Important Security Updates
Adobe Shockwave Player: Adobe has released version 188.8.131.52 of Shockwave Player running on Windows and Macintosh. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Shockwave Web Site.
Avira Free Antivirus: Avira has released version 184.108.40.2064 of its free Antivirus. Updates are available from Avira’s website.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released 9 updates to address at least 55 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows operating systems, Windows Group Policy, Internet Explorer, Office, Word, Windows Flash Player, and other Microsoft products.
Opera: Opera has released version 27.0.1689.69 to fix multiple moderately critical unpatched vulnerabilities reported in previous versions. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.
Skype: Skype has released Skype 220.127.116.11. Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 18.104.22.1685 [Windows 7: IE]
Adobe Flash 22.214.171.1245 [Windows 7: Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 126.96.36.1995 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 188.8.131.525 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader 11.0.10
Dropbox 3.2.6 [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 35.0.1 [Windows]
Google Chrome 40.0.2214.111
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17633
Java SE 8 Update 31 [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 7.1.3 [Mac OS X]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
Adobe Reader: Secunia reports a highly critical unpatched vulnerability reported in version 11.0.10 of Adobe Reader running on OS X. Other versions may also be affected. No official solution is currently available. The vendor is planning to release a fix within the week of the 10th February, 2015.
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports Cisco has released updates for its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), Email Security Appliance, Secure Access Control System (ACS), Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Prime Security Manager (PRSM), IOS, and others. Apply updates.
Novel ZENworks: Secunia reports Novell has released updates for its ZENworks to fix at least 8 moderately critical vulnerabilities. Apply Security Patch 01.
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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