Updates 2011-05-11

Hey folks!

Microsoft has released updates for Windows and Office (from 2 to 9 depending on your configuration). These are security updates. A reboot is required. Internet Explorer 9 is also now being pushed for Vista and Windows 7, so if you’re not prepared for this upgrade (the interface changes a LOT), you might want to hold off. Use Windows Update to get these updates now:
http://updates.microsoft.com/
Be aware that one of these updates can really take some time and it will LOOK like the computer has crashed. Let it run, ten to fifteen minutes, if necessary – it will finish.

Apple has released updates for OSX 10.6.7, MacBook Pro and iMac EFI, MacBook Pro display updates, Boot Camp, Snow Leopard, FIPS, iPhoto, iOS and iTunes over the last couple weeks. Many of these are security updates. Use the Apple Updater to get the most recent versions.

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.

Driver Updates

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

iOS 4.3.3 disables certain aspects of the “location cache” feature which improves privacy for iOS powered devices. Use iTunes to update to this version. This is not a security update.

Internet Updates

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

Trillian Astra 5.0.31 is released. This major version update is now “free” (ad supported), but I can’t say I’m fond of how the ads are implemented. The paid version now operates as a subscription model ($12/year). This is not a security update.
http://www.trillian.im/

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 2.8.6 updates included codecs and corrects and ac3 error. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Vista Codec Package 5.9.6 updates included codecs and corrects an ac3 error. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This version works for both Windows XP and Windows Vista. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 1.92 is a cosmetic update, which adds only the filename to the status bar. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 8.0.9.0 is a major interface rewrite, correcting a number of issues (notably A/V sync issues!) and improving performance. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.com/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CrucialScanner 20110504 improves memory and motherboard detection. This is not a security update.
http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/index.aspx

Process Explorer 14.11 adds network and disk monitoring tray icon capabilities. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.5.12 corrects a couple dozen bugs, including potential information leakage issues. This should be considered a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

Web Package Updates

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

BuddyStream 2.0.3 corrects a number of bugs, especially for MS sites. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddystream/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2011-04-12

Hey folks!

Microsoft released 22 updates today covering 64 vulnerabilities within Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Visual Studio, SMB, .NET Framework and GDI+. The most important update is a change in the Windows OS Loader, which will significantly aid in the detection and removal of rootkit malware. IE9 is now officially being “offered” as an “important” update. While I can’t say I’m fond of the interface changes, it does have stronger base security, so you really should consider upgrading. Use Windows Update to get these updates (~70mb on XP, -90-150mb on Vista/Win7):
  http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for Boot Camp, GarageBand, and an update to OS X 10.6.7 for MacBook Air. These pertain primarily to stability fixes. Use Apple Updater to get the most recent updates.

iOS 4.3.1 provides a number of display and video output bugs, web authentication issues and cell service updates. This is not a security update, but is strongly recommended to all iPod, iPhone and iPad users. Use iTunes to download and install this (430mb-680mb+) update.

Sadly, even though Adobe announced the “release” of the 10.0.2 security update several weeks ago, it is still not available within the “Check for Updates” feature. They’ve revised their announcement and, even though this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild, they intend to postpone release of the update until June 14th (more than 2 months away). Meanwhile they recommend enabling “Protected Mode”, which you can do by opening Adobe Reader, the Edit menu, Preferences, then under the “Categories” list select “General”, and then ensure that “Enable Protected Mode at Startup” is checked (bottom-left corner).

Looking for an upgrade?

Over the last few months I’ve talked to a lot of family and friends that are paring down – dumping their larger desktops, cable and satellite service, and looking for something that’ll do the things they “really” need to do the most. Since many are getting their tax refunds right about now, here’s my top three “on the cheap but worth far more” recommendations:

WDTV Live Plus (currently over 30% off)
  https://12pd.com/amazon?B003MVZ60I
This thing is AWESOME. Alone, it can plug into your TV and be used to play Netflix, or YouTube or other online media – but add a USB hard drive to it (such as https://12pd.com/amazon?B0041OSQBG) and you can use it to store your entire media library in digital form, accessible from anywhere on your network, or played directly to your TV. Very nifty, indeed.

