Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, March 2, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Wednesday, March 5th, 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 iOS Multiple Devices: Apple has released updates for its iOS to fix a vulnerability in the iPhone 3GS and later, iPod touch, iPhone 4 and later, and iPad. Updates are available through the device or Apple’s website.
Apple iTunes: Apple has released version 11.1.5 for iTunes. Updates are available through the program or from Apple’s website.
Apple Safari: Apple has released updates to Safari to fix at least 4 highly critical vulnerabilities reported in versions prior to 6.1.2 and 7.0.2. Updates are available through the program or from Apple’s website.
Apple OS X: Apple has released updates for OS X to fix at least 22 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical. Update to version 10.9.2 or apply Security Update 2014-001. Updates are available through Apple’s website.
Apple QuickTime: Apple has released version 7.7.5 of QuickTime to fix vulnerabilities. Updates are available from within the program or Apple’s website.
Apple TV: Apple has released version 6.0.2 for Apple TV to fix a vulnerability. Updates are available from within the program or Apple’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released version 33.0.1750.124 of Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame to fix highly critical unpatched vulnerabilities in previous versions. Updates are available through the program.
Piriform CCleaner: Piriform has released version 4.11.4619 for CCleaner. Download is available from Piriform’s website.
Siber Systems RoboForm: Siber Systems has released version 7.9.5 of Roboform. Updates are available from within the program, look for the “Check New Version” button on the Options menu or download from the Roboform 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 11.0.06
Dropbox 2.6.13 [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 33.0.1750.124
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.16518 [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 7.0.2 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
Linksys E-Series Wireless Router: Secunia reports unpatched highly critical vulnerabilities in Linksys’ E-Series Routers including E4200, EA3500, EA2700, and EA4500. Other versions may also be affected. No official solution is currently available.
Linksys WRT120N Wireless Router: Secunia reports a moderately critical unpatched vulnerability in Linksys’ WRT120N Wireless Router reported in firmware version 1.0.07. Other versions may also be affected. No official solution is currently available.
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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