Updates 2018-10-09

Hi, Folks!

macOS 10.14 Mojave, iOS 12, and Win10 (1809) have all been released. Run your backups *now*.

Mojave will automatically install on nearly all Macs running today, even if it is not supported on that hardware. Be prepared for problems, especially on your older Macs.

As expected, the “battery life” fixes for iOS 12 actually broke charging for many devices. iOS 12.0.1 was released yesterday to resolve that and other security bugs.

Windows 10 v1809 is about 3gb when downloaded by the Windows Upgrader/Windows Update, so expect it to randomly install for any Windows 10 Home user over the next couple months, consuming 3gb of bandwidth to get it done. If you have a slow connection, it could end up trying to download 3gb per day per device, so you would be better off downloading the installer yourself and installing it to ensure that the upgrade completes. That said, you should, of course, postpone upgrading to 1809 for the next couple months and let the rest of the world be the beta testers.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Today is Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one. With Mojave, iOS, and Windows 10 v1809 having been released, many vendors are releasing compatibility updates to ensure their software will remain operable on the newer platforms. Expect the next month to have many other large updates as well.

The typical computer should see roughly 4gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released Windows 10 v1809 and updates to Windows, .NET, Internet Explorer, Edge, Flash, and MSRT (~3.5gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released macOS Mojave 10.14, iOS 12.0.1, iCloud for Windows 7.7, iTunes 12.9 for Windows, Safari 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and Xcode 10. This includes security update. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 31.0.0.122 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Adobe AIR 31.0.0.96 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Google Chrome OS 69.0.3497.95 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.

macOS 10.14 Mojave has been released so devices running El Capitan (10.11) or older will no longer be supported. Your options are to either upgrade to at least Sierra (10.12) or replace your device. Mojave will not run on all Macs, just as High Sierra and even Sierra made some devices unusable. If in doubt whether your device will be able to support an operating system upgrade, be sure to perform a full disk backup prior to upgrade. You should do this anyway, just to be safe.
https://support.apple.com/macos/mojave

iOS 12 was supposed to improve performance and battery life, and resulted in breaking charging for many devices. iOS 12.0.1 fixes that as well as other security issues. You might want to connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC and create a backup with iTunes before installing this upgrade.
https://support.apple.com/ios

Windows 10 v1809 is now available. This build adds several new features, such as dark mode, multiple application tab support, integrated SSH, and improved privacy controls. It’s a huge download and if you’re running a Home version you should install it a couple weeks after it’s released to ensure that you aren’t surprised (and prevented from using your computer) when it installs automatically. Again, backups are good.

The now-current release of the 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 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 at The Farmory, 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 youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

BullZip PDF Printer 11.8.0.2728 adds command-line switch to preserve original driver and adds a feature to remember recent save locations. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Seagull Scientific printer driver collection 2018.3 resolves two significant bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/windows-printer-drivers/

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 3.5.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Logitech SetPoint 6.69.114 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.

Brave 0.24.0 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 69.0.3497.100 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 62.0.3 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox ESR 60.2.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.0.1309.37 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.15 now preserves size and position of the properties window. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 60.2.1 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.

Skype 8.31.0.92 adds URL previews. You likely received a warning that previous versions (6.x and 7.x) of Skype would soon no longer be supported even if you’re already running the latest version. It’s time to upgrade to 8.x, like it or not.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

uTorrent 3.5.4.44632 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.37.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201810 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.8.7035 adds filtering for writeable drives. This is not a security update.
https://cdburnerxp.se/

FastStone Viewer 6.6 improves performance and video player, adds mouse gestures, date range filtering, and expands the batch tool. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

iTunes 12.9 adds compatibility with iOS 12 and adds features to Apple Music. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version. This is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 6.00 is a major update adding new features and performance improvements. This is 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.

