Updates 2022-01-11

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for January, 2022.

It’s a big one. This month has been insane. There’s always a surge in hacking events near holidays, but this month had almost double the *known* hacking events from previous months. What’s worse is that many of the vulnerabilities used were known weeks and sometimes years in advance, though the patches were not yet installed or the specific applications and services were simply not being maintained or secured. Grrrr.

This Month in Technology

A New Leaf, Inc., Advocate Aurora HealthAlabama Department of Rehabilitation ServicesAll in One SEOAmediaAndrew Sauchelli, DMDApache httpdApple Blossom Family PracticeAzure App ServiceBansley and Kiener (B&K), Belgium’s MilitaryBernalillo CountyBioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Services LLCBrazil’s Health MinistryBroward HealthC.E. Niehoff & CompanyChaddockCiox HealthCommission on ElectionsCOVID-19 Home TestsCrawford County Assessors OfficeDaniel J. Edelman Holdings, Inc., DatPiff, The De Montfort SchoolDouglas C Morrow ODPCDuneland School CorporationEvanston Township High SchoolExpresso and SICFertility Centers of Illinois, PLLC, FinalSiteFlexBookerFlorida Digestive Health Specialists LLP, Forensic Science IrelandFresenius Kabi infusion pump systemsGarrett metal detectorsGeorgia Bone & Joint Surgeons, P.C., Google Docs Comment PlatformGrass Valley, CAGumtreeH2 DatabaseHellmann Worldwide LogisticsImpresaInetum GroupiPhone 13James Kagan, MDJefferson Surgical ClinicKearsarge Regional School DistrictLastPassLog4j (several times)Loyola University Medical CenterLuxemburg-Casco School DistrictmacOS powerdirMcMenaminsMedQuest Pharmacy, Inc., Microsoft Active DirectoryMicrosoft TeamsMonkey Kingdom (via Grape), Monongalia Health System Inc., Monroe Public SchoolsMonterey Peninsula Unified School DistrictNetgear NighthawkNorthwest Broward Orthopaedics AssociatesNorth Shore Hebrew Academy High SchoolOG department storeONUSOregon Eye SpecialistsPeck & Associates, PC, Pithadia Medical Professional Services, Inc., ProtempsPulseTVQNAPRavkooRedLine StealerRhode Island Public Transit AuthorityR.R. Donnelley & SonsRunning Warehouse LLC, Sainsbury’sSaltzer HealthSaskatchewan Liquor and Gaming AuthoritySEGAShelley School DistrictShutterflySkate Warehouse LLC, Skin Care Specialty PhysiciansSotheby’s Realty’s BrightcoveSouthern Orthopaedic AssociatesSpar StoresStandard BankSuperior PlusSurgery Group SCT-MobileTackle Warehouse LLC, Tennis Warehouse LCC, Tiyuli and LametayelUAW Retiree Medical Benefits TrustUberUbisoftUK Defence AcademyUltimate Kronos GroupUS Commission on International Religious FreedomUScellular, Utah Department of Health, Virginia Division of Capitol PoliceVirginia General AssemblyVolvoWalgreen Co., WD MyCloudWelfare, Pension and Annuity Funds of Local No. ONE, I.A.T.S.E., and Zoho UEM have been hacked.

Norton 360 is now opting you in for their CPU cryptomining if you have their software installed. The very same software designed to protect you from evildoers that would take advantage of your computer to do this kind of thing…is now doing it. Apple has released an Android app under the auspice of helping users discover Tracker devices that might be tracking them…by enabling your device to allow them to communicate with the Apple Tracker network. Firefox still doesn’t properly support OCSP stapling. Dell BIOS updates are crashing devices. Microsoft has integrated their own financing platform into Edge.

Microsoft rang in the new year by breaking Microsoft Exchange (on-prem) for every server that had filtering enabled (almost all of them). Microsoft acknowledged the problem about 20 hours after it began and released resolution steps by deleting and rebuilding the scanning engine about 31 hours after it began. Sonicwall, too.

CloudflareAWS, Twitch, Zoom, PSN, Slack, Hulu, Imgur have had extended outages this month.

Please, for all that is holy, check your backups!

Phishing is an ever-growing problem. Sophos reminds us how to check for scams like this.

