Monday, August 24, 2015

Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report for the Week of August 23, 2015





Important Security Updates

Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version to fix at least 34 vulnerabilities. Updates are available from Adobe’s website.
Apple QuickTime: Apple has released version 7.7.8 of QuickTime for Windows 7 to fix at least 9 highly critical vulnerabilities.  Updates are available from within the program or Apple’s website.
Microsoft Internet Explorer: Microsoft has released updates for all versions of Internet Explorer to fix an extremely critical vulnerability. Updates are available through the program or from Microsoft’s website.
Oracle Java: Oracle has released versions Java SE 8 Update 60. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]
Siber Systems RoboForm: Siber Systems has released version of Roboform. Updates are available from within the program. Look for the “Check New Version” button on the Options menu or download from the Roboform 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 2015.008.20082
Dropbox 3.8.8 [Citadel warns against relying on security of Dropbox or other cloud-based file exchange systems. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the master Dropbox [or other] password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]
Firefox 40.0.2
Google Chrome 43.0.2403.155
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17937
Java SE 8 Update 60 [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.]
QuickTime 7.7.8
Safari 7.1.8, 8.08, 6.2.8 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, Mountain Lion]

Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities


For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports patched vulnerabilities in Cisco’s Finesse, TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS), Unified Web / E-Mail Interaction Manager, Aggregation Services Routers (ASR) 5000 Series, Nexus and others. Apply updates. Secunia also reports unpatched security vulnerabilities in Cisco’s TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS), Content Security Management Appliance, Prime Infrastructure. No official solutions are currently available.
McAfee Firewall: Secunia reports patched vulnerabilities in McAfee’s Firewall Enterprise to fix a moderately critical vulnerability. Apply ePatch.
If you are responsible for the security of your computer, Citadel’s Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your workstation patched and updated.
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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