Lots going on in September including updates from the usual suspects (Microsoft and Adobe) but also a couple of significant releases from Apple and Chrome this month.
- Test your backup – Many organizations, especially in the wake of so many ransomware attacks, have implemented backups. Few though think to test those backups to make sure that they’re working. Simply restoring something from the backup to make certain that a) the backup is running and b) you can recover what it’s backing up is usually sufficient. If you don’t have a backup or aren’t sure when the last time it was tested (if ever) was, we’d love to help. A monthly test of your backup is included as part of all of our MyIT Plans.
- Cyber Risk Insurance – If your company is applying for or renewing your Cyber Risk Insurance and you have questions about the requirements, we’d love to help. Our MyIT Program is built specifically around The 18 CIS Controls and, as a byproduct, generally meets or exceeds the requirements for most policies.
- Enhanced Patch Management – Our Enhanced Patch Management continues to be a huge success for our MyIT Clients. If you don’t have a way to curate, install and track vendor updates that are vital to maintaining the stability and security of your systems, we’d love a chance to talk to you about how our MyIT program can do that (and much more). We have made a small adjustment to the reboot requirement for updates to display the reboot notification for a full hour before automatically rebooting. Additionally, for non-critical updates, the user has the option to delay the reboot for up to eight hours.
Microsoft released updates to address 86 vulnerabilities this month including three that are considered critical, meaning that an attacker could exploit the vulnerability remotely with no user interaction required and 2 have been previously disclosed. According to Microsoft, at least one of the vulnerabilities was previously disclosed and is being actively exploited in the wild.
Microsoft releases regular updates the second Tuesday of each month, often referred to as ‘Patch Tuesday’. These updates are categorized as Low, Moderate, Important or Critical. Details on the categories are available here. The updates can include any supported Microsoft product from Windows to Office to Internet Explorer and server products like Exchange and SQL Server. If you have one or more of these products installed, especially if the update is listed as Important or Critcial, it’s important that the updates are installed.
Additional details on this months Microsoft updates are available from Microsoft, Brian Krebs, SANS and ZDNet.
Adobe released 15 updates this month (so far) including critical updates to products ranging from Acrobat and Acrobat Reader to Photoshop to Cold Fusion, Framemaker and the XMP Toolkit SDK.
Like Microsoft, Adobe now releases updates to their products on the second Tuesday of each month. Adobe will also release ‘out of band’ updates if necessary to address critical vulnerabilities in their products. Adobe products include Adobe Reader (for viewing PDF files), Adobe Flash Player (often used to watch videos, for interactive content like games, etc.), Adobe Shockwave and the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Lightroom, etc.).
Additional details are available from Adobe Here including links to download the update(s) and instructions for installation.
Apple issued an emergency update to address a bug that’s already being exploited to allow attackers to install malware on iOS products. The vulnerability is rated as High (CVSS 8.0) but has been patched by Apple in all known vulnerable products. Additional details are available in the National Vulnerability Database and from Apple.
Google has also jumped into the frey this month with a new version of the Chrome browser that addresses nine vulnerabilities that are currently under attack. in the wild Additional information on Google Chrome bugs are available here.
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