Updates 2019-08-13

Hi, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for August 2019 and it’s huge. It was a pretty big month for security news, too.

This month demonstrates several points I’ve been making for years:

1) Often the addition of yet another antivirus actually weakens your security. With Windows Defender scoring a perfect 100 there’s no good reason to install one of the “free” or even paid alternatives. Remember that there are only three parties to an exchange: the vendor, the customer, and the product. If you’re not selling or paying for a service, you’re the product.

2) Everything will be hacked eventually. Capital One and Binance demonstrate that even those tasked with the highest levels of security can be bribed or make mistakes, and since all encryption is weighted only by time and resources that are becoming ever-cheaper, assume anything you share will inevitably be compromised, even if you didn’t put it online yourself.

3) It isn’t just computers and phones that can be hacked. Everything from cameras, to airplanes, to Navy destroyers, and much more are also vulnerable.

4) The gatekeepers of “reasonable” vulnerability disclosure are as responsible as anyone else for zero-day exploits being exposed.

That’s enough horror stories for now. Let’s get back to our regularly scheduled program. The typical computer should see roughly 3 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, .NET, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, and MSRT (~2 GB). This includes security updates. TWO reboots are required.

Apple released updates for iOS 12.4, macOS Mojave 10.14.6, Security Update 2019-004 High Sierra, Security Update 2019-004 Sierra, Safari 12.1.2, watchOS 5.3, tvOS 12.4, iCloud for Windows 7.13, iCloud for Windows 10.6, and iTunes for Windows 12.9.6. These are security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

iOS 12.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 5.3 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 12.4 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 76.0.3809.102 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.238 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.

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.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1903) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 3-6 GB through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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 or use, reducing the attack surface.

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 18.0.1.7 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

nVidia 431.60 is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

BullZip PDF Printer 11.10.0.2761 adds print redirection and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Crucial Storage Executive 5.02 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/support-storage-executive

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 19.7.30 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://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 76.0.3809.100 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 68.0.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.6.1566.49 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.25 adds search-in-attachments option. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 60.8.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Trillian 6.2.0.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Trillian Mac 6.2.0.18 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

BrowsingHistoryView 2.21 adds option to use local time for time range. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

FileZilla Client 3.44.1 resolves several bugs, adds search to Site Manager, and adds warnings to insecure connections. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.14 enforces TLS for all endpoints and resolves several bugs. This should be considered a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP 201908 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Nmap 7.80 includes an updated Npcap, adds NSE scripts and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://nmap.org/

Npcap 0.9982 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

PuTTY installer 0.72 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

WinSCP 5.15.3 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.9.6 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Lego Digital Designer 4.3.12 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

Steam 2019.08.06 resolves several bugs. This is a security update. Use Steam to update Steam.

PlayStation PS4 6.72 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

RetroPie 4.5.1 improves compatibility with RPI4 and reverts the kernel to improve stability. This is not a security update.
https://retropie.org.uk/

SteamOS Installer 2019-07-17 is a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/steamos/download/?ver=custom

Office Updates

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

Atom 1.40.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Artweaver 7.0 improves brush handling, simplified presets, Windows Ink Pen support, improved update, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Krita 4.2.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Still 6.2.5 is a major update to LibreOffice Still, and adds several features and improved stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.3.0 is a major new release with improved integration, performance improvements, and many new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Paint.net 4.2.1 adds HEIC and JPEG XR support, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop 4.9 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/catalog/desktop.html

Adobe Photoshop CC 19.1.9 is a security update. Use Creative Cloud Desktop to install the most current version (after patching the security issues in Creative Cloud Desktop).

Adobe Photoshop CC 20.0.6 is a security update. Use Creative Cloud Desktop to install the most current version (after patching the security issues in Creative Cloud Desktop).

Adobe Experience Manager hotfix 30379 is a security update for AEM 6.4 and 6.5.
6.4: https://www.adobeaemcloud.com/content/companies/public/adobe/packages/cq640/hotfix/cq-6.4.0-hotfix-30379
6.5: https://www.adobeaemcloud.com/content/companies/public/adobe/packages/cq650/hotfix/cq-6.5.0-hotfix-30379

Adobe Acrobat DC 2019.012.20036 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 2019.012.20036 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Acrobat 2017 2017.011.30144 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Acrobat Reader DC 2017 2017.011.30144 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Acrobat DC 2015.006.30499 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Acrobat Reader DC 2015.006.30499 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Prelude CC 8.1.1 is a security update. Use Creative Cloud Desktop to install the most current version (after patching the security issues in Creative Cloud Desktop).

