July 2024 News and Updates

  • Client Forms – In an effort to make requesting support easier for common tasks (onboarding and offboarding users, for example), we are launching a number of forms that clients can use to request support. Links to the forms are located at the top of our website under Client Forms.
  • Windows Recall – We received a surprising amount of feedback on the blurb about Windows Recall in last months newsletter and, not surprisingly, literally none of it was positive. The common thread in all of the feedback was basically what are the alternatives? We don’t really have a plan, just yet, but we do have some ideas. Expect more on this next month and, if you’re concerned about Windows Recall for whatever reason (privacy, regulatory compliance, etc.), keep an eye out for more on this.
  • Official End of Life for SQL Server 2014 – Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is now officially End of Life (EOL) and will no longer receive updates. Additional information is available here. In related news, around half of this months patches were for SQL Server.
  • Election Year Antics – In the US, this year is an election year and it’s safe to assume that criminals will leverage election related topics in their pretexting for attacks (phishing, vishing, smishing, all of the ishings), so be sure to consider that when planning your security awareness training.


MicrosoftThe July 2024 Patch Tuesday release includes fixes for _at least_ 139 bugs and includes _at least_ two zero-day vulnerabilities that, according to Microsoft, are currently being exploited.

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 Critical, it’s important that the updates are installed.

Additional details on this months Microsoft updates are available from Krebs on Security, the Patch Tuesday Dashboard, SANS and Bleeping Computer .

Adobe has published three security bulletins for this month for Adobe Bridge, InDesign and Premiere Pro.

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 including links to download the update(s) and instructions for installation.

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Article Submitted by Nathan J. Underwood, CEH