5 February 2015

Alert Priority Moderate

Users and administrators are reminded to closely monitor vendor security advisories and apply updates regularly to prevent their computers and information from being compromised.

The Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team issued an advisory early this week about a critical vulnerability in Flash Player. The Response Team acknowledged it was aware of reports that the vulnerability was being actively exploited in the wild via drive-by-download attacks against systems running Internet Explorer and Firefox on Windows 8.1 and below. Adobe has now released an update that addresses this vulnerability.

The advisory followed Adobe’s release of a security bulletin on 27 January 2015 regarding updates to address a different Flash Player vulnerability that was being exploited in similar fashion.

Meanwhile, US-CERT reported last week that Apple had released updates for OS X, Safari, iOS and Apple TV to address multiple vulnerabilities, one of which could enable a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Stay Smart Online endeavours to notify you when key security updates are released for commonly used software. However, with such a wide array of products available for consumers and small businesses, you should ensure you are aware of the vendors who maintain these products and the updates that need to be applied. Setting automatic updates where possible greatly simplifies your administration task.

More information

Stay Smart Online has information on automating updates to your computer.

The information provided here is of a general nature. Everyone's circumstances are different. If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider.

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This information has been prepared by Enex TestLab for the Department of Communications ('the Department'). It was accurate and up to date at the time of publishing.

This information is general information only and is intended for use by private individuals and small to medium sized businesses. If you are concerned about a specific cyber security issue you should seek professional advice.

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