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 2022-09-13

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for September, 2022. This month brings new major versions of iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and impending new versions of Windows 11 and Windows 10. That’s on top of the 120 major hacks, and over 150 application updates this month. Even with all that, it’s actually a pretty light month, with only about 3 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

Advanced (NHS MSP), Akamai, Akasa Air, Albanian government, Ally Bank, Amazon, Argentina’s Judiciary of Córdoba, Armed Forces General Staff agency of Portugal (EMGFA), Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, Atlassian Bitbucket Server, an “automotive supplier“, Avamere Health Services LLC, Baker & Taylor, Banorte, Block, BOGA Group, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), BrandNewTube, BSA Hospice of the Southwest, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Celanese Medical Plan, Center Hospitalier Sud Francilien (CHSF), Cerebral Medical Group, P.A., Chester Upland School District, Chile Consumer Protection Agency, Chile’s government, Cisco (more), Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative, Conifer Revenue Cycle Solutions, CorrectHealth, CS.MONEY, Damart, DaVita Inc., DESFA, DigitalOcean, Dominican Republic’s Instituto Agrario Dominicano, DoorDash, EmergeOrtho, energy providers worldwide, Entrust, Eurocell, Family Medicine Centers, Farmville Internal Medicine, First Street Family Health, Forsyth County medical office, Franklin College, General Bytes, General Health System, Gestore dei Servizi Energetici SpA (GSE), Go-Ahead, Health Advantage, Henderson & Walton Women’s Center, P.C., Holdcroft Motor Group, HP Support Assistant, Hyundai, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG), IRS, Japan government, KeyBank, Kickstarter (?), LA USD (more), Lamoille Health Partners, LastPass, Lee County Emergency Medical Services, Liberty Counsel, MailChimp, Major Cineplex, Major Development PCL, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Methodist Craig Ranch Surgical Center, Methodist McKinney Hospital, Microsoft Teams, Montenegro government (and lied about it), Mossad, Nelnet Serving, Neopets, Nereus Finance, New Free DAO, NorthStar HealthCare Consulting LLC, Northwestern Medical Center, Novant Health, over 130 organizations via Okta, OMNI Healthcare, INC, OneTouchPoint, Onyx Technology LLC, Orange Cyberdefense, Overlake Medical Center & Clinics, Plex, Practice Resources LLC, Priti Patel Physician PC, Prowers  County Hospital District, PT Jasamarga Tollroad Operator, QNAP Photo Station, QuestionPro, Rug Pull Finder, Samsung, San Diego American Indian Health Center, San Francisco 49ers, Sando, Savannah College of Art and Design, Sephora, SFERRA, Sheppard Robson, Shipyaari, ShitExpress, Signal, SitePoint, South Staffordshire Water, Specialized Treatment Facility, Sri Lanka Department of Examinations, Starlink’s Dishy McFlatface, START.ru, Stratford University, TAP Air Portugal, Tesla cars, The North Face, TikTok, Trinity Health, Tulsa Tech, Twilio, Twitter, U-Haul, UK’s National Health Service, USAble Mutual Insurance Company, Valley Baptist Medical Center – Brownsville, Valley Baptist Medical Center – Harlingen, Warner Norcross & Judd, Xinai Electronics, and Zimbra Collaboration Suite have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

75% of retailers and 52% of supply chains report being hacked in 2021. Those numbers don’t reflect well on the security state of the nation. 🙁

Patreon fired their entire security department. What this means for you: if you’re still using Patreon, now is the best time to stop.  The Zoom installer can get you hacked. Facebook and Twitter will soon be shunning the CIA. (/sarc)

After updates last month, MS Office would crash if you floated your mouse over Outlook contacts. The version was pulled, but a new version wasn’t released until today. Microsoft released a virus definitions update that falsely identified every Electron app as malware on September 4th (the Labor Day holiday weekend). While it took only 13 hours before they released a fix, it was 13 hours too long for many who thought their browsers had been compromised. Edge 105 wouldn’t start if you had policies enabled relating to data reporting. Completely removing the policies was the only workaround. Tabs are coming to Windows Explorer in a “Moment.” I think they should probably call them Hot Flashes. Or Whims.

The only significant outages this month were Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365.

End-of-life (EOL) means end-of-life. Don’t expect vendors to fix critical vulnerabilities in EOL hardware or software. Usually. This is a win for Apple. This isn’t. And this is just sad.

Google finished their purchase of Mandiant. Even Lloyd’s of London is taking a page out of the terrorism handbook. The IoT (Internet of Things) is far less secure than they claim. In an approach that could only be described as inevitable, the anti-cheat software used to prevent cheating in a video game is being abused to hack computers with it installed.

The concept of software “permissions” is fatally flawed. While this article only demonstrates how it effected the clipboard, it’s a timely reminder to keep your camera and mic physically disabled whenever possible.

When the Federal government has no respect for the law, is it any surprise that law enforcement are tracking you without warrants. Duh.

Now for the good news:

While there’s not a lot of good news in tech, we can at least have some fun with it. Check out these barcode ponies.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is about average this month. The typical computer should see roughly 3 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 64 vulnerabilities in .NET and Visual Studio, .NET Framework, Azure Arc, Cache Speculation, HTTP.sys, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Office Visio, Microsoft Windows ALPC, Microsoft Windows Codecs Library, Network Device Enrollment Service (NDES), SPNEGO Extended Negotiation, Visual Studio Code, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows Credential Roaming Service, Windows Defender, Windows Distributed File System (DFS), Windows DPAPI (Data Protection Application Programming Interface), Windows Enterprise App Management, Windows Event Tracing, Windows Group Policy, Windows IKE Extension, Windows Kerberos, Windows Kernel, Windows LDAP – Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, Windows ODBC Driver, Windows OLE, Windows Photo Import API, Windows Print Spooler Components, Windows Remote Access Connection Manager, Windows Remote Procedure Call, Windows TCP/IP, Windows Transport Security Layer (TLS), and MSRT (~3 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 12.5.6 and 16.0, iPadOS 15.6.1, macOS Big Sur 11.7, macOS Monterey 12.5.1 and 12.6, Safari 15.6.1 and 16.0. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 12.5.6 and 16.0 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 15.6.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

tvOS 16.0 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 9.0 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 105.0.5195.112 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 new versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11 are expected within the next month. This release is the first in Microsoft’s new “Moments” behavior. We knew this would eventually happen last year when they threw in the towel on their 6-month OS release cadence and switch to a 1-year cadence, then last month announced that they would instead release a new major build every 3 years but release smaller feature updates (called “Moments”) whenever they wanted to. I think they missed their chance to call them “Whims”. If their recent cadence changes demonstrate anything, it’s that it’s all on a Windows Whim anyway. 🙂

