Important Security Updates
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 96.0.4664.93. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google’s website.
Microsoft Edge: Microsoft has released version 96.0.1054.53 of Edge. Updates are available within the browser under About Microsoft Edge on the Menu button in the top-right corner of the screen.
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released Version 95.0. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.
Skype: Skype has released Skype 126.96.36.199 Updates are available from the program or Skype’s website.
Spotify: Spotify has released version 188.8.131.521. Updates are available on Spotify’s website.
Zoom: Zoom has released update Version 184.108.40.2068 for Zoom Client for Meetings. Updates are available from within the program under “Check for Updates” or Zoom’s website.
Current Software Versions
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 2021.007.20099
Dropbox 136.4.4345 [SecureTheVillage 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 95.0 [Windows]
Google Chrome 96.0.4664.93 (Official Build)
Microsoft Edge 96.0.1054.53
Microsoft Explorer 11.0.220
Java SE 8 Update 301 [SecureTheVillage 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 or application that requires Java, SecureTheVillage recommends using a two-browser approach to minimize risk. Unplug Java from the browser you use for everyday surfing and leave it plugged in to a second browser that you only use for sites that require Java. And if you have a specific use or need for Java, make sure you have the latest version.]
QuickTime 7.7.9 [SecureTheVillage 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 15.1 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]
For Your IT Department
Apache: Apache has released version 2.15.0 to address a critical RCE vulnerability actively under exploitation. It is strongly encouraged for users and administrators to review Apache’s announcement and upgrade. Additional details are available on Apache’s website.
Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates for Apache Log4j Library affecting Cisco Products, Small business 220 Series Smart Switches and more. Apply updates. Additional details are available on Cisco’s website.
McAfee: McAfee has released updates for Network Security Manager (NSM). Apply updates. Additional details are available on McAfee’s website.
Sonicwall: Sonicwall has released updates for its SMA 100 Series Appliances. Apply updates. Additional details are available on Sonicwall’s website.
VMware: VMware has released a response to Apache Log4j Remote Code Execution. Below are the list of impacted products under evaluation: VMware Horizon, VMware vCenter Server, VMware HCX, VMware NSX-T Data Center, VMware Unified Access Gateway, VMware WorkspaceOne Access, VMware Identity Manager, VMware vRealize Operations, VMware vRealize Operations Cloud Proxy, VMware vRealize Log Insight, VMware vRealize Automation, VMware Telco Cloud Automation, VMware Site Recovery Manager, VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload Appliance, VMware Tanzu GemFire, VMware Tanzu Greenplum, VMware Tanzu Operations Manager, VMware Tanzu Application Service for VMs, VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition, VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront Nozzle, Healthwatch for Tanzu Application Service, Spring Cloud Services for VMware Tanzu, Spring Cloud Gateway for VMware Tanzu, Spring Cloud Gateway for Kubernetes, API Portal for VMware Tanzu, Single Sign-On for VMware Tanzu Application Service, App Metrics, VMware vCenter Cloud Gateway, VMware Tanzu SQL with MySQL for VMs, vRealize Orchestrator. Additional details are available on VMware’s website.
If you are responsible for the security of your computer, our Weekend 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 Patch Report to them and follow up to make sure your computer has been patched and updated.
Vulnerability management is a key element of information 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, Java, etc). When software companies find a vulnerability, they usually issue an update patch to fix the code running in their customer’s computers.
SecureTheVillage publishes our Weekend 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.
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