Updates 2021-08-10

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for August, 2021. It’s a big one. There have been a series of Apple, Microsoft, and various hardware vulnerabilities, as well as the quarterly Oracle updates that kept the industry hopping. Couple that with Black Hat 2021 last week, which kept reminding us how poorly those who design our technology have done and continue to do.

This Month in Technology

Apple devices via Pegasus, IOMobileFrameBuffer, and Wi-Fi namesAtlassianCharming Kitten (hacking group), Cloudstar, cdnjs, FortiNet FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer, HP (and Samsung and Xerox) printer driver, Illinois State Police, Linux via SequoiaPulse Connect Secure, SonicWall Secure VPN, Swisslog Healthcare’s Translogic PTSVMware ESXiWindows via a SAM security bug, Hello, PrintNightmare (x3+), and PetitPotam, and a new exploit method for wiretapping DNS.

Apple announced a new feature where they scan your content “only” for images of child exploitation provided by an unaccountable third-party, while they assure their customers’ “screeching voices” that they won’t allow governments to directly access the data or feed the database or algorithms (uh-huh), just remember that this is the same company that vowed to silence online dissent and already works with governments to expose their users’ activity. Oh, and they’re launching their own VPN service which they claim even they won’t know what you’re using it for. Wink, wink.

While I’m on the subject of VPNs, Windscribe (a “secure” VPN service) servers were seized and were discovered to not use encryption. Talk about a false promise of privacy!

Now let’s do security. If you still thought Avast (the “get hacked every year” anti-virus company) was worth anything, knowing that Norton (the “we’ll just run our own crypto mining software on your hardware and you can pay us for it” people) was in talks to buy them for about $8B should make your skin crawl. Zoom lost an $85 million class-action cybersecurity lawsuit, and Colonial Pipeline is being targeted now.

The US Federal Government received a C- grade for their IT security. Half of the agencies tested received D grades. These are the same agencies that recently made a claim about the most secure election in history. Pay no attention to the missing 95% of ballots or remote access to voting machines. Or else!

Edward Snowden has a great writeup of physical vs theoretical security concerns,
and another on how the “security” industry is failing everyone. Regular maintenance (of everything!) is critical to technology security. Stale hardware & software are responsible for nearly every security incident. This is what we do and why this newsletter is even being published.

There was a major outage at Akamai that took down a large portion of the Internet.

Google broke ChromeOS twice this month for many users, once by preventing users from being able to login due to a single character coding error. I’m reminded of a Mark Twain quote: “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”

The thing about someone willing to buy your ransomware: when they feel wronged they’re likely to betray your ransomware gang.

Amazon is losing employees while CNN is firing them. Property owners are being ripped off by the state, and their tenants. There are child predators at Disney World.

There’s now a lawsuit over CDC under-counting vaccine deaths, meanwhile they’re over-counting infectionsignoring the risks, downplaying the ineffectiveness of the vaccine-induced herd immunity, and mandating cancer in children. Multiple pharmaceutical giants neglected to keep records of which “vaccines” were placebos and the European Parliament is being held liable for vaccine injuries and deaths. At least there has been victory in Alberta. It’s hard to take them seriously when they’re demonizing free will, treating dictates as law, government agencies are concealing their own violations of international lawmandating doctors violate their medical licenses in order to keep them, while flip-flopping like fish, and imposing prison time for unlawful parading. Would you trust someone with your life who thinks you should be in prison for disagreeing with them? It’s not enough for government to take 13%+ of what you pay at the pump (most gas stations profit is 1% or less) and force you into electric vehicles that they can pull the plug on anytime, they want to charge you for every mile you travel, too, personal or business.

