Updates 2018-01-17

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but there were a handful of updates released that you should be aware of. Security updates for Java, MySQL, VMWare, and WordPress have been released.

The typical computer should see approximately 100mb of updates. Let’s get started.

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:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Internet Updates

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

Java 8u161 is a security update. If you are not using Java, remove it – don’t install it.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

FreeFileSync 9.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Npcap 0.98 is a security signing update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Technic Launcher 4/355 improves Solder integration, ratings and categorization. This is not a security update.
https://www.technicpack.net/download

Office Updates

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

Paint.net 4.0.21 resolves the paste to small canvas clipping bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

LibreOffice Fresh 5.4.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

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

Wireshark 2.4.4 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

Gpg4win 3.0.3 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

RogueKiller 12.12.0 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.2.1711.2927 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.98 improves album cover processing and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.5.0.5930 resolves several bugs and improves component management. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

CCleaner 5.39.6399 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

WinScan2PDF 3.83 adds multipage TIFF support and updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.7.21 is a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 14.1.1 is a security update.
https://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.2.6-120293 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

WordPress 4.9.2 is a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2018-01-09

Happy New Year, Folks!

The new year brings a lot of FUD regarding the CPU security issues Meltdown and Spectre. Yes, every CPU from the last 20 years is affected. Yes, it’s a security issue that allows evil apps to access memory they shouldn’t be allowed to. Yes, the fix is going to effectively slow down devices in order to secure them. But NO, it’s not really any more severe than any other hardware or software vulnerability. It still requires the evil app to get onto your computer, which means you either have to install it or fail to patch and secure your operating system and other applications, enabling the attacker to put evil apps on there. In other words, you’re at no significantly greater risk today than you were last week. As always, patching your operating system and applications, removing unwanted and unused applications, back up your data often, and “behaving” online remain the rule of the day.

That said, the updates today address some of these CPU issues. Unfortunately, there are higher-than-normal failure rates for this patch since it was rushed out. This means you should be more wary than usual about failures following Patch Tuesday this week. If you haven’t backed up your data recently or created a system restore point: NOW is the time to run backupsbefore you install updates this week. Back to our regularly scheduled program…

It’s Patch Tuesday and it’s a pretty big one. The new year has begun, and there are lots of updates for almost everything.

The typical computer should see roughly 1.5gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, .NET and MSRT (~1gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.6, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, iOS 11.2.2, Safari 11.0.2 (again! v. 11604.4.7.1.6 and 12604.4.7.1.6), Pro Video Formats 2.0.6, and tvOS 11.2.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions. A reboot is required.

Apple released security updates for AirPort Base Station 7.7.9 (wireless ac models) and 7.6.9 (wireless n models).

iOS 11.2.2 is a security update for all iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPod touch 6th generation and newer hardware. Previous generations of hardware are no longer supported. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 63.0.3239.86 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 28.0.0.137 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://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.

I’ve had a lot of calls recently from people whose computers seem unusually slow since late October. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

Crucial Storage Executive 3.5 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/support-storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.8.2 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 3.1.1 improves detection and reporting. This is not a security update.
https://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 63.0.3239.132 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 57.0.4 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.

Thunderbird 52.5.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

DiscordApp 21.12.2017 adds animated emojis, improves screensharing quality and adds PayPal support. This is not a security update.
https://discordapp.com/download

WinSCP 5.11.3 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Evernote 6.8.7.6387 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

uTorrent 3.5.1 Build 44332 is a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.30.0 improves logging for update failures. Since updates often include security updates, this should be treated as a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201801 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

BrowsingHistoryView 2.15 adds support for Pale Moon browser. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC 2.2.8 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 5.03 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 7.5.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

OpenOffice 4.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.openoffice.org/download/

Paint.net 4.0.20 adds a dark theme, improves high-DPI support, and resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Security Software Updates

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

Norton Power Eraser 20171218 is a security update.
https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/kb20100824120155EN_EndUserProfile_en_us

Avast! Home Edition 17.9.2322 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

KeePass 1.35 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.70 adds TEXT and improves data preservation. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

RogueKiller 12.11.32 improves compatibility and adds detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.2.1711.2916 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.1.1708.2943 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.97 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.7.7 adds support for additional encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

IsoBuster 4.1 adds XML and DFXML exports, MFS, DC42, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.5.0.5855 resolves several bugs. Ths is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Windows 6.8.492 is a huge update with dozens of fixes, improvements, new features, and more. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

GoodSync 10.7.2 resolves several bugs, improves service compabitility and performance, and now provides local-device encryption (non-portable) for authentication storage.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

