Out of band patch issued for Internet Explorer – August 18

Microsoft released an out of band patch for a remote code execution vulnerability in Internet Explorer late in the day on August 18. Please see the text below and also the following URL. From what I can tell this is being actively exploited as of this time. Please apply the patch to workstations as soon […]

Microsoft patches for August – released on August 11

Microsoft has just released the patches for August. The details are available at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms15-aug There are a total of fourteen bulletins being released. Three of which are designated as CRITICAL for Windows operating systems prior to Windows 10, one is designated as CRITICAL for Edge web browser associated with Windows 10 (MS15-091) and the remaining […]

Zero day exploit for PDF.Js (javascript) in Firefox versions prior to 39.0.3

A zero day exploit that uses the pdf .js (Java script PDF viewer) to extract data from files commonly used by developers ( such as history files for MySQL and PgSQL, and configuration files for filezilla and PSI+) is active for Firefox version 39.0.2. For that reason Firefox should be updated as soon as possible […]

International travel with Mobile Phones –

For those of you that travel internationally, please see the following set of best practices for cell phones from the State Department – Overseas Security Advisory Council. http://agrilife.org/it/files/2015/08/osac_traveling_0.pdf

Flash update released on July 14 – zero days active

Adobe released an updated version of flash on July 14 (yes, the flash version released on July 8 has already been superseded). The new version is 18.0.0.209.  Please see the following URLs for details https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb15-18.html https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/07/14/did-firefox-listen-to-facebook-and-just-kill-flash-no-but-theres-another-patch/

Microsoft patches for July – to be released on July 14

Microsoft has just released the patches for July. The details are available at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms15-Jul There are a total of fourteen bulletins ( including MS15-058), four of which are designated as CRITICAL and the remaining ten are designated as IMPORTANT. The vulnerabilities being patched in bulletins MS15-058, and MS15-065/MS15-70 could allow remote code execution. These are […]

Recent changes to several University Standard Administrative Procedures

On June 8, a number of IT related University Standard Administrative Procedures were updated and one new one was added. The following University Standard Administrative Procedures have been extensively revised. As best as possible, this document will attempt to summarize the changes. However, it is advisable that you read the SAPs yourself to become familiar […]

Microsoft and Adobe patches for the month of June – released on June 9

Microsoft has just released the patches for June. The details are available at https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms15-jun There are a total of eight bulletins, two of which are designated as CRITICAL and the remaining six are designated as IMPORTANT. The vulnerabilities being patched in bulletins MS15-056 through MS15-060 are remote code execution. These are commonly used via drive […]

Summary of patches released by Microsoft on Tuesday, May 12

Microsoft has just released the patches for May. The details are available at https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms15-may There are a total of thirteen bulletins, three of which are designated as CRITICAL and the remaining ten are designated as IMPORTANT. The bulletins are identified as MS15-043/MS15-055 CRITICAL patches for May The CRITICAL vulnerabilities apply to Internet Explorer, Windows, .NET […]

Microsoft patches for April – released on April 14

Microsoft has just released the patches (also known as bulletins) for April. The details are available at – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms15-apr They are identified as MS15-032/MS15-042. There are a total of eleven patches, four of which are classified as CRITICAL and seven are classified as IMPORTANT. The CRITICAL patches apply to the following Microsoft products: Internet Explorer; […]