Updates 2022-11-08

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for November, 2022.

This month brings a new major version of macOS (13/Ventura) and a new major version of Windows 10. That’s on top of the nearly 100 major hacks, and over 130 application updates this month. Well, not really this month, since there were many more published on Oct 18th in the last newsletter. There is an OpenSSL security update, so almost every network or internet capable application has a security update right now. There should be about 4.5 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

Abode Iota All-In-One Security Kit, Advanced, Advocate Aurora Health, Amazon, Argentinian Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff, Ascension St. Vincent’s Coastal Cardiology, AstraZeneca, Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) Observatory, Aurubis, Australian Clinical Labs, various auto key fobs, Aveanna, Azure Cosmos DB, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Bulgarian Government, Choice Health Insurance LLC, Cisco AnyConnect, CommonSpirit Health, Consorci Sanitari Integral, Defense Health Headquarters, Deribit, DESORDEN GROUP, Doomworld, DropBox, E-Pal, EnergyAustralia, Eventus WholeHealth, PLLC, Fontainebleau Development Health and Welfare Plan, Hackney Council, Heilbronn Stimme, HH/Killeen Health System, LLC, India metro, Indianapolis Housing Agency, Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Jeppesen, Keystone Health in Pennsylvania, Legal Aid ACT, Lolzteam, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Mango Markets, Maple Leaf Foods, Massengale Eye Care, Massy Stores, MBDA, Medibank, Medlab Pathology, METRO, Microsoft, Mid-Westchester Anesthesia Services PC, Moola Market, MyDeal, Nelnet Servicing, New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, New York Post, Osaka Acute and General Medical Center, Pendragon Group, Phoenix Programs of Florida, Inc., Poland Parliament, Premier Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, LP, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Primary Anesthesia Services, Pynenberg & Scheske DDS, SC, RecordTV, Regions Hospital, Resource Anesthesiology Associates of CA PC, Resource Anesthesiology Associates of CT PC, Resource Anesthesiology Associates Of KY PSC, Resource Anesthesiology Associates of NM Inc, Resource Anesthesiology Associates of VA LLC, Saddlebrook Anesthesia Services PC, See Tickets, Siemens PLCs, Sigmund Software, LLC, Slovakian Parliamant, Somnia Anesthesia, Somnia Pain Mgt of Kentucky, Somnia, Inc., Spain’s National Renewable Energy Center, St Luke’s Health – Texas, State Bar of Georgia, Tata Power, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tift Regional Health System, Twilio, UK PM Liz Truss, UK’s Department for Education, Unimed Belem, hundreds of US news websites, Vastaamo, Verizon, Vinomofo, VMware Workspace One Access, Vodafone Italia, WakeMed Health and Hospitals, and Wenco Management, LLC Health and Welfare Benefit Plan have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

Microsoft’s Azure platform has been causing problems for their own WinGet package manager and SysInternals services. Instagram, Zscaler, and Wynncraft suffered widespread outages.

Now for the good news:

The more time you spend evaluating electric cars, the worse you will realize they are. Whether it’s electrical waste, environmental damage, increased pullution or just randomly bursting into flames, they’re clearly not ready for production. And now you know.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is huge this month. The typical computer should see roughly 4.5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

With the release of a new version of macOS (13/Ventura) all macOS 10.x versions are no longer supported. If you’re not running at least 11/Big Sur, upgrade now or take your device offline. Really.

Windows 10 22H2 (19045) is a major update for Windows 10. Well, it’s supposed to be – there’s really almost no changes other than the extension of the support window. Even though there’s not a lot new to it, don’t be a lemming: wait at least a couple months for them to work out the inevitable bugs.

Microsoft released updates to address 82 vulnerabilities in .NET Framework, AMD CPU Branch, Azure, Azure Real Time Operating System, Linux Kernel, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Office Word, Network Policy Server (NPS), Open Source Software, SysInternals, Visual Studio, Windows Advanced Local Procedure Call, Windows ALPC, Windows Bind Filter Driver, Windows BitLocker, Windows CNG Key Isolation Service, Windows Devices Human Interface, Windows Digital Media, Windows DWM Core Library, Windows Extensible File Allocation, Windows Group Policy Preference Client, Windows HTTP.sys, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Kerberos, Windows Mark of the Web (MOTW), Windows Netlogon, Windows Network Address Translation (NAT), Windows ODBC Driver, Windows Overlay Filter, Windows Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol, Windows Print Spooler Components, Windows Resilient File System (ReFS), Windows Scripting, Windows Win32K
and MSRT (~3 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 15.7.1, iPadOS 15.7.1, iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16, macOS Big Sur 11.7.1, macOS Monterey 12.6.1, macOS Ventura 13, Safari 16.1, tvOS 16.1, watchOS 9.1, and Xcode 14.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 16.1 and 15.7.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 16.1 and 15.7.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 9.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 16.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

Google Chrome OS 107.0.5304.92 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 release of macOS Ventura (13.x) means that all macOS X (10.x) versions are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Big Sur (11) 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 (v22H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 12 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process 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.

