Cyber Security Vulnerability and Patch Report, July 23, 2017

 

From our friends at

 Citadel Information Group

Important Security Updates

Apple iTunes: Apple has released version 12.6.2 (64-bit and 32-bit) of iTunes. Updates are available from Apple’s website.

Apple Multiple Products: Apple has released updates in tvOS 10.2.2, iCloud for Windows 6.2.2, Safari 10.1.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.6, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, IOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3 and others. Additional details are available on Apple’s website.

Avast: Avast! Free Antivirus has released version 17.5.2303. Updates are available on Avast’s website. Avast! has also released updates for Premier Antivirus, Pro Antivirus and Internet Security.

Opera: Opera has released version 46.0.2597.57. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.

Oracle Java: Oracle has released versions Java SE 8 Update 141. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 26.0.0.137

Adobe Reader DC 17.009.20044

Dropbox 30.4.22 [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 54.0.1 [Windows]

Google Chrome 59.0.3071.115

Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18739

Java SE 8 Update 141 [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]

Skype 7.38.0.101

For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities in SNMP, WebEx, Web Security Appliance, Prime, ASR 5000 Series and others. Apply updates. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.

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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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