Updates 2017-05-16

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, Google, and more have released updates today.

If you haven’t heard of “WannaCry” then you’re living under a rock. WannaCry is the closest current equivalent to the Code Red worm in the last 15 years. This ransomware uses a known vulnerability for which a patch had been released (three months ago!), to infect computers, encrypt their contents and the contents of network locations, and sell access back to the victim – while also infecting other vulnerable network devices. If you’ve installed your updates within the last three months you’re not vulnerable to the specific network-level vulnerability in SMB that it uses to propagate, but that doesn’t mean you can safely open phishing messages, email attachments or random downloads. The UK NHS was hit hard by this malware primarily because they take almost 6 months to patch their PC hardware that they do support. Some single-purpose devices (MRI machines, for example) are simply never maintained, but are still granted network access. Sigh. Don’t do that.

The vulnerability exploited by WannaCry was first divulged by Shadow Brokers when they released a trove of hacking tools created and used by the NSA. In fact, one of the tools WannaCry utilizes is the same ETERNALBLUE exploit directly from the NSA toolset. This is not a coincidence. These tools were written specifically to be universally effective and able to be repurposed at will for additional access. It should come as no surprise that when a government agency is hacked, the tools they created are released and the public suffers as a result.

If a positive side to this event can exist, it’s that Microsoft actually released a security update for Windows XP to address the vulnerability. Since XP has been End-of-Life for years, this is really surprising.

The lesson everyone should take from this event, but particularly businesses and government agencies, is that the turnaround time for malware authors is much lower than they think. Delaying or even ignoring security updates because “it won’t happen to us” is foolhardy at best and welcomes disaster. You should have sufficient skilled IT staff to be able to fully test and roll out any security updates within days, not months. If that’s not possible, you should at least hire a good PR firm and have the releases prepared in advance so you can spin your incompetence in the news when you are inevitably hacked later.

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled program.

The typical computer should see approximately 300mb of updates. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows and .NET, including Windows XP!

Apple released macOS 10.12.5, Security Update 2017-002, iTunes 12.6.1, Safari 10.1.1, and iCloud for Windows 6.2.1. Use the Apple App Store or Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

Apple iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2 (and 3.2.1), and tvOS 10.2.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 58.0.3029.112 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
http://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Skype 7.36.0.101 improves quality and resolves several bugs. This version also imposes a requirement for a newer MSVCRT, which may trigger problems on any OS prior to the Windows 10 Creators Update (1703). If you receive an MSVCRT error upon running Skype after updating, download the current version of the MSVCRT.
http://12pd.com/click?skype

BrowsingHistoryView 2.05 adds ability to load history from remote device when full admin rights exist to remote device.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.6.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

Notepad++ 7.4 adds document peeking, bug fixes, and reliability improvements.
http://12pd.com/click?npp

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

Wireless Network Watcher 2.12 improves reliability on devices with multiple wireless network adapters. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.10.9 adds detections. This is not a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 10.0.3.9 adds support for newer protections, incorporates BDInfo. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GSmartControl 0.9.0 resolves several bugs, improves reliability and stability, adds newer hardware support, and improves drive type detection. This is not a security update.
http://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.net/home/index.php/

Everything 1.4.1.873b resolves several bugs, and adds pause/resume capability. This is not a security update.
http://www.voidtools.com/

CCleaner 5.30.6063 improves cleaning, SSD detection, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Rufus 2.15 improves compatibility with Windows 10 v1703, updates libraries, resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

WinScan2PDF 3.46 improves hardware support. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

ProcDump 9.0 adds multiple dump sizes, and Kernel Dump process association. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Autoruns 13.71 adds Microsoft HTML Application Host (mshta.exe) as hosting image so it displays the hosted image details, and now doesnโ€™t apply filters to hosting images. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

BgInfo 4.22 honors applocker policy for VB scripts specified as the source of field data. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

