Updates 2020-03-24

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but security updates from Apple, Adobe, Google, and many others have triggered an out-of-cycle update.

This Month/Week in Technology

NPM is joining Github. Cool.

Apple was fined $1.2 billion by French antitrust authorities. And you thought the next iPhone was going to be expensive yesterday? They’ll be rolling the expense of the antitrust settlement into your next iDevice.

Security is all about trust. The thing to remember is that just because something claims to be a security application or service doesn’t mean it is. Antivirus and VPNs are no exception. By the way, if you’re still using Avast, you may as well just send your passwords out to random email addresses along with all your other personal data.

Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are critical for scalable web distribution. Unfortunately, this makes them prime targets for malware distribution as well.

Salesforce customers will soon no longer be able to use Data Backup Recovery. Consider this a reminder that while the cloud might store everything, it’s not always easy to get it back when you’ve lost it.

The US Department of Defense is glacially slow (8+ years) at fixing security issues. Don’t say you weren’t warned. In their wisdom, the FBI says you shouldn’t save your passwords in your browser. Duh.

Even if you don’t, however, your data is stored by most other entities you interact with. For example, every 10 years the US performs the Census and collects a wide variety of information about every household in the country. When the US Census Bureau data is hacked you can find that data online, too. But that’s not even the worst of what’s wrong with the Census this year. Their website uses a script that performs a unique fingerprint of every single device that connects to their site and attempts to load various sensor features to further profile and access features of the device. Coupled with the “unique” login you use when filling out the Census your online activity can be permanently tied to your devices. And yes, this is the same organization that had a major data leak earlier in this paragraph.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is much less secure than you may have thought, no matter how bad you thought it was. 98% of their traffic is sent unencrypted, more than half of devices suffer from critical vulnerabilities that will likely never be patched, IoT devices are often used as a foothold to gain access to your internal networks, and hospitals are some of the worst offenders for employing insecure and unmaintained IoT devices.

Is it any wonder that the Russian FSB was developing an IoT botnet? Another FSB contractor was hacked and their tools were released in much the same way as the CIA Vault7 hack.

Now for the good news:

Comcast has made their public Wi-Fi hotspots available free to everyone and has removed data caps for the next 60 days as a result of the current pandemic. Just make sure you’re using a VPN. 🙂

Let’s Get Busy

Apple released updates for macOS Catalina 10.15.4, Security Update 2020-002 Mojave, Security Update 2020-002 High Sierra, Xcode 11.4, Safari 13.1, watchOS 6.2, watchOS 5.3.6, tvOS 13.4, iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, iOS 12.4.6, and iTunes 12.10.5 for Windows. These are security updates. Use the Apple App Store or Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

iOS 13.4 and 12.4.6 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 6.2 and 5.3.6 are security updates. Use your updated iPhone to install the most current version through the Watch app.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204641

tvOS 13.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current version.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.344 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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.

nVidia 442.75 resolves several compatibility issues and adds app/game profiles. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.5.113 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 80.0.3987.149 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.11.1811.49 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.

Thunderbird 68.6.0 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.

BrowsingHistoryView 2.40 adds a new date/time filter. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

FileZilla Client 3.47.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Npcap 0.9989 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Prosody 0.11.5 adds foreground/background flags to replace daemon functionality. This is not a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.10.5 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 20.006.20042 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop?5.1 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/catalog/desktop.html

Adobe Bridge 10.0.3 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/products/bridge.html

Adobe ColdFusion 2016.14 and 2018.8 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/kb/coldfusion-2016-update-14.html
https://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/kb/coldfusion-2018-update-8.html

Adobe Experience Manager 6.3.3.8, 6.4.8.0, and 6.5.4.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/aem-releases-updates.html

Adobe Photoshop 20.0.9 and 21.1.1 are security updates. Use Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop to install the most current versions (after you patch it).

Adobe Acrobat 2020.006.20042, 2017.011.30166, and 2015.006.30518 are security updates. Use Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop to install the most current versions (after you patch it).

Adobe Genuine Integrity Service 6.6 is a security update. AdobeGCClient does not have a separate installer or updater, and will update as you patch other programs.

