Critical Patches Issued for Microsoft Products, July 11, 2017

ITS Advisory Number: 
2017-065
Date(s) Issued: 
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Subject: 
Critical Patches Issued for Microsoft Products, July 11, 2017
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. 

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

  • Microsoft Edge

  • Microsoft .NET Framework

  • Microsoft Windows: 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 Web Apps 2010

  • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016

  • Microsoft SharePoint Enterprise Server 2013, 2016

RISK
GOVERNMENT
Large and medium government entities: 
High
Small government entities: 
High
BUSINESS
Large and medium business entities: 
High
Small business entities: 
Medium
Home Users: 
Low
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 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 untrusted sources.

  • Apply the Principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services.