Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, March 23, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, March 24th, 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
D-Link DIR-615: D-Link has released version 8.05b06 to fix a vulnerability in its DIR-615 wireless router. Updates are available from D-Link’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released version 33.0.1750.154 of Chrome for Windows and Mac to fix 7 highly critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available through the program.
Google Chrome for Android: Google has released version 33.0.1750.166 of Chrome for Android to fix at least 3 highly critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available through the program or device.
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 28.0 of Firefox to fix at least 11 highly critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website. There are also updates for Thunderbird and SeaMonkey.
Opera: Opera has released version 20.0.1387.82. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.
Oracle Java: Oracle has released Java SE 8. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]
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 11.0.06
Dropbox 2.6.2 [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 33.0.1750.154
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.16518 [Windows 7: IE]
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.16384 [Windows 8: IE]
Java SE 8 [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
D-Link DIR-615 Wireless Router: Secunia reports an unpatched vulnerability in D-Link’s DIR-615 Wireless Router reported in revision Ex firmware version 5.10 and prior. No official solution is currently available.
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released updates for its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), IOS and others. Apply updates.
IBM OS/400 Java: Secunia reports that IBM has released updates for its OS/400 to fix at least 25 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, which is due to a bundled version of IBM Java. Apply PTF or APARs.
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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