LiveKd 5.62 is now signed with a certificate trusted by Win7. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Process Monitor 3.33 resolves several bugs, and is now signed with certificate trusted by Win7. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Process Explorer 16.21 resolves a bug with VT support, and is now signed with a certificate trusted by Win7. This should be treated as a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

SMF 2.0.14 is a security update. This version also changes PHP requirements, so if the upgrade will not complete try upgrading PHP first then upgrade SMF.
http://download.simplemachines.org/

TinyMCE 4.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

WordPress 4.7.5 is a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
http://SaferPC.info/
http://12PointDesign.com/

Updates 2017-03-14

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday. This month brings the Vault 7 data dump, which exposed the machinations of a state-sponsored hacking organization with access to functional exploits for over a thousand applications and every popular operating system for both desktop and mobile. It’s a big deal. Vendors are ramping up their responses to address these exposed vulnerabilities so we can expect to see several out-of-cycle updates in the near future.

Microsoft released their delayed Windows patches, as well as more than a dozen updates to address new issues in Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, Office, Silverlight, Windows DVD Maker, Microsoft Graphics, Windows Media Player, Microsoft XML Core Services, Microsoft Uniscribe, SMB Server, Hyper-V, Internet Information Services, Active Directory Federation Services and MSRT (~1.3gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for Logic Pro X 10.3.1, GarageBand 10.1.6 and Apple Remote Desktop 3.9 Client. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

Google Chrome OS 56.0.2924.110 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 25.0.0.127 is a security update. Flash is being actively replaced with HTML5 on most sites and services, however, so unless you’re 110% positive you need it for critical functions, you should remove it instead. And, within those browsers that have it embedded (Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11+) your best option is to disable it. It’s just not worth the risk.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Adobe AIR 25.0.0.134 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?airmac

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
http://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

Seagull Scientific printer drivers 7.4.3 resolves bugs, adds Package Aware support, and support for over 270 new models of printers. This is not a security update.
http://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/

BullZip PDF Printer 11.1.0.2600 corrects several cosmetic issues. This is not a security update.
http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.6.0 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 2.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome 57.0.2987.98 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 52.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

OutlookAttachView 3.00 adds message delivery time. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 45.8.0 is a security update.
http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.7.197 is a security update. You’re far better off removing Shockwave than updating it.
http://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Line 7.1.0 adds mention support and 360-degree photos. This is not a security update.
http://line.me/update

Trillian 6.0.0.58 is a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

curl 7.53.1 is a security update.
http://winampplugins.co.uk/curl/

WinSCP 5.9.4 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

uTorrent 3.4.9 Build 43388 adds Game Store. This is not a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.25.0 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP 201703 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip

PuTTY 0.68 is a security update.
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

WGet 1.19.1 is a security update.
https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FastStone Viewer 6.2 resolves several bugs, adds a couple new features. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

MPC HC 1.7.11 updates libraries, improves stability and subtitles, and adds other features. This is a security update.
https://mpc-hc.org/downloads/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.4.5.25153 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PS4 4.50 adds the ability to install or move applications from USB 3.0 storage, notification and Remote Play improvements, and more. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

Artweaver 6.0.1 adds support for high-DPI, brush, filter and tool improvements, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Notepad++ 7.3.3 is a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?npp

SketchUp 17.2.2555 resolves several bugs and crashes. This is not a security update.
http://www.sketchup.com/

Kindle for PC 1.19.3 Build 46099 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

Tails 2.11 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Bitmessage 0.6.2 is a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?bitmessage

OpenSSL 1.1.0e is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/

Avast! Home Edition 17.2.2288 is a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.2.5 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

Hashcat 3.40 adds support for several new protocols and many bugfixes. This is not a security update.
http://hashcat.net/hashcat/#downloadlatest

MSRT 5.46 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

SmartSniff 2.27 improves GUI. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html

Wireless Network Watcher 2.10 adds export on timer support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.10.0 is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 2.9.1701.1616 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.9.1701.1610 adds several new export and streaming providers, and fixes a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.83 updates libraries. This is a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

