Menu
SSL bug fixed in Microsoft's Patch Tuesday

SSL bug fixed in Microsoft's Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has released its monthly set of security patches, fixing problems in Windows, Internet Explorer and in the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) software used for secure web browsing.

Microsoft released six sets of patches, called updates, fixing 15 flaws in its products. Four of these updates are rated critical and administrators should patch them as soon as possible, security experts said yesterday.

Many of the flaws that Microsoft patched on Tuesday can be exploited via the web. In particular the MS07-033 update, which fixes bugs in Internet Explorer and MS07-031, which addresses a critical flaw in the SSL libraries used by Windows.

The SSL flaw is particularly interesting because it affects users who are visiting supposedly trustworthy web sites, and because it could also affect non-Microsoft browsers like Firefox and Opera, said Amol Sarwate, manager of Qualys, a vulnerability research lab. "It will affect all the browsers that call the libraries that are in the Windows operating system," he said.

Although Microsoft warned that this flaw could be used by attackers to run unauthorised software on the victim's computer, this would be hard to do. "Attempts to exploit this vulnerability would most likely result in the internet web browser or application exiting," Microsoft wrote in its MS07-031 bulletin. "The system would not be able to connect to web sites or resources using SSL ... until a restart of the system."

The two other critical updates are MS07-035, which fixes a bug in the core Windows operating system's Win32 API (application programming interface), and MS07-034, which fixes bugs in Outlook Express and Windows Mail.

Because MS07-035 could be exploited via the web, it should also be patched as soon as possible, Sarwate said.

The other updates released Tuesday fix less-critical flaws in Windows Vista and Microsoft's Visio drawing software.

The Vista update is noteworthy because it marks the first time that Microsoft has patched a flaw that was introduced in the Vista operating system, Sarwate said. Previous Vista patches have repaired "legacy" code that was written for earlier versions of Windows, and then reused in Vista. But the MS07-032 update applies to Vista only.

This flaw, rated "moderate" by Microsoft, could allow an attacker to gain unauthorised access to information such as administrative passwords stored within Windows.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftFirefoxPatch Tuesday

Brand Post

What to expect from your IT Distributor

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been around since before the dot com rollercoaster, choosing the right distribution partner can be a pivotal factor in your success. This definitive guide outlines the traits that every IT partner needs to look for in their IT Distributor.

Featured

Slideshows

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

More than 500 channel leaders gathered in Auckland on 21 October at the ​Reseller News Innovation Awards ​2020 to celebrate the achievements of the New Zealand technology industry's top partners, start-ups, vendors, distributors and individuals.

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners
Meet the winners of the 2020 Reseller News Innovation Awards

Meet the winners of the 2020 Reseller News Innovation Awards

Reseller News honoured the standout players of the New Zealand channel in front of more than 500 technology leaders in Auckland on 21 October, recognising the achievements of top partners, start-ups, vendors, distributors and individuals.

Meet the winners of the 2020 Reseller News Innovation Awards
Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

This year’s Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards were held as an integral part of the first entirely virtual Emerging Leaders​ forum, an annual event dedicated to identifying, educating and showcasing the New Zealand technology market’s rising stars. The 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 recognised the outstanding achievements and business excellence of 30 talented individuals​, across both young leaders and those just starting out. In this slideshow, Reseller News honours this year's winners and captures their thoughts about how their ideas of leadership have changed over time.​

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners
Show Comments