Updates 2012-05-08

Hey folks!

Microsoft released 16 updates today for Windows, Office, .NET, Silverlight, MSRT and an updated Certificate Revokation List (CRL). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
Note that among those “offers” included in the current cycle are Microsoft Security Essentials and the Bing Desktop application. If you already have a security or antivirus software you do not need (and probably should not install) Microsoft Security Essentials. You can ‘hide’ the update to prevent it from being offered again. Likewise, if you do not wish to install the Bing desktop toolbar and search service, you can ‘hide’ this option so it will not be offered again.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple has released several updates this month for printer drivers, an iOS security update and a removal tool for the Flashback trojan. This includes security updates. Use the Apple Updater to get the most current versions of this software, and to check for and remove the Flashback trojan from your Mac.

Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.235 is a security update. This version corrects a security vulnerability that’s being actively exploited on multiple platforms (Mac, Win, Linux and Android). If you’re on Windows, ensure that you have Flash Player set to perform automatic updates (available since last month within the control panel), otherwise be sure to install this update ASAP. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?flash
https://12pd.com/click?flashie

Adobe Shockwave Player 11.6.5.635 is a security update. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Java 7u4 is the first official release of Java 7 for consumers. This is a bugfix and feature update, adding several new capabilities to developers. This is not a security update.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

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.

AMD Catalyst x64 12.4 adds newer hardware support, improved anti-aliasing, texture filter quality improvements, and various bugfixes. This is not a security update.
http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/downloads.aspx

iOS 5.1.1 for all versions of iPhone, iPad, and iPod fixes several bugs with AirPlay, purchases, network switching, and HDR photos, as well as security fixes. This is a security update. Use iTunes to install this update.

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 12.0 improves the upgrade experience, find behavior, stability and security improvements. This is a security update.
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
Note that Mozilla, the creator of Firefox, is the first major tech company to voice opposition to CISPA, which under the guise of protecting national security, would provide government at all levels with warrantless wiretapping of all US Internet users.

Google Chrome 18.0.1025.168 is a security update. Restart Chrome to install the most current version, or download it here:
http://www.google.com/chrome/

HTTrack 3.46.1 adds support for UTF-8 filenames. This is not a security update.
http://www.httrack.com/page/2/en/index.html

SeaMonkey 2.9 + 2.9.1 correct more than a dozen security issues.
http://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 12.0 + 12.0.1 provide performance, stability and security fixes. This is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

OutlookAttachView 2.30 adds a new column to indicate the domain of the from/to email address. 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 5.9.0.115 corrects a login bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.skype.com/intl/en/home

Trillian for Windows 5.1.19 is a maintenance release. This is not a security update.
http://www.trillian.im/windows/

Trillian for Mac 1.3 contains more bugfixes and a few minor features. This is not a security update.
http://www.trillian.im/mac/

Connectify 3.4.0.23678 improves stability, performance and reliability. Improves support for 3G/4G cards, streaming video, p2p, UPnP and gaming. This is not a security update.
http://www.connectify.me/

Evernote 4.5.5.6827 adds email address as a login option and fixes a crash on timeout. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Google Earth 6.2.2.6613 improves search, rendering, adds Google+ integration and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://earth.google.com/index.html

uTorrent 3.1.3 Build 27167 corrects memory leaks, crash bugs, and improves update behavior. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 3.6.1 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.4.1.3099 adds a File Name column to the track list, “send to” integration, a couple minor bugfixes and language improvements. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

Picasa 3.9.135.87 corrects several crash bugs. This is not a security update.
http://picasa.google.com/

Unreal Live Server 9.0, Unreal Media Server 9.0, Unreal Archival Server 1.5, Unreal Flash Player 2.0, Unreal Streaming Media Player 6.1 provide a variety of updates including RTSP streaming, RTMP(T) streaming, removed limitations, quality and performance improvements, native UMS support, streaming of any media format regardless of container, unicast and multicast MPEG2-TS support and more. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.umediaserver.net/umediaserver/download.html

VideoStream Server 1.0.3.1 corrects several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://collect3.com.au/videostream/

Office Updates

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

OpenOffice 3.4.0 is the first release since Oracle passed the license to the Apache Foundation, and shows significant progress, adding MailMerge, significantly improving CSV support, correcting and improving upon the library of functions and coding abilities, adding UTF-32 support to Math symbol catalog, improved defaults, performance, compatibility and style elements. SVG support has been added, as well as a significant range of graphics and line-mode capabilities. Last but not least, the name has been changed from “OpenOffice.org” to “Apache OpenOffice” or simply “OpenOffice”, which will surely frustrate those who’ve spent the last few years publicly arguing the finer points of trademark law on those four silly characters (“.org”).
http://www.openoffice.org/download/

Notepad++ 6.1.1 and 6.1.2 correct several critical bugs, including stability and crash bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Gimp 2.8.0 is a major update, providing a much-improved interface, file support, text editing, export handling, layer groups, simple math in size entries, and a dozen other feature improvements. This is not a security update.
http://www.gimp.org/

Scribus 1.4.1 corrects a few minor bugs, integrates GiveLife Color System(R) swatch palettes, improves bitmap and SVG import, scripting and corrects application data storage to follow OS-preferred placements. This is not a security update.
http://www.scribus.net/

