Critical Microsoft Patches Available
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) published their September 2016 Security Bulletin this week.
According to the bulletin, "Microsoft has released 14 updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system."
A recent article in PCWorld points out that this is one of the biggest security updates for Microsoft this year. The 14 security bulletins address fixes for 50 vulnerabilities.
"Half of the 14 security bulletins released Tuesday cover critical vulnerabilities...
...These vulnerabilities can be exploited to achieve remote code execution by tricking users to visit compromised websites or to open specifically crafted files. These are two of the most common infection vectors used in malware attacks."
(formally the Federal Computer Incident Response Center) was formed in early 2000 by Congress in response cyber breaches experienced by Federal Government networks. Their mission is to "lead efforts to improve the nation's cybersecurity posture, coordinate cyber information and proactively manage cyber risks to the nation while protecting the Constitutional rights of Americans."