Win32 Disk Imager 1.0.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/

DVDFab 10.0.2.8 adds support for new encodings, many bug fixes, and new features. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MKVToolNix 9.9.0 resolves several bugs and offers GUI improvements. This is not a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GoodSync2Go 10.3.8 provides service updates, stability improvements and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?goodsync

RoboForm 8.3.0 improves installer, GUI, and updates XPIs. This is a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?rf

Bitcoin 0.14.0 resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

LessMSI 1.6.0 adds OLE Streams support. This is not a security update.
http://lessmsi.activescott.com/

SimpleWMIView 1.25 adds quick-filters. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

CCleaner 5.28.6005 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

DesktopOK 4.62 adds desktop-to-foreground support and icon size support. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Kingston SSD Manager 1.0.1.8 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

Agent Ransack 2016.867 improves security and resolves bugs.
http://mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download

FileLocator Pro 8.1.2714 adds a new expression editor, improved command line support, bug resolution, and improved security.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

NTLite 1.2.1.4916 resolves crashes, reliability, new OS build support, and a few other fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

CurrPorts 2.31 adds support for closing a specific process via the command line.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

FolderChangesView 2.10 improves automatic export feature by serializing export files. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.81 resolves global search bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

WifiInfoView 2.20 adds indicator for connected status. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Sysmon 6.0 adds event schema, event monitoring for configuration changes, native registry paths, and additional named pipe events. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Autoruns 13.7 adds several new locations to tracking details and improved high-DPI support. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

AccessChk 6.1 adds process trust access control entries and token security attributes. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Process Monitor 3.32 improves high-DPI support, and re-signs libraries. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Process Explorer 16.2 fixes a Wow64 bug, improves high-DPI support, and re-signs libraries. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

LiveKd 5.61 re-signs libraries. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

BgInfo 4.21 fixes 64-bit support. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

SystemRescueCD 4.9.3 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

WinScan2PDF 3.39 improves reliability with certain hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.1.16-113841 resolves a couple dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

VMware Player 12.5.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

Coppermine Gallery 1.5.46 is a security update.
http://coppermine-gallery.net/

ownCloud Client 2.3.0 upgrades libraries, resolves dozens of bugs, improves security. This is a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

TinyMCE 4.5.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

MailEnable 9.62 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

WordPress 4.7.3 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

Akismet 3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Anti-Splog 2.2.1 updates Recaptcha support. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.8.2 is a security update.

Contact Form 7 4.7 adds new hooks and events. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.3.8 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.7.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.8.33 is a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.9 resolves stability bug. This is not a security update.

WP Add Custom CSS 1.0.1 resolves an SSL bug. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.13.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
http://SaferPC.info/
http://12PointDesign.com/

 

Updates 2016-08-09

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday.

Windows 10 Anniversary Edition was released this week. Don’t install it. There are many reports of stability problems after an upgrade. Be patient, they’ll fix it.

The typical computer should see roughly 750mb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, and MSRT (~500mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 9.3.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to get the most current version.

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
http://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

AMD Crimson Edition 16.8.1 adds hardware support and fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/Radeon-Software-Crimson-Edition-16-8-1-Release-Notes.aspx

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3 fixes several bugs, and improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://support.amd.com/en-us/download

nVidia 368.95 is not a security update.
http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4202/~/geforce-hot-fix-driver-version-368.95

nVidia OpenGL drivers for Windows 369.00, and Linux 367.36.02 fixes several bugs and adds support for the beta OpenGL 2016 ARB specification. This is not a security update.
https://developer.nvidia.com/opengl-driver

AcuRite PC Connect for XP and Vista has been discontinued. This software will receive no more updates and has been removed from the AcuRite website. If you’re still using this software (which implies you’re using either XP or Vista) your safest move is to switch to another operating system where you can use a supported application.