Now for the good news:

Mozilla has added Secure DNS to Firefox, now enabled by default. Unfortunately, this bypasses DNS filtering options you may have assigned yourself – so if you use Firefox you’ll need to enable your own DoH URLs within the settings.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

Microsoft released updates for.NET Framework, Microsoft Dynamics, Edge, Exchange Server, Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Active Directory, CLFS, Windows Cryptographic Services, Windows Defender, DirectX, Windows Installer, Windows RDP, Windows Remote Desktop, ReFS, Windows Security Center, Windows Storage Spaces, Windows Tile Data Repository, Windows UEFI, Windows User Profile Service, and MSRT (~2 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for Safari 15.2. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 96.0.4664.111 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Monterey (12.x) means that macOS Mojave (10.14) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Catalina (10.15) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (v21H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 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 will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

The now-current release of the Windows 11 (v21H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 11 pushes you to get the latest Windows 11 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 24 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

Windows 11 is still very young so I encourage you to wait a few more months before you consider switching to it.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.4.7 removes support for Vista, updates libraries, and improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.34.80 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 97.0.4692.71 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 97.0.1072.55 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 96.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 91.5.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Iridium 2021.12.96 is a security update.
https://iridiumbrowser.de/

SeaMonkey 2.53.10.2 is a security update.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 5.0.2497.35 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 91.5.0 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk (macOS) 6.4.0 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

curl 7.81.0 is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 139.4.4896 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Server 1.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 11.16 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Omada Software Controller 5.0.29 is a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Prosody 0.11.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Syncthing 1.18.6 improves usability. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 3.4.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Zoom 5.9.1.2581 is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

darktable 3.8.0 makes nearly 4,000 changes including performance, bug fixes, new hardware support and more. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.darktable.org/install/

Picard 2.7.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

TuneIn 1.25.0 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://tunein.com/radio/home/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2022.12.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/about/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 21.011.20039 is a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe Acrobat and Reader 21.011.20039, 20.004.30020, and 17.011.30207 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb22-01.html

Adobe Illustrator 26.0.2 and 25.4.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb22-02.html

Adobe Bridge 12.0.1 and 11.1.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb22-03.html

Adobe InCopy 16.4.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/incopy/apsb22-04.html

Adobe InDesign 16.4.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb22-05.html

Audacity 3.1.3 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Krita 5.0.2 is a major update. This version adds several features, resolves bugs and improves stability and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.2.5 resolves almost 100 bugs. This is not a security update. The “Fresh” line is beta software and should be avoided in favor of the stable version (“Still”) by most users.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.4.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.2 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 4.3.7 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Security Software Updates

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

elementary OS 6.1
https://elementary.io/

Gpg4win 4.0.0 is a major update adding several new features and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

KeePass 2.50 improves performance and generator, updates libraries, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://keepass.info/

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

OpenSSL 3.0.1 is a security update.
https://curl.se/windows/

OpenSSL 3.0.1 is a security update.
https://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

ReactOS 0.4.13 provides over 250 bug fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://reactos.org/

RogueKiller 15.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Tails 4.26 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

TinyWall 3.2.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

uBlock Origin 1.40.6 improves reliability. 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 2.35.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

HandBrake 1.5.1 updates libraries, resolves several bugs and improves stability and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

IsoBuster 4.9 adds support for new hardware, new formats, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

7-Zip 21.07 adds VHDX support, improved parameter handling and compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.7-zip.org/

Agent Ransack 2022.3283 improves performance and reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

Aomei Partition Assistant 9.6.0 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

Autoruns 14.07 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns

Active Directory Explorer 1.51 fixes a Windows Store packaging crash. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/adexplorer

CacheSet 1.02 fixes a 64 bit OS regression. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/cacheset

Beyond Compare 4.4.1.26165 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

ControlMyMonitor 1.31 adds a new parameter for Secondary displays. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

CPU-Z 1.99 adds support for new hardware and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 9.51 adds dark mode. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 2.9.482.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

Etcher 1.7.3 is a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything 1.4.1.1015 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Everything CLI 1.1.0.21 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

FileLocator Pro 2022.3283 provides performance and reliability improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

GoodSync 11.10.0 resolves several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Homedale 2.02 improves colors. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

Macrium Reflect 8.0.6495 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

NTLite 2.3.2.8526 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

osquery 5.1.0 adds resource limiting, new objects, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://osquery.io/downloads

PowerToys 0.53.1 adds several new features and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

Process Monitor 3.87 fixes resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

Samsung Magician 7.0.1 is a major update, but doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/download/tools/

SearchMyFiles 3.16 is a cosmetic update. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

Sysmon 13.31 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

TeamViewer 15.25.8 fixes a VOIP bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

TraceRouteOK 2.71 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WifiInfoView 2.72 updates the internal MAC database and resolves a high-DPI bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

