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This Week in Patching – 1/14/2013

By: Jason Miller, Manager of Research and Development at VMware

Happy New Year.  I hope IT administrators got some much needed patching rest over the past couple of weeks.  2013 is started out quite heavy in the world of patching.

This week was highlighted by a busy Patch Tuesday.  You can read my write up on the January 2013 edition of Patch Tuesday here.

There were also other vendors releasing critical security bulletins on Patch Tuesday.  Adobe released two security bulletins.  APSB13-02 was pre-announced last Thursday as a part of their quarterly update for Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.  Adobe Acrobat / Reader versions 9.5.3 / 10.1.5 / 11.0.1 address 27 vulnerabilities and are rate Critical.  Adobe security bulletin APSB13-01 was not pre-announced by Adobe, but I expected this bulletin to be released after Microsoft announced an update for Adobe Flash Player in Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 last Thursday was set to be released on Patch Tuesday.  APSB13-01 addresses 1 vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player versions 10 and 11 (as well as Adobe Air 3.5).

Mozilla also released security updates to coincide with Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday.  The most notable of the releases by Mozilla was the major update for Firefox.  Mozilla Firefox 18 contains new features as well as security updates.  For those organizations that do not want to roll out new features in their Mozilla products due to concerns of the new features breaking functionality, Mozilla is continuing their effort with the Mozilla ESR products.  These product updates contain new security fixes but do not contain new features.

Here is the details list of Mozilla updates released on Patch Tuesday:

  • Mozilla Firefox 18
    • Security update addressing 12 Critical, 8 High and 1 Moderate Mozilla Security Advisories (30 vulnerabilities)
  • Mozilla SeaMonkey 2.15
    • Security update addressing 12 Critical, 7 High and 1 Moderate Mozilla Security Advisories (26 vulnerabilities)

The other notable updates this week were released on Thursday.  Google updated their Chrome and Chrome Frame browser with version 24.0.1312.52.  This new version fixes 24 vulnerabilities and includes an updated version of Adobe Flash Player that was released by Adobe on Patch Tuesday.  In the past year, Google has been in sync with Adobe on Adobe Flash Player releases.  Interestingly, Google’s release came two days after the Adobe Flash Player release.

There were also some non-security updates released on Thursday.  MozyHome and MozyPro updated their programs with version 2.18.2.244.  Microsoft released a new version of Skype with 6.1.0.129.  This version now integrates with Microsoft Office Outlook contact.

Happy Patching!

– Jason Miller

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This Week in Patching – 1/7/2013

By: Jason Miller, Manager of Research and Development at VMware

Patching came to a quiet end in 2012 and 2013 is starting off with a bang.  Here is a quick recap of the happenings in patch management this week:

On Wednesday, a new version of CDBurnerXP was released with version 4.5.0.3717.  This new version is a non-security update.  On Friday, Google released a non-security update for their Picasa program with version 3.9.136.120.

Microsoft announced their January 2013 Patch Tuesday Advance Notification.  You can read my write up here on the upcoming Patch Tuesday.  In addition to the seven Microsoft security bulletins being released next Tuesday, there are quite a few non-Microsoft patches being released on Patch Tuesday.

Adobe announced they will be releasing updates for their Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat programs (versions 9/10/11).  These updates are rated as critical and are part of their quarterly update for Adobe Acrobat and Reader.

In addition, Mozilla is lining up to release updates as well for their products.  You can expect updates for their Mozilla Firefox, Firefox ESR, Thunderbird, Thunderbird ESR and SeaMonkey products.

On Microsoft’s preannouncement page for upcoming non-security updates, they have listed Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 10.  With this in mind, expect updates from Adobe for Adobe Flash Player and Google Chrome on Patch Tuesday.  With every Adobe Flash Player release, Microsoft and Google update their browsers to supply the latest version of the Flash Player program.

