Updates 2021-04-13

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for April, 2021. There have been over 50 major hacking incidents, many hardware devices with critical security issues (often these are responsible for the major hacking incidents), and over a hundred updates this month. Almost every browser has released weekly security updates for the last two months. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting kind of sick of it. Finally, there’s an OpenSSL security update this week, so expect many more updates throughout the next month from every vendor that rolls their own encryption.

This Month in Technology

Acer, Apperta FoundationAzureBIG-IP, the Blender websiteBoggi Milano MenswearBooking.comBroward County (FL) Public SchoolsBrown UniversityBuffalo SchoolsCalifornia State Controller’s OfficeClubhouseCNA FinancialCrash 4 (within a day of release!), Facebook (which had the audacity to blame it’s users), Gigaset Android Update Server (preinstalled, too), Harvard Business SchoolHaverhill Public SchoolsIdaho Central Credit Union, the Indian governmentiOS, iPhones, iPads and Apple WatchesKentucky unemployment insurance systemMaricopa (AZ) Community Colleges, Michigan-based Flagstar BankMillersville UniversityMobiKwikMultiCareNetgear switches, the Netmask libraryParkMobilePeakTPA/Carolina SeniorCarePHPRollSAPSchneider Electric Smart MetersShellShopifySierra WirelessStanford MedicineSwarmShopUbiquiti (even if they won’t admit it), Union Bank of NigeriaUniversity Of CaliforniaUniversity Of ColoradoUniversity of MiamiUniversity of WisconsinUPMCVerkada, various VPN devices, Wake Forest Baptist-Lexington Medical CenterWeLeakInfo (ironic), Yeshiva University, and Zoom (more than once) have each been hacked.

There’s still fallout from the Exchange vulnerabilities for which Microsoft released patches in March, but with today’s release there are newly discovered vulnerabilities and patches, too. Even so, about 8% of Exchange servers still aren’t patched with the March fixes.

Newly discovered vulnerabilities allow bypass of Spectre mitigations on Linux, and on other platforms via JavaScriptAMD Zen 3 CPUs, Cisco SOHO Routers, and QNAP NAS devices are just a small sampling of hardware devices with serious security problems this month. 80% of global enterprises report firmware cyberattacks, while the other 20% probably just don’t have sufficient training or equipment to be able to detect them.

Major Google Android WebView problems have been notable this month and banking malware have been found in ten apps on the Google Play store. And Apple’s macOS Mail App can be hacked simply by receiving an email (again).

Azure AD/Microsoft 365, Azure DNS, Facebook, and Google have suffered recent outages.

T-Mobile is the latest to convert their customers into products. TikTok and Facebook tracking is worse than you imagine.

From the “I’m glad it didn’t happen to me” file we have an example of an aggressive space saving measure gone horribly wrong. There’s a growing trend of targeting the customers of ransomware victims to convince them to pay and another new cross-platform cryptomining worm.

Mobile privacy is a myth as both Google and Apple collect telemetry even when telemetry is disabled, but at least they’ve finally closed one of the more significant SIM-jacking holes.

Big Tech gets to make their own rules. They’re so aggressive about it that their own security staff sometimes can’t tell if they’ve been hacked. Google is being sued in France for violation of privacy. Apple has banned an accessibility keyboard from their AppStore in an effort to force them to into a buyout. Hopefully Epic will be able to use this and Apple’s hypocritical statements in Australia in their antitrust suit.

As with all disasters and government programs (but I repeat myself), the “American Rescue Act” is being trolled by malware authors to infect unsuspecting users. LinkedIn users are also being targeted thanks to the LinkedIn hack.

Not all of those Norton Antivirus renewal messages are scams (just most of them), and the UK is now suing Norton for failing to comply with their investigation into their “Dark Pattern” subscription model.

If Big Tech, Big Government, and the MSM didn’t censor Presidents (even Venezuela’s),
representatives, doctors, Christians, students, and even knitters, push false narratives, and tolerate terror, child abuse, racism, and sexism, while providing security only to one side of the aisle and targeting the other, I suspect there would be much more peace. Virginia Tech is being sued for banning the amorphously definedhate speech“, while once more college racism turns out to be a hoax. It shouldn’t be any surprise to anyone that victimhood itself is a disease.

A single death is a tragedy but killing small businesses was always part of the plan. The lockdowns were never about a virus. They were about pushing compliance with masks and experimental (lethal and anything butsafe and effective“) mRNA treatments onto an unwilling public, to “hack the software of life” preventing the ability to survive and dismantling every freedom unless you accept the jab. A surge is happening, not just at the border, but in post-jab death rates. All of this to ensure that their slush funds would be financed and elections could never be honest again.

There have been tens of thousands of fraudulent ballots in Michigan Georgia, and New Hampshire. In Georgia, one county ordered voter registration applications for 25 times the population. At least we can all agree on some common sense election reform. Or can we? The same businesses that require an ID to use their services are attacking new laws that require the same scrutiny for elections.

Now for the good news:

After more than a decade the US Supreme Court has finally ruled in favor of Google.
It’s about time. While I have no love for Google, the idea that you can’t develop code that uses the same parameters or names as Oracle code is sickening. How many of you have have written functions to format a date or number? It’s not like granular coding styles leave much to the imagination. This would be like an author suing another author because the chapters of their book were named “Chapter 1”, “Chapter 2” and so on. Good decision.

As long as I have my soapbox: Save Crypto!

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is huge. The typical computer should see roughly 2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

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

Apple released updates for GarageBand 10.4.3, iOS 14.4.2, iOS 12.5.2,, iPadOS 14.4.2, and watchOS 7.3.3. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.4.2 and 12.5.2 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.4.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 7.3.3 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 89.0.4389.95 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Big Sur (11.0) means that macOS High Sierra (10.13) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Mojave (10.14) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (v2009) is huge (about 18% larger than v2004, which was 25% larger than any prior build) so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need or use, reducing the attack surface. This includes “free” applications like Avast, OpenOffice, and games you do not actually play.

