Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, December 30, 2018

Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report, December 30, 2018

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Important Security Updates

Opera: Opera has released version 57.0.3098.106. Updates are available from within the browser or from Opera’s website.

Spotify: Spotify has released version 1.0.96.181. Updates are available on Spotify’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.101

Adobe Reader DC 2019.010.20064

Dropbox 63.4.107 [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 64.0 [Windows]

Google Chrome 71.0.3578.98

Internet Explorer 11.0.101

Java SE 8 Update 191 [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 44.17763.1.0

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 12.0.2 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]

Skype 8.34.0.78

For Your IT Department

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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.

Citadel Information Group, based in Los Angeles, CA, provides information security management services to the business and the not-for-profit community. We serve a wide variety of industries, including accounting, aerospace, broadcasting, business management, eCommerce, engineering, entertainment, finance, health care, insurance, law, manufacturing and distribution, market research, retail, and technology. We are especially proud of the work we do in support of the not-for-profit community.

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Jake Nonnemaker

Jake Nonnemaker

CEO/President/Founder of AXICOM, Inc.