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Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, July 14, 2013
by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, July 15th, 2013

 

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 11.8.800.94 to fix highly critical vulnerabilities in its Flash Player for the Windows, Mac, Linux and Android versions. Updates are available from Adobe’s website.

Adobe Shockwave Player: Adobe has released version 12.0.3.133 for its Shockwave Player to fix a highly critical vulnerability reported found in earlier versions. The update is available from Adobe’s website.

Google Chrome: Google has released version 28.0.1500.71 of Chrome to fix highly critical unpatched vulnerabilities. Updates are available through the browser or Google’s website.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft released several updates addressing at least 34 security vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, in Windows, Internet Explorer, Windows Flash Player and more. Updates are available via Windows Update or from Automatic Update.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 11.8.800.94 [Windows 7: IE9, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, Opera]

Adobe Flash 11.8.800.94 [Windows 8: IE]

Adobe Flash 11.8.800.94 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]

Adobe Reader 11.0.03

Dropbox 2.0.25 [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.]

Firefox 22 [Windows]

Google Chrome 28.0.1500.71 [Windows 7]

Google Chrome 28.0.1500.71 [Windows 8]

Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16521 [Windows 7: IE]

Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16519 [Windows 8: IE]

Java SE 7 Update 25 [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 particular web sites 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.]

QuickTime 7.7.4

Safari 5.1.7  [Windows]

Safari 6.0.5 [Mac OS X]

Skype 6.6.0.106

Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities 

None

For an updated list of previously announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities, please see the resources section of Citadel’s website.

For Your IT Department

Adobe ColdFusion: Adobe has released a hotfix to its ColdFusion to fix a highly critical vulnerability reportedly found in version 10 for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. Apply hotfix. Adobe has also released updates to several versions of ColdFusion to fix highly critical vulnerabilities reported in versions 10, 9.0.2, 9.0.1 and 9.0 for Windows, Mac and UNIX. Specific steps for the updates are available from Adobe’s website.

Cisco: Cisco reports vulnerabilities in Unified Operations Manager versions 8.6 and prior, Unified Service Monitor versions 8.6 and prior, Content Security Management Appliance versions 8.1 and prior, Email Security Appliance versions 7.8 and prior and Web Security Appliance versions 7.7 and prior. No official solutions are currently available. See Cisco Advisories CSCuh47574, CSCuh95997, CSCuh70323, CSCuh26634, CSCuh70263.

McAfee Data Loss Prevention: McAfee has released an update for its Data Loss Prevention Manager to fix a vulnerability in previous versions. Update to version 9.2.2.


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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