Apple Patches Everything

Published: 2015-12-08
Last Updated: 2015-12-08 19:15:30 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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And to not be outdone by Microsoft and Adobe, Apple just released patches for:

iOS 9.2

    A total of 50 vulnerabilities (CVE IDs) are addressed. About 10 of them affect WebKit and may lead to arbitrary code execution by visiting a malicious website. There are a large number of additional remote code execution vulnerabilities in various iOS components that are patched.

watchOS 2.1

   A lot of overlap with patches released for iOS, but no WebKit issues as watchOS does not include a browser.

XCode 7.2

   Updates to git, otools and IDE SCM. The git update fixes a number of vulnerablities that have been known (and fixed) in the open source software for a while.

  OS X 10.11.2 (and Security Update 2015-008 for Mavericks and Yosemite)

  updates to various open sources packages (libressl, OpenSSH, libxml2 and others). Also improvements to some hardware drivers (e.g. thunderbolt)

Safari 9.0.2

   fixes webkit issues for Yosemite, Mavericks and Ell Capitan


   This affects the just released 4th generation Apple TV and addresses similar vulnerabilities as the new version of iOS.

Details can be found as usual here:

Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.

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Adobe Flash Update

Published: 2015-12-08
Last Updated: 2015-12-08 18:53:49 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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As usual, Adobe is joining Microsoft on Patch Tuesday. So far there is only one bulletin, APSB15-32 with a patch for Adobe Flash Player. It fixes a total of 77 vulnerabilities (if I counted right...) . 



Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.

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December 2015 Microsoft Patch Tuesday

Published: 2015-12-08
Last Updated: 2015-12-08 18:07:10 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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Special Note: MS15-127 looks particularly "nasty". A remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft's DNS server. Microsoft rates the exploitability as "2", but doesn't provide much details as to the nature of the vulnerability other than the fact that it can be triggered by remote DNS requests, which is bad news in particular if you are using a Microsoft DNS server exposed to the public internet. In this case, I would certainly expedite this patch. This is the vulnerability to look out for this time around.

Overview of the December 2015 Microsoft patches and their status.

# Affected Contra Indications - KB Known Exploits Microsoft rating(**) ISC rating(*)
clients servers
MS15-124 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (Replaces MS15-124 )
Internet Explorer
KB 3116180 no. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 1-4
Critical Critical
MS15-125 Cumulative Security Update for Microsoft Edge (Replaces MS15-112 )
Microsoft Edge
CVE-2015-6140, CVE-2015-6142, CVE-2015-6148, CVE-2015-6151, CVE-2015-6153, CVE-2015-6154, CVE-2015-6155, CVE-2015-6158, CVE-2015-6159, CVE-2015-6161, CVE-2015-6168, CVE-2015-6169, CVE-2015-6170, CVE-2015-6176
KB 3116184 no. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 1-4
Critical Critical
MS15-126 Cumulative Security Update for JScript and VBScript (Replaces MS15-066 )
JScript/VBScript (IE8,Vista and 2008 only)
KB 3116178 no. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 2,1
Critical Critical
MS15-127 Remote Code Execution in Microsoft Windows DNS (Replaces MS12-017 )
Microsoft DNS Server
KB 3100465 no. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 2
N/A Critical
MS15-128 Remote Code Execution Vulnerability in Microsoft Graphics Component (Replaces MS15-115 )
various components (.Net, Lync, Silverlight, Skype..)
KB 3104503 no. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 1,1,1
Critical Critical
MS15-129 Remote Code Execution in Microsoft Silverlight (Replaces MS15-080 )
KB 3106614 no. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 2,2,1
Critical Important
MS15-130 Remote Code Execution in Microsoft Uniscribe (Replaces MS14-036 )
KB 3108670 no. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 3
Critical Important
MS15-131 Remote Code Execution Vulnerability in Microsoft Office (Replaces MS15-116 )
KB 3116111 no. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 1,1,1,1,1,1
Critical Important
MS15-132 Remote Code Execution in Microsoft Windows (Replaces MS15-122 MS15-115 )
KB 3116162 no. Severity:Important
Exploitability: 2,2,2
Critical Important
MS15-133 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability in Windows PGM
Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ)
KB 3116130 no. Severity:Important
Exploitability: 2
Important Important
MS15-134 Remote Code Execution in Windows Media Center (Replaces MS15-100 )
Windows Media Center
KB 3108669 no. Severity:Important
Exploitability: 2,2
Critical Important
MS15-135 Privilege Elevation Vulnerability in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers (Replaces MS15-122 MS15-115 )
Kernel-Mode Drivers (Library Loading)
KB 3119075 yes (CVE-2015-6175). Severity:Important
Exploitability: 1,1,1,4
Important Important
We will update issues on this page for about a week or so as they evolve.
We appreciate updates
US based customers can call Microsoft for free patch related support on 1-866-PCSAFETY
(*): ISC rating
  • We use 4 levels:
    • PATCH NOW: Typically used where we see immediate danger of exploitation. Typical environments will want to deploy these patches ASAP. Workarounds a\ re typically not accepted by users or are not possible. This rating is often used when typical deployments make it vulnerable and exploits are being used or easy to obtain or make.
    • Critical: Anything that needs little to become "interesting" for the dark side. Best approach is to test and deploy ASAP. Workarounds can give more tim\ e to test.
    • Important: Things where more testing and other measures can help.
    • Less Urt practices for servers such as not using outlook, MSIE, word etc. to do traditional office or leisure work.
    • The rating is not a risk analysis as such. It is a rating of importance of the vulnerability and the perceived or even predicted threatatches.

Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.

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Patch Tuesday Warmup: Internet Explorer Sunset and Windows XP Embedded End of Support

Published: 2015-12-08
Last Updated: 2015-12-08 13:21:34 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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As we are waiting for the Microsoft Santa to slide down our Data Center air conditioning duct later today to deliver a delicious package of patches (did you leave some floppy disks and a can of red bull out for him?), we got a couple other announcements from Microsoft that should not be overlooked:

- January will be the last month Microsoft will provide updates for any Internet Explorer version other than Internet Explorer 11! Even Internet Explorer 10 will no longer be supported after January patch Tuesday (January 12th, 2016).

- Support will also end for Windows XP Embedded. This will also make it more difficult for other Windows XP left-overs that tricked their version to use the Embedded updates. But nobody should be running XP anyway (right?).

- Still running Windows 7 or 8.1 (sure way to stay on MSFT Santa's "naughty" list)? Rumor has it that with today's patch Tuesday, Microsoft may re-enable the auto-upgrade to Windows 10. You may flip the switch back to not update, but it will set itself to "on" once a day.



Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.

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