ZoomText 2022.2112.10.400 resolves several bugs and improves display. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Maraura 3.9.7 updates Java support and libraries, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
http://arianne.sourceforge.net/engine/marauroa.html

Docker Desktop 4.3.2 updates the scan engine to detect log4j vulnerabilities. This is a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Godot 3.4.2 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Node.js 12.22.9 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.18.3 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 16.13.2 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 17.3.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.37.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 9.3.2 resolves a major stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.10.3 is a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

MailArchiva 8.5.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://mailarchiva.com/

ownCloud Server 10.9 is a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

Piwigo 12.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

ScreenConnect 21.14.5924.8013 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SMF 2.0.19 is a security update.
https://www.simplemachines.org/

WordPress 5.8.3 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Slider Revolution 6.5.14 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://revolution.themepunch.com/

WPBakery 6.8.0 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

Autoptimize 2.9.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

BuddyPress 9.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Social Post Feed 4.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

Postie 1.9.59 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postie/

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.25 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-networks-auto-poster-facebook-twitter-g/

Visual Composer 41.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://visualcomposer.com/

WooCommerce 6.1.0 is a major update, resolving several bugs and adding features. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WordPress Zero Spam 5.2.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/zero-spam/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2021-12-14

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for December, 2021. This month has been relatively mild, especially for the typical user. Businesses are facing some serious Christmas disasters including massive botnets targeting WordPress, Log4j, payment platforms, and state-run “passport” systems. Nevertheless, the grind continues.

This Month in Technology

ActMobile Networks (VPN), Alberta HealthAstoria Company LLC, thousands of AT&T Edgewater Networks devicesAtrafBay Village High SchoolBeaverhead County High SchoolBioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Services, LLCBitmartBrazilian Ministry of HealthBroward Public SchoolsBrussels Bru-VaxBureau VeritasCentral Depository Services LtdCalifornia Pizza KitchenCostcoCox CommunicationsDeKalb County School DistrictDelta-Montrose Electric AssociationDNA Diagnostics CenterEpiscopal Retirement ServicesEscambia County School DistrictEskenazi HealthEvanston Township High SchoolFlorida Heart AssociatesFrench-Public School BoardFrontier SoftwareGoDaddy Inc (and 123Reg, Domain Factory, Heart Internet, Host Europe, Media Temple, and tsoHost), GravatarHeadwaters Health Care CentreHealth Service ExecutiveHellman Worldwide LogisticsHikvision surveillance systemsHisar health departmentHPE, dozens of HP printer modelsHuntington HospitalIDC GamesIKEAIndonesian police, various Iranian gas stationsJohnson Memorial HealthKisters AGKMSPicoKronosLakeside SchoolLINE PayLewis and Clark Community CollegeMaryland Department of HealthManhasset School DistrictMicrosoft Exchange ServersMedsurant HealthMNG CargoNewfoundland and Labrador Health-Care SystemNordic Choice HotelsNorth Oklahoma County Mental Health CenterNortheastern UniversityNowiny Commune OfficeOld Pulaski Middle SchoolOne Community HealthOregon Anesthesiology Group, P.C.Pakistan’s National Database Biometric DataPanasonicPellissippi State Community CollegePlanned Parenthood Los Angeles, millions of PlayStation 5 devicesQNAP NAS devicesRedDoorzRideau Valley Health CentreRiverhead Central School DistrictRobinhoodS&R Membership ShoppingSanDisk SecureAccessSea Mar Community Health CentersShelley School DistrictSimon Eye Management, millions of Sky RoutersSonicWall SMA 100 VPNsSouth Australian GovernmentSouthern Ohio Medical CenterSPAR StoresSpotswood Public SchoolsStor-a-file LimitedStripchatSupernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Swire Pacific OffshoreTATATP-Link routersTrue Health New MexicoTulane University Medical CenterUlss 6 EuganeaUS defense contractorsU.S. State DepartmentUtah Imaging AssociatesVirginia’s Division of Legislative Automated SystemsVestasVolvoWaikato DHBYemeksepetiZa: Standard Bank, and Zoho ServiceDesk have reportedly been hacked this month.

A Tesla server outage prevented owners worldwide from unlocking their cars.

Another 5 hour outage at AWS caused problems for thousands of websites that depend upon the “reliability” of cloud services. Netflix, Ring, Amazon Prime Video, Amazon deliveries, and Roku were just a few affected sites and services.

Google Photos suffered from a bug for 10 days that damaged all downloads over 128 MB. They alerted their customers to the problem about a month after fixing the bug.

Instead of focusing on providing a more secure product, Apple is suing the NSO Group for developing malware that exploits vulnerabilities in Apple products.

