Updates 2019-12-10

Merry Christmas, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for December 2019.

Note: shortly after publishing, Google released Chrome 79.0.3945.79.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.303 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

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

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1909) is a pretty small update so will install quickly. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

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

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

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

Email Updates

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

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

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

Office Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Security Software Updates

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

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

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

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

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2019-11-14

Hi, Folks!

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

Windows 10 v1909 is now available. Again, this version is minor compared to other Windows 10 upgrades and should be nearly indistinguishable from 1903 so should have no negative impact. However, there is nothing so critically important in 1909 that the update can’t wait a month. Wait for it.

The typical computer should see approximately 300 MB of updates. Let’s get started.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.293 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 19.11.46 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 19.021.20056 resolves several significant stability bugs. This should be treated as a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.5.9 adds support for new encodings, improves UI and resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Carbonite 6.3.5 resolves OneDrive compatibility issues. This is not a security update.
https://account.carbonite.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 4.7.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

Drupal 8.6.18 updates libraries. While this is not a security update, it should be treated as one. Also, be aware that Drupal 8.6 will be End-Of-Life in less than three weeks, so be prepared to install 8.8 on December 4th or 5th.
https://drupal.org/download

Postie 1.9.40 improves compatibility, adds self-diagnostics, and resolves several bugs.

W3 Total Cache 0.10.2 resolves a WordPress compatibility bug. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2019-11-12

Hi, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for November 2019 and this month is huge.

The next build of Windows 10, version 1909, is being released this week. This version is minor compared to other Windows 10 upgrades and should be nearly indistinguishable from 1903. If you’re running 1903 now installing 1909 should have no negative impact. If you’re running an older version I recommend upgrading to 1903 before switching to 1909. In either case, don’t do it yet. There is nothing so critically important in 1909 that the update can’t wait a month. Wait for it.

Windows 7 will fall completely out of support in only 60 days. Don’t run out the clock. If you are running a licensed version of Windows 7 or 8 you can still upgrade to Windows 10 and have a supported version of Windows for the foreseeable future. Get it done before it’s too late. Don’t want to do it yourself? Call me!

Catalina has been out for a month now and the backlash is huge. Installation lockups, forced password resets, permission resets, iCloud sync problems, dropped support for 32-bit apps, and incompatibility issues requiring reinstallation or upgrade of many others are just a few of the issues experienced by the unlucky lemmings that Thought Things Would Be Different™. Apple is gradually resolving problems, but I recommend you hold off until at least 10.15.3 before upgrading (and then only if you don’t need any 32-bit apps). x.3 seems to be the sweet spot for macOS stability. That should be out sometime next month. With that said, don’t postpone installing the patches for your current build of macOS. These are always security updates.

In the news this month Google is buying Fitbit (so find another tracker), we’re reminded to always disable NFC, compromising fingerprint readers is still extremely easy, light is as effective as voice, punctuation is still important, iOS 13+’s aggressive memory cleanup is more “abusive” than “aggressive,” and still brokenanything you share with any business or entity will no doubt inevitably be exposed, especially if it’s Adobe, or even your antivirus company, that “user interface design” and “security” are far removed, and that IoT is putting us all further at risk every single day.

The co-founder and CEO of Mine, an online privacy advocacy organization, observes that cybersecurity is becoming less accessible to smaller companies, but that’s why I’m here. Check out our subscription to learn more. Our goal is to provide enterprise-level support to everyone at a cost that is reasonable even for home users.

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

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, Servicing Stack, and MSRT (~800 MB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 13.2.2, iPadOS 13.2.2, macOS Catalina 10.15.1, Security Update 2019-001 Mojave, Security Update 2019-006 High Sierra, tvOS 13.2, watchOS 6.1, Safari 13.0.3, and Xcode 11.2. These are security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

macOS Catalina (10.15) is available. This is a large download and will take between 2 and 4 hours to install on most hardware. The release of macOS Catalina (10.15) means that macOS Sierra (10.12) is now no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS High Sierra (10.13) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

iOS 13.2.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 5.3.3 and 6.1 are security updates. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 13.2 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 78.0.3904.92 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Fedora 31-1.9 is a major update. This version is now released only as a 64-bit release. Though 32-bit apps are still supported the CPU architecture now requires 64-bits. New features include the Fedora Toolbox (an improved launcher), updated packages, improved stability and bug tracking, removal of YUM, improved security, and Cgroups v2 support.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.270 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

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

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1903) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 3-6 GB through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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.

