The Next Leap Forward in Cyber Defense: Taking Action to Help Defeat Adversaries

It is often said that attackers have an advantage, because the defenders have to protect every part of their systems all the time, while the attacker only has to find one way in. This argument oversimplifies the security landscape and the real strength that defenders can achieve if they work together. While it’s true that…


August 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

Today we’re publishing the August 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page.  We fielded 13 questions on various topics during the webcast, with specific bulletin questions focusing primarily on Exchange Server (MS13-061) and Windows Kernel (MS13-063).  There were 3 additional questions during the webcast that we were unable to answer on air, and we…


Announcing the 2013 MSRC Progress Report featuring MAPP expansions

Over the years, our customers have come to expect a certain regularity and transparency in both our security updates and the guidance that goes with them. One regular piece of communication about our work is a yearly progress report, which provides a look into the program updates and bulletin statistics from the Microsoft Security Response…


News from MAPP, and Advance Notification Service for the December 2011 Bulletin Release

Hello all. Before we look at next week’s bulletin release, we’d like to point out an update to our Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) that should provide customers with greater transparency as to how MAPP partners use the information we share with them when we release security advisories. As you know, we work closely with…


Security Advisory 2416728 Released

Hi everyone, Today we released Security Advisory 2416728 describing a publicly disclosed vulnerability in ASP.NET that affects all versions of the .NET Framework. At this time we are not aware of any attacks using this vulnerability and we encourage customers to review the advisory for mitigations and workarounds. Our Security Research & Defense team has…


September 2010 Security Bulletin Release

Hi everyone, With this month’s bulletin release, I want to highlight the great work done through our partnerships in the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP). MAPP represents our commitment to community based defense and a shared sense of responsibility to help protect the computing ecosystem. In July of this year, the Stuxnet malware emerged onto…


Community-Based Defense: Looking Outward, Moving Forward

Two years ago, in front of a standing-room only crowd here at Black Hat, we introduced three new information sharing programs as well as the concept of Community-Based Defense. The underlying concept shared by all three programs was simple-collaboration will be key to preventing and defending against online crime going forward; no one company, individual…


Windows Help Vulnerability Disclosure

Hello, We are aware of a publicly disclosed vulnerability affecting Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. We are not aware of any current exploitation of this issue and customers running Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2, are not vulnerable to this issue, or at risk of attack. This issue…


Security Advisory 983438 Released

Hello. Today we released Security Advisory 983438, addressing a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in SharePoint Server 2007 and SharePoint Services 3.0 that could allow Elevation of Privilege (EoP) within the SharePoint site itself. Servers are at reduced risk from Internet Explorer 8 clients, as the Internet Explorer 8 XSS filter helps to mitigate the issue…


Out-of-Band Security Bulletin Webcast Q&A – March 30, 2010

Hosts:                          Adrian Stone, Senior Security Program Manager Lead                                     Jerry Bryant, Group Manager, Response Communications Website:                     TechNet/security Chat Topic:                 March 2010 Out-of-Band Security BulletinDate:                           Tuesday, March 30, 2010     Q: CVE-2010-0483, like CVE-2010-0806, is a remote code executable vulnerability with an exploit code that has been published and publicly available since March 1, 2010….