Google, Apple and Samsung payment services exposed to provide unlimited access to digital wallets without authentication.

Grafana – used in thousands of applications for the gorgeous displays it can provide – has patched multiple critical security vulnerabilities. Expect vendors to play catch-up as they release updates that update their Grafana libraries.

Like Grafana, Log4j is another widely used engine across thousands of applications – mostly in corporate and enterprise applications. It’s been exploited in 40% of corporate networks globally, so far. It’s not just corporate risk – even Minecraft is vulnerable.

A massive series of attacks targeting managed WordPress websites has compromised at least 1.8 million sites so far. Merely patching the sites and removing unused and out-dated plugins and themes would have eliminated the risk here.

Now for the good news:

Alexa.com is finally being shut down after 25 years of misrepresenting the web.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is smaller than it has been in months. The typical computer should see roughly 2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Edge, .NET, and MSRT (~1.5 GB). This includes updates for Windows Server 2008. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Monterey 12.1, macOS Big Sur 11.6.2, Security Update 2021-008 Catalina, iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2, tvOS 15.2, watchOS 8.3, and watchOS 8.1.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 15.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 15.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

tvOS 15.2 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 8.3 and 8.1.1 are security updates. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 96.0.4664.77 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Monterey (12.x) means that macOS Mojave (10.14) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Catalina (10.15) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (v21H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 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 will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

The now-current release of the Windows 11 (v21H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 11 pushes you to get the latest Windows 11 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 24 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

Windows 11 is still very young so I encourage you to wait a few more months before you consider switching to it.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Citizen Driver 2021.3 adds support for over 430 hardware printer models and resolves several minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/support/downloads/drivers/citizen/download/

CognitiveTPG Driver 2021.3 adds support for over 430 hardware printer models and resolves several minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/support/downloads/drivers/cognitivetpg/download/

Logitech Options 9.40.86 adds support for new hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logi.com/hc/en-us/articles/360025297893

Logitech SetPoint 6.70.55 adds support for new hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logi.com/hc/en-us/articles/360025141274

Xerox Smart Start 1.6.28.0 adds support for newer drivers. This is not a security update.
https://www.support.xerox.com/en-us/content/143617

Zebra Driver 2021.3 adds support for over 430 hardware printer models and resolves several minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/support/downloads/drivers/zebra/download/

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.32.115 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 96.0.4664.110 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 96.0.1054.53 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 95.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 91.4.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

SeaMonkey 2.53.10.1 is a security update.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 5.0.2497.28 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 91.4.0 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 7.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

AnyDesk for macOS 6.3.3 improves M1 compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

curl 7.80.0 resolves over 100 bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 136.4.4345 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.57.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 11.15 resolves several bugs and improves user interface and compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 54.0 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Npcap 1.60 resolves over a dozen bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Syncthing 1.18.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 3.3.0 adds media distribution controls, bot improvements and channel controls. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

WinSCP 5.19.5 resolves several bugs and adds Google Cloud S3 API support. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.8.7.2058 adds many new features and resolves a dozen bugs, mostly with compatibility. This is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 2.0.19 improves compatibility with VRoid Studio and adds Leap Motion. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Plex Desktop 1.39.1.2763 resolves code signing. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.9.0.2741 adds audio stream selection, resolves several bugs, and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.25.2.5319 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GameMaker Studio 2.3.7.606 improves reliability and performance, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

Nintendo Switch 13.2.0 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

PS5 21.02-04.50.00 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Steam 2021.11.19 resolves several bugs, improves reliability and stability. This is a security update.

Office Updates

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

Audacity 3.1.2 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Blender 3.0 is a major new version with dozens of new features, improvements in modeling, shadows, geometry and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.2.4 is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Still 7.1.8 is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 8.1.9.3 resolves several bugs and improves diagnostics to troubleshoot a persistent crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 4.3.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

PDF-XChange Editor 9.2.359.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

Adobe Premiere Rush 2.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_rush/apsb21-101.html

Adobe Experience Manager 6.5.11 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb21-103.html

Adobe Connect 11.4 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/connect/apsb21-112.html

Adobe Photoshop 22.5.4 and 23.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb21-113.html

Adobe Prelude 22.1.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/prelude/apsb21-114.html

Adobe After Effects 22.1.1 and 18.4.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb21-115.html

Adobe Dimension 3.4.4 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/dimension/apsb21-116.html

Adobe Premiere Pro 15.4.3 and 22.1.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_pro/apsb21-117.html

