The Curious Case of the Patched Vulnerability

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So, you’ve heard the latest tech scuttlebutt, right? Microsoft is in the hot seat again—was there really a zero-day flaw in Exchange they didn’t fix? Let’s crack this nut.

Let’s paint the scene: The Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), those good folks who keep tabs on security slip-ups, dropped a bombshell claiming they’ve spotted not one, but four gnarly vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange. The kind that could let someone with just an email account play puppeteer with the server.

  • ZDI-23-1578
  • ZDI-23-1579
  • ZDI-23-1580
  • ZDI-23-1581

Now, here’s where the plot thickens. ZDI pinged Microsoft about this digital Pandora’s box back in early September. But according to them, Microsoft just shrugged it off, saying patches for these digital wounds weren’t on the immediate horizon.

Cut to Microsoft, cool as a cucumber, claiming, “Hold up–we patched that nasty remote code execution bug in August.” They’re adamant that the other three issues? They’ll get to them if they really need to.

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And as for the claims that these flaws could be used to snatch sensitive data or give a hacker VIP access to the system, Microsoft says that’s not in the cards.

Reza Rafati

Reza Rafati, based in the Netherlands, is the founder of An industry professional providing insightful commentary on infosec, cybercrime, cyberwar, and threat intelligence, Reza dedicates his work to bolster digital defenses and promote cyber awareness.

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