Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report November 7, 2011

Vulnerability and Patch Report   
The following software vulnerabilities and updates were announced last week. Citadel Information Group strongly recommends that readers update their computers and take other action as indicated.

Important Security Updates

HTC Smartphones:HTC is continuing to push out an Over-the-Air update to fix the critical security vulnerabilities we reported in our Cyber Security News of the Week, October 9, 2011. To see if the update is available for your Android smartphone, go into the Settings menu and tap About Phone > System Update > HTC software update.

Current Adobe Flash and Java Versions

Adobe Flash: The current version is 11.0.1.152
Java: The current version is SE 6 Update 29.

Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities

Microsoft Windows: Microsoft has released a security advisory about a 0-day critical vulnerability in most supported versions of Windows, including Windows XP, Vista and 7. There is no patch at this time. Microsoft has released a point-and-click Fixit tool that allows Windows users to disable the vulnerable component. Using the tool may cause fonts in some applications to display improperly. If you experience these or other problems after applying the Fixit solution, you can undo it by clicking "disable" image in the Microsoft advisory and following the prompts. According to Microsoft, for an attack to be successful, a user must open an attachment that is sent in an e-mail message.

For Your IT Department
Cisco: A moderately critical vulnerability has been reported in Cisco Small Business SRP520 / SRP540 series. IT Departments can upgrade to version 1.1.24 or 1.2.1.

Important Unpatched Vulnerabilities

Adobe Photoshop Elements: Adobe versions 1 - 8 contain a highly critical unpatched vulnerability. The vulnerability is confirmed in version 8.0 20090905.r.605812 and Adobe reports that the vulnerability affects versions 8.0 and earlier. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, October 9, 2011.

ACDSee Photo: Several highly critical vulnerabilities have been identified in various ACDSee photo products. Vulnerabilities have been identified in FotoSlate, Photo Editor 2008, and Picture Frame Manager. No patches are available at this time. Readers should refrain from using ACDSee to open untrusted files. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, June 12. We alerted readers to a second vulnerability in FotoSlate in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, September 18.

ACD Systems Canvas CorelDRAW: A highly critical vulnerability has been found in ACD Systems Canvas which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's system. Users should not view untrusted CDR files. Readers should refrain from opening untrusted files in ACD Systems Canvas. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, July 31.

HTC Mobile Devices: The security vulnerability in the default Twitter application (Peep) in HTC products remain unpatched. Readers should refrain from using the default Twitter application (Peep). We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, February 11.

Microsoft Office Publisher 2007: A moderately critical vulnerability has been reported in Microsoft Office Publisher. No patch is available at this time. Readers are advised to not use content from untrusted sources. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, October 23, 2011.

Microsoft Windows XP: A less-critical security vulnerability has been found in Windows XP which can be exploited by malicious, local users to disclose potentially sensitive information or cause a DoS (Denial of Service). No patch is available at this time. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, August 7.

Microsoft Word: A highly critical vulnerability has been found in Microsoft Word XP and 2002. No patch is available at this time. Readers should refrain from opening untrusted files in these earlier versions of Word. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, June 19.

Microsoft Office for Mac: A highly critical vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Office for the Mac which can be exploited by cyber criminals to take control of a user's computer. Security updates are currently unavailable. Readers should refrain from opening untrusted files in Office. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability & Patch Report, May 13, 2011.

Microsoft Reader: The highly critical vulnerability in Microsoft Reader, versions 2.x, remains unpatched.  Readers should refrain from opening untrusted files in Reader. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, April 15.

PDF-Pro: Several highly critical vulnerabilities in PDF-Pro, a popular alternative to Adobe Acrobat, remain unpatched. Readers should refrain from opening untrusted files in PDF-Pro. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, March 4.

Quick View Plus CorelDRAW: A highly critical vulnerability has been found in Quick View Plus which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's system. Users should not view untrusted CDR files in Quick View Plus. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, July 31.

  
If you are responsible for keeping your computer secure, our weekly report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your workstation secure.

If someone else is responsible for keeping your computer secure, protect it by forwarding our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to them and following up to make sure your computer has been patched.

Vulnerability management is a key element of cyber security management. Cyber criminals take over user computers by writing computer programs that "exploit" vulnerabilities in operating systems (Windows, Apple OS, etc) and application programs (Adobe Acrobat, Office, Flash, Java, etc). When software companies find a vulnerability, they will issue an update patch to fix the code running in their customer's computers.

Citadel publishes our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to alert readers to some of the week's important updates and vulnerabilities. Our focus is on software typically found in the small or home office (SOHO) or that users are likely to have on their home computer. The report is not intended to be a thorough listing of updates and vulnerabilities.

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