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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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Weekly Links – January 4, 2013

Another year has come and gone – here’s to a great 2013 for all of the readers of this blog!

Things we want to see in 2013:

  • More SMBs virtualizing their infrastructure, of course!
  • A follow up to this movie
  • The permanent inclusion of the McRib on McDonalds’ menu
  • A more pragmatic, less interventionist approach from incoming Secretary of State John Kerry

Things that we don’t want to see in 2013:

  • Clunky, on-premise IT management software
  • A follow-up to this song
  • Ben Stiller. Time to give things a rest, pal…
  • A global pandemic (best not to let our guard down even after surviving 12/21/12)

Enough ballyhooing, on to your links!

Amazon’s EC2 Outage: A Closer Look (InformationWeek)

A Lighter Look at Life in IT (IT Business Edge)

Chinese Dad Hires Virtual Assassins to Harass Game-Obsessed Son (The Next Web)

Why Windows To Go is perfect for BYOD (ITWorld)

Steve Jobs biopic hits theatres in April. Will you see it? (Ars Technica)

This week’s apropos of nothing image serves as a stark reminder as to why you should never work at a hospital in Alaska or northern Canada.

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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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By Andy the Angry IT Guy

It’s clear that, once again, the holiday season is upon us.

Why is that, you’re asking? Am I delirious with the spirit of the season, hanging tinsel and mistletoe around my cubicle, organizing company caroling sessions and baking festive snickerdoodle cookies for the entire office?

Of course not! Bah humbug! (Come on… were you expecting anything less from your favorite angry IT guy).

No, I know that the holiday season is approaching because rabid sales executives keep accosting me to make sure their database stays up and running as they close quarter-end deals (it does, as usual…), the HR person keeps complaining to me about Outlook calendars not synching up for people’s PTO requests (you have to click “accept”) and our psychotic marketing director nearly compromised our entire network after clicking an email with a subject line of “Cute baby triplets sing ‘Jingle Bells’ while kittens wrestle in the background” (it was a malicious virus).

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VMware Go Pro has allowed me to get our virtualization project up and running with minimal headaches, and has also allowed me to ensure that the company’s infrastructure is secure and appropriately patched (which really comes in handy when your brainiac colleague inadvertently looses a Trojan onto your network).

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Weekly Links – November 27, 2012

Shhh! Can you hear that? If you listen closely, you can hear the faint whisper of Christmas music floating up from every single retail store from here to Sheboygan. With just under a month until Christmas, you can expect to have Bing Crosby and “Santa Baby” ringing in your ears for the foreseeable future. If you made it out for Black Friday this year (and it sounds like many of you did), you surely know what we mean here.

And, in the spirit of retailer-driven holiday traditions, happy Cyber Monday! VMware is getting in on the fun, too—keep an eye on our eStore for promotions throughout this coming week (including a special on VMware Go Pro on November 29!).

Now on to this week’s links:

Buggy Windows 8 patch: Old problem, new solutions (InfoWorld)

Few Enterprises Move at the Speed of Social (InformationWeek)

How IT will evolve to photonics (The Register)

Say What? Top Five IT Quotes of the Week (InternetNews)

Around the Star Trek world in 150 years (Ars Technica)

Contrary to what you’ll probably guess, this week’s apropos of nothing image is not in fact pulled from The Onion:

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This Week in Patching – 11/16/2012

By: Jason Miller, Manager, Research and Development

This week in patching was highlighted by Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday.  Microsoft released six new security bulletins addressing 13 vulnerabilities.  I have a full write up on Patch Tuesday here.

On the non-Microsoft front, I did not see any security updates released.  However, there were a few non-security updates released that you may want to get installed to fix various issues.

On Monday, two vendors released updates for their programs to fix crashing issues.  Notepad++ 6.2.1  and Filezilla 3.6.0 are non-security updates fixing crash issues.

On Tuesday, an update for AT&T Global Network Client was released with version 9.1.0.  The release notes have not been updated yet.  Without a published update, I am under the assumption at this point that the release is a non-security update.

VMware also released updates for MozyHome and MozyPro with version 2.18.0.227.  These updates are non-security updates fixing numerous issues and introducing new features.

On Thursday, Microsoft released a new version of Skype with version 6.0.0.126.  The highlight of this non-security update is a fix that addresses issues when upgrading to the latest version of Skype.

Due to the holiday week next week, I will not have a weekly write up for the week in patching next Friday.  I will provide an update in patching for the holiday week the following Monday.

Happy Patching!

– Jason

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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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