RoboForm 8.4.6 improves reliability and Edge support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

BFGMiner 5.5.0 updates libraries and resolves a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://github.com/luke-jr/bfgminer/

DesktopOK 4.93 adds autosave support. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

HWMonitor 1.34 adds support for newer hardware and Windows 10 1709. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

DevManView 1.50 adds quick-filter support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.12 improves detection of Microsoft services. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

USBDeview 2.73 adds port name detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.50 resolves a live detection bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

OSForensics 5.2.1004 improves reporting, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 2.99 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

WinScan2PDF 3.81 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.1 resolves several detection issues. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Autoruns 13.81 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

BgInfo 4.24 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Handle 4.11 now exports data to %TEMP% on 64-bit machines. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 7.01 resolves reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 14.1.0 is a security update.
https://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.2.4-119785 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 8.4.4 corrects dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

MailEnable Enterprise 10.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.7.7 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.4.15787.6556 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Akismet 4.0.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.3.2 improves resolves a couple bugs and adds cache-busting. This is not a security update.

Multisite Plugin Manager 3.1.6 adds WP CLI compatibility. This is not a security update.

Register IP – Multisite 1.8.0 adds column sortability and proxy support. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.10 resolves a couple bugs and improves security handling. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.2.6 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.2.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.23 improves custom footer logic and corrects a typo. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

New Year, New Fears: Meltdown and Spectre

Happy New Year!

By now you’ve heard about Meltdown and Spectre, the two new CPU vulnerabilities that are getting 24/7 airtime on every news channel.

This is going to really hurt Intel, as it essentially means that a 2 GHz processor is going to effectively run at 1.4 GHz after it’s patched. A 4 GHz processor is going to effectively run at 2.8 GHz. That’s the kind of performance hit that hard-core gamers and industry professionals are waking up to today, and will encourage many to consider alternative CPUs in the future. Unfortunately, while the one issue (Meltdown) only applies to Intel CPUs the other one (Spectre) affects almost every CPU that has been tested.

Meltdown and Spectre are two separate design flaws in the CPUs that mismanage how access to memory handles are controlled. Older hardware and operating systems will never be patched to address these vulnerabilities, and the patches that are currently being pushed for the Intel (Meltdown) flaw have a very high failure rate (as much as 20% for some hardware) often resulting in unbootable devices. My advice is to wait a few days for other people to be the guinea pigs, then install the updates after you get the all clear.

Neither of these affects only Windows. The vulnerabilities are hardware-based, but the current workarounds for them are being pushed into the operating systems to prevent them from being abused.

Meltdown affects every Intel CPU available today, which means that while many Windows computers are affected, every supported Mac is impacted (they’re all using Intel CPUs), and phones and other devices that use Intel chips are vulnerable as well.

Spectre affects just about everything. If your vendor isn’t supporting the device anymore, it will never be patched and the device can never be secured. Every computer hosting every website is affected. Every server. Every phone, tablet, desktop and laptop in the world is affected by at least one of these vulnerabilities. It seems that the only devices immune are certain security devices (dongles) or devices with very limited capabilities. If it can run software, it’s vulnerable.

If you’re a stock market enthusiast this is a good time to invest in mobile hardware vendors – wait a week or so for people to start bailing out in fear and the price to drop. Then buy their ignorance and in a year you’ll be thanking me. There may not be an immediate return, but as chips are released in the next 8-18 months that resolve these problems, security-minded companies and governments will be buying in bulk to replace every single device they currently employ. Talk about a huge surge in purchases later this year. πŸ™‚

I don’t put a lot of stock in what anyone from the government says, so I will defer to the Intel VP who says that the “unfixable” Spectre flaw can be resolved with a firmware update on most supported devices. I assume the same is true for other vendor chips affected by Spectre. Unfortunately, this means it’s still going to be a long-tail fix, since firmware updates can take months to be released for each supported chip and years to be fully addressed, and unsupported hardware will never be fixed. The Intel SA-00086 vulnerability (initially reported in February 2017), for example, which impacts the last 4 full generations of Intel CPUs still has not received patches for most currently supported hardware. Likewise, it’s quite unlikely that Spectre will be fully addressed on existing supported hardware within the next couple years.

Replacing your device isn’t a solution, either, since hardware that isn’t vulnerable simply doesn’t exist yet. We need to hope that operating system vendors will correctly and fully address these problems on current hardware in the very near future.

