Sunday, March 20, 2016

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for the Week of March 20, 2016





Important Security Updates

AVG Free Edition: AVG has released version 2016.0.7497 of its 64 and 32 bit Free Edition. Updates are available on AVG’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 3.16.1 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]
Foxit Reader: Foxit has released version of its Reader to fix two highly critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available on Foxit Software’s website.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: Malwarebytes has released version of its free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Updates are available from Malwarebytes’ website.
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 45.0.1. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.
Opera: Opera has released version 36.0.2130.32. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’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 2015.010.20060
Dropbox 3.16.1 [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 45.0.1 [Windows]
Google Chrome 49.0.2623.87
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
OpenSSH: OpenSSH has released version 7.2p2 to address a command injection vulnerability that existed in all previous versions.  Updates are available at OpenSSH’s website.
Symantec Endpoint Protection:  Symantec has released update SEP 12.1-RU6-MP4 to address a privilege escalation vulnerability. Apply update.  Additional details are available at Symantec’s website.
VMware vRealize: VMware has released updates to fix a critical vulnerability in its vRealize Automation and vRealize Business Advanced and Enterprise. Apply updates.  Additional details are available at VMware’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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