Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, August 25, 2013by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, August 26th, 2013
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
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome 29.0.1547.57 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame to address multiple vulnerabilities. Updates are available from the program.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 11.8.800.94 [Windows 7: IE9, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, Opera]
Adobe Flash 11.8.800.94 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 11.8.800.94 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.03
Dropbox 2.0.25 [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 23.0.1 [Windows]
Google Chrome 29.0.1547.57 [Windows 7]
Google Chrome 28.0.1500.71 [Windows 8]
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16521 [Windows 7: IE]
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16519 [Windows 8: IE]
Java SE 7 Update 25 [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.]
Safari 5.1.7 [Windows]
Safari 6.0.5 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
For an updated list of previously announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities, please see the resources section of Citadel’s website.
For Your IT Department
Cisco Prime Central for HCS Assurance: Secunia reports multiple vulnerabilities in Cisco Prime Central for HCS Assurance which can be exploited by malicious people to cause a DoS (Denial of Service). The vulnerabilities are reported in versions 9.0 and 9.1. Update to version 9.2(1).
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (UCM): Secunia reports multiple vulnerabilities in Cisco Unified Communications Manager which can be exploited by malicious users to compromise a vulnerable device and by malicious people to cause a DoS (Denial of Service). Additional information is available from Secunia in Advisory 54604 and Advisory 54605.
McAfee Email Gateway: Secunia reports a vulnerability in McAfee Email Gateway, which can be exploited by malicious people to cause a DoS (Denial of Service). The vulnerability is reported in version 7.5. Apply Email Gateway 7.5 Patch 1.
VMware Workstation and Player: Secunia reports a vulnerability in VMware Workstation and VMware Player which can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges. The vulnerability affects VMware Workstation versions 8.x and 9.x and VMware Player versions 4.x and 5.x running on Debian-based Linux platforms. Apply updates or workarounds.
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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