Updates 2020-02-11

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for February 2020.

Microsoft blinked and released three updates to Windows 7 this month, however two of the issues that were resolved were actually caused by their EOL updates released last month. It’s no longer trustworthy, so do not let Windows 7 touch the Internet!

Windows 7 is officially end-of-life (EOL). If you’re still running it, shame on you, and 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. Don’t want to do it yourself? Call me!
https://saferpc.info/contact/

The Windows Update engine relies upon a file called “wsusscn2.cab” which is currently choking on download. While there are several Windows updates available today, it looks like the time just to check for updates will be over 2 hours for most devices today. Have patience or wait to start patching until later when they resolve this issue. There’s plenty of other stuff to patch anyway.

This Month in Technology

macOS finally fixes the Sudo bug (after 9 years), but this pales in comparison to the ease at which Mac users are infected through social engineering tactics. If you still think Mac’s are more secure than Windows, you need to see the numbers from MalwareBytes which show the typical Mac is targeted by nearly double the malware that Windows devices are. One special note here is that the users trusted the names of the websites that were involved, mostly a result of allowing domains to expire (a common concept within the broad scheme of domain hijacking).

While we’re on the subject of renewing domains, don’t forget your certificates! TLS/SSL certificates are often an enterprise’s weakest point of failure, especially when they’re not renewed on time. This will become even more important as TLS 1.0 and 1.1 are deprecated over the next couple months, which will prevent most older devices from being able to safely use the Internet at all. How important is certificate trust? Last months certificate hijacking bug allowed a researcher to replicate NSA and Github certificates in less than 24 hours which could be used immediately in MitM and DNS cache poisoning attacks with no effort from the attacker and as little as 10 lines of browser-based code.

Microsoft has decided to end it’s own ad platform within UWP apps, which will seriously hurt the entire UWP ecosystem and likely their users, by encouraging less security- and privacy-concerned third-party platforms to take their place.

This month we’ve seen data dumps from Twitter user details (shortly before a Twitter outage), Trello, Google, half a million servers, routers, and IoT devices, a major cannabis dispensary POS vendor, THSuite, WhatsApp had a major vulnerability (since patched), a Zoom vulnerability allowed hackers to eavesdrop on your calls, Mitsubishi was hacked via their enterprise security software, Trend Micro OfficeScan, and the United Nations was hacked through an unpatched server.

Is your privacy important? Apple bowed to the FBI to prevent fully-encrypted backups, ICE is using cellphone location data to track immigrants, but Avast has decided to stop selling it’s user data and they’re “sorry”, so at least there’s some good news.

Of course, any account can be hacked, even Facebook’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, and the NFL, and this month the City of Oshkosh (WI) and Duplin County (NC) join the “yet another government network hijacked” club.

It’s one thing to be incompetent when it comes to security, but Blizzard doesn’t even understand their users. This month they’re asserting total copyright ownership of any mods their users create and they released Warcraft: Reforged, which is the first game to ever be reviewed this poorly by the userbase. You might give Blizzard some credit for this – after all, they did build the engine that allowed the third-party “Dota” to flourish. LastPass, however, built their own system but accidentally removed their own extension from the Chrome Web Store!

In IoT news, more than 2/3rds of corporate and government entities were compromised with endpoint attacks in 2019, the weakest link might be the building itself or any of tens of millions of devices on a typical corporate or government network, though, as expected, many Huawei IoT devices have a backdoor. A serious public key exposure in Fortinet SIEM allows evildoers to kill your security appliance, and a critial zero-day in SolarWinds RMM allows attackers to hijack your network. Supply chain attacks targeting EOL Windows 7 devices remind us why we should avoid EOL hardware and software, and Phillips Hue lightbulbs are still proving that they weren’t well though-out security-wise. Thousand of WordPress-based websites have been hijacked to redirect visitors to evil sites, and there is always more to security than patching.

Let’s end my soapbox on a happy note: The best news this month might just be that Netflix finally offers an option to disable those #@$& autoplay previews. It’s about time.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. The typical computer should see roughly 2.2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET, Flash, Servicing Stack, and MSRT (~1.2 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Catalina 10.15.3, Security Update 2020-001 Mojave, Security Update 2020-001 High Sierra, iCloud for Windows 10.9.2, iCloud for Windows 7.17, iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, iTunes for Windows 12.10.4, Safari 13.0.5, tvOS 13.3.1, and watchOS 6.1.2. These are security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

iOS 13.3.1 and 12.4.5 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 13.3.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 6.1.2 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 13.3.1 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 79.0.3945.123 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.330 is a security update. Take comfort knowing that Flash will be EOL in only 10 months.
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.

