Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, February 9, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, February 10th, 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 updates for its Flash Player to fix an extremely critical vulnerability. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Flash Web Site.
AVG Antivirus Free Edition: AVG has released version 2014.0.4335 (32-bit) of its Free Edition Antivirus. Updates are available through the program or from AVG’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 2.6.8 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]
Google Chrome: Google has released version 32.0.1700.107 of Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame to fix a highly critical vulnerability in previous versions. Updates are available through the program.
Microsoft Windows: Microsoft has released an update to several versions of Windows, including Windows 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.
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 27.0 to fix at least 11 highly critical vulnerabilities in unpatched prior versions. Updates are available through the browser. Updates are also available for Thunderbird and SeaMonkey.
Opera: Opera has released version 19.0.1326.59. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.
VLC Media Player: VLC has released version 2.1.3 (32-bit) of its Media Player. Download from the VLC website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 188.8.131.52 [Windows 7: IE]
Adobe Flash 184.108.40.206 [Windows 7: Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 220.127.116.11 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 18.104.22.168 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.06
Dropbox 2.6.8 [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 11.0.9600.16476 [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
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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