Sunday, October 25, 2015

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for the Week of October 25, 2015




Important Security Updates

Apple iOS: Apple has released version 9.1 of its iOS. Updates are available through the device or through Apple’s website.
Apple iTunes: Apple has released version 12.3.1 (64-bit and 32-bit) of iTunes. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
Apple OS X: Apple has released security updates for Mavericks, Yosemite, and El Capitan. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
Apple Safari: Apple has released Safari 9.0.1 for OS X Yosemite v10.10.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, and El Capitan 10.11. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 46.0.2490.80 to fix multiple vulnerabilities. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Oracle Java: Oracle has released versions Java SE 8 Update 65 to fix at least 25 security vulnerabilities. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]
Skype: Skype has released Skype Updates are available from the program or Skype’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 2015.008.20082
Dropbox 3.10.8 [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 41.0.2
Google Chrome 46.0.2490.80
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18057
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.]
Safari 9.1 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]

Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities


For Your IT Department

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance: Secunia reports multiple patched vulnerabilities in Cisco’s Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA). Apply updates.
Joomla!: US-CERT reports Joomla! has released version 3.4.5 of its Content Management System (CMS) to address multiple vulnerabilities. Update to latest version.
McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator: Secunia reports a patched vulnerability in McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator. Apply update.
Oracle Multiple Products: US-CERT reports that Oracle has released its Critical Patch Update for October to address 154 vulnerabilities across multiple products. Review the Oracle October 2015 Critical Patch Update and apply the necessary updates.
SolarWinds Log & Event Manager: Secunia reports a patched vulnerability in SolarWinds Log & Event Manager (LEM). Apply update.
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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