Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, June 1, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, June 2nd, 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
Apple iTunes: Apple has released version 11.2.2 for iTunes versions in Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP SP3 or later. Updates are available through the program or from Apple’s website.
Apple OS X Java: Apple has released an update to Java for OS X 2014-001. Updates are available from Apple’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 2.8.3 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 22.214.171.124 [Windows 7: IE]
Adobe Flash 126.96.36.199 [Windows 7: Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 188.8.131.52 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 184.108.40.206 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.07
Dropbox 2.8.3 [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 35.0.1916.114
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17105
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
D-Link N300 Wireless Router: Secunia reports an unpatched vulnerability in D-Link’s N300 Wireless Router reported in version 1.14 (HW version Ax) and prior. No official solution is currently available.
Microsoft Windows 8: Secunia reports two unpatched vulnerabilities in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. No official solution is currently available.
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released updates for its Cisco Unified Communications Domain Manager (CUCDM), Wide Area Application Services (WAAS), IOS XE, Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, and others. Apply updates.
VMware Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released updates for its VMware Workstation, VMware Player, VMware Fusion, and VMware ESXi. Apply updates.
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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