Patch Tuesday Panic: Microsoft Mends 60 Menaces, Hyper-V Horror Highlighted!

Beware, tech aficionados! Microsoft’s March 2024 Patch Tuesday is like a digital health check-up, squashing 60 pesky bugs, with a spotlight on two critical flaws. No zero-days, but keep an eye on those remote execution rascals!

Hot Take:

It’s that time of the month again when Microsoft showers us with their Patch Tuesday love notes, and don’t we all just adore the suspense of wondering if our systems will be wooed or walloped? Eighteen remote code execution flirtations, a couple of critical sweet nothings, and a whole lot of privilege escalation promises – it’s like Valentine’s Day for vulnerabilities!

Key Points:

  • Microsoft plays Cupid with 60 security updates, but only two critical vulnerabilities have stolen its heart.
  • A special mention goes to the Hyper-V and denial of service vulnerabilities that are playing hard to get with their critical status.
  • Microsoft Office, Defender, and Skype for Consumer vulnerabilities have been taken off the single market.
  • Other tech giants have been busy too, patching their own love bugs this March.
  • No zero-day bachelors were announced at this Patch Tuesday party – they’re all playing the field secretly.
Title: Microsoft Office Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Cve id: CVE-2024-26199
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: microsoft
Cve date updated: 03/12/2024
Cve description: Microsoft Office Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability

Title: Skype for Consumer Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Cve id: CVE-2024-21411
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: microsoft
Cve date updated: 03/12/2024
Cve description: Skype for Consumer Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Title: Microsoft Defender Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability
Cve id: CVE-2024-20671
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: microsoft
Cve date updated: 03/12/2024
Cve description: Microsoft Defender Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability

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The No Zero-Day Parade

While we might not have any zero-day vulnerabilities to gossip about this month, Microsoft still knows how to keep things spicy. A Microsoft Office vulnerability was playing the field, ready to elevate any authenticated user to SYSTEM status – talk about a power couple! Meanwhile, Microsoft Defender had a little hiccup that could have let an attacker put it in sleep mode indefinitely. But fear not, a new Antimalware Platform update is the knight in shining armor here. And let's not forget Skype for Consumer, which was practically inviting malicious links and images to a dangerous dinner date until Microsoft stepped in as the overprotective parent.

Updates From the Other Fish in the Sea

It's not just Microsoft feeling the love this March. AnyCubic decided to commit to a new relationship with firmware that's no longer playing the field with zero-days. Apple, playing it coy, released updates to fix a couple of iOS vulnerabilities that were getting a bit too much attention. Cisco, Fortinet, Google, Intel, QNAP, SAP, and VMware have also been seen updating their relationship statuses with security patches and advisories, proving that when it comes to security, it's a polyamorous affair.

The Patch Tuesday Matchmaking List

For those who love to dive deep into the details of their potential security suitors, Microsoft's full report is the equivalent of a dating profile for each vulnerability. You can learn all about their likes, dislikes, and which systems they're compatible with – but don't expect long walks on the beach or candlelit dinners. Instead, prepare for tales of elevation of privilege, bypassing security features, and remote code executions that are looking to settle down in a stable system relationship.

With no zero-days to send hearts racing, this month's Patch Tuesday might feel a bit like a quiet night in. But remember, in the world of cybersecurity, quiet doesn't mean lonely; it means all your software is home by curfew, doors locked, and safe from the vulnerability villains. Sweet dreams, dear systems, until next month's episode of "Patch and Tell."

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Tags: Elevation of Privilege, Microsoft Defender Vulnerabilities, Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Remote Code Execution, security updates, vulnerability management, zero-day exploit