Atom 1.45.0 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://atom.io/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.4.2 resolves over 90 bugs. This is a security update. LibreOffice Fresh is a beta version, and should be avoided for most users.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 14.3.0 updates libraries, improves reliability and scanning behaviors. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.22.1 resolves a couple bugs and updates translations. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.8.1 adds support for new encodings, improves compatibility, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Windows 7.4.759 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

CurrPorts 2.61 resolves a state-monitoring bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

Etcher 1.5.80 resolves several bugs and updates electron. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything 1.4.1.969 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Fing 9.0.0 adds several new feature shortcuts and an Account tab. This is not a security update.
https://community.fing.com/

GoodSync 10.11.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

IsMyHdOK 2.11 updates language packs and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

TeamViewer 15.4.4445 resolves several bugs and adds the tvopt file format for setting portability. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WSUS Offline 12.0 removes support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Win10 v1703, splits Win10 updates to versioned folders for future updates, and updates supercedence values. This is not a security update.
https://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Inno Setup 6.0.4 improves compatibility, Restart Manager, and RTF, adds Dark Theme, several fixes and HTTPS on the website. This is not a security update.
https://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

Node.js 13.11.0 updates libraries, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

StrawberryPerl 5.30.2.1 updates libraries, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update. You probably shouldn’t be using StrawberryPerl though, since they still aren’t using HTTPS even though they can get it free through LetsEncrypt. Sad.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 8.8.4 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.4.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

phpMyAdmin 4.9.5 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/

Nextcloud Server 18.0.3 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpList 3.5.1 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

Connectwise Control 20.2.27450.7387 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Akismet 4.1.4 improves compatibility and activation process. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.12.4 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.3.8 improves compatibility, reduces announcement nag frequency, and allows custom HTML within notification bar. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.44 refactors code for separation of purpose and adds an action for registering shortcodes.

Redirection 4.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.0.1 improves Action Scheduler and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.9.0 adds several troubleshooting features, improves documentation, About, and warns when settings are not saved. 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 2020-02-11

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for February 2020.

Microsoft blinked and released three updates to Windows 7 this month, however two of the issues that were resolved were actually caused by their EOL updates released last month. It’s no longer trustworthy, so do not let Windows 7 touch the Internet!

Windows 7 is officially end-of-life (EOL). If you’re still running it, shame on you, and if you are running a licensed version of Windows 7 or 8 you can still upgrade to Windows 10 and have a supported version of Windows for the foreseeable future. Don’t want to do it yourself? Call me!
https://saferpc.info/contact/

The Windows Update engine relies upon a file called “wsusscn2.cab” which is currently choking on download. While there are several Windows updates available today, it looks like the time just to check for updates will be over 2 hours for most devices today. Have patience or wait to start patching until later when they resolve this issue. There’s plenty of other stuff to patch anyway.

This Month in Technology

macOS finally fixes the Sudo bug (after 9 years), but this pales in comparison to the ease at which Mac users are infected through social engineering tactics. If you still think Mac’s are more secure than Windows, you need to see the numbers from MalwareBytes which show the typical Mac is targeted by nearly double the malware that Windows devices are. One special note here is that the users trusted the names of the websites that were involved, mostly a result of allowing domains to expire (a common concept within the broad scheme of domain hijacking).

While we’re on the subject of renewing domains, don’t forget your certificates! TLS/SSL certificates are often an enterprise’s weakest point of failure, especially when they’re not renewed on time. This will become even more important as TLS 1.0 and 1.1 are deprecated over the next couple months, which will prevent most older devices from being able to safely use the Internet at all. How important is certificate trust? Last months certificate hijacking bug allowed a researcher to replicate NSA and Github certificates in less than 24 hours which could be used immediately in MitM and DNS cache poisoning attacks with no effort from the attacker and as little as 10 lines of browser-based code.

Microsoft has decided to end it’s own ad platform within UWP apps, which will seriously hurt the entire UWP ecosystem and likely their users, by encouraging less security- and privacy-concerned third-party platforms to take their place.

This month we’ve seen data dumps from Twitter user details (shortly before a Twitter outage), Trello, Google, half a million servers, routers, and IoT devices, a major cannabis dispensary POS vendor, THSuite, WhatsApp had a major vulnerability (since patched), a Zoom vulnerability allowed hackers to eavesdrop on your calls, Mitsubishi was hacked via their enterprise security software, Trend Micro OfficeScan, and the United Nations was hacked through an unpatched server.

Is your privacy important? Apple bowed to the FBI to prevent fully-encrypted backups, ICE is using cellphone location data to track immigrants, but Avast has decided to stop selling it’s user data and they’re “sorry”, so at least there’s some good news.

Of course, any account can be hacked, even Facebook’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, and the NFL, and this month the City of Oshkosh (WI) and Duplin County (NC) join the “yet another government network hijacked” club.

