Updates 2011-07-12

Patch Tuesday again, folks!

Microsoft released between 4 and 9 updates today, depending on your operating system and software configuration. Updates for Windows, Bluetooth, and root certificate store are included. These are security updates and a reboot is required. One of these updates is MS Office File Validation, which can significantly slow access to network files. If you experience problems (particularly slowness) accessing network files (such as Access, Word and Excel files) after installing these updates, please contact me for a registry fix.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple Software Update 2.1.3 (2.2mb) is available for all Windows and Mac OS X computers. No changelog is provided, but this is typically updated a week or two before a major update series is released – so if you have any Apple software installed, run this update. It could significantly reduce the overall size of future Apple updates. Use the Apple Updater to get this updates.

Apple also released Java for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6, and Mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.5.8. These are security updates. Use the Apple Updater to get these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 10.3.181.34 corrects some compatibility issues. This is not a security update. If you do not yet have 10.3.181 however, this version does include security updates.
https://12pd.com/click?flash
https://12pd.com/click?flashie

Air 2.7.0.1953 corrects some compatibility issues. This is not a security update. If you do not yet have 2.7.0 however, this version does include security updates.
https://12pd.com/click?air

Sick of doing updates yourself?

Regular updates can mean the difference between infection and function. Compromise and defense. Between working and *not*. Any computer problem can be significantly aggravated by viral infection or application incompatibility. Everyone knows that installing updates yourself is a pain. Not only is it frustrating and time-consuming, but it’s easy to miss an update if you don’t know what to look for. Even this newsletter, which provides a list of most common application updates, is difficult for most people to follow. Quite simply, most people don’t even know what software they have installed.

Well over 95% of the virus/malware infections I see every single month would have been avoided by simply installing updates. It’s that important.

The difference between trusting that everything will “just be okay” and installing regular updates yourself or having a professional do it for you can save you literally thousands of dollars over the course of even a single year. Sadly, a typical infection “event” can cost upwards of $300, and in some cases the data isn’t recoverable.

To that end, I now offer remote and local update installation as a regular periodic and one-time service offering.

If you’re in Tuolumne County, CA you can drop your computer(s) off for me to install updates on a first-come, first-served basis. I’ll apply any applicable updates and then you can pick it up.

If you’re more remote (a few more miles, or hours or even continents away), don’t fret! As long as you have a reasonably fast internet connection (DSL/Cable/Satellite/Wireless) then I can install updates on your computer without you needing to unplug it or even shut it down. (Yes, I can do this for many in Tuolumne County, too!) These service calls can be performed completely remotely, and all you need to do is install a piece of software that enables me to assist you.

One-time updates include any available updates for your computer, and are billed at my regular rate for my hands-on time. For a new computer or a computer that’s never been patched, this can take as much as three or four hours depending on connection speed.

Maintenance subscriptions are offered at a 25% discount from regular rate and include updates within 3 days of Patch Tuesday each month, and a monthly price cap of two hours per device per month, regardless of how much time is required to install updates. Further, the first 10 monthly maintenance subscriptions will receive application of all out-of-cycle updates at no additional charge for the life of the subscription.

I’m providing this update service to individual computers and small to medium networks. We’re also offering discounts for networks of 4 or more computers with a regularly monthly service plan.

Call for details!
209-565-12PD

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.

ATI Catalyst 11.6 adds “Steady Video” functionality (designed to correct jitter or shake in stored video), improves decoding performance and introduces a crash bug during video framerate changes. So, upgrade at your own risk, or wait until 11.7 is released (up to 2 months away). This is not a security update.
http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 5.0 is a major update to Firefox and 5.0.1 is a stability update. 5.0 adds a number of security and stability fixes. This is a security update. Use Help, About to download the current version (sorry, they removed on-demand updates) or get it at the link below:
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

Opera 11.50 is a security and stability update. This is a security update. If you have Opera installed, use Menu, Help, Check for Updates to install the current version.

SeaMonkey 2.2 now forces installation of bundled extensions/add-ons, fixes several stability bugs and incorporates the security updates from the Firefox 5.0 branch. This is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most recent version.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 3.1.11 incorporates the security and stability updates from the Firefox 5.0 branch. This is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most recent version.

OutlookAttachView 1.70 adds export filename pattern rules. 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.

