Microsoft Patch Tuesday, July 2016

July's Patch Tuesday is here and brings with it five bulletins rated Critical and 6 rated Important. These eleven bulletins patch 47 unique CVEs (not including the monthly Adobe Flash CVEs which clock in at 24 critical CVEs). Our usual suspects, Internet Explorer, Edge Browser and Adobe Flash, populate the critical vulnerabilities.

There are other two Critical bulletins. The first is in the JScript and VBScript scripting engines in Microsoft Windows. This is the third month in a row to patch critical remote code execution flaws in these scripting engines. This is all the more reason to keep your web browser patched and current. The second Critical bulletin is a rather interesting one in the Microsoft Print Spooler. The spooler doesn't properly authenticate print drivers when installing them from a remote server. This opens up the potential for a man in the middle attack where an attacker intercepts a valid print driver and feeds their victim a malware loaded one instead.

Overall these bulletins affect every supported version of Windows, both client and server, so get that coffee brewing, put on your favorite playlist and get patching!

MS16-084
CVE-2016-3204, CVE-2016-3240, CVE-2016-3241, CVE-2016-3242, CVE-2016-3243, CVE-2016-3245, CVE-2016-3248, CVE-2016-3259, CVE-2016-3260, CVE-2016-3261, CVE-2016-3273, CVE-2016-3274, CVE-2016-3276, CVE-2016-3277
Critical
Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker could take control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

This security update is rated Critical for Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9), and Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) on affected Windows clients, and Moderate for Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9), Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10), and Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) on affected Windows servers.

MS16-085
CVE-2016-3244, CVE-2016-3246, CVE-2016-3248, CVE-2016-3259, CVE-2016-3260, CVE-2016-3265, CVE-2016-3269, CVE-2016-3271, CVE-2016-3273, CVE-2016-3274, CVE-2016-3276, CVE-2016-3277
Critical
Cumulative Security Update for Microsoft Edge

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Edge. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Microsoft Edge. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users with administrative user rights.

This security update is rated Critical for Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

MS16-086
CVE-2016-3204
Critical
Cumulative Security Update for JScript and VBScript

This security update resolves a vulnerability in the JScript and VBScript scripting engines in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user visits a specially crafted website. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerabilities could take control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

This security update is rated Critical for affected versions of the JScript and VBScript scripting engines on supported releases of Windows Vista, and Moderate on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

MS16-087
CVE-2016-3238, CVE-2016-3239
Critical
Security Update for the Microsoft Print Spooler

A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Windows when the Print Spooler service does not properly validate print drivers while installing a printer from servers. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could use it to execute arbitrary code and take control of an affected system. The more severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if an attacker is able to execute a man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attack on a workstation or print server, or set up a rogue print server on a target network.

This security update is rated Critical for all supported releases of Microsoft Windows.

MS16-088
CVE-2016-3278, CVE-2016-3279, CVE-2016-3280, CVE-2016-3281, CVE-2016-3282, CVE-2016-3283, CVE-2016-3284
Important
Security Updates for Office

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Microsoft Office file. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerabilities could run arbitrary code in the context of the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.

See full Microsoft bulletin for affected versions of Microsoft Office.

MS16-089
CVE-2016-3256
Important
Security Update for Windows Secure Kernel Mode

An information disclosure vulnerability exists when Windows Secure Kernel Mode improperly handles objects in memory. A locally-authenticated attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could be able to read sensitive information on the target system.

To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker could run a specially crafted application on the target system. Note that the information disclosure vulnerability by itself would not be sufficient for an attacker to compromise a system. However, an attacker could combine this vulnerability with additional vulnerabilities to further exploit the system. The update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how Windows Secure Kernel Mode handles objects in memory

This security update is rated Important for all supported releases of Windows 10.

MS16-090
CVE-2016-3249, CVE-2016-3250, CVE-2016-3251, CVE-2016-3252, CVE-2016-3254, CVE-2016-3286
Important
Security Update for Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. Among the vulnerabilities, Elevation of privilege vulnerabilities exist when the Windows kernel-mode driver fails to properly handle objects in memory. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could run arbitrary code in kernel mode. The more severe of the vulnerabilities could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker logs on to an affected system and runs a specially crafted application that could exploit the vulnerabilities and take control of an affected system.

This security update is rated Important for all supported releases of Windows.

MS16-091
CVE-2016-3255
Important
Security Update for .Net Framework

This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft .NET Framework. The vulnerability could cause information disclosure if an attacker uploads a specially crafted XML file to a web-based application.

To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker could create specially crafted XML data and induce an application to parse and validate the XML data. For example, an attacker could create an XML file and upload it to a web-based application. The update addresses the vulnerability by modifying the way that the XML External Entity (XXE) parser parses XML input.

This security update is rated Important for Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1, Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2, Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6, and Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1 on affected releases of Microsoft Windows.

MS16-092
CVE-2016-3258, CVE-2016-3272
Important
Security Update for Windows Kernel

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow security feature bypass if the Windows kernel fails to determine how a low integrity application can use certain object manager features.

CVE-2016-3258 is a security feature bypass vulnerability exists in the Windows kernel that could allow an attacker to exploit time of check time of use (TOCTOU) issues in file path-based checks from a low integrity application. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could potentially modify files outside of a low integrity level application.

To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker would need to take advantage of another vulnerability to compromise the sandbox process from a low integrity application. The security update addresses the vulnerability by adding a validation check on how a low integrity application can use certain object manager features.

CVE-2016-3272 is an information disclosure vulnerability in Microsoft Windows when the Windows kernel fails to properly handle certain page fault system calls. An authenticated attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could disclose information from one process to another.

To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker would have to either log on locally to an affected system, or convince a locally authenticated user to execute a specially crafted application. The update addresses this vulnerability by correcting how the Windows kernel handles certain page fault system calls.

This security update is rated Important for all supported releases of Microsoft Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows 10.

MS16-093
CVE-2016-4173, CVE-2016-4174, CVE-2016-4175, CVE-2016-4176, CVE-2016-4177, CVE-2016-4178, CVE-2016-4179, CVE-2016-4182, CVE-2016-4188, CVE-2016-4185, CVE-2016-4222, CVE-2016-4223, CVE-2016-4224, CVE-2016-4225, CVE-2016-4226, CVE-2016-4227, CVE-2016-4228, CVE-2016-4229, CVE-2016-4230, CVE-2016-4231, CVE-2016-4232, CVE-2016-4247, CVE-2016-4248, CVE-2016-4249
Critical
Security Update for Adobe Flash Player

This security update resolves multiple vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player when installed on all supported editions of Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows 10.

This security update is rated Critical. The update addresses the vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player by updating the affected Adobe Flash libraries contained within Internet Explorer 10, Internet Explorer 11, and Microsoft Edge.

MS16-094
CVE-2016-3287
Important
Security Update for Secure Boot

This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow Secure Boot security features to be bypassed if an attacker installs an affected policy on a target device. An attacker must have either administrative privileges or physical access to install a policy and bypass Secure Boot.

An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could disable code integrity checks, allowing test-signed executables and drivers to be loaded on a target device. In addition, an attacker could bypass the Secure Boot Integrity Validation for BitLocker and the Device Encryption security features.

To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker must either gain administrative privileges or physical access to a target device to install an affected policy. The security update addresses the vulnerability by blacklisting affected policies.

This security update is rated Important for all supported editions of Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows 10.

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