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.2.2 resolves several issues and improves removal procedure. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

BullZip PDF Printer 11.12.0.2816 improves compatibility with Chrome 80+. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 20.1.5 improves user interface, performance, uninstall, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 442.19 adds framerate capping, performance improvements for certain games, VRSS controls, and support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Garmin Express 6.20 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.garmin.com/en-US/software/express/

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 80.0.3987.100 is a security update. This version is also the predecessor to the new samesite cookie handling behavior that will cause problems for various industries, including ad-services. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 73.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 68.5.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Iridium 2019.11.78 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.10.1745.27 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 68.5.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

MaxMind GeoLite: Due to their interpretation of the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act), MaxMind has opted to no longer provide direct downloads of their IP information databases. An account and agreement to perform updates immediately upon publishing new releases and removal of all existing copies is now required. Due to this we will no longer be listing MaxMind on SaferPC. I suggest you integrate their automatic update service into your existing platform to ensure that you can comply with their new usage agreement.

Prosody 0.11.4 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

BrowsingHistoryView 2.36 adds option to delete Chrome and Firefox history records. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

FreeNAS 11.3 is a major update offering improved performance, security controls, community plugin integration, improved granularity of alerts and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.freenas.org/download-freenas-release/

Npcap 0.9987 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.10.4 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 2020.01.20 resolves several bugs and improves reliability of Remote Play. This is not a security update.

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 20.006.20034 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe DNG 12.2 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
Mac: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6879
Win: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6881

Adobe Experience Manager 6.5.0-31870 and 6.4.0-31868 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb20-08.html

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.11 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/Digital-Editions/apsb20-07.html

Adobe Framemaker 2019.0.5 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/framemaker/apsb20-04.html

Adobe Illustrator CC 24.0.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb20-03.html

Artweaver 7.0.4 resolves several bugs and improves performance with impasto and PSD text layers. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Atom 1.44.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

LibreOffice Still 6.3.4 is a major update adding a wide variety of new features and performance improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.4.0 resolves almost 500 bugs, including security issues. The typical user should run LibreOffice Still (stable), not Fresh (beta).
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Lightworks NLE 14.5 adds dozens of new features, export options, media codecs, and over a hundred bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.lwks.com/

Notepad++ 7.8.4 adds JSON and Workspace improvements, and resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 4.2.9 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Security Software Updates

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

QubesOS 4.0.3 is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

elementaryOS 5.1.2 is a security update.
https://elementary.io/

RogueKiller 14.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

TinyWall 3.0 improves reliability, user interface, exception controls, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.20.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/ScreenToGif.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MKVToolnix 43.0.0 resolves several bugs and improves user interface defaults options from command line. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/MKVToolNix.html

DVDFab 11.0.7.1 resolves several bugs and adds support for newer encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.6.6 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Easy2Boot 1.B8A improves compatibility and user-interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/Easy2Boot.html

1Password for Mac 7.4.2 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

ControlMyMonitor 1.25 adds option to put icon in tray. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

DesktopOK 6.84 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DevManView 1.66 adds Class GUID column. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

Etcher 1.5.76 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything CLI 1.1.0.18 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

FileLocator Pro 8.5.2944 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Fing 8.8.2 improves user interaction and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://community.fing.com/

GoodSync 10.10.21 improves performance and reliability, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

MS ISO Downloader 8.31 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

OSFMount 3.0.1005 adds command-line options to load physical or logical emulation only, and resolves a permissions bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

SetDefaultBrowser 1.4 adds support for Chromium-based Edge. This is not a security update.
https://kolbi.cz/blog/2017/11/10/setdefaultbrowser-set-the-default-browser-per-user-on-windows-10-and-server-2016-build-1607/

TaskSchedulerView 1.54 adds options to select/deselect all to column chooser. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