It’s one thing to be incompetent when it comes to security, but Blizzard doesn’t even understand their users. This month they’re asserting total copyright ownership of any mods their users create and they released Warcraft: Reforged, which is the first game to ever be reviewed this poorly by the userbase. You might give Blizzard some credit for this – after all, they did build the engine that allowed the third-party “Dota” to flourish. LastPass, however, built their own system but accidentally removed their own extension from the Chrome Web Store!

In IoT news, more than 2/3rds of corporate and government entities were compromised with endpoint attacks in 2019, the weakest link might be the building itself or any of tens of millions of devices on a typical corporate or government network, though, as expected, many Huawei IoT devices have a backdoor. A serious public key exposure in Fortinet SIEM allows evildoers to kill your security appliance, and a critial zero-day in SolarWinds RMM allows attackers to hijack your network. Supply chain attacks targeting EOL Windows 7 devices remind us why we should avoid EOL hardware and software, and Phillips Hue lightbulbs are still proving that they weren’t well though-out security-wise. Thousand of WordPress-based websites have been hijacked to redirect visitors to evil sites, and there is always more to security than patching.

Let’s end my soapbox on a happy note: The best news this month might just be that Netflix finally offers an option to disable those #@$& autoplay previews. It’s about time.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. The typical computer should see roughly 2.2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET, Flash, Servicing Stack, and MSRT (~1.2 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Catalina 10.15.3, Security Update 2020-001 Mojave, Security Update 2020-001 High Sierra, iCloud for Windows 10.9.2, iCloud for Windows 7.17, iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, iTunes for Windows 12.10.4, Safari 13.0.5, tvOS 13.3.1, and watchOS 6.1.2. These are security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

iOS 13.3.1 and 12.4.5 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 13.3.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 6.1.2 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 13.3.1 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 79.0.3945.123 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.330 is a security update. Take comfort knowing that Flash will be EOL in only 10 months.
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 release of macOS Catalina (10.15) means that macOS Sierra (10.12) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS High Sierra (10.13) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1909) is a pretty small update so will install quickly. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process 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 18.0.2.2 resolves several issues and improves removal procedure. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

BullZip PDF Printer 11.12.0.2816 improves compatibility with Chrome 80+. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 20.1.5 improves user interface, performance, uninstall, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 442.19 adds framerate capping, performance improvements for certain games, VRSS controls, and support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Garmin Express 6.20 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.garmin.com/en-US/software/express/

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 80.0.3987.100 is a security update. This version is also the predecessor to the new samesite cookie handling behavior that will cause problems for various industries, including ad-services. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 73.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 68.5.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Iridium 2019.11.78 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.10.1745.27 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 68.5.0 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.

MaxMind GeoLite: Due to their interpretation of the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act), MaxMind has opted to no longer provide direct downloads of their IP information databases. An account and agreement to perform updates immediately upon publishing new releases and removal of all existing copies is now required. Due to this we will no longer be listing MaxMind on SaferPC. I suggest you integrate their automatic update service into your existing platform to ensure that you can comply with their new usage agreement.

Prosody 0.11.4 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

BrowsingHistoryView 2.36 adds option to delete Chrome and Firefox history records. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

FreeNAS 11.3 is a major update offering improved performance, security controls, community plugin integration, improved granularity of alerts and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.freenas.org/download-freenas-release/

Npcap 0.9987 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.10.4 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.

Steam 2020.01.20 resolves several bugs and improves reliability of Remote Play. This is not a security update.

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 20.006.20034 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe DNG 12.2 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
Mac: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6879
Win: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6881

Adobe Experience Manager 6.5.0-31870 and 6.4.0-31868 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb20-08.html

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.11 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/Digital-Editions/apsb20-07.html

Adobe Framemaker 2019.0.5 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/framemaker/apsb20-04.html

Adobe Illustrator CC 24.0.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb20-03.html

Artweaver 7.0.4 resolves several bugs and improves performance with impasto and PSD text layers. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Atom 1.44.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

LibreOffice Still 6.3.4 is a major update adding a wide variety of new features and performance improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.4.0 resolves almost 500 bugs, including security issues. The typical user should run LibreOffice Still (stable), not Fresh (beta).
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Lightworks NLE 14.5 adds dozens of new features, export options, media codecs, and over a hundred bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.lwks.com/

Notepad++ 7.8.4 adds JSON and Workspace improvements, and resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 4.2.9 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Security Software Updates

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

QubesOS 4.0.3 is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

elementaryOS 5.1.2 is a security update.
https://elementary.io/

RogueKiller 14.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

TinyWall 3.0 improves reliability, user interface, exception controls, 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.

