Microsoft October 2014 Patch Tuesday

Published: 2014-10-14
Last Updated: 2014-10-14 20:08:43 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
3 comment(s)

Microsoft only published 8 instead of the promised 9 bulletins. Also, of particular interest is MS14-060 which was pre-announced by iSight Partners. iSight has seen this vulnerability exploited in some "APT" style attacks against NATO/US military interests and attributes these attacks to Russia. Attacks like this have happened with many Office vulnerabilities in the past, but it is unusual for a company to announce the respective attacks and CVE numbers ahead of Microsoft's bulletin release. Note that we got a total of 3 already exploited vulnerabilities in this month's release. Don't believe patching fast will protect you. You are probably a few weeks if not months behind at the time the patch is released.

Overview of the October 2014 Microsoft patches and their status.

# Affected Contra Indications - KB Known Exploits Microsoft rating(**) ISC rating(*)
clients servers
MS14-056 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (replaces MS14-052)
Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer
CVE-2014-4123, CVE-2014-4124, CVE-2014-4126, CVE-2014-4127, CVE-2014-4128, CVE-2014-4129, CVE-2014-4130, CVE-2014-4132, CVE-2014-4133, CVE-2014-4134, CVE-2014-4137, CVE-2014-4138, CVE-2014-4141, CVE-2014-4123, CVE-2014-4124, CVE-2014-4126, CVE-2014-4127, CVE-2014-4128, CVE-2014-4129, CVE-2014-4130, CVE-2014-4132, CVE-2014-4133, CVE-2014-4134, CVE-2014-4137, CVE-2014-4138, CVE-2014-4140, CVE-2014-4141
KB 2987107

CVE-2014-4123 has been exploited.

Exploitability: 1
Critical Important
MS14-057 Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework Could Allow Remote Code Execution (replaces MS12-016)
Microsoft Windows, Microsoft .NET Framework

KB 3000414 No. Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 2
Critical Critical
MS14-058 Vulnerability in Kernel-Mode Driver Could Allow Remote Code Execution (replaces MS14-015)
Microsoft Windows

KB 3000061 Yes. Used in Limited Attacks Severity:Critical
Exploitability: 0
Critical Critical
MS14-059 Vulnerability in ASP.NET MVC Could Allow Security Feature Bypass 
Microsoft Developer Tools

KB 2990942

Publicly disclosed,not

Exploitability: 3
Less Important Important
MS14-060 Vulnerability in Windows OLE Could Allow Remote Code Execution  (replaces MS12-005)
Microsoft Windows

KB 3000869 yes. against powerpoint. See iSight disclosure. Severity:Important
Exploitability: 0
Critical Important
MS14-061 Vulnerability in Microsoft Word and Office Web Apps Could Allow Remote Code Execution (MS14-034, MS14-017)
Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Services, Microsoft Office Web Apps

KB 3000434 No. Severity:Important
Exploitability: 1
Critical Important
MS14-062 Vulnerability in Message Queuing Service Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (MS09-040)
Microsoft Windows

KB 2993254 publicly disclosed but not exploited. Severity:Important
Exploitability: 1
Important Important
MS14-063 Vulnerability in FAT32 Disk Partition Driver Could Allow Elevation of Privilege 
Microsoft Windows

KB 2998579 No. Severity:Important
Exploitability: 1
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 enviro\ nments will want to deploy these patches ASAP. Workarounds are 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 t\ est and deploy ASAP. Workarounds can give more time 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 lei\ sure 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.

Keywords: mspatchday
3 comment(s)


MS14-058 - I think you just used the wrong rating, should be red and critical. I notice you have mentioned its critical but have used orange for moderate.
Thanks! I fixed it. I didn't pay attention on this one and marked it as "important" like prior kernel driver priv. escalation vuln. But this one is a remote code exec vulnerability and has already been exploited.
I also see some security "advisories":
Vulnerability in SSL 3.0 Could Allow Information Disclosure
Update for Microsoft EAP Implementation that Enables the Use of TLS
Availability of SHA-2 Hashing Algorithm for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

And a question: that last one (2949927) was removed, with a
recommendation to un-install. Does this qualify as a "pulled patch"?
What was the problem?

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