Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, October 27, 2013by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, October 28th, 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 iOS iPhone: Apple has released version 7.0.3 for iPhone 4 and later to fix 3 passcode lock security bypass weaknesses. Updates are available through the device.
Apple iTunes: Apple has released version 11.1.2 of iTunes for Windows (64-bit) to fix at least 24 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
Apple OS X: Apple has released OS X version 10.9 (Maverick) to fix at least 47 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, found in prior versions.
Apple Remote Desktop: Apple has released version 3.7 of Apple Remote Desktop to address multiple vulnerabilities. For additional details, see Apple’s website.
Apple Safari: Apple has released version 6.1 of Safari to fix at least 21 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, in a bundled version of WebKit.
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 6.1 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
For Your IT Department
Apple OS X Server: Secunia reports that Apple has released version 3.0 of OS X Server to address 6 highly critical vulnerabilities in previous versions. Update to version 3.0.
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released many updates for multiple products, including Cisco’s Unifed Computing System (UCS), Secure Access Control System (ACS), Identity Services Engine (ISE), IOS XR, Unified SIP Proxy (USP), Business Edition 3000, Content Security Management Appliance, Email Security Appliance, Web Security Appliance, Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) 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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