The release of macOS Monterey (12.x) means that macOS Mojave (10.14) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Catalina (10.15) 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 (v21H2) 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 (v21H2) 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:
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Driver Updates

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

AMD Adrenalin 22.8.2 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

BullZip PDF Printer 14.0.0.2944 removes features. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Dymo Connect for Desktop 1.3.2.18 improves compatibility, but still not supported on Windows 11. This is not a security update.
https://www.dymo.com/label-makers-printers/labelwriter-label-printers/dymo-labelwriter-450-duo-thermal-label-printer/SAP_1752267.html

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 22.5.34 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.43.89 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 105.0.5195.102 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 105.0.1343.33 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 104.0.2 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 102.2.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Vivaldi 5.4.2753.47 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.10.5 is a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Thunderbird 102.2.2 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 7.0.14 is a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

curl 7.85.0 resolves over a hundred bugs. This is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 156.4.4908 improves context menu behavior. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 159.0.0.23.221 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FreeFileSync 11.25 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 63.0 is a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Mumble 1.4.274 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mumble.info/

Nextcloud Server 24.0.5 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Nmap 7.93 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/

Npcap 1.71 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Omada Software Controller 5.5.6 improves reliability, compatibility, and resolves an access bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Pocketnet-GUI 0.8.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

Signal 5.58.0 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Skype 8.87.0.406 resolves several bugs and adds quoting for all content types. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.21.0 resolves two bugs and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 4.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Trillian 6.5.0.24 improves reliability, media and diagnostics. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

WinSCP 5.21.3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.11.11.8425 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 3.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

iTunes 12.12.5.1 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Picard 2.8.3 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Plex Desktop 1.53.1.3225 improves watchlist, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.25.1.3248 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.28.2.6151 resolves a stability bug. This is not 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 14.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.epicgames.com/

GameMaker Studio 2022.8.1.37 adds several new features, removes redundant and unused features, and resolves over 150 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

Lego Studio 2.22.8.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

PS4 10.0 adds zoom and magnify options in the browser, and improves Remote Play. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps4/system-software/

PS5 22.02-06.00.00 adds dozens of new features and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Steam 2022.08.18 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

Office Updates

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

Adobe Animate 21.0.12 and 22.0.8 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb22-54.html

Adobe Bridge 12.0.3 and 11.1.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb22-49.html

Adobe Experience Manager 6.5.14.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb22-40.html

Adobe Illustrator 23.5 and 25.4.8 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb22-55.html

Adobe InCopy 17.4 and 16.4.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/incopy/apsb22-53.html

Adobe InDesign 17.4 and 16.4.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb22-50.html

Adobe Photoshop 22.5.9 and 23.5 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb22-52.html

Adobe Reader DC 22.002.20212 is a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Calibre 6.4.0 adds several new management and organizational features, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Krita 5.1.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.4.1 adds over 500 bug fixes and features changes. This is a security update. Please remember that LibreOffice Fresh is beta software. Most users should use LibreOffice Still.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice 7.3.6 resolves over 50 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.6.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.4.5 updates libraries and resolves a dozen bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 4.3.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

PDF-XChange Editor 9.4.363.0 resolves several stability and reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

Security Software Updates

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

.NET Framework 4.8.1 adds native support for Arm64, forms, and tooltips improvements. This is not a security update.
https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/download/dotnet-framework/net481

Hashcat 6.2.6 adds a return code for self-test failure. This is not a security update.
http://hashcat.net/hashcat/#downloadlatest

Johnny 2.2 adds several new modes, file formats, export options and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://openwall.info/wiki/john/johnny

KeePass 2.52 adds several new features, improves GUI and automation, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://keepass.info/

ProtonVPN 2.0.6 improves DNS resolution. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

ProtonVPN (macOS) 3.0.2 now automatically logs you in when visiting the ProtonVPN website. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.6.1 updates core, adds clipboard protection, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

SanDisk PrivateAccess 6.3.10 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://kb.sandisk.com/app/answersweb/detailweb/a_id/21996

Tails 5.4 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.44.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Velociraptor 0.6.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Velocidex/velociraptor/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Open Broadcaster Software 28.0.1 adds dozens of new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements. This is not a security update.
https://obsproject.com/

ScreenToGif 2.37.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 12.0.8.6 adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

StreamFab 5.0.5.2 improves reliability and performance with some websites. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.13 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 8.9.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 8.9.5 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

AOMEI Partition Assistant 9.10.0 resolves several bugs and adds ability to delete large files. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

Agent Ransack 2022.3341 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

CCleaner 6.03.10002 increases the nag factor and resolves several crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

ControlMyMonitor 1.36 adds option to start as hidden. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

Coreinfo 3.53 now handles NUMA nodes with more than 64 processors. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/coreinfo

CPU-Z Installer 2.02 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

Cygwin 3.3.6 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 10.16 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 3.0.154.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

Drive Snapshot 1.50 adds SFTP support and support for newer operating systems. This is not a security update.
http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/

Everything 1.4.1.1020 is a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Fido 1.31 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

FileLocator Pro 2022.3341 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Git SCM 2.37.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

GoodSync 12.0.2 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This is a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

NTLite 2.3.8.8890 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

osquery 5.5.1 adds and updates several new tables, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://osquery.io/downloads

PointerStick 5.95 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.62.0 adds Screen Ruler, Quick Accent, Text Extractor (OCR), and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

