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Microsoft has resolved 80 new CVEs this month along with 4 earlier CVEs, bringing the variety of safety points addressed on this month’s Patch Tuesday launch to 84. 

Sadly, we now have two zero-day flaws in Outlook (CVE-2023-23397) and Home windows (CVE-2023-24880) that require a “Patch Now” launch requirement for each Home windows and Microsoft Workplace updates. Because it was final month, there have been no additional updates for Microsoft Trade Server or Adobe Reader. This month the group at Software Readiness has offered a useful infographic that outlines the dangers related to every of the updates for this cycle.

Recognized points

Every month, Microsoft features a record of identified points that relate to the working system and platforms included within the replace cycle.

  • KB5022842: After putting in KB5022842 on Home windows Server 2022 with Safe Boot enabled and rebooting twice, the VMware VM did not boot utilizing the brand new bootmgr. This challenge remains to be into consideration by Microsoft. After putting in this replace, WPF apps might have a change in conduct.
  • After putting in this month’s Home windows replace on visitor digital machines (VMs) operating Home windows Server 2022 on some variations of VMware ESXi, Home windows Server 2022 won’t begin.

Microsoft remains to be engaged on a community efficiency challenge with Home windows 11 22H2. Massive (multi-gigabyte) community file transfers (and probably equally massive native transfers) are affected. This challenge ought to primarily have an effect on IT directors.

Main revisions

Microsoft printed 4 main revisions this month masking:

  • VE-2023-2156: Microsoft SQL Server Integration Service (VS extension) Distant Code Execution Vulnerability.
  • CVE-2022-41099: Title: BitLocker Safety Function Bypass Vulnerability.
  • CVE-2023-21716: Microsoft Phrase Distant Code Execution Vulnerability.
  • CVE-2023-21808 .NET and Visible Studio Distant Code Execution Vulnerability.

All of those revisions had been resulting from documentation and expanded affected software program updates. No additional motion is required.

Mitigations and workarounds

Microsoft printed the next vulnerability associated mitigations for this month’s launch:

  • CVE-2023-23392: HTTP Protocol Stack Distant Code Execution Vulnerability. A prerequisite for a Home windows 2022 server to be weak to this safety challenge is that the community binding has HTTP/3 enabled and the server makes use of buffered I/O. Enabling HTTP/3 is mentioned right here: Enabling HTTP/3 help on Home windows Server 2022.
  • CVE-2023-23397: Microsoft Outlook Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability. Microsoft has printed two mitigations for this severe safety challenge:
  1. Add customers to the Protected Customers Safety Group, which prevents using NTLM as an authentication mechanism.
  2. Block TCP 445/SMB outbound out of your community through the use of a fringe firewall, an area firewall, and through your VPN settings.

Testing steering 

Every month, the group at Readiness analyzes the Patch Tuesday updates and supplies detailed, actionable testing steering; that steering is predicated on assessing a big utility portfolio and an in depth evaluation of the Microsoft patches and their potential influence on the Home windows platforms and utility installations.

Given the massive variety of modifications included this month, I’ve damaged down the testing eventualities into high-risk and standard-risk teams.

Excessive threat

Microsoft printed a number of excessive threat modifications within the March replace. Whereas they could not result in performance modifications, the testing profile for every replace needs to be necessary:

  • Microsoft has up to date how DCOM responds to distant requests as a part of the latest hardening effort. This course of has been below method since June 2021 (Part 1), with an replace in June 2022 (Part 2) and now this month with all modifications  applied as necessary. DCOM is a core Home windows part used for speaking between providers or processes. Microsoft has suggested that this (and full deployment of previous suggestions) will trigger application-level compatibility points. The corporate has provided some help on what’s altering and how one can mitigate any compatibility points because of these latest necessary settings.
  • A significant change to the core system file Win32kfull.sys has been included this month as two features (DrvPlgBlt and nf-wingdi-plgblt) have been up to date. Microsoft has suggested there are not any practical modifications to those features. Testing purposes that rely on these features will probably be important earlier than a full deployment of this month’s updates.

These eventualities require important application-level testing earlier than normal deployment.

