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Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, March 3, 2013
by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, March 4th, 2013

 

Guest column by Citadel Information Group

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: Adobe has released version 11.6.602.171 for Flash to fix extremely critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available from within the program or Adobe’s website.

Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 19.0.1 of Firefox. Updates are available through Firefox.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 11.6.602.171 [Windows 7: IE9, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, Opera]

Adobe Flash 11.6.602.171 [Windows 8: IE]

Adobe Flash 11.6.602.171 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]

Adobe Reader 11.0.01

Dropbox 1.6.11 [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 19.0 [Windows]

Google Chrome 25.0.1364.97

Internet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421 [Windows 7: IE], [See warning below]

Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16484 [Windows 8: IE]

Java SE 7 Update 15 [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 7.7.3 (1680.64)

Safari 5.1.7  [Windows, See warning below]

Safari 6.0.2 [Mac OS X]

Skype 6.2.0.106

Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities

Oracle Java: Secunia reports an extremely critical vulnerability in Oracle’s Java.  The vulnerability is reported in version 7 update 15 and version 6 update 41. Other versions may also be affected. See Citadel’s recommendation above.

For Your IT Department

McAfee VirusScan Enterprise: McAfee has released updates to its VirusScan. Apply VSE88HF778101 or Patch 3.

Important Unpatched Vulnerabilities

Adobe Shockwave Player: Secunia reports at least two highly critical vulnerabilities in Adobe’s Shockwave Player. No patches are available at this time. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, February 17, 2013.

Android Browser: Secunia reports a less critical vulnerability in the Android browser that can be exploited to trick a user into believing he is connected to a trusted site by including the trusted site in an iframe. The vulnerability is confirmed in Browser version 2.3.3 included in Android version 2.3.3 and Browser version 3.2 included in Android version 3.2. Other versions may also be affected. Users are cautioned to not rely on displayed certificate information. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, December 25, 2011.

AOL downloadUpdater2 Firefox Plugin: Secunia reports a highly critical vulnerabilityin version 1.3.0.0. Other versions may also be affected. No solution is currently available. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, August 12, 2012.

Apple iOS for iPhone: Secunia and The Verge both report a weakness in Apple’s iOS for iPhone 3GS and later that would allow someone with physical access to bypass the lock screen. No official solution is currently available. Reportedly Apple is planning to release an update. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, February 17, 2013.

Apple Safari for Windows: Secunia reports a moderately critical vulnerability in Apple’s Safari version 5.1.2 (7534.52.7) on Windows using the RealPlayer and Adobe Flash plug-ins. Other versions may also be affected. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, March 11, 2012.

Apple Safari for Windows: Secunia reports a non-critical unpatched vulnerability in Safari 5.1.2. Other versions may also be affected. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, December 25, 2011.

D-Link DIR-300 / DIR-600: Secunia reports multiple moderately critical vulnerabilities in two of D-Link’s wireless routers; DIR-300 and DIR-600. There are no patches available at this time. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, February 10, 2013.

HTC Mobile Devices: The security vulnerability in the default Twitter application (Peep) in HTC products remain unpatched. Readers should refrain from using the default Twitter application (Peep). We first alerted readers to this vulnerability inWeekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, February 11, 2011.

HTC Touch2: The highly critical 0-day vulnerability in the HTC Touch2 VideoPlayer remains unpatched. Users are advised to not open files from untrusted sources. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, December 18, 2011.

Microsoft Windows XP: less-critical security vulnerability has been found in Windows XP which can be exploited by malicious, local users to disclose potentially sensitive information or cause a DoS (Denial of Service). No patch is available at this time. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, August 7, 2011.

Microsoft Word: highly critical vulnerability has been found in Microsoft Word XP and 2002. No patch is available at this time. Readers should refrain from opening untrusted files in these earlier versions of Word. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, June 19, 2011.

Microsoft Reader: The highly critical vulnerability in Microsoft Reader, versions 2.x, remains unpatched.  Readers should refrain from opening untrusted files in Reader. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, April 15, 2011.

PDF-Pro: Several highly critical vulnerabilities in PDF-Pro, a popular alternative to Adobe Acrobat, remain unpatched. Readers should refrain from opening untrusted files in PDF-Pro. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, March 4, 2011.

Quick View Plus CorelDRAW: A highly critical vulnerability has been found in Quick View Plus which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user’s system. Users should not view untrusted CDR files in Quick View Plus. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, July 31, 2011.

Samsung / Dell Printers: Secunia reports a moderately critical security issue in Samsung’s ML-2580 and ML-4050 Monochrome Laser Printers and Dell’s 2145cn and 2335dn Multifunction Printers. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability inWeekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, December 2, 2012.

Samsung Galaxy S III: Secunia reports two highly critical vulnerabilities in the Galaxy S3 device. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, October 14, 2012.

Symantec pcAnywhere: As we reported in our Cyber Security News of the Week, January 29, 2012, Symantec has confirmed that the hacker group Anonymous stole source code from the 2006 versions of several Norton security products and the pcAnywhere remote access tool. Symantec has advised users to disable pcAnywhere because of the theft of the pcAnywhere source code.

VLC Media Player: As we reported in our Cyber Security News of the Week, December 16, 2012, Secunia reports a highly critical vulnerability in the VLC Media Player. No patch is available at this time.

VLC Media Player: Secunia reports a highly critical vulnerability in VLC’s Media player, version 2.05 and prior. No patch is available at this time. We first alerted readers to this vulnerability in Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, February 3, 2013.

ACD Systems: Citadel recommends users remove all ACD Systems programs from their computers. ACD Systems has failed to patch significant critical vulnerabilities in their programs dating back more than a year. Consequently Citadel recommends users remove all ACD Systems programs from their computers until the company fixes these vulnerabilities and pays proper attention to the implications of their security vulnerabilities in opening doors to cyber criminals . The community cannot tolerate a head-in-the-sand attitude, whether by developers or the people who purchase and use their programs. The consequences of willful ignorance are too grave.

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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