ScreenConnect 22.7.8783.8255 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SearchMyFiles 3.22 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SimpleWMIView 1.52 adds option to show milliseconds. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

Ookla Speedtest CLI 1.2.0
https://www.speedtest.net/apps/cli

Sysmon 14.0 adds a new event type, FileBlockExecutable, that prevents processes from creating executable files in specified locations, and includes several performance improvements and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

TcpLogView 1.36 is a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

TeamViewer 15.33.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

TraceRouteOK 3.13 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

Unity 2022.1.16 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

USBDeview 3.06 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WhyNotWin11 2.5.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/rcmaehl/WhyNotWin11

WinScan2PDF 8.22 adds reverse scan order. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 4.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ADB 33.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

AutoHotkey 1.1.34.04 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Docker Desktop 4.12.0 upgrades libraries and fixes dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Get-IMAPAccessToken 2022.9.1 improves consistency and updates documentation. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/DanijelkMSFT/ThisandThat/blob/main/Get-IMAPAccessToken.ps1

Go 1.19.1 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GitHub Desktop 3.0.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Node.js 18.9.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 16.17.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.39.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.71.1 is a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.13.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

VirtualBox 6.1.38 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.

Dada Mail 11.19.0 resolves several bugs, adds new features, and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://dadamailproject.com/

HumHub 1.12.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Joomla 4.2.2 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

jQuery 3.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.jquery.com/

MailEnable 10.41 updates utilities, and resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

OpenCart 4.0.1.1 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.opencart.com/

ownCloud Client 2.11.1.8438 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/desktop-app/

WordPress 6.0.2 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 3.1.1.1 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

BuddyPress 10.4.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.6.3 adds new validation features. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.5.0 resolves several bugs and adds new options within the installer. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

myStickymenu 2.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mystickymenu/

Redirection 5.3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

Simple Lightbox 2.9.1 adds support for new media formats, improves compatibility, and resolves a validation bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-lightbox/

Slider Revolution 6.5.31 resolves a minor bug. This is not a security update.
https://revolution.themepunch.com/

Sucuri Security 1.8.35 resolves a referer bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sucuri-scanner/

WooCommerce 6.8.2 resolves dozens of bugs, improves reliability, compatibility and adds several new tests and flows. This is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WP Mail SMTP 3.5.2 resolves a self-diagnostic bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

WPtouch 4.3.44 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

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

Regards,

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

 

 

Updates 2022-08-09

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for August, 2022. This is a much lighter month, but there are still over a hundred large hacking victims, two hundred updates and a little over 3.5 GB in updates today.

This Month in Technology

7-Eleven, 70 Lenovo laptop models, Acts Retirement Services, Inc. and Affiliates, Aetna ACE, alio.lt, Allegheny Health Network, Atlassian Confluence Server, Audius, Avamere Health Services LLC, Avamere Holdings, Axie Infinity, Azure Site Recovery, Bandai Namco, Battlefy, Belgian Ministry of Defense, Bellingham Public Library, Benefit Plan Administrators, Inc., Benson Health, BHG Behavioral Health Group, BHG Holdings, LLC, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Bronx Accountable Healthcare Network, Cavender Stores, Ltd Health Plan, Center for Primary Care, Centerstone, Central Maine Medical Center, Cisco Small Business VPN routers, City of Newport, Cleartrip, Colorado Springs Utilities, Conifer Value-Based Care, LLC, Creos Luxembourg S.A., Deakin University, deBridge Finance, governments and organizations in the defense industry, DHS Emergency Alert System, DrayTek routers, East Valley Ophthalmology, Elastix VoIP, Entrust, Eskimi, Famm, First Choice Community Health Care, Inc., Florida Springs Surgery Center, German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, Granbury Eye Clinic, Healthback Holdings, LLC, JukinMedia, Klaviyo, Knauf Group, L’Agenzia delle Entrate, La Poste Mobile, Lawson Products, Inc., Lopes, Magie Mabrey Hughes Eye Clinic, P.A., MBDA, Mecho Download, MiCODUS GPS trackers, Minuteman Senior Services, Mooresville Schools, Neopets, NetStandard, Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, Nomad, NuLife Med, LLC, OneTouchPoint, Orthopedic Specialists of North America, PLLC, Perth Festival, Pixlr, Policybazaar, PPCGeeks, Prefeitura Municipal de Itapermirim, Premere Infinity Rehab, LLC, Premint, PrestaShop, Professional Finance Company, QuestionPro, Radiation Oncology Centers of the Carolinas, hundreds of restaurants, Scott County, Iowa, Semikron, Slack, Slope, Solana, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services, Spanish National Research Council, Synergic Healthcare Solutions, LLC, T-Mobile, Taiwanese Government, TAVR Media, The Bronx Accountable Healthcare Network, Tuned Global, Twilio, Twitter, Uniswap Liquidity Pool, US DOJ, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, WA ballet, WA opera, Washington University School of Medicine, Wooton Upper School, Zenith American Solutions, and Zimbra have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

Microsoft 365 (and again), Microsoft Access, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams (and 365 again), Google, Oracle, Twitter, and the UK NHS have had major outages this month.

Google is blocking the ACMMicrosoft broke USB printing. There’s yet another novel method to extract data from air-gapped systems. And Meta (Facebook) is in hot water again, this time for collecting private medical information from within patient portals.

Now for the good news:

A million disinformation bots have been disabled. This still leaves primarily the MSM to disinform us.

