10/14/2014

all critical windows stations should install the security updates as fast as NOW

the reason is that there are several very critical zerodays that are or can be exploited by known or not yet known viruses. One is by the energybear or sandstorm worm that has received much press today because the firm had to keep quiet untill today

"After the exploit was shared with Microsoft in early September, it was determined that the vulnerability is located in the Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) package manager and that it affects all versions of the Windows operating system from Vista Service Pack 2 to Windows 8.1, as well as Windows Server 2008 and 2012.

"The vulnerability exists because Windows allows the OLE packager (packager.dll) to download and execute INF files," the iSight researchers said. "In the case of the observed exploit, specifically when handling Microsoft PowerPoint files, the packager allows a Package OLE object to reference arbitrary external files, such as INF files, from untrusted sources."

Attackers can leverage this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code, but will need to trick users to open a specifically crafted file first by using social engineering techniques, something that was observed in this campaign.
http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/557318/russian-hac...

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