Adobe Reader DC 19.008.20074 is the third security update for Adobe Acrobat and Reader released in the last month. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Audacity 2.3.0 resolves over 90 bugs, improves stability, and adds new features. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Paint.net 4.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

IcoFX 3.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.1.2 resolves 70 bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 12.13.4 adds detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1264 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 3.00 adds support for Simple Cache for HTTP Chrome format. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 10.2.1.6 adds support for new encodings, improves reliability and adds new output formats. 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 8.5.4 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

NTLite 1.7.0.6522 improves cleanup, component selection, and adds support for 1809. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Mac 7.2.1 adds support for Mojave, dark mode, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

1Password for Windows 7.2.581 resolves several bugs, improves performance and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

8GadgetPack 27.0 adds support for 1809, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. After upgrading or installing 1809 you will need to run the configuration wizard again to reactivate 8GadgetPack.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

GoodSync 10.9.10 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Bitcoin 0.17.0 adds new features, performance improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

CintaNotes 3.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

DesktopOK 5.71 adds support for 1809, improves reliability, adds spacing and size controls, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

IsMyHdOK 1.51 is a cosmetic change. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

DiskMaker X 8.0 adds support for building Mojave. This is not a security update.
https://diskmakerx.com/

HWMonitor 1.36 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

SimpleWMIView 1.33 now supports stdout with an empty string for filename. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

USBDeview 2.76 now supports stdout with an empty string for filename. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

OSForensics 6.1.1001 improves case manager, and adds many new features, bug fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 3.36 adds support for custom graphics for the pointer stick. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

Rufus 3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.akeo.ie/

SystemRescueCD 5.3.1 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

WSUS Offline 11.5 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.

Redemption 5.18.0.5142 adds support for Outlook 2019, Windows 10 1809, and Outlook Centennial, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

SQLite 3.25.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.2.18-124319 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.

TinyMCE 4.8.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

MailEnable 10.19 adds support for SNI, improvements to webmail, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

Nextcloud Server 14.0.1 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

ScreenConnect 6.7.19864.6828 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Joomla 3.8.13 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Antispam Bee 2.9.0 improves integration and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.4.0 refactors the code, adds several cache-integration features, improves minification, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 3.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.25 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 3.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.0.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

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

Updates 2018-09-11

Hi, Folks!

The next builds of macOS (Mojave), iOS (12), and Win10 (1809) are all due in the next month. There’s no better time to run your backups than now. Remember: with the short release cycle of software companies today, YOU are the beta tester, so be prepared – run backups.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Today is Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one.

The typical computer should see roughly 3.5gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, .NET, Internet Explorer, Edge, Flash, and MSRT (~3gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update 2 for MacBook Pro. This is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 31.0.0.108 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.

macOS Mojave will be released next month so devices running El Capitan (10.11) or older will no longer be supported. Your options are to either upgrade to at least Sierra (10.12) or replace your device. Mojave will not run on all Macs, just as High Sierra and even Sierra made some devices unusable. If in doubt whether your device will be able to support an operating system upgrade, be sure to perform a full disk backup prior to upgrade. You should do this anyway, just to be safe.

iOS 12 is supposed to improve performance and battery life (we all know how well that worked in the past). This version is due within the month, so be prepared for a large download for your Apple mobile device. You might want to connect it to your mac or PC and create a backup with iTunes, too.

Windows 10 1809 is due out in October. This build adds several new features, such as multiple application tab support, integrated SSH, and improved privacy controls. It’s a huge download and if you’re running a Home version you should install it a couple weeks after it’s released to ensure that you aren’t surprised (and prevented from using your computer) when it installs automatically. Again, backups are good.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1803) 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 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 at The Farmory, 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 youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.0.0 adds support for newer hardware and resolves stability problems. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Logitech Gaming Software 9.02.61 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/lgs

Logitech Options 6.92.275 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/options

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 69.0.3497.92 is a security update. This build also significantly changes the interface. The tab bar is larger and squared and the address bar now conceals some information that would otherwise be important (such as ‘www’ and the protocol – http vs https), relying instead only on a cosmetic lock indicator. This build also adds a prefetching header to finally join other mature browsers in alerting servers whether requests are prospective or due to user action. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current release.

