Important Security Updates
Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version 22.214.171.124 to fix at least 6 extremely critical unpatched vulnerabilities reported in previous versions. Updates are available from Adobe’s website. Updates are also available for Acrobat.
Adobe Reader: Adobe has released version 11.0.10 to fix at least 8 highly critical vulnerabilities reported in previous versions. Updates are available through the program’s Help menu/Check for Updates or from Adobe’s website. Updates are also available for Adobe Acrobat.
Adobe Shockwave Player: Adobe has released version 126.96.36.199 of Shockwave Player running on Windows and Macintosh. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Shockwave Web Site.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 3.0.3 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 39.0.2171.95. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s 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 Office Excel: Microsoft has released updates for Excel to fix at least 2 highly critical vulnerabilities in most versions of Office Excel. Updates are available through the program or from Microsoft’s website.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released 7updates to address at least 24 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Word, .NET, Windows Flash Player, and other Microsoft products.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 188.8.131.52 [Windows 7: IE]
Adobe Flash 184.108.40.206 [Windows 7: Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 220.127.116.11 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 18.104.22.168 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.10
Dropbox 3.0.3 [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 34.0 [Windows]
Google Chrome 39.0.2171.95
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17501
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 7.1.1 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
For Your IT Department
Microsoft Exchange Server: Secunia reports Microsoft has released a partial fix for Exchange Server 2007, 2010, 2013. Apply update.
VMware vCloud: US-CERT reports VMware has released updates to fix a critical vulnerability in its vCloud Automation Center (vCAC). 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 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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