Now for the good news

If you’re maintaining your devices – installing operating system, application and driver updates, and you’re removing outdated and unused software, and you’re not installing untrusted third party applications that are either unmaintainable or unsecureable, and you have not been installing “bad” programs (warez, fake, or malicious) – then your computer is really at no greater risk today than it was last week. Both of these vulnerabilities require an evil application to be run on your device to be exploited. They are not remote exploits that automatically bypass the other security precautions you may have in place (unlike SA-00086). Remove everything you don’t want or need on your device, don’t install untrusted apps, don’t ever click “yes” in a popup without reading it and understanding the implications, and you’ll probably be OK. Really.

For anyone else that’s not already using my service: If you don’t want to do this all by yourself – let me.

Updates 2017-12-12

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one. Just in time for Christmas Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, and more have released tons of security updates to keep the IT guy you know and love busy all season long.

I’ve had a lot of calls recently from people whose computers seem unusually slow since late October. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

The typical computer should see roughly 2gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, Defender, Server, .NET and MSRT (~1.5gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, macOS Security Update 2017-002 Sierra, macOS Security Update 2017-005 El Capitan, tvOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, iOS 11.2, Safari 11.0.2 and iTunes 12.7.2. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions. A reboot is required.

iOS 11.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

watchOS 4.2 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 62.0.3202.97 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 28.0.0.126 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Adobe AIR 28.0.0.127 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Fedora 27-1.6 is a security update. This major version also adds several features, improvements to settings, network, and configuration, updated LibreOffice and more.
https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/

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:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.8.0 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 3.1 improves scanning and reporting. This is not a security update.
https://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 63.0.3239.84 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 57.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 52.5.2 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.

Thunderbird 52.5.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

DiscordApp 12.11.2017 improves overlay, embeds, tray support, resolves several bugs, and more. This is not a security update.
https://discordapp.com/download

Line 7.17.0 adds in-app GIF creation and filters. This is not a security update.
https://line.me/update

uTorrent 3.5.0 Build 44294 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201712 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

BrowsingHistoryView 2.12 adds Quick Filter feature. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Npcap 0.97 improves hardware compatibility, WinPcap compatibility, and removes silent installation support. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.7.2 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.

PlayStation PS3 4.82 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps3/

EA Origin 10.5.8.11002 improves tray behavior, overlay adjustments, and other fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Office Updates

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

Artweaver 6.0.7 improves stability and performance, PS plugin compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Notepad++ 7.5.3 resolves updater issues, improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

SketchUp 18.0.16975 resolves dozens of bugs and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.sketchup.com/

Adobe Reader DC Patch 18.009.20050 is a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to install the most current version.

Adobe DNG Converter 10.1 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
Win: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6285
Mac: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6283

FrameMaker 2017 Cumulative update 3 (2017.0.3) is a security update.
https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6287

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 3.3 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

oclGaussCrack 1.4 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://hashcat.net/oclGaussCrack/

Wireshark 2.4.3 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

Gpg4win 3.0.2 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

RogueKiller 12.11.28 adds detections and resolves a device access bug.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Intel-SA-00086 Detection Tool 1.0.0.146 improves accuracy of vulnerability detection.
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27150

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 2.98 improves YouTube compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

XSplit Broadcaster 3.2.1711.2907 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.96 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.7.1 adds support for new encodings, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.5.0.5790 adds several new components and settings. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

8GadgetPack 25.0 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

GoodSync 10.6.8 improves self-maintenance activity to reduce clutter, improve log relevance, and improve performance. Resolves several bugs.This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

DesktopOK 4.89 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DMDE 3.4.2.722 improves Apple/macOS support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dmde.com/

IsMyHdOK 1.31 integrates a new RNG. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

FileLocator Pro 8.2.2751 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

FolderChangesView 2.20 improves concurrency and adds Quick Filter feature. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

OSForensics 5.2.1003 removes several arbitrary number limits. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

CCleaner 5.38.6357 resolves several bugs, and improves stability. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

ProduKey 1.91 provides cosmetic improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

Sysmon 6.20 adds the ability to randomize object names to foil malware that use them to detect its presence. This is a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

AccessChk 6.20 resolves bugs. This is a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Sigcheck 2.60 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Whois 1.20 adds support for registry server redirects. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

TaskSchedulerView 1.36 adds tray icon support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TeamViewer 12.0.88438 resolves a reliability bug.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 3.77 adds output preview, fit/crop support, rotation, default storage location changes. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.17 adds support for copying selected object information to clipboard, and improves accuracy of percentages. This is not a security update.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 3.0.1.0 resolves several bugs and provides performance improvements. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.5.4 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

VirtualBox 5.2.2-119230 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 8.4.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.8.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

MailEnable Enterprise 10.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.7.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.4.15361.6527 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

SMF 2.0.15 is a security update.
https://download.simplemachines.org/

WordPress 4.9.1 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Contact Form 7 4.9.2 should be treated as a security update.