Now for the good news:

Andy’s Mountain Grill & Deli is coming back! Starlink is growing fast and improving reliability and environmental tolerances.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is huge. The typical computer should see roughly 3.0 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

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

Apple released updates for iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1, macOS Big Sur 11.5.1, Security Update 2021-004 Catalina, Security Update 2021-005 Mojave, watchOS 7.6.1, tvOS 14.7, Safari 14.1.2, and iTunes 12.11.4. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.7.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.7.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 7.6.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 14.7 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 92.0.4515.130 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.x) 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 (v21H1) is very large, for the first time it’s actually smaller than the previous release, but it will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Nvidia 471.68 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Xerox Smart Start 1.6.25.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.support.xerox.com/en-us/content/143617

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.27.111 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 92.0.4515.131 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 92.0.902.67 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 91.0 is a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 78.13.0 is a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

SeaMonkey 2.53.8.1 is a security update.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 4.1.2369.16 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk for macOS 6.3.0 improves scam handling, adds PKG release, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

curl 7.78.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 128.4.2870 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.55.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Google Earth 7.3.4 is a security update.
https://earth.google.com/

Java 8u301 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Nmap 7.92 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/

Prosody 0.11.10 is a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

PuTTY 0.76 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Rclone 1.56.0 adds many new features, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Skype 8.73.0.124 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Telegram 2.9.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

WinSCP 5.19.2 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.7.4.804 improves notifications and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Email updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Thunderbird 78.13.0 is a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to get the most current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Flickr Downloadr 3.4.1.1 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://flickrdownloadr.com/downloads/

iTunes 12.11.4 is a security update.
https://apple.com/itunes

Plex Media Server 1.23.6.4881 resolves several bugs and improves scanner. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Epic Games 12.2.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.epicgames.com/

Nintendo Switch 12.1.0 improves stability. This is not a security update.

Steam 2021.07.21 resolves a path bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Connect 11.2.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/connect/apsb21-66.html

Adobe Magento Commerce 2.4.3, 2.4.2-p2, and 2.3.7-p1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb21-64.html

Adobe Reader DC 21.005.20060 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Atom 1.58.0 improves cosmetics and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Audacity 3.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Blender 2.93.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Krita 4.4.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.1.5 resolves over 50 bugs. This is not a security update. The “Fresh” line is beta software and should be avoided for the stable release.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.3.0 resolves over 50 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.1.2 improves dark mode. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Security Software Updates

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

DNSQuerySniffer 1.85 adds sort menu options and improves high DPI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

elementary OS 6 is a major update that integrates several new features and controls and a simplified installer. This is not a security update.
https://elementary.io/

RogueKiller 15.0.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

uBlock Origin 1.37.2 resolves several books. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Tails 4.21 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Elgato Game Capture HD 3.70.51 adds PS5 and Xbox Series X/S to input and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.elgato.com/en/game-capture-software

ScreenToGif 2.33.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 2021.4.3 is a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

HandBrake 1.4.0 adds several new filters, improves hardware encoding, resolves several bugs, and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Dell Command Update 4.3 is a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

DesktopOK 9.15 improves compatibility with Windows 11 and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

GoodSync 11.8.0 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Homedale 1.98 improves CLI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

IsMyHdOK 3.33 improves compatibility with Windows 11 and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NTLite 2.2.0.8152 adds several new features, improves performance, updates libraries and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Aomei Partition Assistant 9.4 adds Disk Defrag and resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

ProcDump 10.1 adds an option to specify a dumpfile comment and supports triage dumps. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

PowerToys 0.43.0 improves stability and accessibility, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

RDCMan 2.82 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

RoboForm 9.1.9 resolves several bugs. This follows shortly after a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Rufus 3.15 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en/

Sigcheck 2.82 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Synergy 1.14.0 is a security update.
https://symless.com/synergy/

Sysmon 13.23 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

ZoomText 2021 2021.2107.13.400 adds support for new hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Node.js 16.6.1 resolves several bugs. This build closely follow 16.6.0, which was a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.17.4 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 12.22.4 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Visual Studio Code 1.59 improves extensions, finalizes the Testing API, adds Remote Containers, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.14 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.26-145957 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Dada Mail 11.14.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dadamailproject.com/

Docker Desktop 3.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.2.3 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.9.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

MailArchiva 8.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://mailarchiva.com/

Nextcloud Server 22.1.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

ownCloud Server 10.8 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

phpList 3.6.4 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

ScreenConnect 21.10.4238.7885 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.8 integrates Blocks into Widget logic, adds new patterns, and styles. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Antispam Bee 2.10.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.9.0 improves customization and controls. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 9.0.0 improves compatibility, block support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Interactive World Map 3.1.9.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.5.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.56 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 5.1.3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Slider Revolution 6.5.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://revolution.themepunch.com/

Social Post Feed 2.19.3 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.27 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Visual Composer 38.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://visualcomposer.com/

W3 Total Cache 2.1.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 5.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WordPress Zero Spam 5.0.13 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 3.0.3 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 2020-04-30

We just had to get one last update cycle in for “the April that would never end.”

