS14-018 ) and the Windows 8.1 Update ( KB2919355 ). Two questions that were not answered on air have been included on the Q&A page. Here is the video replay. For those of you following the ongoing investigation around the industry-wide issue known as “Heartbleed,” please refer to this...
  • The April 2014 Security Updates

    T. S. Elliot once said, “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” So as we put one season to bed, let’s start another by looking at the April security updates . Today, we release four bulletins to address 11 CVEs in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. The update for Microsoft Word addresses the issues described in Microsoft Security Advisory 2953095 . For those who prioritize,...
  • Advance Notification Service for the April 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    Today we provide advance notification for the release of four bulletins, two rated Critical and two rated Important in severity. These updates address issues in Microsoft Windows, Office and Internet Explorer. The update provided through MS14-017 fully addresses the Microsoft Word issue first described in Security Advisory 2953095 . This advisory also included a Fix it to disable opening rich-text format (RTF) files within Microsoft Word. Once the security update is applied, you should disable...
  • The Next Leap Forward in Cyber Defense: Taking Action to Help Defeat Adversaries

    It is often said that attackers have an advantage, because the defenders have to protect every part of their systems all the time, while the attacker only has to find one way in. This argument oversimplifies the security landscape and the real strength that defenders can achieve if they work together. While it’s true that it is difficult to defend against an adversary that targets a single victim, this isn’t the way most malicious actors work. It is easier and cheaper for malicious...
  • Microsoft Releases Security Advisory 2953095

    Today we released Security Advisory 2953095 to notify customers of a vulnerability in Microsoft Word. At this time, we are aware of limited, targeted attacks directed at Microsoft Word 2010. An attacker could cause remote code execution if someone was convinced to open a specially crafted Rich Text Format (RTF) file or a specially crafted mail in Microsoft Outlook while using Microsoft Word as the email viewer. As part of the security advisory, we have included an easy, one-click Fix it to address...
  • March 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast and Q&A

    Today we published the March 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . We answered eight questions in total, with the majority focusing on the updates for Windows ( MS14-016 ) and Internet Explorer ( MS14-012 ). One question that was not answered on air has been included on the Q&A page. Here is the video replay. We invite you to join us for the next scheduled webcast on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 11 a.m. PDT (UTC -7), when we will go into detail about the April...
  • The March 2014 Security Updates

    This month we release five bulletins to address 23 unique CVEs in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Silverlight. If you need to prioritize, the update for Internet Explorer addresses the issue first described in Security Advisory 2934088 , so it should be at the top of your list. While that update does warrant your attention, I want to also call out another impactful update. MS14-014 provides an update to address a security feature bypass in Silverlight. The issue wasn’t publicly...
  • Advance Notification Service for the March 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    Today we provide advance notification for the release of five bulletins for March 2014, two rated Critical and thee rated Important in severity. These updates address issues in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Silverlight. The update provided in MS14-012 fully addresses the issue first described in Security Advisory 2934088 . While we have seen a limited number of attacks using this issue, they have only targeted Internet Explorer 10. Customers using other versions of Internet Explorer...
  • Announcing the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 5.0 Technical Preview

    I’m here at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, attending the annual RSA Conference USA 2014 . There’s a great crowd here and many valuable discussions. Our Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) engineering teams have been working hard on the next version of EMET, which helps customers increase the effort attackers must make to compromise a computer system. I’m happy to announce the public release of the EMET 5.0 Technical Preview today from the RSA exhibit hall...
  • Microsoft Releases Security Advisory 2934088

    Today, we released Security Advisory 2934088 regarding an issue that impacts Internet Explorer 9 and 10. Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 and 11 are not affected. At this time, we are only aware of limited, targeted attacks against Internet Explorer 10. This issue allows remote code execution if users browse to a malicious website with an affected browser. This would typically occur by an attacker convincing someone to click a link in an email or instant message. As part of the security advisory, we...