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Tuesday, 28 September 2010 11:46

Microsoft rushing out patch for ASP.NET vulnerability

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Microsoft is hastening the release of a patch for a publicly disclosed security vulnerability in ASP.NET. It will be available for download tonight (Australian time), and will be pushed out via Windows Update in a few days time.


Microsoft is set to release an out-of-cycle security update to fix an 'important' vulnerability in ASP.NET. All versions of the .NET Framework are affected by the issue.

The vulnerability is a particular problem on Windows Server, as desktop versions of Windows are only affected if they are running a web server.

Microsoft has chosen not to wait until October's Patch Tuesday to release the update as the vulnerability is being exploited and there are attempts to bypass current mitigations.

According to Dave Forstrom, director, trustworthy computing at Microsoft, the update itself is fully tested and is being released through the Microsoft Download Center to allow concerned administrators and users to update their systems as soon as possible. Release is scheduled for around 10am on September 28 US PDST, or 3am on September 29, AEST.

Further testing is being carried out to check that distribution of the update via Windows Update and Windows Server Update Services will be successful, and the update should be pushed out through those channels "within the next few days".

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The vulnerability can be exploited by an attacker to read data that has been encrypted by the server, tamper with the decrypted data, and read files accessible by the worker process identity used to run the web application.

Microsoft's security advisory concerning the issue is here.

 

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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