Monday, December 14, 2015

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for the Week of December 13, 2015





Important Security Updates

Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version to fix 78 security vulnerabilities. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. Updates for Adobe AIR are also available.
Apple iOS: Apple has released version 9.2 of its iOS. Updates are available through the device or through Apple’s website.
Apple iTunes: Apple has released version 12.3.2 (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 9.0.2 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.
Avira Free Antivirus: Avira has released version of its free Antivirus. Updates are available from Avira’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 3.12.5 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 47.0.2526.80 to fix 7 vulnerabilities. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released 12 updates to address 71 vulnerabilities within Windows operating systems, Internet Explorer, and Office products. Details on the updates are available from Microsoft’s website.
Opera: Opera has released version 34.0.2036.25 of its browser. Updates are available from Opera’s website.
Skype: Skype has released Skype Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.
VMware Player: VMware has released version 12.1.0 of its player. Updates are available from VMware’s website.
WordPress: WordPress has released version 4.4. Updates are available from within the application or from the WordPress 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 15.009.20079
Dropbox 3.12.5 [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 42.0
Google Chrome 47.0.2526.80
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18098
Java SE 8 Update 66 [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 9.0.2 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]

Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities


For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco reports patched vulnerabilities in its Videoscape Distribution Suite Service Manager, Unified Email Interaction Manager, Unified Web Interaction Manager, Unified Computing System (UCS) 6200 Series Fabric Interconnect Series Switch, Small Business RV Series Routers, SA500 Series Security Appliances, FireSIGHT Management Center, and Integrated Management Controller (IMC). Apply updates. Cisco also reports unpatched vulnerabilities in its TelePresence VCS, Emergency Responder Software, Hosted Collaboration Mediation Fulfillment, and Unified Communications Domain Manager. No workarounds are available. Additional details are available on Cisco’s website.
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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