On the Microsoft Security Advisory front, Microsoft released a new security advisory on Thursday.  Microsoft Security Advisory 2798897 addresses issues with fraudulent digital certificates.  This security advisory places the offending certificates in the untrusted certificate store on systems.  In June 2012, Microsoft released a tool that will run on systems and quickly moves revoked certificates to the untrusted certificate stores.  This tool aids administrators that want an easy and quick way to update certificate issues Microsoft finds.  This tool can be downloaded here.  For those that do not want to use the tool, Microsoft has provided patches for this certificate issue that can be applied to systems.

Until Patch Tuesday, Happy Patching!

– Jason Miller

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This Week in Patching – 12/14/2012

By: Jason Miller, Manager of Research and Development at VMware

This week in patching was highlighted by Microsoft’s December 2012 Patch Tuesday.  Microsoft released seven security bulletins addressing 12 vulnerabilities.  You can read my full write up on Patch Tuesday here.

On the non-Microsoft front, Adobe released an update for their Adobe Flash Player and Air products.  Adobe Security Bulletin APSB12-27 addresses three vulnerabilities as is rated as Critical.  Adobe has started the trend of releasing security updates for Flash Player on Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday.  This trend will probably continue as Microsoft and Google both bundle Adobe Flash Player in their latest browsers.

On that note, Microsoft released an update for their security advisory (KB2755801) to include the latest version of Adobe Flash for Internet Explorer 10.  Google released an update on Patch Tuesday for their Chrome browser.  Google Chrome 23.0.1271.97 contains the latest version of Adobe Flash Player as well as addressing six Google Chrome vulnerabilities.

To wrap up Patch Tuesday, Apache released a new version of Tomcat for Windows with version 7.0.34.  This latest version of Tomcat is a non-security update.

On Thursday, Oracle provided updates for Java version 6 and 7.  Java 6 update 38 and Java 7 update 10 are non-security releases.  The next scheduled security update for Oracle Java is planned for February 19, 2013.  It is important to note that the next scheduled security update will be the last time Java version 6 will receive a security update.  At that time, Oracle will continue to provide security updates for Java version 7.  In the next few months, administrators should look at testing the upgrade for Java version 6 to version 7.  Java can be quite tricky to upgrade.  There are occasions where older software programs that rely on Java simply will not work with the latest version.  By June 18, 2013, administrators should be upgraded to Java 7.  That date will be the next scheduled security update after Java 6 has reached end of life for support.

On Friday, Apple provided updates for their iTunes product with version 11.01.  This update addresses non-security issues with their recent major upgrade in version 11.

Typically, the last two weeks of the year are very quiet for vendors releasing patches for their software.  If any vendor does release updates, I will be back next Friday with an update on the happenings in patch management.  If not, I will be getting a head start on ringing in the New Year.

Happy Patching and Happy Holidays!

– Jason Miller

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This Week in Patching – 11/9/2012

By: Jason Miller, Manager, Research and Development

It has been a busy week for patch releases.  Here is a quick recap of the happenings in patch management.

Tuesday

Adobe released a new security bulletin for Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Air.  APSB12-24 addresses seven vulnerabilities and the following versions address these issues:

  • Adobe Flash Player 11.5.502.110
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3.183.43
  • Adobe Air 3.4.0.600

It is important to note that the vulnerabilities also affect the Adobe Flash Player 10 product line as well.  In the ‘Priority and Ratings,’ ‘Affected Software Versions,’ and ‘ Summary’ on the Adobe security bulletin page do not list Adobe Flash Player 10 as an affected product.  The CVE filed on behalf of the vulnerabilities state that Adobe Flash Player 10 is indeed affected by the vulnerabilities.  In addition, the Adobe Security Bulletin page has Adobe Flash Player 10 affected in the ‘Solution’ area.

