Important Security Updates
Avast: Avast Internet Security 2015 has released version 22.214.171.1244. Updates are available on Avast’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 3.6.4 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 43.0.2357.81. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 126.96.36.199 [Windows 7: IE, Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 188.8.131.52 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 184.108.40.206 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader DC 2015.007.20033
Dropbox 3.6.4 [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 38.0.1 [Windows]
Google Chrome 43.0.2357.81
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17801
Java SE 8 Update 45 [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 7.1.6 [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 Unified Communication Manager, Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS), AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Identity Services Engine (ISE), and others. Apply updates. Secunia reports an unpatched security vulnerability in Cisco Finesse. No official solution is currently available.
SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor: Secunia reports an unpatched security vulnerability in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor. No official solution is currently available.
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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