ScreenToGif 2.20.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/ScreenToGif.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MKVToolnix 43.0.0 resolves several bugs and improves user interface defaults options from command line. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/MKVToolNix.html

DVDFab 11.0.7.1 resolves several bugs and adds support for newer encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.6.6 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Easy2Boot 1.B8A improves compatibility and user-interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/Easy2Boot.html

1Password for Mac 7.4.2 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

ControlMyMonitor 1.25 adds option to put icon in tray. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

DesktopOK 6.84 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DevManView 1.66 adds Class GUID column. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

Etcher 1.5.76 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything CLI 1.1.0.18 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

FileLocator Pro 8.5.2944 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Fing 8.8.2 improves user interaction and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://community.fing.com/

GoodSync 10.10.21 improves performance and reliability, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

MS ISO Downloader 8.31 adds support for new media. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

OSFMount 3.0.1005 adds command-line options to load physical or logical emulation only, and resolves a permissions bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

SetDefaultBrowser 1.4 adds support for Chromium-based Edge. This is not a security update.
https://kolbi.cz/blog/2017/11/10/setdefaultbrowser-set-the-default-browser-per-user-on-windows-10-and-server-2016-build-1607/

TaskSchedulerView 1.54 adds options to select/deselect all to column chooser. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

USBDeview 2.86 adds mode option for Regedit call, to support opening with or without elevation.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WinScan2PDF 5.21 improves WIA compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.32 resolves several bugs, adds options to export file types to CSV, filterexclude, and command-line supporter activation. This is not a security update. On the note of Supporters – this software is amazing. Use it. And donate.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Godot 3.2 improves reliability, performance, stability and resolves almost 2,000 bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Node.js 13.8.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.31.1 adds generated columns, hard heap limits, improved pragma, dbstat aggregated mode support, open nofollow, and resolves an internal schema compatibility issue. This compatibility fix is temporary, so fix your applications if you currently rely on parsing the data structure via internal schema. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.42 resolves several bugs, improves user interface, additional preference controls, task management, and more. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.2-135663 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. 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.

Adminer 4.7.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

Drupal 8.8.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.4.0 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Joomla 3.9.15 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Magento 2.3.4, 2.2.11, 1.14.4.4, 1.9.4.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb20-02.html

Nextcloud Hub 18.0.0 is a major update adding improved file, flow, photos, calendar, mail, and talk integration, and ONLYOFFICE support. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

ScreenConnect 19.6.26659.7340 is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SpamAssassin 3.4.4 is a security update.
http://spamassassin.apache.org/downloads.cgi

YOURLS 1.7.6 is a security update.
https://yourls.org/

bbPress 2.6.4 is a security update.

Interactive World Map 3.1.4 is a major update that resolves several issues. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.3.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.41 resolves regex bug and now attempts to process only 1 email at a time. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.23 updates key updater and improves user interface. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.13.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.9.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

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

Updates 2019-12-10

Merry Christmas, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for December 2019.

Note: shortly after publishing, Google released Chrome 79.0.3945.79.

Windows 10, version 1909, is available. This version is minor compared to previous Windows 10 upgrades. Nevertheless, don’t do it yet. There is nothing so critically important in 1909 that the update can’t wait a month. Wait for it.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Windows 7 will fall completely out of support in only 35 days. Don’t run out the clock. If you are running a licensed version of Windows 7 or 8 you can still upgrade to Windows 10 and have a supported version of Windows for the foreseeable future. Get it done before it’s too late. Don’t want to do it yourself? Call me!

There is a lot of talk right now about enabling POSready mode to gain additional time for Windows 7. This *does* work, but I recommend against it. POSready mode is designed to allow existing third-party software to continue to operate in the Windows 7 ecosystem, but Microsoft and most third-party developers will stop support when Windows 7 is end-of-life (EOL). This means that while your OS itself will continue to receive security updates, most other apps will not. If your device is used as a typical PC this means your risk will still significantly increase by relying on POSready with unmaintainable third-party applications.

Christmas is only a couple weeks away which means it’s that time of year when the best and worst of humanity is exposed. This time of year brings stress and urgency to everything, and that means people are more likely to be targeted for common phishing schemes, malicious attachments (invoices and holiday letters), end-of-year insurance scams, and advance fee fraud. You’ll be targeted by phone and email and the deluge won’t subside until mid-to-late January. Don’t be afraid to hang up and delete. It really is better to be safe than sorry.

