Microsoft releases emergency patches for serious RDS flaw

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Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Cryptography, Windows Datacenter Networking, Windows Server, Windows Virtualization, Windows Kernel, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

Microsoft said the vulnerability is "wormable" which means that no user interaction is needed for a PC to exploited.

"While we have observed no exploitation of this vulnerability, it is highly likely that malicious actors will write an exploit for this vulnerability and incorporate it into their malware", wrote Simon Pope, director of incident response for the Microsoft Security Response Center. THe affected operating system builds include: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP.

Those running Microsoft XP or Server 2003 at an enterprise level can obtain a security patch here.

Microsoft has warned of a serious security vulnerability in its older, theoretically-unsupported Windows operating systems, releasing patches which need to be applied manually for those systems no longer receiving automated updates. "It is for these reasons that we strongly advise that all affected systems - irrespective of whether NLA is enabled or not - should be updated as soon as possible".

You'd be forgiven for thinking that that would be the very last time Microsoft patched XP, but no.

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Among the patches is a fix for a zero-day vulnerability in the Windows Error Reporting Service.

Microsoft also issued mitigation guidance for the latest hardware design flaws affecting Intel processors that allow so-called Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) attacks.

This is a flaw in Remote Desktop Services (RDS) which could allow an attacker to remotely execute arbitrary code on a target system after connecting using RDP.

The researchers from the universities in Australia, the United States, Belgium, Austria and CSIRO's Data 61 unit noted that newer Coffee Lake Refresh i9 processors are ironically enough more vulnerable to Fallout compared to older parts, due to Intel's countermeasures against the earlier Meltdown speculative execution information leak flaw.

CVE-2019-0725, a Windows DHCP Server RCE vulnerability that can be exploited by a remote unauthenticated attacker by sending a specially crafted packet to an affected DHCP server (meaning: it's also "wormable"). "This vulnerability will make that process even easier".

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