Important Security Updates
Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version 22.214.171.124. Updates are available from Adobe’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 37.4.29 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 62.0.3202.62. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.
Opera: Opera has released version 48.0.2685.50. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.
Oracle Java: Oracle has released versions Java SE 8 Update 151. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash Player 126.96.36.199
Adobe Reader DC 2017.012.20093
Dropbox 37.4.29 [Citadel warns against relying on security of Dropbox or other cloud-based file exchange systems. 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 56.0.1 [Windows]
Google Chrome 62.0.3202.62
Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18763
Java SE 8 Update 151 [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.]
Microsoft Edge 40.15063.0.0
QuickTime 7.7.9 [Citadel recommends removing QuickTime. On April 14, 2016 US-CERT advised Microsoft Windows users to remove QuickTime. This followed a report in ars technica that Apple has no plans to update the Windows app despite at least two reliable QuickTime vulnerabilities that threaten Windows users who still have the program installed.]
Safari 10.1.2 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi Protected Access and Wi-Fi Protected Access II, AMP for Endpoints, Nexus Series Switches, FXOS and NX-OS System Software, Small Business SPA50x, SPA51x, SPA52x, SPA300 and SPA500 Series IP Phones, WebEx Meetings, Unified Contact Center, Network Analysis Module, Jabber Expressway Series and Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server, IOS XE Software, and others. Apply updates. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.
If you are responsible for the security of your computer, Citadel’s Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your workstation patched and updated.
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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