Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, February 23, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Tuesday, February 25th, 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 Flash Player: Adobe has released version 188.8.131.52 for its Flash Player to fix an extremely critical vulnerability. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Flash Web Site. Updates are also available for Adobe AIR.
Adobe Shockwave Player: Adobe has released version 184.108.40.206 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.
Apple iOS Multiple Devices: Apple has released updates for its iOS to fix a critical vulnerability in the iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4th generation, iPhone 4, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2 and later, Apple TV 2nd generation and later. Updates are available through the device or Apple’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 2.6.13 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]
Foxit Reader: Foxit has released version 6.1.4 to fix a moderately critical vulnerability. Updates are available through the program or from Foxit’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released version 33.0.1750.117 of Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame to fix highly critical unpatched vulnerabilities in previous versions. Updates are available through the program.
Microsoft Internet Explorer: Microsoft has released an update to versions 9 and 10 of Internet Explorer to fix an extremely critical vulnerability. Updates are available through Windows Updates in the Control Panel. US-CERT recommends upgrading to Internet Explorer 11.
Microsoft Windows: Microsoft has released an update to several versions of Windows, including Windows 8, 8.1 and Server 2012, to fix a highly critical vulnerability caused by the bundling of Adobe Flash Player within Internet Explorer. Updates are available through Windows Updates in the Control Panel.
Siber Systems RoboForm: Siber Systems has released version 7.9.2 of Roboform. Updates are available from within the program, look for the “Check New Version” button on the Options menu or download from the Roboform website.
Skype: Skype has released Skype 220.127.116.11. Updates are available from the program.
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 2.6.13 [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 33.0.1750.117
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
Netgear D6300B: Secunia reports moderately critical security issues in firmware versions 1.0.0.06 and 184.108.40.206. Other versions may also be affected. No official solution is currently available.
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released updates for its Unified Communications Manager, Intrusion Prevention Software (IPS), Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), Unified SIP Phone 3905, Unified Computing System (UCS), Firewall Services Module (FWSM), Email Security Appliance, Videoscape Distribution Suite Transparent Caching (VDS-TC) and others. Apply updates.
Citrix ShareFile for Android: Secunia reports that Citrix has released an update to fix a security issue reported in previous versions of Citrix ShareFile Mobile Application for Android and Citrix ShareFile Mobile for Tablets Application for Android. Update to version 2.4.4.
Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager: Secunia reports that Symantec has released updates for its Endpoint Protection Manager to fix a vulnerability in versions prior to 11.0.7405.1424 and 12.1.4023.4080. Update to a fixed version.
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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