USBDeview 2.86 adds mode option for Regedit call, to support opening with or without elevation.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WinScan2PDF 5.21 improves WIA compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.32 resolves several bugs, adds options to export file types to CSV, filterexclude, and command-line supporter activation. This is not a security update. On the note of Supporters – this software is amazing. Use it. And donate.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Godot 3.2 improves reliability, performance, stability and resolves almost 2,000 bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Node.js 13.8.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.31.1 adds generated columns, hard heap limits, improved pragma, dbstat aggregated mode support, open nofollow, and resolves an internal schema compatibility issue. This compatibility fix is temporary, so fix your applications if you currently rely on parsing the data structure via internal schema. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.42 resolves several bugs, improves user interface, additional preference controls, task management, and more. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.2-135663 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. 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 4.7.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

Drupal 8.8.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.4.0 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Joomla 3.9.15 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Magento 2.3.4, 2.2.11, 1.14.4.4, 1.9.4.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb20-02.html

Nextcloud Hub 18.0.0 is a major update adding improved file, flow, photos, calendar, mail, and talk integration, and ONLYOFFICE support. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

ScreenConnect 19.6.26659.7340 is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SpamAssassin 3.4.4 is a security update.
http://spamassassin.apache.org/downloads.cgi

YOURLS 1.7.6 is a security update.
https://yourls.org/

bbPress 2.6.4 is a security update.

Interactive World Map 3.1.4 is a major update that resolves several issues. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.3.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.41 resolves regex bug and now attempts to process only 1 email at a time. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.23 updates key updater and improves user interface. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.13.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.9.1 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 2017-11-01

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Apple, Microsoft, Google and more have released updates this week.

The typical computer should see approximately 2gb of updates. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released an out-of-cycle security update for Flash Player 27.0.0.183. Use Windows Update to install the most current versions.

Apple released updates for macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, Security Update 2017-001 Sierra, Security Update 2017-004 El Capitan, iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, tvOS 11.1, Safari 11.0.1, iCloud for Windows 7.1, iTunes 12.7.1 are security updates. Use the Apple App Store or Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

iOS 11.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 4.1 is a security update. Use your updated iPhone to install the most current version through the Watch app.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204641

tvOS 11.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 62.0.3202.74 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 27.0.0.183 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.

Seagull Scientific Driver collection 2017.1 improves compatibility, reliability and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/windows-printer-drivers/

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.7.7 improves cleanup, compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
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 62.0.3202.75 is a security update.

Firefox 56.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 52.4.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Line 7.14.0 improves camera integration. This is not a security update.
https://line.me/update

aria2 1.33.0 resolves several bugs and adds a couple new features. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201711 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

IPInfoOffline 1.45 updates IP database and adds column autosizing. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

Npcap 0.96 integrates several new Type selectors, improves memory handling, expands license. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/nmap/npcap/releases

WGet 1.19.2 is a security update.
https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/

iCloud for Windows 7.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to get the most current version.

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.7.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to get the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.5.5003 improves game management, storage options, and many cosmetic improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 5.01 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

OpenOffice 4.1.4 is a security update. You are strongly advised to REMOVE OpenOffice and switch to LibreOffice!
https://www.openoffice.org/download/

Kindle for PC 1.21.0 Build 48017 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

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

Wireshark 2.4.2 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

RogueKiller 12.11.22 adds detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.1.1709.1535 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.1.1708.2941 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.93 resolves compatibility issues. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.6.4 adds support for new encodings, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.4.1.5675 resolves several bugs and upgrades components. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Mac 6.8.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

GoodSync 10.6.5 resolves dozens of bugs, improves reliability and consistency, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

RoboForm 8.4.3 improves stability and version compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

CintaNotes 3.11 resolves several bugs and improves clicking. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

DesktopOK 4.85 resolves improves AutoHide behavior. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Easy2Boot 1.96 improves compatibility with some virtual images, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.easy2boot.com/download/

HWMonitor 1.33 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

ImageUSB 1.3.1004 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

IsMyHdOK 1.29 improves detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

CurrPorts 2.36 adds auto-size columns support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.82 removes an inactive menu item. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

OSForensics 5.2.1001 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

CCleaner 5.36.6278 improves cleanup and adds automatic updates. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

PointerStick 2.92 adds crosshair with arrows support. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

WinScan2PDF 3.71 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.15 adds MFT association, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

WSUS Offline 11.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

.NET Framework 4.7.1 improves accessibility options, performance, reliability, and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/net/

Java 8u151 is a security update. Consider removing Java instead of upgrading if you are not 100% sure you require it.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.7.20 is a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

SQLite 3.21.0 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.2.0-118431 is a major update with several improvements to stability, reliability, and performance. 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.

phpMyAdmin 4.7.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/news/

ScreenConnect 6.4.15083.6507 resolves dozens of bugs, improves compatibility, and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

WordPress 4.8.3 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Contact Form 7 4.9.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.0.7 resolves a couple dozen bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 2.8.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.2.2 resolves dozens of bugs and adds several features. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 0.11.1 improves compatibility with older versions of PHP. 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 2017-09-12

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday.

