Sunday, September 18, 2016

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for the Week of September 18, 2016

 

CYBERSECURITY VULNERABILITY

AND PATCH REPORT

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT CITADEL INFORMATION GROUP

Important Security Updates

Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version 23.0.0.162 to fix at least 26 vulnerabilities. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. Updates are also available for Adobe AIR.
Apple iOS: Apple has released version 10.0.1 of its iOS to fix at least 1 vulnerability reported in previous versions. Updates are available through the device or through Apple’s website.
Apple iTunes: Apple has released version 12.5.1 (64-bit and 32-bit) of iTunes. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
Apple OS X El Capitan: Apple has released updates for OS X El Capitan XCode 8 to fix at least 2 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, reported in previous versions. Update XCode8 otool. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
Apple Watch OS: Apple has released OS 3 for its Apple Watch. Updates are available from the iPhone; open the Watch app and tap through My Watch > General > Software Update or from Apple’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 10.4.25 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 53.0.2785.116. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released 14 updates to address at least 50 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows operating systems, Internet Explorer, Edge, Office, and other Microsoft products. Additional information is available at Microsoft’s website.
Piriform CCleaner: Piriform has released version 5.22.5724 for CCleaner. Updates are available from Piriform’s website.
ZoneAlarm Free: ZoneAlarm has released version 15.0.123.17051 of its free firewall. Updates are available from ZoneAlarm’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 23.0.0.162
Adobe Reader DC 2015.017.20050
Dropbox 10.4.25 [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 48.0.2 [Windows]
Google Chrome 53.0.2785.116
Internet Explorer 11.0.10240.16384
Java SE 8 Update 101 [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.]
Microsoft Edge 38.14393
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 9.1.3 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]
Skype 7.27.0.101

For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco reports patched vulnerabilities in its Cisco IOS and IOS XE Software, Fog Director for IOx, WebEx Meetings Server version 2.6, and IOS XR Software for NCS 6000 Series Devices.  Apply updates.  Cisco also reports unpatched vulnerabilities in its Cisco IOS XR for Carrier Routing System, Unified Computing System (UCS) Manager, UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects, Web Security Appliance and Cisco IOS, IOS XE and IOS XR Software. There are no workarounds available. Additional details are available at Cisco’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-java-1_7_0-ibm-10993.  For version 2015 apply patch oes2015-java-1_7_0-ibm-10994.  Additional details are available at Novell’s website.
VMWare:  VMWare has released updates for its ESXi, Workstation, Fusion, and Tools. Apply updates.  Additional details are available at VMWare’s website.
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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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