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Drivers by Seagull 2021.1 adds hardware support, improves response time, and adds features to certain models. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/support/downloads/drivers/

Crucial Storage Executive 7.01 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.3.8 improves AMD removal and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Logitech Options (macOS) 8.50.210 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

NVidia 465.89 adds new profiles, improves compatibility with various games and 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.

Brave 1.22.71 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 89.0.4389.128 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 89.0.774.76 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 87.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 78.9.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

SeaMonkey 2.53.7 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 3.7.2218.52 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 78.9.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

BrowsingHistoryView 2.47 adds high-DPI support and an option to copy URL QR Code to the clipboard. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

curl 7.76.0 is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 119.4.1772 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.53.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 11.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

IPInfoOffline 1.60 adds CIDR and Duplicate Count columns, and updates internal IP database.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

Npcap 1.30 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Technitium DNS Server 6.2 is a major update. The 6.0 branch adds DNS Application support, more options, and improved compatibility. This is not a security update. Be aware that the current version chokes during updates because it stalls on removal of the previous version.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram 2.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

WGet 1.21.1 is a security update.
https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/

Zoom 5.6.1.617 is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 2.0.14 resolves several bugs and adds new positions and motions. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

FastStone Viewer 7.5 adds dark theme, support for audio formats, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

Picard 2.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Photoshop 21.2.7 and 22.3.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb21-28.html

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.11.187606 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/Digital-Editions/apsb21-26.html

Adobe Bridge 10.1.2 and 11.0.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb21-23.html

Atom 1.56.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

RoboHelp RH2020.0.4 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/robohelp/apsb21-20.html

Krita 4.4.3 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.1.2 resolves over 60 bugs. This is not a security update, but the “Fresh” line is beta, so should be avoided by most users.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Still 7.0.5 resolves over 100 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.2.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 7.9.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 4.17 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

ClamWin Portable 0.99.4.103 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://portableapps.com/apps/security/clamwin_portable

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

RogueKiller 14.8.6 is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

uBlock Origin 1.34.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

VT-CLI 0.9.2 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/vt-cli/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2021.3.0 resolves several bugs and improves toolset. 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.

MakeMKV 1.16.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Education updates

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

e-Sword 13.0 adds Audio Bible support. 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 7.6.797 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Bitwarden 1.25.1 resolves installation issues, adds support for Safari 13 and updates electron. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 5.78.8558 improves cleaning options and behavior. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

Cygwin 3.2.0 is a major update, improving threading and symlink support, and resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 8.77 improves translations and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dupeGuru 4.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dupeguru.voltaicideas.net/

Etcher 1.5.117 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything Toolbar 0.6.3 resolves a user-mode compatibility problem, requiring uninstallation of previous versions before upgrade. All future builds will be machine-level only. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

GoodSync 11.6.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Homedale 1.95 adds translation. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

IsMyHdOK 3.13 improves SSD/SSHD detection and benchmark testing. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NTLite 2.1.0.7845 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

osquery 4.7.0 adds several new tables, concat* functions, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://osquery.io/downloads

ProduKey 1.96 improves high-DPI compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

PsExec 2.33 is a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

RoboForm 9.1.2 adds website problem reporting and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Samsung Magician 6.3.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/download/tools/

SimpleWMIView 1.43 improves high-DPI compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

System Monitor 13.02 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

TaskSchedulerView 1.67 improves high-DPI compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TcpLogView 1.35 adds Process User column and improves high-DPI compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

TCPView 4.0 adds flexible filtering, search, and display of the Windows service that owns an endpoint. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

WifiInfoView 2.68 improves high-DPI compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinObj 3.02 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

WinScan2PDF 7.01 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WirelessKeyView 2.22 adds an option to copy QR Code of the selected item. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

AutoHotkey 1.1.33.06 resolves a hotkey bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Android Studio 4.1.3.0 resolves a stable/beta channel bug. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

Node.js 12.22.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.16.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 15.14.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Redemption 5.27.0.5916 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

SQLite 3.35.4 is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

TortoiseGit 2.12.0 updates libraries, resolves more than a dozen bugs, and improves consistency. This is not a security update.
https://tortoisegit.org/

Unreal Engine 4.26 adds many new features. This is not a security update.
https://unrealengine.com/en-US/

Visual Studio Code 1.55.2 is a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Coppermine Gallery 1.6.11 adds a method to enable 2FA. This is not a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Docker Desktop 3.3.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.1.6 resolves over 50 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.8.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Joomla 3.9.26 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

MailEnable 10.34 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

Nextcloud Server 21.0.1 resolves over 70 bugs, updates libraries, and improves reliability and compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpList 3.6.2 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

Piwigo 11.4.0 is a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

ScreenConnect 21.4.2767.7752 makes several cosmetic changes and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SpamAssassin 3.4.6 is a security update.
https://spamassassin.apache.org/downloads.cgi

Antispam Bee 2.9.4 adds support for ajax calls. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.8.3 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 7.2.1 is a security update.

Social Post Feed 2.19.1 improves compatibility and reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.4.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 5.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.26 is an SJW release. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.1.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 2.1.2 resolves several bugs and adds AWS regions, new MIME types and pagination links. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 5.2.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 2.7.0 changes PHP requirements (5.5+) and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WordPress Zero Spam 5.0.12 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 2020-10-13

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for October 2020.

This Month in Technology

For those in our local community, the biggest news is that AT&T has abandoned DSL in rural America, reducing Internet access options even further for our friends and neighbors.

