Sunday, January 17, 2016

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for the Week of January 17, 2016




Important Security Updates

Adobe Reader: Adobe has released version 2015.010.20056 to address multiple critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available through the program’s Help menu/Check for Updates or from Adobe’s website.
Adobe Shockwave: Adobe has released version of Shockwave Player running on Windows and Macintosh. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Shockwave Web Site.
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 47.0.2526.111. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
KeePass: KeePass has released version 2.31 of its free open source password manager. Updates are available from the KeePass website.
LastPass: LastPass has released version 4.0.3 of LastPass Free Password Manager. Updates are available from the LastPass website.
Opera: Opera has released version 34.0.2036.47. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released 9 updates to address 22 vulnerabilities within Windows operating systems, Internet Explorer, and Office products. Details on the updates are available from Microsoft’s website.
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 2015.010.20056
Dropbox 3.12.6 [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 43.0.4
Google Chrome 47.0.2526.111
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18161
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.]
QuickTime 7.7.9
Safari 9.0.2 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco reports patched vulnerabilities in its Cisco Aironet 1800 Series Access Point devices, Identity Services Engine (ISE), Wireless LAN Controller (WLC), FireSIGHT Management Center, and Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA). Apply updates. 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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