Firefox 62.0 is a security update. This build also significantly changes the home page, adding large blocks for history, Pocket, and highlights. This version also improves CSS support and is one step closer to completely disabling weak Symantec certificates. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current release.

Firefox ESR 60.2.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current release.

Brave 0.23.107 is a security update. Brave is the best Chrome alternative I’m currently aware of, but is still a few days behind in security patches. Brave patches for the current Chromium release within 48 hours to their dev channel, but it takes a couple more days for that to be promoted to the current release.
https://www.brave.com/

Vivaldi 1.15.1147.64 is a security update. Vivaldi is slow to patch security updates from the Chromium base, so you should still avoid using it as your primary browser or you open yourself up to targeted attacks for known vulnerabilities.
https://vivaldi.com/

Internet Updates

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

Skype 8.30.0.50 resolves several feature disappearances since the 8.x release. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Trillian 6.1.0.17 resolvs several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Trillian Mac 6.1.0.8 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.

WinSCP 5.13.4 is a security update. This build resolves several bugs and updates libraries.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

uTorrent 3.5.4 Build 44520 is a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FreeFileSync 10.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

FileZilla 3.36.0 resolves several crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201809 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC Media Player 3.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

MusicBrainz Picard 2.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://musicbrainz.org/doc/MusicBrainz_Picard

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.25.7131 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 5.56 improves performance. 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.

Adobe Photoshop CC 19.1.6 and 18.1.6 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb18-28.html

Artweaver 6.0.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Paint.net 4.1 resolves several bugs and adds many new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Kindle for PC 1.24.3.51068 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Krita 4.1.1 resolves several bugs and adds new features. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

Security Software Updates

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

OpenSSL 1.1.1 is a security update.

OpenSSL 1.1.0i is a security update.

Avast! Home Edition 18.6.2349.0 removes VPN, adds TLS 1.3 scanning, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

KeePass 1.36 updates libraries, improves compatibility and ACL. This should be treated as a security update.
https://keepass.sourceforge.net/

Wireshark 2.6.3.0 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

Gpg4win 3.1.3 resolves several bugs. This Should be treated as a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

DNSQuerySniffer 1.72 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

RouterPassView 1.75 adds support for several new encryption protocols. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/router_password_recovery.html

SmartSniff 2.29 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html

PS Pending Reboot 0.9.0.6 resolves a reliability bug. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/bcwilhite/PendingReboot

RogueKiller 12.13.0 is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.09 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.2.1.3 adds support for new encodings, resolves severa bugs, and improves stability. 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 8.5.3 should be treated as a security update. This build resolves a major risk of data loss.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 10.9.8 resolves many bugs and introduces a new GSTP version that improves performance. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

NTLite 1.7.0.6500 adds several tweaks and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Cygwin 2.11.0 is a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 5.56 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

NetworkTrafficView 2.16 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

RegFileExport 1.10 resolves an encoding bug. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/registry_file_offline_export.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.57 updates internal MAC database and resolves a positioning bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

WifiInfoView 2.40 adds option to filter by signal quality. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

SystemRescueCD 5.3.0 is a security update.
https://www.sysresccd.org/

TeamViewer 13.2.14327 resolves crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 4.41 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.26 adds color customization and improves high DPI support. 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/

Rufus 3.2 adds application signing, improves performance, and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://rufus.akeo.ie/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DOSBox 0.74-2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dosbox.com/

VMware Player 14.1.3 is a security update.
https://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

DigiCertUtil 20180829 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.digicert.com/util/

Joomla 3.8.12 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

phpMyAdmin 4.8.3 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

phpList 3.3.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.com/download

Contact Form 7 5.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.2.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 3.4.1 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.

