July 2020 News & Updates


Executive Summary

  • Microsoft patched 129 vulnerabilities this month, making this the seventh month in a row of more than 100 updates.
  • This is the fourth consecutive month of more than 120 vulnerabilities patched.
  • Thirty two of the vulnerabilities patched can be attacked remotely and 20 of those 32 are rated as critical.


MicrosoftMicrosoft released updates to address 123 vulnerabilities this month including 17 that it deems critical. One of the critical updates (CVE-2020-1350) has a CVSS Score of 10.0 (the highest available), requires no user interaction to exploit and grants the attacker full system privileges. As of this article, Proof of Concept (PoC) code is not yet available but it’s reasonable to assume that it will be made available very soon. Additional critical updates addressed problems in the GDI (CVE-2020-1435, CVSS 8.8, which seems kindof low in light of CVE-2020-1350) and Hyper-V (CVE-2020-1036 , no CVSS assigned yet). Users are encouraged to update immediately or as soon as possible.

Microsoft releases regular updates the second Tuesday of each month, often referred to as ‘Patch Tuesday’. These updates are categorized as Low, Moderate, Important or Critical. Details on the categories are available here. The updates can include any supported Microsoft product from Windows to Office to Internet Explorer and server products like Exchange and SQL Server. If you have one or more of these products installed, especially if the update is listed as Important or Critcial, it’s important that the updates are installed.

Additional details on this months Microsoft updates are available from Microsoft, Brian Krebs, SANS (who note 130 updates) and ZDNet.

Adobe had a relatively lackluster update offering this month, releasing updates for just five products including Download Manager, Cold Fusion, Genuine Service, Media Encoder and the Creative Cloud Desktop Application. The vulnerabilities range from important to critical and users are encouraged to patch as soon as is feasible.

Additional details on this months Adobe updates are available from Adobe.

Oracle released it’s July 2020 Patch Update Advisory , patching a total of 433 vulnerabilities. Additional information is available from the Oracle website here.

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