Trillian Astra for Windows 5.0.34 corrects a Twitter bug that causes the unread count to break, and fixes issues with Skype that were causing Trillian to freeze. A handful of crashes and minor bugs have also been addressed. Lastly, Trillian 4.2 received a minor bugfix today to fix a small authentication issue. This is not a security update.
http://www.trillian.im/

Skype 5.3.0.120 adds group screen sharing, improved multitasking, and several minor bugfixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.skype.com/intl/en/home

Evernote 4.4.2.4912 corrects a number of bugs throughout the application. No indication if this is security related, so treat as a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

uTorrent 3.0 is a major update, adding media controls, immediate streaming for progressive downloads, remote access, ratings, drag & drop, portable mode and performance and stability improvements. This is not a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/

PuTTY installer 0.61 is the first update to PuTTY in over 4 years – this version adds improved security protocol support, corrects several bugs (including crashes and hangs), and now treats the clipboard asynchronously. This is a security update.
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 2.9.2 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Win x64 Codec Support 2.9.4 updates included codecs. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Minecraft 1.7.3 and Minecraft Server 1.7.3 corrects a number of bugs, mostly cosmetic and duplication bugs. This does not yet correct the recent stability issues. This is not a security update.
http://www.minecraft.net/

Office Updates

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

IrfanView 4.30 improves performance, corrects a number of bugs, adds several new display and storage options, alpha channel/transparency, and various other features. This is not a security update.
http://www.irfanview.com/

Kindle for PC 1.6.0.32771 does not provide a changelog, so treat this as a security update. If you already have Kindle for PC installed, download the update at the link below:
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

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

Avast! Home Edition 6.0.1203 improves OS compatibility, corrects several stability and QOS bugs, and improves detect+removal of various rootkits. This is a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 1.94 improves file naming based on active browser window. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 8.1.0.5 corrects several minor bugs, and the 8.1 series significantly improves audio-sync over previous versions. Yay! This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.com/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

LogMeIn Win 4.1.1848 adds several new management options, and several minor bug fixes. This is not a security update. To install this update right-click on the LogMeIn icon in your tray and select “Open LogMeIn”, click “About”, then “Check for Updates”. After a few minutes of downloading, the updater will start. You’ll be prompted to click “Update”, approve installation and finally “close” the installer when done.

CCleaner 3.08.1475 adds support for Firefox 5, McAfee AV, GIMP, MS AntiMalware and various other applications, and improves search performance. This is not a security update.
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Defraggler 2.06.328 improves speed, stability, SSD detection, and minor bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.piriform.com/defraggler

DQSD 4.1.0.0 is finally released (it has been in beta for three years, and no significant changes have been made). This version adds native x64 support, and now incorporates over 400 different search engines. This is not a security update.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/dqsd/files/dqsd/4.1.0.0/

Goodsync and Goodsync2Go 8.7.4.7 improves temporary file support, Amazon Cloud Drive support, LiveDrive, Google Docs and HTTP transfer support. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

CPU-Z 1.58 adds newer hardware support. This is not a security update.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

GPU-Z 0.5.4 adds newer hardware support, improved accuracy and performance. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

NirCmd 2.65 improves sound handling. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

USBDeview 1.91 adds port name support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

Wireless Network Watcher 1.00 is the first release. This software enables you to quickly scan the network for device information.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

Synergy 1.3.7 is a stability release. This version incorporates several of the stability improvements and management tools planner for the 1.4 release. This is not a security update.
http://synergy-foss.org/download/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.5.14 corrects several minor buga, as well as a significant InnoDB concurrent read bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 4.0.10-72479 corrects several bugs, including memory leaks and stability issues. 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.

WordPress 3.1.4 is a security update. This version fixes a privilege escalation bug, several SQL vulnerabilities and other security issues as well. Even if you’re not ready for 3.2, this is a critical security update and should be applied to all WP installations ASAP. This is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/download/release-archive/

WordPress 3.2 is a major update, fixing dozens of bugs, adding many new features, a new default theme and a cleaner interface. 3.2.1 corrects a couple dozen issues, almost exclusively within the new default theme. There are still some compatibility updates with some plugins, and this is not a security update, so if you don’t need the added features of 3.2+, you don’t *yet* need to update. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

BuddyPress 1.2.9 adds WP 3.2 compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

BuddyStream 2.1 corrects several minor bugs and adds 3.2 compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddystream/

phpMyAdmin 3.4.3.1 adds several security fixes. This is also the official end of life for the 2.x branch, which sadly is still commonly used on older hardware. Update, folks! This is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Quick Cache 110709 adds WP 3.2 compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/quick-cache/

WPtouch 1.9.31 adds WP 3.2 compatibility, zoom and corrects a scripting bug. This is not a security update, however, due to a compromise of a previous build, you’re encouraged to update to this version ASAP anyway.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

Contact Form 7 2.4.6 fixes several minor bugs, and updates jQuery library. This is not a security update, however, due to a compromise of a previous build, you’re encouraged to update to this version ASAP anyway.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

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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