WooCommerce 3.4.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

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

Updates 2018-01-09

Happy New Year, Folks!

The new year brings a lot of FUD regarding the CPU security issues Meltdown and Spectre. Yes, every CPU from the last 20 years is affected. Yes, it’s a security issue that allows evil apps to access memory they shouldn’t be allowed to. Yes, the fix is going to effectively slow down devices in order to secure them. But NO, it’s not really any more severe than any other hardware or software vulnerability. It still requires the evil app to get onto your computer, which means you either have to install it or fail to patch and secure your operating system and other applications, enabling the attacker to put evil apps on there. In other words, you’re at no significantly greater risk today than you were last week. As always, patching your operating system and applications, removing unwanted and unused applications, back up your data often, and “behaving” online remain the rule of the day.

That said, the updates today address some of these CPU issues. Unfortunately, there are higher-than-normal failure rates for this patch since it was rushed out. This means you should be more wary than usual about failures following Patch Tuesday this week. If you haven’t backed up your data recently or created a system restore point: NOW is the time to run backupsbefore you install updates this week. Back to our regularly scheduled program…

It’s Patch Tuesday and it’s a pretty big one. The new year has begun, and there are lots of updates for almost everything.

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

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, .NET and MSRT (~1gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.6, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, iOS 11.2.2, Safari 11.0.2 (again! v. 11604.4.7.1.6 and 12604.4.7.1.6), Pro Video Formats 2.0.6, and tvOS 11.2.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions. A reboot is required.

Apple released security updates for AirPort Base Station 7.7.9 (wireless ac models) and 7.6.9 (wireless n models).

iOS 11.2.2 is a security update for all iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPod touch 6th generation and newer hardware. Previous generations of hardware are no longer supported. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 63.0.3239.86 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 28.0.0.137 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.

I’ve had a lot of calls recently from people whose computers seem unusually slow since late October. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 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 at The Farmory, 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 youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

Crucial Storage Executive 3.5 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/support-storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.8.2 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 3.1.1 improves detection and reporting. 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 63.0.3239.132 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 57.0.4 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 52.5.2 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.

DiscordApp 21.12.2017 adds animated emojis, improves screensharing quality and adds PayPal support. This is not a security update.
https://discordapp.com/download

WinSCP 5.11.3 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Evernote 6.8.7.6387 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

uTorrent 3.5.1 Build 44332 is a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.30.0 improves logging for update failures. Since updates often include security updates, this should be treated as a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201801 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

BrowsingHistoryView 2.15 adds support for Pale Moon browser. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC 2.2.8 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 5.03 improves performance. 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.

Notepad++ 7.5.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

OpenOffice 4.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.openoffice.org/download/

Paint.net 4.0.20 adds a dark theme, improves high-DPI support, and resolves many bugs. 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.

Norton Power Eraser 20171218 is a security update.
https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/kb20100824120155EN_EndUserProfile_en_us

Avast! Home Edition 17.9.2322 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

KeePass 1.35 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.70 adds TEXT and improves data preservation. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

RogueKiller 12.11.32 improves compatibility and adds detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.2.1711.2916 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.1.1708.2943 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.97 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.7.7 adds support for additional encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

IsoBuster 4.1 adds XML and DFXML exports, MFS, DC42, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.5.0.5855 resolves several bugs. Ths is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Windows 6.8.492 is a huge update with dozens of fixes, improvements, new features, and more. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

GoodSync 10.7.2 resolves several bugs, improves service compabitility and performance, and now provides local-device encryption (non-portable) for authentication storage.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

RoboForm 8.4.6 improves reliability and Edge support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

BFGMiner 5.5.0 updates libraries and resolves a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://github.com/luke-jr/bfgminer/

DesktopOK 4.93 adds autosave support. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

HWMonitor 1.34 adds support for newer hardware and Windows 10 1709. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

DevManView 1.50 adds quick-filter support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.12 improves detection of Microsoft services. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

USBDeview 2.73 adds port name detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.50 resolves a live detection bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

OSForensics 5.2.1004 improves reporting, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 2.99 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

WinScan2PDF 3.81 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.1 resolves several detection issues. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Autoruns 13.81 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

BgInfo 4.24 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Handle 4.11 now exports data to %TEMP% on 64-bit machines. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 7.01 resolves reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 14.1.0 is a security update.
https://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.2.4-119785 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.

