Microsoft has just released its March installment of Patch Tuesday updates to address 66 vulnerabilities in its applications. Of these 66 vulnerabilities, two are currently being exploited in the wild, 17 are critical, 45 are important, one is moderate, and one is low. This Patch Tuesday, Microsoft not only provides the patches, but also an antidote if anything goes south—with this update, Windows 10 will uninstall problematic patches automatically. This way users can install Patch Tuesday updates with peace of mind.
Patch Tuesday updates for Microsoft products
This month’s Patch Tuesday covers updates for the following list of products and software:
- Adobe Flash Player
- Internet Explorer
- Microsoft Edge
- Microsoft Windows
- Microsoft Office and Microsoft Office SharePoint
- Team Foundation Server
- Skype for Business
- Visual Studio
Zero-day vulnerabilities patched
An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists when Windows improperly handles calls to Win32k.sys, which could lead to remote code execution. This Patch Tuesday update fixes this vulnerability by correcting how Win32k handles objects in memory.
The Chrome Security team released a fix last week for a highly critical vulnerability in Google Chrome, CVE-2019-5786. This vulnerability, reported as a use-after-free vulnerability in the FileReader component of Chrome, could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code and take full control of computers.
This month’s security updates come with 17 critical fixes. Most of these updates address vulnerabilities in scripting engines like Chakra Scripting Engine, VBScript Engine, and DHCP Client, and browsers like Internet Explorer and Edge. Failing to patch these vulnerabilities could lead to arbitrary code execution.
Third-party patches: Adobe updates
Adobe has addressed two critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Photoshop CC this month, releasing information about these flaws under Bulletin ID APSB19-15. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution.
This Patch Tuesday, Microsoft also released non-security updates for Office 2010, Office 2013, and Office 2016. View the entire list of non-security updates for the month of March.
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