Updates 2013-11-12

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday! Several of the updates this month patch security holes that are being actively exploited in the wild. Sometimes it’s okay to be a couple days late doing updates. This is not one of those time. Patch now.

Microsoft released 8 updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, and Office (>70mb). Two of these updates patch vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited in the wild. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/
Be sure to select the “optional” Root certificate update and uncheck Bing Bar!

Also, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 11 this month. This is a major update with several new features — and undoubtedly will include new bugs, both at the browser and security levels, but also in rendering websites you already use. There are already reports that social websites (including Facebook) have significant issues in IE11. I strongly recommend you wait until at least next month to install it so they can work out the kinks on other people who have less to lose than you.

Apple released updates for OS X, iOS 7.0.3, iTunes 11.1.3, Safari 6.1, Apple Remote Desktop, OS X Server 3.0, Keynote 6.0, Java, printer drivers and more. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Included in this month’s cycle is OS X 10.9 (aka “Mavericks” – they’ve finally stop using cat names!). This is a major update providing security, stability and usability improvements. Oh, and for the first time Apple has decided to release a major OS update free for hardware capable of supporting it.
http://www.apple.com/osx/how-to-upgrade/
After updating to Mavericks go back to the Apple Software Updater and enable automatic updates (finally!) and install the security updates that have been released since Mavericks was released a couple weeks ago.

Adobe AIR 3.9.0.1210 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 11.9.900.152 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 or kindle – 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

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 31.0.1650.48 is a security update. Use Menu, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 25.0 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.22 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 24.1.0 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

NK2Edit 2.85 adds the ability to clear recent files. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

Internet Updates

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

Adobe Shockwave 12.0.5.146 is a security update. HOWEVER, if you don’t need it, DO NOT install it. Better to remove this one as it’s rarely required or important, but frequently exploited.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Skype 6.10.0.104 does not provide a changelog. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Raid Call 7.3.0 improves Facebook connection, registration, Overlay and improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://www.raidcall.com/

BrowsingHistoryView 1.42 adds configuration profile management. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Connectify Hotspot 7.1 adds a stealth option for compatibility with certain networks, corrects fragmentation and forwarding issues notably with mobile devices in media streaming. This is a security update.
http://www.connectify.me/

Evernote 5.0.3.1614 is a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

uTorrent 3.3.2 Build 30260 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Trillian 5.4.13 improves Facebook connections, adds Outlook.com support, and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update. Download the update here:
https://www.trillian.im/get/ This version also adds the ability to house your own Trillian server and Pro users can also now use Trillian for Linux (beta). More about that here:
http://blog.trillian.im/?p=2835

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 4.3.2 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.

iTunes x86 11.1.3 is a security update. Use the Apple Software Updater to get the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Minecraft and Minecraft Server 1.7.2, dubbed “the update that changed the world”, provides more than 30 new features, including performance and stability updates as well as achievements and more.
http://www.minecraft.net/

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 6.5.1 corrects the scroll bug with synaptics touchpad and adds search and sort within function list. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Adobe Photoshop 13.0.6 corrects a couple bugs. This is not a security update. Use Help, Updates or the CC Updater to get the most current version.

Adobe Prelude CC 2.1 corrects several bugs. This is not a security update. Use Help, Updates or the CC Updater to get the most current version.

Adobe After Effects CC 12.1 adds mask tracking, improved 3D camera performance, detail-preserving upscale and several more features. This version also adds Mavericks support. This is not a security update. Use Help, Updates or the CC Updater to get the most current version.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 7.1 adds a number of new features and bugfixes. This is a security update. Use Help, Updates or the CC Updater to get the most current version.

Adobe Media Encoder CC 7.1 is a security update. Use Help, Updates or the CC Updater to get the most current version.

Adobe SpeedGrade CC 7.1 adds support for multiple masks, SpeedLooks, Direct Link integration with Premiere Pro and other bugfixes. This is not a security update. Use Help, Updates or the CC Updater to get the most current version.

Adobe Drive CC 5.0.1 adds 64-bit Windows support, Mavericks support, improved responsiveness, stability and multi-byte character support. Use Help, Updates or the CC Updater to get the most current version.