Be aware that Adobe Reader 11 will be end-of-life in only a month, so it’s time to either remove Adobe Reader completely, or replace it with Acrobat DC. Likewise, Windows 10 v1511 will be end-of-life in October as well — all prior versions are already end-of-life and should have been replaced. If you haven’t upgraded to v1703 (aka “Creators Update”) yet, do so now here.

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

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, .NET, and MSRT (~1.3gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

ChromeOS 60.0.3112.112 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Adobe Flash Player 27.0.0.130 is a security update. Flash is being actively replaced with HTML5 on most sites and services, however, so unless you’re 110% positive you need it for critical functions, you should remove it instead. And, within those browsers that have it embedded (Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11+) your best option is to disable it. It’s just not worth the risk.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

AIR 27.0.0.124 is a security update. If you don’t have AIR already, don’t install it now.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

BullZip PDF Printer 11.4.0.2674 improves reliability and cosmetics on high-DPI displays and resolves several other bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.7.4 now requires Safe Mode to operate. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 2.9 improves reliability. 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.

Chrome 61.0.3163.81 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 55.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 52.3.0 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.

DiscordApp 8.15.2017 adds video support to many users and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://discordapp.com/download

Skype 7.40.0.103 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?skype

Line 7.10.0 now allows embedding YouTube videos directly within Line. This is not a security update.
http://line.me/update

WinSCP 5.11.1 follows shortly on the tails of 5.11 to resolve several bugs, including IPv6 tunneling. This is not a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

FileZilla 3.27.1 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 9.3 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201709 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

IPNetInfo 1.77 removes the 256 IP address limit for address resolution. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

Npcap 0.94 allows checksum offloading and Large Send Offloading on adapters that support them. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/nmap/npcap/releases

Evernote 6.7.4.5741 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.2.49155 resolves several bugs, improves notifications, and revamps the My Home page. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Steam 2017.09.07 resolves a video playback bug and improves third-party integration. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?steam

Office Updates

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

Artweaver 6.0.5 increases maximum zoom to 3200%, improves stability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Interactive Calendar 2.1 improves spell check, text editing, Unicode support and new color schemes. This is not a security update.
http://www.csoftlab.com/calendar

LibreOffice 5.4.1 resolves nearly 100 bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.5.1 adds 19 new programming languages, resolves several bugs and removes the Plugin Manager plugin (a replacement will be offered soon). This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Adobe Reader 11.0.22 is a security update. This is not a security update. However, Adobe Reader and Acrobat 11 (XI) will be discontinued in only one month, so you’re better off switching to Acrobat DC instead of upgrading. Be sure to uncheck all the “optional features” aka crapware that the installer offers.
http://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe Reader DC Patch 17.012.20098 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get install the most current version.

Adobe RoboHelp 2017.0.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/robohelp/apsb17-25.html

ColdFusion 2016.5 and 11.13 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb17-30.html

IcoFX 3.1 improves high-DPI support, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://icofx.ro/

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 3.1 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Norton Power Eraser 20170823 adds new detections and removals. This is a security update.

Avast! Home Edition 17.6.2310 improves anti-phishing, cleanup, notifications, and threat information. This is a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.4.1 is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

MSRT 5.51 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

Wireless Network Watcher 2.13 adds option to reset dates for selected items. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.11.14 adds detections. This is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.0.1705.3124 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.10.7 adds support for new encodings, improves compatibility with macOS, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

CDex 1.91 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.5.7 adds support for new encodings, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.4.1 adds portable user options during sync, ability to import from several other password managers, duplicate detection, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 10.5.8 resolves several bugs including SSL reliability fixes. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

NTLite 1.4.0.5565 adds new compatibility features and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Mac 6.8.1 improves cosmetics and resolves many bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

1Password for Windows 6.7.457 improves focus and alerts. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

CintaNotes 3.9.1 improves high-DPI support, removes unnecessary warnings, and resolves several bugs.
http://cintanotes.com/download