Adobe Media Encoder 15.4.3 and 22.1.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/media-encoder/apsb21-118.html

Adobe Lightroom 5.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/lightroom/apsb21-119.html

Adobe Audition 14.4.3 and 22.1.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/audition/apsb21-121.html

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 4.25 adds backups, external storage support, updates applications and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

BelArc Advisor 11.1 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.belarc.com/products_belarc_advisor

Chainsaw 1.1.4 improves logging, error handling, and removes progress bar for reliability. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/countercept/chainsaw

Hashcat 6.2.5 improves improves hardware compatibility, performance, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://hashcat.net/hashcat/#downloadlatest

RogueKiller 15.1.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

uBlock Origin 1.39.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

VT-CLI 0.10.0 adds support for managing collections. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/vt-cli/releases/latest

Wireless Network Watcher 2.26 updates internal MAC address database and improves high-DPI support. 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.

SnagIt 2022.0.0 adds several new features including a universal file format, cross-platform markup, and cloud storage, improves performance, and resolves several bugs.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/releases/snagit.msi

VideoCacheView 3.08 adds compatibility with newer browser builds. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PDF Creator 4.4.1 resolves several bugs. 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 7.9.2 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

7-Zip 21.06 adds memory controls, dictionary size improvements, hash validation support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.7-zip.org/

Agent Ransack 2022.3277 adds OCR, new themes, improves indexing, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

Bitcoin 22.0 removes defunct protocols, updates privacy and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

Carbonite 6.4.0 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://account.carbonite.com/

Cygwin 3.3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 9.44 adds dark theme support, high-DPI improvements, and several bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Etcher 1.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Fido 1.27 adds support for Windows 10 v21H2. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

FileLocator Pro 2022.3277 adds OCR, new themes, improves indexing, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Git SCM 2.34.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

GoodSync 11.9.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

grepWin 2.0.9 improves reliability and adds exact match support. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stefankueng/grepWin/releases/latest

Homedale 2.01 improves MAC Address vendor detection and IE DFS dump. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

IsMyHdOK 3.44 improves accuracy. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NTLite 2.3.2.8519 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

PointerStick 5.61 improves high-DPI support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.51.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

ReactOS 0.4.13.32 resolves over a hundred bugs, and improves stability, compatibility and reliability. This is a security update.
https://reactos.org/

SearchMyFiles 3.15 improves summary mode, zero-value filters, and search improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

Synergy 1.14.2 resolves over a dozen bugs, improves reliability, adds M1 support, and adds automatic restart on settings change. This is not a security update.
https://symless.com/synergy/

TraceRouteOK 2.66 adds dark theme support, high-DPI improvements, and several bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

USB Oblivion 1.17.0.0 resolves a key name bug and improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://www.cherubicsoft.com/en/projects/usboblivion

WakeMeOnLan 1.90 adds global and bulk WOL support and updates MAC addresses databases. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WhyNotWin11 2.4.3.1 improves stability, hardware detection, and compatibility improvements. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/rcmaehl/WhyNotWin11

WinScan2PDF 7.51 resolves several minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 4.07 improves MTP/PTP compatibility, reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

ZoomText 2021 2021.2111.4.400 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

ZoomText 2022 2022.2110.70.400 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Docker Desktop 4.3.1 is a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Node.js v14 14.18.2 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js v16 16.13.1 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js v17 17.2.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Redemption 6.1.0.6054 adds MarkSaved and OverridePSTDisableGrow, and IMAP4 controls, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

SQLite 3.37.0 improves STRICT, CHECK constraints, and CLI improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.63 adds several features and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.30 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Coppermine Gallery 1.6.16 improves compatibility and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Drupal 9.3.0 updates libraries and dependencies, improves compatibility, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.10.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

MailArchiva 8.4.1 is a security update.
https://mailarchiva.com/

Nextcloud Server 23.0.0 is a major update adding massing performance improvements, improved external integrations, Backup and more. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

ownCloud Client 2.9.2.6206 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/desktop-app/

phpList 3.6.6 is a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

Piwigo 12.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

ScreenConnect 21.14.5791.8004 improves reliability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.8.2 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 2.9.3 improves multisite support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

bbPress 2.6.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.5.3 improves Constant Contact integration, filters and form properties. This is not a security update.

Slider Revolution 6.5.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Social Post Feed 4.1 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This version will need to reconnect to any Facebook feeds you use. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.1.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 2.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 3.2.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

WordPress Zero Spam 5.2.8 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 2020-12-08

Welcome back, Folks!

