Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, February 16, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, February 17th, 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
Adobe Shockwave Player: Adobe has released version 188.8.131.52 to fix two highly critical vulnerabilities reported in previous versions of Shockwave Player running on Windows and Macintosh. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Shockwave Web Site.
Check Point Technologies Zone Alarm: Check Point has released version 12.0.121.000 of the Free version of Zone Alarm. Updates are available from Check Point’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 2.6.10 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft released several updates addressing at least 31 security vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and more. Updates are available via Windows Update or from Automatic Update.
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 27.0.1 of Firefox. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.
Opera: Opera has released version 19.0.1326.63. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 184.108.40.206 [Windows 7: IE]
Adobe Flash 220.127.116.11 [Windows 7: Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 18.104.22.168 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 22.214.171.124 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.06
Dropbox 2.6.10 [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 32.0.1700.107
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.16518 [Windows 7: IE]
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.16384 [Windows 8: IE]
Java SE 7 Update 51 [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 7.0.1 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released updates for it Unified Communications Manager. Apply updates.
McAfee Firewall Enterprise: McAfee has released version 8.2.1 to its Firewall Enterprise (formerly Sidewinder Firewall) to fix an unpatched vulnerability in previous versions.
SonicWALL UMA EM5000: SonicWALL has released updates for its UMA EM5000 to fix a vulnerability reported in previous versions. Apply 7.1 SP2 or update to version 7.2.
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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