  • Bluetooth: Strive including and eradicating new Bluetooth units. Stressing Bluetooth community units could be extremely suggested.
  • Home windows Community stack (TCPIP.SYS): Primary internet browsing, “regular” file transfers and video streaming needs to be ample to check the modifications to the Home windows networking stack.
  • Hyper-V: Strive testing each Gen1 and Gen2 digital machines (VM’s). Each kinds of machines ought to begin, cease, shut down, pause, and resume efficiently.

Along with these modifications, Microsoft up to date a key reminiscence perform (D3DKMTCreateDCFromMemory) that impacts two key system-level Home windows drivers (win32kbase.sys and win32kfull.sys). Sadly, in previous updates to those drivers, some customers have generated BSOD SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION errors. Microsoft has posted data on how one can handle these points. Hopefully you do not have to resolve these sorts of points this month.

Home windows lifecycle replace

This part incorporates necessary modifications to servicing (and most safety updates) to Home windows desktop and server platforms over the subsequent few months:

  • Home windows 10 Enterprise (and Schooling), Model 20H2 and Home windows 10 IoT Enterprise, and Home windows Model 20H2 will attain an finish of servicing date on Might 9, 2023.

Every month, we break down the replace cycle into product households (as outlined by Microsoft) with the next fundamental groupings:

  • Browsers (Microsoft IE and Edge).
  • Microsoft Home windows (each desktop and server).
  • Microsoft Workplace.
  • Microsoft Trade Server.
  • Microsoft Improvement platforms (ASP.NET Core, .NET Core and Chakra Core).
  • Adobe (retired???, perhaps subsequent yr).


There have been 22 updates for March (none rated important), with 21 included within the Google launch channel and one (CVE-2023-24892) from Microsoft. All these updates are easy-to-deploy updates with marginal to low deployment threat. Yow will discover Microsoft’s model of these launch notes right here and the Google Desktop channel launch notes right here. Add these updates to your normal patch launch schedule.

Home windows

Microsoft launched 10 important updates and 48 patches rated as necessary to the Home windows platform that cowl the next key parts:

  • Microsoft Printer Postscript Drivers.
  • Home windows Bluetooth Service.
  • Home windows Win32K and Core Graphics parts (GDI).
  • Home windows HTTP Protocol Stack and PPPoE.

Aside from the latest change to DCOM authentication (see DCOM hardening) most of this month’s updates have a really low threat profile. Now we have a minor replace to a printing subsystem (Postscript 6) and different tweaks to community dealing with, storage, and graphics parts. Sadly, we now have an actual zero-day challenge with Home windows (CVE-2023-24880) SmartScreen (aka Home windows Defender) with stories of each exploitation and a public disclosure. In consequence, add these Home windows updates to your “Patch Now” launch schedule.

Microsoft Workplace

Microsoft launched 11 updates to the Microsoft Workplace platform with one rated as (tremendous) important and the remaining updates rated necessary and affecting simply Excel and SharePoint. Sadly, the Microsoft Outlook replace (CVE-2023-23397) should be patched instantly. I’ve included suggestions provided by Microsoft in our mitigations part above which embody including customers to a better safety group and blocking ports 445/SMB in your community. Given the low threat of breaking different apps and the convenience of deployment of this patch, I’ve one other thought: add these Workplace updates to your “Patch Now” launch schedule.

Microsoft Trade Server

No Microsoft Trade updates required this month. That stated, there’s a significantly worrying challenge with Microsoft Outlook (CVE-2023-23397) that will probably be sufficient for any mail administrator to deal with this month.

Microsoft growth platforms

It is a very mild patch cycle for Microsoft growth platforms with simply 4 updates to Visible Studio (GitHub extensions) this month. All these updates are rated as necessary by Microsoft and have a really low deployment threat profile. Add these updates to your normal developer launch schedule. 

Adobe Reader (nonetheless right here, however simply not this month)

We could also be seeing a development right here as Adobe has not launched any updates for Adobe Reader. It is usually attention-grabbing that that is the primary month in 9 that Microsoft has not launched any important updates to its XPS, PDF or printing system. So, no necessary printer testing is required.

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