Monday, April 25, 2016

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for April 24, 2016





Important Security Updates

Apple QuickTime for Window: On April 14, US-CERT advised Microsoft Windows users to remove QuickTime. This followed a report in ars technica 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.
Avira Free Antivirus:  Avira has released version of its free Antivirus. Updates are available from Avira’s website.
Evernote: Evernote has released version Updates are available on Evernote’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 50.0.2661.87. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Oracle Java: Oracle has released versions Java SE 8 Update 91 to fix at least 9 highly critical vulnerabilities. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]
SuperAntiSpyware:  SuperAntiSpyware has released version 6.0.1218. Updates are available on SuperAntiSpyware’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 3.18.1 [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 50.0.2661.87
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, US-CERT advisedMicrosoft Windows users to remove QuickTime. This followed a report in ars technica 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 IOS 15.5(3)M01 and prior, IOS XE 3.2.0 to 3.18.0S, Secure Real-Time Transport Protocol (SRTP) library (libSRTP) version 1.5.3, ASA 5500-X Series Next-Generation Firewalls, ASA Services Module for Catalyst 6500 Series Switches and 7600 Series Routers, Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv), WLC Software, and  WLC devices running Cisco AireOS Software. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.
Oracle Multiple Products: US-CERT reports Oracle has released updates to fix hundreds of vulnerabilities in its Database Server, Fusion Middleware and Applications, Enterprise Manager, E-Business Suite, Supply Chain Products Suite, PeopleSoft Products, JD Edwards Products, Siebel Products, Communications Applications, Retail Applications, Health Sciences Applications, Financial Services Softwares, Java SE, Sun Systems Products Suite, Linux and Virtualization, MySQL, Bereley DB and others.  Additional details are available atOracle’s website.
Symantec Messaging Gateway: Symantec has released an update for its Messaging Gateway to fix at least four vulnerabilities. Additional details are available at Symantec’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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