Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, May 18, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, May 19th, 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
Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version 188.8.131.52 to fix at least 6 highly critical vulnerabilities in its Flash Player for the Windows, Mac, Linux and versions. Updates are available from Adobe’s website.
Adobe Reader: Adobe has released version 11.0.07 to fix at least 11 highly critical vulnerabilities reported in previous versions. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. Updates are also available for Acrobat and Illustrator.
Apple iTunes: Apple has released version 11.2 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: Apple has released updates for OS X to fix at least 22 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical. Update to version 10.9.3 or apply Security Update 2014-001. Updates are available through Apple’s website.
Foxit Reader: Foxit has released version 6.2.0.0429 to fix a moderately critical vulnerability. Updates are available through the program or from Foxit’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome 34.0.1847.137 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame to fix at least 9 highly critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Microsoft Internet Explorer: Microsoft released updates to fix two extremely critical vulnerabilities in all versions of Internet Explorer. Apply updates.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft released several updates addressing at least 13 security vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and more. Updates are available via Windows Update or from Automatic Update.
Opera: Opera has released version 21.0.1432.67. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.
Skype: Skype has released Skype 184.108.40.206. Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.
TechSmith Corporation SnagIt: TechSmith has released updates for SnagIt. Updates are available from TechSmith’s website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 220.127.116.11 [Windows 7: IE]
Adobe Flash 18.104.22.168 [Windows 7: Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 22.214.171.124 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 126.96.36.199 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.07
Dropbox 2.6.33 [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 34.0.1847.137
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17105
Java SE 8 Update 5 [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
For Your IT Department
BlackBerry OS: Secunia reports that BlackBerry has released updates for its OS to fix 17 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, due to a bundled version of Adobe Flash Player. Update to version 10.2.0.1443.
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released updates for its IOS and IOS XE, , and others. Apply updates.
RSA NetWitness / Security Analytics: Secunia reports that RSA has released an update to fix a security issue in its NetWitness and Security Analytics. Update to a fixed version.
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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