Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, September 4, 2016

Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, September 4, 2016

Important Security Updates

Apple OS X: Apple has released updates for OS X to fix at least 2 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, reported in previous versions. Update to version Yosemite v10.10.5 or El Capitan v10.11.6. Updates are available from Apple’s website.

Apple Safari: Apple has released updates for Safari 9.1.3 for OS X Mavericks v10.9.5 and OS X Yosemite v10.10.5 to fix at least 1 highly critical vulnerability. Updates are available from Apple’s website.

Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 9.4.49 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 53.0.2785.89. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.

LastPass for Windows: LastPass has released version 4.1.28 of LastPass for Windows. Updates are available from the LastPass website.

SuperAntiSpyware: SuperAntiSpyware has released version 6.0.1224. Updates are available on SuperAntiSpyware’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash

Adobe Reader DC 2015.017.20050

Dropbox 9.4.49 [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 48.0.2 [Windows]

Google Chrome 53.0.2785.89

Internet Explorer 11.0.10240.16384

Java SE 8 Update 101 [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 38.14393

QuickTime 7.7.9 [Citadel recommends removing QuickTime. On April 14, 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 9.1.3 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]


For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco reports patched vulnerabilities in its Cisco Small Business 220 Series Smart Plus (Sx220) Switches, Virtual Media Packager (VMP), WebEx Meetings Player version T29.10, Wireless LAN Controller, SPA300, SPA500 and SPA51x Series IP Phones. Apply updates. Cisco reports unpatched vulnerabilities in its Cisco IOS Software implementation of Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) server functionality.  There are workarounds available for these vulnerabilities. Cisco also reports unpatched vulnerabilities in its Cisco Hosted Collaboration Mediation Fulfillment (HCM-F) versions 10.6(3) and prior. There are no workarounds available. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.

Novell Open Enterprise Server:  Novell has released an update to fix multiple vulnerabilities in its Open Enterprise Server versions 11.2 and 2015 (OES 11 SP2 and OES 2015).  For version 11.2 apply patch oes11sp2-MozillaFirefox-10975.  For version 2015 apply patch oes2015-MozillaFirefox-10976.  Additional details are available at Novell’s website.

OpenSSL: OpenSSL has released version 1.1.1 to fix at least 1 vulnerability, reported in previous versions. Updates are available at OpenSSL’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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