Adobe Photoshop CS6 is a security update to CS5.5. This is a paid version upgrade. Earlier versions will NOT be updated to address this vulnerability, so if you opt not to ugprade, be careful with opening files from untrusted sources.
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop.html

Adobe Illustrator CS6 is a security update to CS5.5. This is a paid version upgrade. Earlier versions will NOT be updated to address this vulnerability, so if you opt not to ugprade, be careful with opening files from untrusted sources.
http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator.html

Adobe Flash Professional CS6 is a security update to CS5.5. This is a paid version upgrade. Earlier versions will NOT be updated to address this vulnerability, so if you opt not to ugprade, be careful with opening files from untrusted sources.
http://www.adobe.com/products/flash.html

Let me take a moment here and bring to light that Adobe, who learned of these security vulnerabilities (and exploit methods) over 4 months ago, delayed releasing an update for all previous ($$$) versions of their software, opting instead to push their new subscription-ware model. Not surprisingly, they released these security notices with no fanfare and little more than a “too bad for our existing customers” the day after they “launched” CS6. Shame on you, Adobe. For everyone else, if you’re looking for a powerful graphic suite without the price tag, check out Paint.net, Gimp, and Scribus. Even more options are listed at Alternative.to.

IcoFX 2.2.1 improves supported file handling. This is not a security update.
http://icofx.ro/

Security Software Updates

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

Password Security Scanner 1.06 corrects a parsing bug for the Firefox password list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/password_security_scanner.html

SuperAntiSpyware 5.0.1148 improves performance, heuristics, and corrects several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Fraps 3.5.0 corrects several bugs and now provides the ability to create AVI files over 4gb in size on NTFS volumes, also adding split option to automatically create smaller AVI files. This is not a security update.
http://www.fraps.com/

VideoCacheView 2.20 adds split video capture for sites (such as YouTube) that generate multiple FLV files for a single video. 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 8.1.7.8 corrects several crashes, improves decoding, and fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.com/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CCleaner 3.18.1707 adds support for the newest builds of popular software, corrects several bugs, and provides improvements for existing detections and the GUI. This is not a security update.
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

CPU-Z Installer 1.60.1 adds support for newer hardware and corrects a Win8 clocking bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

Cygwin 1.7.14-2 corrects a minor bug. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

Daemon Tools Lite 4.45.4 improves privacy of connection with MountSpace.com, fixes file association bug and several other bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.daemon-tools.cc/eng/products/dtLite

DriveLetterView 1.20 adds a speed test option. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/drive_letter_view.html

Goodsync 9.1.8.5 corrects more than a dozen bugs related to file monitoring, GSTP, S3, HTTP/FTP, sync algorithm and conflict resolution. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

GPU-Z 0.6.2 corrects a minor display bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

Process Monitor 3.01 adds decoding of several new Windows 8 file system control codes and obtains image version information for 32-bit DLLs when run on 64-bit Windows. This should be treated as a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

RapidEE 6.1 build 812 corrects a device detection bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.rapidee.com/en/download

RoboForm 7.7.6 corrects more than a dozen bugs, providing improved stability, reliability, visual improvements and potential security issues. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

USBDeview 2.10 corrects diagnostic information on Windows 7. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

Windows Image Writer 0.6 corrects several minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.5.24 is a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

MySQL ConnectorNet 6.5.4 corrects stability and authentication bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 4.1.14-77440 and VirtualBox Extension Pack 4.1.14-77440 correct several crash and reliability bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

VMware Player 4.0.3 is a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 7.14 corrects a couple dozen bugs, including security issues. This is a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

MailEnable 6.53 corrects a number of stability and reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 3.5.1 corrects several GUI, stability and reliability bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

WordPress 3.3.2 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

Contact Form 7 3.1.2 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

BuddyStream 2.5.09 provides several styling and filtering fixes, adds CSS classes for custom styling, fixes license check, and various other bugfixes. This should be treated as a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddystream/

Email Log 0.6 corrects a couple cosmetic issues and improves help. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/email-log/

Front-end Editor 2.2.1 updates libraries, enables align buttons, highlighting of elements, and adds a filter for processing changes. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/front-end-editor/

Redirection 2.2.13 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

Register IP – Multisite 1.5 only updates the readme file. Still no native support for linking to additional IP information. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/register-ip-multisite/

Smart YouTube 4.1.6 corrects a bug with looping videos. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/smart-youtube/

WPtouch 1.9.40 removes AppStores support and fixes video embedding script. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

Zemanta 1.1.2 provides several minor bugfixes. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/zemanta/

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

Regards,

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

1 thought on “Updates 2012-05-08

  1. Internet Explorer 9.0 Internet Explorer 9.0 Windows 7 x64 Edition Windows 7 x64 Edition

    Today Adobe updated their recent security announcement to indicate that they’ve decided to provide security updates to the most recent previous versions of Illustrator, Photoshop and Flash Professional. Adobe usually takes a couple months to release a patch, though, so expect it to come in July at the earliest. And earlier versions than CS5.x will not be supported.

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