Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, September 22, 2013by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Guest column by Citadel Information Group
Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report
Apple iOS: Apple has released version 7 of its iOS for several versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to fix at least 69 unpatched vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, in previous versions. The update is available through the device or through Apple’s website.
Apple iOS iPhone 5: Apple has released version 7.0.1 for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. The update is available through the device or through Apple’s website.
Apple iTunes: Apple has released version 11.1 of iTunes to fix a highly critical vulnerability. The update is available through iTunes or through the iTunes website.
Microsoft Internet Explorer: Microsoft has released a partial fix to address an extremely critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11, 32-bit version only. The fix is available through Microsoft’s website.
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 24.0 of Firefox to fix at least 16 highly critical unpatched vulnerabilities in previous versions. Updates are available through Firefox browser. Updates are also available for SeaMonkey and Thunderbird.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 11.8.800.174 [Windows 7: IE9, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, Opera]
Adobe Flash 11.8.800.168 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 11.8.800.168 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.04
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 29.0.1547.57
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16686 [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
Apple OS X Server: Apple has released an update to its OS X Server to fix at least 6 moderately critical vulnerabilities. Update to version 2.2.2.
Apple Xcode GIT: Apple has released an update to its Xcode to fix an unpatched security issue in previous versions. Update to version 5.0.
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released many updates for multiple products, including Cisco’s AnyConnect VPN Client, IPS Authentication Manager, Prime Data Center Network Manager, Nexus 3000 Series Switches 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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