If you’ve read more than a couple of my newsletters you’ve seen me hate on Avast regularly. Last week I was actually considering easing off and giving them another chance. Then I received diet spam FROM AVAST BUSINESS! I’ve reconsidered. If you’re using any of this software you should remove it immediately. Avast can’t be trusted. Having any of their software installed significantly increases the risk to your devices, and should be treated as a malware infection as far as I’m concerned.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. The typical computer should see roughly 2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET, Servicing Stack, hardware drivers, and MSRT (~1 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Catalina 10.15.2, Mojave Security Update 2019-002, and High Sierra Security Update 2019-007, iOS 13.3, iOS 12.4.4, iPadOS 13.3, Safari 13.0.4, Xcode 11.3, watchOS 5.3.4, watchOS 6.1.1, and tvOS 13.3. These are security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

watchOS 6.1.1 and watchOS 5.3.4 are security updates. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 13.3 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

macOS Catalina (10.15) is available. If you don’t have to, don’t install it. Mojave (10.14) will be supported for almost 2 more years.

iOS 13.3, iOS 12.4.4, and iPadOS 13.3 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

Google Chrome OS 78.0.3904.106 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.303 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 release of macOS Catalina (10.15) means that macOS Sierra (10.12) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS High Sierra (10.13) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1909) is a pretty small update so will install quickly. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process 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.

BullZip PDF Printer 11.11.0.2804 adds High-DPI support, printing page range, and copy+paste support for UTF16 characters. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.2.0 improves Nvidia cleanup.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Dymo Label 8.7.3 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dymo.com/en-US/online-support/dymo-user-guides

MS Mouse and Keyboard Center 20191127 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/accessories/en-us/downloads/mouse-keyboard-center

Nvidia 441.66 adds image sharpening for Vulkan and OpenGL, support for newer hardware, and multiple security fixes. This is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 79.0.3945.79 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 71.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox ESR 68.3.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 68.3.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

BrowsingHistoryView 2.30 adds History File and Record ID columns. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

FileZilla Client 3.46.0 resolves a crash, and updates dependencies. This is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.18 adds parallel processing, grid sort, filter counts, improved responsiveness and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP2 201912 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

WinSCP 5.15.9 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.8.7128 improves error handling. This should be treated as a security update.
https://cdburnerxp.se/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2019.12.05 resolves several bugs, returns Small Mode, updates libraries, and adds GUI improvements. This should be treated as a security update.

Office Updates

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

Adobe Acrobat DC 19.021.20058 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, Check for updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Reader DC 19.021.20058 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, Check for updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Photoshop CC 20.0.8 and 21.0.2 are security updates. Use Adobe Creative Cloud to install the most current version.

Artweaver 7.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Krita 4.2.8 improves disk write reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

Notepad++ 7.8.2 resolves several bugs and returns the hotkeys to the save prompt. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Paint.net 4.2.8 updates libraries, improves performance, resolves several bugs, and adds self-repair with /repair. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Security Software Updates

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

Caine 11.0 adds several new features and apps, updates libraries, and updates core. This is a security update.
https://www.caine-live.net/

HTTP Toolkit 0.1.17 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://httptoolkit.tech/

RogueKiller 14.0.0.16 updates core engine, resolves several bugs, adds real time protection and documents protection. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2020.0.3 resolves an Editor launch bug. This is not a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MKVToolnix 41.0.0 adds many new features, improves meta storage, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/MKVToolNix.html

DVDFab 11.0.6.4 adds support for new encodings, new hardware, adds Enlarger AI and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.14.7 adds support for new encodings, resolves a file name variable expansion bug. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Beyond Compare 4.3.3.24545 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitcoin 0.19.0.1 integrates a tool to analyze and reduce memory consumption, adds and updates many RPC functions. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

CPU-Z Installer 1.91 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

Dell Command Update 3.1 adds CLI support, automatic suspension of BitLocker for BIOS updates, enhances return codes for CLI, update scheduling, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

DesktopOK 6.79 resolves a false AV alert. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DevManView 1.65 adds shortcut creation, and adds option to start remote registry service for automation. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

Drive Snapshot 1.48 adds support for newer OSes, resolves encryption bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/

Etcher 1.5.69 updates libraries, resolves several bugs, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

GoodSync 10.10.15 resolves several bugs, improves and weakens security options (yes, really). This version should be avoided until they get their stuff together.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Homedale 1.86 improves the dot-chart. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

MS ISO Downloader 8.24 adds support for new media. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

NTLite 1.8.0.7240 adds several options for new features, resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 7.1.1002 resolves several bugs and improves reliability. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

Password Security Scanner 1.50 adds support for Windows Credentials passwords, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/password_security_scanner.html

