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Microsoft reveals unbelievable new Dockable Tool Control at BUILD 2018

Microsoft reveals unbelievable new Dockable Tool Control at BUILD 2018

Yesterday was Patch Tuesday, which means that Microsoft issued a number of security updates for its operating systems and software suites. Of the rest of the flaws, 42 are rated as important while four are of low severity.

Microsoft unveiled its new cross-device content sharing app Your Phone during its developer conference this week, and it was one of the few new noteworthy consumer-facing highlights for the company.

Meanwhile Adobe has also shipped a new Flash Player update that addresses a single (but critical) security weakness with its much maligned media player. It's called a "use-after-free" flaw and involves the manner in which the engine deals with computer memory allowing attackers to execute code.

Researchers claim that a novel vulnerability discovered in VBScript, which can be exploited in Microsoft Office documents, as well as Internet Explorer and similar browsers, is likely to be very widely leveraged by attackers in the future.

The arrival of .NET Core 3 in 2019 targets support for Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Framework and UWP (Universal Windows Platform) desktop applications via desktop packs and ability to run several instances of.NET on the same machine. In both cases attackers would need to have logged on or gained locally authenticated access to the system to exploit, according to Goettl.

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The second is a Windows image elevation of privilege vulnerability, (CVE-2018-8170), tied Windows 10 and Windows Server (version 1709), which could allow for an attacker to carry out an elevation-of-privilege attack against affected systems.

"An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code in kernel mode". Similarly, the issue was patched in Linux in March, as well as in Mac OS in Security Update 2018-001.

Where to start? "Microsoft recommends first fixing CVE-2018-8174, then to focus on all browser updates, and then turn your attention to Hyper-V", says Gill Langston, director of product management at Qualys, in a blog post.

Microsoft's April 2018 update began rolling out to Windows 10 systems on April 30, but the update has caused some systems with Intel SSDs to enter a UEFI screen reboot or crash repeatedly. Microsoft also cites performance and stability issues as key components of the errors, so it's possible that users with the April update can unknowingly suffer from reduced performance if they have an Intel SSD installed in their system.


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