The US Treasury has announced that it is now illegal to pay your federal taxes.

The Universal Health Services was hacked (all 400+ locations!) and infected with ransomware, so was Software AG, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was hacked again, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was hacked, the Las Vegas school system was hacked – and since they didn’t pay the ransom student details were leaked, Docsketch was hacked, and the United Nations (UN) International Maritime Organization was hacked. Razer made a boo-boo, and even coffee makers are now being used for ransomware distribution. Grindr was hacked, Microsoft’s Windows XP source code was leaked, almost any current iPhone can be listened into from 20 feet away using only an AM radio, and access to your RMM (Remote Monitoring and Management) is being sold to attackers. Evidence exists that your anti-virus is helping the bad guys, and BitDefender is still weak security.

Facebook has been hacked (for years), Facebook for Android has been hacked again, Office 365 & Outlook have been down repeatedly over the last month, Fitbit malware – distributed by Fitbit – can be used to take over your internal network and exfiltrate your data to the web, Bluetooth is still the weakest wireless link, your Comcast XR11 TV remote can be used to listen in to your conversations, BitLocker encryption is vulnerable to a sleep-mode bypass (aka, yet another reason not to use sleep mode), HP Device Manager flaw is a big deal, but not as big a deal as Windows Error Reporting being used to infect your PC.

Apple’s initial iOS 14 release killed batteries on many iPhones, (so did the recent ChromeOS update), Apple’s latest security fix (10.15.7) can kill performance on your Mac, but only if you use Mac software (rolls eyes). Hint: disable and re-enable Find My Mac to fix it. And that’s nothing compared to their T2 security chip vulnerability.

“The” secure reimplementation of BIOS, UEFI, was designed to make security at boot a thing of beauty and prevent third-parties from being able to hijack the boot process. Unfortunately, it simply provided a false sense of security.

2FA via SMS is also a much lower fruit than many realize, but not nearly as bad as SSO.

Many others have joined in the case against Apple & Google’s rent-seeking, who charge significantly more for their “services” than even the federal government, but portray themselves as victims. Insane rules and hypocritical requirements force developers to charge for free services or force users out of their application in order to even be allowed into the Apple ecosystem. What can we really expect from a SF bay area “green” company that lies about their recycling program? Hopefully the courts will use Apple’s own words against them, in that Apple claims that their AppStore is a place to “reliably” download “safeapps.

Former Facebook data scientist exposes her complicity with atrocities and abuse by governments and MNCs.

The Supreme Court heard arguments on the Oracle v Google IP fight suffered the same problem that most legal battles over technology do: poor arguments. Google’s defense failed to explain the distinctive nature of APIs as guides rather than code. Sure, they provide access to the functionality of the code, but are not, in and of themselves, code. The entire argument could be easily equated to vehicles. One does not need to know nor expose the specific design of a Ferrari 911 to know that the vehicle should stop at a stop sign nor yield at a yield sign. The vehicle itself (code – reasonably subject to IP) can operate on any road as long as the traffic signs (APIs) are in place. The signage is consistent across most of the world, even where languages differ greatly. So should the APIs be universally available.

In the current world of tech censorship and cancel culture, nobody can really argue against the necessity for Section 230 to be revised. However, most calls for revision would create an even more abhorrent system where public discourse can not be held without risk of liability to completely unrelated parties.

If you take government money, you are subject to the same rules as government, so says RFK, Jr.

In the new “get woke, go broke” era, it should come as no surprise that when you pander to racists and terrorists, you will be investigated.

Research shows that the lockdowns were not only anti-science, but caused far more harm than the virus itself. On the subject of fraud, are we still supposed to believe that the government’skill a fly with a nukeresponse to COVID is really all the result of bats in an Asian wet market or that masks actually do anything at all?

One would think fraud would be front page news, but the MSM is much more likely to ignore than acknowledge it. To paraphrase Stalin, “A single case of fraud is a tragedy; a million cases are just a statistic.”

The moment I read that Nintendo’s lawyers said Joy-Con Drift “wasn’t a real problem” I knew they would be sued.

Now for the good news – since I’m making up for last month, I’ll give you three:

Adobe Flash will finally be dead in only 79 days.

Free, limitless power from graphene could literally change everything.

A “vaccine” of sorts has been developed to protect against some forms of ransomware.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

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

Apple released updates for iOS 14.0.1 and iPadOS 14.0.1, tvOS 14.0.2, Safari 14.0, watchOS 7.0.2, macOS Catalina 10.15.7, macOS Mojave 10.14.6, macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, iCloud for Windows 7.21, iCloud for Windows 11.4, iTunes for Windows 12.10.9, and Xcode 12.0. These are security updates.

iOS 14.0.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version. This version also adds the Orwellian contact tracing feature at the system level. While “disabled” by default, you may validate that it is disabled in Settings, Privacy, Health, COVID-19 Exposure Logging, and turn off Exposure Logging.

iPadOS 14.0.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

tvOS 14.0.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current version.

watchOS 7.0.2 is a security update. Use your updated iPhone to install the most current version through the Watch app.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.445 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Google has released security updates for Android 9 and 10 which will gradually be published by individual vendors and available to you in the coming weeks. This version also adds the Orwellian contact tracing feature. Disabling Location and Bluetooth will disable the current version of contact tracing.