RoboForm 8.6.5 resolves an upgrade data conversion bug, improves experience when changing Master password, improves login from RF behavior, and resolves several other bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

SearchMyFiles 3.07 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

TraceRouteOK 1.61 adds window position saving, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

USBDeview 2.85 adds option to create shortcuts. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WinScan2PDF 5.11 improves WIA reliability, performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WirelessKeyView 2.11 improves output formatting and adds explore from here option. This is not a security update. Note that downloads are not password protected. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

WSUS Offline 11.8.3 updates supercedence list, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

AutoHotkey 1.1.32.00 resolves several bugs, adds InputHook OnKeyUp callback, adds support for PixelSearch in fast mode. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Android Studio 3.5.3.0 improves stability and performance, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

Godot 3.1.2 resolves over 400 bugs. This is a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Node.js 13.3.0 resolves several bugs, and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

StrawberryPerl 5.30.1.1 updates core to 5.30.1 and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 8.8.0 makes several feature-level and requirements changes (recommended PHP is now 7.2+), removes several features and modules, updates libraries, and improves code consistency. This should be treated as a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Brackets 1.14.1 is a security update.
http://brackets.io/

MailEnable 10.28 resolves several bugs, and adds recurring tasks and custom special folders. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.9.2 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/

ScreenConnect 19.5.26030.7282 improves server compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

ColdFusion 2018 Update 7 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/kb/coldfusion-2018-update-7.html

bbPress 2.6.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 5.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.1.6 resolves an incompatible CSS bug. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.12.2 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.

FV Top Level Categories 1.9.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 4.5.1 resolves broken canonical redirects. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.11 adds WordPress 5.3 support, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.22 adds several new checks. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.11.0 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility and performance, and adds lazy loading. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.8.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2019-03-12

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for March 2019, which means that the next build of Windows (v1903) is just around the corner. You can delay it by installing v1809 if you haven’t done so yet, which will grant you a 3 month reprieve. Among other features and fixes, v1903 will add automatic boot repair after failed updates. This should resolve the #1 issue plaguing the Windows Update platform: not knowing whether your computer will boot after installing updates. Even so, don’t be the guinea pig. Postpone v1903 for a couple months to let people that don’t know any better be the victims of whatever flaws v1903 inevitably brings.

The typical computer should see roughly 1 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, .NET, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, POSReady, and MSRT (~600 MB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.156 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Google Chrome OS 72.0.3626.122 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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 Windows 10 (1809) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed and v1903 will be coming soon. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 3-6gb 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.

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.

BullZip PDF Printer 11.9.0.2735 is a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.0.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver & Support Assistant 19.2.8 adds self-update, installer improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 419.35 adds several new game profiles, G-SYNC improvements, CUDA 10.1, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 73.0.3683.75 is a critical security update, resolving an bug that is being actively exploited in the wild. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 65.0.2 resolves a geolocation bug. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 60.5.2 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.3.1440.60 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.5.7 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Thunderbird 60.5.1 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.

Skype 8.41.0.54 adds call merge and caller-id, improved diagnostics, live captions, draft reviews, and notifications. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

uTorrent 3.5.5.45146 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FreeFileSync 10.10 adds several new features and resolves bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

IPNetInfo 1.85 adds CSV export and export header control. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

MaxMind GeoIP 201903 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Technitium DNS Server 3.0 adds TLS configuration and DNS-over-HTTPS, DNS-over-HTTP, DNS-over-TLS, additional settings and log improvements. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

WinSCP 5.13.8 updates libraries and resolves bugs. This is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MusicBrainz Picard 2.1.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.32.22222 improves the GUI and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Steam 2018.02.19 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

PlayStation PS3 4.84 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps3/

PlayStation PS4 6.50 adds Remote Play support for iOS. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

Scribus 1.4.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scribus.net/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.2.1 resolves over 170 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.6.4 resolves several bugs. This build also adds horizontal scrolling (yay!). This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Adobe Reader DC 19.010.20098 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Photoshop CC 19.1.8 and Photoshop CC 20.0.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb19-15.html

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.10.186048 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/Digital-Editions/apsb19-16.html

Security Software Updates

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

OpenSSL 1.0.2r is a security update.
https://indy.fulgan.com/SSL/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.75 adds wildcard support in the host name filter. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

Avast! Home Edition 19.3.2369 adds UEFI scanning, separates VPN product, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 3.0.0 is a major update adding several new features, switching to npcap, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

RogueKiller 13.1.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2019.1.1 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?snagit