Display Driver Uninstaller 16.1.0.1 improves identification and cleanup. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome 52.0.2743.116 is the most recent in a series of 4 Chrome security updates released in the last couple weeks. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 48.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version. As of Firefox 49 – in about 5 weeks – Firefox will no longer support older versions of OS X (prior to Mavericks / 10.9). On older Windows machines, SSE2 CPU extensions are now required for Firefox 48+ which will leave some Windows XP and Vista machines unsupported. If you’re using an older/unsupported operating system, consider this your one-month warning. In about a month there will no longer be a secure browser available for you, so your machine can only safely be used offline.

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

OutlookAttachView 2.94 fixes a crash bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

DiscordApp 20160801T131225 doesn’t provide a current changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://discordapp.com/download

Skype 7.26.0.101 doesn’t provide a current changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?skype

curl 7.50.1 is a security update.

WinSCP 5.9 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Dropbox 7.4.30 no longer provides a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update, or preferably, abandoned. Software that doesn’t provide changelogs uses the fancy magical ability called “ignorance” to convince you to upgrade, possibly to a hacked or hijacked version, with no hope of validation from the author. A company like Dropbox, valued at $8 BILLION, should be able to spare someone on their build team to compose something more detailed than “The desktop client is regularly updated with many improvements and fixes.”
http://12pd.com/click?dropbox

uTorrent 3.4.8 Build 42449 is the latest stable build and improves security of embedded advertising, updates to DHT and bug fixes. This is a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.20.1 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

FreeNAS 9.10 is a security update.
http://www.freenas.org/download-freenas-release.html

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201608 is a data refresh.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

.NET Framework 4.6.2
http://www.microsoft.com/net/

iCloud for Windows 5.2.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.7.6282 fixes a bug and adds “number of copies” support. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

iTunes 12.4.3 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SteamOS 2.87 fixes many bugs, updates libraries (including display drivers) and improves performance. This is a security update.
http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/download/?ver=custom

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

LibreOffice 5.2.0 offers faster and smoother editing, toolbar improvements, drawing tools, many new keyboard shortcuts and programmatic features. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/download/

Adobe Reader DC Patch 15.017.20053 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

FrameMaker 2015 update 4 (2015.0.4) is a security update.
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=6085

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

EMET 5.51 fixes stability and security bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/emet

Avast! Home Edition 12.2.2276 adds Windows 10 Anniversary Edition support. This is not a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

SmartSniff 2.26 adds automatic updates to WinPCap and NetMon3 detection. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html

Wireless Network Watcher 1.99 adds autocompletion to file selection fields. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.4.3 adds detections. This is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.11 adds support for removal of newer rootkits. This is a security update.
http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

MSRT 5.39 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FFmpeg 3.1.2 provides too much changelog detail to rummage through it all. Treat as a security update.
http://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

DVDFab 9.3.1.0 adds support for new encodings, various fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

8GadgetPack 20.0 adds support for Windows 10 Anniversary Update and various other fixes. This is not a security update.
http://8gadgetpack.net/

RoboForm 7.9.20 improves Internet Explorer support, corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?rf

CintaNotes 3.2 adds autotagging (whoo-hoo!), plain text copy, and about a dozen bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

Synergy 1.8.2 fixes several stability and reliability bugs, improves clipboard sync, logging, and drag and drop controls. This should be treated as a security update.
http://symless.com/

iExplorer 3.9.10.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

LicenseCrawler 1.79 build-1457 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.klinzmann.name/licensecrawler_download.htm

DriveLetterView 1.43 fixes a crash bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/drive_letter_view.html

FolderChangesView 1.95 adds a counter for renamed files. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

WirelessKeyView 2.00 adds external source parsing support, secondary decryption method, and remote retreival. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

NTLite 1.1.0.4135 adds Windows 10 Anniversary Update support, various bug fixes and features. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Rufus 2.10 adds hash validation, OS support, hardware support, compressed UEFI:NTFS support, and various fixes. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

Autoruns 13.62 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.