Windows 8.1 only has a few months of support left. Upgrade to Windows 10 now.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is huge this month. The typical computer should see roughly 3.5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 65 vulnerabilities in .NET Core, Active Directory Domain Services, Azure Batch Node Agent, Azure Real Time Operating System, Azure Site Recovery, Azure Sphere, Microsoft ATA Port Driver, Microsoft Bluetooth Driver, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Windows Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT), Remote Access Service Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol, System Center Operations Manager, Visual Studio, Windows Bluetooth Service, Windows Canonical Display Driver, Windows Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver, Windows Defender Credential Guard, Windows Digital Media, Windows Error Reporting, Windows Fax Service, Windows Hello, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Internet Information Services, Windows Kerberos, Windows Kernel, Windows Local Security Authority (LSA), Windows Network File System, Windows Partition Management Driver, Windows Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol, Windows Print Spooler Components, Windows Secure Boot, Windows Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP), Windows Storage Spaces Direct, Windows Unified Write Filter, Windows WebBrowser Control, Windows Win32K, and MSRT (~ 3 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for Safari 15.6, iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6, macOS Monterey 12.5, macOS Big Sur 11.6.8, Security Update 2022-005 Catalina, tvOS 15.6, and watchOS 8.7. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 15.6 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 15.6 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

tvOS 15.6 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 8.7 are security updatess. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 104.0.5112.83 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 Monterey (12.x) means that macOS Mojave (10.14) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Catalina (10.15) 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 (v21H2) 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 (v21H2) 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 22.7.1 adds support for newer hardware, resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

BullZip PDF Printer 14.0.0.2938 adds support for TLS3, updates libraries, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Drivers by Seagull 2022.2 adds support for over 240 new printer models, resolves a compatibility bug, and adds support for RFID TID and creating custom printer commands. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/support/downloads/drivers/

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.5.4 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Logitech Options 9.70.68 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logi.com/hc/en-us/articles/360025297893

Nvidia Driver 473.81 is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.42.88 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 104.0.5112.81 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 104.0.1293.47 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 103.0.2 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 91.12.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Vivaldi 5.3.2679.70 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 102.1.2 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Mailspring 1.10.4 resolves compatibility issues, adds 64-bit, Apple Silicon M1 and M2 support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 7.0.13 resolves a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

Dropbox 154.4.5363 improves reliability and consistency, adds external device indication and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 156.0.0.21.216 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Client 3.60.2 updates libraries to address stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FileZilla Server 1.5.1 improves reliability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 11.23 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 61.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Java 8u341 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Nextcloud Server 24.0.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Omada Software Controller 5.4.6 adds support for new protocols, newer hardware, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Qbox 4.0.5.20 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.coraltreetech.com/qbox

Rclone 1.59.1 resolves almost two dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 5.53.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Skype 8.86.0.409 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.20.4 resolves a couple bugs and improves CLI support. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

WinSCP 5.21.2 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.11.4.7185 improves reliability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 3.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Plex Desktop 1.50.1.3185 resolves several bugs and improves controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.22.1.3169 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.28.0.5999 adds support for Apple Silicon, many improvements to music handling, and resolves a compatibility bug with Microsoft’s linker. This is not 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 14.1.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.epicgames.com/

GameMaker Studio 2022.6.1.26 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

Lego Studio 2.22.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

Steam 2022.07.27 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

Office Updates

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

Adobe Commerce 2.3.7-p4, 2.4.3-p3, 2.4.4-p1, and 2.4.5 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb22-38.html

Adobe Acrobat and Reader 22.002.20191, 20.005.30381, and 17.012.30262 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb22-39.html

Adobe Illustrator 26.4 and 25.4.7 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb22-41.html

Adobe FrameMaker 15.0.8 and 16.0.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/framemaker/apsb22-42.html

Adobe Premiere Elements 20220702 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_elements/apsb22-43.html

Calibre 6.2.1 adds support for newer hardware, improves full text search, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Essential Forms 2022.07.20 is the summer data update. This is not a security update.
https://help.ceb.com/en/collections/2482118-essential-forms

Inkscape 1.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://inkscape.org/release/

Kindle for PC 1.38.65290 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

LibreOffice Fresh 7.3.5 resolves over 80 bugs. This is not a security update. The Fresh line is beta software. I recommend you use LibreOffice “Still” to get the most stable version.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.5.4 adds proper silent installation support. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.4.4 resolves a find-in-files bug. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

OpenOffice 4.1.13 is a security update. If you’re still using OpenOffice please consider switching to LibreOffice. OpenOffice has only had sporadic security updates for the last several years and there’s no sign of that changing.
https://www.openoffice.org/download/

PDF-XChange Editor 9.4.362.0 adds dozens of new features and resolves a lot of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

Security Software Updates

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

FSS 2022.7.18 adds support for newer platforms. This is not a security update.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/farbar-service-scanner/dl/62

HTTP Toolkit 1.10.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://httptoolkit.tech/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.5.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Mac 4.16.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

ProtonVPN 2.0.5 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

QubesOS 4.1.1 is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

Tails 5.3.1 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

YARA 4.2.3 is a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/yara/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 22.1.1 adds support for WebP, PiP, OBS, resizable arrowheads, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/releases/snagit.msi

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 12.0.8.1 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.17.1 adds support for new encodings, improves stability, and resolve several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

PDF Creator 4.4.3 updates the associated PDF Architect installer and uses a new application signature. This is not a security update.
https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

StreamFab 5.0.4.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Zotero (macOS) 6.0.11 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 8.8.0 improves import support, additional browser support, accessibility improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 8.8.0 improves import support, additional browser support, accessibility improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

7-Zip 22.01 improves UDF, HFS and APFS support. This is not a security update.
https://www.7-zip.org/

AOMEI Partition Assistant 9.9.0 resolves several bugs and adds PC Cleaner. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

AstroGrep 4.4.8 is a security update.
http://astrogrep.sourceforge.net/

Beyond Compare 4.4.3.26655 is a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

BgInfo 4.31 fixes a compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/bginfo

CCleaner 6.02.9938 adds support for cleaning new applications, improvements in existing application cleaning, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

DesktopOK 10.01 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DevManView 1.77 resolves a data export bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

Everything CLI 1.1.0.24 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Git SCM 2.37.1 is a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

GoodSync 11.11.7 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Kingston SSD Manager 1.5.2.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

NTLite 2.3.7.8826 adds support for new builds, new components and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 10.0.1003 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

osquery 5.4.0 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility and adds support for several new engines. This is a security update.
https://osquery.io/downloads

PowerToys 0.61.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

Process Monitor 3.91 fixes a compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

Recuva 1.53.2083 updates license integration. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva

Rufus 3.20 resolves several compatibility bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_US/

