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Healthcare patch priorities: HC3 alerts to SAP, Microsoft, Android vulnerabilities


Vulnerability management , Risk management Signage at the headquarters of SAP AG, Germany’s largest software company, is seen Jan. 8, 2013, in Walldorf, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images) The Department of Health and Human Services Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) issued a report detailing a range of vulnerabilities disclosed in the last month, which healthcare security leaders should prioritize given the criticality and potential impact to the sector.

Among the list of vulnerabilities disclosed in April of interest to healthcare, HC3 spotlighted key disclosures from Microsoft, Android/Google, and SAP for which patching is imperative given the risk to the enterprise and evidence of active targeting again the SAP flaws. The bulletin also includes disclosures from Apple, Cisco, Adobe, Oracle, Mozilla, SonicWall, and VMWare.

Microsoft issued patches for 145 vulnerabilities in April, 10 ranked critical and 115 marked “important.” HC3 made note of two of the most pressing to healthcare: Windows Hyper V and Windows Network File System. The file system holds two critical remote code execution flaws, but they can only be exploited on systems with the NFS role enabled.

Three critical flaws in Hyper V could enable remote code execution, and “if a threat actor is able to open a specially […]

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