ProcessMonitor 3.3 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.

Sigcheck 2.53 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.

Sysmon 4.11 adds the ability to log process opens of other processes, and adds a configuration switch that disables checks of Certificate Revocation List (CRL) servers for digital signature validation. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

WSUS Offline 10.7.2 adds .NET Framework 4.6.2 support, improvements to WSUSSCN parsing, superseded update fixes and a few bug fixes. This should be treated as a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.7.14 fixes many bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.1.2-108956 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

ownCloud Client 2.2.3 fixes dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

Drupal 8.1.8 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.6.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

MailEnable 9.16 is a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

TinyMCE 4.4.1 fixes several bugs and adds smart-paste capability. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

BuddyPress 2.6.2 is a security update.

Contact Form 7 4.5 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.4.3 is a security update.

MU Menus 4.6 adds support for WP 4.6.

Multisite Plugin Manager 3.1.5 fixes a couple minor bugs.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.6.6 improves support for StumbleUpon. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.6.4 is a security update.

WPtouch 4.2.3 removes banner for non-admins and adds upgrade-from-free support. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
http://SaferPC.info/
http://12PointDesign.com/

Updates 2016-01-12

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday! The typical computer should see roughly 250mb in updates today. Let’s get started.

If you’re still running Windows 8 (not 8.1), you will no longer receive Windows updates. You MUST install 8.1 to continue to receive security updates for Windows.

Today is the last day for updates to “older” versions of Internet Explorer. Historically, this means that a critical security issue will be discovered and exploited as early as tomorrow. Upgrade Internet Explorer to the latest version supported by your operating system NOW. Yes, this means you’ll lose DQSD. ๐Ÿ™ Even if you’re not using Internet Explorer as your primary browser, many applications including Office, Windows Explorer and third party components will still utilize Internet Explorer “under the hood”. Thus, whether you want it or not, you MUST install the current version to ensure you continue to receive security updates that *do* impact you.

Windows 10 will be switched from an “optional” update to an “important” update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 today, which means that it will attempt to automatically install whenever you install updates (and sometimes just for fun at 3am) and will also download (3gb+!) whether or not you plan to install it.

The privacy controls for some features are buried in places most people won’t look, and the defaults for some options are very insecure. The delay and potential issues you may experience from neglecting to either update or block the update can have serious repercussions.

My recommendation is to make some time to install Windows 10 as soon as possible. Typically the installation will take between 2 and 6 hours, with no ability to do other things on your computer while it’s installing. During installation you will be prompted with several option pages to enable/disable options and features. Disable them all. Yes, every single one. Uncheck every box and slide every slider “off”. Immediately after installation disable Cortana’s web-integration functionality, then go to All Settings and review every single option. If you have problems with Windows 10, you can revert to your existing OS.

If you are running software that’s not compatible with Windows 10, or need to prevent the installation for some other reason (such as my wife’s patented “I don’t wanna”) then your best option is to use GWX Control Panel to block the icon and disable OS upgrades (the first two options).

Now back to our regular patch notes.

Microsoft released 18 updates to address vulnerabilities in Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, MS Office, MSRT, Silverlight, Visual Basic, and Windows Live Essentials (~125mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for OS X, QuickTime and iTunes to address security vulnerabilities. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe AIR 20.0.0.233 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 20.0.0.270 are security updates.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
http://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

Display Driver Uninstaller 15.7.3.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/downloads.html

Ext2IFS 1.12 adds hibernate support and improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://www.fs-driver.org/

Intel Driver Update 20151221 improves hardware support. This is not a security update.
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome 47.0.2526.110 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 43.0.4 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version. If you have an older version you may need to repeat this process until you get to the current release.

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

OutlookAttachView 2.87 adds the ability to append to log files. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 38.5.0 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.3.183 is a security update. Instead of updating, please consider removing Shockwave!