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 19.10.42 improves the installer and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Crucial Storage Executive 5.05 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/support-storage-executive

nVidia 441.20 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility, and adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 78.0.3904.97 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 70.0.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 68.2.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.9.1705.41 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.7.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Thunderbird 68.2.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

OutlookAttachView 3.30 adds option to scan only unread messages and set the read flag on mesages on extraction. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

WinSCP 5.15.5 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

FreeFileSync 10.17 adds private key support for SFTP and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Java 8u231 is a security update. You should remove Java instead of upgrading if you are not 110% sure you require it.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

MaxMind GeoIP2 201911 is a data refresh.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Npcap 0.9984 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

BrowsingHistoryView 2.26 adds the ability to configure what happens on double-clicking an item in the results.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.10.2 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Picard 2.2.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2019.11.06 replaces the Library with a new interface, resolves several bugs, improves stability. This is not a security update.

Office Updates

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

Atom 1.41.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://atom.io/

LibreOffice Still 6.2.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. This is the stable version of LibreOffice, so if you’re upgrading you should install Still.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.3.3 resolves many bugs. This is not a security update. This is the beta version of LibreOffice, so if you’re upgrading you should install Still.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.8.1 (Free Uyghur Edition) resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Adobe Reader DC 19.021.20049 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 13.5.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2020.0.1 is a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.5.8 adds support for new encodings, adds cloud backup for configuration. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MKVToolnix 40.0.0 resolves several bugs and improves automation. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/MKVToolNix.html

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 7.4.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

RoboForm 8.6.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

8GadgetPack 31.0 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

Beyond Compare 4.3.2.24472 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

BulkFileChanger 1.70 adds support for Office format date/time values. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

DesktopOK 6.71 adds new explore path feature. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DevManView 1.60 adds option to Open Device Properties Window and option to create a shortcut to Device Properties window on your desktop. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

DriveLetterView 1.50 adds Open Device Properties Window option. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/drive_letter_view.html

Etcher 1.5.63 updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

FolderChangesView 2.31 resolves a stability bug and changes keyboard accelerators for find and open in explorer. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

GoodSync 10.10.12 resolves several stability issues and annoyances. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

IsMyHdOK 1.91 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

Ketarin 1.8.11 adds several new features including global “on update failed” command, variable sorting, and improved FileHippo integration. This is not a security update.
https://ketarin.org/

MS ISO Downloader 8.23 updates names and adds ISOs. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

NTLite 1.8.0.7217 adds support for 20H1, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 7.0.1005 adds several new features, resolves bugs, and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 3.71 resolves a bug and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

SearchMyFiles 3.06 resolves the time range bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

TaskSchedulerView 1.53 adds an option to display only running tasks. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

USBDeview 2.81 adds an option to open Device Properties window. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WifiInfoView 2.55 adds ability to connect to an access point from within WifiInfoView and from the CLI. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 5.09 improves compatibility with certain hardware and WIA. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.30 adds enterprise licensing, improved treemap, in-app context menu improvements, and search improvements. This is not a security update.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

WSUS Offline 11.8.2 updates libraries, improves compatibility, and supercedence rules. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

AutoHotkey 1.1.31.01 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Android Studio 3.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

Inno Setup 6.0.3 and Inno Setup QuickStart 6.0.3 adds several new features including dark theme, new messages, and directives. This is not a security update.
http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

Node.js 13.1.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.30.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

TortoiseGit 2.9.0 updates libraries and resolves many bugs. This is a security update.
https://tortoisegit.org/

TortoiseSVN 1.13.1 updates library and adds digital signature. This should be treated as a security update.
https://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

Visual Studio Code 1.40 resolves over 4600 issues. This is a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.0.14-133895 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.

Adminer 4.7.4 is a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

phpList 3.4.8 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

Nextcloud Server 17.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Drupal 8.7.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.9.13 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

MailEnable 10.27 is a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

ScreenConnect 19.4.25759.7247 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.3 is a security update. This version adds the Twenty Twenty theme, improved block editor, accessibility and keyboard improvements, automatic image rotation, and more.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.1.3 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

bbPress 2.6.0 improves moderation, engagements, and several other features, adds compatibility with PHP 7.1+, and resolves over 400 bugs. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.1.5 improves the configuration validator. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.2.6 is a security update.

WooCommerce 3.8.0 doesn’t have a changelog so should be treated as a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.7.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2019-10-08

Hi, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for October 2019 and it’s pretty mild for anyone not using Apple products.

The next build of Windows 10, version 1909, will be released any time. This version will be minor compared to other Windows 10 upgrades and should be nearly indistinguishable from 1903. If you’re running 1903 now installing 1909 should have no negative impact. If you’re running an older version I recommend upgrading to 1903 before switching to 1909.

