Monday, March 20, 2017

Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report, March 19, 2017


CYBERSECURITY VULNERABILITY

AND PATCH REPORT

 

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT CITADEL INFORMATION GROUP


Important Security Updates

Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version 25.0.0.127. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. To see which version you have, go to Adobe’s web page. Adobe AIR was also updated.
Adobe Shockwave Player: Adobe has released version 12.2.8.198 of Shockwave Player running on Windows and Macintosh. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Shockwave Web Site.
Google Drive: Google has released version 1.32.4889.9221 of its Google Drive. Updates are available from Google’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 57.0.2987.110. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
LastPass: LastPass has released version 4.1.42 for its Free Password Manager. Updates are available from LastPass’ website.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released 4 updates to address at least 15 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows operating systems, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Office, and other Microsoft products.  Additional details are available at Microsoft’s website.
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 52.0.1. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.
Piriform CCleaner: Piriform has released version 5.28.6005 for CCleaner. Updates are available from Piriform’s website.
Skype: Skype has released Skype 7.33.0.105. Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 25.0.0.127
Adobe Reader DC 2015.023.20070
Dropbox 21.4.25 [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 52.0.1 [Windows]
Google Chrome 57.0.2987.110
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18538
Java SE 8 Update 121 [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 40.15042.0
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 10.0.3 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]
Skype 7.33.0.105

For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Apache Struts 2, IOS and IOS XE, Mobility Express 1800, Meshed Wireless LAN Controller, Workload Automation and Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, StarOS SSH, Web Security Appliance, WebEx Meetings Server, UCS Director, Unified Communications Manager, TelePresence, Prime Service, Nexus 9000 Series Switches, Prime Optical, Prime Infrastructure, Nexus 7000 Switches, Adaptive Security Appliance, and others. Apply updates. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.
VMware Multiple Products: VMware has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Apache Struts 2, Workstation and Fusion, and others. 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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