Silverlight 5.1.41105 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/

QuickTime 7.7.9 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Skype 7.18.0.103 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?skype

Trillian Mac 3.3.0.24 fixes an echo bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Dropbox 3.12.6 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?dropbox

Nmap 7.01 fixes over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://nmap.org/

uTorrent 3.4.5 Build 41628 fixes several bugs and adds ad-free premium support. This is not a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

IPInfoOffline 1.42 updates the included IP country database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

WGet 1.17.1 is a security update.
https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Plex Media Server 0.9.14.6.1620 fixes several bugs and improves Sync and iOS/Apple TV support. This is not a security update.
https://plex.tv/downloads/1/archive

iTunes 12.3.2 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 9.11.2.10120 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS3 4.76 improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps3/pc_update/index.htm

PlayStation PS4 3.11 improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

Notepad++ 6.8.8 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?npp

Paint.net 4.0.9 fixes quite a few crash bugs and improves quality and performance. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.getpaint.net/

Krita 2.9.10.0 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://krita.org/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice 5.0.4 fixes many bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Scribus 1.4.6 doesn’t yet have a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.scribus.net/

Adobe Acrobat XI 11.0.14 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Acrobat DC 15.009.20077 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Reader 11.0.14 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Reader DC Patch 15.010.20056 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Kindle for PC 1.14.0 Build 43019 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

BelArc Advisor 8.5c doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.9 improves detection and removal. This is a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?tdss

DrWeb CureIt! 10.0.10 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.freedrweb.com/download+cureit+free/?lng=en

KeePass 1.30 fixes a couple dozen bugs and improves search handling. This is not a security update.
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/

Wireshark 2.0.1 fixes dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Junkware Removal Tool 8.0.2 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/junkwareremovaltool/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware Chameleon 3.1.28 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/chameleon/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware Mac 1.1 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/mac/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Rootkit 1.09.3.1001 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antirootkit/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Exploit 1.08.1.1045 improves a number of detection methods. This is a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antiexploit/

MalwareBytes’ FileAssassin 1.06 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/fileassassin/

MalwareBytes’ RegAssassin 1.03 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/regassassin/

MalwareBytes’ StartUpLite 1.07 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/startuplite/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.51 improves compatibility with Netmon3. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

Wireless Network Watcher 1.91 updates the internal MAC address database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 11.0.7 adds new detections and ADS black/whitelisting. This is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

TinyWall 2.1.7 improves stability, display on hi-res devices and application database. This should be treated as a security update.
http://tinywall.pados.hu/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 2.95 improves Yandex Browser compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

XSplit Broadcaster 2.7.1512.2124 adds support for new hardware, fixes several bugs and improves social integration. This is a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.7.1512.1833 adds support for new hardware, Record live stream on Dailymotion, and social logins. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.9.8 improved compatibility, fixes several bugs, updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?makemkv

DVDFab 9.2.2.4 fixes a crash bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

IsoBuster 3.7 adds breadcrumbs, improved navigation, improved performance and stability, and updated libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.isobuster.com/isobusterdownload.php

MKVToolNix 8.8.0 fixes several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 7.9.17 fixes several bugs including stability, hi-res display issues, and more. This should be treated as a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?rf

7-Zip 15.14 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.7-zip.org/

TeamViewer 11.0.53254 fixes several reliability and performance bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

GWX Control Panel 1.7.0.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

iExplorer 3.8.8.0 adds iOS 9.2 compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

FolderChangesView 1.81 adds support for the Windows Explorer context menu. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.66 adds wasted space column, and now defaults to opening the properties window on double-click. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SimpleWMIView 1.10 adds option to automatically update on class/query change. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

USBDeview 2.51 adds option to open INF file. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.72 adds scanning to selected IP addresses option. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.41 updates the internal MAC address database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

CCleaner 5.13.5460 adds Opera and Chrome Media Cache cleaning, improves application support. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Rufus 2.6 simplifies zeroing a device, fixes mode support, crash bugs and stability. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