ScreenConnect 22.6.8722.8249 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SearchMyFiles 3.21 improves high-DPI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

Sigcheck 2.90 adds custom code integrity policy checks. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sigcheck

TeamViewer 15.32.3 adds remote terminal sessions to the Instant Connect bar, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

Unity 2022.1.12 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

Windows 11 RCT 1.5.0 adds support for newer hardware and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bytejams.com/

WinScan2PDF 8.01 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Zoomit 6.01 fixes a compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/zoomit

ZoomText 2022 2022.2207.14.400 resovles several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 2021.2.1.16 resolves a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

GitHub Desktop 3.0.5 updates libraries and resolves a warning. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Go 1.18.5 and Go 1.19 are security updates. Go 1.19 is a major update adding several new features and improvements, as well as updating libraries.
https://go.dev/

MySQL Server 8.0.30 is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.0.30 is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

Node.js 18.7.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Rustup 1.25.1 resolves a build order bug. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.rust-lang.org/

SQLite 3.39.2 is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.70 adds support for custom folded sections, tree views and filters, terminal improvements and other fixes. This is is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.13.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

VirtualBox 6.1.36 resolves dozens of 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.

Dada Mail 11.18.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dadamailproject.com/

Drupal 9.3.19 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Drupal 9.4.5 is a library security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.12.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

OpenPetra 2022.07 resolves several bugs and improves security checking. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.openpetra.org/

Akismet 5.0 improves spam detection. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/

Autoptimize 3.1.0 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

Contact Form 7 5.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.4.7.1 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.30 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-networks-auto-poster-facebook-twitter-g/

Redirection 5.3.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

Show IDs 1.1.9 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpsite-show-ids/

Social Post Feed 4.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

Sucuri Security 1.8.33 improves cache cleaning. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sucuri-scanner/

W3 Total Cache 2.2.4 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 6.7.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WP Mail SMTP 3.5.1 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

WPtouch 4.3.42 resolves a menu bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2021-03-09

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for March, 2021.

This Month in Technology

Gab has been hacked at least a couple more times. (Would you trust the security of a Gab-owned bank?)

A new form of “supply-chain” attack demonstrating dependency vulnerabilities has been used against many major vendors, including Microsoft, Apple, Tesla, and dozens more.

32redAccellionAllergy PartnersAppleBombardierCA DMVClubhouse ChatsCovenant HealthCareCSXD-Link devices, Ecuador’s Ministry of Finance and Banco Pichincha, the European Banking AuthorityEXMOExperian (again), France’s Ministry of HealthGeorgetown County (SC), Hipcam (and other baby monitors), HumanaIBM, over a hundred Italian banksKeepChangeKiaKrogerLakehead UniversityMalaysia AirlinesNess Digital EngineeringNinja FormsNgrokNurseryCam, Oxford University, RealPage, RIPE NCC accountsRockwell Automation PLCsMaza, a Russian Cybercrime forum, SingtelSITA (an airline service provider), SolarCityPayPalQualysSendgrid accounts (to send spam – how could anyone tell the difference?!), Sequoia CapitalSignalT-Mobile, TMS, 15 UK schoolsUnderwriters LaboratoriesUniversal Health ServicesVMWare vCenter ServerWashington State Unemployment DepartmentWawa, Apple’s WebKit, and Yandex have been hacked.

According to a study by Bridewell Consulting, 86% of UK critical national infrastructure organizations have experienced cyber-attacks. I think it would be more accurate to present these numbers as, “14% of UKs critical national infrastructure doesn’t have the technology in place to know they were hacked.”

Even more malware related to the SolarWinds hack has been discovered. Since AWS was used for the SolarWinds hack, shouldn’t Amazon shut AWS down, too?

Microsoft is now admitting that Azure and Exchange source code has been compromised by the SolarWinds attackers.

The big news this month is that a vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange (coincidence?) has resulted in over thirty thousand servers being hackedThis is huge. So what did Microsoft do? Microsoft has announced it has changed their policy to crack down on hosted email accounts that receive a lot of email. Sigh.

Another interesting new tactic, bitsquatting, has proved far more effective than one would think. The demonstration allowed them to hijack thousands of requests intended for Microsoft. Used maliciously, this method will cause serious damage.

Censorship has finally made it before the Supreme Court, but Dr. Suess is only the latest target, while Facebook allowed actual genocide, but forbade discussion about news articles, Google acknowledges their efforts to perform censorship “better,” and Firefox has released a new extension to aid in censorship, while Streamlabs waited for the payment to clear before censoring one paid user. The Beverly Hills Police Department is using the novel approach of playing copyrighted music to prevent their actions from being observed, and Congress is now violating federal law by demanding censorship of media.

It amazes me that people actually trust “fact checkers.” Censorship doesn’t work!

Poland isn’t taking it anymore. Italy is fining Facebook, too.

Tor was hacked years ago, but new implementations (like that in Brave) are still popping up with their own problems.

Another 21 million VPN users were taught the lesson about the difference between customers and products. If you’re not the customer, you’re the product.

Instagram (like parent Facebook) is sharing everything you do with law enforcement. So is Apple’s iCloud.

The Windows 10 implementation of web fonts can be used to hack you. Apple M1 chips (less than 6 months old) have been targeted with several pieces of malware, but we should trust the MORPHEUS chip, right? BTW, M1 Macs are eating their (soldered in) SSDs, too.

It’s not just Google. Apple can disable all of your accounts and services on a whim, too. Or for your name.

Amazon has been caught duplicating products, can they be trusted to sell your products or host your content?

Is half a billion dollars enough to get you to rethink a bad user interface?

The whole point of unified interfaces and consistent logins is to ensure a familiar experience so you know whether you’re visiting the real site. Attackers take advantage of this to build their own imagekits and forms, even using their own fake security measures to convince you you’re on the “real” site since they are forced to validate that *you* are really you.

The malicious Gootkit Trojan can help the SEO of your websites. Just not for you.

Never reuse passwords. Or hard-code them. And don’t use obvious passwords either. But if you do, don’t blame a fabricated intern.

