Vulnerability and Patch Report, Jan. 14, 2018 (Citadel Information Group)

Important Security Updates

Adobe Flash Player: Adobe has released version Updates are available from Adobe’s website.

Apple Multiple Products: Apple has released updates in macOS High Sierra, iOS, OS X El Capitan, macOS Sierra, and others. Additional details are available on Apple’s website.

Avira Antivirus: Avira has released version of its free Antivirus. Updates are available from Avira’s website.

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

Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 40.4.80 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]

KeePass: KeePass has released version 1.35 of its open source password manager. Updates are available from the KeePass website.

LastPass: LastPass has released version 4.5.0 for its Free Password Manager. Updates are available from LastPass’ website.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday: Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday released updates to address dozens of vulnerabilities, some of which are highly critical within Windows operating systems, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Office, and other Microsoft products, also including fixes for Spectre and Meltdown. Additional details are available at Microsoft’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash Player

Adobe Reader DC 2018.009.20044

Dropbox 40.4.80 [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 57.0.4 [Windows]

Google Chrome 63.0.3239.132

Internet Explorer 11.0.48

Java SE 8 Update 151 [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 41.16299.15.0

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


For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates for CPU Side-Channel, IOS and IOS XE, FXOS and NX-OS, Nexus Series, NX-OS System Software, Unified Communications Manager, and others. Apply updates. Additional details are available on Cisco’s website.

VMware Multiple Products: VMware has released updates on VMware Workstations and Fusion. Apply updates. Additional details are available on VMware’s website. 

Western Digital MyCloud NAS: Western Digital has updated the firmware on their MyCloud NAS devices to fix a series of important security bugs, including an easy exploitable and wormable hardcoded (backdoor) account. More information is available from Western Digital.