Drupal 8.4.4 corrects dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

MailEnable Enterprise 10.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.7.7 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.4.15787.6556 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Akismet 4.0.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.3.2 improves resolves a couple bugs and adds cache-busting. This is not a security update.

Multisite Plugin Manager 3.1.6 adds WP CLI compatibility. This is not a security update.

Register IP โ€“ Multisite 1.8.0 adds column sortability and proxy support. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.10 resolves a couple bugs and improves security handling. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.2.6 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.2.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.23 improves custom footer logic and corrects a typo. This is not a security update.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

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

Updates 2016-10-11

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday.

The typical computer should see roughly 1.5gb in updates today. It’s another big one. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, .NET, Silverlight, Office, and MSRT (~1.2gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

This month marks the beginning of a new Microsoft update policy of packaging updates in group rollups instead of individually for different applications, even for older supported operating systems like Windows 7 and 8.1. As of this month Microsoft will release all Windows-tied security patches in the same file each month, with a separate non-security update package and other minor updates for feature and compatibility fixes. What this means for you is that Windows will now impose security updates once they’ve passed limited testing, and will deal with the aftermath of inevitable failures after Patch Tuesday with additional rollups. Don’t get me wrong, the security updates are essential to good computing, but without the ability to selectively exclude known-bad updates after internal testing is performed, this is going to create a situation where most enterprise environments delay updates even longer. The only safe resolution for this is to have full backups and be prepared to perform a reset or system restore should, well, the inevitable disaster occur.

Apple released updates for macOS/OS X, Safari, iCloud for Windows, Windows Migration Assistant, and printer drivers. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 10.0.2 is the second security update to the new version of iOS 10 that was released last month. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version. It should be okay to install on your iOS device now, but be prepared for 10.0.3 anytime.

Google Chrome OS 53.0.2785.154 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Adobe Flash Player 23.0.0.185 is a security update. Flash is being actively replaced with HTML5 on most sites and services, however, so unless you’re 110% positive you need it for critical functions, you should remove it instead. And, within those browsers that have it embedded (Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11+) disable it. It’s just not worth the risk.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Don’t forget to check your mobile devices, too! Many updates will also apply to your tablet, phone, kindle or television – so check your device-appropriate App Store and install updates.

Important Notes

Everything above this section should be checked by everyone on every computer. Chances are good that close to every single computer you touch will be affected by those updates. This is not the case with the items below, though you should still check each line item below to see if it applies to software you have installed.

Please remember that while I list many different applications within these updates, most people should ONLY install updates for a program if they already have a previous version of that program installed.

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need.

Also note that using the applications own “check for updates” function, when available, will best preserve your current settings, and often avoid any crapware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me any time, and we can set you up with subscription SaferPC updates which will be installed each month whenever necessary. Click, call or email for more details:
https://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

If youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.2.1 fixes reliability problems. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/

DS4Windows 1.4.52 adds support to new hardware, and fixes reliability problems. This is not a security update.
http://ds4windows.com/

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 53.0.2785.143 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 49.0.1 is a security update. Menu, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.5.195 did not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update. Chances are very good you don’t need it anyway, though, so remove it if at all possible.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Silverlight 5.1.50709 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx

Skype 7.28.0.101 is no longer Windows 7-friendly, and doesn’t play well with older versions. There’s no indication that this release is a security update, so stick with 7.15 to 7.27.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Mumble 1.2.17 is a security update.
https://github.com/mumble-voip/mumble/releases

BIND 9.10.4-P3, 9.11.0rc3, 9.9.9-P3, and 9.9.9-S5 are security updates.

curl 7.50.3 is a security update.

