Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, June 29, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, June 30th, 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
AVG Antivirus Free Edition: AVG has released version 2014.0.4714 (32-bit) of its Free Edition Antivirus. Updates are available through the program or from AVG’s website.
Piriform CCleaner: Piriform has released version 4.15.4725 for CCleaner. Updates are available from Piriform’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 11.0.07
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
VLC Media Player: Secunia reports a moderately critical unpatched vulnerability in version 2.1.4 of VLC Media Player. Other versions may also be affected. No official solution is currently available.
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released updates for its IOS, IOS XE, Unified Communications Manager, WebEx Meeting Server, and others. Apply updates. Secunia also reports unpatched vulnerabilities for Cisco’s Nexus 2000, 3000 5000, 6000 and 9000 Series switches, MDS 7000 and 9000 Series switches, IOS XE, and others. No official solution is currently available.
McAfee Multiple Products: Secunia reports that McAfee has released updates for its Firewall Enterprise (formerly Sidewinder Firewall) and Web Gateway. Apply updates.
Novell Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Novell has released updates for its Open Enterprise Server and Novell Messenger. Apply updates.
Symantec Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Symantec has released updates for its Data Insight Management Console and Encryption Desktop Professional. Apply updates.
VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Secunia reports that VMware has released a partial fix for its vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps.) Apply update.
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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