Google Chrome OS 85.0.4183.133 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) 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 (2004) is a huge (about 25% larger than any prior build) so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.3.3 improves removal of DCH CP on older builds of Windows. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Logitech Options 8.30.310 resolves several bugs adds profiles for Zoom and MS Teams. This is not a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

Logitech Options (macOS) 8.30.293 resolves several bugs adds profiles for Zoom and MS Teams. This is not a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

nVidia 456.71 adds support for new hardware and improves support for COD beta and other games. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Crucial Storage Executive 6.06 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.15.72 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 86.0.4240.80 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Microsoft Edge 86.0.622.38 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 81.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 78.3.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.53.4 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 3.3.2022.47 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 78.3.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

Dropbox 107.4.443 resolves bugs and adds more. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Zoom 5.3.53291.1011 changes automatic update behavior, and improves poll and link behaviors. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Prosody 0.11.7 is a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

FreeFileSync 11.2 resolves several bugs, improves layout and key bindings. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Nmap 7.91 adds support for new profiles and fingerprints, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://nmap.org/

Npcap 1.00 resolves two minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Technitium DNS Server 5.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 2.0.6 improves sensitivity calculations, light focal management, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

iTunes for Windows 12.10.9 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 2020.10.07 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 7.9 adds several new features and fixes over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Adobe Reader DC 20.012.20048 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Artweaver 7.0.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Atom 1.52.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Blender 2.90.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Lightworks NLE 2020.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lwks.com/

Microsoft Office for Mac 2016/2019 is a security update.

Krita 4.4.0 improves fill layers, multigrid, screentone, brushes, API improvements and more. This is a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.0.2 resolves over a hundred bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.0.2 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Security Software Updates

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

OpenSSL 1.1.1h resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/source/

KeePass 2.46 adds several features including TLS 1.3 and mass edit capabilities, as well as resolving bugs, and other improvements. This is not a security update.
https://keepass.info/

RogueKiller 14.7.3 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

TinyWall 3.0.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

uBlock Origin 1.30.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.27.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 2020.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 12.0.0.1 is a major update with several improvements. This version improves the GUI and adds several new output profiles. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

AVStoDVD 2.8.9 resolves several bugs, improves performance and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sites.google.com/site/avstodvdmain/

MakeMKV 1.15.3 resolves several bugs, introduces TOR/VPN support, adds support for new stream types. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Windows 7.6.785 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Beyond Compare 4.3.7.25118 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitwarden 1.22.2 resolves bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 5.72.7994 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CPU-Z 1.94 adds support for new hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 7.95 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DevManView 1.72 resolves an output bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

Etcher 1.5.109 is a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything 1.4.1.992 is a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

GoodSync 11.3.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

IsMyHdOK 2.51 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

LessMSI 1.7.0 improves messaging. This is not a security update.
https://lessmsi.activescott.com/

MS ISO Downloader 8.40 adds support for new Dell models and images, new Win10 builds and adds hash reporting to images. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

NTLite 2.0.0.7656 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Aomei Partition Assistant 8.10 improves display and startup. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

PSAppDeploy 3.8.3 adds several new features and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

RoboForm 8.9.4 resolves several bugs, including the QuickBooks compatibility issue that prevented display of registers and Chrome that caused freezes.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Process Monitor 3.60 adds support for multiple filter item selection and decoding for new file system control operations and error status codes. While not a security updates, this improves the analytical data collection, thus increasing security awareness.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

Procdump 10.0 adds support for dump cancellation and CoreCLR processes. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procdump

Sysmon 12.0 resolves several bugs and adds support for capturing clipboard operations. While not a security updates, this improves the analytical data collection, thus increasing security awareness.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

SysInternals released new builds of many of their applications, as well as ARM versions. While the changes on many of the updates are poorly documented and SysInternals apps are generally more secure than apps distributed elsewhere, you should assume that any updates have security ramifications. If they’re not security updates, they may improve the context or analytical data that is exposed, thus increasing the security awareness of the tools.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

TeamViewer 15.10.5 resolves a licensing bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

USBDeview 3.01 adds an option to copy the contents of the active cell. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

USB Oblivion 1.14.0.0 addes support for new modules. This is not a security update.
http://www.cherubicsoft.com/en/projects/usboblivion

WifiChannelMonitor 1.65 adds support for detection of new protocols. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

WifiInfoView 2.65 adds support for detection of new protocols. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WirelessKeyView 2.20 adds support for displaying WiFi QR Codes. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

WinGet 0.2.2521 updates libraries and adds new verbs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WinScan2PDF 6.06 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 4.1.0.19 integrates database and emulation, improves diagnostics, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

Godot 3.2.3 resolves over a hundred bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Node.js 14.13.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 12.19.0 updates libraries, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Visual Studio Code 1.50 improves accessibility features, pinned tabs, adds ARM support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

TortoiseGit 2.11.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tortoisegit.org/

Web Package Updates

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

Dada Mail 11.12.0 adds image embedding and resizing, improved scheduling capabilities, library updates and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/

Drupal 9.0.7 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Docker Desktop 2.4.0.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Nextcloud Server 20.0.0 updates libraries, adds a new dashboard, Talk bridging support, and several other new features and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

HumHub 1.6.4 is a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Joomla 3.9.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

OpenPetra 2020.09 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.openpetra.org/

phpMyAdmin 4.9.6 and 5.0.3 are security updates.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/

Autoptimize 2.7.8 is a security update.

BuddyPress 6.3.0 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.4.3 adds a new filter and enhances nonce. This is not a security update.

Social Post Feed 2.17 adds support for new embed types. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.5.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 2.4.0 updates libraries, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.15.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WordPress Zero Spam 4.10.2 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/

Updates 2020-07-14

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for July 2020.

This Month in Technology

Apple has formally announced that they’ll be switching to ARM processors on their new hardware. While Apple asserts that “most apps will just work,” the truth is that if it’s not a 64-bit app or it hasn’t been updated in more than a year, chances are not only won’t work on ARM but will never work on ARM. If you were here when they switched from PowerPC to Intel you remember the issues were long and wide. You’ll likely need a VM to make many of your apps work.

