Sunday, February 14, 2016

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for the Week of February 14, 2016





Important Security Updates

Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version to fix at least 22 vulnerabilities. Updates are available from Adobe’s website.  Adobe has also released version of Adobe AIR and this is available from Adobe’s website.
AVG Free Edition: AVG has released version 2016.0.7442 of its 64 and 32 bit Free Edition. Updates are available on AVG’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 3.14.5 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 48.0.2564.109. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released 13 updates to address at least 37 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows operating systems, Internet Explorer, Office, and other Microsoft products.  Details are available at Microsoft’s website.
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 44.0.2. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.
Skype: Skype has released Skype Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.
VLC Media Player: VLC has released version 2.2.2 (32-bit and 64-bit) of its Media Player. Download from the VLC 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 3.14.5 [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 44.0.2 [Windows]
Google Chrome 48.0.2564.109
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 Cisco Spark releases 2015-07-04 and 2015-06, ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances, ASA 5500-X Series Next-Generation Firewalls, ASA Services Module for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches and Cisco 7600 Series Routers, ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall, Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv), Firepower 9300 ASA Security Module, ISA 3000 Industrial Security Appliance, Prime Collaboration versions 9.0 and 11.0, Unified Communications Manager (CallManager) Releases 10.5(2.12901.1), 10.5(2.10000.5), 11.0(1.10000.10), and 9.1(2.10000.28), Unified Communications Manager IM & Presence Service Release 10.5(2), Unified Contact Center Express Release 11.0(1), and Unity Connection Release 10.5(2). Apply updates. Cisco also reports unpatched vulnerabilities in its Cisco Universal Small Cell devices, Advanced Malware Protection when running on Cisco ESA releases 9.5.0-201, 9.6.0-051, and 9.7.0-125, Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module version 1.1, TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS) X8, and Unified Communications Manager Release 11.5(0.98000.480). 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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