Windows 7 will fall completely out of support in only 3 months. Don’t run out the clock. If you are running a licensed version of Windows 7 you can still upgrade to Windows 10 and have a supported version of Windows for the foreseeable future. Get it done before it’s too late. Don’t want to do it yourself? Call me!
https://saferpc.info/contact/

This month we learned that sometimes the weakest link is support. ZenDesk, central to support for more than 120,000 companies from Airbnb to MailChimp to Vimeo, was hacked in 2016 and discovered it only last week. They’re doing things right: public exposure, contacting customers, describing the chain of events, getting outside help to research and resolve their issues. Unfortunately, this doesn’t eliminate the problems for the approximately 25% of their customers that were exposed in this breach.

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

Microsoft released updates for Windows, .NET, Edge, Internet Explorer, and MSRT (~ 1.1 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Catalina 10.15, macOS Mojave 10.14.6 Supplemental Update 2, Security Update 2019-005 High Sierra, Security Update 2019-005 Sierra, iCloud for Windows 10.7, iCloud for Windows 7.14, iTunes for Windows 12.10.1, iOS 12.4.2, iOS 13.1.2, iPadOS 13.1.2, Safari 13.0.1, Xcode 11.0, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6.0.1. These are security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

macOS Catalina (10.15) is available! This is a large download and will take between 2 and 4 hours to install on most hardware. The release of macOS Catalina (10.15) means that macOS Sierra (10.12) is now no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS High Sierra (10.13) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

iOS 12.4.2 and 13.1.2 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 6.0.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 13.0 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 77.0.3865.105 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 Catalina (10.15) means that macOS Sierra (10.12) is now no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS High Sierra (10.13) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1903) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 3-6 GB through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.1.9 improves cleanup, system restore, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 19.9.38 improves device detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 436.48 adds support for newer hardware and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 77.0.3865.90 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 69.0.2 resolves several bugs, but follows shortly on the heels of 69.0.1, which was a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.8.1664.40 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 68.1.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Prosody 0.11.3 resolves several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Trillian 6.2.0.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

aria2 1.35.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

BrowsingHistoryView 2.25 adds support for Waterfox. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

DNSDataView 1.60 adds TTL. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_records_viewer.html

FileZilla Client 3.45.1 resolves several bugs and adds stale version detection. This should be treated as a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP2 201910 is a data refresh.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

PuTTY 0.73 is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

WinSCP 5.15.4 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MusicBrainz Picard 2.2.2 resolves dozens of bugs and adds several new features. This is not a security update.

Flickr Downloadr 3.2.3.1 resolves a JSON length bug. This is not a security update.

iTunes 12.10.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2019.09.19 resolves a beta bug. This is not a security update. Use Steam to update Steam.

PlayStation PS4 7.00 is a major update that doubles the size limit of parties to 16, improves networking, adds chat transcription, improves voice audio, adds Remote Play to more devices, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

Artweaver 7.0.2 improves online update and error reporting, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Krita 4.2.7.1 resolves several bugs, improves color selector, layer controls, and adds new brushes. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.3.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update. (“Fresh” is the Beta version so stick with “Still” unless you don’t mind stability issues.)
https://www.libreoffice.org/

OpenOffice 4.1.7 resolves several bugs and adds support for OpenJDK. This is not a security update.
http://www.openoffice.org/download/

Paint.net 4.2.5 adds support for WebP format and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Adobe DNG Converter 11.4.1 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
macOS: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6743
Windows: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6741

Security Software Updates

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

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

RogueKiller 13.5.2 resolves several bugs, improves performance for large files, and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Wireless Network Watcher 2.21 updates the internal MAC database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

PureOS 9.0 is a new major release of PureOS, updates libraries, dependencies and forging the way for the final release of the Librem 5. This is a security update.
https://pureos.net/download/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MKVToolnix 38.0.0 resolves several bugs, improves immutability, adds new default output (console) to mkvextract. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/MKVToolNix.html

DVDFab 11.0.5.3 adds support for new encodings, updates libraries, resolves several bugs. 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.

e-Sword 12.1 updates the downloader to support eStudySource. This is not a security update.
https://www.e-sword.net/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Windows 7.3.712 resolves several bugs, adds support for new features. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Agent Ransack 2019.2929 is a major update that adds high-DPI support, improves performance, improves PDF search, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

BgInfo 4.28 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 10.41 resolves a configuration parsing bug. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

DesktopOK 6.59 resolves several bugs and improves color detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Etcher 1.5.57 resolves a startup bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

FolderChangesView 2.30 adds “*.” support to include/exclude files without filenames. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

