End of Year Patching Deserves Your Attention

2017 is finishing with large groups of patches from almost all manufacturers. These bug fixes, if not applied, leaves systems vulnerable for exploitation. Unpatched system is how Wannacry ransomware spread this summer, so take some time to be sure that all your computers, networking peripherals, and Internet-connected devices are patched and updated.

Here’s a few highlights:

  • Linux ‘systemd’ flaw
  • MacOS High Sierra (quite a few vulnerabilities that Apple has been rushing to fix including an emergency patch for the vulnerability that allowed the bad guys to¬†log in to Macs as administrators without passwords and let any app gain root privileges). If you’re running High Sierra, don’t wait for an automatic update – initiate a check now.
  • Intel Management Engine (used in many servers and desktops)
  • A mass of updates from Adobe including Flash and Acrobat and Reader
  • A large grouping (50+) of updates from Microsoft for its various products

If you’re not already using some sort of automated patch management solution from an IT partner with the security expertise to make it work, it’s time to take a look. Manually trying to keep up with all the vendors and issues is pretty much impossible. And if you’re just not sure what to do, contact us and we’ll be glad to give you a hand.

Everyone stay safe out there!