The now-current release of the Windows 11 (v22H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 11 pushes you to get the latest Windows 11 release every 12 months and only supports any consumer builds for 24 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process 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 11 is still very young so I encourage you to wait a few more months before you consider switching to it.

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. This includes “free” applications like Avast, OpenOffice, and games you do not actually play.

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

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

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

AMD Adrenalin 22.10.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

BullZip PDF Printer 14.1.0.2951 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Crucial Storage Executive 8.07 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.5.7 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

DS4Windows 3.1.10 resolves several bugs and improves responsiveness. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Ryochan7/DS4Windows/releases/latest

Daemon Tools Lite 11.1.0 adds ARM support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtLite

Garmin Express 7.15.2 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be considered a security update.
https://www.garmin.com/en-US/software/express/

MSI Afterburner 2022.10.05 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.msi.com/Landing/afterburner/graphics-cards

Samsung DeX 2.4.0.29 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.samsung.com/us/apps/dex/

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.45.118 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 107.0.5304.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 107.0.1418.35 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 106.0.5 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Vivaldi 5.5.2805.42 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

ProtonMail (Android) 3.0.9 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://proton.me/mail/download

Spark 3.1.0.38675 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.1.0.38673 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 102.4.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 7.1.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

curl 7.86.0 resolves almost 200 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 160.4.4703 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 168.0.0.24.90 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Client 3.62.0 updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Google Drive 66.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Google Earth 7.3.6 resolves several bugs and improves several features. This is not a security update.
https://earth.google.com/

Microsoft Teams 1.5.00.28361 adds transcription, e-signature integration, rich call history and music on hold. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 25.0.1 updates dependencies and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

PuTTY 0.78 is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html

Qbox 4.0.5.32 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.coraltreetech.com/qbox

Rclone 1.60.0 adds three new backends, several new features and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 5.63.0 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Syncthing 1.22.1 resolves several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 4.3.1 is a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Zoom 5.12.6.10137 adds a lot of new features and resolves over a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 3.0.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Bitwig Studio 4.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

iTunes 12.12.5.8 adds support for newer iOS and iPad OS version. This is not a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Plex Desktop 1.56.2.3345 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.28.3.3355 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.29.2.6364 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Epic Games 14.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.epicgames.com/

Lego Studio 2.22.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

Nintendo Switch 15.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

Steam 2022.10.18 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

SteamOS 3.3.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1675200/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Illustrator 27.0 and 26.5.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb22-56.html

Adobe Reader DC 22.003.20263 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Calibre 6.8.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

IcoFX 3.8.1 fixes jpg editor and removes shape editor. This is not a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

Krita 5.1.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

Kindle for PC 1.39.65323 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

LibreOffice 7.3.7 resolves over two dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.6.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.4.7 resolves the “make my printer bleed” bug, as well as several other bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Sage Timeslips 30.0.4.84 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://na.sage.com/Sage-Timeslips/Support

Security Software Updates

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

Chainsaw 2.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/countercept/chainsaw

HTTP Toolkit 1.12.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://httptoolkit.tech/

IISCrypto 3.3.17 adds TLS 1.3, new cipher suites, and updates templates. This is not a security update.
https://www.nartac.com/Products/IISCrypto/Download

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.5.17 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

OpenSSL (SLP) 3.0.7 is a security update.
https://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

OpenSSL 1.1.1s is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/source/

OpenSSL 3.0.7 is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/source/

ProtonVPN 3.0.5 (macOS) is a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

ReactOS 0.4.14.31 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://reactos.org/

Tails 5.6 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.45.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Zorin OS 16.2 improves compatibility, updates libraries, upgrades LibreOffice, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://zorin.com/os/mirrors/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Open Broadcaster Software 28.1.2 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://obsproject.com/

SnagIt 23.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/releases/snagit.msi

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PDF Creator 5.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

StreamFab 6.0.0.1 resolves several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

DVDFab 12.0.9.1 adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.17 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 8.9.8 resolves several bugs and adds many new features. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 8.9.8 resolves several bugs and adds many new features. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

AOMEI Partition Assistant 9.12.0 adds support for moving BitLocker partitions, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

Beyond Compare 4.4.4.27058 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitwarden 2022.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.05.10110 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

DesktopOK 10.44 improves tools. This is a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Etcher 1.8.15 updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Fido 1.36 adds support for the latest build of Windows. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

Go 1.19.3 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.0.9 is a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

HWMonitor 1.47 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

IsMyHdOK 3.77 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

Kingston SSD Manager 1.5.2.5 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