Apple Mac Mini Desktop
  https://12pd.com/amazon?B0013FK9U2
I’ve had one of these for about a year now, and where the WDTV Live+ ends, this begins. It’s essentially a desktop tower, plugged into your HDMI-capable TV (you’re flat screen), and it supports bluetooth out of the box, so you can use a BT mouse and keyboard (mouse included) from across the living room. Great for getting your “large screen” Plants vs Zombies fix, or just for day-to-day computing and email with the larger font offered by your living room TV screen. If space is an issue, you really can’t do better than this Mac Mini – and the price is very fair.

ASUS A52F-XE6 15.6-Inch Versatile Entertainment Laptop
  https://12pd.com/amazon?B004LQ1YNG
This media laptop is built with 4gb RAM, an Intel i5 processor (64-bit dual core with four thread capability), HDMI output, webcam and a multi-touch trackpad. This is one very capable, and would suit a designer or video editor as well as a home user that just wants to be able to keep up with the day-to-day interactions that the online world now requires. If you want *more* out of your laptop, check out the HP Pavilion DV7 instead.

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.

Browser Updates

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

Opera 11.10 updates several components, primarily related to development, but also performance, reliability and crash issues. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to download and install this update.

SeaMonkey 2.0.13 is a security update, addressing the unauthorized certificate issues that have cropped up over the last couple months. This update also corrects several non-security crash bugs, and stability issues. Use Help, Check for Updates to get this update.

Internet Updates

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

FileZilla 3.4.0 provides a number of bugfixes, cosmetic improvements, improved default security behavior, and resolving a memory leak. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get this update.

Skype 5.3.0.108 improves call quality, presence indicators, topic management, phone and SMS tying. This is not a security update. Download the update at the URL below:
  http://www.skype.com/go/getskype

Trillian for Mac 1.1.0.3 has been updated with a batch of new features and fixes, including continuous client functionality. This means you can login from multiple devices (including Windows & iPhone) without missing any messages. This update is available at the Mac App Store.

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC 1.1.9 is a security update. If you yse VLC, get the update below:
  http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html

Audacity 1.3.13 corrects a number of bugs, primarily stability and crash issues. This is not a security update. Get the latest version from:
  http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 5.9 updates included libraries, adds non-greedy regex, copy controls for binary data, paste HTML/RTF, remove unmarked lines option, and improved code collapse within PHP and JavaScript. This is not a security update. Get the update from:
  http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Fraps 3.4.1 improves loop recording options, crash issues, hotkey and key “stuck” issues, and better performance at higher resolution. This is not a security update.
  http://www.fraps.com/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CCleaner 3.05.1409 adds support for the new major versions of browsers. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Defraggler 2.03.282 improves support for Win7 SP1. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/defraggler

Recuva 1.40.525 improves support for Win7 SP1, adds support for BartPE, Apple iPods, large drive handling (>1TB), better memory handling with many files (>1M) and filetype detection. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Speccy 1.10.248 adds all-around improvements, mapped profile files and a new Find feature. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/speccy

Goodsync and Goodsync2Go 8.6.8.8 corrects a number of logic, stability and consistency bugs. This is not a security update.
  https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

GPU-Z 0.5.3 adds support for newer hardware, corrects crash and memory bugs. This is not a security update.
  http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

Hamachi 2.0.3.111 improves tunnel behavior and stability, and UPnP support. Corrects several bugs, including IP detection, crash and DNS resolution. This should be treated as a security update. If you use Hamachi, get the update from:
  http://help.logmein.com/SelfServiceDownloads

LogMeIn Win 4.1.1586 is a stability fix. This is not a security update. Right-click on the LogMeIn icon in your tray and select “Open LogMeIn”, click “About”, then “Check for Updates”. After a few minutes of downloading, the updater will start. You’ll be prompted to click “Update”, approve installation and finally “close” the installer when done. Alternatively, you can download the full installer from:
  https://secure.logmein.com/logmein.msi

NirCmd 2.52 adds ‘runas’ and ‘Flash’ commands. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

