Sunday, February 07, 2016

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for the Week of February 7, 2016





Important Security Updates

Avast: Avast! Free Antivirus has released version 11.1.2253. Updates are available on Avast’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 48.0.2564.103. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit: Malwarebytes has released version of its free Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. Updates are available from Malwarebytes’ website.
Opera: Opera has version 35.0.2066.37. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.
Oracle Java: Oracle has released versions Java SE 8 Update 73 to fix at least 1 highly critical vulnerability. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]
Skype: Skype has released Skype Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.
Tor Browser: Tor has released version 5.5.1 of its Browser for Windows. Updates are available within the browser or from Tor’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 44.0
Google Chrome 48.0.2564.103
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]
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco reports patched vulnerabilities in its Application Policy Infrastructure Controller, Finesse Desktop releases 10.5(1) and 11.0(1), Unified Contact Center Express release 10.6(1), Nexus 9000 Series ACI Mode Switches and ASA-CX Content-Aware Security and PRSM software prior to Apply updates. Cisco also reports unpatched vulnerabilities in its Fog Director Release 1.0(0), WebEx Meetings Server version, Unified Communications Manager release 10.5(2.13900.9), Jabber Guest Server version 10.6(8) and Unity Connection release 11.5(0.199). Additional details are available on Cisco’s website.
McAfee: McAfee, part of Intel Security, has made a security update for its ePolicy Orchestrator due to multiple Oracle Java vulnerabilities.  Additional details are available on McAfee’s website.
WordPress: WordPress has released version 4.4.2. Updates are available from within the application or from the WordPress 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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