Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, April 13, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, April 14th, 2014
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.
Heartbleed – Special Alert
Websites you visit: You can check whether or not a website is vulnerable to Heartbleed at the following two websites:
The Mashable post provides Heartbleed information on an extensive list of sites, including social networks, companies with a large online presence, email providers, financial institutions and others.
If a site you regularly visit has been affected by Heartbleed, you should plan to change your password to the site after the site has been patched.
If a site you visit is not affected by Heartbleed, you need not do anything.
Android Users: Check your version of the Android Operating System. Version 4.1.1 has the Heartbleed flaw and will need to be updated. Contact the manufacturer or your carrier for more information. Follow this link for more information.
Home Routers: Your home router may contain the Heartbleed flaw. Check with your Internet service provider or the manufacturer.
Business: Check your web-sites, any instances of OWA or other web-based access users may have, VPNs, firewalls, routers and switches for the Heartbleed vulnerability and patch as needed. You will also need to get a new security certificate after patching.
For more information on Heartbleed and what to do about it, see our special Heartbleed Section in our Cyber Security News of the Week.
Important Security Updates
Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version 188.8.131.52 for its Flash Player to fix at least 4 highly critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Flash Web Site.
AVG Antivirus Free Edition: AVG has released version 2014.0.4355 (32-bit) of its Free Edition Antivirus. Updates are available through the program or from AVG’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 2.6.27 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]
Google Android OpenSSL: Google has released an update to fix two moderately critical vulnerabilities reported in previous versions of Android due to a bundled version of OpenSSL. Google’s Online Security Blog reports that all versions of Android are immune to CVE-2014-0160 (Heartbleed) (with the limited exception of Android 4.1.1; patching information for Android 4.1.1 is being distributed to Android partners). Apply patch when available and contact your Android partner for more information.
Google Chrome: Google has released version 34.0.1847.116 of Chrome for Windows and Mac to fix 14 highly critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available through the program.
Google Chrome for Android: Google has released version 34.0.1847.114 of Chrome for Android to fix moderately critical unpatched vulnerabilities reported in previous versions. Updates are available through the program or device.
KeePass: KeePass has released version 1.27 of its open source password manager. Updates are available from the KeePass website.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft released 4 updates addressing at least 11 security vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, in almost all versions of the Microsoft OS, Internet Explorer, Office Publisher, Windows Flash and more, including its final batch of fixes for Office 2003 and for systems powered by Windows XP. Updates are available via Windows Update or from Automatic Update.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 184.108.40.206 [Windows 7: IE]
Adobe Flash 220.127.116.11 [Windows 7: Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 18.104.22.168 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 22.214.171.124 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.06
Dropbox 2.6.27 [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.]
Google Chrome 34.0.1847.116
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.16518 [Windows 7: IE]
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.16384 [Windows 8: IE]
Java SE 8 [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 7.0.2 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
For Your IT Department
BlackBerry Multiple Products: Secunia reports that BlackBerry has two vulnerabilities due to a bundled version of OpenSSL. The vulnerabilities are reported in Link for Windows and MacOS, BBM for iOS and Android Secure Work Space for BES10 for iOS and Android. No official solution is currently available. For more information, see BlackBerry’s Knowledge Base.
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports that Cisco has released updates for its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), ONS 15454 Series, IOS XR and others. Apply updates.
Cisco Multiple Products OpenSSL: Secunia reports that Cisco has two moderately critical unpatched vulnerabilities in many products due to a bundled vulnerable version of OpenSSL, including Desktop Collaboration Experience DX650, IP Phone 7900 Series, MS200X Series Ethernet Access Switch, TelePresence Conductor, UCS B-Series Blade Servers, USC C-Series Rack Servers, Unified Ip Phones 7900, 8900, and 9900 Series, Universal Small Cell 5000 and 7000 Series, AnyConnect for iOS 3.x, TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS), Unified Communications Manager 10.x, and WeEx Meetings Server 2.x. No official solution is currently available.
Citrix VDI: Secunia reports that Citrix has released updates for its VDI-in-a-box to fix a security issue reported in previous versions. Update to version 5.3.6 or 5.4.2.
McAfee Asset Manager: Secunia reports that McAfee has released updates for its Asset Manager to fix vulnerabilities reported in previous versions. Update to version 6.6.141.
McAfee Multiple Products OpenSSL: Secunia reports McAfee has moderately critical vulnerabilities in many products due to a bundled version of OpenSSL, including Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) versions 9.1.x, 9.2.x, and 9.3.x, Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) versions prior to 5.5.7, Firewall Enterprise version 8.3.2 prior to ePatch 14, Web Gateway versions 7.3.x and 7.4.x. Apply fixes.
VMware vSphere Client: Secunia reports that VMware has released updates for its vSphere Client to fix vulnerabilities. Apply 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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