RoboForm and RoboForm2Go 7.2.8 corrects several proxy bugs, licensing issues with RF Everywhere and several crashes. This is not a security update.
  https://12pd.com/click?roboform

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.5.11 corrects a number of stability and consistency bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

Redemption 5.1.0.2342 adds a number of new methods and objects to reduce the memory footprint and performance of existing methods. This is not a security update.
  http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

TortoiseSVN 1.6.15 corrects a library loading bug. This is a security update.
  http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 3.1.4 improves default settings, virtual hardware mapping for USB and several other bugs. This is a security update.
  http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

WordPress 3.1.1 provides over two dozen security updates, as well as a number of other improvements. If you have WordPress installed on your website, please update it immediately. This version replaces all previous versions. This is a security update.
  http://wordpress.org/

DotNetNuke 05.06.02 corrects a number of bugs, improves SQL (and other) modules, user manager, and various performance enhancements. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://dotnetnuke.codeplex.com/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2010-12-14

Hey folks!

Microsoft released 14 updates today through Windows Update (30-40mb), covering issues in Office, Windows and Internet Explorer. This includes multiple security fixes. Use Windows Update to obtain these updates as soon as possible. A reboot is required.
  http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro EFI firmware updates correct reported display problems. This is not a security update. Use the Apple Updater to get these updates.

Apple Boot Camp 3.2 adds support for newer hardware and corrects multiple critical bugs. This is not a security update, but this should be treated as an urgent update. Use the Apple Updater to get these updates.

iOS 4.2.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod corrects more than a hundred security and stability issues with previous versions, including several that enable a remote attacker to exploit your device without action on your part (for example, by simply calling you). This is a security update. Use iTunes 10.1 to download and install this update (~400mb). Afraid you’ll lose something? Backup first:
  http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1414

QuickTime 7.6.9 is a security update. If you have iTunes or QuickTime installed, install this update with the Apple Updater, or by downloading the newest version from:
  http://apple.com/quicktime/download/

Adobe Reader 10.0 (branded as “Reader X”) and 9.4.1 are security updates, correcting multiple public security issues. This is a security update. Since 10.0 was just released, I recommend against being the Adobe Guinea Pig. Give it a couple weeks or a month for the first security and stability update to 10.0 to be released, then install it. Meanwhile, please install the 9.4.1 update immediately by using Help, Check for Updates in Adobe Reader. If upgrading to 10.0, get it from the link below:
  http://get.adobe.com/reader

Java 6u23 improves timezone support, stability and performance. This is not a security update, but if you have Java installed, you should always treat Java updates as critical.
  http://www.java.com/

Looking for an upgrade?

This is not your typical Christmas season. 99% of the sales I’ve seen have been little more than something to lure you in the door for hardware that isn’t actually available, or isn’t something you should purchase. That said, there’s still time to replace your aging hardware online if you’re looking for:

Laptops?
  https://12pd.com/click?amazonlaptops

Desktops?
  https://12pd.com/click?amazoncomputers

Monitors?
  https://12pd.com/click?amazonmonitors

My advice: Avoid Toshiba and Dell, make sure it’s at least a dual-core machine, and unless you’re a hardcore gamer or developer, you shouldn’t need to spend more than $600 for a machine that will last you 5+ years. Since Windows 7 has now been available for about a year, and has proven itself stable and reliable, if you were one of many putting off your upgrade due to fears of Vista, it’s all clear now. 🙂

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 crap-ware that might come with a fresh installer. Use this option if it’s available to you.

Driver Updates

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

Logitech SetPoint 6.20.64 improves stability and numerous bugfixes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.logitech.com/en-us/support-downloads

GMail Drive FS 1.0.17 is a GMail version compatibility update. This update is required if you use GMail Drive. This is not a security update.
  http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 3.6.13 corrects nearly a dozen security issues, as well as multiple stability issues. This is a security update.
  http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

SeaMonkey 2.0.11 corrects nearly a dozen security issues, as well as multiple stability issues. This is a security update.
  http://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/

Safari 5.0.3 includes more than 3 dozen security updates. This is a security update. If you use Safari, update immediately. Use the Apple Updater, or download the installer directly from the URL below.
  http://www.apple.com/safari/

