Important Security Updates
Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version 184.108.40.206 to fix at least 3 highly critical vulnerabilities reported in previous versions. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. Updates are also available for AIR.
Apple iTunes: Apple has released version 12.0.1 of iTunes for Windows (64-bit) to fix at least 82 unpatched vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
Apple OS X: Apple has released updates for OS X to fix 32 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical. Update to version 10.10. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
D-Link Multiple Products: D-Link has released updates for its DSR-500, DSR-500N, DSR-1000, and DSR-1000N wireless routers to a security issues reported in previous firmware versions. Update to firmware version 1.09.b61. Updates are available from D-Link’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 38.0.2125.104 for Windows, Mac, and Linux to fix at least 13 unpatched vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, reported in previous versions and versions bundled with Flash Player. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit: Malwarebytes has released version 2.0.3 of its free Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. Updates are available from Malwarebytes’ website.
Microsoft Internet Explorer: Microsoft has released updates for all versions of Internet Explorer to fix at least 14 highly critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available through the program or from Microsoft’s website.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released 9 updates to address at least 24 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Word, .NET and other Microsoft products.
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 33.0 for Firefox to fix at least 9 highly critical unpatched vulnerabilities in previous versions. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website. Updates are also available for Thunderbird and SeaMonkey.
Opera: Opera has released version 25 to fix moderately critical unpatched vulnerabilities. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.
Oracle Java: Oracle has released versions Java SE 7 Update 72 and Java SE 8 Update 25 to fix at least 25 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]
TechSmith Corporation SnagIt: TechSmith has released version 220.127.116.118 for SnagIt. Updates are available from TechSmith’s website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 18.104.22.168 [Windows 7: IE]
Adobe Flash 22.214.171.124 [Windows 7: Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 126.96.36.199 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 188.8.131.52 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.09
Dropbox 2.10.39 [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 33.0 [Windows]
Google Chrome 38.0.2125.104
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17280
Java SE 8 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 7.1 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
For Your IT Department
Apple OS X Server: Secunia reports Apple has released version 4.0 of OS X Server to fix at least 7 unpatched moderately critical vulnerabilities, a weakness and a security issue. Apply update.
BlackBerry OS: Secunia reports Blackberry has released an update to fix a security issue. Apply update.
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports Cisco has released updates for Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), Adaptive Security Security Appliance, (ASA), 5500 Series, 5500-X Series, IOS XE, and others. Apply available updates.
Citrix XenServer: Secunia reports Citrix has released updates for its XenServer to address at least 6 moderately critical vulnerabilities in versions 6.2 Service Pack 1 and prior. Apply hotfix.
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 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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