WinSCP 5.9.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Evernote 6.3.3.3502 fixes many bugs and improves Google Drive support. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Nmap 7.30 updates OS fingerprints, adds several new scripts, updates libraries and adds support for several additional protocols. This is not a security update.
http://nmap.org/

FileZilla 3.22.1 fixes a crash bug. This is not a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201610 is a data refresh.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

BrowsingHistoryView 1.90 adds support for Vivaldi and profile management. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

NK2Edit 3.26 adds ability to import from message store. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

IMAPSize is now dead. The source has been released for 0.3.7, but the author is discontinuing what little support existed over the last 7 years.
http://www.broobles.com/imapsize/news.php

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Unreal Streaming Media Player 7.1 integrates HTML5 video element support and UMS-HTTPS into the engine, eliminating the need for the IIS extension.
http://www.umediaserver.net/umediaserver/download.html

Unreal Media Server 12.0 integrates HTML5 video element support and UMS-HTTPS into the engine, eliminating the need for the IIS extension.
http://www.umediaserver.net/umediaserver/download.html

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Battle.net Client 20161011 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://us.battle.net/en/app/

EA Origin 10.1.1.35466 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Lego Digital Designer 4.3.10 removes the ability to order your models. This is not a security update.
http://ldd.lego.com/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Acrobat 11.0.18 Pro is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

Adobe Acrobat DC 2015.020.20039 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

Adobe Reader 11.0.18 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop 3.8.0.310 is a security update. Since the security vulnerability is within the update feature, it’s not safe to use that to update it. Download the new build here:
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/desktop-app.html

Adobe FrameMaker 2015.0.5 is a security update.
Win: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=6088

Adobe DNG Converter 9.7 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
Win: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=6087
Mac: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=6086

Artweaver 5.1.4 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

LibreOffice 5.2.2 fixes several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7 adds 64-bit support, updates libraries, improve HDPI support and monitoring, many new commands and more. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

OpenPetra 2016.07.0.0 improves security and improves Finance and Partner System. This is a security update.
http://www.openpetra.org/

Kindle for PC 1.17.1 Build 44183 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

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

CertData 10 Oct 2016 is a security update. If you roll your own certificates, it’s time to update.
https://mxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source/security/nss/lib/ckfw/builtins/certdata.txt

OpenSSL 1.1.0b is a security update.

Wireshark 2.2.1 is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Wireless Network Watcher 2.02 updates the internal MAC addresses database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.7.1 improves scanning, telemetry and detections. This is not a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Stinger 12.1.0.2137 improves detections. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?stinger

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 2.8.1607.1944 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.8.1607.2031 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 9.3.1.6 adds support for new encodings, adds new conversion profiles, and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.2.0.4433 adds several new components and a wizard to refresh for new builds. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

SpaceSniffer 1.3.0.2 fixes an export data bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.uderzo.it/main_products/space_sniffer/

7-Zip 16.04 fixes several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.7-zip.org/

8GadgetPack 21.0 adds Windows 10 Anniversary Update compatibility, fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://8gadgetpack.net/

GoodSync2Go 10.1.4 fixes several bugs, including license issues, browse and event notification. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

dupeGuru 4.0.2 fixes crash bug in macOS Sierra. This is not a security update.
http://www.hardcoded.net/dupeguru/

IEDigest 1.9.2 adds new policies from Windows 10 Anniversary Update, new warnings and registry keys. This is not a security update.
http://www.regente.de/IEDigest/?page_id=9

ImageUSB 1.3.1002 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

Ketarin 1.8.7 adds ifempty and runpowershell variable parsing, compatibility with PowerShell 4.0 and 5.0, and adds segmented downloading. This is not a security update.
http://ketarin.org/