Internet Updates

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

FileZilla 3.3.5.1 corrects a certificate handling bug and issues with symbolic links. This is not a security update.
  http://filezilla-project.org/

Trillian 1.0.162 for Mac incorporates contact list and Twitter improvements, as well as integration of autologin and better control over the UI. This is not a security update.
  http://www.trillian.im/download/

Thunderbird 3.1.7 fixes several security issues, improves handling of large folder files stored locally, and corrects corruption issues in IMAP mailboxes. This is a security update.
  http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 2.6.9 updates included codecs and corrects a bug with ac3 audio. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application.
  http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Vista Codec Package 5.8.6 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This version works for both Windows XP and Windows Vista.
  http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Win x64 Codec Support 2.7.3 updates included codecs and corrects a bug with ac3 audio. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package.
  http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 10.1 adds AirPlay and iOS 4.2 support, as well as multiple security and stability updates. This is a security update. Use Apple Updater to update to the most recent version, a reboot is required.

Paint.net 3.5.6 improves performance and quality of some tools, corrects a data loss bug and issues with copy and paste. This is not a security update.
  http://www.getpaint.net/

Picasa 3.8 Build 117.24 corrects caption issues when playing Face Movies and translation issues. This is not a security update.
  http://google.com/picasa/

CDBurnerXP 4.3.8.2474 improves media type detection and support, multiple bug fixes and stability improvements. This is a security update.
  http://cdburnerxp.se/

Unreal Live Server 7.5 and Unreal Media Server 7.5 add AAC encoding and MMS protocol, additional resolution options, and better live source and broadcast stream source handling. This is not a security update.
  http://www.umediaserver.net/umediaserver/download.html

Winamp 5.601 corrects a number of security, stability and reliability bugs, including freezes in certain situations. This is a security update.
  http://www.winamp.com/media-player/en

ImgBurn 2.5.4.0 optimizes performance, multiple stability bugs, among many UI changes. This is not a security update.
  http://imgburn.com/

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 5.8.5 corrects several bugs, including tab settings and session handling issues. This is not a security update.
  http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Scribus 1.3.9 corrects more than 70 bugs, including import/export, color handling and stability updates, This is not a security update.
  http://www.scribus.net/downloads

Security Software Updates

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

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware 1.50 increases performance, stability and detection algorithms. Extends ignore list functionality, scheduling, and update options. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

SuperAntiSpyware 4.46.1000 improves direct disk access and preparation for the next major release. This is not a security update.
  http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Fraps 3.2.5 corrects a number of bugs, including stability, mouse, sticky keys, OpenGL and D3D issues. This is not a security update.
  http://www.fraps.com/

VideoCacheView 1.82 adds video handling option. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 8.0.5.6 adds Blu-Ray 3D support, improved copy protection handling, stability fixes and many Blu-Ray specific updates. This is not a security update.
  http://www.dvdfab.com/en/download.htm

Any Video Converter 3.12 fixes a PSP encoding bug and a bug that causes a freeze when closing the burning dialog. This is not a security update.
  http://www.any-video-converter.com/

Education updates

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

TuxMath 1.9.0 adds a competitive play (head-to-head) mode, as well as improved display. This is not a security update.
  http://tux4kids.alioth.debian.org/tuxmath/download.php

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

7-Zip 9.20! I’ll start this one with “Yay!” 7-Zip 9.20 is finally available, incorporating several bugfixes as well as more than a dozen new formats including direct filesystem streams, RPM, VHD, SWF, FLV, APM, huge TAR (8gb+), new SFX tool and the addition of diff tool integration. This is a major update, following nearly two years of testing, and you should not only upgrade to this version if you’re using a previous version of 7-Zip, but you should switch to 7-Zip if you’re not. Seriously. It’s that good.
  http://www.7-zip.org/download.html

LogMeIn 4.1.1578 is a stability update, but all remote access software should be treated as a security update. If you have LogMeIn installed, right-click on the LogMeIn icon in your tray and select “Open LogMeIn”, click “About”, then “Check for Updates”. After a few minutes of downloading, the updater will start. You’ll be prompted to click “Update”, approve installation and finally “close” the installer when done. Alternatively, you can download the full installer from:
  https://secure.logmein.com/logmein.msi

