Updates 2015-08-11

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday! The typical computer should see roughly 250mb in updates today. Let’s get started.

While it’s an improvement over Windows 8/8.1, my recommendation is to hold off on upgrading to Windows 10 yet. There are still upgrade woes with various hardware that might create problems for you, and the privacy controls for some features are buried in places most people won’t look, and the defaults for some options are very insecure. Hold off at least another couple weeks — let other people experience the problems so you don’t have to.

Microsoft released 14 updates to address issues in Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, .NET, Silverlight, Lync and Office (~140mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for Java, MacBook Pro Flash Storage, Mac mini EFI, and FaceTime Camera Driver. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe AIR 18.0.0.199 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 18.0.0.232 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, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

This month Google announced they would start releasing monthly security updates for the Android operating system to address issues like StageFright across devices that are not fully supported by the vendors. While they won’t support every device running Android, they’ll increase the breadth of support that you may not be getting if you didn’t buy your device directly from Google (such as Nexus). While this won’t take effect until at least next month, there are security updates to core Android apps (like the Android System Webview and mail apps) that you should install ASAP. These include security 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.

Intel Driver Update 20150728 improves Windows 10 support. This is not a security update.
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 341.74 improves Windows 10 support. This is not a security update. Due to conflicts with Windows 10, I strongly advise you remove (or do not install) the GeForce Experience component.
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 improves Windows 10 compatibility and stability. This is not a security update.
http://game.amd.com/

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 44.0.2403.155 is a security update. Use Menu, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 40.0 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Skype 7.7.0.103 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

WinSCP 5.7.5 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Dropbox 3.8.6 is a stability fix. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?dropbox

FreeNAS 9.3 adds WebDAV and NFSv4, improves SAMBA, adds signed automatic updates, and adds many performance and visual improvements. This is a security update.
http://www.freenas.org/download-freenas-release.html

DNSDataView 1.42 is a cosmetic change. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_records_viewer.html

PuTTY installer 0.65 fixes several stability bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

.NET Framework 4.6 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/net/

Adobe Shockwave 12.1.9.160 is a security update. REMOVE Shockwave if you’re not 100% sure you need it. Heck, remove it anyway and only reinstall when a legitimate application or website demands it.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.5.5790 fixes a bug with online update and updates the StarBurn library. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

Plex Media Server 0.9.12.8.1362 fixes several stability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://plex.tv/downloads/1/archive

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 9.7.2.53208 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Minecraft 1.8.8 and Minecraft Server 1.8.8 are security updates.
http://www.minecraft.net/

PS4 2.57 fixes stability issues. This is not a security update
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

Office Updates

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

Kindle for PC 1.12.0 Build 40963 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Artweaver 5.0.8 fixes several minor bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Paint.net 4.0.6 adds Windows 10 support, custom shapes and fixes several minor bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.getpaint.net/

Notepad++ 6.8.1 fixes several cosmetic bugs. 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.

BelArc Advisor 8.5a does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

DNSQuerySniffer 1.46 adds an option to improve column display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1204 improves stability and Chrome compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 2.88 improves error handling. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

XSplit Gamecaster 2.5.1507.3011 adds adaptive bitrate controls and several bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.9.5 adds support for the latest encodings and improves compatibility and stability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

DVDFab 9.2.0.8 adds support for the latest encodings. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CintaNotes 2.9.3 fixes several bugs and adds new keyboard shortcuts. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

Synergy 1.7.4 fixes a bunch of bugs in 1.7, including stability and reliability fixes. This is not a security update, but it’s a critical fix to the 1.7.x series.
http://synergy-project.org/download/

Cygwin 2.2.0 adds several new APIs and functions. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

Hitachi HDD Diagnostics 20150807 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.hgst.com/support/downloads#DFT

TeamViewer 10.0.45862 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows.aspx

iExplorer 3.7.8.0 adds Windows 10 compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

FileLocator Pro 7.5.2107 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

SearchMyFiles 2.61 fixes a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

USBDeview 2.45 allows GUI to connect to remote computer or registry hive. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WifiInfoView 1.85 adds signal quality controls. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

CCleaner 5.08.5308 improves Windows 10 compatibility, and various application cleaning improvements. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

ProduKey 1.80 improves remote device support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

GPU-Z 0.8.5 improves Windows 10 compatibility, updates hardware support. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

TaskSchedulerView 1.10 adds several new informational columns. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TortoiseSVN 1.9.0 is a major update adding new features and fixes. This is not a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

MySQL 5.6.26 is a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 4.2.2 is a security update.
http://www.adminer.org/en/

Dada Mail 8.4.0 adds send a webpage, UA tracking, improved bounce handling and recurring scheduled mail improvements. This is not a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/

TinyMCE 4.2.3 fixes IE and Edge compatibility issues, and a few other bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/download.php

phpMyAdmin 4.4.13.1 is a SQL reliability fix. This is not a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

WordPress 4.2.4 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

Anti-Splog 2.1.6 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 4.2.2 fixes a compatibility bug. This is not a security update.

Easy Bootstrap Shortcode 4.4.4 adds rel= support. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.7.5 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.4.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Edit 3.3 performs minor code enhancements in prep for WP 4.3. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 3.8.3 fixes several bugs. 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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