Artweaver 4.0.3 adds several new features including event tracking, rotable canvas and extended team support. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Audacity 2.0.5 corrects a handful of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/

Blender 2.69 adds plane tracking and mesh bisect, improved hair rendering, modeling and more. Over 270 bugs were fixed in this release. This is not a security update.
http://www.blender.org/download/

Security Software

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

Avast! Home Edition 9.0.2008 corrects issues with VPS and Metro. Be aware that in the last 2 weeks I’ve had more than a dozen calls regarding Windows XP computers being extremely sluggish and unresponsive. In every case it was directly related to the Avast 9 “update” on their computers. If you’re running XP you will need to switch to another anti-virus platform, as Avast is no longer compatible.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Stinger 12.1.0.627 improves detection for various malware. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?stinger

SuperAntiSpyware 5.6.1042 improves detection capabilities. This is a security update.
http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

DNSQuerySniffer 1.08 corrects a bug in saving promiscuous mode option preference. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

Wireless Network Watcher 1.70 adds a counter reset option. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

Wireshark 1.10.3 corrects a couple dozen bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Greenshot 1.1.6.2779 adds profile support, improved stability, EXIF orientation support and several bugfixes. This is not a security update.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/greenshot/

Open Broadcaster Software 0.583 Beta corrects issues with Elgato, and resized sources. This is not a security update.
http://obsproject.com/

VideoCacheView 2.65 improves Youtube detection. 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.

Freemake Video Converter 4.1.1 fixes and improves Youtube detection and download. This is not a security update.
http://www.freemake.com/

MakeMKV 1.8.6 updates support for AACS v44, improves reliability and stability, and a couple bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.makemkv.com/download/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CintaNotes 2.4 improves link handling, Simplenote sync, and corrects bugs in list formatting, crash and import bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/

Synergy 1.4.15 corrects two service-related bugs. This is not a security update.
http://synergy-foss.org/

Recuva 1.49.1019 adds multi-session UDF support, improved FAT partition scanning, Unicode support, PST detection, email scanning and other bug fixes and GUI improvements. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?recuva

Speccy 1.23.569 improves performance, GUI, adds hardware support. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?speccy

CCleaner 4.07.4369 adds Windows 8.1 and IE 11 support, improves cleaning across various applications. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Defraggler 2.16.809 adds Windows 8.1 support, SSD optimization for Windows 8, improved SSD detection, SMART monitoring and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?defraggler

BulkFileChanger 1.30 improves feedback and adds a column to view the time difference between creation and modification. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

DiskMaker X 3.0.1 adds Mavericks support. This is not a security update.
http://liondiskmaker.com/

FolderChangesView 1.55 adds the ability to quickly toggle monitoring for recently monitored folders from the tray, adds the ability to select monitored folder immediately at launch. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

GoodSync and GoodSync2Go 9.6.0 adds ACL and MD5 tracking, proxy support for Google Drive and Dropbox, improved compatibility with IE 11 and IPv4. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

GPU-Z 0.7.4 updates supported hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

Hamachi 2.2.0.100 corrects an installation bug on 64-bit systems and configuration for Windows XP. This is not a security update.
http://help.logmein.com/SelfServiceDownloads

LogMeIn Win 4.1.3426 improves encryption, numlock and Wake On LAN. This should be treated as a security update.

MyEventViewer 2.05 corrects a bug in saving command-line options. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html

NetConnectChoose 1.06 corrects issues preventing operation on Windows 2000. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/net_connect_choose.html

NetworkTrafficView 1.78 fixes a bug with the promiscuous mode configuration being saved. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

TcpLogView 1.10 adds the ability to filter localhost connections. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.60 adds custom label support for port numbers and broadcast addresses. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

PsExec 2.0 introduces a new option, -r, that specifies the name PsExec assigns to its remote service. This is not a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

RAMMap 1.32 adds support to Windows 8.1 and fixes support for Windows 8. This is not a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

Sigcheck 2.01 fixes a reliability bug and adds integration with VirusTotal. This is a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TortoiseSVN 1.8.3 corrects a couple dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 4.3.2-90405 corrects a couple dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

VMware Player 6.0.1 corrects a half dozen stability bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

MailEnable 7.55 is a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.0.9 corrects several cosmetic bugs and a bug with SSL redirection. This is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

SMF 2.0.6 is a security update.
http://download.simplemachines.org/

WordPress 3.7.1 adds the ability to perform minor updates to itself. This should be treated as a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 1.7.1 corrects several bugs primarily for caching compatibility. This is a security update.

Contact Form 7 3.5.4 updates library and pre-sanitizes data before validation. This is not a security update.

Developer 1.2.5 is a bugfix release. This is not a security update.

Ultimate TinyMCE 5.1 is a security update.

WooCommerce 2.0.19 corrects a half dozen bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 1.9.8.8 corrects a bug with sub-folder installations. This is a security update.

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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