Important Security Updates
Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version 22.214.171.124. Updates are available from Adobe’s website.
Adobe Reader: Adobe has released version 2018.011.20058. Updates are available through the program’s Help menu/Check for Updates or from Adobe’s website. There is also an update for Acrobat.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released updates to address dozens of vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows operating systems, Internet Explorer, Edge, Office, and other Microsoft products. Additional details are available at Microsoft’s website.
Skype: Skype has released Skype 126.96.36.199. Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash Player 188.8.131.52
Adobe Reader DC 2018.011.20058
Dropbox 54.4.90 [Citadel warns against relying on security of Dropbox or other cloud-based file exchange systems. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted; 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 61.0.2 [Windows]
Google Chrome 68.0.3440.106
Internet Explorer 11.0.75
Java SE 8 Update 181 [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, IE, Safari, etc — with Java enabled to browse only the sites that require it.]
Microsoft Edge 42.17134.167.0
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 11.1.2 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates for CPU Side-Channel, IP Phone 7800 and 8800 Series, Cisco Wireless IP Phone 8821, Adaptive Security Appliance Web Services, Web Security Appliance, Unified Communications Manager IM & Presence, Small Business 100 Series and 300 Series Wireless Access Points, Registered Envelop Service, Email Security Appliance, Digital Network Architecture Center, Unified Communications Domain Manager, ASR 9000 Series Routers, IOS and IOS XE and more. Apply updates. Additional details are available on Cisco’s website.
VMware: VMware has released updates for Workstation and Fusion, vSphere, Virtual Appliances and more. Apply updates. Additional details are available on 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 system(s) 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 cybersecurity 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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