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Tripwire’s August 2018 Patch Priority Index (PPI) brings together the top vulnerabilities from Microsoft and Adobe.

First on the patch priority list this month are patches for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Edge, and Scripting Engine. These patches resolve 21 vulnerabilities, including fixes for Remote Code Execution, Elevation of Privilege, Information Disclosure, Memory Corruption, Security Feature Bypass, and Spoofing vulnerabilities. This set of vulnerabilities includes CVE-2018-8373 for Internet Explorer, and according to Microsoft, it has been publicly disclosed and exploitation has been detected for older software releases.

Next on the patch priority list this month are patches released by Adobe and described in the APSB18-25 security bulletin. This patch set includes fixes for vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Chrome OS. The patches address out-of-bounds read, security bypass, and vulnerable component vulnerabilities.

After Adobe, users should focus on Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Office. These patches resolve 5 vulnerabilities including Information Disclosure and Remote Code Execution.

Next on the list are patches for Microsoft Windows. These patches address 27 vulnerabilities across AD FS, Device Guard, Diagnostic Hub, DirectX Graphics Kernel, GDI+, LNK, Microsoft COM, Cortana, Win32k.sys, Windows Installer, Windows Kernel, NDIS, Windows PDF, and Windows Shell. This set of vulnerabilities includes CVE-2018-8414 for Windows Shell, and according to Microsoft, it has been publicly disclosed and exploited.

Lastly for this month, users should focus on the patches for .NET, Exchange Server, and SQL server. These patches resolve information disclosure, memory corruption, tampering, and remote code execution vulnerabilities.

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Microsoft Browser CVE-2018-8316, CVE-2018-8357, CVE-2018-8351, CVE-2018-8403, CVE-2018-8370, CVE-2018-8387, CVE-2018-8377, CVE-2018-8358, CVE-2018-8383, CVE-2018-8388
Microsoft Scripting Engine CVE-2018-8266, CVE-2018-8381, CVE-2018-8380, CVE-2018-8390, CVE-2018-8355, CVE-2018-8353, CVE-2018-8372, CVE-2018-8389, CVE-2018-8373, CVE-2018-8371, CVE-2018-8385
Adobe Flash Player – APSB18-25 CVE-2018-12824, CVE-2018-12825, CVE-2018-12826, CVE-2018-12827, CVE-2018-12828
Microsoft Excel CVE-2018-8382, CVE-2018-8379, CVE-2018-8375
Microsoft PowerPoint CVE-2018-8376
Microsoft Office CVE-2018-8378
Windows CVE-2018-8340, CVE-2018-8204, CVE-2018-8200, CVE-2018-0952, CVE-2018-8406, CVE-2018-8400, CVE-2018-8401, CVE-2018-8405, CVE-2018-8397, CVE-2018-8345, CVE-2018-8346, CVE-2018-8349, CVE-2018-8253, CVE-2018-8344, CVE-2018-8399, CVE-2018-8404, CVE-2018-8394, CVE-2018-8396, CVE-2018-8398, CVE-2018-8339, CVE-2018-8347, CVE-2018-8348, CVE-2018-8341, CVE-2018-8343, CVE-2018-8342, CVE-2018-8350, CVE-2018-8414
.NET CVE-2018-8360
Exchange Server CVE-2018-8302, CVE-2018-8374
SQL Server CVE-2018-8273