Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, October 23, 2016

Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, October 23, 2016

Important Security Updates

AVG Free Edition: AVG has released version 2016.121.7859 of its 64 and 32 bit Free Edition. Updates are available on AVG’s website.

Foxit Reader: Foxit has released version of its Reader to fix six highly critical vulnerabilities. Updates are available on Foxit Software’s website.

Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 54.0.2840.71. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google Chrome’s website.

Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 49.0.2. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.

Opera Chromium: Opera has released version 40.0.2308.90. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.

Oracle Java: Oracle has released versions Java SE 8 Update 111 to fix at least 9 highly critical vulnerabilities. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]

Piriform Ccleaner: Piriform has released version 5.23.5808 for CCleaner. Updates are available from Piriform’s website.

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

SuperAntiSpyware: SuperAntiSpyware has released version 6.0.1226. Updates are available on SuperAntiSpyware’s website.

ZoneAlarm Free: ZoneAlarm has released version of its free firewall. Updates are available from ZoneAlarm’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 49.0.2 [Windows]

Google Chrome 54.0.2840.71

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 ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances, ASA 5500-X Series Next-Generation Firewalls, Catalyst 6500 Series/7600 Series ASA Services Module, ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall, Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv), ASA for Firepower 4100 and 9300 Series Security Appliances, Cisco ISA 3000 Industrial Security Appliance, Meeting Server, Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) 5500-X Series with FirePOWER Services, Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) for Networks, 7000 and 8000 Series Appliances, FirePOWER 7000 and 8000 Series Appliances, FirePOWER Threat Defense for Integrated Services Routers (ISRs), Sourcefire 3D System Appliances, Virtual Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention System (NGIPSv) for VMware.  Apply updates.  Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.

McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention Services:  McAfee has released updates for its Host Intrusion Prevention Services. Apply updates.  Additional details are available at McAfee’s website.

Oracle Multiple Products: US-CERT reports Oracle has released updates to fix hundreds of vulnerabilities in its Database Server, Fusion Middleware, Enterprise Manager Grid Control, E-Business Suite, Supply Chain Products Suite, PeopleSoft Products, JD Edwards Products, Siebel CRM, Communications Applications, Retail Applications, Health Sciences Applications, Sun Systems Products Suite, Linux and Virtualization, MySQL and others. Additional details are available at Oracle’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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