Updates 2014-01-14

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday! And not just any Patch Tuesday, but the first one of the year — when many vendors implement new behaviors, new schedules and new problems.

On that note…

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–  Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–  And whether pigs have wings.”

Before we begin, I want to take a moment to warn the many Windows XP users of the upcoming end of support. Microsoft has confirmed that April 8th will be the last day Windows XP will receive updates or support of any kind. The same goes for Microsoft Office 2003.  As a result of this move, I expect a series of new malware for XP to be released *immediately* afterwards, perhaps as soon as 10:01am on April 8th – a minute after the last updates for XP are released.

If you’re still running Windows XP (along with more than 28% of the rest of the world), I strongly encourage you to upgrade to Windows 7 as soon as possible. Windows 7 will run on most hardware running Windows XP and will be supported by Microsoft until 2020. It’s not for retail sale anymore, but you can pick it up on Amazon for as little as $85 (sometimes). This close to the end, availability will suffer. Make sure you get the correct version for your hardware (32bit vs 64bit) and no, the “Anytime Upgrade” is not for Windows XP. One last note: all “upgrades” to Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 from Windows XP require a complete reinstall. You’ll lose your settings & applications and may lose data, depending on how you’re currently set up. When possible, I strongly recommend you install to a new clean drive, even if only temporarily, then migrate your settings and data using the Migration Wizard from the old drive, then you can clone the new install back to the old drive. This is a time consuming process but it will preserve the most data & settings from your existing installation.

…and now back to our regularly scheduled updates.

Microsoft released 4 updates for Office, Windows, Server, MSRT, Windows Defender and Dynamics AX. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for OS X, Safari, Motion, RAW Compatibility, Retina, and the first major patch to Mavericks. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe AIR 4.0.0.1390 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 12.0.0.43 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

Driver Updates

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

AMD Catalyst 13.12 adds newer hardware support and bug fixes. This version no longer has Windows XP support!
https://12pd.com/click?atidriver

BullZip PDF Printer 10.2.0.2141 removes the toolbar from the free version, improves color matching, adds FTP & SFTP destinations, additional triggers, increased encryption options and more. This is not a security update.

GMail Drive FS 1.0.20 fixes a login bug due to changes in the Google authentication platform. This is not a security update.
http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm

WD TV Live Streaming Media Player 2.01.86 adds several new services, corrects dozens of bugs, and breaks closed captioning for many video types. This is not a security update.
http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/updates/?family=wdfwdtv_live_g3

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 32.0.1700.72 removes automatic instantiation of NPAPI plugins, reducing the attack surface. You can re-enable instantiation (for RoboForm for example) at chrome://plugins. This is a security update. Use Menu, About to get the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.23 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the update.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 24.2.0 is a security update. Use Menu, About to get the most current version.

NK2Edit 2.87 is a bugfix release. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 2.63 is a cosmetic update. 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.

Java 7u51 is a security update. HOWEVER, if you don’t actually need it, remove it instead! If you do need it, get the 32-bit version and ALSO install the 64-bit version if you have a 64-bit CPU — ie; on 64-bit you install both.
32: https://12pd.com/click?java32
64: https://12pd.com/click?java64
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

BrowsingHistoryView 1.43 corrects a cosmetic issue related to DST. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Connectify Hotspot 7.2.1 unifies the installer with Dispatch, improves the display, throttling and behavior controls, provides bug fixes and adds smart load balancing. This is not a security update.
http://www.connectify.me/new-release/

Evernote 5.1.0.2217 improves xAuth support and offline security. This is a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Google Drive 1.13.5782.0599 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update. Close and re-open Google Drive to update.

IPInfoOffline 1.33 updates the internal country database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

IPNetInfo 1.52 updates the internal country database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

WinSCP 5.5 is a major update, with dozens of new features including automation, a cleaner interface, faster access to advanced features and a handful of bug fixes. This version also offers the ability to import sites and settings from third-party programs, integrates with alternative SSH clients and queue management. This is not a security update.

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 4.4.4 updates included codecs and libraries. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.2.4478 improves UDF, ISO & Joliet support, prefers .NET 4 over 2, imports title & artist from cue sheet for CD-Text. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

Picasa 3.9.137.69 adds Google+ Auto Backup, improves RAW support, and fixes security bugs. This is a security update. To eliminate the G+AB nag, you can remove it within the control panel. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

XBMC 12.3 updates PVR addons, corrects memory leaks, audio channel mapping, crash bugs and more. This should be treated as a security update.
http://xbmc.org/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader 11.0.06 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Acrobat 11.0.06 Pro is a security update Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 7.2.1 is a security update. Use the Adobe Updater to get the most current version.

Notepad++ 6.5.3 corrects a bug with touchpad scrolling and offers a workaround to people facing similar issues. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Security Software Updates

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

Avast! Home Edition 9.0.2011 should vastly improve web performance while also adding crapware within the toolbar. This is a security update.
http://www.avast.com/

Wireshark 1.10.5 updates protocol support and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Elgato Game Capture HD 1.4 adds streaming to YouTube, Ustream and any custom RTMP server. This is not a security update. Click ‘Check for Updates’ to install the most current version.

