Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for May 15, 2016


 CYBERSECURITY VULNERABILITY

AND PATCH REPORT

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT CITADEL INFORMATION GROUP

Important Security Updates

7-Zip: 7-Zip.org has released version 16.00 (32-bit and 64-bit). Updates are available from 7-Zip’s website.
Adobe Flash Player:  Adobe has released version 21.0.0.242 to fix at least 25 vulnerabilities. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. Updates are also available for Adobe AIR and Acrobat.
Adobe Reader: Adobe has released version 2015.016.20039. Updates are available through the program’s Help menu/Check for Updates or from Adobe’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 3.20.1 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 50.0.2661.102. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
LastPass for Windows: LastPass has released version 4.1.9 of LastPass for Windows. Updates are available from the LastPass website.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday:  Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released 16 updates to address at least 33 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows operating systems, Internet Explorer, Office, and other Microsoft products.  Additional details are available at Microsoft’s website.
Opera: Opera has released version 37.0.2178.43. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 21.0.0.242 [Windows 7: IE, Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 21.0.0.242 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 21.0.0.242 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader DC 2015.016.20039
Dropbox 3.20.1 [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 46.0.1 [Windows]
Google Chrome 50.0.2661.102
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 Industrial Ethernet 4000 Series Switches when running Cisco IOS Software Releases 15.2(2)EA, 15.2(2)EA1, 15.2(2)EA2, or 15.2(4)EA and Industrial Ethernet 5000 Series Switches when running Cisco IOS Software Releases 15.2(2)EB or 15.2(2)EB1.  Apply updates.  Cisco also reports unpatched vulnerabilities in its Cisco Cloud Network Automation Provisioner Releases 1.0 and 1.1. No workarounds are available.  Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.
McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator: McAfee update fixes multiple Oracle Java vulnerabilities. Make update.  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 patches oes11sp2-May-2016-Hot-Patch-10897 and oes11sp2-ImageMagick-10915.  For version 2015 apply patches oes2015-May-2016-Hot-Patch-10896 and oes2015-ImageMagick-10914.  Additional details are available at Novell’s website.
WordPress: WordPress has released version 4.5.2. Updates are available from within the application or from the WordPress 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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