Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, October 16, 2016

Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, October 16, 2016

Important Security Updates

Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version to fix at least 12 vulnerabilities. Updates are available from Adobe’s website.

Adobe Reader: Adobe has released version 2015.020.20039. Updates are available through the program’s Help menu/Check for Updates or from Adobe’s website.

Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 12.4.22 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 54.0.2840.59. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released 10 updates to address at least 36 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows operating systems, Internet Explorer, Office, and other Microsoft products.  Additional details are available at Microsoft’s website.

Skype: Skype has released Skype Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash

Adobe Reader DC 2015.020.20039

Dropbox 12.4.22 [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 49.0.1 [Windows]

Google Chrome 54.0.2840.59

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 IOS XE Software, Meeting Server prior to 2.0.6, Acano Server prior to 1.8.18 and prior to 1.9.6, Prime Infrastructure, Evolved Programmable Network Manager, Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) and Wide Area Application Services (WAAS).  Apply updates.  Cisco also reports an unpatched vulnerabilities in its Cisco Finesse. There are no workarounds available. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.

McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator:  McAfee has released updates for its ePolicy Orchestrator. Apply updates.  Additional details are available at McAfee’s website.

Novell Open Enterprise Server:  Novell has released an updates 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 patches oes11sp2-MozillaFirefox-11017 and oes11sp2-ghostscript-library-11019. For version OES 2015 apply patches oes2015-MozillaFirefox-11018 and oes2015-ghostscript-library-11020.  Additional details are available at Novell’s website.

VMware vRealize Operations: VMWare has released an update for its vRealize Operations. Apply updates.  Additional details are available at VMWare’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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