Microsoft starts 2010 slowly – a single bulletin containing one vulnerability in the embedded OpenType Font (EOT) engine.
Due to the memory model in Windows 2000 the vulnerability is critical on that version of the Windows Operating System, all others receive a low severity rating. The flaw can be exploited through any OpenType enabled application such as Internet Explorer, PowerPoint, Word, etc by viewing a Web page or a document. Users of Windows 2000 should upgrade as quickly as possible.
There are 2 significant releases from other vendors:
Oracle has released their quarterly Critical Patch Update today. It contains 25 fixes for 7 of their products, including application servers and database engine. The majority of the vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable without authentication and IT admins should be taking a close look at the exposure these products have in their networks. In general database engines should have no necessity to be connected to open networks, but the application servers are very likely exposed.
This release is also introducing the new Adobe updater process, which will according to Brad Arkin’s Tweet come preconfigured for automatic, silent updates à la Google Chrome. Intevydis, a security research company in Russia has announced last week that they will publish server-based 0-day vulnerabilities for the next 3 weeks. The first two are live and have POC code for Sun Directory Server 7.0 and Tivoli Directory Server 6.2.