GoodSync 10.10.9 resolves several bugs and updates cipher list. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

NTLite 1.8.0.7165 adds new features, updates translations, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 7.0.1004 adds clipboard viewer, AmCache viewer, auto triage, VM improvements, improved indexing, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

Password Security Scanner 1.46 improves reliability and adds support for Waterfox. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/password_security_scanner.html

Recover Keys 11.0.4.233 adds support for over 1,000 new applications. This is not a security update.
https://recover-keys.com/en/download.html

RoboForm 8.6.1 impose periodic Master Password check, add difference check to Backup/Restore, add import from Sticky Password, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Rufus 3.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_IE.html

SearchMyFiles 3.05 adds support to specify time range in GMT. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.85 updates the internal MAC database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WifiInfoView 2.47 updates the internal MAC database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 5.01 improves drag and drop page re-order feature, multiformat output, adds support for multiple scan operations. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.8.1 improves detection of updates and resolves supersedence issues. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

AutoHotkey 1.1.31.00 adds Switch and InputHook, improves support for long paths, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Android Studio 3.5.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

Node.js 12.11.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.30.0 adds support for aggregate filters, NULLS FIRST/NULLS LAST in order by, improves index, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.9.3 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.

YOURLS 1.7.4 is a security update.
https://yourls.org/

Drupal 8.7.8 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.9.12 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Nextcloud Server 17.0.0 adds remote wipe, improved 2FA, secure view, one-time login tokens, secure mailbox Outlook Add-in, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Adobe ColdFusion 2018.5 and 2016.12 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb19-47.html

phpList 3.4.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

phpMyAdmin 4.9.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

BuddyPress 5.0.0 adds BP REST API, group invites, group membership requests, improved WP integration, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Smash Balloon Social Post Feed 2.11 (was Custom Facebook Feed) adds several new options, restores FB group access, and updates FB API to v4.0. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.2.3 updates Pro features. This is not a security update.

Redirection 4.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2019-09-10

Hi, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for September 2019 and it’s another big one.

The next build of Windows 10, version 1909, is scheduled to be released later this month. This version will be minor compared to other Windows 10 upgrades and should be nearly indistinguishable from 1903. Well, hopefully local search will work when Cortana Web Search is disabled, but indistinguishable otherwise.

Windows 7 will fall completely out of support in only 4 months. Don’t run out the clock. If you are running a licensed version of Windows 7 you can still upgrade to Windows 10 and have a supported version of Windows for the foreseeable future. Get it done before it’s too late. Don’t want to do it yourself? Call me!

Borderlands 3 will be released on Friday! If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, you can still get a hefty discount. It’ll available for preinstallation starting this evening.

This month we’ve had another series of security lessons.

The Jordan Peterson “deepfake” platform was just the tiniest recent example of how such technology would inevitably be abused. Even though it was removed, it was followed shortly by a custom deepfake that cost one company $243,000. Oops.

The most popular email server and web management platforms both had critical security issues allowing malicious third parties to take over the entire server.

Don’t trust your mobile. Apple iOS and Google Android vulnerabilities disclosed and abused this month can be used to take over your device. Patches are not yet available to resolve these recent exploits for either platform, though both have released patches for unrelelated security vulnerabilities. Google finally acknowledged a security issue in Google Calendar that has been exploited for at least 3 years and the Google Play Store has been publishing malicious apps.

Your “automated assistant” (Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and Hello Google) defaults to calling unrelated third parties since the numbers are pulled from search results, which are easily abused. Heck, the “vast majority” of new domain registrations and websites exist only for malicious purposes. Even if you don’t visit unknown websites, your information is exposed to others whenever you use automated assistants and sometimes even if you don’t intend to. The best solution is to use a privacy respecting browser, such as Vivaldi or Brave and disable any automation and voice controls.

You should always assume all hardware and software will eventually be hacked and maintain them religiously. From Ring to lightbulbs, it will happen. This month shows how entire platforms are being exploited remotely through their networking features.

When even Jack gets hacked you should assume that your information is out there somewhere. This is demonstrated with the latest in a too-frequent series of Facebook data leaks, this time including phone numbers for over 419 million users.

Finally, a friendly reminder that even if your data is “backed up” by a third party you should always back it up again yourself. Between unreliable third party services to the potential damage from ransomware and trojans, there’s no good reason not to pick up a cheap USB thumb drive and toss your important data on it, then toss it into your fireproof safe.

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

Microsoft released updates for Windows, .NET, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, and MSRT (~1.1 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Mojave 10.14.6 Supplemental Update, iOS 12.4.1, tvOS 12.4.1, and watchOS 5.3.1. These are security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

iOS 12.4.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 5.3.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 12.4.1 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.255 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

The now-current release of Windows 10 (1903) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 3-6 GB through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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.