Cygwin 2.9.0 adds several new APIs, improves implementation of elf.h and adds %s support for strptime. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 4.76 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DMDE 3.4.0.720 resolves a critical bug in RAID-6 support, adds support for Apple partitions and HFS+/HFSX, and improves FS detection. This is not a security update.
https://dmde.com/

FileLocator Pro 8.2.2739 resolves the thumbnail and icon bug and corrects the German Boolean expression bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

BatteryInfoView 1.23 changes labels to be more accurate. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/battery_information_view.html

BulkFileChanger 1.50 adds several new command line options and updates attribute display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

CurrPorts 2.32 allows changing the font for the main window. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

Password Security Scanner 1.42 adds quick filter support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/password_security_scanner.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.81 improves targeting support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

OSForensics 5.1.1003 improves performance, reliability, logical limits, and adds several new features. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

CCleaner 5.34.6207 improves GUI and no longer removes favicons in Firefox.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

SystemRescueCD 5.1.0 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TeamViewer 12.0.83369 doesn’t provide a current changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 3.63 improves compatibility with HP and Brother scanners. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.10 adds a 64-bit version, treemaps, high-contrast support, new keyboard shortcuts, and improved performance. This is not a security update.

Classic Shell 4.3.1 adds support for the Win10 Creators Update and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://classicshell.net/

GSmartControl 1.1.0 adds a 64-bit version, new statistics and data, “brief” format, interactive drive database update, and other fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.io/home/index.php/About

Kingston SSD Manager 20170829T102642 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

Easy2Boot 1.95 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.easy2boot.com/download/

Rufus 2.17 adds support for several new formats, improve security checks, and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

Sysmon 6.1 adds monitoring of WMI filters and consumers and fixes a bug in image load filtering. This should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Process Monitor 3.4 now includes a /runtime switch for terminating monitoring after a specified amount of time and fixes a bug in automated boot log conversion. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Autoruns 13.8 adds additional autostart entry points, has asynchronous file saving, fixes a bug parsing 32-bit paths on 64-bit Windows, shows the display name for drivers and services, and fixes a bug in offline Virus Total scanning. This is a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

AccessChk 6.11 adds a cache to improve queries that enumerate multiple objects, and has the -s switch start container enumeration at the specified container when -d is specified.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TortoiseSVN 1.9.7 resolves a bug with drag-and-drop. This is not a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

SQLite 3.20.1 should be treated as a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

SQLite Database Browser 3.10.0 adds support for DBHub.io, improvements to virtual tables, CSV import, filters, table editing, and dozens of resolved bugs. This is a security update.
http://sqlitebrowser.org/

StrawberryPerl 5.26.0.2 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Web Package Updates

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

ownCloud Client 2.3.3 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This should be treated as a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

Plupload 2.3.3 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.plupload.com/

TinyMCE 4.6.6 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.3.7 is a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.7.5 resolves a bug that applied to new installations. This is not a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

MailEnable Enterprise 9.76 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.7.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

bbPress 2.5.14 improves PHP 7.1+ support, pagination and resolves a row-limit bug. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.9.1 is a security update.

Contact Form 7 4.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.4.1 improves support for PHP 5.3.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.8.7 improves reliability with Tumblr and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.4 resolves a minor bug. This is not a security update.

Really Simple CAPTCHA 2.0.1 improves reliability. This is not a security update.

Redirection 2.7.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.11 adds support for regular expressions, ability to ignore directories, post-types, and several other fixes. This is not a security update.

Super Post Cleaner 1.1 only changes develop information. This is not a security update.

Widgets on Pages 1.3.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.1.2 improves importer, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.19 is 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 2017-07-25

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Apple, Microsoft, Google and more have released updates this week.

The best technology news of the century was released today. Perhaps the millennium. In about 3 years Adobe will finally discontinue support for Flash, effectively removing the largest bulls-eye from your computer. As an end-user, are you still using Flash — or do you only think you’re still using Flash?

The typical computer should see approximately 400mb of updates. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows and .NET. Use Windows Update to install the most current versions.

Apple released updates for macOS 10.12.6, OS X Security Update 2017-003, Safari 10.1.2, iCloud for Windows 6.2.2, iTunes 12.6.2, and Wi-Fi Update for Boot Camp 6.1. This includes security updates. Use the Apple App Store or Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

Apple iOS 10.3.3, tvOS 10.2.2, and watchOS 3.2.2 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current versions.