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but updates to OpenSSL have prompted security updates for almost every browser as well as application updates to many others have triggered an out-of-cycle update.

This Month/Week in Technology

If you can’t trust the CDC not to taint the tests, you can’t trust the SBA with your privacy in their loan process, you can’t trust Apple with your data, you can’t trust your “home automation” to not expose your entire home to hackers, you can’t trust the CIA not to abuse their authority in the mainstream media and academia, you can’t trust the FBI to follow their own rules when making requests of the secret FISA courts, you *really* can’t trust your antivirus software not to put you at even greater risk of exploitation, you can’t trust anyone not to reuse passwords, and you can’t trust advertising publishers to keep their ad platforms safe for their target audience, then why should you ever even consider giving Google and Apple 24/7, permanent, extensive monitoring of everywhere you go and everyone you ever have contact with? I don’t. Even if Apple and Google were above reproach (and they’re not), the inevitable abuse by any platform like this makes Orwell’s worst dreams look tame in comparison.

Now for the good news:

Intel has finally opened up their graphic drivers so you can use them on OEM hardware.

Let’s Get Busy

Apple released iOS 13.4.1 for iPhone SE (2nd generation) and watchOS 6.2.1 for Apple Watch Series 1 and 2. These are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

Fedora 32-1.6 provides several new features, now uses nftables by default, improves regular maintenance routines, and updates libraries. This is a security update.

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 18.0.2.4 adds ability to remove only NVCP and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 20.4.17 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.8.86 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Google Chrome 81.0.4044.129 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Microsoft Edge 81.0.416.68 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 3.0.1874.33 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.7.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

OutlookAttachView 3.35 adds option to control Enter Key Action. 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.

FileZilla Client 3.48.0 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.23 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Earth 7.3.3 improves Street View, plus code support, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://earth.google.com/

WinSCP 5.17.5 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.0.23502.0430 improves encryption, abuse reporting, privacy controls, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC Media Player 3.0.10 is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2020.04.28 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

Office Updates

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

LibreOffice 6.3.6 resolves 80 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.8.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Illustrator 24.1.2 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/catalog/desktop.html

Adobe Bridge 10.0.4 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/products/bridge.html

Security Software Updates

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

OpenSSL 1.1.1g is a security update.

RogueKiller 14.4.1 is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.23.2 resolves a couple minor 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 11.0.8.6 adds support for new encodings, improves upscaling and enlarger. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Dell Command Update 3.1.2 is a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

RoboForm 8.7.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

1Password for Windows 7.4.767 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

DesktopOK 7.01 adds command-line support, mapping support for alt-drag, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Easy2Boot 2.02 updates libraries, dependencies, and resolves a bug in Make USB. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/Easy2Boot.html

Etcher 1.5.83 adds workflows to Flash from URL and improves the cosmetics. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

GoodSync 11.1.6 adds RDC tunneling support, explorer actions, account management improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

MS ISO Downloader 8.35 adds support for new Windows, Office, and Dell images. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

PSAppDeploy 3.8.1 adds Repair as action type, execute-process-as-user, several new features, compatibility improvements and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

Rufus 3.10 improves compatibility, device detection, updates drivers, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_IE.html

TeamViewer 15.5.3 adds message search, conditional access servers for fallback options, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 5.31 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

CPU-Z 1.92 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

NTLite 1.9.0.7455 adds new controls and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Coreinfo 3.5 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

LiveKD 5.63 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Process Explorer 16.32 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 11.0 adds file delete and archive monitoring, additional options to control behavior, improved log support and reliability improvements. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Node.js 14.1.0 is a new major version adding several new features, libraries and bug fixes. Unfortunately, the previous build (14.0.0) broke stream support for many packages. This version resolves that bug. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 13.14.0 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 12.16.3 updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Redemption 5.23.0.5664 adds support for in-memory objects, several new objects, collection-level assignments, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.0.20 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

Web Package Updates

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

WordPress 5.4.1 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

ScreenConnect 20.3.28091.7419 improves relay action scheduling, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Magento 2.3.4-p2, 2.3.5-p1, 1.14.4.5, 1.9.4.5 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb20-22.html#solution

Joomla 3.9.18 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

HumHub 1.5.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

MailEnable 10.30 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

Nextcloud Server 18.0.4 resolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpList 3.5.3 is a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

YOURLS 1.7.9 improves compatibility, API signature algorithm, accessibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://yourls.org/

Akismet 4.1.5 disables the notice and updates WP requirements. This is not a security update.