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 19.8.34 adds OEM links and improved hardware detection and installation. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 436.30 resolves several bugs. This is not s security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.1.8 improves removal for Nvidia devices. This is not a security update. Be aware that DDU is now wallpapered in advertisements for crapware, so you should avoid it unless you know what you’re doing.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 77.0.3865.75 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 69.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 60.9.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.7.1628.33 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.

OutlookAttachView 3.26 resolves a bug when closed prematurely. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

Trillian Mac 6.2.0.19 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

FileZilla Client 3.44.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP 201909 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Npcap 0.9983 improves hardware detection, improves Loopback detection and support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

ZeroNet 0.7.1 is a security update.
https://zeronet.io/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC Media Player 3.0.8 is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

FastStone Viewer 7.4 improves Clone and Heal, Pencil, Google Maps integration, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2019.08.26 is a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

PlayStation PS3 4.85 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps3/

Office Updates

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

Atom 1.40.1 resolves a package integration update. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Artweaver 7.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Krita 4.2.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.3.1 is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Still 6.2.7 is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Adobe Reader DC Patch 19.012.20040 resolves a font-embedding bug. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to install the most current version.

Adobe Application Manager 2019.0 is a security update. AAM will be EOL very soon, so if you do not require it, you should remove it instead of updating to the latest version.
https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=4773

Adobe FrameMaker 2019.0.4 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
64-bit: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6739
32-bit: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6737

Security Software Updates

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

PureOS 9.0 is a major update to PureOS and signals that the Librem 5 release is likely just around the corner.
https://pureos.net/download/

Looking for a secure phone? Check out the Librem 5:
https://puri.sm/products/librem-5/

MSRT 5.76 updates detections. This is a security update.

RogueKiller 13.4.3 resolves several bugs and updates options. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

TinyWall 2.1.12 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
http://tinywall.pados.hu/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.14.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

MKVToolnix 37.0.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/MKVToolNix.html

DVDFab 11.0.4.8 adds support for new encodings, improves Meta Info detection, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

FFmpeg 4.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Windows 10 Upgrade v1903 updates the installation package for the Windows 10 v1903 build in preparation for v1909.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

ControlMyMonitor 1.20 improves refresh and default monitor behavior. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

CPU-Z Installer 1.90 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 6.56 improves portability, adds options for reporting and export analysis, window positions, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DMDE 3.6.0 adds support for new filesystems, resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://dmde.com/

FolderChangesView 2.28 resolves a notification bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

GoodSync 10.10.7 removes support for Amazon Cloud Drive, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

HWMonitor 1.41 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

IsMyHdOK 1.84 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NTLite 1.8.0.7115 adds support for Windows 10 v1909, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 7.0.1003 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 3.68 improves multi-monitor operation. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

Sysmon 10.4 adds nested rule support, improved conditions, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Process Explorer 16.30 adds Shared Commit, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Rufus 3.7 adds persistent partition support for Debian and Ubuntu flavored ISOs, reports SuperSpeed+ devices, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_IE.html

SimpleWMIView 1.40 adds Case Sensitive option to Quick Filters. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

Synergy 1.10.3 resolves several bugs and updates the VC++ dependency to 2019. If you’re having problems with the update, install the VC++ 2019 runtime, reboot, then reinstall.
https://members.symless.com/synergy/downloads/list/s1

TaskSchedulerView 1.52 adds Case Sensitive option to Quick Filters. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TraceRouteOK 1.51 updates language files and improves compatibility with Windows 10 v1909. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WinScan2PDF 4.94 adds page selection and improved compatibility with Windows 10 v1909. 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.

Android Studio 3.5.0.21 integrates several automated improvements, performance optimizations, diagnostics, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

Node.js 12.10.0 resolves many bugs, improves documentation, and updates dependencies. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Visual Studio Code 1.38 improves search and replace, resolves several bugs, and adds new features. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.0.12-133076 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.

Adminer 4.7.3 improves performance and stability, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

Drupal 8.7.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Nextcloud Server 16.0.4 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

ScreenConnect 19.3.25270.7185 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.2.3 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

myStickymenu 2.2.2 resolves a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.9 resolves several bugs, improves integration with Blogger, Reddit, Pinterest, and WordPress.com. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.0.15 resolves update bug, adds two new filters. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.10.0 resolves several bugs, adds support for new S3 regions, webp caching, and other improvements. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.6.2 improves reliability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Show IDs 1.1.3 improves compatibility. 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/