Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, January 26, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, January 27th, 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 Digital Editions: Adobe has released version 3.0 for Digital Editions to fix a highly critical unpatched vulnerability reported in version 2.0.1. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s website.
Apple iTunes: Apple has released version 11.1.4 for iTunes. Updates are available through the program or from Apple’s website.
Apple Pages: Apple has released version 5.1 for Pages to fix a highly critical vulnerability reported in previous versions. Updates are available through the program or from Apple’s website.
Apple Pages for iOS: Apple has released version 2.1 for Pages for iOS to fix a highly critical vulnerability reported in previous versions. Updates are available through Apple’s iTunes or from Apple’s website.
Avast: Avast has released version 9.0.2013. Updates are available on Avast’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 2.6.2 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]
Piriform CCleaner: Piriform has released version 4.10.4570 for CCleaner. Download is available from Piriform’s website.
Skype: Skype has released version 188.8.131.52. Updates are available on Skype’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 2.6.2 [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
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released many updates for multiple products, including Cisco TelePresence Systems (CTS), Secure Access Control System (ACS), TelePresence Video Communication Server, Video Surveillance Operations Manager, NX-OS, Aggregation Services Routers (ASR) 5000 Series and others.
Citrix XenClient XT: Secunia reports that Citrix has released version 3.2 of XenClient XT to fix a weakness and two vulnerabilities in previous versions.
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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