Sunday, January 24, 2016

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for the Week of January 24, 2016


CYBERSECURITY VULNERABILITY
AND PATCH REPORT

 

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT CITADEL INFORMATION GROUP


Important Security Updates

Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version 20.0.0.286 to fix at least 18 vulnerabilities. Updates are available from Adobe’s website.
Apple iOS: Apple has released version 9.2.1 of its iOS for iPhone 4 and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later and iPad 2 and later to fix at least 13 vulnerabilities reported in previous versions, some of which are highly critical. The update is available through the devices or through Apple’s website.  Information about the updates is also available from Apple’s website.
Apple OS X: Apple has released updates for its OS X to fix at least 9 vulnerabilities reported in previous versions, some of which are highly critical. Update to version 10.11.3 or apply Security Update 2016-001.  Update information is available at Apple’s website. Information about the updates is also available from Apple’s website.
Apple Safari: Apple has released updates for Safari to fix at least 6 vulnerabilities reported in previous versions, some of which are highly critical. Update to version 9.0.3. Update information is available at Apple’s website. Information about the updates is also available from Apple’s website.
AVG Free Edition: AVG has released version 2016.0.7357 of its 64 and 32 bit Free Edition. Updates are available on AVG’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 48.0.2564.82. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Opera: Opera has released version 34.0.2036.50. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.
Oracle Java: Oracle has released versions Java SE 8 Update 71 to fix at least 4 security vulnerabilities. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]
Skype: Skype has released Skype 7.18.0.109. Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 20.0.0.286 [Windows 7: IE, Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 20.0.0.286 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 20.0.0.286 [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 48.0.2564.82
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18161
Java SE 8 Update 71 [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 9.0.3 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]
Skype 7.18.0.109
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco reports patched vulnerabilities in its Web Security Appliance (WSA), UCS Manager, Firepower 9000 Series appliance, and Modular Encoding Platform D9036. Apply updates. Additional details are available on Cisco’s website.
Oracle Multiple Products: US-CERT reports Oracle has released updates to fix hundreds of vulnerabilities in its Database Server, Fusion Middleware  and Applications, Enterprise Manager, E-Business Suite, Supply Chain Products Suite, PeopleSoft Products, JD Edwards Products, iLearning, Communications Applications, Retail Applications, Sun Systems Products Suite, Linux and Virtualization, and MySQL and others. Additional details are available on Oracle’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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