Updates 2010-09-14

Hey folks!

Microsoft has released 9 updates correcting vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Information Services (IIS), and Microsoft Office. Depending on what you have open at the time of installation, a reboot may be required.

Apple has released updates to several printer drivers for OSX, and the iOS 4.1 update. iOS 4.1 is a security update, correcting two dozen vulnerabilities, primarily within the WebKit functionality. Use iTunes to install this update as soon as possible.

Adobe has announced a security vulnerability withing all current versions of Flash Player, Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat. Unfortunately, they will not be corrected until the end of the month, or the first part of next month. Be careful out there!

Watch this space!

I regularly receive requests for recommendations on upgrades and new computers. This has been a big month for laptops, as I currently have several clients needing to replace their aging hardware. I’m still looking for a good deal for these clients and will definitely let you know when I find “the right one.” I promise. If you can’t wait, and need to look anyway, the best deals right now are on Amazon:

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.

Internet Updates

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

Opera 10.62 corrects a DLL hijacking security issue, as well as several other interface issues. This is a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉


Shawn K. Hall

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