Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, October 13, 2013by Fred F. Farkel, Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Guest column by Citadel Information Group
Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report
Important Security Updates
Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version 11.9.900.117 to fix highly critical vulnerabilities in its Flash Player for the Windows, Mac, Linux and Android versions. Updates are available from Adobe’s website.
Adobe Reader: Adobe has released version 11.0.05 to fix a vulnerability reported in version 11.9.94 for Windows. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. Updates are also available for Acrobat.
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome 30.0.1599.69 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
MacBook Air: Apple has released a Firmware Update for MacBook Air (mid 2013) models. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft released several updates addressing at least 26 security vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Sharepoint, and more. Updates are available via Windows Update or from Automatic Update.
Siber Systems RoboForm: Siber Systems has released version 7.9.2 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 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 24.0 [Windows]
Google Chrome 30.0.1599.69
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16721 [Windows 7: IE]
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16519 [Windows 8: IE]
Java SE 7 Update 40 [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 6.0.5 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
For Your IT Department
Blackberry Enterprise Service: Secunia reports that BlackBerry has released an update to BlackBerry Enterprise Service to fix a vulnerability. Update to version 10.1.3.
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released many updates for multiple products, including Cisco’s NX-OS, Unified Computing System, Unifed IP Phones 9900, Cisco Firewall Services Module, Adaptive Security Appliance and others. Apply appropriate updates.
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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