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.15 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 11.0.1.8 adds support for new encodings, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.14.3 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.7.3.6761 adds support for newer builds, new components, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Mac 7.2.5 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

7-Zip 19.00 resolves several bugs and improves encryption strength. This is not a security update.
https://www.7-zip.org/

Autoruns 13.94 resolves a bug. This should be treated as a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns

Sysmon 9.0 introduces rule groups that enable the specification of AND or OR matching logic across a set of rules. This is a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

BulkFileChanger 1.60 adds EXIF timestamp changing support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

Carbonite 6.3.4 excludes OneDrive Files On-Demand and improves GUI messaging. This is not a security update.
https://account.carbonite.com/

CintaNotes 3.13 adds new actions to rules, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cintanotes.com/download

ControlMyMonitor 1.12 adds option to disable header line in exports. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

Cygwin 3.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 6.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Everything 1.4.1.935 fixes bugs with long file names and exclusions. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

GoodSync 10.9.26 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

ImageUSB 1.4.1002 resolves bitlocker detection bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.20 adds port filtering, Always On Top, and option to disable header line in exports. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

PointerStick 3.44 improves cosmetics. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

RoboForm 8.5.7 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Seagate DiscWizard 23.0.17160 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/discwizard-master-dl/

WSUS Offline 11.6 resolves several bugs, corrects superseded updates, and adds new hooks. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Node.js 11.11.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.27.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

DB Browser for SQLite 3.11.1 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sqlitebrowser.org/

Web Package Updates

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

TinyMCE 5.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tiny.cloud/get-tiny/

Drupal 8.6.10 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.9.4 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Nextcloud Server 15.0.5 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

ColdFusion 2018 Update 3, ColdFusion 2016 Update 10, and ColdFusion 11 Update 18 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb19-14.html

WordPress 5.1 resolves several bugs, improves the block editor, and adds Site Health. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

BuddyPress 4.2.0 is a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.5.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.32 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Simple Lightbox 2.7.1 improves block editor compatibility. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.20 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.0.13 adds several filters and action hooks, improves reliability and form-field controls. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.5.6 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.35 resolves the sms link stripping 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 2019-02-12

Happy Valentine’s Day, Folks!

Show her how much you care with a subscription to SaferPC!
https://saferpc.info/updates/

Today is Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one. Alongside every major vendor updates, nearly all mobile platforms have major updates over the last month to address security issues with WiFi and a lot of hardware has hit, or is nearing, end-of-life (EOL).

This month Nvidia drops support for the entire Fermi line of GPUs including everything from the GeForce, GT and GTX models 4xx up to 8xx. If your video card falls in line with these models you should consider replacing the card or the device. While it will continue to operate it can no longer be secured.

Windows 7 is nearing EOL. It will be supported for less than a year from this posting. If you’re still using Windows 7 you need to start actively looking for alternatives. Windows 10 is a seamless upgrade for most, but switching to Linux is also a viable option for others.

The last couple weeks has seen Firefox 65 severely stumble as a result of Avast’s poorly designed MITM “security feature,” Apple’s FaceTime being abused to listen in to call recipients, whether they answer or not, and Facebook paying children to install an “anything-but-private” VPN. While each of these is a horrible abuse of trust, their supporters quickly dismiss the severity of the issues because they’re large companies. That’s not the way it works. The larger the company, the more thought and process went into each and every decision. If anything, this demonstrates exactly why these companies should never be trusted.

The typical computer should see roughly 1.5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Flash, Edge, .NET, and MSRT (~500MB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 12.1.4, macOS Mojave 10.14.3 Supplemental Update, Security Update 2019-001 High Sierra, Security Update 2019-001 Sierra, Shortcuts 2.1.3 for iOS, Safari 12.0.3, watchOS 5.1.3, tvOS 12.1.2, iTunes 12.8.2 for Mac, Pro Video Formats 2.1, iCloud for Windows 7.10, and iTunes 12.9.3 for Windows. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 12.1.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 5.1.3 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 12.1.2 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.142 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Google Chrome OS 72.0.3626.97 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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 Windows 10 (1809) 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. Windows 10 v1903 will be available within the next 6 weeks, and if you don’t have 1809 by then, it will be forced on you.

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 18.0.0.8 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 19.1.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 418.81 adds support for newer hardware and benchmark testing of DLSS. This is not a security update.