Antispam Bee 2.9.2 improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 5.2.0 is a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.14 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.4 resolves several bugs and adds font color control. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.50 improves diagnostics. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.13.3 resolves a minification bug. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 2.0.0 changes PHP requirements (7+) and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2017-08-08

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday. The typical computer should see roughly 1.2gb in updates today.

In security news, NIST (United States National Institute for Standards and Technology), the US government agency responsible for developing most US scientific and technological standards, is recommending new password implementation policies that, hopefully, most of the world will adopt in short order. Sophos has a great review of what’s happening here and this quote adequately summarizes the ridiculousness of the current situation:

No composition rules. What this means is, no more rules that force you to use particular characters or combinations, like those daunting conditions on some password reset pages that say, “Your password must contain one lowercase letter, one uppercase letter, one number, four symbols but not &%#@_, and the surname of at least one astronaut.”

Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, and MSRT (~1gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released an update for Pages EndNote Plug-in 3.1. This is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install this update. A reboot is required.

ChromeOS 60.0.3112.80 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Adobe Flash Player 26.0.0.151 is a security update. Flash is being actively replaced with HTML5 on most sites and services, however, so unless you’re 110% positive you need it for critical functions, you should remove it instead. And, within those browsers that have it embedded (Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11+) your best option is to disable it. It’s just not worth the risk.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.7.2 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 60.0.3112.90 improves stability. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 55.0 changes installation options, provides improved plugin security (Flash is now click-to-activate on most sites and geolocation now requires SSL). This should be treated as a security update.

SeaMonkey 2.48 is a security update. Note that the built-in update engine does not work with this release, so manual upgrade is required. Download the update here if you have SeaMonkey installed.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.05 adds quick-filtering support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

Java 8u144 is a security update. If you have Java installed and use it, upgrade immediately. If you do not use it, or do not know if you need it, remove it.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Evernote 6.6.4.5512 resolves various bugs, adds image gallery feature, implements new editor, and direct (public) content sharing. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

MaxMind GeoIP 201708 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

BrowsingHistoryView 2.10 improves reliability and adds CacheTask service management. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Nmap 7.60 adds several new scripts and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/

Npcap 0.93 improves reliability and upgrade compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Google Earth 7.3.0 is a security update.
http://earth.google.com/index.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FastStone Viewer 6.3 adds a video player, improved rendering quality of annotations, mp3 support, and incorporates various bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.4.16.25850 provides several cosmetic improvements, performance improvements, and adds end-of-life notification for macOS prior to 10.9/Mavericks. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 4.73 improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

SteamOS 2.121/2017-07-31 is a security update.
http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/download/?ver=custom

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader 11.0.21 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Reader DC 17.012.20093 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

LibreOffice 5.4.0 adds many new features including OpenPGP signatures, improved watermarks, styling, bullets & numbering, autocorrect, and conditional formatting. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Adobe Experience Manager 6.3.0.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb17-26.html

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.6 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html

Security Software Updates

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

OSFClone 1.2.1000 adds dd/ewf write support. This is not a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/tools/create-disk-images.html

RogueKiller 12.11.9 improves detections, and resolves POST/upload bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.90 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.4.9 adds support for new encodings, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Windows 6.7.454 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

GoodSync 10.5.5 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

CintaNotes 3.9 adds window docking support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

DesktopOK 4.74 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

HWMonitor 1.32 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

ImageUSB 1.3.1003 does not provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

FolderChangesView 2.11 adds ability to start hidden and minimized to tray, allowing it to take effect immediately upon execution. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

WifiInfoView 2.27 adds descriptive text to all lower-pane elements. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

PointerStick 2.88 improves Windows 10 support. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