With the Adobe Flash Player release, I also saw a coordinated release effort from Google and Microsoft to address vulnerable Adobe Flash Player programs embedded in their browsers.  Google Chrome / Chrome Frame version 23.0.1271.64 fixes 14 vulnerabilities and includes the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player.  This new version of the Google browser includes a new ‘Do Not Track’ feature that sends a request to a website asking it to not track information.  On the Microsoft side, Microsoft Security Advisory 2755801 was updated to include the latest version of Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.

Opera also released a new version of their browser for the first time since June of this year.  Opera 12.10 addresses six vulnerabilities.  In the release notes, you will need to scroll down to the beta section to see that this release actually fixed security vulnerabilities.  They are noted in the beta section for version 12.10.

Wednesday

HP released their first update since June of this year for their System Management Homepage product.  HP System Management Homepage 7.1.2 appears to be a security update and is rated as “Recommended” from HP.    The release notes for this newer version states “Improved security features.”  Vulnerability information for HP System Management Homepage releases typically take a few weeks after the product release, so I will be watching the national vulnerability database for more information.

Thursday

Apple joined the busy patching week with a new release of Apple QuickTime.  Apple QuickTime 7.7.3 is a security update addressing nine vulnerabilities. One of the vulnerabilities fixed with this release is remarkably from 2011 (CVE-2011-1374).

Friday

AOL Instant Messenger 1.2.0.2 has been released to the mainstream.  This product typically does not have release notes associated with each version.  I will be waiting to see if a CVE is released that would mark this release as a security bulletin.

Other News

Next Tuesday marks the November 2012 edition of Patch Tuesday.  Microsoft is set to release six bulletins addressing 13 vulnerabilities.  This Patch Tuesday will be highlighted by the first security bulletin releases for the new Microsoft Windows 8 and Server 2012 operating systems.

There are reports of a Zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Reader.  No confirmation or information has been released yet by Adobe.  There is a chance that Adobe could be releasing an update for Adobe Reader on Patch Tuesday.

I will be back next Tuesday to talk in detail on all of the activities for the November 2012 Patch Tuesday.

Happy Patching!

– Jason Miller

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This Week in Patching – 10/19/2012

By: Jason Miller, Manager, Research and Development

It is that time for a weekly recap of the happenings of patch management.

This week was highlighted by a critical security update from Oracle.  Oracle released updates for their Java programs with Java 7 update 9 and Java 6 update 37 during their quarterly update.  These updates address 28 vulnerabilities.  Some of the vulnerabilities addressed by this update were zero-day vulnerabilities.  With any patch addressing zero-day vulnerabilities, administrators will want to patch as soon as possible.  Apple also released an update for the newer version of Java.  This update release coincided with Oracle’s Java release.  The next scheduled update for Java is set for February 19, 2013.

On Wednesday, Adobe released new versions for their Adobe Acrobat and Reader product lines.  Adobe Acrobat / Reader 11 (or XI) does not contain any security fixes from the version 9 or 10 product lines.

On Thursday, VideoLAN released a new version for their VLC media player.  The release notes for VLC media player 2.0.4 state there are fixes for “security issues” but no CVE has been submitted for this version.

The Document Foundation released a new version of their LibreOffice product that prompted some confusion.  The release version for LibreOffice has steadily been increasing on a normal cadence.  LibreOffice 3.4.x was followed by 3.5.x.  On August 15th, LibreOffice had a new major version with 3.6.x and has since been followed up by minor version increases (3.6.1, 3.6.2).  Yesterday, LibreOffice 3.5.7 was released.  This version number is lower than the 3.6.x branch and has confused people.  From a LibreOffice blog posting, they have stated that the 3.5.x branch will continue to receive updates as will the 3.6.x branch.  The 3.5.x branch is intended to be a stable branch where the 3.6.x introduces new features to the LibreOffice program.  LibreOffice 3.5.7 (released yesterday) and LibreOffice 3.6.2 (released on October 4) both do not contain any security fixes.

Happy Patching!

– Jason Miller

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