Piracy doesn’t pay, except for those creating the pirated apps.

Macs are still getting infected through fake “Flash update” malware, even on Catalina. From the comments, “Which is worse, a real Flash installer or a fake one? It’s a toss-up.”

Microsoft was caught breaching user trust, again, by hijacking your data from other browsers and importing into their forced update to their new Edge browser without your permission.

Mozilla switched to a 4-week cadence for major updates in March. This has resulted in even less time for beta testing and the expected release+1 security updates.

Google Chrome is planning to hide everything in a URL other than the domain name. Google, the most popular purveyor of information and also the self-appointed gatekeeper to what is true and false, believes that having the complete URL is bad for you.

Google resolved a major email spoofing vulnerability through customer services, shortly before allowing a core domain name for their Blogger service to expire.

Slack vulnerability allowed hackers to distribute malware to victims devices.

What is it going to take before you stop copying passwords on your phone?

Everyone knows Facebook is always listening. Now the courts have finally considered their web widgets “Wiretaps.” Others are, too. They’re also designing systems to be able to trigger recording of all background noise from external queues. In states like California, Facebook is already violating the all-party consent requirements by recording audio 24/7. Maybe they’ll eventually acknowledge that it’s bad and stop? Ouch. Sorry, I hurt myself laughing there. Oh, and the Facebook Messenger app allowed you to be infected with persistent malware. If you have a website with Facebook integration, you need to take action now to comply with the CCPA.

Airlines are perfectly happy to violate the Americans with Disabilities Act – and treat you like a terrorist – if you have medical conditions.

Bitdefender Antivirus allowed any website you visited to run code on your device. Apache’s Guacamole remote support client allows attackers to take over the entire enterprise. Backdoors in operating systems, why not backdoors in encryption software?

Surprise: phishing still works. Even by text. …and launching a service that relays content to third-parties will ensure it is abused. Honeypots (systems designed to be opened for abuse to see how attacks take place) demonstrate four previously unknown zero-day vulnerabilities.

Nintendo, Plex, Honda, Samsung, Oxford University, University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center, UCSF, anyone banking with various Chinese banks, Night Lion Security, 79 different Netgear router models, hundreds of online retailers, and it won’t be long before IoT vulnerabilities can be used to provide big game hunting for rare species.

June Patch Tuesday updates from Microsoft broke Outlook and other apps for some users.

Selective enforcement means you’re a publisher, says AG Barr of Section 230 of the CDA. There’s no better way to prevent the abuse of Section 230 to censor voices you disagree with.

Now for the good news:

Starlink is coming. LEO internet access could provide up to 1 Gbps Internet access from space. Testing will begin in the next weeks and will gradually move south as satellites take place.

For now, you can cut your internet bill by taking advantage of the free Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots through the end of the year.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is huge. The typical computer should see roughly 1.5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Edge, .NET, Internet Explorer, DNS Server, Office, Servicing Stack, and MSRT (~900 MB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.403 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Google Chrome OS 83.0.4103.119 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) 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 (2004) is a huge (about 25% larger than any prior build) so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Crucial Storage Executive 6.04 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Daemon Tools Lite 10.13.0 improves activation and creation and use of bootable disk images. This is not a security update.
https://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtLite

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 20.7.26 adds support for new hardware and improves application detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 451.67 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. 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.

Brave 1.10.97 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 84.0.4147.89 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Microsoft Edge 83.0.478.64 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 78.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 68.10.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.53.3 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 3.1.1929.45 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 3.41 adds an option to copy the preview content and resolves a bug in the cfg switch. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 68.10.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

Trillian 6.3.0.6 resolves dozens of bugs, including 2FA and stability issues. This is a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Trillian Mac 6.3.0.6 resolves several stability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

curl 7.71.1 resolves several sanitation issues. This should be treated as a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 101.4.434 doesn’t provide a useful changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.49.0 resolves a several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.25 adds support for Google Drive Shared Drives and Shortcuts, resolves several bugs, and improves user interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Npcap 0.9995 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

PuTTY 0.74 is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Technitium DNS Server 5.0.1 is a major update that refactors how blocklists are stored and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Zoom 5.1.28656.0709 is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2020.07.09 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Office Updates

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

Adobe Camera Raw and DNG Converter 12.3 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
Mac: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6955
Win: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6957

Adobe Download Manager 2.0.0.529 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/adm/apsb20-49.html

Adobe ColdFusion 2016.16 and 2018.10 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb20-43.html

Adobe FrameMaker 2019.0.6 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
Win32: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6963
Win64: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6965

Adobe Genuine Service 7.1 is a security update. (Point this one out the next time someone says pirating Adobe software can reduce the security of your computer.)
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/integrity_service/apsb20-42.html

Adobe Media Encoder 14.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/media-encoder/apsb20-36.html

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Application 5.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/creative-cloud/apsb20-33.html

Magento SUPEE-11346 (for Magento v1) is a security update.
https://www.magentocommerce.com/products/downloads/magento/

Adobe Audition 13.0.7 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/audition/apsb20-40.html

Adobe Premiere Rush 1.5.16 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_rush/apsb20-39.html

Adobe Premiere Pro 14.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_pro/apsb20-38.html

Adobe Illustrator 2020 24.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb20-37.html

Adobe After Effects 17.1.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb20-35.html

Adobe Campaign Classic 20.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/campaign/apsb20-34.html

Artweaver 7.0.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Atom 1.49.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Blender 2.83.2 resolves over 1250 bugs, adds improves performance and stability across several features and adds viewport denoiser. This is not a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Krita 4.3.0 adds several new watercolor effects with brush presets and gradient map and palettizer filters. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.4.5 resolves over 100 bugs. This is beta software so should be avoided in favor of the “Still” version (LibreOffice stable). This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 2.6.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 7.8.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Adobe Reader DC 20.009.20074 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Security Software Updates