RoboForm and RoboForm2Go 7.1.0 is the first official release of RoboForm 7. I’ve been using it for months, and can say the improvements (particularly in the Sync, management, login icon, and capture) are well worth the efforts to upgrade. Get it here:
  http://www.roboform.com/dist/affs/AiRoboForm-s12pd.exe

Goodsync and Goodsync2Go 8.5.2.2 fixes filesystem icons, symlinks and auto-list servers under SAMBA. This is not a security update.
  https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Autoruns 10.06 adds ActiveSync parsing and fixes several minor bugs, and also corrects a bug affecting modifications to certain registry keys. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://sysinternals.com/

Process Explorer 14.01 is a major update, adding a range of additional features including network and disk monitoring, multi-tab display, aggregate resource usage display, improved accuracy and performance. This is not a security update.
  http://sysinternals.com/

CCleaner 3.01.1327 adds more than a dozen performance and usability improvements, including better application support, troubleshooting options, processor detection, and various bugfixes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Defraggler 2.00.230 is a major update, adding offline defragmentation, improved performance and compatibility and many minor bugfixes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/defraggler

Speccy 1.07.205 improves hardware detection and speed, particularly with removable drives and the dreaded SATA interference issues (typical of many laptops), as well as stability and bugfixes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/speccy

NirCmd 2.46 introduces native 64-bit support, max and min options and location by executeable command. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

Cygwin 1.7.7 improves 64-bit support, and updates a number of included libraries. This should be treated as a security update. If you don’t know what Cygwin is, you don’t have it.
  http://cygwin.com/

GPU-Z 0.4.9 adds support for newer hardware, corrects BIOS handling of large blocks, and improves error handling. This is not a security update.
  http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

Hamachi 2.0.3.89 is a stability update. Since this software controls VPN access, it should be treated as a security update.
  https://secure.logmein.com/US/products/hamachi2/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.1.53 corrects several stability and reliability issues, especially with replication, slave implementations, temp tables and authentication replication. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

TortoiseSVN 1.6.12 corrects an issue with hook scripts failing. This is not a security update.
  http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads

ActivePerl 5.12.2.1203 adds several package bundles to the default installation, updates several libraries, and corrects multiple non-security bugs. This is not a security update.
  http://www.activestate.com/activeperl/downloads

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 3.1.3 corrects several stability and compatibility changes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 3.2.12.68302 fixes numerous crashes, stability and reliability issues, some which should be considered security fixes. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

phpMyAdmin 3.3.8.1 is a security update. If your server has any version of phpMyAdmin installed prior to this, upgrade immediately. This is a security update.
  http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

WordPress 3.0.2 and 3.0.3 are security updates. This update resolves a privilege escalation exploit in ALL previous versions, as well as other security issues and bugs. Install this update on your WP-powered site immediately. This is a security update. Use the WP updater to install the update. Be aware that additional updates and changes may be necessary if your site, theme or plugins are not prepared for WP3.
  http://wordpress.org/download/

BuddyStream 1.0.3.1 adds multiple stability and reliability improvements, including at least one security update. This is a security update.
  http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddystream/
That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

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

Updates 2010-01-21

Hey folks!

Microsoft has released an out-of-cycle update for a vulnerable library from Internet Explorer that is used within many other applications (Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, Trillian, Visual Basic, Access, Word, Excel, and many many others) as well as an update to Silverlight. These are both security updates. You should visit Microsoft Update immediately to install them. Depending on what you have open at the time of installation, a reboot may be required.
  http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released security updates for all current versions of OSX as well as updates to Main Stage, Logic Pro, Unitor, Boot Camp, Graphic and Firmware updates, as well as a Firmware restoration CD. This includes security updates. All of them except the restoration CD can be obtained from Apple Update. Download the cd here:
  http://support.apple.com/kb/DL976
Use the “Apple Updater” to get the most recent versions of all the other affected software.