Rufus 2.16 adds audiovisual feedback, nonstandard RR workaround, ISO and access error reporting, and resolves various bugs. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

OSForensics 5.1.1002 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

SystemRescueCD 5.0.3 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TaskSchedulerView 1.35 adds process termination support and improves quick-filtering. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WinScan2PDF 3.55 improves compatibility with certain hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SQLite 3.20.0 resolves several bugs, improves reliability and performance. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.1.26-117224 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

TinyMCE 4.6.5 resolves many bugs, adds local upload, and inline boundary support. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.3.6 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

WordPress 4.8.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

Akismet 3.3.4 disables unrequested logging, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.9.0 adds several new features and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.8.6 improves OG metatag support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.3 improves error diagnostics and adds “every 2 hours” option. This is not a security update.

Redirection 2.6.6 uses React on redirects page and integrates native translate support. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.8 resolves several bugs, adds several features and options. This should be treated as a security update.

myStickymenu 1.9.1 corrects admin-bar and sticky-menu ordering behavior. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2017-02-14

Hi, Folks!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Patch Tuesday – and a weird one. Both Adobe and Microsoft have self-imposed delays on their staged updates this month. Instead of installing those updates anyway, I strongly suggest you wait for the “all clear” — there’s no telling just how serious the problems are until they are resolved. Installing them anyway could leave your device even less secure or potentially unbootable.

Everything else should be safe, though, so let’s get started. The typical computer should see roughly 800mb in updates today.

Apple released updates for iOS 10.2.1, macOS Update 10.12.3, Safari 10.0.3, GarageBand 10.1.6, watchOS 3.1.3, iTunes 12.5.5, iCloud for Windows 6.1.1, tvOS 10.1.1, Logic Pro X 10.3 and Security Update 2016-003 Supplemental. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

Google Chrome OS 56.0.2924.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 24.0.0.221 is a security update. Flash is being actively replaced with HTML5 on most sites and services, however, so unless you’re 110% positive you need it for critical functions, you should remove it instead. And, within those browsers that have it embedded (Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11+) your best option is to disable it. It’s just not worth the risk.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

BullZip PDF Printer 11.0.0.2588 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.5.3 improves cleanup, and fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 56.0.2924.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 51.0.3 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.

NK2Edit 3.27 adds column auto-sizing. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 2.98 fixes a serious key binding bug that could result in lost data. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 45.7.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

OutlookTools 3.0.0 is a complete redesign and adds support for newer Office releases. This is not a security update.
http://www.howto-outlook.com/products/outlooktools.htm

Internet Updates

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

DiscordApp 31.1.2017 adds search (with filters). This is not a security update.

Skype 7.32.0.104 improves performance and stability, adds several new GUI features including camera switching, touch-friendly popups, and customizable keyboard shortcuts. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

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

aria2 1.31.0 improves logging detail, resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

uTorrent 3.4.9 Build 43295 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.24.0 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP 201702 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip

BrowsingHistoryView 1.95 adds quick filtering. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

DNSDataView 1.50 adds command-line options for export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_records_viewer.html

Google Earth 7.1.8.3036 is a security update.
http://earth.google.com/index.html

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.5.196 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update. Unless you are 110% sure you need this, you’re better off uninstalling it.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.5.5 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.7.6521 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

MusicBrainz Picard 1.4 is the first update in years – and it adds more than a hundred bug fixes, features and improvements. This is not a security update.
http://musicbrainz.org/doc/MusicBrainz_Picard

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.4.3.15631 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Office Updates

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

LibreOffice 5.2.5 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.3.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Kindle for PC 1.19.2 Build 46095 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 2.10 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Avast! Home Edition 17.1.2286 improves UI, stability, and apples new defaults. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.2.4 is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Junkware Removal Tool 8.1.0 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/junkwareremovaltool/

Wireless Network Watcher 2.05 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

OpenSSL Binaries 1.1.0d is a security update.
http://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

RogueKiller 12.9.7 adds detections. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Greenshot 1.2.9.129 fixes several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/greenshot/greenshot/releases

XSplit Broadcaster 2.9.1701.1615 improves plugns for FTL. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.9.1701.1609 fixes a dozen bugs and adds support for several new services. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FFmpeg 3.2.2 updates components, fixes bugs and adds features. This is not a security update.
http://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

