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Announcing The BlueHat Podcast: Listen and Subscribe Now!

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Available today on all major podcast platforms is The BlueHat Podcast, a new series of security research focused conversations, continuing the themes from the BlueHat 2023 conference (session recordings available to watch here). Since 2005, BlueHat has been where the security research community, and Microsoft, come together as peers: to debate, discuss, share, challenge, celebrate and learn.

Guidance related to Secure Boot Manager changes associated with CVE-2023-24932

Tuesday, May 09, 2023

Summary Today, Microsoft is releasing CVE-2023-24932, and associated configuration guidance, to address a Secure Boot bypass vulnerability used by the BlackLotus bootkit to exploit CVE-2022-21894. Customers will need to closely follow the configuration guidance to fully protect against this vulnerability. This vulnerability allows an attacker to execute self-signed code at the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) level while Secure Boot is enabled.

Microsoft Vulnerability Severity Classification for Online Services Publication

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) is always looking for ways to provide clarity and transparency around how we assess the impact of vulnerabilities reported in our products and services. We have published a new Microsoft Vulnerability Severity Classification for Online Services to provide additional information about our approach to online services and web applications.

Congratulations to the Top MSRC 2023 Q1 Security Researchers!

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Congratulations to all the researchers recognized in this quarter’s Microsoft Researcher Recognition Program leaderboard! Thank you to everyone for your hard work and continued partnership to secure customers. The top three researchers of the 2023 Q1 Security Researcher Leaderboard are: Kai Lu (@K3vinLuSec), Yuki Chen, and wh1tc & Edwardzpeng! Check out the full list of researchers recognized this quarter here.

Best practices regarding Azure Storage Keys, Azure Functions, and Azure Role Based Access

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Summary Azure provides developers and security operations staff a wide array of configurable security options to meet organizational needs. Throughout the software development lifecycle, it is important for customers to understand the shared responsibility model, as well as be familiar with various security best practices. This is particularly important in deploying Azure Functions and in provisioning Azure Role Based Access Control as customers are responsible for configuring and managing applications, identity, and data.

Guidance on Potential Misconfiguration of Authorization of Multi-Tenant Applications that use Azure AD

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Summary Microsoft has addressed an authorization misconfiguration for multi-tenant applications that use Azure AD, initially discovered by Wiz, and reported to Microsoft, that impacted a small number of our internal applications. The misconfiguration allowed external parties read and write access to the impacted applications. Microsoft immediately corrected the misconfiguration and added additional authorization checks to address the issue and confirmed that no unintended access had occurred.

Microsoft Mitigates Outlook Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

May 9, 2023 update: Releases for Microsoft Products has been updated with the release of CVE-2023-29324 - Security Update Guide - Microsoft - Windows MSHTML Platform Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability March 24, 2023 update: Impact Assessment has been updated to a link to Guidance for investigating attacks using CVE-2023-23397 - Microsoft Security Blog.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Threat Hunting

Wednesday, March 01, 2023

As more businesses shift away from running workloads on dedicated virtual machines to running them inside containers using workload orchestrators like Kubernetes, adversaries have become more interested in them as targets. Moreover, the benefits Kubernetes provides for managing workloads are also extended to adversaries. As adversaries leverage Kubernetes to run their workloads, their understanding of how these platforms work and can be exploited increases.