Updates 2016-01-12

Hi, Folks!

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

If you’re still running Windows 8 (not 8.1), you will no longer receive Windows updates. You MUST install 8.1 to continue to receive security updates for Windows.

Today is the last day for updates to “older” versions of Internet Explorer. Historically, this means that a critical security issue will be discovered and exploited as early as tomorrow. Upgrade Internet Explorer to the latest version supported by your operating system NOW. Yes, this means you’ll lose DQSD. πŸ™ Even if you’re not using Internet Explorer as your primary browser, many applications including Office, Windows Explorer and third party components will still utilize Internet Explorer “under the hood”. Thus, whether you want it or not, you MUST install the current version to ensure you continue to receive security updates that *do* impact you.

Windows 10 will be switched from an “optional” update to an “important” update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 today, which means that it will attempt to automatically install whenever you install updates (and sometimes just for fun at 3am) and will also download (3gb+!) whether or not you plan to install it.

The privacy controls for some features are buried in places most people won’t look, and the defaults for some options are very insecure. The delay and potential issues you may experience from neglecting to either update or block the update can have serious repercussions.

My recommendation is to make some time to install Windows 10 as soon as possible. Typically the installation will take between 2 and 6 hours, with no ability to do other things on your computer while it’s installing. During installation you will be prompted with several option pages to enable/disable options and features. Disable them all. Yes, every single one. Uncheck every box and slide every slider “off”. Immediately after installation disable Cortana’s web-integration functionality, then go to All Settings and review every single option. If you have problems with Windows 10, you can revert to your existing OS.

If you are running software that’s not compatible with Windows 10, or need to prevent the installation for some other reason (such as my wife’s patented “I don’t wanna”) then your best option is to use GWX Control Panel to block the icon and disable OS upgrades (the first two options).

Now back to our regular patch notes.

Microsoft released 18 updates to address vulnerabilities in Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, MS Office, MSRT, Silverlight, Visual Basic, and Windows Live Essentials (~125mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for OS X, QuickTime and iTunes to address security vulnerabilities. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe AIR 20.0.0.233 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 20.0.0.270 are security updates.
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.

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.

Display Driver Uninstaller 15.7.3.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/downloads.html

Ext2IFS 1.12 adds hibernate support and improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://www.fs-driver.org/

Intel Driver Update 20151221 improves hardware support. This is not a security update.
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 47.0.2526.110 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 43.0.4 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version. If you have an older version you may need to repeat this process until you get to the current release.

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 2.87 adds the ability to append to log files. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 38.5.0 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.3.183 is a security update. Instead of updating, please consider removing Shockwave!

Silverlight 5.1.41105 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/

QuickTime 7.7.9 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Skype 7.18.0.103 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Trillian Mac 3.3.0.24 fixes an echo bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Dropbox 3.12.6 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?dropbox

Nmap 7.01 fixes over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://nmap.org/

uTorrent 3.4.5 Build 41628 fixes several bugs and adds ad-free premium support. This is not a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

IPInfoOffline 1.42 updates the included IP country database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

WGet 1.17.1 is a security update.
https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Plex Media Server 0.9.14.6.1620 fixes several bugs and improves Sync and iOS/Apple TV support. This is not a security update.
https://plex.tv/downloads/1/archive

iTunes 12.3.2 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 9.11.2.10120 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS3 4.76 improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps3/pc_update/index.htm

PlayStation PS4 3.11 improves stability. 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.

Notepad++ 6.8.8 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Paint.net 4.0.9 fixes quite a few crash bugs and improves quality and performance. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.getpaint.net/

Krita 2.9.10.0 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://krita.org/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice 5.0.4 fixes many bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Scribus 1.4.6 doesn’t yet have a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.scribus.net/

Adobe Acrobat XI 11.0.14 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Acrobat DC 15.009.20077 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Reader 11.0.14 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Reader DC Patch 15.010.20056 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Kindle for PC 1.14.0 Build 43019 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

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

BelArc Advisor 8.5c doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.9 improves detection and removal. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?tdss

DrWeb CureIt! 10.0.10 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.freedrweb.com/download+cureit+free/?lng=en

