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April 2021 Update Tuesday packages now available

Today is Update Tuesday – our commitment to provide a predictable monthly schedule to release updates and provide the latest protection to our customers. Update Tuesday is a monthly cycle when Microsoft releases patches for vulnerabilities that we have found proactively or that have been disclosed to us through our security partnerships under a coordinated …

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Microsoft Exchange Server Vulnerabilities Mitigations – updated March 15, 2021

Update March 15, 2021: If you have not yet patched, and have not applied the mitigations referenced below, a one-click tool, the Exchange On-premises Mitigation Tool is now our recommended path to mitigate until you can patch. Microsoft previously blogged our strong recommendation that customers upgrade their on-premises Exchange environments to the latest supported version. …

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New and Improved Report Abuse Portal and API!

The Report Abuse (CERT) Portal and Report Abuse API have played a significant role in MSRC’s response to suspected cyberattacks, privacy issues, and abuse originating from Microsoft Online Services. With the contributions from our wonderful community of reporters, we continue to gain insightful perspectives into the various types of attacks that threaten our online services, our cloud, and our customers.  To further commit to MSRC’s mission of responding to and defending against these types of security incidents, our team has …

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Security Update Guide v2

Security Update Guide Supports CVEs Assigned by Industry Partners

Hi Folks, This month we are introducing a new data element for each CVE in the Security Update Guide, called Assigning CNA.  First let me back up a bit and give some information about the CVE program. The purpose of a CVE is to uniquely identify a cybersecurity vulnerability.  The CVE program was started back …

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Microsoft Internal Solorigate Investigation Update

As we said in our recent blog, we believe the Solorigate incident is an opportunity to work together in important ways, to share information, strengthen defenses and respond to attacks. Like other SolarWinds customers, we have been actively looking for indicators of the Solorigate actor and want to share an update from our ongoing internal …

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Security Update Guide v2

Security Update Guide: Let’s keep the conversation going

Hi Folks,   We want to continue to highlight changes we’ve made to our Security Update Guide. We have received a lot of feedback, much of which has been very positive. We acknowledge there have been some stability problems and we are actively working through reports of older browsers not being able to run the new application. We really appreciate your feedback as we review these issues.  …

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Vulnerability Descriptions in the New Version of the Security Update Guide

With the launch of the new version of the Security Update Guide, Microsoft is demonstrating its commitment to industry standards by describing the vulnerabilities with the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS).  This is a precise method that describes the vulnerability with attributes such as the attack vector, the complexity of the attack, whether an adversary …

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Security Analysis of CHERI ISA

Is it possible to get to a state where memory safety issues would be deterministically mitigated? Our quest to mitigate memory corruption vulnerabilities led us to examine CHERI (Capability Hardware Enhanced RISC Instructions), which provides memory protection features against many exploited vulnerabilities, or in other words, an architectural solution that breaks exploits. We’ve looked at …

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What to Expect When Reporting Vulnerabilities to Microsoft

At the Microsoft Security Response Center’s (MSRC), our primary mission is to help protect our customers. One of the ways we do this is by working with security researchers to discover security vulnerabilities in our services and products, and then making sure those that pose a threat to customers get fixed. Many researchers report these …

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Microsoft Joins Open Source Security Foundation

Microsoft has invested in the security of open source software for many years and today I’m excited to share that Microsoft is joining industry partners to create the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), a new cross-industry collaboration hosted at the Linux Foundation. The OpenSSF brings together work from the Linux Foundation-initiated Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), …

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