Sigcheck 2.4 improves certificate trust list validation. This is a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 3.2 adds support for logging raw disk access. This is a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

Process Explorer 16.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

Autoruns 13.51 fixes a WMI parsing bug, selective verification of signing status of individual entries and BOM flag in export file. This should be treated as a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

AccessChk 6.01 fixes registry parsing bug and a kernel access bug. This is a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

SystemRescueCD 4.7.0 updates kernels. This is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TaskSchedulerView 1.15 improves refresh. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WSUS Offline 10.3.1 fixes a bug in .NET installation. This is a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TortoiseSVN 1.9.3 many bugs. This is not a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

ActivePerl 5.22.1.2201 is a security update.
http://www.activestate.com/activeperl/downloads

StrawberryPerl 5.22.1.2 is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Inno Setup 5.5.7 improves defaults, adds support for new CLI options, indexing behavior, and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 12.1.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.0.12-104815 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

Dada Mail 9.0.2 is a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/

BIND 9.9.8 and 9.10.3 are security updates.
https://www.isc.org/downloads/bind/

Drupal 8.0.2 is a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.4.8 is a security update.

jQuery 1.12.0 and 2.2.0 fix several bugs and introduce new features. This is not a security update.
http://jquery.com/download/

phpMyAdmin 4.5.3.1 is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

WordPress 4.4.1 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 2.0.0 is a major improvement, adding several new controls and features, cache controls, optimizations and bug fixes. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.4.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Log 1.8.1 fixes a bug. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.3.2 fixes a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.7.27 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Top Commentators Widget 1.5.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.4.13 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Edit 3.7 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.0.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
http://SaferPC.info/
http://12PointDesign.com/

Updates 2015-11-10

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday! The typical computer should see roughly 350mb in updates today spread across dozens of updates. Let’s get started.

Windows 10 is about as stable as it’s going to get. In the next few months, it will be switched from an “optional” update to an “important” update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, which means that it will attempt to automatically install whenever you install updates, and will also download (~3gb!) whether or not you plan to install it. The privacy controls for some features are buried in places most people won’t look, and the defaults for some options are very insecure. My recommendation is to make some time to install it. Immediately after installation go to All Settings and review every single option. If you have problems with Windows 10, revert to your existing OS. If you need help blocking the upgrade, contact me.

Microsoft released a dozen updates to address 53 published vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, Office, Hyper-V, Journal, NDIS, .NET, Skype, various security packages and MSRT (~135mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for OS X, OS X Server, Xcode, Mac EFI, iTunes, OS X El Capitan 10.11.1, Safari, watchOS and iOS 9.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 9.1 is a security update, and fixes quite a few other issues.

OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 improves stability. It doesn’t feel nearly as sloppy now.

Adobe AIR 19.0.0.241 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 19.0.0.245 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Adobe is also now pushing Adobe Reader DC as the new baseline Reader version. It’s stable, but the look is very different from 11 and prior.

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
http://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

NVidia 341.92 is a security update.
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Samsung SideSync 4.0.2.309 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.samsung.com/us/sidesync

Browser Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Google Chrome 46.0.2490.86 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 42.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.39 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Email Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

OutlookAttachView 2.85 adds logging support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to everyone.

Skype 7.13.0.101 is a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?skype

Trillian Mac 3.3.0.23 adds several new bug fixes.
https://www.trillian.im/

WinSCP 5.7.6 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

PuTTY 0.66 is a security update.
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Dropbox 3.10.11 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla 3.14.1 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP data updates for November 2015.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.1.171 is a security update. Consider removing Shockwave instead of updating. Chances are very good you don’t actually need it.
http://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Java 8u65 is the quarterly Java security update.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.6.5931 updates external libraries. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

Plex Media Server 0.9.14 is a security update, with dozens of other bug fixes.
https://plex.tv/downloads/1/archive

iTunes 12.3.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 9.10.1.1501 fixes several bugs and improves compatibility with OS X El Capitan. This is not a security update.

