Microsoft Windows Zero-Day Vulnerability – CVE-2014-4114

Number: AL14-034
Date: October 14, 2014

Purpose

The purpose of this Alert is to bring attention to a recently identified zero-day vulnerability impacting all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and Windows Server 2008 and 2012.

Assessment

CCIRC is aware of a highly critical vulnerability impacting all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and Windows Server 2008 and 2012. If exploited, this vulnerability may allow an attacker to remotely execute arbitrary code. Open source reports indicate that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild, specifically using Microsoft Offices products as the attack vector, using social engineering methods to convince a user to open it.

CVE Reference: CVE-2014-4114

Suggested action

CCIRC recommends that system administrators identify their affected assets and potential interdependencies with their organization’s critical services, and follow their patch management process accordingly.

Microsoft is making a patch available to address this vulnerability as part of the patch updates on 14 October 2014.

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Note to Readers

In support of Public Safety's mission to build a safe and resilient Canada, CCIRC's mandate is to help ensure the security and resilience of the vital non-federal government cyber systems that underpin Canada's national security, public safety and economic prosperity. As Canada's computer security incident response team, CCIRC is Canada's national coordination centre for the prevention and mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from cyber incidents on non-federal government systems. It does this by providing authoritative advice and support, and coordinating information sharing and incident response.

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