Greenshot 1.1.7.17 updates the Box plugin to use v2 API and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?greenshot

SnagIt 11.4 fixes several bugs, adds Blur feature, and several other GUI changes. This is not a security update.
http://www.techsmith.com/

Open Broadcaster Software 0.592 Beta corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://obsproject.com/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.8.7 corrects a stability bug, improves reliability of output and adds support for AACS v46. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

DVDFab 9.1.2.2 corrects issues with preview, noise and Apple TV output. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.com/download.htm

IsoBuster 3.3 adds Mpg transcoding, detects encrypted partitions, implements shell integration, provides several bug fixes and a number of new file system and cosmetic improvements. This is not a security update.
http://www.isobuster.com/isobusterdownload.php

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Agent Ransack 2014.816 is a major update providing new reporting information, additional export options, enhanced expressions, UI improvements and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?agentransack

CintaNotes 2.5 adds Remarks field, ‘any text field’ search filtering, improved export controls, import of UTF-8 XML files, upgraded libraries, and many more. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/

CCleaner 4.09.4471 improves cleaning for various apps and bugfixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Coreinfo 3.21 adds microcode reporting. This is not a security update. Disk2vhd 2.0 adds support for VHDX-formatted VHDs, now supports WinRE volumes, can capture removable media, and includes an option to capture live volumes instead of relying on volume shadow copy. This is not a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

GoodSync 9.7.4 improves locking behavior, fixes crash bugs, and issues with Google Drive, Google Docs, and Linux license activation. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

LogMeIn Win 4.1.3888 alters the host behavior to trigger NPAPI-free browser integration for clients. This is not a security update.

IPXWrapper 0.4.1 adds support for automatically adding Windows Firewall exceptions and experimental support for point-to-point type VPN connections. This is not a security update.
http://www.solemnwarning.net/ipxwrapper/

TeamViewer 9.0.24951 is a bugfix release. This is not a security update.
http://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows.aspx

CPU-Z Installer 1.68 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

BulkFileChanger 1.32 fixes a bug related to DST display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

DNSQuerySniffer 1.15 adds the ability to show the country of the IP result. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

FolderChangesView 1.61 adds the ability to purge the MRU list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

MyEventViewer 2.07 fixes a bug related to DST display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html

NetworkTrafficView 1.80 adds the ability to display the hostname and IP addresses to the display mode. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.46 fixes a bug related to DST display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

TcpLogView 1.11 enables the localhost filter to also apply to IPv6 connections. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

USBDeview 2.28 fixes a bug related to DST display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Redemption 5.6.0.3644 adds POP3/SMTP account automation, password manipulation, improved Exchange support and corrects a couple dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 4.3.6-91406 corrects about a dozen non-security bugs.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 4.0.2 adds SimpleDB, MongoDB and ElasticSearch support, SQL highlighting, and many more features. This is not a security update.
http://www.adminer.org/en/

phpMyAdmin 4.0.10 corrects several minor bugs. This is not a security update. phpMyAdmin 4.1.4 corrects several bugs, improves encryption, adds CAPTCHA support, and more. Be aware that the 4.1 branch now requires PHP 5.3 and MySQL 5.5+. If you’re not using these, either upgrade to the required minimums or use an alternative like Adminer.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Drupal 7.25 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

YOURLS 1.7 improves HTTP request handling, adds proxy support, improved UTF8 titles, and bug fixes. This is a security update.
http://yourls.org/

Coppermine Gallery 1.5.26 is a security update.
http://coppermine-gallery.net/

WordPress 3.8 is a major update offering a very new cleaner look and feel, new annual theme, updated libraries and performance improvements. This is not a security update. Be aware that several popular plugins and themes are still not compatible with this version, so be sure to do a full backup before upgrading!

bbPress 2.5.3 is a bugfix and WP 3.8 compatibility release. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 1.9.1 is a major update many new features and dozens of bug fixes. This is not a security update.

Activate Update Services 1.0.7 is a WP 3.8 compatibility release. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 3.6 improves accessibility and Flamingo support, and updates libraries. This is not a security update.

Email Log 1.6.1 improves strict mode reliability, removes deprecated function call. This is not a security update.

Quick Cache 140104 adds automatic update support for Pro and new feed caching options. This is not a security update.

Raw HTML 1.4.11 fixes a compatibility issue with “the_content” being called out of the loop. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.3.9 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Ultimate TinyMCE 5.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 3.1.5 corrects bugs with taxonomy parsing, cosmetics, improved internationalization, and validates WP 3.8 compatibility. This should be a major performance update for most sites. This is not a security update.

Zemanta 1.2.3 increases default media size, removes unused code, and validates WP 3.8 compatibility. This is not 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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