Patch Analysis for January 2017

Welcome to this January Patch Monday Bulletin. This month brings patches for Acrobat, Reader, Thunderbird and Java. While there are only 4 patches listed in this bulletin there are quite a bit of vulnerabilities that will be fixed. As usual, work on Adobe Flash and Acrobat/Reader first this month. There were no known attacks for vulnerabilities that are being remediated this month but these first two patches are common targets. January is the first Oracle quarterly Critical Patch Update for 2017 and hopefully you are ready for it. There were 17 CVE’s for Java that are remediated with this patch release. Finally, Thunderbird released a patch in late December after the last patch bulletin. Start looking into how patching can be streamlined with the regularly scheduled patches from Adobe and Java. Monthly or quarterly patch cycles can be developed to quickly test and deploy these patches throughout the environment with the goal of reducing the attack surface as much as possible.

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So, without further ado, here’s the chart of non-MS patches that affect Windows platforms in the past month.

Patch data provided by:



Product Version Affected

Date Released by Vendor

Vulnerability Info

Severity / Our Recommendation


Adobe Acrobat extension for Chrome


Cross-Site Scripting

Important Priority 2: Update within 30 days

Multiple CVE’s

Adobe Acrobat/Reader

Acrobat/Reader DC Continuous 15.020.20042 and earlier

Acrobat/Reader DC Classic

15.006.30244 and earlier

Acrobat XI Desktop

11.0.18 and earlier versions


Arbitrary Code Execution

Critical Priority 2:Update within 30 days

Multiple CVE’s

Adobe Flash Player and earlier


Arbitrary Code Execution

Critical Priority 1: Update within 72 hours

Multiple CVE’s

Mozilla Thunderbird

Before 45.6


Denial of Service, Security Bypass, Information Disclosure

Update after testing

Multiple CVE’s

Oracle Java

Before 6u131, 7u121, 8u112


May be remotely exploitable

Update as soon as possible.

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