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

Bitmessage 0.6.3.2 is a security update.
https://github.com/Bitmessage/PyBitmessage/releases/latest

DrWeb CureIt! 14.07.2020 should be treated as a security update.
https://www.freedrweb.com/download+cureit+free/?lng=en

Hashcat 6.0.0 adds 51 new algorithms, CUDA support, GPU emulation, improved auto-tuning and more. This should be treated as a security update.
http://hashcat.net/hashcat/#downloadlatest

RogueKiller 14.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

TinyWall 3.0.7 adds support for WSL, whitelisting from network shares, improves detection of short-lived processes, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

uBlock Origin 1.28.2 improves syntax highlighting in My Filters and asset viewer, resolves several bugs, and replaces the default filterlists with a new composite list.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

VT-CLI 0.8.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/vt-cli/releases/latest

Wireless Network Watcher 2.22 updates the internal MAC database and improves the CFG switch. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.26.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 2020.1.3 adds support for direct publication through TechSmith Knowmia, adds transparency support for color replacement, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.9.7 adds support for new encodings, adds several new conversion tools, presets, and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

FFmpeg 4.3.1 updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

HandBrake 1.3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

IsoBuster 4.6 adds a bunch of new features and format supports. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

PDF Creator 4.1 resolves several bugs and improves watermark support. This is not a security update.
https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 7.6 is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 7.6.778 resolves dozens of bugs and improves reliability, adds notifications of website compromise, and improves accessibility. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

8GadgetPack 33.0 resolves several bugs, improves high-DPI support, removes defunct widgets. This is not a security update.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

AS SSD Benchmark 2.0.7316.34247 resolves a device access bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4

Autoruns 13.98 now shows the Windows Defender binary as a signed binary. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns

Beyond Compare 4.3.5.24893 improves integration and compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitwarden 1.19.0 improves password concealment, adds soft delete and vault timeouts. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

Cygwin 3.1.6 adds support for new socket options, resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 7.48 adds SSL to automatic update capability. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Etcher 1.5.101 resolves several bugs, improves UI, and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

GoodSync 11.2.5 resolves several bugs and changes licensing…again. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

MS ISO Downloader 8.38 adds support for new images. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

NTLite 1.9.0.7539 adds controls for Target release, Store pinning, Fast Startup, Fast User Switching, Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling, Shutdown menu, Variable refresh rate, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

PowerToys 0.19.1 resolves dozens of bugs and stability issues. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

Rufus 3.11 improves compatibility and adds several keyboard shortcuts to toggle behaviors. This should be treated as a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_IE.html

Sysmon 11.10 now captures ADS content into logs, introduces an is-any filter condition, and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Sigcheck 2.80 adds an option for specifying a trust GUID for signature verification and now shows certificate signing chains. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

SimpleWMIView 1.41 adds cell-copying and case-sensitivity filtering. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

TeamViewer 15.7.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WifiInfoView 2.61 updates the internal MAC addresses list. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 5.81 resolves several bugs and improves rotation support. 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.

ADB 30.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Android Studio 4.0.1.0 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

AutoHotkey 1.1.33.01 resolves several bugs and adds encoding, warnings, and version requirement options. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Godot 3.2.2 makes over 800 changes, adding C# support for iOS, 2D batching for GLES2, re-architecture of the Android plugin system, DRLS support and ENet integration, and better handling of Variants. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Java 8u261 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Node.js 14.5.0 resolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js v12 12.18.2 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.32.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

DB Browser for SQLite 3.12.0 improves table editing, conditional formatting, and multi-threading, as well as dozens of other improvements and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://sqlitebrowser.org/

Visual Studio Code 1.47.1 is a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.12-139181 resolves over a dozen bugs and improves hardware compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

PPSSPP 1.10.3 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.

Apache Tomcat 10.0.0-M7, 9.0.37, and 8.5.57 are security updates.
https://tomcat.apache.org/

Coppermine Gallery 1.6.08 improves installation and compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Dada Mail 11.10.3 improves AWS signature v4 support. This is not a security update.
https://dadamailproject.com/

Drupal 8.8.8 and 8.9.2 are security updates.
https://drupal.org/download

Drupal 9.0.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.9.20 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

phpList 3.5.5 is a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

ScreenConnect 20.7.29305.7496 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.4.2 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

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

BuddyPress 6.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.2 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.4.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Raw HTML 1.6.3 resolves a warning. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.14.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.3.0 adds template caching, PHP warnings, improves accessibility, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 2.2.1 resolves several bugs and 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/

Updates 2020-03-10

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for March 2020.

The next build of Windows 10 is just around the corner. If you don’t want to be the guinea pig I strongly suggest you update to v1909 within the next month. This will grant you a reprieve from the new version for a couple months. Let everyone else beta test and you can upgrade when they’ve worked out the bugs.

Windows 7 is still 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/

This Month Week in Technology

In 2019, Android reportedly had the most vulnerabilities of any OS, but in its defense, there are literally dozens of manufacturers that build on Android and many of the issues stem from these third-parties. Also, if you’re running Android, you really should also be using SnoopSnitch which can identify whether security updates have been applied to your device or if it’s been abandoned by the vendor.

Movies like Eagle Eye demonstrated how easy it was for a malicious actor to observe your mobile remotely, but if you have a smart assistant enabled (such as Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana) then it is possible to remotely control it using audio signals that are beyond the range of human hearing.

There’s more evidence than ever that selling your Intellectual Property to a third party puts your users at risk. It’s very common in browser extensions and website plugins. It doesn’t matter how secure the core engine is if the user installs a malicious or defective extension/plugin. There’s always a line, though, right? Facebook is actually suing an SDK maker for harvesting the data that…Facebook collected.

