Software Security Update: July 2020 Patch Tuesday

In total, Microsoft resolved 123 unique vulnerabilities, 18 of which are rated as Critical. Commentary is also provided on Oracle and Adobe updates.

This month we have the typical lineup from Microsoft with OS, browser and Office suite updates. Additional development components like ChakraCore, Visual Studio, Open Source Software, Azure DevOps, and .Net Framework are also included. In total Microsoft has resolved 123 unique vulnerabilities, 18 of which are rated as Critical. There is one publicly exploited vulnerability (CVE-2020-1463) and a particularly nasty critical vulnerability in Windows DNS Server (CVE-2020-1350) that warrants some immediate attention.

Microsoft has also included Servicing Stack Updates (SSUs) for all Windows versions in this month’s updates that resolve a critical vulnerability, which is a first. CVE-2020-1346 is an Elevation of Privilege vulnerability in Windows Modules Installer that could allow an attacker to gain elevated privileges on the affected system. In this case the attacker would need to execute code on the target system. This vulnerability affects all Windows OSs including Windows 7, Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

Windows DNS Server has a Critical vulnerability (CVE-2020-1350) which is worm-able. This means an attacker could exploit this vulnerability remotely without authentication and it can spread very quickly to all DNS Servers in your environment. The CVE carries a CVSS base score of 10.0 and Microsoft has provided some strong guidance on responding to this one. In a blog from the MSRC today they urge those who cannot quickly deploy the update to use a registry-based workaround to mitigate the issue until you can get the update deployed. The workaround does NOT require restarting the system.

This month’s publicly disclosed vulnerability (CVE-2020-1463) is also an Elevation of Privilege. In this case it is a vulnerability in Windows SharedStream Library, affecting Windows 10 and Server 2016 and later. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute code with elevated permissions. The attacker would need to be locally authenticated to exploit this vulnerability.

The 18 Critical CVEs affect the Windows OS, IE, Office, SharePoint, .Net Framework and Visual Studio. OS, browser and Office should be prioritized highest, but SharePoint, .Net and Visual Studio should not be neglected.

Oracle has pre-announced their quarterly CPU as well. Here are the highlights: Oracle Java SE is going to resolve 11 vulnerabilities all of which are remotely exploitable without authentication. Highest CVSS v3.1 base score is 8.3. Fusion Middleware is resolving 53 CVEs, 49 of which may be remotely exploited without authentication. Highest CVSS v3.1 base score is 9.8. MySQL is resolving 40 vulnerabilities, six of which may be remotely exploited without authentication. Highest CVSS v3.1 base score is 9.8.

For more details on the Oracle release take a look at their pre-release announcement here.

Adobe released five bulletins today, but only one included a Critical vulnerability. Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Application resolved four CVEs including CVE-2020-9682, which was rated as Critical. Flash Player did release today, but no CVEs were reported in this release.

Todd Schell

Todd Schell is senior product manager of security for Ivanti.


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Todd Schell

Todd Schell is senior product manager of security for Ivanti.