Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Oracle Java Critical Security Updates Released

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Oracle released the scheduled critical security updates for its Java SE Runtime Environment software.  This Critical Patch Update contains 12 new security fixes for Oracle Java SE.  11 of these vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e., may be exploited over a network without requiring user credentials.

Update

If Java is still installed on your computer, it is recommended that this update be applied as soon as possible due to the threat posed by a successful attack.

Download Information

Java SE 8u191 -- Release Notes: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/8u181-relnotes-4479407.html

Java SE 11.0.1  (x64-bit only) -- Release Notes: https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/documentation/11u-relnotes-5093844.html 

Downloadhttps://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html

Notes:
  • UNcheck any pre-checked toolbar and/or software options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.  Preferably, see the instructions below on how to handle "Unwanted Extras".  
  • Oracle does not plan to migrate desktops from Java 8 to Java 9 through the auto update feature.  Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you uninstall JRE 8 prior to updating.
  • Verify your versionhttp://www.java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp.   Note:  The Java version verification page will only work if your browser has NPAPI support.  In that case, to check the version, open a cmd window and enter the following (note the space following Java):  java -version

Critical Patch Updates

For Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Updates, the next scheduled dates are as follows:
  • 15 January 2019
  • 16 April 2019 
  • 16 July 2019 
  • 15 October 2019

Unwanted "Extras"

Although most people do not need Java on their computer, there are some programs and games that require Java.  In the event you need to continue using Java, How-to Geek discovered a little-known and  unpublicized option in the Java Control Panel to suppress the offers for the pre-checked unwanted extras that Oracle has long included with the updates.  Although the Ask Toolbar has been removed, tha does not preclude the pre-checked option for some other unnecessary add-on.

Do the following to suppress the sponsor offers:
  1. Launch the Windows Start menu
  2. Click on Programs
  3. Find the Java program listing
  4. Click Configure Java to launch the Java Control Panel
  5. Click the Advanced tab and go to the "Miscellaneous" section at the bottom.
  6. Check the box by the “Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java” option and click OK.
Java suppress sponsor offers

Java Security Recommendations

1)  In the Java Control Panel, at minimum, set the security to high.
2)  Keep Java disabled until needed.  Uncheck the box "Enable Java content in the browser" in the Java Control Panel.
3)  Instructions on removing older (and less secure) versions of Java can be found at http://java.com/en/download/faq/remove_olderversions.xml

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Mozilla Firefox Version 62.0.3 Released With Critical Security Updates


FirefoxMozilla sent Firefox Version 62.0.3 to the release channel today with two fixes and two critical security updates.
Firefox ESR was updated to version 60.2.2 to address the critical security vulnerabilities.

Critical:



Fixed
  • Fixed hangs on macOS Mojave (10.14) when various dialog windows (upload, download, print, etc) are activated (bug 1489785)
  • Fixed playback of some encrypted video streams on macOS (bug 1491940)

Update:  To get the update now, select "Help" from the Firefox menu, then pick "About Firefox."  Mac users need to select "About Firefox" from the Firefox menu. If you do not use the English language version, Fully Localized Versions are available for download.

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Monday, October 01, 2018

Adobe Acrobat DC and Reader DC Critical Security Updates Released

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Originally announced for tomorrow in the PSIRT blog, Adobe has just released security updates for Adobe Reader DC and Adobe Acrobat DC for Windows and Macintosh.  These updates are rated as critical and important.  Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user.

Release date:  October 1, 2018
Vulnerability identifier: APSB18-30
Platform: Windows and Macintosh

Update or Complete Download

Reader DC and Acrobat DC were updated to version 2019.008.20071. Update checks can be manually activated by choosing Help > Check for Updates. 
Note: UNcheck any pre-checked additional options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.


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