Sunday, May 01, 2016

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for May 1, 2016



CYBERSECURITY VULNERABILITY

AND PATCH REPORT

 

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT CITADEL INFORMATION GROUP


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.
Avast: Avast! Free Antivirus has released version 11.2.2738. Updates are available on Avast’s website.
AVG Free Edition: AVG has released version 2016.71.7596 of its 64 and 32 bit Free Edition. Updates are available on AVG’s website.
Evernote: Evernote has released version 6.0.6.1769. Updates are available on Evernote’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 50.0.2661.94. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
LastPass for Windows: LastPass has released version 4.1.7 of LastPass for Windows. Updates are available from the LastPass website.
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 46.0. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.
Piriform CCleaner: Piriform has released version 5.17.5590 for CCleaner. Updates are available from Piriform’s website.
Skype: Skype has released Skype 7.23.0.105. Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.
WordPress: WordPress has released version 4.5.1. Updates are available from within the application or from the WordPress website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 21.0.0.213 [Windows 7: IE, Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 21.0.0.213 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 21.0.0.213 [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 46.0 [Windows]
Google Chrome 50.0.2661.94
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18161
Java SE 8 Update 91 [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 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.]
Safari 9.1 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]
Skype 7.23.0.105
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco reports patched vulnerabilities in its Cisco APIC-EM release 1.0(1), WebEx Meetings Server release 2.6, Information Server Release 6.2.  Apply updates.  Cisco also reports unpatched vulnerabilities in many products incorporating Network Time Protocol daemon (ntpd) package. Workarounds may be available depending on the product.  Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.
McAfee Network Security Virtual Platform: McAfee update resolves OpenSSH vulnerability that bypasses authentication restrictions defined by MaxAuthTries. Make update.  Additional details are available at McAfee’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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