Apple claims that a new (available since 2019, but only recently launched on iOS) application execution technique will make it more difficult for iPhones to be hacked,
while yet another iPhone bug has demonstrated to successfully jailbreak every active iOS/iPhone line.

North Dakota and Arizona may save the Internet by forbidding the ability for vendors to force the use of their own app stores.

While many treat Google’s lockdown of their data APIs in Chromium as a bad thing, I see it as getting Google further out of Chromium – which can only be a net positive.

AT&T and Frontier have consistently abandoned phone networks in California, but we knew that: AT&T said they were going to do this when Title II passed. Sometimes the only thing to make a company following through is enough bad press.

Deepfakes for everyone! While most focus on Deepfakes are about their potential for evil, they can be used for good.

On patents: Intel owes $2.2 billion for saving power, and Apple has violated several biometric patents.

Dr. Fauci has known all along that the PCR test was useless. The WHO has launched their own COVID-specific version of “we investigated ourselves and found we did nothing wrong.” The dystopian concept of vaccine passports has been struck down by the Council of Europe. Unfortunately their power is mostly cosmetic.

The CDC inflated “COVID deaths” over 1600% in violation of multiple federal laws. CDS is real though. COVID has been “really good for CNN ratings,” though. Thousands of people have died in the US from the experimental COVID “vaccines,” (and elsewhere) or suffered from other harm. Many more internationally. Quarantine internment camps are a real thing. People are being harmed from the tests (or forcefully vaccinated), too. You can do something about it. (They sure won’t.) BTW, the CDC has had to remove their claim that vaccines don’t cause Autism.

Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Texas have joined in on efforts to end lockdown insanity.

Don’t be selfishMasks still don’t work, but masks can kill you. (At least they won’t rape you.)

Keep the pedophile, but ban the words.

Green Energy killed Texas. It shouldn’t have been allowed to happen.

Governors Cuomo and Whitmer are finally being taken to task on their “accidental” murder of thousands of nursing home residents. Don’t expect the President to get involved. Genocide is just “different norms” to him. Instead of those in “National Security” investigating this, they’re convinced their time is better used calling half the population terrorists.

Facebook has had more than 20 million child sex abuse incidents, more than 20x greater than any other website, including Google. Nevertheless, the masses aren’t calling for cancelling Facebook. It’s tolerance when “they” do it.

Speaker Pelosi (who is responsible for security at the House) refused National Guard assistance, supposedly over “optics“, before the staged January 6riot“. Chris Wray lied to Congress about Antifa dressing as Trump supporters. So did former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. They’ve knowingly falsified FISA warrants. So is it really any surprise there are calls to shut down the FBI?

Some states are finally allowing election audits, with evidence of 6% discrepancies in every single race, others as much as 78%, and other serious math problems, while others refuse to release ballots for inspection, purge election data, or allow the FBI to shred ballots without oversight or inspection. Then they poison the people they are forcing to guard them.

Is it any surprise that their Section 230 “reforms” are designed to completely silence online discourse? After all, the President doesn’t understand what “clandestine” means. (Quick tip: If you announce your intentions on the MSM, it’s not clandestine!)

The Babylon Bee is probably the best news site on the Internet, not because they actually have any news, but because they shine a light on the fraud that passes for news today.

Now for the good news:

California has finally been allowed to implement their own brand of Net Neutrality. I strongly oppose Net Neutrality, as getting government involved in something (even under the auspices of protection) always results in unintended consequences. This is, fortunately, no exception. CA Net Neutrality can now be used by myself and others to target Big Tech to penalize them for their continuous acts of censorship.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is huge. The typical computer should see roughly 3 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Edge, .NET, Servicing Stack, Internet Explorer, and MSRT (~2 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Big Sur 11.2.3, watchOS 7.3.2, Safari 14.0.3, iOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.4.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.4.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 7.3.2 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 88.0.4324.186 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 Big Sur (11.0) means that macOS High Sierra (10.13) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Mojave (10.14) 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 (v2009) is huge (about 18% larger than v2004, which was 25% larger than any prior build) so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 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 kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

BullZip PDF Printer 12.2.0.2902 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.3.7 improves cleanup and adds network path support. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

DirectX 9.29.1974.1 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.

nVidia 461.72 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.21.74 resolved several bugs. This is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 89.0.4389.82 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 89.0.774.48 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 86.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 78.8.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Vivaldi 3.6.2165.40 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 78.8.0 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

Mumble 1.2.19 is a security update.
http://wiki.mumble.info/wiki/Main_Page

Prosody 0.11.8 is a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Trillian 6.4.0.5 resolves a settings bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Dropbox 117.4.378 does not provide a changelog so should be treated like a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FreeFileSync 11.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Zoom 5.5.13142.0301 resolves several bugs, improves grid view, and better indicates when content is being shared. This is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 2.0.12 adds 3 new types of motion, show/hide shortcut, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Flickr Downloadr 3.3.4.1 updates the Docker image. This is not a security update.
https://flickrdownloadr.com/downloads/

Office Updates

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

Atom 1.55.0 allows git configuration without a repository. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

IcoFX 3.5.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.1.1 resolves almost a hundred bugs. Remember that this is beta software, so should be avoided for the stable version whenever possible. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.1.3 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 7.9.3 adds new folder features that now prevent it working on Windows XP. If you are still running XP you should really consider switching to Linux, but if you must continue to use XP then use Notepad++ 7.9.2. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp32

VideoCleaner 5.8 improves Matrix, Sharpening and Mask features. This is not a security update.
https://videocleaner.com/download.html

Adobe Connect 11.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/connect/apsb21-19.html

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Application 5.4 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/creative-cloud/apsb21-18.html

Adobe Framemaker 2020.0.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/framemaker/apsb21-14.html

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 4.16 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

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

RogueKiller 14.8.5 updates core and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Wireless Network Watcher 2.25 improved compatibility with high-DPI. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 3.06 adds support for the new cache partitioning structure in chromium-based browsers. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.16.1 resolves several bugs and adds ARM support. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 7.8 adds native M1 support and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 7.6.793 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

CCleaner 5.77.8521 improves cleaning and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