Google Chrome OS 59.0.3071.134 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.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.7.0 resolves a launch bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 2.8.2 improves detections and adds support for certain BIOS updates. This should be treated as 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.

Chrome 60.0.3112.78 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Java 8u141 is a security update. If you do not have Java installed, or are not sure if you need it, remove it instead.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

DiscordApp 7.21.17 improves automation, spam filtering, various GUI fixes, and more. This is not a security update.
https://discordapp.com/download

Trillian 6.0.0.61 is a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

FileZilla 3.27.0.1 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.6.2 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

iCloud for Windows 6.2.2 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

MPC HC 1.7.13 updates libraries and now enforces minimum SSE2 support. This should be treated as a security update.
https://mpc-hc.org/downloads/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.4.14.21968 improves throttling support, keyboard navigation, and resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 4.72 improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

Office Updates

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

Paint.net 4.0.17 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.getpaint.net/

Security Software Updates

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

Avast! Home Edition 17.5.2303 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.4.0 adds support for new protocols, new utility integration, improved UI, bug fixes and more. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

RogueKiller 12.11.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.89 improves output encoding support, ID3 handling, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.4.8 adds Copy Source support, improves conversion, adds support for new encodings, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 6.8 improves organization, clipboard assignment, improved Chrome support, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

RoboForm 8.3.9 resolves several bugs, improves High-DPI support, and improves autosave and submission for scripted forms. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?rf

Carbonite 6.3 replaces the restore GUI, improves usability, various restoration changes. This is not a security update.
https://account.carbonite.com/

Cygwin 2.8.2 resolves several bugs and adds new APIs: fls, flsl, flsll. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

Easy2Boot 1.94 resolves several bugs and adds utilities for managing partition assignments. This is not a security update.
http://www.easy2boot.com/download/

SimpleWMIView 1.32 adds quick filtering. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.80 improves visual feedback and resolves a network detection bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WSUS Offline 11.0.1 updates sepersedence and obsolescence lists, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Sysmon 6.03 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.7.19 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.1.24-117012 resolves many bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

ModSecurity 2.9.2 resolves dozens of bugs and improves stability. This is a security update.
https://github.com/SpiderLabs/ModSecurity/releases

Joomla 3.7.4 is a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

phpMyAdmin 4.7.3 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Akismet 3.3.3 improves resource consumption, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

bbPress 2.5.13 improves support for post_parent__in queries. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 4.8.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.4.0 adds SSL identification for sites. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.2 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 2.6.5 implements React on groups page. This is not a security update.

Widgets on Pages 1.1.1 removes TurboSidebars from Search results. This plugin is still incompatible with some sites and servers.

WooCommerce 3.1.1 resolves many bugs and improves UI. 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 2017-07-11

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday. It’s pretty quiet this month: no major ransomware events and no major new infection vectors. I hate to say it, but it feels like it’s the calm before the storm.

The typical computer should see roughly 1gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET, Flash, POSReader, and MSRT (~900mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for various printer and scanner drivers, and Apple Remote Desktop Client. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe AIR 26.0.0.127 is a security update.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: http://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 26.0.0.137 is a security update. Flash is being actively replaced with HTML5 on most sites and services, however, so unless you’re 110% positive you need it for critical functions, you should remove it instead. And, within those browsers that have it embedded (Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11+) your best option is to disable it. It’s just not worth the risk.
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: http://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: http://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:
http://saferpc.info/updates/
209-565-12PD
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.6.9 adds a timeout for service actions and improves GPU detection. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 2.8.1 resolves bugs and improves detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 59.0.3071.115 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Google Chrome for Android 59.0.3071.125 is a security update. Use the Play store to install this update.

Firefox 54.0.1 resolves several bugs, improves stability, and improves cross-platform reliability. This is not 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.

