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The Ultimate Patch Management Strategy Guide

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The Ultimate Patch Management Strategy Guide

With new vulnerabilities being discovered every day, it’s critical for every organization to have a solid patch management strategy.
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Why You Need a Patch Strategy

While patches usually fix the issues for which they are intended, they can also become the cause of a new problem, particularly if the patches are administered without a solid strategy,

In light of COVID-19, the risks of a mobile workforce make this even more urgent. An efficient patch management approach can help you minimize risks, reduce costs, and confidently protect your network.

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The Ultimate Patch Management Strategy Guide

A strong and cost-effective patch management strategy is crucial to the success of any business. But what’s the best way to handle the process?

Patch management can be daunting for anyone. Challenges inherently arise, and when they do, it is important to have a confident approach to patch management.

Our patching strategy guide shows how to to identify, prioritize, and verify updates accurately and efficiently.

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4 Uses for Forensics in IT Systems Management

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4 Uses for Forensics in IT Systems Management

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Forensics and systems management don’t seem to go hand in hand. However, IT managers should have the power of history at their fingertips.

Whether it’s tracking assets or identifying unauthorized software, knowing what’s there and what’s changed will ensure the security and stability of your network.

Find out the top 4 uses for forensics that can significantly improve your IT systems management strategy.

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Instagram Takes a Peek: October Third-Party Patch Update

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Even celebrity status can’t protect your data

At the beginning of September, a news story broke that Selena Gomez had her Instagram hacked. Why does the Instagram of a celebrity matter this time? Because this hack goes much further.
Instagram won’t confirm just how many accounts were affected, but the hackers claim they have information on 6 million users. They used this information to set up a site called Doxagram, where you could pay to search for the private contact information of these users. These accounts included almost all of the 50 most followed Instagram accounts. People like Rihanna, Emma Watson, Floyd Mayweather, and even the official account of the white house.

Kaspersky Labs reported to Facebook that there was a flaw within the Instagram mobile app password reset option. However, it was in a 2016 version of the app, so if you have kept Instagram up to date, you should be protected.

This is just another lesson why it’s so critical to keep up to date on software patches. Any vulnerability, even in an unsuspecting, non-business software like Instagram, could lead to a major breach.

CCleaner adds malware to your devices

Avast, the parent company to Piriform, discovered that two of their products had been compromised. Hackers breached these two products and added malware into the new version. Then anyone who installed CCleaner also got this malware that allowed hackers to control the infected computer.

Affected Piriform products:

  • CCleaner v5.33.6162
  • CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191

The software has since been updated to remove the malware, but the damage has been done. Piriform says that they fixed things “before any known harm was done” and that no sensitive data was collected. While that might be true, it doesn’t mean the hackers didn’t accomplish their goals. They go access to a massively used software and that, in turn, gave them a back door into businesses that use it.

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Third-Party Updates

Every month we see a bevy of new third party updates, and are always enhancing our library of supported vendors. Special requests and additions are welcomed. This month’s releases include:

Below are a list of third-party software updates for the month:

Vendor Category Patch Version and Release Notes Link:
Adobe Media Software Flash Player 27 and AIR 27: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/release-note/fp_27_air_27_release_notes.html
Google Web Browser Chrome 61.0.3163.100: https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2017/09/stable-channel-update-for-desktop_21.html
Ivo Soft Misc. ClassicShell_v4.3.1: http://www.classicshell.net/history/
Peter Pawlowski Audio Player Foobar2000_v1.3.16: http://www.foobar2000.org/changelog
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BitPaymer Ransomware Hits NHS

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Is BitPaymer going to be bigger than WannaCry?

On August 25th, a handful of Scottish hospitals was infected with the BitPaymer ransomware. This group of hospitals, responsible for more than 654,000 residents, was also hit during the WannaCry ransomware event three months ago.

Although the hospitals reacted quickly and avoided paying a ransom, the hack caused major disruption, leading to thousands of cancelled appointments.

While a bullet was dodged here, BitPaymer has the potential to be much larger than WannaCry. A big danger is that this hack utilizes computers with RDP. According to some estimates, there are over 4 million endpoints vulnerable like this. That is 10 times more computers than WannaCry infected.

