Monday, April 18, 2016

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for the Week of April 17, 2016






Important Security Updates

AVG Free Edition: AVG has released version 2016.0.7539 of its 64 and 32 bit Free Edition. Updates are available on AVG’s website.

Comodo Free Firewall: Comodo has released version of its free firewall. Updates are available from Comodo’s website.

Comodo Internet Security: Comodo has released version of its free security suite. Updates are available from Comodo’s website.

Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 45.0.2. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.

Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 50.0.2661.75. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.

LastPass for Windows: LastPass has released version 4.1.6 of LastPass for Windows. Updates are available from the LastPass website.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released 13 updates to address at least 29 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows operating systems, Internet Explorer, Office, and other Microsoft products.  Additional details are available atMicrosoft’s website.

Opera: Opera has released version 36.0.2130.65. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.

Skype: Skype has released Skype Updates are available from the program orSkype’s website.

WordPress: WordPress has released version 4.5. Updates are available from within the application or from the WordPress 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 3.18.1 [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 50.0.2661.75
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18161
Java SE 8 Update 77 [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 [Citadel recommends removing QuickTime. On April 14, ars technica reported that Apple has no plans to update the Windows app despite at least two reliable QuickTime vulnerabilities that threaten Windows users who still have the program installed.]
Safari 9.1 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]

For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco reports patched vulnerabilities in its Cisco Unified Computing System Platform Emulator, Catalyst Switches running Cisco IOS Software releases prior to 15.2(2)E1, UCS Central Software releases 1.3(1b) and prior, Unity Connection versions 11.0 and prior, and IOS XR Software Releases 4.2.3, 4.3.0, 4.3.4, and 5.3.1 running on Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers. Apply updates. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.

McAfee Web Gateway: McAfee has released an update for its Web Gateway to fix at least five vulnerabilities. Additional details are available at McAfee’s website.

Novell Open Enterprise Server: Novell has released an update to fix multiple vulnerabilities in its Open Enterprise Server versions 11.2 and 2015 (OES 11 SP2 and OES 2015).  For version 11.2 apply patch oes11sp2-samba-10894.  For version 2015 apply patch oes2015-samba-10895.  Additional details are available at Novell’s website.

VMware Client Integration Plugin: VMware has released updates for its Client Integration Plugin that affects vCenter Server, vCloud Director (vCD), and vRealize Automation (vRA).  Apply update.  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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