Important Security Updates
Adobe Acrobat/Reader: Adobe has released updated versions of Acrobat and Reader to fix at least 46 vulnerabilities. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s website.
Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version 22.214.171.124 to fix multiple critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available from Adobe’s website.
Adobe Shockwave Player: Adobe has released version 126.96.36.199 of Shockwave Player running on Windows and Macintosh to address critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Shockwave Web Site.
Apple iTunes: Apple has released version 12.12.1 (64-bit and 32-bit) of iTunes for Windows 7 and 8. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
Avast: Avast! has released version 10.3.2223 of its Free Antivirus, Internet Security 2015, and Premier. Updates are available on Avast’s website.
AVG Free Edition: AVG has released version 2015.0.6086 of its 64 and 32 bit Free Edition. Updates are available on AVG’s website.
AVG Internet Security: AVG has released version 2015.0.6086 of its Internet Security 2015. Updates are available on AVG’s website.
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 43.0.2357.134. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released 14 updates to address dozens of vulnerabilities within Windows operating systems, Internet Explorer, and Office products. Details on the updates are available from Microsoft’s website.
Opera: Opera has released version 30.0.1835.125. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.
Oracle Java: Oracle has released versions Java SE 8 Update 51 to fix at least 25 vulnerabilities. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 188.8.131.52 [Windows 7: IE, Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 184.108.40.206 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 220.127.116.11 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader DC 2015.008.20082
Dropbox 3.6.9 [Citadel warns against relying on security of Dropbox or other cloud-based file exchange syatems. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the master Dropbox [or other] password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]
Firefox 39.0 [Windows]
Google Chrome 43.0.2357.134
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.17905
Java SE 8 Update 51 [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 7.1.7, 8.07, 6.2.7 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, Mountain Lion]
Newly Announced Unpatched Vulnerabilities
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports patched vulnerabilities in Cisco’s TelePresence Advanced Media Gateway Series, Identity Services Engine (ISE), Unified Communications Manager (UCM), Unified Intelligence Center, Contact Center Express, Aggregation Services Routers (ASR) 5000 Series, Telepresence Integrator C Series, WebEx Meetings Server, and Prime Collaboration Assurance. Apply updates. Secunia also reports unpatched security vulnerabilities in Cisco’s Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) and Unified Communications Manager (UCM). No official solutions are currently available.
McAfee Firewall Enterprise: Secunia reports a vulnerability in McAfee Firewall Enterprise. Update to a fixed version.
Microsoft SQL Server: Secunia reports multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft SQL Server. Apply update.
Moodle: Secunia reports 2 vulnerabilities in Moodle. Update to a fixed version.
Oracle Multiple Products: US-CERT reports that Oracle has released updates to address 193 vulnerabilities across multiple products as part of its quarterly Critical Patch Update. See the Critical Patch Update Advisory, and 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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