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

This Month in Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now for the good news:

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

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

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

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

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

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

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

Google Chrome OS 87.0.4280.88 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email Updates

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

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

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Office Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Security Software Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BuddyPress 6.4.0 is a security update.

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2020-09-08

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for September 2020.

This Month in Technology

I enjoy the soapbox I’ve taken here in my newsletters over the years, but unfortunately we were struck by a PG&E “Public Safety Power Shutoff” event so lost more than a day this week for Patch Tuesday and haven’t had the time (or Internet access!) to be able to collect this information for this newsletter. 🙁

Now for the good news:

Adobe Flash will be dead in only 113 days.

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, Edge, .NET, Internet Explorer, Office, Servicing Stack, and MSRT (~1.5 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released an update for Pro Video Formats 2.1.2. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.414 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 85.0.4183.84 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 18.0.2.9 improves removal process, and adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

nVidia 452.06 adds support for newer hardware and improves performances in some games. 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 1.13.82 adds several new privacy controls and display options. This is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 85.0.4183.102 is a security update.

Microsoft Edge 85.0.564.44 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 80.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 68.12.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Vivaldi 3.3.2022.39 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 78.2.0 resolves several bugs and improves OpenPGP integration. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

OutlookAttachView 3.42 adds cell context copy option. 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.

curl 7.72.0 resolves one hundred bugs, adds zstd decoding, improves failure handling and adds effective method. This is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 104.4.175 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.50.0 updates Storj integration. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 11.1 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Npcap 0.9997 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Prosody 0.11.6 resolves several bugs, and improves reliability and security.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Technitium DNS Server 5.2 resolves several bugs and adds certbot support. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Zoom 5.2.45120.0906 disables webinar attendance by telephone. They plan to re-enable this feature “in the coming weeks.” This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Picard 2.4.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

3tene 2.0.3 resolves several bugs and adds z-axis tracking to Pro. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2020.09.03 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

PlayStation PS4 7.55 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 20.012.20043 resolves compatibility issues with some programs. This is a security update.

Adobe DNG Converter 12.4 adds support for new hardware.
Win: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6975
Mac: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6973

Adobe Experience Manager 6.5.6.0 and 6.4.8.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb20-56.html

Adobe Framemaker 2019.0.7 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/framemaker/apsb20-54.html

Adobe InDesign 15.1.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb20-52.html

Atom 1.51.0 improves performance resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Blender 2.90 adds many new features and controls. This is a major update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

LibreOffice 6.4.6 resolves 70 bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.0.1 resolves over 70 bugs. This is a security update. Remember that this is a beta version of LibreOffice, so should be avoided by most users.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.0.1 resolves several bugs and adds several new features. 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.

Gpg4win 3.1.13 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

RogueKiller 14.7.2 adds several new features and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

uBlock Origin 1.29.2 resolves a couple 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 adds several new features and resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.1.0.5 resolves a couple bugs and adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Education updates

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

e-Sword 12.2 improves search and display. This is not a security update.
https://www.e-sword.net/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Agent Ransack 2019.2947 adds installer flags for language, ui, and registration, resolves a performance bug with exporting searches that don’t parse content. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

DesktopOK 7.81 adds 64-bit improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DevManView 1.71 adds option to copy contents of the clicked cell. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

DriverView 1.50 resolves a 64-bit compatibility problem. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/driverview.html

Etcher 1.5.107 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

FileLocator Pro 8.5.2947 adds installer flags for language, UI, and registration, resolves a performance bug with exporting searches that don’t parse content. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Fing 2.0.1 adds support for new device detection, Wi-Fi heatmap, security details and resolves a bug in Bonjour discovery. This is not a security update.
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-windows

GoodSync 11.3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Homedale 1.89 improves columns in GUI, and now uses UTF8 for logs. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

HWMonitor 1.42 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

IsMyHdOK 2.32 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NTLite 2.0.0.7640 improves component controls and settings, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Aomei Partition Assistant 8.9 improves GUI, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

PointerStick 4.66 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.21.1 improves stability, adds several features, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

RoboForm 8.9.2 resolves several bugs, including a reliability bug in manual saves. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

TeamViewer 15.9.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

TraceRouteOK 2.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

Ultimate Boot CD 5.3.9 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html

WinGet 0.1.42241 adds autocomplete. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WinScan2PDF 6.01 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.35 improves logging and export capabilities, and adds max last-modified date for newest file in the folder tree. This should be treated as a security update.
https://wiztreefree.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Node.js 14.10.0 resolves dozens of bugs, updates libraries, and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.33.0 resolves several bugs, adds support for arbitrary-precision decimal arithmetic, UPDATE FROM, increases maximum database size, and improves integrity checks.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

