- Apr 24, 2016
Twenty years ago this month, Microsoft introduced the concept of “Patch Tuesday” – although the marketing folks wanted it called “Update Tuesday” (they didn’t like the word “patch”). Over the years, more companies joined the Patch Tuesday bandwagon. Here we are 20 years later, still talking about the latest security releases from Adobe and Microsoft. Pop some champagne to celebrate and join us as we review the details of the latest advisories from Adobe and Microsoft. If you’d rather watch the video recap, you can check out the Patch Report webcast on our YouTube channel. It should be posted within a couple of hours after the release.
Adobe Patches for October 2023
For October, Adobe released three bulletins addressing 13 CVEs in Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, and Adobe Commerce. A total of three of these CVEs came through the ZDI program. The patch for Commerce is the largest this month, with a mix of 10 Critical and Important CVEs being addressed. The most severe of these could allow arbitrary code execution through a SQL injection. The update for Photoshop fixes a single code execution bug. An attacker would need to convince a user to open a specially crafted file with Photoshop to exploit affected systems. The final patch for Adobe Bridge fixes two Important severity bugs discovered by ZDI researcher Mat Powell.
None of the bugs fixed by Adobe this month are listed as publicly known or under active attack at the time of release. Adobe categorizes these updates as a deployment priority rating of 3.
Microsoft Patches for October 2023
This month, Microsoft released 103 new patches addressing CVEs in Microsoft Windows and Windows Components; Exchange Server; Office and Office Components; ASP.NET Core and Visual Studio; Azure; Microsoft Dynamics; and Skype for Business, which is apparently still a thing. A total of three of these CVEs were reported through the ZDI program, and many others are waiting in the wings. In addition to the new CVEs, one external bug and one Chromium bug are being incorporated into the release, bringing the total number of CVEs to 103.
Of the new patches released today, 13 are rated Critical and 90 are rated Important in severity. That puts this as the second largest month this year, although the huge number of Message Queuing fixes skew that number (see below). That puts Microsoft just 127 CVEs shy of its 2022 total, which would make 2023 one of its busiest years ever.
Two of the CVEs released today are listed as being publicly known and under active attack at the time of release. That’s in addition to one external CVE listed as under active attack.
The penultimate Patch Tuesday of 2023 will be on November 14, and I’ll return with details and patch analysis then. Until then, stay safe, happy patching, and may all your reboots be smooth and clean!
Twenty years ago this month, Microsoft introduced the concept of “Patch Tuesday” – although the marketing folks wanted it called “Update Tuesday” (they didn’t like the word “patch”). Over the years, more companies joined the Patch Tuesday bandwagon. Here we are 20 years later, still talking about th