Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, April 21, 2013by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Guest column by Citadel Information Group
The following software vulnerabilities and updates were announced last week. Citadel Information Group strongly recommends that readers update their computers and take other action as indicated.
Important Security Updates
Apple Java for OS X: Apple has released an update to OS X to fix at least 21 highly critical vulnerabilities in its version of Java. Download the update from Apple’s website.
Apple Safari for OS X: Apple has released version 6.0.4. of Safari for OS X to fix a highly critical vulnerability. Download the update from Apple’s website. This update is for OS X only and doesn’t affect the Windows version.
Foxit 6.02.0413: Foxit has released a security and performance update. The updated program can be obtained from Foxit’s web site.
NetGear WNR1000: NetGear has released version 126.96.36.199 for its WNR1000 Wireless Router to fix a vulnerability. Download the update from NetGear’s website by providing the model number of the router.
Oracle Java: Oracle has released Java SE 7 Update 21 to fix at least 42 highly critical vulnerabilities in Java. Download the update from the Java website.
Picasa 3.9, build 136.20: Picasa has released a security and performance update. The updated program can be obtained from Picasa’s website.
VLC Media Player: VLC has released version 2.0.6 to its Media Player to fix a highly critical vulnerability reported in version 2.05 and prior. Download the version fromVLC’s website. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, February 3, 2013.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 11.7.700.169 [Windows 7: IE9, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, Opera]
Adobe Flash 11.7.700.169 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 11.7.700.169 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.02
Dropbox 1.6.11 [Citadel warns against relying on Dropbox security. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the Dropbox password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]
Firefox 20.0.1 [Windows]
Google Chrome 26.0.1410.64
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16521 [Windows 7: IE]
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16519 [Windows 8: IE]
Java SE 7 Update 21 [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 particular web sites 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 7.7.3 (1680.64)
Safari 5.1.7 [Windows]
Safari 6.0.4 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
D-Link DIR-865L Wireless Router: Secunia reports an unpatched vulnerability in D-Link’s DIR-865-L Wireless Router in version 1.03. There is currently no patch at this time.
Linksys EA2700 Wireless Router: Secunia reports unpatched vulnerabilities in Linksys’ EA2700 Wireless Router in firmware version 188.8.131.52947. There is currently no patch at this time.
Linksys WRT54GL Wireless Router: Secunia reports an unpatched vulnerability in D-Link’s DIR-865-L Wireless Router in firmware version 4.30.15. There is currently no patch at this time.
For an updated list of previously announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities, please see theresources section of Citadel’s website.
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates for multiple products, including its Adaptive Security Appliance, NAC appliance, and others. Apply appropriate updates.
Novell GroupWise: Novell has released an update for its GroupWise WebAccess to fix a vulnerability. Apply appropriate patches.
Oracle Multiple Products: US-CERT and Secunia reports that Oracle has released updates for at least 31 of its products, including Oracle Database Server, E-Business Suite, Supply Chain Products Suite, PeopleSoft, My SQL and others. Apply appropriate updates.
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 Information Group 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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