Memtest86+ 6.00 is a new major version, with support for new hardware, and resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.memtest.org/

NetworkInterfacesView 1.25 adds enable/disable option and registry key details. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_interfaces.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.42 improves high-DPI mode. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

NTLite 2.3.8.8978 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

PowerToys 0.64.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

ProcessMonitor 3.92 adds an option to set the filter driver altitude from the command line. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

Process Explorer 17.01 adds dark theme, multipane support, startup improvements and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/process-explorer

RoboForm 9.3.7 adds the ability to install updates without killing all the browsers and resolves several bugs. Be aware that this causes many browser extensions to fail until they’re reinstalled. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

ScreenConnect 22.9.10231 adds several new controls and security improvements. This is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Sysmon 14.11 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

TeamViewer 15.35.7 doesn’t have a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

Unity 2022.1.21 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

Windows 10 Upgrade 22H2 is a system update. This installs the latest build of Windows 10.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

WinAudit 3.4.3 resolves DNS bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.parmavex.co.uk/winaudit.html

WizTree 4.11 adds a Today filter, now supports quoting in filters, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

AutoHotkey 1.1.35.00 resolves several bugs and backports several features. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Docker Desktop 4.13.1 improves compatibility, upgrades libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

GitHub Desktop 3.1.2 updates embedded engine. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Node.js 14.21.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 16.18.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 18.12.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 19.0.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Visual Studio Code 1.73 adds include/exclude folders to search, shortcuts to Command Center, merge editor improvements and several other fixes. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 7.0.2 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.

Joomla 4.2.5 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

phpList 3.6.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

Piwigo 13.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

WordPress 6.1 adds a new default theme, new templates, improved design controls, menu editing, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 3.1.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

BuddyPress 10.6.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.6.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Idea Publisher 1.0.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/idea-publisher/

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-networks-auto-poster-facebook-twitter-g/

Redirection 5.3.5 resolves a language bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

W3 Total Cache 2.2.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 7.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WPBakery 6.10.0 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

WP Plugin Update Checker 5.0 switches from classes to namespaces, adds VCS controls, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/YahnisElsts/plugin-update-checker/releases/latest

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

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 you’re using this hardware – 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. 😉

Regards,

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

Updates 2016-03-23

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla, Google, Adobe and more released updates today. The typical computer should require approximately 250mb of updates. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released out-of-cycle security updates to address issues in Windows Update (~10mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for Apple Software Update, Apple Remote Desktop, iOS 9.3, iTunes 12.3.3, OS X, Safari, tvOS, watchOS and Xcode. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update (no joke) to install these updates.

Adobe AIR 21.0.0.176 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 21.0.0.197 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.

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.

Cisco Wireless Residential Gateway security updates have been released. Check for your specific hardware through it’s web interface.

Display Driver Uninstaller 15.7.5.2 fixes several bugs and adds newer hardware support. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/downloads.html

Intel Driver Update 2.4 adds support for newer hardware.
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 341.95 is a security update.
http://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 49.0.2623.95 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current update.

Firefox 45.0.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Opera 36 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.40 is a security update. Use Menu, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 38.7.0 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.

Java 8u77 is a security update. I’ll say it as many times as it takes: if you don’t need it (and you probably don’t), you’re far better off removing Java than upgrading. Do it now. If you decide to keep it, make sure you update ALL installed versions and REMOVE all the others.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

BIND 9.9.8-P4, 9.10.3-P4 and 9.9.8-S6 are security updates.

DynDNS Updater 5.2.0 is a security update.
https://help.dyn.com/update-clients/

Dropbox 3.16.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?dropbox

Evernote 5.9.8.9906 fixes many bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Nmap 7.10 is a security update.

FileZilla 3.16.1 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

OpenSSH 7.2p2 is a security update.

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.6.6059 re-signs the code using a higher strength algorithm and fixes a format bug. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

Plex Media Server 0.9.16.3.1840 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://plex.tv/downloads/1/archive

iTunes 12.3.3 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

iOS 9.3 for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, and iPad 2 and later 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.

Battle.net Client 20160319 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://us.battle.net/en/app/

Lego Digital Designer 4.3.9 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://ldd.lego.com/

Security Software Updates

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

CertData 2016-02-26 is a security update. If you roll your own certificates, re-roll them now.
http://mxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source/security/nss/lib/ckfw/builtins/certdata.txt

KeePass 1.31 adds regex search support, per-user start options, HTML export, rich text conversion and other bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://keepass.info/.

Junkware Removal Tool 8.0.4 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/junkwareremovaltool/

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware 2.2.1 is a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

Nmap 7.10 with many great improvements! It’s got 12 new NSE scripts, hundreds of new OS/version fingerprints, and dozens if smaller improvements and bug fixes.

Defraggler 2.21.993 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?defraggler

RogueKiller 12.0.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1-RU6-MP4 is a security update.

