Monday, February 22, 2016

Cybersecurity News and Education for the Week of February 21, 2016


CYBERSECURITY VULNERABILITY

 

AND PATCH REPORT

 

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT CITADEL INFORMATION GROUP


Important Security Updates

Avira Free Antivirus: Avira has released version 15.0.15.141 of its free Antivirus. Updates are available from Avira’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 3.14.7 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 48.0.2564.116. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Opera: Opera has released version 35.0.2066.68. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 20.0.0.306 [Windows 7: IE, Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 20.0.0.306 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 20.0.0.306 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader DC 2015.010.20056
Dropbox 3.14.7 [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 44.0.2 [Windows]
Google Chrome 48.0.2564.116
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18161
Java SE 8 Update 73 [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 7.18.0.112
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco reports patched vulnerabilities in its Cisco ASR 5000 devices running StarOS prior to 19.3.M0.62771 and prior to 20.0.M0.62768. Apply updates. Cisco also reports unpatched vulnerabilities in its Cisco Small Business 500 Series Wireless Access Point Release 1.0.4.4, Cisco Industrial Ethernet 2000 Series Switches running Cisco IOS Software Release 15.2(4)E, Cisco Emergency Responder release 11.5(0.99833.5). No workarounds are available. Cisco also reports an unpatched vulnerability with workarounds on its Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Router.  Finally, Cisco reports an industry-wide vulnerability in the GNU C library (glibc) affecting multiple Cisco Products. Cisco will release updates that address this vulnerability. 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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