Software defense: mitigating common exploitation techniques

In our previous posts in this series, we described various mitigation improvements that attempt to prevent the exploitation of specific classes of memory safety vulnerabilities such as those that involve stack corruption, heap corruption, and unsafe list management and reference count mismanagement. These mitigations are typically associated with a specific developer mistake such as writing…

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Introducing Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 4.1

In June 2013, we released EMET 4.0 and customer response has been fantastic. Many customers across the world now include EMET as part of their defense-in-depth strategy and appreciate how EMET helps businesses prevent attackers from gaining access to computers systems. Today, we’re releasing a new version, EMET 4.1, with updates that simplify configuration and…

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Assessing risk for the August 2013 security updates

Today we released eight security bulletins addressing 23 CVE’s. Three bulletins have a maximum severity rating of Critical while the other five have a maximum severity rating of Important. We hope that the table below helps you prioritize the deployment of the updates appropriately for your environment. Bulletin Most likely attack vector Max Bulletin Severity…

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Mitigating the LdrHotPatchRoutine DEP/ASLR bypass with MS13-063

Today we released MS13-063 which includes a defense in depth change to address an exploitation technique that could be used to bypass two important platform mitigations: Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) and Data Execution Prevention (DEP). As we’ve described in the past, these mitigations play an important role in making it more difficult and costly…

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MS10-104: SharePoint 2007 Vulnerability

Today we released MS10-104 to address vulnerability CVE-2010-3964 in SharePoint 2007 server with an important severity rating. In this blog, we would like to cover some additional details of this vulnerability.   Is my SharePoint server affected by this vulnerability?   There are two types of installations for a SharePoint server: standalone and farm. A standalone…

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