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American consumer technology company Dell has released a new update for its devices, especially for its Windows-based computers, which are currently facing a Windows universal application vulnerability. The update aims to protect those affected by the vulnerability and currently facing security issues.
According to Dell’s report, vulnerability CVE-2023-23698, referred to as an “Insecure Operation on Windows Junction,” leaves the door open for a malicious local user to potentially wreak havoc by deleting arbitrary files.
Vulnerability CVE-2023-23698 explained
The CVE-2023-23698 is one of the latest vulnerabilities found in Dell devices and directly affects Dell Command | Update, and Dell Update, Alienware Update. The Dell products affected by the vulnerability include Versions 4.6.0 and 4.7.1 and Versions 4.6.0 and 4.7.1.
The vulnerability was first discovered on January 17, 2023, and directly affected Dell Command | Update, and Dell Update, Alienware Update versions before 4.6.0 and 4.7.1.
These vulnerabilities could potentially allow a local malicious user to exploit Dell devices, potentially leading to arbitrary file deletion. In general, vulnerabilities in Dell devices can refer to security flaws or weaknesses in Dell hardware, software, or firmware that could allow attackers to gain unauthorized access, steal sensitive information, or cause harm to the device or network.
Users are advised to update the products to version 4.8.0. Dell has also shared links to the updates for both the products where users of Windows 10 32-bit and 64-bit can download the update to secure systems.
Dell, vulnerability, and patch management
To mitigate these risks, It is recommended to upgrade to the latest version for one’s devices and products with the latest security patches and to follow best practices for network security, such as using strong passwords and disabling unused services.
Keeping the operating system and all installed software up-to-date is important, so regularly checking for updates is advised.
Using a robust antivirus program protects against malicious software and malware. Enabling firewall protection on the computer is also recommended. Practicing safe browsing habits and avoiding downloading or executing unknown files is important.
Regularly backing up important data protects against loss in case of a security breach or system failure. Finally, staying informed about potential security threats and best practices for visiting safely online is crucial for one’s education and awareness. Moreover, following the manufacturer’s guidelines to address the issue and take necessary precautions to secure your device and data is recommended.
Vulnerability and timely patching
Poor patch management within companies is often due to several challenges, The Cyber Express reported earlier.
Employees are often inundated with a constant stream of patches that need to be installed. This can result in a backlog of updates that need to be prioritized based on the importance of the affected application and the gravity of the security vulnerability.
Moreover, the growth of remote work has resulted in more employees utilizing personal devices for work, which are more challenging to secure and keep updated.
Another hindrance is the lack of coordination among IT teams, each responsible for different tasks such as identifying vulnerabilities and applying patches, leading to disruptions in communication and workflow.
The patching process can also be hindered by slow and outdated change management procedures. Additionally, there is always the chance that the patches themselves may be faulty or compromised, requiring IT teams to thoroughly test and validate them before deployment.
Finally, many patch management processes are still performed manually, consuming a large amount of time and resources.