Agent Ransack 2016.864 fixes bugs in context menu and registration. This is not a security update.
http://mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download

FileLocator Pro 8.1.2677 adds support for HDPI, improved PST/OST support, and reliability fixes. This is a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

CurrPorts 2.25 adds the ability to hide loopback connections. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

Password Security Scanner 1.40 adds support for Yandex and Vivaldi browsers. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/password_security_scanner.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.78 adds connection name to the network adapters list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WifiInfoView 2.08 adds the connection name to the network adapters list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Synergy 1.8.3 fixes several bugs, adds macOS support and clipboard options, improves reliability and removes automatic elevation. This is a security update.
http://symless.com/download/

SystemRescueCD 4.8.3 updates libraries and tools. This is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TeamViewer 11.0.66695 improves reliability, fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

WSUS Offline 10.8 fixes several bugs and improves reliability. This is a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GitHub Desktop 3.3.1 is a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 12.5.0 adds support for Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and many bug fixes. This is a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

PPSSPP 1.3 fixes many bugs, improves reliability and updates libraries. This is a security update.
http://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

Web Package Updates

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

Coppermine Gallery 1.5.44 is a security update.
http://coppermine-gallery.net/

ownCloud Client 2.2.4 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

Drupal 8.2.1 fixes several bugs, updates libraries, adds many improvements. This is a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.1.1 fixes several bugs, improves reliability, and other enhancements. This is a security update.
https://www.humhub.org/en/download

MailEnable 9.50 adds PowerShell API, multifactor authentication, bulk operations for archive, move and delete, and fixes for several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

SMF 2.0.12 is a security update.
http://download.simplemachines.org/

Contact Form 7 4.5.1 fixes several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.3.6 improves compatibility with the current release of WordPress.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.7.3 adds MailChimp and Weibo, reset improvements, Twitter improvements and bug fixes. This is a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.3 fixed several bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.5.1 is a security update.

WP Edit 4.0 adds integration API and nonce support. This is a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

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

Updates 2014-10-14

Hi, Folks!

It’s BASH Tuesday! October is here. September was awful. There were 3.5 update cycles in September and a large number of vulnerabilities released for a wide array of software and hardware. The most significant of these was Shellshock, a vulnerability discovered in late September which directly impacts almost every Linux-powered device and operating system for over 20 years. The scope of this particular vulnerability made Heartbleed look minor. However, as significant as it is, it doesn’t directly affect most consumers. The most significant issue for most consumers is going to be those devices they don’t think of as having an operating system: stuff like security cameras, automatic lights and even cars. Many of these run a form of Linux that if networking is enabled opens them up to the potential for exploitation. When in doubt call the vendor. Or me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today brings a relatively light load of updates. The typical computer will require less than 300mb in updates today.

I always remind everyone to do their backups, but this month it’s really important. Yesterday HP disclosed that they “accidentally” allowed one of their certificates to be used to “sign” malware, enabling the malware to bypass various security precautions on many computers. They plan to revoke this certificate and re-key their software next month, but this will invalidate the recovery partition on many HP and Compaq computers. If something happens to an affected computer that requires reinstalling the operating system, it could be prevented unless media (which you have to make yourself) is used. Back your content up now, and if you haven’t done so yet, create your “recovery media” as soon as possible.

And now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, MS Office, Developer tools, and .Net. This includes security updates (80-185mb). A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for iOS, printer drivers and BASH. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required. Apple plans to release OS X Yosemite (10.10) this Friday. Yosemite will support all hardware supported by Mavericks, so if you are running Mavericks, you can update to Yosemite for free through Apple Software Update this weekend.

iOS 8.0.2 is the first mostly-stable release of iOS. You can install it now. Use iTunes or Settings, General, About to install this update. Back it up first!

Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.189 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Adobe AIR 15.0.0.293 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac
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 youโ€™re using this hardware โ€“ these updates are for you.