While RDP is a useful tool for keeping people productive, it’s risks outweigh the benefits. It’s time to replace RDP with a secure, powerful solution. Syxsense offers a Remote Desktop Access feature. We prioritize security and utilize 2048-bit encryption for communication.

BitPaymer doesn’t need end user interaction to infect a device. To show you who is accessing devices and when, we provide comprehensive audit logs and reports. Replace RDP and sign up for a free trial of Syxsense today!

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Chrome Compromised: September Third-Party Patch Update

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1 Million Targeted by Chrome Extension Hack

Even experts aren’t exempt from deceptive phishing attacks. It’s being reported that the developers of several extensions had their login credentials stolen.

It’s the second time in a week that Chrome users have been targeted by extension hijacks. The first involved an extension called CopyFish with around 30,000 installs. That attack may have been a test intended to see how many fraudulent ad views could be pumped through before Google intervened and returned control of the extension to its rightful owners.

Extensions reported so far:

  • Web Developer version 0.4.9
  • Chrometana version 1.1.3
  • Infinity New Tab version 3.12.3
  • CopyFish version 2.8.5
  • Web Paint version 1.2.1
  • Social Fixer 20.1.1
  • TouchVPN
  • Betternet VPN

Once the attackers had access to the developers accounts for these extensions, they began modifying the code. It seems their goal was to gain control over victims’ browsers and then if the victim had a Cloudflare account, steal that information.

It’s important to keep your browser’s up to date and review extensions before you install them.

The Source of NotPetya

Just after the outbreak of NotPetya, several entities seemed to point at software distribution provider MeDoc as one of the main sources of the outbreak. They claim that their software was a victim of a hack that then led to it being the vessel for initial distribution of NotPetya. From there, it spread through updates of MeDoc and began infecting more and more victims. This sort of event is known as a ‘supply chain attack’.

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The compromise of a software distribution method is extremely dangerous for businesses. Before you know it, a vulnerability can be spread to every device accessible via the hacked distribution software. How do you prevent such a disaster? One way could be the activation of two-factor authentication for login to your IT management software. This can help prevent the software from being compromised in the first place.

Don’t leave something that could infect your entire environment unsecured.

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Third-Party Updates

Every month we see a bevy of new third party updates, and are always enhancing our library of supported vendors. Special requests and additions are welcomed. This month’s releases include:

Below are a list of third-party software updates for the month:

Vendor Category Patch Version and Release Notes Link:
Adobe Media Software Flash and AIR: 26.0.0.151 and 26.0.0.127 – https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/release-note/fp_26_air_26_release_notes.html

 

Apple Media Software iTunes: 12.6.2 – https://www.neowin.net/news/apple-releases-security-updates-for-itunes-and-icloud-for-windows

 

Cerulean Instant Messaging

 

Trillian: 6.0 build 61 – https://www.trillian.im/changelog/windows/6.0/

 

Citrix Data Delivery Receiver: 4.9 LTSR – http://docs.citrix.com/en-us/receiver/windows/current-release/about.html

 

Don Ho Source Code Editor Notepad++: 7.5 – https://notepad-plus-plus.org/news/notepad-7.5-released.html

 

FileZilla FTP Solution 3.27.1 – https://filezilla-project.org/versions.php

 

Foxit PDF Reader Reader: 8.3.2.25013 – https://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf-reader/version-history.php

 

Google Browser Earth: 7.3.0 – https://support.google.com/earth/answer/40901?hl=en

Chrome: 60.0.3112.113 – https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2017/08/stable-channel-update-for-desktop_24.html

 

Malware Bytes Malware Defender

 

3.2 – https://www.malwarebytes.com/support/releasehistory/

 

Mozilla Brower and Email Client Firefox: 55.0.3 – https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/55.0.3/releasenotes/

Thunderbird: 52.3.0 – https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/52.3.0/releasenotes/

 

Realvnc Remote Access Software 6.2.0 – https://www.realvnc.com/en/connect/docs/desktop-release-notes.html

 

The Document Foundation Office Suite LibreOffice: 5.4.0 – https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/5.4

 

Wireshark Network Protocol Analyzer 2.4.0 – https://www.wireshark.org/docs/relnotes/wireshark-2.4.0.html

 

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