Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, November 10, 2013by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, November 11th, 2013
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 iTunes: Apple has released version 11.1.3 of iTunes and iTunes for Windows (64-bit). Updates are available through iTunes or Apple’s iTunes website and Apple’s iTunes for Windows (64-bit) website.
Skype: Skype has released version 22.214.171.124. Updates are available through the program or Skype’s website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 11.9.900.117 [Windows 7: IE9, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, Opera]
Adobe Flash 11.9.900.117 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 11.9.900.117 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.05
Dropbox 2.0.25 [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 25.0 [Windows]
Google Chrome 30.0.1599.101
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16721 [Windows 7: IE]
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16519 [Windows 8: IE]
Java SE 7 Update 45 [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 5.1.7 [Windows]
Safari 6.1 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
Microsoft Multiple Products: Secunia reports an unpatched extremely critical vulnerability in multiple Microsoft Products, including Microsoft Server 2008, Microsoft Windows Vista, Lync, Lync Basic 2013, Office 2003, Professional Edition, Office 2003 Small Business Edition, Office 2003 Standard Edition, Office 2033 Student and Teacher Edition, Office 2007 and 2010. No official solution is currently available.
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released many updates for multiple products, including Cisco Prime Central for HCS Assurance, Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) Mobile, IOS SIP Messages, and others. Apply appropriate updates.
McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator / Java: Secunia reports that McAfee has released version 4.6.7 and 5.1 to fix at least 7 moderately critical vulnerabilities in a bundled version of Java. Update to the latest 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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