Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, January 19, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, January 20th, 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 Acrobat / Reader: Adobe has released updates for both Acrobat and Reader to fix at least three highly critical vulnerabilities reported in previous versions. Updates are available through the programs or from Adobe’s website.
Adobe Air: Adobe has released Version 126.96.36.1990 of Adobe Air to fix at least two highly critical vulnerabilities reported in previous versions. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Air Web Site.
Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released updates for its Flash Player. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Flash Web Site.
Axantum AxCrypt: Axantum has released version 1.7.3156.0 of AxCrypt. Updates are available from Axantum’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released version 32.0.1700.76 of Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame. Updates are available through the program.
Google Chrome for Android: Google has released version 32.0.1700.99 of Chrome for Android. Updates are available through the program.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft released several updates addressing at least 6 security vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, in Microsoft Office, Word 2013, SharePoint, Windows 7, Server 2008, and more. Updates are available via Windows Update or from Automatic Update.
Oracle Java: Oracle has released Java SE 7 Update 51. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]
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 2.4.11 [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 32.0.1700.76
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
Netgear DGN2000: Secunia reports an undocumented security issue of Telnet service listening on TCP port 32764 in Netgear’s DGN2000 Wireless Router. No official solution is currently available.
For Your IT Department
BlackBerry OS: Secunia reports that BlackBerry has released updates to fix 4 highly critical vulnerabilities in BlackBerry 10 OS and BlackBerry PlayBook OS, due to a bundled version of Adobe Flash Player. Update to a fixed version.
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released many updates for multiple products, including Cisco WebEx Meetings, Identity Services Engine (ISE), Secure Access Control System (ACS), Cisco Jabber for Windows, and others.
McAfee Vulnerability Manager: Secunia reports that McAfee has re released updates for its Vulnerability Manager to fix vulnerabilities in versions 7.5.5 and prior. Apply hotfix or update to version 7.5.6 when available.
Oracle Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Oracle has released many updates for multiple products, including Oracles’s PeopleSoft Enterprise Services Procurement, PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools, PeopleSoft Enterprise HRMS, Demantra Demand Management, AutoVue, Agile PLM for Process, E-Business Suite, iPlanet Web Proxy Server, Hyperion, WebCenter Sites, Hyperion Strategic Finance, Solaris, Solaris Samba, WebCenter Portal and others.
VMware ESXi / ESX: Secunia reports that VMware has released updates for ESXi / ESX to fix two Denial of Service Weaknesses. Apply patches.
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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