PS4 3.11 improves stability, follow and messages. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

SteamOS 2.49 is a security update.
http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/download/?ver=custom

Office Updates

One or more of these are likely to be of interest to most people.

Artweaver 5.1.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Krita 2.9.9.0 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://krita.org/download/krita-desktop/

Notepad++ 6.8.6 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?npp

OpenOffice 4.1.2 fixes many bugs and improves the layout for smaller devices. This is a security update.
http://www.openoffice.org/download/

Adobe Reader DC Patch 15.009.20077 is a security update.
http://get.adobe.com/reader

Kindle for PC 1.13.0 Build 42039 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Security Software Updates

One or more of these is likely to be of interest to most people.

MSRT 5.30 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

Avast! Home Edition 11.1.2241 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 1.12.8 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Wireless Network Watcher 1.90 adds reassignment support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1208 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 2.91 corrects an association bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

XSplit Broadcaster 2.6.1510.2621 fixes several bugs and adds several new encodings, features and hardware compatibility options. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.6.1510.0741 fixes several bugs and adds streaming bitrate support. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MKVToolNix 8.5.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CintaNotes 3.0.1 fixes several bugs and improves search and scroll. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/

7-Zip 15.10 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.7-zip.org/

GoodSync 9.9.33.5 several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?goodsync

BFGMiner 5.4.0 adds quite a few new performance features and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/luke-jr/bfgminer/

Bitcoin 0.11.1 is a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

Cygwin 2.3.0-1 improves several functions and adds prlfs support. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

Everything 1.4.0.709b fixes several bugs, improves options. This is not a security update.
http://www.voidtools.com/

iExplorer 3.8.7.0 now groups notes by account and fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

FileLocator Pro 7.5.2109 fixes cosmetic bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

DevManView 1.47 now displays an error message on failure to enable or disable a device. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

Password Security Scanner 1.35 adds support for Outlook 2016. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/password_security_scanner.html

QuickSetDNS 1.15 adds registry grouping support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/quick_set_dns.html

SearchMyFiles 2.65 adds duplicate name search functionality for quick location of duplicate files. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SimpleWMIView 1.09 is a cosmetic change. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

USBDeview 2.50 adds Driver Inf* details. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.40 improves diagnostics and reliability. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

ProduKey 1.81 adds JSON export support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

CCleaner 5.11.5408 improves compatibility with various apps. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Rufus 2.5 fixes a minor bug and adds several new security checks. This is a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

GPU-Z 0.8.6 adds support for DirectX 12, improves stability and reliability, adds support for new hardware, and adds CLI support. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

Autoruns 13.5 now shows 32-bit Office addins and font drivers, and enables resubmission of known images to Virus Total for a new scan. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Sigcheck 2.30 now includes updated Windows 10 certificate OIDs, support for checking corresponding MUI files, and now shows the version company name as well as signature publisher for signed files. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

RAMMap 1.4 is compatible with Windows 10 and includes a crash bug fix. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

BgInfo 4.21 now correctly reports Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, and fixes a display bug on high DPI devices. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 3.11 fixes a memory leak for DLL image load event monitoring and removes a misleading warning when processing configuration files. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

SystemRescueCD 4.6.1 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Redemption 5.10.0.4312 fixes a significant stability bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 12.0.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.0.10-104061 fixes many bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

ownCloud Client 2.0.2 fixes dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

phpList 3.2.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

TinyMCE 4.2.7 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/download.php

Drupal 7.41 is a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

phpMyAdmin 4.5.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 5.4.9849.5781 fixes several bugs.
http://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Joomla 3.4.5 is a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

Easy Bootstrap Shortcode 4.5.1 updates available shortcodes. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.7.22 is a cosmetic and security update.

Redirection 2.4.3 changes requirements, improves URL checks. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.1 is a security update.

WooCommerce 2.4.10 is a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall
http://SaferPC.info/
http://12PointDesign.com/