Monday, July 13, 2015

Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report for the week of July 12, 2015




Important Security Updates

Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version to fix multiple critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. Updates are also available for Adobe AIR.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 3.6.9 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 43.0.2357.132. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash [Windows 7: IE, Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader DC 2015.007.20033
Dropbox 3.6.9 [Citadel warns against relying on Dropbox security. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the Dropbox password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]
Firefox 39.0
Google Chrome 43.0.2357.132
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17842
Java SE 8 Update 45 [Citadel recommends removing or disabling Java from your browser. Java is a major source of cyber criminal exploits. It is not needed for most internet browsing. If you have a particular web site that requires Java, Citadel recommends using a two-browser approach to minimize risk. If you normally browse the Web with Firefox, for example, disable the Java plugin in Firefox and use an alternative browser — such as Chrome, IE9, Safari, etc — with Java enabled to browse only the sites that require it.]
Safari 7.1.7, 8.07, 6.2.7 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, Mountain Lion]

Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities

Adobe Flash Player: Secunia reports a critical unpatched vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player. No official solution is currently available. Adobe plans to release a fixed version during the week of July 13th.

For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports vulnerabilities in Cisco’s Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) and IOS XE. Apply updates. Secunia also reports unpatched security vulnerabilities in Cisco’s Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS) and multiple TelePresence products. No official solutions are currently available.
McAfee Next Generation Firewall: Secunia reports vulnerabilities in McAfee Next Generation Firewall (NGFW). Apply update.
Novell GroupWise: Secunia reports vulnerabilities in Novell GroupWise. Apply update.
OpenSSL: Secunia and US-CERT report vulnerabilities in OpenSSL. Apply updates.
Oracle Linux: Secunia reports that Oracle Linux has issued updates for php and abrt to address security vulnerabilities. Apply updates.
VMware Multiple Products: Secunia and US-CERT report vulnerabilities in VMware Workstation, Player, and Horizon Client for Windows. Apply updates.
If someone else is responsible for the security of your computer, forward our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to them and follow up to make sure your computer has been patched and updated.
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 usually 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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