Important Security Updates
Avast: Avast! Free Antivirus has released version 10.2.2214. Updates are available on Avast’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 3.2.9 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]
Evernote: Evernote has released version 184.108.40.20607. Updates are available on Evernote’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 41.0.2272.76 to fix at least 20 unpatched vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 36.0.1 to fix at least 11 highly critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.
Oracle Java: Oracle has released versions Java SE 8 Update 40. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]
Skype: Skype has released Skype 220.127.116.11. Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.
VLC Media Player: VLC has released version 2.2.0 (32-bit and 64-bit) of its Media Player. Download from the VLC 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 3.2.9 [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 36.0.1 [Windows]
Google Chrome 41.0.2272.76
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17633
Java SE 8 Update 40 [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
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports Cisco has released updates and partial fixes for its Cisco IOS and IOS XR, Unified Web Interaction Manager, Content Delivery Engine Series, Digital Media Manager, Edge 300 Digital Media Player, Nexus 9000 Series Switches, TelePresence Conductor, UCS Invicta Series Solid State Systems, Unified Communications System, Virtual Security Gateway (VSG), Mobility Services Engine, Nexus 1000V, Unified Communications Manager, Unified Contact Center Express, Application Control Engine (ACE) Appliance, and others. Apply updates.
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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