Sunday, May 08, 2016

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for May 8, 2016

           


 CYBERSECURITY VULNERABILITY

AND PATCH REPORT

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT CITADEL INFORMATION GROUP


Important Security Updates

Apple OS X: Apple has released an update for OS X El Capitan v10.11 and later for XCode 7.3.1 to fix a heap-based buffer overflow issue that existed in the handling of filenames.  Additional details are available at Apple’s website.
Comodo Free Firewall: Comodo has released version 8.2.0.5027 of its free firewall. Updates are available from Comodo’s website.
Comodo Internet Security: Comodo has released version 8.2.0.5027 of its free security suite. Updates are available from Comodo’s website.
Opera: Opera has released version 37.0.2178.32. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.
VLC Media Player: VLC has released version 2.2.3 (32-bit and 64-bit) of its Media Player. Download from the VLC website.
WinZip: Winzip has released version 20.5.12118. Updates are available from within the program, look for “Check for Updates” on the Help menu, or download from the WinZip 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 46.0.1 [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 Finesse, TelePresence Software, FirePOWER System Software, Firepower System Software for the ASA 5585-X FirePOWER SSP modules, Prime Collaboration Assurance Software releases 10.5 to 11.0, Information Server Release 6,WebEx Meetings Server release 2.6 and APIC-EM release 1.0(1).  Apply updates.  Cisco also reports unpatched vulnerabilities in many products incorporating Network Time Protocol daemon (ntpd) package or OpenSSL. Workarounds may be available depending on the product.  Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.
McAfee VirusScan Enterprise: McAfee update fixes protections bypass vulnerability. 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 patch oes11sp2-kernel-10907.  For version 2015 apply patch oes2015-kernel-10906.  Additional details are available at Novell’s website.
OpenSSL: OpenSSL has released versions 1.0.1t and 1.0.2h to fix at least 6 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, reported in previous versions. Updates are available at OpenSSL’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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