If you follow my weekly security video, WatchGuard Security Week in Review, you probably already know that Apple released both an OS X and Safari security update last week. Hopefully, you’ve already applied those two updates, but if not I highly recommend you do so immediately.
Java is a programming language (first implemented by Sun Microsystems) used most often to enhance web pages. Oracle’s Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is one of the most popular Java interpreters currently used.
If you’re still using Java, you need to patch it yet again—even if you’re using a Mac. Over the last few days both Facebook and Apple have reported network breaches. In both cases, employees at those companies visited a particular web site that was infected with a zero day Java exploit, which then infected the victims with malware.
There was once a time when I had to subscribe to many obscure mailing lists, lurk on underground forums and channels, and visit a ton of buried pages at vendor sites to learn about the latest vulnerabilities, exploits, and breaches. That’s no longer the case.
This week, Oracle released their quarterly Critical Patch Update (CPU) for October 2012, as well as a separate Java SE security patch. Apple also released OS X Java updates, in relation to Oracle’s Java patch. I describe all these updates below.
There’s no shortage of information and network security news lately. If you find yourself struggling to keep up with it, due to all your other daily tasks, let my weekly summary videos fill you in. WatchGuard Security Week in Review quickly highlights the most important stories of the week, and lets you know what to do about the ones that might affect you.
Are you too busy to follow security news yourself, but would like quick updates about the latest attacks, vulnerabilities, and trends? Then WatchGuard Security Week in Review is for you. In this weekly video (posted every Friday), I quickly summarize the biggest information and network security news. Rather than let your busy schedule keep you in the dark, give this short recap video a try.
Yesterday, Apple released three security updates to fix many vulnerabilities in OS X, iOS, and Safari (Mac version only).
Though I cover four stories in this week’s security recap video, one incident far outweighed all the others this week. If you use Java—and almost everyone does—you’ll want to check out today’s episode.
I’ve posted today’s weekly security news summary video a bit late, due to some work travel that got in the way of production, but better late than never right? If you’re interested in the biggest information security stories from the week, you’re at the right place.