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A security researcher has published working exploit code that allows attackers to surreptitiously turn legitimate apps running on Google's Android mobile operating system into malicious trojans. Around the same time, Google said it released a patch that helps protect users from abuse.

As previously reported, the weakness involves the way legitimate Android applications are cryptographically signed to ensure they haven't been modified by parties other than the trusted developer. Researchers at security startup Bluebox provided high-level details of the vulnerability last week, but omitted technical details most people would need to reproduce the attack. That didn't stop members of CyanogenMod, an alternative Android firmware version, from piecing together the available details into this bug report that identifies the conditions necessary for exploiting the vulnerability. It also incorporates a fix from Google into the CyanogenMod code.

Working from that description, Pau Oliva Fora, senior mobile security engineer at viaForensics, published proof-of-concept code that allows anyone with a moderate level of skill to modify an existing Android app without changing the cryptographic signature that's supposed to certify it hasn't been tampered with. The 32-line exploit demonstrates the ease in exploiting the vulnerability and the consequences the flaw might have for people who install and update apps from third-party sources.

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Overview of the July 2013 Microsoft patches and their status.

# Affected Contra Indications - KB Known Exploits Microsoft rating(**) ISC rating(*)
clients servers
MS13-052 Multiple vulnerabilities allow privilege escalation and/or remote code execution. 
.NET & silverlight

KB 2861561 Microsoft claims CVE-2013-3131 and CVE-2013-3134 have been publicly disclosed. Severity:Critical
Critical Important
MS13-053 Multiple vulnerabilities allow privelege escalation and/or remote code execution.
kernel mode drivers (KMD)

KB 2850851 Microsoft claims CVE-2013-3172 and CVE-2013-3660 have been publicly disclosed. Moreover they claim to be aware of "targeted" attacks exploiting CVE-2013-3660. Severity:Critical
PATCH NOW Important
MS13-054 A truetype font parsing issue in the GDI+ library allows remote code execution. This affects a wide selection of sofware and extra care should be given to make sure to patch all instances.

KB 2848295 No publicly known exploits. Severity:Critical
Critical Important
MS13-055 A multitude of vulnerabilities are fixed in this month's IE cumulative patch, you want this one. All but one are memory corruption vulnerabilities.

KB 2846071 No publicly known exploits Severity:Critical
Critical Important
MS13-056 An input validation problem in how directShow handles GIF file allows random code execution.

KB 2845187 No publicly known exploits Severity:Critical
Critical Important
MS13-057 An input validation problem in windows media format (WMV - windows media player, not to be confused with the infamous WMF format) allows random code execution.
Media Player

KB 2847883 No publicly known exploits Severity:Critical
Critical Important
MS13-058 An unquoted path vulnerability (see more on what this is in Mark Bagget's excellent diary on the unquoted path issues) in windows defender allows privilege esclation to the localsystem account.
Windows defender

KB 2847927 No publicly known exploits Severity:Important
Important 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.

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Adobe released their July 2013 Black Tueday bulletins:

# Affected CVE Adobe rating
APSB13-17 Flash Player CVE-2013-3344
APSB13-18 Shockwave CVE-2013-3348 Critical
APSB13-19 Coldfusion CVE-2013-3349
Critical (v10)
Important (v9)

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