December 2020 News & Updates

Executive Summary

  • We will be closed Thursday, 24 December and Friday 25 December to celebrate Christmas with family and friends.
  • We will be closed on Friday, 1 January 2020 for New Years Day.
  • Probably the biggest news for December (so far, 2020 isn’t over yet) is what looks to have been a very successful compromise of SolarWinds with impacts reaching both far and wide including the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Treasury and a who’s who of other critical infrastructure and large enterprise. There’s additional information from FireEye here and Krebs here but, short term, removing anything related to SolarWinds immediately would likely be a good plan.
  • Microsoft patched 58 vulnerabilities this month with only nine listed (by both Microsoft and SANS) as critical and none currently being actively exploited.

MicrosoftMicrosoft patched 58 vulnerabilities this month, nine were classified [by Microsoft] as CRITICAL and the remaining rated important or moderate.

None of the vulnerabilities are currently being actively exploited but, with vulnerabilities in Exchange Server and Sharepoint server, an abundance of caution would be a good plan. There were also vulnerabilities patched in Windows 10 as well as Windows Server 2016.

As always, don’t be be the low hanging fruit and remember, all the cool kids update!

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



Adobe has so far released 14 patches this month, including at least one for Adobe Acrobat for Android.

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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