Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, April 6, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, April 7th, 2014
Guest column by Citadel Information Group
Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report
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 Safari: Apple has released updates for Safari to fix at least 26 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, reported in versions prior to 6.1.3 and 7.0.3 running on OS X Lion version 10.7.5, OS X Lion Server version 10.7.5, OS X Mountain Lion version 10.8.5, and OS X Mavericks version 10.9.2. Update to version 6.1.3 or 7.0.3. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
AVG Antivirus Free Edition: AVG has released version 2014.0.4355 (32-bit) of its Free Edition Antivirus. Updates are available through the program or from AVG’s website.
Opera: Opera has released version 20.0.1387.91. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 18.104.22.168 [Windows 7: IE]
Adobe Flash 22.214.171.124 [Windows 7: Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 126.96.36.199 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 188.8.131.52 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.06
Dropbox 2.6.2 [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.]
Google Chrome 33.0.1750.154
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.16518 [Windows 7: IE]
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.16384 [Windows 8: IE]
Java SE 8 [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.]
Safari 7.0.2 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released updates for its IOS, Emergency Responder, Unifed Communications Manager, Unity Connection and others. Apply updates.
Symantec LiveUdate Administrator: Secunia reports that Symantec has released updates for its LiveUpdate Administrator to fix vulnerabilities reported in prior versions. Update to version 184.108.40.206.
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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