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 13.1.3 is a security update. Use Creative Cloud Desktop to install the most current version (after patching the security issues in Creative Cloud Desktop).

Adobe Character Animator CC 2.1.1 is a security update. Use Creative Cloud Desktop to install the most current version (after patching the security issues in Creative Cloud Desktop).

Adobe After Effects CC 16.1.2 is a security update. Use Creative Cloud Desktop to install the most current version (after patching the security issues in Creative Cloud Desktop).

Security Software Updates

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

QubesOS 4.0.2 updates kernel and TemplateVM components. This is not a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

Java 8u221 is a security update. If you’re not 110% sure you need Java, remove it instead.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Gpg4win 3.1.10 resolves a security bug.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

RogueKiller 13.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

RouterPassView 1.86 adds support for additional hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/router_password_recovery.html

TinyWall 2.1.11 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2019.1.3 is a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Stop using CDex. CDex now includes malware as part of the installation, so should be treated as untrustworthy. Even if the accessory malware is removed, any developer willing to include malware should be assumed to be malicious and the core software likely has many other security issues and should be avoided completely. Again, remove CDex.

DVDFab 11.0.4.2 adds support or new encodings, improves compatibility, greatly improves subtitle parsing. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

FFmpeg 4.2 is a new major build, adding many filters and decoders and improving performance. This is not a security update.
https://ffmpeg.org/download.html

Education updates

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

e-Sword 12.0 adds themes and low-light display support, and makes hundreds of other refinements and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.e-sword.net/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.6.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

1Password for Mac 7.3.2 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

Bitcoin 0.18.1 adds new features, resolves bugs, and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

BulkFileChanger 1.65 adds support for changing timestamps within mp4 and mov files. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

DesktopOK 6.45 adds uninstall and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

GoodSync 10.10.5 resolves several bugs and changes licensing behavior (again).
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

IsMyHdOK 1.81 improves support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NirCmd 2.86 resolves a bug with the elevate command. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

NTLite 1.8.0.7080 updates components and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSFMount 3.0.1005 adds physical/logical emulation options and resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

OSForensics 7.0.1001 adds many new features and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 3.66 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

Rufus 3.6 adds support for persistent partitions, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_IE.html

SearchMyFiles 3.01 adds option to prevent saving search options and support for searching within Office and PDF files. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SimpleWMIView 1.38 improves refresh behavior. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

TaskSchedulerView 1.51 adds a new column to indicate whether device will be awakened to run task. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TraceRouteOK 1.44 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WinScan2PDF 4.93 improves WIA and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.8 updates static URLs, servicing stacks and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 3.4.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

MySQL 8.0.17 resolves several bugs and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Node.js 12.8.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Redemption 5.21.0.5378 adds RDOFolders and appointment exception removal/undo support as well as resolving several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

SQLite 3.29.0 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

TortoiseSVN 1.12.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

Visual Studio Code 1.37 adds several new features and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.0.10-132072 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

ScreenConnect 19.2.24707.7131 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

phpList 3.4.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.com/download

Drupal 8.7.6 resolves several bugs. This version follows quickly on the heels on 8.7.5, which is a security release.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.9.11 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

MailEnable 10.26 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

Adminer 4.7.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

BuddyPress 4.4.0 is a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.1.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.2.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.38 resolves an attachment filtering bug. This is not a security update.

Redirection 4.3.3 resolves bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.7.0 resolves dozens of bugs, and provides feature, compatibility, and performance improvements. This is not a security update.

WP Add Custom CSS 1.1.5 replaces code editor. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.5.2 resolves a Gmail compatibility bug. 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/

 

Updates 2014-05-13

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday! Or should I say, it’s Heartbleed Fix Day!?

Over the last month, the world has made quite the news out of a popular open source security library, OpenSSL. SSL is the underlying framework for nearly all secure communication and encryption in the world, and OpenSSL is the library which powers over 2/3rds of this. This isn’t the first time that a security issue has been discovered in OpenSSL, and it surely won’t be the last. But this particular bug enables attackers to collect information from the memory of affected services and applications, effectively creating such a significant weakness that hundreds of vendors scrambled to patch the bug, while millions of accounts from thousands of sites and services were potentially compromised.

