Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, October 20, 2013by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, October 21st, 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 OS X Java: Apple has released an update for Java on Mac OS X v10.6.8, Mac OS X Server v10.6.8, OS X Lion v10.7 or later, OS X Lion Server v10.7 or later, and OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 or later to address multiple vulnerabilities. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome 30.0.1599.101 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame to fix 4 highly critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Oracle Java: Oracle has released Java SE 7 Update 45 to fix at least 51 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’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 24.0 [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 6.0.5 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released many updates for multiple products, including Cisco’s Unity Connection, Identity Services Engine (ISE), Video Surveillance 400 Series IP Camera, and others. Apply appropriate updates.
Oracle Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Oracle has released many updates for multiple products, including Oracle’s Java JDK and JRE, MySQL, BPEL Process Manager, Agile PLM Data Manipulation, Instantis Enterprise Track Information, Transportation Management, WebCenter Content, Access Manager, E-Business Suite, Web Cache, Identity Analystics, HTTP Server, Primavera P6 Enterprise, iLearning, Identity Manager, and others. Apply appropriate updates.
VMWare: Secunia reports that VMWare has released a partial fix at least 40 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, in a bundled version of Java, reported in the following products and versions; vCenter Server versions 4.1, 5.0, and 5.1, Update Manager versions 5.0 and 5.1, and ESX version 4.1. Apply patch if available.
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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