Samsung SideSync 3.0.3.663 does not provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.samsung.com/us/sidesync

Display Driver Uninstaller 13.4.1.0 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/downloads.html

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 38.0.2125.101 is a security update. Use Menu, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 33.0 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.29.1 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

K-Meleon 74 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 31.2.0 is a security update. Use Menu, About to get the most current version.

NK2Edit 3.00 adds the ability to control autocomplete list limit. 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.

Skype 6.21.0.104 reduces interface clutter. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

DynDNS Updater 5.2.0 is a security update.
http://dyn.com/apps/updater/

BrowsingHistoryView 1.55 adds configuration import and export options. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

IPNetInfo 1.56 improves sorting for IP. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

Connectify Hotspot 9.2.1 improves the look and feel, performance, and stability. This is not a security update.
http://www.connectify.me/

Dropbox 2.10.41 is a cosmetic update. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?dropbox

ARChon 1.2 improves cross-platform reliability. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/vladikoff/chromeos-apk/blob/master/archon.md

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 7 Codecs Advanced 4.7.8 updates included codecs, improves hardware and subtitle support. 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 4.5.4.5118 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?cdbxp

MPC HC 1.7.7 updates included libraries and corrects dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?mpchc

Office Updates

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

Audacity 2.0.6 corrects a number of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/windows

Blender 2.72 adds several new features, improves performance and fixes dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.blender.org/download/

Lightworks NLE 12.0 adds dozens of new features, improved controls and rendering, and nearly a hundred bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.lwks.com/

Security Software Updates

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

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware 2.0.3 fixes dozens of bugs including performance and stability. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?mbam

KeePass 1.28 provides several bug fixes and a new quality indicator. This is not a security update.
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/

OpenSSL 1.0.2 is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.28 adds secondary sorting support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

SmartSniff 2.11 adds always-on-top and secondary sorting support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html

Wireless Network Watcher 1.73 updates the MAC address database. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

Junkware Removal Tool 6.3.3 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://thisisudax.org/

RogueKiller 10.0.1 is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1158 is a security update.
http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 2.76 improves Chrome support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 7.9.10 improves reliability and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 9.9.9.7 improves sync with several services, corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

BFGMiner 4.9.0 updates included libraries, provides dozens of bugfixes and improves stability. This should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/luke-jr/bfgminer/

Bitcoin 0.9.3 fixes minor bugs and adds translations. This is not a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

UpdateChecker 1.040 fixes several minor bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.filehippo.com/download_update_checker/

FileLocator Pro 7.5.2067 provides several bug fixes, adds msg file export for PST files, adds bulk copy, improved UTF-8 detection, ‘search within’, and summary information. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

SearchMyFiles 2.51 adds ‘size on disk’ column. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

USBDeview 2.37 adds the ability to decode device serial numbers. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

CCleaner 4.18.4844 provides several bug fixes, improves application support and 64-bit support. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

CPU-Z Installer 1.71 adds newer hardware support. This is not a security update.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

LicenseCrawler 1.43.732 improves Adobe support and network support, updates engine and provides several bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.klinzmann.name/licensecrawler_download.htm

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 4.3.18-96516 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Many VMware devices are subject to the Shellshock vulnerability disclosed late September. Check your specific hardware against the list below for updates:
http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2014-0010.html

Web Package Updates

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

phpMyAdmin 4.0.10.4, 4.1.14.5 and 4.2.9.1 are security fixes. phpMyAdmin 4.2.10 provides several additional bug fixes.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ColdFusion 11u2, 10u14, and 9.0.2u7 are security updates.

MailEnable 8.55 corrects several bugs and improves webmail. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

Coppermine Gallery 1.5.32 is a security update.
http://coppermine-gallery.net/

Joomla 3.3.6 is a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

SMF 2.0.9 is a security update.
http://download.simplemachines.org/
That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Regards,

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