Microsoft August 2013 Black Tuesday Overview

Published: 2013-08-13
Last Updated: 2013-08-13 17:28:40 UTC
by Swa Frantzen (Version: 1)
6 comment(s)

Overview of the August 2013 Microsoft patches and their status.

# Affected Contra Indications - KB Known Exploits Microsoft rating(**) ISC rating(*)
clients servers
MS13-059 A multitude of new vulnerabilities have been added to the regular cumulative IE update. You want this one if you use IE.

KB 2862772 No publicly known exploits Severity:Critical
Critical Important
MS13-060 A vulnerability in how OpenType fonts are handled allow for random code execution with the rights of the logged-on user. Note that exploitation over the Internet via a a browser is possible.
unicode font parsing

KB 2850869 No publicly known exploits Severity:Critical
Critical Important
MS13-061 Multiple publicly disclosed vulnerabilities allow random code execution when previewing malicious content using OWA (Outlook Web Access). The vulnerabilities are situated in the webready (to display attachments) and Data Loss Prevention (DLP) components.
Of interest is to note that
- it was Oracle who disclosed the vulnerabilities in their patch updates in April and July 2013. Microsoft licensed the vulnerable libraries from Oracle.
- There are also functional changes non security changes rolled up into this update

KB 2876063 Publicly disclosed vulnerabilities. Severity:Critical
NA Critical
MS13-062 A vulnerability in the handling of asynchronous RPC requests allows for an escalation of privileges. As such it would allow execution of random code in the context of another user.
Microsoft RPC

KB 2849470 No publicly known exploits Severity:Important
Critical Important

Multiple vulnerabilities allow privilege escalation.
Of note is CVE-2013-2556, which allows to bypass a security feature called ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) 

Windows Kernel

KB 2859537 CVE-2013-2556 was publicly disclosed and exploitation was demonstrated. Severity:Important
Critical Important
MS13-064 A memory corruption vulnerability in the Windows NAT driver allows for a denial of service (DoS) situation that would cause the system to stop responding till restated. Relies on malicious ICMP packets. Unrelated to MS13-065.
NAT driver

KB 2849568 No publicly known exploits Severity:Important
Less urgent Important
MS13-065 A memory allocation problem in the ICMPv6 implementation allows attackers to cause a Denial of Service (DoS). Exploitation would cause the system to stop responding till restarted. Unrelated to MS13-064.

KB 2868623 No publicly known exploits Severity:Important
Critical Critical
MS13-066 Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) could reveal information about the service account used. This information could as an example subsequently be used in a Denial of Service attack by locking the account out, causing all users that rely on the federated service to be locked out as well.
Active Directory

KB 2873872 No publicly known exploits Severity:Important
NA Important
We will update issues on this page for about a week or so as they evolve.
We appreciate updates
US based customers can call Microsoft for free patch related support on 1-866-PCSAFETY
(*): ISC rating
  • We use 4 levels:
    • PATCH NOW: Typically used where we see immediate danger of exploitation. Typical environments will want to deploy these patches ASAP. Workarounds are typically not accepted by users or are not possible. This rating is often used when typical deployments make it vulnerable and exploits are being used or easy to obtain or make.
    • Critical: Anything that needs little to become "interesting" for the dark side. Best approach is to test and deploy ASAP. Workarounds can give more time to test.
    • Important: Things where more testing and other measures can help.
    • Less Urgent: Typically we expect the impact if left unpatched to be not that big a deal in the short term. Do not forget them however.
  • The difference between the client and server rating is based on how you use the affected machine. We take into account the typical client and server deployment in the usage of the machine and the common measures people typically have in place already. Measures we presume are simple best practices for servers such as not using outlook, MSIE, word etc. to do traditional office or leisure work.
  • The rating is not a risk analysis as such. It is a rating of importance of the vulnerability and the perceived or even predicted threat for affected systems. The rating does not account for the number of affected systems there are. It is for an affected system in a typical worst-case role.
  • Only the organization itself is in a position to do a full risk analysis involving the presence (or lack of) affected systems, the actually implemented measures, the impact on their operation and the value of the assets involved.
  • All patches released by a vendor are important enough to have a close look if you use the affected systems. There is little incentive for vendors to publicize patches that do not have some form of risk to them.

(**): The exploitability rating we show is the worst of them all due to the too large number of ratings Microsoft assigns to some of the patches.

Swa Frantzen

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Microsoft has also today rereleased MS13-052, the .NET patch which broke Sharepoint and SCCM.

Why was this bulletin revised on August 13, 2013?
Microsoft revised this bulletin to rerelease the following updates for the specified editions of Windows:

For Windows XP: The 2840628 and 2844285 updates
For Windows Server 2003: The 2840628 and 2844285 updates
For Windows Vista: The 2840628, 2840642, and 2844287 updates
For Windows Server 2008: The 2840628, 2840642, and 2844287 updates
For Windows 7: The 2840628, 2840642, and 2844286 updates
For Windows Server 2008 R2: The 2840628, 2840642, and 2844286 updates
For Windows 8: The 2840632 and 2844289 updates
For Windows Server 2012: The 2840632 and 2844289 updates
For Windows RT: The 2840632 update

The rereleased updates address issues as described in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2872441 and Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2872041. Customers should install the rereleased updates that apply to their systems.
MS13-057 was rereleased for NT6.1 aswell.

Microsoft revised this bulletin to rerelease the 2803821 update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
The rereleased update addresses an application compatibility issue in which WMV encoded video could fail to properly render during playback. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 customers should install the rereleased update.
Issues reported with MS13-061 and Exchange 2013.
...And now MS-066 aswell
"Why was this bulletin revised on August 14, 2013? What happened to the original AD FS security updates?
Microsoft is aware of issues with the 2868846, 2843638, and 2843639 updates affecting Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) that could cause AD FS to stop working. Microsoft has removed the updates from Windows Update and the Download Center and is investigating the issues. Microsoft will release new packages once the issues have been resolved."
...and MS13-063 was also re-released:

"Known issues with this security update: Some users may experience issues with certain games after they install security update 2859537. In some cases, users may not successfully start and sign in to the games. Microsoft is researching this problem and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available.

I count six bad patches in the August crop:

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