Java Runtime 6u18 now natively supports Windows 7 and adds several dozen bugfixes. This is a security update. All users should update ASAP:
  http://www.java.com/en/download/installed.jsp?detect=jre&try=1
If you’re using a 64bit machine and use both 32bit and 64bit browsers, you should also install the 64bit version, available here:
  http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp

Adobe Shockwave Player 11.5.6.606 was released earlier this week. This is a security update.
  http://get.adobe.com/shockwave
As with all Adobe products, be sure to uncheck any toolbars, add-ons and other “offers” both during download and during installation.

Adobe Reader 9.3 includes multiple security fixes. This version replaces all previous versions of Adobe Reader. This is a security update. If you have not installed 9.3 yet, you should do so IMMEDIATELY as these vulnerabilities are being exploited by a piece of “broken” malware that has so far brought half a dozen clients computers down completely, and it has been a *major* chore to get them up and running again. If you’re using Adobe Reader 9.x, use “Help, Check for updates” to upgrade to the most current version. If you’re using a version of Adobe Reader prior to 9.x, get Adobe Reader 9.3 here:
  http://get.adobe.com/reader
As with all Adobe products, be sure to uncheck any toolbars, add-ons and other “offers” both during download and during installation.


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, excepting only the Windows/Apple items. 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. Wherever possible, I try to start each item with the product name followed by the new version number and the severity of the update, in order to facilitate a quick scan through the list to identify applications that apply to you.

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

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


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

Trillian for Windows 4.1 adds over a hundred new features, including better Facebook, Twitter and Windows 7 support, clearer notifications and a reintroduction of news feeds. This is not a security update.
  http://www.trillian.im/download/

Thunderbird 3.0.1 corrects several security and reliability bugs, and also improves the user interface for attachment handling. This is a security update.
  http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/


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

AVG Free Edition 9.0.730 improves polymorphic detection methods. This is a security update. Download using the link below for NEW 9.x installations, otherwise use the AVG Updater to get the upgrade to the latest version.
  http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-avg-anti-virus-free

Avast! Free Antivirus 5.0.377 improves the antivirus and antispyware engines, adds a code emulator to better detect runtime virus compilation used by many newer malware packages, an heuristics engine, multithreading improvements, behavior shield and new “silent” mode (intended for uninterrupted processing during media and gaming). This is a major update to Avast!. This is a security update. If you already use Avast! you’ll need to download this package to update your installation to the next major version as support for 4.x will be discontinued in the near future.
  http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

a-squared Free 4.5.0.24 corrects an issue with the cookie quarantine feature. This is not a security update.
  http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/


Media Updates
These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

WinAmp 5.572 adds a dozen fixes primarily aimed at Windows 7 compatibility, though also includes security updates to several incorporated third party libraries. This is a security update.
  http://www.winamp.com/media-player

CDBurnerXP 4.2.7.1849 fixes a handful of non-security bugs, and adds return codes to the command-line processor, making automation of the program far more complete. This is not a security update.
  http://cdburnerxp.se/en/download

Vista Codec Package 5.5.3 updates various codecs. This is not a security update.
  http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Google SketchUp 7.1.6860 adds a variety of compatibility and usability features, including photo textures and better support for large models. This is not a security update.
  http://sketchup.google.com/download/index2.html


Utility Updates
These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TeraCopy 2.12 adds multimonitor support, event processing and corrects an autostart bug. This is not a security update.
  http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php

SysInternals tools Desktops, ProcDump, Sigcheck and Diskview, were updated earlier this week. The most significant update corrects reliability issues within the Desktops application for Windows 7 x64 support.
  http://www.sysinternals.com/


Web Package Updates
These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

WordPress MU 2.9.1 and 2.9.1.1 were released this week, updating the features to match those of WordPress 2.9.1 and fixing at least two major security vulnerabilities. If you use WordPress MU, install these updates ASAP!
  http://mu.wordpress.org/download/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2009-11-21

Hey folks!

Apple released several security updates to Mac OS X this week, including various driver and Boot Camp compatibility updates. Use the “Apple Updater” to get the most recent versions of all the affected software.

