Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, October 2, 2016

Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, October 2, 2016

Important Security Updates

7-Zip: 7-Zip.org has released version 16.03 (32-bit and 64-bit). Updates are available from 7-Zip’s website.

Adobe Shockwave Player: Adobe has released version of Shockwave Player running on Windows and Macintosh. Updates are available through the program or from Adobe’s Shockwave Web Site.

Comodo Free Firewall: Comodo has released version of its free firewall. Updates are available from Comodo’s website.

Comodo Internet Security: Comodo has released version of its free security suite. Updates are available from Comodo’s website.

Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 11.4.21 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]

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

Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 53.0.2785.143. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.

Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released 49.0.1. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash

Adobe Reader DC 2015.017.20050

Dropbox 11.4.21 [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 53.0.2785.143

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 Software, IOS XE Software, Firepower Management Center and products with OpenSSL.  Apply updates.  Cisco also reports an unpatched vulnerabilities in its Cisco Email Security Appliance (ESA), Content Security Management Appliance (SMA), Web Security Appliance (WSA), Firepower Management Center (Cross-Site Request Forgery Vulnerability), FireSIGHT System Software, IOS XR Software and Videoscape Distribution Suite Service Manager. There are no workarounds available. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.

Novell Open Enterprise Server:  Novell has released an updates to fix multiple vulnerabilities in its Open Enterprise Server versions 11.2, 11.3, 2015 and 2015.1 (OES 11 SP2, OES 11 SP3, OES 2015 and OES 2015 SP1).  For version 11.2 apply patches oes11sp2-wget-10983, oes11sp2-openssh-10980, oes11sp2-bind-11003 and oes11sp2-September-2016-Scheduled-Maintenance-10989. For version 11.3 apply patches For version 2015 apply patches oes11sp3-September-2016-Scheduled-Maintenance-10991.  For version OES 2015 apply patches oes2015-wget-10984, oes2015-openssh-10982, oes2015-bind-11004 and oes2015-September-2016-Scheduled-Maintenance-10990.  For version 2015.1 (SP1) apply patches oes2015sp1-September-2016-Scheduled-Maintenance-10992. Additional details are available at Novell’s website.

OpenSSL: OpenSSL has released versions 1.0.2j and 1.1.0b to fix at least 2 vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical, 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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