Netgear has issued security patches for almost 50 router models. If you use Wi-Fi then, by it’s very nature, you’re susceptible to being tracked. The protocol itself is your enemy since it requires that it transmit all your “known” networks on a regular basis during a heartbeat connection status report. Even if you disable Wi-Fi everywhere except trusted locations, those trusted locations can be still be compromised due to weak security in the on-device encryption key. Intel and AMD CPUs for nearly a decade have had significant flaws that allow data exfiltration by unprivileged users.

More than a million enterprise Microsoft accounts have been compromised, primarily through password reuse. Guys, NEVER reuse passwords! Defense contractors getting hacked isn’t really anything new, but you’d think they had better backups so they wouldn’t have to pay half-million dollar ransoms.

Malware authors evade detection in many ways. One of the most common diagnostic tests for malicious software is to run it within a virtual machine. As expected, developers can detect and disable their malware within these environments. The Malware Evasion Encyclopedia provides advice to educate researchers to keep one step ahead of the malware.

.NET Core 3.0 is dead. Long live .NET Core! Oh, and switching to 3.1 is easy.

I’ll end my soapbox on a happy note:

A new Wi-Fi chip design for IoT devices consumes only 1/5000th of the energy of current models. Wow!

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Thanks to the monster of updates pushed during “weekly update February”, Patch Tuesday this month is pretty light. The typical computer should see roughly 1.1 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, Servicing Stack, and MSRT (~600 MB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 80.0.3987.137 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) 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 11.13.0.2823 resolves an SFTP bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 20.2.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 442.59 adds support for new hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Logitech Options 8.10.154 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 80.0.3987.132 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 74.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 68.6.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.11.1811.47 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Internet Updates

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

WinSCP 5.17.2 resolves several bugs and disables TLS 1.3 by default. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Npcap 0.9988 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 7.8.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 2.6.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Security Software Updates

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

NSudo 8.0 resolves several bugs, improves reliability, and reduces file size. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/M2Team/NSudo/releases/latest

TinyWall 2.1.15 now offers the upgrade to 3.0.0 on 64-bit systems. 3.0.0 is in beta and provides user interface, performance, stability and reliability improvements. It is, however, beta software, so should be avoided until it is stable.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

uBlock Origin 1.25.2 resolves several bugs and improves GUI. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.22 resolves several bugs and improves automatic update. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 2020.1.1 adds SharePoint sharing, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.15.0 updates the user interface, adds new preferences for LibMMBD integration, and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

MKVToolnix 44.0.0 adds attachment drag and drop, improves reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/MKVToolNix.html

DVDFab 11.0.7.7 adds support for new encodings, new profiles, and adds BluPath feature. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Windows 7.4.750 adds several new features, including Windows Hello support, rewritten interface engine, improved display support, and over 80 fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Beyond Compare 4.3.4.24657 updates libraries, resolves several bugs, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitcoin 0.19.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

DesktopOK 6.88 updates the language file. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DMDE 3.6.1.773 adds support for 64-bit macOS. This is not a security update.
https://dmde.com/

Everything 1.4.1.965 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Fing 8.9.0 resolves several bugs and integrates a database of supported devices (Fingpedia), this is not a security update.
https://community.fing.com/

GoodSync 10.10.26 improves compatibility and status reporting. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Rufus 3.9 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_IE.html

TeamViewer 15.3.8497 resolves compatibility bug with hash authentication, but disables hash auth for settings. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WSUS Offline 11.9 is the last version to support Windows 7, updates supersedence URLs, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 3.6.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

Godot 3.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Node.js 13.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

TortoiseGit 2.10.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tortoisegit.org/

Visual Studio Code 1.43 adds a search editor, shangle controls, minimap improvements, column selection, and more. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Joomla 3.9.16 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Drupal 8.8.3 resolves over 50 bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.4.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

ScreenConnect 20.1.27036.7360 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Contact Form 7 5.1.7 adds LTR support and adds a cosmetic change to warning. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.3.2 improves compatibility, user interface, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Simple Lightbox 2.8.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.13 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.0.0 is a major update adding over 70 changes and fixes, updated libraries, and feature improvements. 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 2019-05-14

Hi, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for May 2019.

This month was eventful.

Mozilla resolved the catastrophic end-of-extensions bug in Firefox that disabled all extensions worldwide for all Firefox users. From the rage and fear, you’d have thought the entire Internet was broken. While this event was disastrous for everyone who relies upon browser extensions for their daily lives (such as AdBlock), it was likely the single-most effective cleanup of malware in history.

Antivirus isn’t enough. According to reputable sources, a Russian hacking collective (Fxmsp) claims to have secured access to three leading antivirus companies.

According to the hacking collective, they worked tirelessly for the first quarter of 2019 to breach these companies and finally succeeded and obtained access to the companies’ internal networks.

The collective extracted sensitive source code from antivirus software, AI, and security plugins belonging to the three companies. Fxmsp also commented on the capabilities of the different companies’ software and assessed their efficiency.

Dell SupportAssist is probably the lowest-hanging fruit on your computer. An independent researcher was able to unwrap the Dell SupportAssist service and force install arbitrary software on networked devices using no more than a single DNS hijack and publicly-available “codes” that Dell uses to authenticate actions. Their design is roughly akin to taping the keys to your house on the front door. While you should, of course, remove SupportAssist, you should also treat this as a stark reminder of why you should never use untrusted networks.