One of the worst aspects of a popular bug like this is that everyone and their mother has their own opinion of it’s ramifications, with some dismissing it entirely and others currently shaping a second (or third) layer of tinfoil. The truth is somewhere in between. This bug has dramatic significance to the security world. Cisco routers are affected (most with no fix in sight or anticipated), as are many ATM’s, many applications for every operating system platform, including email clients & servers, browsers, web servers, financial applications, routers, modems, middleware and dedicated security hardware. Some of these the individual vendors have said will never be updated. Many others require manual installation of the current OpenSSL libraries or recompiling.

As a rule, any application that touches the Internet or network should be treated as vulnerable until patched or verified to be secure. Over the course of the last month almost every affected vendor has released updates to address the vulnerability. Unfortunately, nothing short of a complete hardware and software audit can determine if you are vulnerable.

If you run a website or other web-accessible service, then before *and* after patching your software, hardware and devices, you should take the time to re-key your SSL certificates.

The important thing to understand about this vulnerability is that it first introduced over 2 years ago and only publicly disclosed last month. This means that all “secure” traffic over the entire last two years should be treated as suspect.

Change all your passwords. All of them. Really.

Re-key your SSL certificates.

Ensure that all your browsers and mobile devices are configured to check for certificate revocation.

Meanwhile, the first major exploit for now-defunct Windows XP was discovered in use the day after support for XP ended. In a move that surprised many in the security industry (myself included), Microsoft released an update to address this vulnerability to all current versions of Windows, and included a patch for XP, as well. This was a fantastic stop-gap for those still running XP, but is likely only an act of good faith, and will be the very last one you’ll see for XP.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled update series…

Microsoft released 10 updates for Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, .NET, Visual Studio and MSRT. This includes security updates (~95mb). A reboot is required. Approximately half of these patch vulnerabilities that are either actively being exploited or were publicly disclosed.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for iOS, Apple TV, AirPort, OS X and printer drivers. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.214 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Adobe AIR 13.0.0.111 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Java 7u55 is a security update. DO NOT INSTALL Java if you do not already have it installed! Remove it if you have any doubt whatsoever that you might need it. You can always install it again if you need it. If you do have it installed, make sure you update all versions that are installed, including both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions for your operating system, if both are installed.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

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.

AMD Catalyst x64 14.4 corrects a device compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?atidriver

BullZip PDF Printer 10.5.0.2262 is now FIPS compliant, improves encryption, adds share installation, and improved troubleshooting. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?bullzippdf

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 29.0.1 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.

Google Chrome 34.0.1847.131 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.26 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.

HTTrack 3.48.6 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.httrack.com/page/2/en/index.html

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 24.5.0 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

NK2Edit 2.92 corrects a cosmetic bug. 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 12.1.1.151 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Silverlight 5.1.30214 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/

Nmap 6.46 adds Heartbleed detection and fixes several crash bugs. This is not a security udpate.
http://nmap.org/

WinSCP 5.5.3 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Dropbox 2.6.33 fixes several reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?dropbox

DynDNS Updater 5.0.2 improves reliability with IPv6 and a service bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.dyndns.com/

Evernote 5.3.1.3363 fixes a reliability bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Google Drive 1.11 improves setup, adds service shortcuts and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

BrowsingHistoryView 1.51 corrects a search bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.3.4746 updates included libraries and fixes an audio compilation bug. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

MPC HC 1.7.5 updates closed captioning, fixes CC-related crash bugs. This is not a security update.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mpc-hc/

XBMC 13.0 is a major update that adds Android hardware decoding, performance improvements to Raspberry Pi and Android, stereoscopic 3D rendering, improved touchscreen support, UPnP, subtitles, and much more.
http://xbmc.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Minecraft 1.7.9 is a security update.
http://www.minecraft.net/

EA Origin 9.4.7.2799 does not provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.

