Updates 2010-09-21

Hey folks!

Apple has released security updates to OSX. Use the Apple Updater to obtain the most recent version.

QuickTime Player 7.68.75.0 is a security update. Use the Apple Updater to obtain the most recent version.

Adobe Flash Player 10.1.85.3 is a security update. Please download both of the following files, CLOSE all browsers and run both installers to update the Flash packages. This is a security update.
  https://12pd.com/click?flash
  https://12pd.com/click?flashie

Microsoft has released a new free security tool, Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), that adds the ability to apply better security handling for many applications that were developed without two major recent security improvements, ASLR and DEP. The initial installation is linked below. Download, install, then use the “Configure Apps” option to add specific insecure applications to the EMET protection.
  https://12pointdesign.com/click?emet

Adobe is planning to release an update for the current spate of security issues in Adobe Reader and Acrobat on October 4th. Meanwhile, for Windows users, the best protection is to install EMET above, and map the Adobe Reader and Acrobat executables to add ASLR and DEP protection.

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.

Driver Updates

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

BullZip PDF Printer 7.1.0.1212 improves scripting functionality, and session handling. This is not a security update.
  http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 3.6.10 “fixes a single stability issue affecting a limited number of users”, which prevents Firefox from loading at all. A rogue plugin is also added to the blocklist. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the update.

SeaMonkey 2.0.8 adds the stability fix as above. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the update.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 3.1.4 corrects several stability and crash issues, and adds a rogue program to the blacklist. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to obtain the update.

Incredimail 2.6.22.4750 adds Facebook integration to Incredimail, so you can upload photos and share links. This is not a security update.
  http://www.incredimail.com/english/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Picasa 3.8.115.53 is a stability and bug-fix update. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates, or use the link below:
  http://picasa.google.com/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Goodsync and Goodsync2Go 8.3.5.5 increases performance during cleanup. This is not a security update.
  http://www.goodsync.com/download/affs/goodsync-x12pd.exe

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Inno Setup 5.3.11 now creates shortcuts with a specified working directory, to help mitigate the potential for DLL hijacking exploits of installed applications using Inno as the release tool, and adds several other security improvements, as well as a few cosmetic, compression and menu changes. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

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

Regards,

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

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