The October 2017 Patch released this past Tuesday, addresses important security issues including a Word zero-day vulnerability. Users who are not on auto updates should install them immediately.
The past two mornings have had businesses in the Albany area who use Microsoft’s Office 365 receive a Phishing email claiming that users passwords have had a password change request and please follow the link included in order to cancel the request.
The sender will be listed as “Office” or “Office 365” and the Subject line will read “Password Reset Alert”
This email should be deleted immediately.
Today security experts are warning of the continued spread of WCry and of numerous variants being released over the weekend.
Typical of Any Ransomware users should be vigilant with any emails that could be carrying a payload or be links to a payload. At this point Microsoft has not ruled out any attack vectors:
We haven’t found evidence of the exact initial entry vector used by this threat, but there are two scenarios we believe are highly possible for this ransomware family:
- Arrival through social engineering emails designed to trick users to run the malware and activate the worm-spreading functionality with the SMB exploit
- Infection through SMB exploit when an unpatched computer can be addressed in other infected machines
Microsoft has released a patch for Operating systems going as far back as XP:
Windows update MS17-010
Microsoft has released an update to the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine addressing a security vulnerability. The update addresses a vulnerability that could allow remote code execution if the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine scans a specially crafted file. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could execute arbitrary code in the security context of the LocalSystem account and take control of the system.
Users should run their Microsoft updates ASAP and apply the patch if using one of the Microsoft Provided Malware products such as the Windows Defender line.
Mainstream support for Vista ended in April 2012, Extended support is ending April 11, 2017 which means no further security updates or paid support. With no updates the use of Windows Vista is not advices and we recommend all personal and business computers be updated to Windows 7 or Windows 10.