Microsoft Security Bulletins For October 2015

The Microsoft Patch overview for October 2015 provides you with detailed information about security and non-security patches and advisories that Microsoft released in the past 30 days for Microsoft Windows and other company products.

The executive summary offers a quick overview of the updates released this month. What follows are information about operating systems and other Microsoft products that patches got released for.

Afterwards, you find the list of security bulletins, security advisories and non-security updates, all with links pointing to Microsoft’s website where you find additional information and often downloads as well.

The last part lists download and deployment information as well as links to important resources.

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Executive Summary

  1. A total of 6 security bulletins were released on the October 2015 patch day.
  2. 3 bulletins are rated as critical, the highest severity rating.
  3. The security patches affect Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Server Software.
  4. All client versions of Windows are affected by one critical vulnerability.

Operating System Distribution

All client versions of Windows are affected by one critical vulnerability (MS15-106) patching security issues in Microsoft Internet Explorer. The important bulletin for Windows 10 addresses the same issue in Microsoft Edge.

Server operating systems are affected by the same issue but only in a moderate way.

  • Windows Vista: 1 critical
  • Windows 7:  1 critical
  • Windows 8 and 8.1: 1 critical
  • Windows RT and RT 8.1: 1 critical
  • Windows 10:  1 critical, 1 important
  • Windows Server 2008:  1 moderate
  • Windows Server 2008 R2: 1 moderate
  • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2: 1 moderate
  • Server core: none

Other Microsoft Products

  • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016: 1 important
  • Microsoft Office 2013 RT: 1 important
  • Microsoft Office for Mac: 1 important
  • Microsoft Excel Viewer, Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 3: 1 important
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007, 2010 and 2013: 1 important
  • Microsoft Office Web Apps 2010 and 2013: 1 important

Security Bulletins

MS15-106 – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3096441)  – critical – remote code execution

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.

MS15-107 – Cumulative Security Update for Microsoft Edge (3096448) – important- information disclosure

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Edge. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow information disclosure if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Microsoft Edge. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.

MS15-108 – Security Update for JScript and VBScript to Address Remote Code Execution (3089659) – critical – remote code execution

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in the VBScript and JScript scripting engines in Microsoft Windows. The more severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if an attacker hosts a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit the vulnerabilities through Internet Explorer (or leverages a compromised website or a website that accepts or hosts user-provided content or advertisements) and then convinces a user to view the website. An attacker could also embed an ActiveX control marked “safe for initialization” in an application or Microsoft Office document that uses the IE rendering engine to direct the user to the specially crafted website.

MS15-109 – Security Update for Windows Shell to Address Remote Code Execution (3096443) – critical – remote code execution

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted toolbar object in Windows or an attacker convinces a user to view specially crafted content online.

MS15-110 – Security Updates for Microsoft Office to Address Remote Code Execution (3096440) – important – remote code execution

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Microsoft Office file. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerabilities could run arbitrary code in the context of the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.

MS15-111 – Security Update for Windows Kernel to Address Elevation of Privilege (3096447)  – important – elevation of privilege

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The more severe of the vulnerabilities could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker logs on to an affected system and runs a specially crafted application.

Security Advisories and updates

Non-security related updates

  • Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 (KB3090045) – Windows Update for reserved devices in Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 SP1.
  • Update for Windows 7 (KB2952664) – Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7.
  • Update for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 (KB2976978) – Compatibility update for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.
  • Update for Windows 7 (KB2977759) – Compatibility update for Windows 7 RTM-
  • Update for Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB3083710) – Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: October 2015
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3083711) – Windows Update Client for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: October 2015
  • Update for Windows 7 (KB3035583) – Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1
  • Update for Windows 8.1 (KB3035583) – Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1
  • Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 (KB3090045) – Windows Update for reserved devices in Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 SP1
  • Cumulative Update for Windows 10 (KB3093266) – Cumulative update for Windows 10: September 30, 2015
  • Dynamic Update for Windows 10 (KB3096652) – Compatibility update for upgrading to Windows 10: September 30, 2015
  • Update for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista (KB2999226) – Update for Universal C Runtime in Windows
  • Update for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 (KB3096053) – September 2015 servicing stack update for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
  • Cumulative Update for Windows 10 (KB3095020)
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista (KB2999226)
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3073874) – Compatibility update for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2: September 2015
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3080042) – CHM file freezes when you enter characters in Search box on the Index tab in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB3080079) – Update to add RDS support for TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 (KB3080800) – “Access violation (c0000005)” error if the NcdAutoSetup service crashes in Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3082353) – Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 hosts crash when they set up IPSec tunnel
  • Update for Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3083729) – WDS has a high CPU usage when many client computers try to start in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3084905) – TPM lockout occurs unexpectedly in Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3087041) – You can’t select the first item in a list by touching in Windows 8.1
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3087137) – Gradient rendering issue when an application has nested transformed geometries in Windows 8.1
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3087390) – Application may crash with 0x8002801D error in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

How to download and install the October 2015 security updates

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Security updates are made available through Windows Update and other services. The most common method for home users is the Windows Update service which, depending on how it is configured, can notify, download or even install updates automatically on the computer Windows is running on.

To check for updates manually, do the following:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key on the keyboard, type Windows Update and hit the enter key.
  2. Click the “check for updates” link on the page that opens.
  3. Windows queries the update server to find out if updates are available. If that is the case, it displays the updates to you on the screen.

Microsoft publishes all updates individually on its Download Center website and all security updates as a monthly released security ISO image that you can download as well.

Additional information

Summary

Article Name

Microsoft Security Bulletins For October 2015

Author

Martin Brinkmann

Description

The overview provides you with information about all security bulletins, security advisories and non-security patches Microsoft released in October 2015.

About Martin Brinkmann

Martin Brinkmann is a journalist from Germany who founded Ghacks Technology News Back in 2005. He is passionate about all things tech and knows the Internet and computers like the back of his hand. You can follow Martin on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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