KeePass 1.30 fixes a couple dozen bugs and improves search handling. This is not a security update.
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/

Wireshark 2.0.1 fixes dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Junkware Removal Tool 8.0.2 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/junkwareremovaltool/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware Chameleon 3.1.28 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/chameleon/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware Mac 1.1 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/mac/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Rootkit 1.09.3.1001 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antirootkit/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Exploit 1.08.1.1045 improves a number of detection methods. This is a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antiexploit/

MalwareBytes’ FileAssassin 1.06 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/fileassassin/

MalwareBytes’ RegAssassin 1.03 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/regassassin/

MalwareBytes’ StartUpLite 1.07 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/startuplite/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.51 improves compatibility with Netmon3. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

Wireless Network Watcher 1.91 updates the internal MAC address database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 11.0.7 adds new detections and ADS black/whitelisting. This is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

TinyWall 2.1.7 improves stability, display on hi-res devices and application database. This should be treated as a security update.
http://tinywall.pados.hu/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 2.95 improves Yandex Browser compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

XSplit Broadcaster 2.7.1512.2124 adds support for new hardware, fixes several bugs and improves social integration. This is a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.7.1512.1833 adds support for new hardware, Record live stream on Dailymotion, and social logins. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.9.8 improved compatibility, fixes several bugs, updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

DVDFab 9.2.2.4 fixes a crash bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

IsoBuster 3.7 adds breadcrumbs, improved navigation, improved performance and stability, and updated libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.isobuster.com/isobusterdownload.php

MKVToolNix 8.8.0 fixes several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 7.9.17 fixes several bugs including stability, hi-res display issues, and more. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

7-Zip 15.14 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.7-zip.org/

TeamViewer 11.0.53254 fixes several reliability and performance bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

GWX Control Panel 1.7.0.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

iExplorer 3.8.8.0 adds iOS 9.2 compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

FolderChangesView 1.81 adds support for the Windows Explorer context menu. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.66 adds wasted space column, and now defaults to opening the properties window on double-click. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SimpleWMIView 1.10 adds option to automatically update on class/query change. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

USBDeview 2.51 adds option to open INF file. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.72 adds scanning to selected IP addresses option. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.41 updates the internal MAC address database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

CCleaner 5.13.5460 adds Opera and Chrome Media Cache cleaning, improves application support. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Rufus 2.6 simplifies zeroing a device, fixes mode support, crash bugs and stability. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

Sigcheck 2.4 improves certificate trust list validation. This is a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 3.2 adds support for logging raw disk access. This is a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

Process Explorer 16.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

Autoruns 13.51 fixes a WMI parsing bug, selective verification of signing status of individual entries and BOM flag in export file. This should be treated as a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

AccessChk 6.01 fixes registry parsing bug and a kernel access bug. This is a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

SystemRescueCD 4.7.0 updates kernels. This is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TaskSchedulerView 1.15 improves refresh. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WSUS Offline 10.3.1 fixes a bug in .NET installation. This is a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TortoiseSVN 1.9.3 many bugs. This is not a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

ActivePerl 5.22.1.2201 is a security update.
http://www.activestate.com/activeperl/downloads

StrawberryPerl 5.22.1.2 is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Inno Setup 5.5.7 improves defaults, adds support for new CLI options, indexing behavior, and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 12.1.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.0.12-104815 fixes several bugs. 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.

Dada Mail 9.0.2 is a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/

BIND 9.9.8 and 9.10.3 are security updates.
https://www.isc.org/downloads/bind/

Drupal 8.0.2 is a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.4.8 is a security update.

jQuery 1.12.0 and 2.2.0 fix several bugs and introduce new features. This is not a security update.
http://jquery.com/download/

phpMyAdmin 4.5.3.1 is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

WordPress 4.4.1 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 2.0.0 is a major improvement, adding several new controls and features, cache controls, optimizations and bug fixes. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.4.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Log 1.8.1 fixes a bug. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.3.2 fixes a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.7.27 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Top Commentators Widget 1.5.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.4.13 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Edit 3.7 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.0.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. πŸ˜‰

Regards,

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

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