StrawberryPerl 5.32.0.1 is a major update adding new features, bug fixes, libraries and compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Visual Studio Code 1.48.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.8 resolves several bugs, improves stability and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.14-140239 resolves several bugs and adds support for Linux kernel 5.8. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Coppermine Gallery 1.6.09 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Dada Mail 11.11.2 is a security update.
https://dadamailproject.com/

Drupal 9.0.5 resolves a cosmetic bug and changes component registry to avoid flagging for non-existent security vulnerability. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.6.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Joomla 3.9.21 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Nextcloud Server 19.0.2 resolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpList 3.5.6 adds reply-to support, forwarding improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

ScreenConnect 20.10.957.7556 resolves several bugs and adds new user controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.5.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.7.7 is a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.2.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Social Post Feed 2.16.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Interactive World Map 3.1.8 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.4.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.18 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.14.4 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.5.1 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 2.3.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Show IDs 1.1.5 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.38 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WordPress Zero Spam 4.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2020-06-03

Welcome back, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but updates from Microsoft, Apple, Google, Mozilla, and many others have triggered an out-of-cycle update.

This Month in Technology

It took Apple over a month to resolve a security issue in their custom OAuth implementation, which would provide app-level access to any site that used Sign in with Apple given only an email address. Facebook and Google both suffered similar XSS issues recently, as did a very popular WordPress plugin.

Not accepting vulnerability reports doesn’t mean the vulnerabilities don’t exist, Apple. Even after vowing now to, Apple is still recording everything you say and do as long as you have Siri enabled.

It still surprises me that people that don’t read the documentation and license agreements still feel the need to sue over their failure to understand how software works. For anyone reading this years from now, browsers load web pages. “Incognito” mode (or any other privacy mode) simply prevents your data from being shared IN THE BROWSER between different sessions. It otherwise does not prevent any websites from operating exactly as they would if you were loading the web page in any other browser. As always, don’t do anything online that you don’t want to be tracked to you. Period.

Even so, eBay, Citibank, TD Bank, Ameriprise, Chick-fil-a, Equifax, and many more websites are performing port scans of visitors computers. If you’re concerned about your privacy, imagine the power companis like eBay and Equifax would have if they collected and consolidated details about every remote support platform installed and used by every visitor to their websites. We’re talking about hundreds of millions of people relying on companies that don’t have the best track record of keeping data safe in the first place.

Veracode reports that about 70% of all mobile and desktop applications contain open-source bugs. This reminds me of one of my favorite computer quotes: Every non-trivial program contains at least one bug. Every non-trivial program can be simplified by at least one line of code. The conclusion of the last two laws: Every non trivial program can be simplified to one line of code, and it will contain a bug.

A widely used EU Cookie Consent image is being used to distribute malware. Directly linking to third-party scripts and images has some serious long-term drawbacks.

As was expected by anyone that can math or understand science, suicide (as a result of the government lockdown) has killed more in California than the plandemic COVID-19. This is, of course, after churches are being burned to the ground for daring to try to serve the same people that currently frequent Walmart, Target and Lowes.

The Spectra exploit demonstrates just how easy it’s going to be to abuse the GACT/Contact Tracing services on many devices.

Now for the good news:

Windows 10 v2004 has been released. Make sure you’ve installed v1909 recently so you won’t be forced into the new build before they work out the bugs. I don’t see a lot of differences between v2004 and v1909 that most people would benefit from, anyway, but these releases tend to take a couple months to work out most of the bugs. For example, many Windows policies are erased during the upgrade which can result in local accounts being forced into using inescapable Microsoft accounts for users that don’t understand that “not now” is an option.

Let’s Get Busy

Apple released updates for macOS Catalina 10.15.5, macOS Catalina 10.15.5 Supplemental Update, Security Update 2020-003 Mojave, Security Update 2020-003 High Sierra, Windows Migration Assistant 2.2.0.0, iCloud for Windows 7.19, iCloud for Windows 11.2, Safari 13.1.1, Xcode 11.5, iOS 13.5.1, iPadOS 13.5.1, tvOS 13.4.6, watchOS 5.3.7, watchOS 6.2.6, and iTunes 12.10.7. These are security updates.

iOS 13.5.1 and 12.4.7 are security updates. 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 13.5.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

tvOS 13.4.6 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current version.

watchOS 5.3.7 and 6.2.6 are security updates. Use your updated iPhone to install the most current version through the Watch app.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204641

