Critical Patches Issued for Microsoft Products, April 11, 2017 - PATCH: NOW - RISK: HIGH

ITS Advisory Number: 
2017-037
Date(s) Issued: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Subject: 
Critical Patches Issued for Microsoft Products, April 11, 2017 - PATCH: NOW - RISK: HIGH
Overview: 

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Microsoft products, the most severe of which could allow for remote code execution. Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.

There are reports of a remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2017-0199) being exploited in the wild. CVE-2017-0199 is a remote code execution vulnerability that exists in the way that Microsoft Office and WordPad parse specially crafted files. Exploitation of this vulnerability requires that a user open or preview a specially crafted file with an affected version of Microsoft Office or WordPad. For more information into how this vulnerability functions please review the FireEye link in the References section of this advisory.

FireEye, the vulnerability's disclosing partner, has stated that the vulnerability should be patched in the latest updates provided by Microsoft on 4/11/2017.

 

Systems Affected: 
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, 10, 11

  • Microsoft Edge

  • Microsoft Windows: Vista, 7, 8.1, RT 8.1, 10

  • Microsoft Windows Server: 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016

  • Microsoft Windows Server Core Installations: 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016

  • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016

  • Visual Studio for Mac

  • Microsoft .NET Framework

  • Microsoft Silverlight 5 for Windows, Microsoft Silverlight 5 Developer Runtime for Windows

RISK
GOVERNMENT
Large and medium government entities: 
High
Small government entities: 
Medium
BUSINESS
Large and medium business entities: 
High
Small business entities: 
Medium
Home Users: 
Medium
Description: 

Microsoft Products are prone to multiple vulnerabilities, the most severe of which could allow for remote code execution.

A full list of all vulnerabilities can be found at the link below.

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance

Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.

Actions: 
  • After appropriate testing, immediately apply patches or proper mitigations provided by Microsoft to vulnerable systems.
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to visit websites or follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
  • Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments especially from un-trusted sources.
  • Apply the Principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services.