PS4 1.70 adds a number of new features and fixes. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/index.htm

SteamOS 07-May-2014 is a security update.
http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/download/?ver=custom

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader 11.0.07 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

Adobe Acrobat 11.0.07 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

OpenOffice 4.1.0 corrects over 300 bugs and improves reliability and several features. This is not a security update.
http://www.openoffice.org/download/

Adobe Illustrator 16.2.2 is a security update. Use the Adobe Updater to install the most current version.

Adobe FrameMaker 12.0.2 is a security update. Use the Adobe Updater to install the most current version.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 7.2.2 is a bug fix release. Use the Adobe Updater to install the most current version.

Notepad++ 6.6.2 improves session handling, reliability, stability, and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Artweaver 4.5.3 fixes several bugs including a crash. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Security Software Updates

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

Avast! Home Edition 9.0.2018 improves stability and reliability, especially within the stream filtering capability. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

AVG Anti-Virus 2014.4577 corrects a handful of bugs including several performance improvements. This should be treated as a security update.
http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-free-antivirus

OpenSSL 1.0.1g is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.25 adds cosmetic improvements and can now optionally add itself to the Windows firewall allow list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

RouterPassView 1.53 adds support for more hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/router_password_recovery.html

SmartSniff 2.10 can now optionally add itself to the Windows firewall allow list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html

Wireshark 1.10.7 corrects several bugs, improves protocol handling. This is not a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Greenshot 1.1.9.13 corrects several bugs and adds string replacement for output and color scaling. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?greenshot

Open Broadcaster Software 0.622 Beta corrects a reliability bug. This is not a security update.
http://obsproject.com/

SnagIt 12.0.0 is a major update including a dozen new features, removing text capture, improved editor, and video trimming. This and newer versions no longer support Windows XP or Vista. This is not a security update.
http://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

VideoCacheView 2.67 corrects a cosmetic bug. 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 9.1.4.2 adds rotation, mp4 and mkv support, several crash bugs, and adds multiple source support. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.8.10 improves reliability for discs with errors, improves performance, and several 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 2.6 adds search and replace, improved export and editor, and a dozen bugfixes. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

Bitcoin 0.9.1 is a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

BFGMiner 3.10.0 is a security update.
https://github.com/luke-jr/bfgminer/

CGMiner 4.3.1 is a security update.
https://github.com/ckolivas/cgminer

MultiBit 0.5.18 is a security update.
https://multibit.org/

FileLocator Pro 7.2.2042 fixes a NEAR bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

GoodSync 9.8.4 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

GPU-Z 0.7.8 improves reliability and adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

Intel CPU Diagnostic 2.10.0.0 adds newer hardware support. This is not a security update.
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=19792

LogMeIn 4.1.438x is a security update.
http://help.logmein.com/SelfServiceDownloads

Hamachi 2.2.0.188 corrects a stability bug. This is not a security update.
http://help.logmein.com/SelfServiceDownloads

NetworkTrafficView 1.85 adds cosmetic improvements and can now optionally add itself to the Windows firewall allow list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

WifiInfoView 1.55 improves cosmetic layout, adds more information about security mechanisms and updates internal MAC addresses file. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

FolderChangesView 1.63 adds quick access to File Properties. This is not a security update
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

ProduKey 1.66 adds a command-line option to suppress error messages. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

Acronis True Image (WDC) 16.0.0.5962 updates improves Windows 8.1 support. This is not a security update.
http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp?swid=119&wdc_lang=en

CCleaner 4.13.4693 improves compatibility with Windows 8.1.1, Chrome, Opera, unmounted disks and various other fixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Defraggler 2.18.945 adds performance reporting, Quick Optimize for SSD, improved health reporting, and other fixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?defraggler

Speccy 1.26.698 improves SMART support, Windows 8.1 compatibility, hardware detection and other fixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?speccy

Recover Keys 8.0.3.109 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://recover-keys.com/en/download.html

AccessChk 5.2 adds support for file and printer shares, adds filtering options for viewing accesses related to specified accounts and now includes the System Access Control List (SACL) when it dumps security descriptors. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

PsExec 2.11 fixes a bug in the implementation of the execute as local system option on Windows Server 2003. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Sigcheck 2.1 now reports a file’s entropy, can dump information about catalog files, and can list the certificates installed in the per-user and machine certificate store. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

VMMap 3.12 fixes several reliability bugs. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TortoiseSVN 1.8.6 is a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 6.0.2 is a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

phpMyAdmin 4.2.1 corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Adminer 4.1.0 adds brute-force detection and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.adminer.org/en/

