October 2020 News & Updates

Executive Summary

  • The US Treasury Department released an interesting advisory earlier this month suggesting they were prepared to file civil charges against the victims of ransomware who pay the ransom and anyone offering material support.
  • Microsoft released patches for 87 vulnerabilities this month, making it the first month in 8 with less than 100 (and the first in 5 with less than 120).
  • Twelve of this months patches address vulnerabilities considered by Microsoft to be critical.
  • Adobe released a patch for a critical vulnerability in Flash Player that affects Windows, Apple / Mac, Linux and ChromeOS.

MicrosoftMicrosoft patched 87 vulnerabilities this month, at least 12 were classified [by Microsoft] as CRITICAL with the remaining rated important, moderate or low.

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 month’s Patch Tuesday are available on the sites below:


Adobe has so far released 2 patches this month. A patch to a Flash Player vulnerability that’s cross platform (Windows,Apple / Mac, Linux and ChromeOS) and is rated Critical. The second is an update to Magento that’s also rated as critical.

Like Microsoft, Adobe now releases updates to their products on the second Tuesday of each month. Adobe will also release ‘out of band’ updates if necessary to address critical vulnerabilities in their products. Adobe products include Adobe Reader (for viewing PDF files), Adobe Flash Player (often used to watch videos, for interactive content like games, etc.), Adobe Shockwave and the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Lightroom, etc.).

Additional details are available from Adobe Here and Here including links to download the update(s) and instructions for installation.

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