Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, July 13, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, July 14th, 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 220.127.116.11 to fix at least 3 moderately critical vulnerabilities in its Flash Player for the Windows and Mac versions. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. Updates are also available for Adobe AIR.
Apple iTunes: Apple has released version 11.3 of iTunes for Windows (32-bit). Updates are available from Apple’s website.
Avira Antivirus: Avira has released version 18.104.22.1684 of its free Antivirus. Updates are available from Avira’s website.
Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit: Malwarebytes has released version 1.03.1.1220 of its free Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. Updates are available from Malwarebytes’ website.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft released several updates addressing at least 29 security vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and more. This release of updates specifically fixes at least 24 highly critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. Updates are available via Windows Update or from Automatic Update.
Skype: Skype has released Skype 22.214.171.124. Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.
TechSmith Corporation SnagIt: TechSmith has released version 126.96.36.1992 for SnagIt. Updates are available from TechSmith’s 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 11.0.07
Dropbox 2.8.4 [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 35.0.1916.153
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17126
Java SE 7 Update 60 [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 7.0.4 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
For Your IT Department
Cisco IOS XR: Secunia reports that Cisco has released updates for its IOS XR to fix a vulnerability. Update to version 22.214.171.124i.BASE or 126.96.36.199i.BASE.
Novell iManager: Secunia reports that Novell has released updates for its iManager to fix reported 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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