Logitech SetPoint 6.69.123 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/setpoint

Browser Updates

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

Vivaldi 2.3.1440.41 adds several new features and bug fixes. This is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Google Chrome 72.0.3626.96 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 65.0 is a security update, and is sadly unreliable due to several factors. The next build, due any time, will add MITM detection to resolve issues with poorly designed security products like Avast. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 60.5.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.5.6 resolves several bugs and improves mail setup for certain ISPs. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Thunderbird 60.5.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

NK2Edit 3.39 resolves a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

Internet Updates

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

Prosody 0.11.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Skype 8.37.0.98 improves notifications, keyboard shortcuts, and status controls. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Evernote 6.17.6.8292 improves templates, notebook management, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

FileZilla Client 3.40.0 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.9 resolves several bugs and extends several Windows and macOS features to Linux. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP 201902 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Npcap 0.99-r9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Technitium DNS Server 2.4 resolves several bugs and adds new features, including identifying source blocklists with a TXT record and import/export. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC Media Player 3.0.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

MusicBrainz Picard 2.1.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

FastStone Viewer 6.9 adds support for M2TS, file properties shortcut, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.34.21025 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Steam 2018.02.01 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 19.010.20091 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Artweaver 6.0.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

IcoFX 3.3 adds light and dark modes, monochrome theme, corner rounding, touch support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

LibreOffice Still 6.1.5 provides nearly 80 bug fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.2.0 is the first release of the new Fresh line and resolves almost 250 bugs from the previous build. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.6.3 is a security update. This version reverses all of the annoying plugin changes since 7.6 and adds Markdown support.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Security Software Updates

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

QubesOS 4.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

Java 8u201 is a security update. If you are unsure whether you need Java or think that Java and JavaScript are the same thing, you should remove Java instead.

DNSQuerySniffer 1.73 resolves a cosmetic bug and adds an option to disable header line in export data. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

Avast! Home Edition 19.2.2364 is a bug-fix release. However, I strongly advise you to consider any other AV since Avast performs MITM attacks against all secure websites. Among other things, it will inevitably result in their root certificate being exploited to infect everyone that uses Avast.

Wireshark 2.6.6 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

IISCrypto 3.0 adds support for new OS, improves controls and strict template, and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.nartac.com/Products/IISCrypto/Default.aspx

RogueKiller 13.1.4 improves stability and reliability, updates libraries, and exclusion controls. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 8.0.1030 doesn’t have a valid changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.26 adds new malware detection and removal. This should be treated as a security update.
https://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

Wireless Network Watcher 2.20 resolves a device association bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.14 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 11.0.1.5 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.7.2.6717 adds support for new OS, updates components and resolves several bugs.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Windows 7.3.657 resolves an upgrade bug and several crash issues. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

8GadgetPack 28.0 resolves several bugs and updates all included gadgets. This is not a security update.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

Beyond Compare 4.2.9.23626 resolves several OneDrive compatibility issues and resolves folder timestamp comparison bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

DesktopOK 6.03 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Everything 1.4.1.932 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

GoodSync 10.9.23 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

HWMonitor 1.39 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

ImageUSB 1.4.1001 resolves issues with writing to bit-locked drives and other bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

IsMyHdOK 1.64 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

SimpleWMIView 1.35 adds support for class auto-completion. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

TcpLogView 1.31 resolves a log file compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

USBDeview 2.79 adds always-on-top option. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WifiInfoView 2.42 updates internal MAC addresses file and resolves SSID mapping bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 4.71 now preserves window location and adds open/edit options. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.28 resolves two filter bugs. This is not a security update.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 8.0.15 resolves over 300 bugs, adds dual-password support and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Node.js 11.9.0 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Redemption 5.19.0.5248 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility with Outlook 2019. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

SQLite 3.27.1 resolves several bugs and improves security enforcement. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

DB Browser for SQLite 3.11.0 is now released in MSI format for Windows and provides dozens of other improvements and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://sqlitebrowser.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.0.4-128413 adds support for additional hardware, resolves several bugs, and improves stability. 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 6.9.21691.6956 resolves several stability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Joomla 3.9.3 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

TinyMCE 5.0.0 is a major new update with dozens of new features and controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.tiny.cloud/get-tiny/

Drupal 8.6.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Nextcloud Server 15.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.8.5 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Adminer 4.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

WordPress 5.0.3 resolves over 40 issues, mostly with the new block editor. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.1.1 improves responsiveness. This is not a security update.

Antispam Bee 2.9.1 resolves several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.28 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

Redirection 3.7.3 adds PHP warnings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.3 is a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.7.2 resolves many bugs and compatibility issues. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.5.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Add Custom CSS 1.1.4 resolves a compatibility issue. 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/