October 31, 2014

Microsoft updates its XML Core Services as part of Critical patch release

microsoft logo(LiveHacking.Com) –  Microsoft has released seven bulletins, two ranked Critical and five ranked Important, to address 12 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Office, Developer Tools and Windows Server. Among the Critical patches is an update (MS13-002) to Microsoft’s XML Core Services that resolves two flaws that could allow remote code execution when a user opened a specially crafted website designed to exploit the vulnerability. The issue was privately disclosed and Microsoft is not aware of any attacks in the wild.

The other Critical-class bulletin (MS13-001) addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows which could allow remote code execution if a print server received a specially crafted print job. The standard default Windows firewall configuration means that this can’t normally be exploited from an external source. The bug only affects Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

The first Important-class patch addresses vulnerabilities in System Center Operations Manager.  The vulnerabilities could allow elevation of privilege if a user visits an affected website by way of a specially crafted URL. Microsoft also fixed two other “elevation of privilege” vulnerabilities. The first in its .NET framework and the other in the Windows Kernel-Mode Driver. To exploit the kernel vulnerability a user would need to run an executable specifically designed to exploit the bug.

Microsoft also fixed a vulnerability in the way that Windows handle the SSL version 3 (SSLv3) and TLS protocols. The vulnerability could allow security feature bypass if an attacker injects specially crafted content into an SSL/TLS session. The flaw exists in all versions of Windows after XP: Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows RT.

The final patch fixes a problem in the Open Data Protocol. The vulnerability could allow denial of service if an unauthenticated attacker sends specially crafted HTTP requests to an affected site.