TinyWall 2.1.8 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://tinywall.pados.hu/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 2.7.1602.2231 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.7.1602.1927 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 9.2.3.3 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.

RoboForm 7.9.18 fixes several bugs and updates signing algorithm. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

iExplorer 3.9.2.0 fixes a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

CurrPorts 2.22 fixes elevation bug. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

DevManView 1.48 improves external device display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

FolderChangesView 1.85 adds summary mode. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

SimpleWMIView 1.12 adds ability to launch new instances. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.75 improves command line interface. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

TaskSchedulerView 1.17 is a cosmetic update. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

OSForensics 3.3.1002 fixes several bugs and improves file system support. This is not a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

CCleaner 5.16.5551 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Rufus 2.8 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

WSUS Offline 10.6.1 fixes several bugs and updates components. This is a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

StrawberryPerl 5.22.1.3 is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.2.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

Web Package Updates

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

ModSecurity 2.9.1 is a security update.
https://github.com/SpiderLabs/ModSecurity/releases

TinyMCE 4.3.8 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

jQuery 1.12.2 and 2.2.2 fix several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://jquery.com/download/

phpMyAdmin 4.6.0 fixes dozens of bugs, including security updates.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Joomla 3.5.0 is a major performance boost and adds over 30 features. This is not a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

Anti-Splog 2.1.8 is a security update.

Autoptimize 2.0.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.5.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Register IP – Multisite 1.7.1 fixes a minor bug. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.5.5 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

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

Updates 2016-01-20

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Microsoft, Apple, Google, and more have released updates this week. The typical computer should approximately 100mb of updates, while Mac devices (OS X and iOS) see roughly 1gb. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released out-of-cycle updates to add support to two more currencies. This is not a security update. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released Safari 9.0.3, OS X 10.11.3 and OS X Security Update 2016-001. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Apple iOS 9.2.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the iOS update.

Adobe Flash Player 20.0.0.286 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.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

Display Driver Uninstaller 15.7.3.1 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/downloads.html

Intel Driver Update 20160115 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Samsung Kies3 201601 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/app/kies

Samsung SideSync 4.2.0.37 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.samsung.com/us/sidesync

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 47.0.2526.111 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Trillian Mac 3.4.0.2 is a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

BrowsingHistoryView 1.80 adds support for the Yandex browser. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

IPNetInfo 1.66 improves throttling/access denied messaging for RIPE queries. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

Java 8u71 is a security update. Instead of updating, please consider REMOVING Java instead. Chances are good you don’t need it, and if not, you really don’t want it.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 3.15 improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

SteamOS 13-Jan-2016 is a security update.
http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/download/?ver=custom

Office Updates

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

Artweaver 5.1.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

MyPaint 1.2.0 fixes several bugs, adds various tools and improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://mypaint.org/downloads/

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 11.0.8 is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 2.7.1512.2130 is a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.7.1512.1839 is a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.9.9 adds AACS v58 support, improves compatibility, and other fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.makemkv.com/download/

DVDFab 9.2.2.6 adds support for new encodings, improves performance 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.

Remix OS 2016011402 is still in its early stages. Treat all updates as security updates for now.
http://www.jide.com/en/remixos-for-pc#downloadNow

Cygwin 2.4.0 adds unified support for POSIX over ACL, and adds support for usertemp mount type. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

DiskMaker X 5.0.2 fixes a visibility issue on Startup disk. This is not a security update.
http://diskmakerx.com/

GWX Control Panel 1.7.1.0 improves usability. This is not a security update.
http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

USBDeview 2.52 adds support for saving font configuration. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WifiInfoView 1.96 updates the internal MAC addresses file. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Defraggler 2.20.989 improves SSD and Windows 10 support, provides several bug fixes and GUI improvements. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?defraggler

SystemRescueCD 4.7.1 updates included applications. This is not a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

WSUS Offline 10.3.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Seagate HDD Diagnostics 1.4.0.2 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/202435en

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Inno Setup 5.5.8 adds multiple code signing support. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.0.14-105127 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

MailEnable Enterprise 9.02 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

ISC BIND 9.9.8-P3, 9.10.3-P3 and 9.9.8-S4 are security updates.

Multisite Enhancements 1.3.3 fixes cosmetic bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.5.0 fixes many bugs, improves session handling, several new features and many tweaks. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.0.3 fixes several bugs and removes a home page hijack. 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 2016-01-12

Hi, Folks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now back to our regular patch notes.

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

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

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

Adobe Flash Player 20.0.0.270 are security updates.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

If you’re using this hardware – these updates are for you.

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

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

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

Email Updates

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

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

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

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

PlayStation PS4 3.11 improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

Office Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Security Software Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

VirtualBox 5.0.12-104815 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

Joomla 3.4.8 is a security update.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

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