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16 Bulletins Represent Essential Patch Update From Microsoft

Symantec : 16 June, 2011  (Technical Article)
Symantec comments on the latest patch release from Microsoft which addresses 34 vulnerabilities including problems associated with Internet Explorer
Microsoft has issued 16 security bulletins which address 34 vulnerabilities. Out of these vulnerabilities, 15 are rated critical by Microsoft.

 

“The slew of Internet Explorer vulnerabilities presents a significant attack surface for cybercriminals to poke at,” said Joshua Talbot, security intelligence manager, Symantec Security Response. “None of these are being exploited in the wild yet, but you can bet they will be in the near future. Given that at least one of the recent high profile data breaches exploited a similar previously patched vulnerability, these should be a high priority.”

 

“Some IT administers might also be feeling safe because they recently updated their systems to the new Internet Explorer 9,” Talbot added. “But with several critical vulnerabilities being patched in this the newest version of the browser, they should avoid being lulled away into a false sense of security.”

 

“The only vulnerability already being exploited is the Ancillary Function Driver issue,” Talbot concluded. “This is a privilege escalation issue, which means it can be used in conjunction with another exploit to increase an attacker’s access to a targeted system. For example, the Internet Explorer vulnerabilities patched today only give an attacker user-level privileges. Combined with this vulnerability, however, they could gain complete system access.”

 

Symantec strongly encourages users to patch their systems against all vulnerabilities addressed this month.
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