Security Updates & Patches

Apple releases new security updates to address Spectre

Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Supplemental Update that includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre vulnerability (CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715).  Apple also provided a security update for Safari 11.0.2 for OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and macOS Sierra 10.12.6, with fixes for the same Spectre vulnerabilities. The MacOS High Sierra update will already upgrade Safari to version 11.0.2 (13604.4.7.1.6) or version 11.0.2 …

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Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

US-CERT issued a security update regarding the latest Intel processor design flaws. According to the vulnerability note, the CPU hardware implementations are vulnerable to side-channel attacks. The two vulnerabilities are referred to as Meltdown and Spectre. An excerpt from the advisory:  “CPU hardware implementations are vulnerable to side-channel attacks referred to as Meltdown and Spectre. These attacks are described in detail by Google Project …

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OpenEMR vulnerability

An OpenEMR vulnerability could expose millions of medical records to attackers. The flaw has been patched with OpenEMR 5.0.0 Patch 6 a couple of weeks ago. Unpatched versions could allow an attacker to steal patient records and personal data by exploiting the vulnerability in the setup.php installation script. OpenEMR is a popular open source electronic health records and medical practice …

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