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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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Weekly Links – December 3, 2012

Happy December, folks! Random tip for you before we jump into this week’s links: HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Watch it. Season three wrapped up last night, and just, wow.

That’s about it for the mindless banter on our end – here are this week’s links:

Should LulzSec Suspect Face Life in Prison? (InformationWeek)

How IT will be blown to bits (InfoWorld)

Guess what Mr. CIO? One in five of your employees uses Dropbox at work (GigaOM)

Ten lies programmers tell themselves (ITWorld)

Dating sites help you find love by browsing Reddit, watching lolcats (Ars Technica)

This week’s apropos of nothing image doubles as your official reminder that we are now only 160 days, 12 hours, 17 minutes from a new Star Trek movie. ZOMG!!!!

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This Week in Patching – 11/30/2012

By: Jason Miller, Manager, Research and Development

This week was highlighted yet again by browser updates addressing security vulnerabilities.  Google released updates for their Chrome and Chrome Frame browsers addressing multiple vulnerabilities.  On Monday, Google Chrome 23.0.1271.91 was released and it addresses seven vulnerabilities.  On Thursday, a second update was provided with Google Chrome version 23.0.1271.95.  The latest version addresses two security vulnerabilities.

A little background and history on Google’s responsible vulnerability initiative:

In November 2010 Google implemented a vulnerability reward program to enable security researchers the ability to gain financial rewards for responsibly disclosing vulnerability information to Google.  A responsible vulnerability disclosure is when a vulnerability is submitted to the vendor and the source code is not made publicly available until a fix has been made in the affected software.

One of the vulnerabilities fixed in the latest version of Google Chrome is credited to the hacker known as “Pinkie Pie.”  This vulnerability netted Pinkie Pie a cool $7,331.  This is not the first time Pinkie Pie has received a reward in the vulnerability reward program.  Back in March, Pinkie Pie received $60,000 for a vulnerability in Google Chrome during the Pwnium contest.  In October, the Pwnium 2 contest was held and Pinkie Pie received another $60,000 for winning the contest.  I would say netting $127,331 on vulnerabilities found and responsibly disclosed makes 2012 a great year for both Google and Pinkie Pie!

Back to this week’s patches:

On Wednesday, the Wireshark Foundation released a security update for their Wireshark product.  Wireshark 1.8.4 addresses 11 vulnerabilities and Wireshark 1.6.12 addresses six vulnerabilities.

On Thursday, Apple released a new version of their iTunes software with version 11.  This new version includes many new features and possibly addresses vulnerabilities.  The product release notes contains a link to their security updates section but no vulnerabilities have been announced.  Apple can be a bit slow on releasing vulnerability information, so I will be watching out during the next week for any announcements.

Today, FileZilla has released yet another update for the FileZilla Client.  FileZilla Client 3.6.0.2 is a non-security update addressing two issues.

Happy Patching!

– Jason Miller

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Pssst… Looking for the Perfect Gift for Your IT Person This Year? Look No Further Than VMware Go Pro!

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).

Yep, people get pretty irrational around the holidays.  Luckily for me, I know have VMware Go Pro – which definitely helps me deal with the crazy here to a certain degree. I may even go so far as to say I’m “thankful” for VMware Go Pro—truth be told, it’s the best thing to happen to me this year (after my endless flirtations with Liz from Accounting and the long-awaited release of Diablo 3, that is).

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).

With that in mind, I offer this gift to you, dear readers: for the rest of today, VMware is running a serious discount on VMware Go Pro in the eStore. In fact, VMware is running a series of promotions in honor of Cyber Monday in the eStore all week (including 20% savings on an annual license for VMware Go Pro).

Trust me when I say, you do not want to miss out on this. If there’s an IT person in your life, get them this gift and know that they will be forever grateful. Really, the only thing better that I can think of is a Star Trek: Next Generation reunion – which sadly won’t be happening anytime soon.

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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:

You can read our previous links round-ups here. And be sure to visit go.vmware.com for more information on how we can help you better manage your IT infrastructure.

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Celebrate Cyber Monday with VMware Go Pro!

If our title wasn’t clear enough, how’s this? In honor of Cyber Monday, we’re running a special on VMware Go Pro subscriptions – a powerful, cloud-based service that allows you to manage and protect your VMware vSphere infrastructure. For 48 hours, you can purchase a subscription to VMware Go Pro for 20% off!

WHAT: Significantly-discounted subscription to VMware Go Pro

WHEN: 12:00 AM November 29 – 11:59 PM PST November 30

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Weekly Links – November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving week! We imagine those of you in the U.S. are all looking forward to stuffing yourselves with turkey and stuffing at Aunt Millie’s this coming Thursday—just remember to save room for the pumpkin cheesecake this time!

Here’s to a shortened work week; hopefully the holiday season has your usually unforgiving colleagues in a more thankful mood these days (yeah, we didn’t think so, either…).

Enough gobbling on our part, though – on to this week’s links:

IT at the crossroads: Lead or fade away (InfoWorld)

The Top 12 Scams of Christmas 2012: New Threats Hitting Mobile, Email and the Web (IT Business Edge)

Petraeus Mission Impossible: Cloaking Email, Online Identities (InformationWeek)

Game consoles to hit new pricing lows on Black Friday (Ars Technica)

It’s Official: You’ll Have More Technology to Manage in 2013 (Spiceworks blog)

This week’s apropos of nothing is particularly apropos of nothing – instead of keeping with the aforementioned Thanksgiving theme, here’s a picture of a baby bear climbing a tree… AWWW!

You can read our previous links round-ups here. And be sure to visit go.vmware.com for more information on how we can help you better manage your IT infrastructure.

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VMware Go Pro – Now with Migration Features!

Heads up – VMware Go Pro has a cool new feature as of today!

What’s new?

VMware Go Pro now has a migration feature. What does that mean for you, you may ask? You can now easily and seamlessly move virtual machines from one hypervisor or server to another, and shift it back again as needed.

All IT admins have had to deal with a faulty server at one point or another—and they likely know what a painful process migration can be. VMware Go Pro’s new migration feature takes the pain out of this process and allows you to smoothly manage the migration process.

And one more thing…

As if migration functionality wasn’t enough, VMware Go Pro now supports Windows 8 and Windows 2012 as well! This means that, among other things, you can now access VMware Go Pro and manage your IT assets from Internet Explorer 10 (assuming you’re not a Chrome of Firefox user, that is…) and better manage patching updates for Microsoft assets.

VMware Go Pro helps you better manage your IT assets and patching updates (including third-party apps) from a simple web-based interface—what’s not to love?

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Weekly Links – November 12, 2012

Happy Veterans Day – hope that at least some of you out there have the day off! More importantly, though, we want to take a moment to thank all of the veterans out there. We appreciate all of the hard work and sacrifice you’ve put in for your country.

Now, on to this week’s links:

85th level Orc Rogue wins election (ZDNet)

The advantages of IT on a shoestring budget (InfoWorld)

IT’s Future: Less Building, More Bundling (InformationWeek)

Twitter Issues Apology After Password Debacle (eWEEK)

CIA Director’s affair caught by FBI e-mail monitoring (Ars Technica)

For this week’s apropos of nothing image, we present you with a pearl of wisdom from one of the great scholars of our time:

You can read our previous links round-ups here. And be sure to visit go.vmware.com for more information on how we can help you better manage your IT infrastructure.

Want to learn more about VMware Go Pro? Click here.

Better yet, you can try it for yourself here – and it’s free!