Drupal 7.28 is a bugfix following shortly after another security update. Treat this as a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

phpList 3.0.6 is a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

Dada Mail 7.0.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/download/

MailEnable 8.50 adds global search and TinyMCE support to webmail, improved indexing engine, reduced bandwidth requirements, improved ActiveSync and Autodiscovery support. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

ScreenConnect 4.3.6563.5232 corrects a handful of bugs, including improved clickonce behavior and search/filter sorting. This is not a security update.
http://www.screenconnect.com/Download

WordPress 3.9.1 fixes 34 bugs in the recent 3.9 release. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

Activate Update Services 1.0.7 provides no changes. This is not a security update.

Anti-Splog 2.1.1 fixes a reliability update with IP blocking. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 1.8.4 corrects a comment storage bug. This is not a security update.

bbPress 2.5.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.0.1 fixes a couple dozen bugs with the new 2.0 release. This is not a security update.

BuddyStream 3.2.5 is a compatibility update. This is not a security update.

Conditional Widgets 1.7 is a cosmetic update. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 3.8.1 is a security update.

Cookies For Comments 0.5.5 is a security update.

Easy Bootstrap Shortcode 4.2.1 corrects a missing file bug. This is not a security update.

Email Log 1.7.2 fixes a bug in registration. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.0.4 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Multisite Plugin Manager 3.1.4 fixes a major stability bug. This is not a security update.

Raw HTML 1.4.12 updated for WP 3.9 compatibility. This is not a security update.

Smart YouTube 4.2.3 corrects Facebook sharing. This is not a security update.

Theme Authenticity Checker 1.5.2 updated for WP 3.9 compatibility. This is not a security update.

Top Commentators Widget 1.4.2 is a compatibility update. This version WILL NOT work with WP 3.9+! This is not a security update.

Ultimate TinyMCE 5.3 is a compatibility update. This version WILL NOT work with WP 3.9+! This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.1.8 corrects a couple dozen bugs, improves reliability and consistency. This is not a security update.

WP Update Server 20140421 improves logging consistency. This is not a security update.

WP Edit 1.8 adds font px support, updates TinyMCE and corrects a path bug. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 3.2.4.1 corrects WPML behavior, adds Windows Phone support and updates output, languages and product links. This is not a security update.

Zemanta 1.2.4 fixes an upload filename bug. 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/

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/

 

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/

Updates 2013-09-10

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday! Along with Apple and Microsoft, Adobe released all of their quarterly updates today. It’s going to be a long day. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released 13 updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, SharePoint and Office. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for OS X, iTunes, and AirPort Base Station. Use the Apple Software Updater to get the most current versions.

Adobe Flash Player 11.8.800.168 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Adobe AIR 3.8.0.1430 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Reader 11.0.04 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

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.

Firefox 23.0.1 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

Google Chrome 29.0.1547.66 is a security update. Use Menu, About to get the most current version.

Opera 16.00 is a security update. Use Opera, About to get the most current version. If you haven’t yet updated to Opera 15, you may need to download the complete installer from Opera.com

HTTrack 3.47.26 is a security update.
http://www.httrack.com/page/2/en/index.html

Email Updates

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

NK2Edit 2.77 adds the ability to collect emails from the NK2 files. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 2.60 adds configuration profile management. 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.

Raid Call 7.2.8 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.raidcall.com/

Yahoo Messenger 11.5.0.228 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://messenger.yahoo.com/download/

BrowsingHistoryView 1.40 adds the ability to browse for individual AppData folders. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Connectify Hotspot 6.0.1 corrects several bugs, including stability and reliability. This is not a security update.
http://www.connectify.me/

Evernote 5.0.0.1137 improves offline security. This is a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

WinSCP 5.1.7 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Codec Updates

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

ADVANCED Codecs for Windows 7 and 8 4.2.5 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 4.5.2.4255 corrects several write bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

iTunes 11.0.5 is not a security update. Use the Apple Software Updater to get the current version.

Plex Media Server 0.9.8.6.175 corrects a variety of crash bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://www.plexapp.com/getplex/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Acrobat 11.0.04 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 6.0.5 corrects a bug in source monitor. This is not a security update.