NK2Edit 3.30 improves SMTP preference assignments, adds WaitAutoClose and EXToSMTP script commands. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 3.02 allows resizing the properties window. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 52.2.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.
http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/

Internet Updates

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

Skype 7.38.0.101 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Line 7.6.0 adds in-chat message search. This is not a security update.
http://line.me/update

Trillian 6.0.0.60 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Silverlight 5.1.50907 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx

WinSCP 5.9.6 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

uTorrent 3.5.0 Build 43916 improves AV detections for Pro version, warn before executing files with masked extensions. This is a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FreeFileSync 9.2 resolves several bugs, improves reliability and security. This is a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP 201707 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

IPNetInfo 1.76 now filters duplicate IPv6 addresses, improves tabbing. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

Nmap 7.50 adds dozens of new fingerprints and scripts. Updates libraries. This is a security update.
http://nmap.org/

PuTTY 0.70 is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.4.13.6637 adds speed throttling controls, FPS meter, interface improvements, improved networking, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Steam 2017.07.10 improves performance, reliability, and resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

PS4 4.71 improves system performance. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

Office Updates

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

Artweaver 6.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

LibreOffice 5.3.4 resolves well over a hundred bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.4.2 improves find and replace, SWIFT language support. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?npp

Adobe Reader DC 17.009.20058 is a security update.
http://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe FrameMaker 2017.0.2 is a security update.
http://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6173

Adobe Connect 9.5.7 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/connect/apsb16-35.html

Security Software Updates

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

Fedora 26-1.5 is a security update.
https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/

MSRT 5.50 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

Tails 3.0.1 is a security update. Note that version 3.0 also removes 32-bit support.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Avast! Home Edition 17.5.2302 adds a new warning system, redesigned popups, and counter on tray icon. This is a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Gpg4win 2.3.4 is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

Hashcat 3.6.0 adds several new algorithms. This is not a security update.
http://hashcat.net/hashcat/#downloadlatest

DNSQuerySniffer 1.65 adds ‘Quick Filter’ feature. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

RogueKiller 12.11.6 adds detections. This is not a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.0.1705.3117 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.0.1705.3131 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.87 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.4.6 adds support for new encodings, several tools, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

IsoBuster 4.0 improves performances, major cosmetic changes, advanced search functionality, block analysis, history browsing, and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GoodSync 10.5.2 resolves several bugs, improves action auditing, and defaults to use SNI for SSL traffic. This is a security update.
http://www.goodsync.com/

RoboForm 8.3.7 adds support for the new Firefox extension platform, resolves bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?rf

1Password for Windows 6.6.439 is a major update, adding duplicate detection, favorites, trash support, and native automatic-when-idle updates. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

Bitcoin 0.14.2 improves performance and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

CCleaner 5.32.6129 improves cleaning. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

CintaNotes 3.8.1 improves attachment support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

Cygwin 2.8.1 now allows unpriviliged symlink creation in Windows 10, adds two new APIs. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 4.72 improves Windows 10 support. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Easy2Boot 1.93A adds offline CHOCO support, and works around a Windows Creator bug to assign a drive letter for USB drives that are not given them by Windows. This is not a security update.
http://www.easy2boot.com/download/

Kingston SSD Manager 1.1.0.0 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

NetworkTrafficView 2.10 adds logging on timer support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

RegFileExport 1.08 fixes a reliability bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/registry_file_offline_export.html

WifiInfoView 2.26 improves filtering, adds select/deselect all, and resolves a CLI vs options bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

OSForensics 5.1.1001 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

Speccy 1.31.732 improves Windows compatibility, updated hardware detection, 32-bit compatibility and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
http://12pd.com/click?speccy

PointerStick 2.82 improves reliability in Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

TeamViewer 12.0.78716 improves reliability in Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 3.51 improves Epson and Brother scanner support. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.0 removes Vista support, updates scripts and libraries, and improves update detection. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

WSUS Offline 9.2.2 (ESR) adds support for the post-EOL updates for XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 8, updates scripts and libraries, and improves update detection. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Sysmon 6.03 fixes a bug that prevented imageload include filters from working in some configurations. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TortoiseSVN 1.9.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

SQLite 3.18.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 12.5.7 is a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

Piwigo 2.9.1 is a security update.
http://piwigo.org/

Drupal 8.3.5 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.2.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.org/en/download

MailEnable 9.75 resolves seeral bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.7.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.3.13446.6374 resolves dozens of bugs, and improves performance and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Joomla 3.7.3 is a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

Autoptimize 2.2.2 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

BuddyPress 2.8.2 adds several new features. This is a security update.

myStickymenu 1.8.9 adds ability to disable on certain posts and pages. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 2.6.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.7 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.

Top Commentators Widget 1.5.3 fixes an icon bug. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.1.0 resolves dozens of bugs, improves style and setup. 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/