Sunday, November 01, 2015

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for the Week of November 1, 2015




Important Security Updates

Adobe Shockwave Player: Adobe has released version of Shockwave Player to address a critical vulnerability. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Shockwave Web Site or from the Adobe Security Bulletin.
AVG: AVG has released version 2016.0.7226 of its Free Edition and Internet Security 2016. Updates are available on AVG’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 3.10.9 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]
LastPass: LastPass has released version 3.2.41 of LastPass Free Password Manager. Updates are available from the LastPass website.
Opera: Opera has released version 33.0.1990.43 of its browser. Updates are available from Opera’s website.
WinZip: Winzip has released version 20.0.11659. Updates are available from within the program, look for “Check for Updates” on the Help menu, or download from the WinZip 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 3.10.9 [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 Multiple Products: Secunia reports patched vulnerabilities in Cisco’s Aggregation Services Routers (ASR) and multiple other Cisco products. Apply updates.
McAfee SIEM: Secunia reports a patched vulnerability in McAfee Security Information and Event Management (SIEM). 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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