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October 2022 Exchange Server Security Updates

Microsoft released several Security Updates (SUs) for Microsoft Exchange Server to address vulnerabilities. Due to the critical nature of these vulnerabilities, we recommend that customers apply the updates to affected systems immediately to protect the environment.

Note: These vulnerabilities affect Microsoft Exchange Server. Exchange Online is not affected.

Exchange Server Security Updates

Microsoft has released Security Updates for vulnerabilities found in:

  • Exchange Server 2013
  • Exchange Server 2016
  • Exchange Server 2019

These Security Updates are available for the following specific versions of Exchange:

Read more on how to Install Exchange Security Update.

If you are not at these Exchange Server CU versions, please update right now and apply the above patch.

Read more on how to Install Exchange Cumulative Update.

Vulnerabilities addressed in the October 2022 Security Updates were responsibly reported by security partners and found through Microsoft’s internal processes. Although we are not aware of any active exploits in the wild, our recommendation is to install these updates immediately to protect your environment.

Note: The October 2022 SUs do not contain fixes for the zero-day vulnerabilities reported publicly on September 29, 2022 (CVE-2022-41040 and CVE-2022-41082). Please see this article to apply mitigations for those vulnerabilities. Microsoft will release updates for CVE-2022-41040 and CVE-2022-41082 when they are ready.

Enable Windows Extended Protection

Starting with the August 2022 SUs, Exchange Server supports the Windows Extended Protection (EP) feature, which can help you protect your environments from authentication relay or “man in the middle” (MitM) attacks. If you have not yet enabled EP in your environment, please install the October SUs which address a known issue in Exchange EP support.

Note: If you have already installed the August 2022 SUs and have enabled EP, you do NOT need to re-run the EP script after installing the October SUs.

Issues resolved by this release

The following issues have been resolved in this update:

  • In Exchange 2013, Exchange 2016, and Exchange 2019, various Outlook and compliance-related monitoring probes show as Failed once EP is enabled.

FAQs

The last SU that we installed is (a few months old). Do we need to install all SUs in order, to install the latest one?
The Exchange Server Security Updates are cumulative. If you are running the CU that the SU can be installed on, you do not need to install all the SUs in sequential order but can install the latest SU only.

My organization is in Hybrid mode with Exchange Online. Do I need to do anything?
While Exchange Online customers are already protected, the October 2022 security updates do need to be applied to your on-premises Exchange Servers, even if they are used only for management purposes. You do not need to re-run the Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) after applying updates.

Do I need to install the updates on “Exchange Management Tools only” workstations?
Servers or workstations running only Microsoft Exchange Management Tools (no Exchange services) do not need to apply these updates.

Is Windows Extended Protection a prerequisite that needs to be activated before or after applying the SU, or is that an optional but strongly recommended activity?
Extended Protection is not a prerequisite for this Security Update. You can install it without having to activate the Extended Protection feature. However, configuring Extended Protection is strongly recommended, which can help you protect your environments from authentication relay or “Man in the Middle” (MITM) attacks.

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ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN is a passionate IT Architect, IT Consultant, and Microsoft Certified Trainer. He started Information Technology at a very young age, and his goal is to teach and inspire others. Read more »

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  1. Hello Ali,
    Many thanks for your great, quick and up-to-date posts on the subject of Exchange. You have helped me a lot many times

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