Patch Tuesday Analysis for November 2010

Everyone responsible for workstation security should pay close attention to MS10-088 an MS10-087. These vulnerabilities allow arbitrary code to be executed through email – in the case of the Word vulnerability (MS10-087) – just reading an email could trigger the code. Moreover, exploit details have already been published so actual attacks can’t be far away. I would say this patch is a candidate for abbreviated testing. Also check with your AV vendor to confirm they can cover you until the patch rolled out. For that matter Microsoft rates all three vulnerabilities as likely for the development of consistent exploit code.

Unless you are running UAG (Unified Access Gateway), which a new and cool way to provide remote users with transparent access to everything on your network without a VPN, you don’t need to worry about MS10-89. Or do you? There is some confusion about Intelligent Application Gateway (previous version and name of UAG) and whether it is affected. Obviously if you are using either, carefully analyze this bulletin.
 
Finally, I would like you to note that 2 of this month’s 3 vulnerabilities are multi-platform, affecting Office on both Windows and the Mac. That’s par for the course in today’s multi-platform, multi-vendor “patchscape”. Security patching used to be basically just Windows and Microsoft but now its Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac and not just Microsoft but Adobe, Sun, Apple and more. I discuss how to deal with the new challenges and risks this presents in my blog post: Keeping up with the changing landscape of patch management.
 
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