Artweaver 4.0.1 improves BMP support, snap-to and various other improvements. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Audacity 2.0.4 adds reverb, append alignment, ID3 support, system audio recording, as well as other bugfixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Paint.net 3.5.11 provides a number of performance improvements and bugfixes, including a correction to the updater that will allow it to support 4.x when released.
https://12pd.com/click?paintdotnet

SketchUp 13.0.4812 improves stability and reliability. This is not a security update.
http://www.sketchup.com/

Security Software Updates

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

Avast! Home Edition 8.0.1497 corrects issues with Win 8 and 8.1, Script shield and Outlook plugin. This is a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

AVG Anti-Virus Free x86 2014.4117 is a major platform update. No changelog is provided, so this should be treated as a security update. However, AVG is, IMHO, getting worse and worse as they impose additional ‘features’ while causing problems (like how it breaks the firewall under XP under 2014), so I suggest you consider removing AVG and switching to Microsoft Security Essentials instead.
http://www.avg.com/ww-en/download

Wireless Network Watcher 1.67 updates the internal MAC addresses database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Open Broadcaster Software 0.554 Beta fixes the automatic updater and corrects several crash bugs. This is not a security update.
http://obsproject.com/

VideoCacheView 2.60 adds MPEG-DASH support, corrects bugs in IE parsing. 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 4.0.4 improves reliability, stability, performance, and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.freemake.com/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 7.9.1 corrects a number of bugs, including sync and performance issues, as well as tuning resource consumption. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 9.5.5.5 fixes a bug with Google Drive and corrects behavior with SSL and other bugfixes. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

CCleaner 4.05.4250 updates detection and cleaning for various applications. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Defraggler 2.15.742 improves performance and reliability, includes additional drive diagnostic data and information, and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?defraggler

Recuva 1.48.982 adds UDF support, improved user options and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?recuva

Speccy 1.22.537 improves performance, hardware support and other bugfixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?speccy

CPU-Z Installer 1.66.1 updates hardware support and adds version checking. This is not a security update.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DevManView 1.35 adds the ability to view previous device profiles. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

DriverView 1.45 adds the ability to view digital signature. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/driverview.html

FolderChangesView 1.40 adds configuration management. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

MyEventViewer 2.01 now provides fallback support for event strings if parsing fails. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html

NetworkTrafficView 1.76 adds column for maximum packet size. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

USBDeview 2.26 adds the ability to collect the ‘real’ device name from the device itself when the device supports it and the feature is enabled. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.53 updates the internal MAC addresses database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WirelessKeyView 1.68 corrects a significant stability problem in the previous release. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

TeamViewer 8.0.20768 adds device management, health checks with alerting and other bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows.aspx

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.6.13 corrects dozens of bugs in replication, performance, stability, innodb, partitioning, and more. This is not a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

TortoiseGit 1.8.5.0 corrects a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
http://code.google.com/p/tortoisegit/

TortoiseSVN 1.8.2 corrects a handful of bugs. This is a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 4.2.18-88780 provides stability, GUI and performance fixes across guests, snapshots, seamless, 3D, NAT, and VMM. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

VMware Player 6.0.0 adds business support (plus), simplified UI, Win 8.1 support, silent installation, and expiring VMs. 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.

Dada Mail 6.6.0 adds RESTful API for subscriptions, sending error detection & reporting and redesigned membership admin screen. This should be treated as a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/download/

osCommerce 2.3.3.2 adds Google+, Canonical headers, AdWords conversion tracking, PHP 5.5 compatibility, and more. This is not a security update.
http://www.oscommerce.com/Products

phpList 3.0.2 correts a handful of bugs from the 3.x release. This is not a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.0.6 corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

InstantWP 4.3.1 updates the included version of WordPress. This is not a security update.
http://www.instantwp.com/download/

bbPress 2.4 corrects several dozen bugs, including security issues.

Conditional Widgets 1.6 improves debugging behavior. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 3.5.2 is a security update.

Email Log 1.5.1 corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.

Really Simple CAPTCHA 1.7 normalizes data to correct ‘spacey’ user behavior. This is not a security update.

ShortCodes UI 1.9.6 adds Shortcode UI widget.

Ultimate TinyMCE 4.9.1 improves performance. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.0.14 corrects several bugs, including stability and reliability. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 1.9.8.2 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/