QuickTime 7.6.5 was released this week. This is a security update. Use the “Apple Updater” to get the update, or download it here:
  http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/


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

FileZilla 3.3.0.1 was released this week. This is not a security update. This version corrects several stability and reliability issues, particularly within the new tab functionality. If you’re using FileZilla as your FTP solution, upgrade now:
  http://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client

Yahoo! Messenger 10.0.0.1102 was released last week. This is a security update. If you have Yahoo! Messenger installed, you should install this update as soon as possible.
  http://messenger.yahoo.com/download/

Safari 4.0.4 was released last week. This is a security update. If you are not ALREADY using Safari, you do not need this update. Use the “Apple Updater” to get the update, or download it here:
  http://www.apple.com/safari/download/


Driver updates:
These are only necessary if your computer includes the matching hardware.

ATI Catalyst Drivers 9.11 were released this week, introducing Flash/h.264 acceleration, better video transcoding, and multiple stability issues. This is not a security update. If you use an ATI video card, you should consider updating the driver:
  http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx

BullZip PDF Printer 7.1.0.1007 was released a couple weeks ago, with better Windows 7 support, more advanced features and better command-line option support. If you don’t yet have a PDF printer driver, I can unreservedly recommend the BullZip PDF Printer, available free, here:
  http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download


Media updates:
These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Vista Codec Package 5.4.9 was released this week, including minor bug fixes and codec updates to ffdshow, Gabest and MediaInfo. This is not a security update. If you have Vista Codec Pack installed, get the update here:
  http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Google SketchUp 7.1.6087 was released yesterday, correcting several stability issues and crash bugs. This is not a security update. If you use Google SketchUp, you should upgrade at your convenience.
  http://sketchup.google.com/

FRAPS 3.0.2 was released this week, correcting several stability issues. This is not a security update.
  http://www.fraps.com/download.php


Utility updates:
These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 3.0.12.54655 was released this week, correcting a number of stability issues. This is not a security update. If you use VirtualBox, you should update at your convenience – don’t forget to update the Virtual Machine Additions in your VM’s after it’s installed!
  http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

SuperAntiSpyware 4.30.1004 was released this week, increasing performance and reducing the engine footprint, so that updates will be smaller and more effective. This is not a security update. If you are using SuperAntiSpyware already, you should update as soon as possible:
  http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Spyware Terminator 2.6.4.165 was released this week, correcting several bugs, and increasing performance. This is not a security update. If you use Spyware Terminator already, you should upgrade as soon as possible:
  http://www.spywareterminator.com/download/download.aspx

MyDefrag 4.2.6 was released last week, correcting several bugs and stability issues. This is not a security update. If you use MyDefrag, you should upgrade as soon as possible:
  http://www.mydefrag.com/Manual-DownloadAndInstall.html

SyncToy 2.1 was released a couple weeks ago, correcting several bugs including a timestamp issue related to DST, and adding faster synchronization, folder pairing, and more better recovery from network errors. If you use SyncToy, you should consider upgrading. If you’re not yet using a network backup solution, SyncToy is worth checking out:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c26efa36-98e0-4ee9-a7c5-98d0592d8c52

Wireshark 1.2.4 was released last week, correcting several bugs and adding better support for various protocols, and 64-bit support. This is not a security update. If you use Wireshark, you should consider upgrading:
  http://www.wireshark.org/download.html

GPU-Z 0.3.7 was released this week, adding new hardware and a better summary page on startup. This is not a security update. If you use GPU-Z this will give you faster access to the information you’re after.
  http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/


Developer updates:
These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Inno Setup 5.3.6 was released this week, adding support for new Windows 7 functionality. This is not a security update. If you use Inno Setup, and are developing for Windows 7, you should upgrade to take advantage of the newer features:
  http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php


Web Package Updates
These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

WordPress 2.8.6 and WordPress MU 2.8.6 were both released this week. These are security updates. The vulnerabilities exposed enable an attacker to potentially gain access to all aspects of your site and run arbitrary code under the user account your site runs in. You should update your WP/WPMU sites immediately:
  http://wordpress.org/download/
  http://mu.wordpress.org/download/

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

Regards,

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