ControlMyMonitor 1.28 improves compatibility with high DPI. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

Coreinfo 3.52 adds reporting for CET (shadow stack). This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/coreinfo

Cygwin 3.1.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

Dell Command Update 4.1 is a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

DesktopOK 8.66 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Eraser 6.2.0.2992 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://eraser.heidi.ie/download/

Everything Toolbar 0.6.2 adds an installer, drag & drop support, elevation support, and more. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

Homedale 1.93 adds an option to set the gps baud rate from the command line. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

IsMyHdOK 3.01 resolves a bug in screenshot generation. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NTLite 2.0.0.7820 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSFMount 3.1.1000 updates drivers and improves CLI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

PointerStick 5.05 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

QuickSetDNS 1.31 adds option to start hidden. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/quick_set_dns.html

TeamViewer 15.15.5 was released. The TeamViewer release notes have been unavailable for months now, so while it might be a security update, it would be safer to remove TeamViewer until these issues are resolved.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

TraceRouteOK 2.42 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WinScan2PDF 6.91 adds support for multi-page TIF and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.37 improves compatibility, refresh behavior, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wiztreefree.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

AutoHotkey 1.1.33.05 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Node.js 12.21.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.16.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 15.11.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

TortoiseSVN 1.14.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

Visual Studio Code 1.54 resolves an extension dependency bug. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.11.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 4.8.0 adds several new features and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

Docker Desktop 3.2.1 updates the Docker Engine. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.1.5 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.8.0 adds a bunch of new features, improves permissions, brute force delays, style and administration improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Joomla 3.9.25 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

MailEnable 10.32 resolves several bugs and adds LDAP support. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

Nextcloud Server 21.0.0 improves performance (up to 10x!), collaboration, groupware and more. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

OpenPetra 2021.02 adds several new features, improvements, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.openpetra.org/

phpList 3.6.1 improves short URLs, PHP8 support, and security improvements. This is a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

phpMyAdmin 5.1.0 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility, and adds several new options. This is not a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/

ScreenConnect 21.3.2160.7699 resolves several bugs, renamed End to Delete, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

YOURLS 1.8.1 improves IDN, UTF8, time zone, and PHP8 support, removes support for PHP 7.2, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://yourls.org/

WordPress 5.7 resolves several bugs and adds a few new features, improving accessibility, and (finally) adding a feature to update HTTP to HTTPS links throughout your site when you switch to HTTPS. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.1.9 improves handling of pingbacks in XML-RPC calls. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 7.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Conditional Widgets 3 improves translation support. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.4 adds Sendinblue support, updates libraries and improves reliability and compatibility. This is not a security update.

Social Post Feed 2.19 improves error handling and reporting, cleanup, resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.5.1 improves instructions and compatibility. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.55 improves compatibility and removes legacy image sizing feature. This is not a security update.

Really Simple CAPTCHA 2.1 improves hash comparison. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 2.1.1 resolves several bugs and adds information links and ogg caching support. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 5.1.0 is a major update. This version improves compatibility, localization, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

WordPress Zero Spam 5.0.9 resolves several bugs and improves spam detection. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2020-12-08

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for December, 2020. It’s a big one and huge updates are available for over a hundred applications. A new OpenSSL released today means that there will be even more updates released in the near future, so this is only the first of at least two update series’ to top off December.

This Month in Technology

Apple (and others) are trying to make slavery legal, Apple’s cloud services choked this month as a result of their new on-demand certification and telemetry collection nightmare, Big Sur even bricks some MacBook Pro models, but they’re admitting that they intentionally throttled their older hardware, and Apple had a major security issue that allowed total control of their iPhones over Wi-Fi. While Apple has fixed that bug, their hardware is vulnerable to new forensic tools used by foreign (and likely US) governments to clone all the data from your device. This is “Epic.” Apple is cutting their App Store fees to 15% for small developers.

K12 Inc, Foxconn electronics, the City of Long BeachTransLink (Vancouver public transit), EmbraerKopterShirbitRandstad NVAdvantechBowie and Miller Counties (TX), and Baltimore County Public Schools have all been hit with ransomware. If you leave your backup drives connected (tethered or networked) then there’s growing evidence that the backups will be targeted by ransomware before your active data. And some ransomware gangs are cold-calling if you try to restore from backups.

Millions of IoT devices are vulnerable to a newly discovered vulnerability, thousands of PickPoint lockersLSU Health New OrleansAspenPointe, and PlutoTV have been hacked. Dell was hacked years ago which resulted in their data being abused for scam calls to Dell customers. Class action happening now.

Walmart routers and many TCL TVs have backdoorsGionee implanted malware in 21 million phones, and battery backups are used to infect mobile devices. Google Services are still being used to distribute malware, Google ads are being used to steal MetaMask. A year after the US Army’s Stryker armored vehicles were hacked the Army is finally building security defenses, and in other US military news, the military violates your privacy through third-party apps.

Social media icons are being used to inject web skimmers that are now using WebSockets to exfiltrate data using secure CloudFlare services.

If you trust your choice of password simply because a poorly designed study says that it would take thousands or millions of years to brute force a password then you should take a look at how a single quantum computer process the equivalent of 2.6 billion (with a “b”) years of computation in only 4 minutes, but using the latest quantum hardware isn’t even necessary for the vast majority of passwords since humans are so predictable.

In a random collection of news: MBAM is disabling Windows Printers. HMRC (the UKs equivalent of the IRS) has been abused to send phishing and malware messages (I warned them about this months ago). There is no end to PayPal’s hypocrisy, nor their censorship. GitHub reversed it’s decision about YouTube-dl. Twitch has failed basic EnglishComcast is capping data in 12-ish more states next year, but giving service away for free to many others. The running joke about how social censorship would be similar to your phone company preventing you from talking about certain subjects has proven to be more prescient than humorous. Cannibalism is coming to a grocery store near you. A few years ago I found that a number of IT and HVAC services in the SF bay area had their Google listings hijacked and reassigned as Korean Restaurants. It was only the beginning.

