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Microsoft has issued out-of-band patches for two “important” severity vulnerabilities, which if exploited could allow for remote code execution. One flaw (CVE-2020-17023) exists in Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code is a free source-code editor made by Microsoft for Windows, Linux and macOS. The other (CVE-2020-17022) is in the Microsoft Windows Codecs Library; the codecs module provides stream and file interfaces for transcoding data in Windows programs. “Microsoft has released security updates to address remote code execution vulnerabilities affecting Windows Codecs Library and Visual Studio Code,” according to a Friday CISA alert on the patches. “An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.” According to Microsoft, one “important” severity flaw (CVE-2020-17022) stems from the way that Microsoft Windows Codecs Library handles objects in memory. This vulnerability has a CVSS score of 7.8 out of 10. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could execute arbitrary code, according to Microsoft. While an attacker could be remote to launch the attack, exploitation requires that a program process a specially crafted image file. Only customers who have installed the optional HEVC or “HEVC from Device Manufacturer” media codecs from Microsoft Store may be vulnerable. The secure Microsoft installed packed versions are 1.0.32762.0, 1.0.32763.0, and later. “The update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how Microsoft…

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