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Welcome to July’s Security Newsletter!

The theme for this month’s newsletter focuses in on security tools designed to help make IT professionals work smarter, not harder. A good tool can save a lot of work and time for those people responsible for developing and managing software. Tools can help prevent the exploitation of software vulnerabilities and reduce the overhead needed to react to system compromises. As a result, to help mitigate threats from cybercriminals, Microsoft provides a number of free tools for organizations.

Threat Modeling
Threat modeling helps engineers analyze the security of their systems to find and address design issues early in the software lifecycle. To help make threat modeling a little easier, Microsoft provides a free SDL Threat Modeling Tool that enables non-security subject matter experts to create and analyze threat models by communicating about the security design of their systems, analyzing those design for potential security issues using a proven methodology, and suggesting and managing mitigations for security issues. If you are in the retail industry, we also recently published guidance on " Threat Modeling a Retail Environment" and " Protecting Point of Sale Devices from Targeted Attacks."

Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit
The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a free mitigation tool designed to help IT professionals and developers prevent vulnerabilities in software from being successfully exploited. The tool works by protecting applications via the latest security mitigation technologies built into Windows, even in cases where the developer of the application didn’t opt to do this themselves. By doing so, it enables a wide variety of software to be made significantly more resistant to exploitation – even against zero day vulnerabilities and vulnerabilities for which an update has not yet been applied.

Another popular resource is our myBulletins online service. myBulletins is a customizable tool designed to give IT professionals a tailored experience based on specific requirements for their environment. Using this service, you can filter security bulletins to show only those that are relevant to the Microsoft products in your environment. It can also be used to help prioritize security bulletins with the ability to sort by release date, severity, and reboot requirements. Since myBulletins is accessed through your Microsoft Account, your preferences can be saved, making it easier for you to use into the future.

For more information on methods that can help make your work and work life easier, I encourage you to read on for additional tools and resources.

Tim Rains Best regards,
Tim Rains, Director
Microsoft Trustworthy Computing

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Driving a Collectively Stronger Security Community with Microsoft Interflow
Microsoft Interflow, currently available as a private preview, is a security and threat information exchange platform for analysts and researchers working in cybersecurity. Interflow uses industry specifications to create an automated, machine-readable feed of threat and security information that can be shared across industries and groups in near real-time. Learn how this platform may help security professionals respond more quickly to threats and reduce cost of defense by automating processes that are currently performed manually.

Security Guidance
Security Tip of the Month: New Strategies and Features to Help Organizations Better Protect Against Pass-the-Hash Attacks
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Case of the Unexplained 2014: Troubleshooting with Mark Russinovich
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Microsoft Anti-Cross Site Scripting Library V4.3
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Attack Surface Analyzer
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BinScope Binary Analyzer
The BinScope Binary Analyzer tool can be helpful for both developers and IT professionals that are auditing the security of applications that they are developing or deploying / managing. Learn how to make more meaningful assessments by using the tool to audit the software deployed in your environment and determine if that software is making use of security mitigations.

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.3
Updated to support Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2012, the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) is an easy-to-use tool designed for IT professionals to help small and medium-sized businesses determine their security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations and offers specific remediation guidance. It is a standalone security and vulnerability scanner designed to provide a streamlined method for identifying common security misconfigurations and missing security updates.

Community Update
Get to Know Today’s Security MVP Community
On July 1st, Microsoft notified exemplary community leaders around the world that they have received the MVP Award. Explore the current enterprise and developer security MVPs, chosen because they have demonstrated their deep commitment to helping others make the most of their technology, voluntarily sharing their passion and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with the community.

This Month's Security Bulletins

July 2014 Security Bulletins


MS14-037:2975687 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer
MS14-038:2975689 Vulnerability in Windows Journal Could Allow Remote Code Execution


MS14-039:2975685 Vulnerability in On-Screen Keyboard Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
MS14-040:2975684 Vulnerability in Ancillary Function Driver (AFD) Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
MS14-041:2975681 Vulnerability in DirectShow Could Allow Elevation of Privilege


MS14-042:2972621 Vulnerability in Microsoft Service Bus Could Allow Denial of Service

July 2014 Security Bulletin Resources:

July 2014 Bulletin Release Blog Post
July 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast
July 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast Q&A
Malicious Software Removal Tool: July 2014 Update

Security Events and Training
Microsoft Virtual Academy: Security Fundamentals
Take this Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Training course to help you prepare for MTA Exam 98-367 and build an understanding of security layers, operating system security, network security, and Microsoft security software.


Essential Tools

Microsoft Security Bulletins
Microsoft Security Advisories
Security Compliance Manager
Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle Starter Kit
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit
Malicious Software Removal Tool
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Security Centers

Security TechCenter
Security Developer Center
Microsoft Security Response Center
Microsoft Malware Protection Center
Microsoft Privacy
Microsoft Security Product Solution Centers

Additional Resources

Trustworthy Computing Security and Privacy Blogs
Microsoft Security Intelligence Report
Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle
Malware Response Guide
Security Troubleshooting and Support Resources
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