Important Security Updates
Apple OS X: US-Cert reports that Apple has released security updates for OS X Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite to address multiple highly critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available from Apple’s website for OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Mavericks, and OS X Yosemite.
Apple QuickTime: Apple has released version 184.108.40.206.95 of QuickTime for Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later. Updates are available from within the program or Apple’s website.
AVG Free Edition: AVG has released version 2015.0.5645 of its 64 and 32 bit Free Edition. Updates are available on AVG’s website.
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 34.0.5. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 220.127.116.11 [Windows 7: IE]
Adobe Flash 18.104.22.168 [Windows 7: Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 22.214.171.124 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 126.96.36.199 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.10
Dropbox 3.0.4 [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 34.0.5 [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
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports Cisco has released an update to Expressway Series and Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS) to fix moderately critical vulnerabilities in versions X7.x and X8.x. Update or upgrade to version X8.5 (scheduled to be available mid December 2014).
Novell Multiple Products: Secunia reports Novell has released an update to its Open Enterprise Server to fix highly critical vulnerabilities in Expressway Series and Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS) to fix moderately critical vulnerabilities in Novell Open Enterprise Server 11 (OES11), 11 SP1 (OES11SP1), and 11 SP2 (OES11SP2), and Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 SP3 (OES2SP3). Apply updated packages via the zypper package manager.
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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