Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, September 15, 2013by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, September 16th, 2013
Guest column by Citadel Information Group
Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report
Important Security Updates
Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released updates to fix highly critical vulnerabilities in its Flash Player for the Windows, Mac, Linux and Android versions. See version numbers below. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. Updates are also available for Adobe AIR.
Adobe Reader: Adobe has released version 11.0.04 to fix highly critical vulnerabilities in its Reader for the Windows, Mac, Linux and Android versions. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. Updates are also available for Acrobat.
Adobe Shockwave Player: Adobe has released version 188.8.131.52 to fix highly critical vulnerabilities in its Shockwave Player for the Windows, Mac, Linux and Android versions. Updates are available from Adobe’s website.
Apple AirPort: Apple has released an update to its AirPort Base Station Firmware to fix a vulnerability. Update to 7.6.4 available through the AirPort Utility or Apple’s website.
Apple Mac OS X: Apple has released 10.8.5 to fix at least 31 highly critical vulnerabilities in OS X. Updates are available through Apple’s website.
Apple Safari: Apple has released version 5.1.10 to fix two highly critical vulnerabilities in Safari. Updates are available through Apple’s website.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft released several updates addressing at least 47 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 184.108.40.206 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 11.8.800.174 [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 23.0.1 [Windows]
Google Chrome 29.0.1547.57
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16660 [Windows 7: IE]
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16519 [Windows 8: IE]
Java SE 7 Update 25 [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 Prime LAN Management Solution, Virtualization Experience, Unified MeetingPlace, ASA software Certificate and others. Apply appropriate updates.
Cisco Multiple Products Unpatched: Secunia reports that several Cisco products have unpatched vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, for which there is no official solution available; including Cisco’s Unified Operations Manager and Prime LAN Management.
IBM OS/400 Java: IBM has released an update to its OS/400 bundled with Java to fix at least 27 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, reported in versions V5R4M0 and V6R1M0.
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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