One of the critical vulnerabilities remedied in this month’s Patch Tuesday release, CVE-2020-0601, is getting special attention from the National Security Agency (NSA).
According to reports, the NSA discovered CVE-2020-0601 and alerted Microsoft to the problem instead of weaponizing the vulnerability.
- CVE-2020-0601 is a Windows CryptoAPI Spoofing Vulnerability. The vulnerability exists in the way Windows CryptoAPI authenticates Elliptic Curve Cryptography certificates, and it affects Windows 10 users.
Attackers can exploit this vulnerability by using spoofed code-signing certificates to sign malicious files and make them appear to be from trusted, legitimate providers.
Users would have no way of knowing the files are malicious because the digital signatures appear to be from trusted sources. Successful exploitation can allow attackers to run man-in-the-middle attacks and decrypt confidential information.
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The NSA released a statement on this month's Patch Tuesday, specifically to discuss this particular vulnerability and encourage users to patch their systems. As the NSA cautions, patching is the most effective way to mitigate the risks of this security vulnerability.
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