Important Security Updates
Apple iOS: Apple has released version 14.1 for iPhones, iPads, etc. Updates are available from Apple’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 108.4.453 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See SecureTheVillage’s warning below]
Google Chrome: Google has released Google Chrome version 84.0.4240.111. Updates are available from within the browser or from Google’s website.
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released Version 82.0. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.
Oracle Java: Oracle has released version Java SE 8 Update 271. The update is available through Windows Control Panel or Java’s website. [See Citadel’s recommendation below]
Current Software Versions
Adobe Flash Player 18.104.22.1685 [Flash is a major source of cyber criminal exploits and is not needed for most internet browsing. Doing without Flash—or at least without Flash turned on all the time—makes good security sense, and it isn’t as difficult as you might think: See Brian Krebs’ post, A Month Without Adobe Flash Player, for tips on how to minimize the risks of having Flash installed.]
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 2020.012.20048
Dropbox 108.4.453 [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 82.0 [Windows]
Google Chrome Version 86.0.4240.111 (Official Build)
Java SE 8 Update 261 [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.]
Microsoft Edge 85.0.564.63
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 13.1.2 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]
For Your IT Department
Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco has released updates for IOS XE, Adaptive Security Appliance Software, Firepower Threat Defense Software, FXOS, Firepower Management Center Software, and more. Apply updates. Additional details are available on Cisco’s website.
VMware: VMware has released updates for VMware Horizon Client for Windows, Horizon Server and more. Apply updates. Updates are available for 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, 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.
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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