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 83.0.4103.77 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.2.5 resolves an AMD audio bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 20.6.22 improves OEM device support, performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Logitech Options 8.20.329 adds support for Edge and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

nVidia 446.14 improves VRSS in Onward and resolves several stability, performance, and battery life issues. 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 1.9.76 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 83.0.4103.97 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Microsoft Edge 83.0.478.44 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 77.0 and 77.0.1 are security updates. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 68.9.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.7.8 is a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

OutlookAttachView 3.40 changes the Image Preview feature to Preview Pane which will show other attachment types than images. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

Trillian 6.3.0.5 resolves @mentions. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Trillian Mac 6.3.0.3 resolves a tooltip bug and removes some unused entitlements. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

FileZilla Client 3.48.1 is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.24 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility, adds new macros and improves error handling. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Zoom 5.0.26213.0602 resolves several bugs, enables GIPHY, improves privacy controls and admin controls, improves unmute behavior, and adds waiting room ringtone. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

WinSCP 5.17.6 resolves several bugs. The installation package is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.10.7 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 2020.06.01 adds “Play Next”, direct IP connectivity for Remote Play, P2P improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

PlayStation PS4 7.51 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 20.009.20067 resolves several stability and reliability issues. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to get the most current version.

Atom 1.47.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Audacity 2.4.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/Audacity.html

LibreOffice Fresh 6.4.4 resolves nearly 100 bugs. This is not a security update. Be advised that “Fresh” is the beta version and should be avoided by most people.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Lightworks NLE 2020.1 resolves hundreds of bugs and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.lwks.com/

Paint.net 4.2.12 resolves several bugs and improves metadata export between formats. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

MyPaint 2.0.1 resolves several bugs, including a repetitive load image quality loss bug. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/mypaint/mypaint/releases/latest

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 14.5.0 updates the RKSvc, core engine, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

uBlock Origin 1.27.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.24.2 resolves FFmpeg compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.8.9 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DesktopOK 7.27 adds delete confirmation. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Easy2Boot 2.03 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/Easy2Boot.html

Etcher 1.5.96 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

GoodSync 11.2.0 improves compatibility and stability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

MPI Tool Kit 0.099 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/Easy2Boot.html

MS ISO Downloader 8.37 adds images for developer and insider releases of Win10 build 19628, Office 2016/2019 for Mac, and resolves accessibility issues. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

PointerStick 4.11 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.18.1 adds Run and Keyboard manager, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

TeamViewer 15.6.7 improves performance of multi-participant sessions, allows disabling the Outlook add-in during installation, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WakeMeOnLan 1.86 updates the internal MAC address database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WinScan2PDF 5.41 improves detection of multi-function devices. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.33 resolves network drive access issues, improves export/import accuracy, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

ControlMyMonitor 1.26 now displays an error code if unable to parse settings from the display. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

Cygwin 3.1.5 adds support for WSL symlinks and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 7.41 resolves installation and removal bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DevManView 1.67 adds an option to uninstall the selected device. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

FileLocator Pro 8.5.2946 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

NetworkInterfacesView 1.21 adds Interface LUID column. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_interfaces.html

Bitcoin 0.20.0 improves reliability and stability, removes dependency on OpenSSL, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

NTLite 1.9.0.7490 adds several new setting controls and resolves several bugs.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

WinScan2PDF 5.51 improves translations. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool v2004 is now available. This is not a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ADB 30.0.0 adds support for wireless pairing, incremental APK installation, client-side support for compression of various commands with Android 11, and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Inno Setup 6.0.5 is a security update.
https://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

Node.js 14.4.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 12.18.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Android Studio 4.0.0.16 is a major update and adds several new features and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

SQLite 3.32.1 is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

TortoiseSVN 1.14.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.8-137981 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 8.9.0 is the final minor build of the 8.x series and updates libraries and resolves several bugs. Drupal 8.8.6 and 8.7.14 are security updates.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.5.2 resolves over 25 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Nextcloud Server 19.0.0 adds document collaboration to video chats, password-less login, performance improvements, guest groups and more. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Joomla 3.9.19 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

phpList 3.5.4 is a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

ScreenConnect 20.5.28493.7445 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Autoptimize 2.7.2 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

BuddyPress 6.0.0 is a major update adding several new features and resolving many bugs. This is a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.1.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.4.1 is a cosmetic update. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.52 resolves a category parsing bug. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.2.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

bbPress 2.6.5 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.

Redirection 4.8 resolves two minor bugs and adds importer. This is not a security update.

Social Post Feed 2.15.1 adds several new features. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.1 adds a new dashboard action, improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.14.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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