Microsoft Office changed the EULA to their software, which triggered several different issues, including previously purchased software no longer working, new data sharing prompts and an unceasing series of popups for some users. Logging out of your Microsoft Account and back in resolves the issue for many, but others required registry hacks. Smooth move, MS.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

The typical computer should see roughly 1.3 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, .NET, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, and MSRT (~850 MB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Mojave 10.14.5, Security Update 2019-003 High Sierra, Security Update 2019-003 Sierra, Safari 12.1.1, and Apple TV Software 7.3. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

iOS 12.3 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 5.2.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 12.3 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Adobe AIR 32.0.0.125 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.192 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Fedora 30-1.2 is a major update improving compatibility, performance, and more. This build adds the optional Pantheon Desktop which will ease the transition of those coming from a macOS environment. Coupled with Darling it should now be much easier to leave Apple for Linux.
https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/

Google Chrome OS 74.0.3729.125 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 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 3-6gb 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 18.0.1.3 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver & Support Assistant 19.4.18 improves detection of updates, adds support for Windows 10 LTSB, and adds notifications. This is a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 430.64 adds support for newer hardware, removes support for Kepler hardware, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Logitech SetPoint 6.69.126 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/setpoint

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 74.0.3729.157 is a security update (and adds dark mode). Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 66.0.5 resolves the catastrophic end-of-extensions bug. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 60.6.3 resolves the catastrophic end-of-extensions bug. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Iridium 2019.04.73.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.5.1525.41 resolves several bugs, adds new features, improves reliability and performance. This 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.

OutlookAttachView 3.16 adds a combobox to select folders to scan or skip. 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.

Skype 8.44.0.41 adds message forwarding, provides additional view options, adds optional background blur, and adds event notifications. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

DynDNS Updater 5.5.0 removes backend service reporting. This should be considered a security update.
https://www.dyndns.com/

Evernote 6.18.4.8489 adds several new shortcuts, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

FileZilla Client 3.42.1 resolves several bugs, updates libraries, improves compatibility with macOS. This is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP 201905 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Npcap 0.995 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

WinSCP 5.15.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.38.25027 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Steam 2019.05.01 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

SteamOS 2.190 is a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/steamos/download/?ver=custom

Office Updates

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

Adobe Acrobat 19.012.20034 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

LibreOffice Still 6.1.6 is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.2.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Adobe DNG Converter 11.3 adds support for newer hardware. This is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/digital-negative.html

Atom 1.37.0 improves security and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://atom.io/

Security Software Updates

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

Java 8u211 is a security update. If you are not sure you need Java (or don’t know the difference between Java and JavaScript), you’re better off removing Java than installing an update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

RogueKiller 13.2.0 updates engine, resolves several bugs, adds signature automatic update to free version. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Stinger 12.1.0.3168 adds support for new detections. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?stinger

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.28 adds support for new detections. This is a security update.
https://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.17 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 11.0.2.9 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

FFmpeg 4.1.3 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.

1Password for Windows 7.3.684 resolves several bugs, adds cleanup, improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Bitcoin Core 0.18.0 resolves dozens of bugs, improves performance, reliability, and privacy, updates many features, and reduces dependency on OpenSSL. This should be treated as a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

BulkFileChanger 1.61 adds new command-line option. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

ControlMyMonitor 1.15 adds an option to prevent changing a value if it is current. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

CurrPorts 2.55 adds ability to capture for an extended duration instead of capturing only a snapshot. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

Cygwin 3.0.7 adds support for a new locale and resolves a winsock bug. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 6.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

FolderChangesView 2.27 adds option to include header in output. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

GoodSync 10.9.32 resolves several bugs, updates libraries, and adds support for RealDisk. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

ImageUSB 1.4.1003 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

IsMyHdOK 1.66 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NetworkTrafficView 2.25 improves reliability and adds support for UDP. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

NirCmd 2.83 adds runinteractive options. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

NTLite 1.7.6.6912 adds support for Windows 10 v1903, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSFMount 3.0.1003 improves performance, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

PointerStick 3.52 resolves a startup bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

RegFileExport 1.11 resolves a large-value bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/registry_file_offline_export.html

SimpleWMIView 1.36 adds an option to attempt elevation. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

Synergy 1.10.2 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://symless.com/blog/synergy-1-10-2-finally-released

DebugView 4.90 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

RAMMap 1.52 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

TaskSchedulerView 1.50 adds options to control tasks from the command line. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.59 resolves a displaymode bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

WifiInfoView 2.46 adds always on top and scanning options, and updates the MAC database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 4.78 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.7 disables autorecall, updates libraries, improves detection. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Godot 3.1.1 is a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

MySQL 8.0.16 updates libraries, grant/revoke behavior, and resolves many bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Node.js 12.2.0 resolves dozens of bugs, updates libraries, and adds and improves features. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.28.0 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility, and offers new language constructs. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

StrawberryPerl 5.28.2.1 updates core, modules, and libraries. This is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.0.6-130049 resolves dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Joomla 3.9.6 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Drupal 8.7.1 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Nextcloud Server 16.0.0 adds ACL support, Talk commands, and machine learning for security and productivity. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

ScreenConnect 19.0.23665.7058 adds several new features, cosmetics, dark mode, network information, improves auditing and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

phpList 3.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.com/download

WordPress 5.2 improves self-diagnostics, accessibility, and more. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.1.2 resolves bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.5.0 adds lazyloading, and redesigns image optimization. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 4.3.0 is a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.9.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.3.1 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.1.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.33 now assigns an author to all media items. This is not a security update.

Raw HTML 1.6 improves handling of raw objects. This is not a security update.

Redirection 4.2.3 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.

Register IPs 1.8.1 is a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.6 resolves several bugs, adds location and twitter handle support. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.21 adds several new diagnostic features and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.0.14 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.7.4 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

WooCommerce 3.6.2 resolves many bugs. This is a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.37 adds SMS sharing option. 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/