Important Security Updates
Apple MacBook Pro: Apple has released firmware updates for its MacBook Pro. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
Avira Free Antivirus: Avira has released version 126.96.36.1998 of its free Antivirus. Updates are available from Avira’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 3.8.4 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 44.0.2403.89 to address multiple vulnerabilities. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Java for OS X: Apple has released an update for Java in OS X 2015-001.. Updates are available from Apple’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]
Microsoft Windows: Microsoft has released an update to several versions of Windows. Updates are available through Windows Updates in the Control Panel.
Skype: Skype has released Skype 188.8.131.52. Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash 184.108.40.206 [Windows 7: IE, Firefox, Mozilla]
Adobe Flash 220.127.116.11 [Windows 8: IE]
Adobe Flash 18.104.22.168 [Macintosh OS X: Firefox, Opera, Safari]
Adobe Reader DC 2015.008.20082
Dropbox 3.8.4 [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 44.0.2403.89
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
Apple OS X: Secunia reports an unpatched vulnerability in Apple OS X. No official solution is currently available.
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Secunia reports patched vulnerabilities in Cisco’s Unified Communications Manager (UCM), IOS, IOS XE, IOS XR, WebEx Meetings Server, Unified MeetingPlace, and others. Apply updates.
McAfee Multiple Products: Secunia reports vulnerabilities in McAfee Email Gateway, Firewall Enterprise, and Next Generation Firewall. Apply updates.
Microsoft Windows: Secunia reports a highly critical vulnerability in Windows operating system. Apply updates.
WordPress: Secunia reports a vulnerability in WordPress. Update to version 4.2.3.
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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