The “sciencebehind masks has never been scientific, but that won’t stop petty tyrants from mandating their use even while actively eating or drinking, or censoring dissenting voicesFalse positive tests are still leading the charge, but lockdown-related homicides are still exceeding “COVID” deaths. Censors will always target studies that demonstrate overreaching government intervention.

California is pushing out the Orwellian exposure tracking and notifications across the state.

Now for the good news:

When this election is finally resolved it’s unlikely to get to this point again any time in the near future.

As a perfect example of what 2020 has brought us – the South African lottery drew 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, which is insane enough, but the real story is that 20 people had actually selected those numbers.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is huge. The typical computer should see roughly 2.5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Edge, and Servicing Stack (~ 1.5 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iCloud for Windows 11.5, and iOS 14.2.1. Expect an update to iTunes, too, in the next few days. These are security updates.

iOS 14.2.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.465 is a security update. Since Flash is going the way of the dodo along with the Year from Hell, this could very well be the last time you may have to install a Flash update. You’re still better off removing it yourself instead of updating. 🙂
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Google Chrome OS 87.0.4280.88 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 Big Sur (11.0) means that macOS High Sierra (10.13) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Mojave (10.14) 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 (v2009) is huge (about 18% larger than v2004, which was 25% larger than any prior build) so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

BullZip PDF Printer 12.0.0.2872 adds several new features, including improved email support, compatibility, and concurrent printing. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Crucial Storage Executive 6.09 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Logitech Options 8.36.86 allows changing function keys, customizing mouse buttons, and adds on-screen battery notifications. This is not a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

Logitech Options for macOS 8.36.76 adds Big Sur support, allows changing function keys, customizing mouse buttons, gesture controls, and adds on-screen battery notifications. This is not a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

nVidia 457.51 adds support for new hardware, updates SLI profiles, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.17.75 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 87.0.4280.88 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 87.0.664.57 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 83.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 78.5.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

SeaMonkey 2.53.5.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 3.5.2115.73 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 78.5.1 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

Dropbox 111.4.472 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update. This version is not reliable on Windows 8.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FreeFileSync 11.4 resolves several bugs, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

iCloud for Windows 11.5 is a security update.
https://apple.com/icloud

Technitium DNS Server 5.5 adds support for SRV records and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

WinSCP 5.17.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.4.59296.1207 adds meeting reminders, warnings for meetings that are only partially encrypted, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 2.0.8 updates libraries, improves sync and face tracking, adds ability to call shortcuts, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

iTunes 12.11 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Picard 2.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2020.12.07 is a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

PlayStation PS4 8.01 improves reliability. This is not a security update. Note that Sony changed the URLs without adding redirects, so the new location to download updates has changed:
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps4/system-software/

Office Updates

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

Blender 2.91.0 adds several new features and controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Adobe Acrobat (version yet to be announced) is a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to get the most current version…when it’s released.

Adobe Reader (version yet to be announced) is a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to get the most current version…when it’s released.

Adobe Lightroom 10.1 is a security update.
https://creativecloud.adobe.com/apps/all/desktop

Adobe Experience Manager 6.5.7.0 and 6.4.8.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb20-72.html

Adobe Prelude 9.0.2 is a security update.
https://creativecloud.adobe.com/apps/all/desktop

Security Software Updates

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

Gpg4win 3.1.14 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

Nmap 7.90 adds 1,200 new fingerprints, resolves over 70 bugs, and provides several new features. It also removes silent install. 🙁 This is a security update.
https://nmap.org/download.html

Npcap 1.00 is the first stable release of Npcap. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

RogueKiller 14.8.0 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

uBlock Origin 1.31.2 resolves reliability in Chromium. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Tails 4.13 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

OpenSSL 1.1.1i is a security update. Releases of OpenSSL always trigger updates for every other platform that uses networking in any way, so expect a series of updates for every other web platform you use in the near future.
https://www.openssl.org/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2021.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 12.0.0.9 adds support for new encodings, resolves several bugs, and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 7.7 adds Privacy integration, unlock with Apple Watch, MDM integration, improved password generator, and resolves over 100 bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

Agent Ransack 2019.2951 improves performance at idle and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

Bitwarden 1.23.1 resolves bugs with SSO and improves GDPR compliance. This should be treated as a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

DesktopOK 8.08 resolves several bugs and updates language support. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Etcher 1.5.112 updates libraries, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything 1.4.1.1000 resolves a bug with silent installation, wide-character comparison, name munging and other bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

FileLocator Pro 8.5.2951 improves performance when idle and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

GoodSync 11.4.9 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Homedale 1.90 adds support to load access points from CSV and improves frequency usage chart. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

HWMonitor 1.43 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

MS ISO Downloader 8.44 adds support for new media (including Win10 20H2v2) and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

NTLite 2.0.0.7726 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Aomei Partition Assistant 9.0 adds shred files support. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

PointerStick 4.88 updates language support. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

Rufus 3.13 adds support for a 20H2v2, adds support to cheat certain disk images, improves error handling, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_IE.html

Sysmon 12.03 fixes reporting and a possible crash condition for certain rules. This should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

SDelete 2.04 provides a new switch to avoid file/directory ambiguity. This should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

WinObj 2.23 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

TaskSchedulerView 1.60 adds support for exporting tasks to JSON, and updates HTML export to HTML5. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TeamViewer 15.12.4 resolves several bugs, improves performance, and adds support for more web cameras. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 6.33 improves detection and operation with some hardware, updates language support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DB Browser for SQLite 3.12.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://sqlitebrowser.org/

Inno Setup 6.1.2 adds Print support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

Node.js 12.20.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.15.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 15.3.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.34.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 4.7.8 adds support for PHP 8 and disallows connecting to privileged ports. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

Drupal 9.0.10 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Drupal 9.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Joomla 3.9.23 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Nextcloud Server 20.0.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpList 3.5.8 adds new functionality to AJAX form and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

ScreenConnect 20.12.1734.7640 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.6 updates libraries, adds several new features and blocks, a new theme, and more. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/download/

BuddyPress 6.4.0 is a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.3.1 now passes last_contacted based on submission timestamp. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.5.4 fixes favicon. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.1.2 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.8.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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