Email Log 2.2.4 provides license changes. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.14 improves logging. This is not a security update.

Redirection 2.10.1 adds support for multisite and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.6 resolves over a dozen issues, including disabling the anonymous tracking feature by default. This should be treated as a security update.

Widgets on Pages 1.4.0 adds TinyMCE button for widgets. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.2.5 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Edit 4.0.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.0.0 adds several email provider integrations and improves GUI. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2017-11-14

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday. This month brings updates to almost every browser and mobile, and the normal stuff: Microsoft released their 2 tons of binaries, but were not to be outdone by Adobe, which released updates for almost everything.

The typical computer should see roughly 2gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, Server, NET and MSRT (~1.5gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 11.1.1 is a security update and resolves the “i[A]” bug. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

Adobe Flash Player 27.0.0.187 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Fedora 27-1.6 is a security update. This major version also adds several features, improvements to settings, network, and configuration, updated LibreOffice and more.
https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/

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:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.7.9 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu-

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 62.0.3202.94 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 57.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 52.5.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Opera 49 is a security update.
https://www.opera.com/download

SeaMonkey 2.49.1 is a security update. Automatic updates are disabled for this release, so you must download and install the new version over the previous version if you use SeaMonkey!
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/

Internet Updates

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

aria2 1.33.1 resolves a performance bug. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

FileZilla 3.29.0 resolves cosmetic bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 9.5 resolves several bugs and adds a dozen improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

BrowsingHistoryView 2.11 improves logging and command line support for remote device access. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.8.6795 adds crossfading, DPI improvements, and resolves a command line assignment bug. This is not a security update.
https://cdburnerxp.se/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Battle.net Client 20171113 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://us.battle.net/en/app/

EA Origin 10.5.5.6040 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Office Updates

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

LibreOffice 5.4.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Adobe Experience Manager 6.3.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb17-41.html

Adobe Shockwave Player 12.3.1.201 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/shockwave/apsb17-40.html

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.7 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/Digital-Editions/apsb17-39.html

Adobe InDesign 13.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb17-38.html

Adobe DNG Converter 10.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/dng-converter/apsb17-37.html

Adobe Acrobat and Reader 2018.009.20044, 2017.011.30068, and 11.0.23 are security updates. If you’re still running Adobe Acrobat or Reader 11 or prior, remove it now!
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb17-36.html

Adobe Connect 9.7 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/connect/apsb17-35.html

Adobe Photoshop CC 18.1.2 and 19.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb17-34.html

Adobe Flash Player 27.0.0.187 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb17-33.html

Security Software Updates

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

Avast! Home Edition 17.8.2318 is a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

OpenSSL 1.1.0g is a security update.

RogueKiller 12.11.24 adds detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Stinger 12.1.0.2571 adds detections.
https://12pd.com/click?stinger

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.94 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.6.5 resolves several bugs and adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.4.1.5741 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Mac 6.8.4 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

GoodSync 10.6.6 improves reliability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

RoboForm 7.9.31 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Bitcoin 0.15.1 adds performance improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

DesktopOK 4.88 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

GSmartControl 1.1.3 resolves several bugs and now bundles smartctl 6.6. This is not a security update.
https://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.io/home/index.php/About

USBDeview 2.72 adds a “Friendly Name” column. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

OSForensics 5.2.1002 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

Rufus 2.18 updates libraries, resolves several bugs, and improves interactivity behaviors. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

SystemRescueCD 5.1.2 is a security update.
https://www.sysresccd.org/

WinScan2PDF 3.73 adds support for output sizing, and resolves a memory leak. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Web Package Updates

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

ownCloud Client 2.3.4 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

TinyMCE 4.7.2 adds dozens of fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.4.2 reverts the ckeditor library to 4.7.2 due to compatibility issues. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.8.2 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

MailEnable 10.00 is a major update with many new features, including integrated XMPP chat, screen sharing, proxy authentication, SOCKS5 proxy, HTTP upload service and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

ScreenConnect 6.4.15339.6526 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Akismet 4.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.9.2 is a security update.

Email Log 2.2.3 is a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.0.11 adds support for the new 280 character Twitter limit, resolves several bugs and improves service compatibility. This is a security update.

Postie 1.9.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 2.9.2 improves compatibility with PHP 5 and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.2.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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