Microsoft Patch Tuesday updates for May 2019 address nearly 80 vulnerabilities, including a Windows zero-day flaw and an RDS vulnerability that can be exploited to carry out WannaCry-like attack.
The zero-day vulnerability addressed by Microsoft Patch Tuesday updates for May 2019 is a privilege escalation flaw related to the way the Windows Error Reporting (WER) system handles files. The vulnerability tracked as CVE-2019-0863 could be exploited by an attacker with low-privileged access to the targeted system to deliver a malware.
“An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in the way Windows Error Reporting (WER) handles files. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code in kernel mode. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with administrator privileges.” reads the security advisory published by Microsoft.
“To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker must first gain unprivileged execution on a victim system.”
The vulnerability was reported by experts at Palo Alto Networks and an expert who online with the moniker “Polar Bear.”
Microsoft Patch Tuesday updates for May 2019 also addresses a remote code execution flaw in Remote Desktop Services (RDS). The flaw tracked as CVE-2019-0708 can be exploited by an
“A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Remote Desktop Services – formerly known as Terminal Services – when an unauthenticated attacker connects to the target system using RDP and sends specially crafted requests.” reads the security advisory published by Microsoft. “This vulnerability is
“To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would need to send a specially crafted request to the target systems Remote Desktop Service via RDP.”
It is important to highlight that the RDP itself is not vulnerable.
As explained by Microsoft, this vulnerability could be exploited by malware with wormable capabilities. It could be exploited by unautheticated attacker and without users interaction, making it possible for malware to spread in an uncontrolled way into the target networks.
The thought is for the WannaCry attack.
“This vulnerability is pre-authentication and requires no user interaction. In other words, the vulnerability is ‘wormable’, meaning that any future malware that exploits this vulnerability could propagate from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer in a similar way as the WannaCry malware spread across the globe in 2017.” reads a blog post published by Microsoft. “While we have observed no exploitation of this vulnerability, it is highly likely that malicious actors will write an exploit for this vulnerability and incorporate it into their malware.”
The vulnerability doesn’t affect Windows 8 and Windows 10, anyway previous versions are exposed to the risk of cyber attacks.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday updates for May 2019 also address vulnerabilities in Windows OS, Internet Explorer, Edge, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Office Services and Web Apps, ChakraCore, .NET Framework, and ASP.NET, Skype for Android, Azure DevOps Server, and the NuGet Package Manager.
Microsoft released security updates for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008, The tech giant has also separately released patches for out-of-support versions of Windows such as Windows 2003 and Windows XP.
18 vulnerabilities have been rated as critical and rest Important in severity.
Microsoft also advised Windows Server users to block TCP port 3389 and enable Network Level Authentication to prevent any unauthenticated attacker from exploiting this vulnerability.