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Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Nov 19, 2018

Original release date: November 19, 2018 On November 16, 2018, the President signed into law the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018. This Act elevates the mission of the former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and establishes the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). CISA is responsible for protecting the Nation's critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats, a mission that requires effective coordination and collaboration among a broad spectrum of government and private sector organizations. NCCIC encourages all parties to review the DHS announcement on CISA for more information. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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Microsoft Releases November 2018 Security Updates

Nov 13, 2018

Original release date: November 13, 2018 Microsoft has released updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review Microsoft’s November 2018 Security Update Summary and Deployment Information and apply the necessary updates. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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Adobe Releases Security Updates

Nov 13, 2018

Original release date: November 13, 2018 Adobe has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat and Reader, and Adobe Photoshop CC. An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to obtain access to sensitive information.NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review Adobe Security Bulletins APSB18-39, APSB18-40, and APSB18-43 and apply the necessary updates.  This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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VMware Releases Security Updates

Nov 9, 2018

Original release date: November 09, 2018 VMware has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in ESXi, Workstation, and Fusion. An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review the VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2018-0027 and apply the necessary updates. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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NCCIC Releases Analysis Report on JexBoss

Nov 8, 2018

Original release date: November 08, 2018 NCCIC has released Analysis Report (AR) AR18-312A: JexBoss - JBoss Verify and EXploitation Tool. Cyber threat actors use JexBoss to remotely access victims' systems. The report provides information on JexBoss' capabilities, as well as suggestions for detection and mitigation.NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review AR18-312A for more information. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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Cisco Releases Security Updates

Nov 7, 2018

Original release date: November 07, 2018 Cisco has released security updates to address vulnerabilities affecting Cisco products. An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review the following Cisco Security Advisories and apply the necessary updates:Cisco Stealthwatch Management Console Authentication Bypass Vulnerability cisco-sa-20181107-smc-auth-bypassCisco Unity Express Arbitrary Command Execution Vulnerability cisco-sa-20181107-cueCisco Meraki Local Status Page Privilege Escalation Vulnerability cisco-sa-20181107-meraki This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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Self-Encrypting Solid-State Drive Vulnerabilities

Nov 6, 2018

Original release date: November 06, 2018 NCCIC is aware of reports of vulnerabilities in the hardware encryption of certain self-encrypting solid-state drives. An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to obtain access to sensitive information.NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review Microsoft's Security Advisory ADV180028 and Samsung's Customer Notice regarding Samsung SSDs for more information and refer to vendors for appropriate patches and recommendations, when available. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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Apache Releases Security Advisory for Apache Struts

Nov 5, 2018

Original release date: November 05, 2018 The Apache Software Foundation has released an advisory to address a vulnerable commons-fileupload library used in Apache Struts versions 2.3.36 and prior. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system. Struts versions from 2.5.12 are not affected.NCCIC encourages users and administrators of Apache Struts versions 2.3.36 and prior to review the Apache security advisory for CVE-2016-1000031 and upgrade to the latest released version of Commons FileUpload library, which is currently 1.3.3. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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Cisco Releases Security Advisory

Nov 1, 2018

Original release date: November 01, 2018 Cisco has released a security advisory to address a vulnerability affecting Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance Software and Cisco Firepower Threat Defense Software. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause a denial-of-service condition.NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review the Cisco Security Advisory and the CERT Coordination Center's Vulnerability Note VU# 339704 and apply the necessary mitigations until patches are made available.  This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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November is National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month

Nov 1, 2018

Original release date: November 01, 2018 November is National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month. Critical Infrastructure (CI) is our Nation’s backbone; it is the physical and cyber systems and assets that are so vital to the United States that their incapacity or destruction would have a debilitating impact on our physical or economic security or public health or safety.Everyone is involved in the mission to protect CI. Users and administrators can help by using cybersecurity best practices, reporting cybersecurity incidents and phishing attempts, and submitting malware for review. Keeping your systems secured can help NCCIC identify cyber threats and inform the CI community.NCCIC encourages CI owners and operators to review the DHS CI resource page for information on available resources and training. NCCIC also encourages CI owners and operators to visit the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community Voluntary Program (C3VP) page for information on the C3VP program.  This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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Mozilla Releases Security Update for Thunderbird ESR

Oct 31, 2018

Original release date: October 31, 2018 Mozilla has released a security update to address vulnerabilities in Thunderbird ESR. An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Security Advisory for Thunderbird ESR 60.3 and apply the necessary update. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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Apache Releases Security Update for Apache Tomcat JK Connectors

Oct 31, 2018

Original release date: October 31, 2018 The Apache Software Foundation has released a security update to address a vulnerability affecting Apache Tomcat JK Connectors 1.2.0 to 1.2.44. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain access to sensitive information.NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review the Apache security advisory for CVE-2018-11759 and apply the necessary update or mitigation. This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

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