Plenty of Patches released

Not only Microsoft published security updates – also Adobe managed to provide a fix for some versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat to close an actively exploited security hole in these products.

Microsoft issued 3 security bulletins. One vulnerability in the Windows kernel could lead to code execution while viewing manipulated EMF or WMF graphics; another weakness in Microsofts SChannel (Secure Channel) implementation and one in Microsofts DNS and WINS server could be abused to spoof another identity. An update fixing Microsofts Excel isn’t available yet though.

Adobe released patches for Acrobat and Reader Version 9 as announced earlier in February. Patches for older versions will be following in a week, according to Adobe.

As some of the closed security holes allow for (remote) code execution, it is advised to apply the provided patches as soon as possible.

Dirk Knop
Technical Editor