DVDFab 10.0.2.2 adds support for new encodings, newer hardware, and bug fixes. Thsi is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Handbrake 1.0.2 fixes several bugs and improves quality and reliability of exports. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

MKVToolNix 9.8.0 fixes several bugs, and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.2.9 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 10.3.3 fixes several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

NTLite 1.2.0.4830 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

CGMiner 4.10.0 fixes quite a few bugs and style changes. This is a security update.
https://github.com/ckolivas/cgminer

Cygwin 2.7.0 improves randomization, entropy and locale detection. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 4.55 improves reliability in Windows 8 and Windows 10. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Easy2Boot 1.89 adds trial keys, updates libraries, and improves menu customization. This is not a security update.
http://www.easy2boot.com/download/

FilExile 3.00 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/filexile/files/

IsMyHdOK 1.26 improves reliability on Windows 10 and Windows 8. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

Kingston SSD Manager 1.0.1.7 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

FileLocator Pro 8.1.2702 fixes several bugs, improves search speed for indexed content, adds exclusions for type. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

FolderChangesView 2.05 adds entry modification timestamps. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

MyEventViewer 2.25 adds time range settings. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html

SearchMyFiles 2.80 adds time range settings and fixes a bug in export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SimpleWMIView 1.22 fixes a bug in export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

TcpLogView 1.27 fixes a bug in export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

WifiInfoView 2.15 adds more display information. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

CCleaner 5.27.5976 improves cleaning, adds new software, fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

PointerStick 2.79 improves reliability in Windows 10 and Windows 8. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

ProduKey 1.88 adds “Save All Items” option. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

RapidEE 9.1 build 932 updates language support. This is not a security update.
http://www.rapidee.com/en/download

Rufus 2.12 updates components and adds several fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

SystemRescueCD 4.9.2 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TaskSchedulerView 1.25 improves the display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WSUS Offline 10.9.1 adds support for new software, updates components and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

PSAppDeploy 3.6.9 fixes several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

WinScan2PDF 3.25 improves the GUI. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GitHub Desktop 3.3.4 updates components, fixes hang bug. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

SQLite 3.17.0 improves performance, reliability, security and stability. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

StrawberryPerl 5.24.1.1 includes new core perl version 5.24.1, updates libraries and included modules. This is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Expresso 3.1.6224 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.ultrapico.com/expressodownload.htm

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.1.14-112924 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

WordPress 4.7.2 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

phpList 3.3.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

Piwigo 2.8.6 is a security update.
http://piwigo.org/

Plupload 2.3.1 updates components and fixes several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.plupload.com/

TinyMCE 4.5.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.2.6 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

MailEnable 9.61 fixes several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.6.6 is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.1.12292.6236 fixes several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Antispam Bee 2.7.0 fixes several bugs, restores country-level checking, adds several other features. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 4.6.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.7.15 fixes several bugs. this is not a security update.

Postie 1.8.31 fixes bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.5.2 is a security update.

WooCommerce 2.6.14 fixes several bugs. Thsi isnot a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.11 improves SSL support. This should be treated as a security update.
While that’s all for now – you can safely expect an out-of-cycle update in the coming days.

Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

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

Updates 2016-11-08

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday.

The typical computer should see roughly 2.2gb in updates today. It’s another big one. The Microsoft-specific updates should be easier, but no smaller, since they’re now packaging almost all updates in only two files for each supported version of Windows. Apple has updated all supported versions of their operating systems between 2 and 5 times this last month, and they seem to be stable now – so it’s probably safe to upgrade your Apple hardware. Let’s get started.

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

Apple released updates for OS X, macOS, iOS, iTunes, Pro Video Formats, Xcode, tvOS, Safari, watchOS and iCloud for Windows. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 54.0.2840.93 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Oracle: everything. Oracle released security updates for 76 product lines covering over 230 applications. It’s easier to say, patch all Oracle software now than to try to even identify what the all are.

Adobe Flash Player 23.0.0.207 is a security update. Flash is being actively replaced with HTML5 on most sites and services, however, so unless you’re 110% positive you need it for critical functions, you should remove it instead. And, within those browsers that have it embedded (Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11+) disable it. It’s just not worth the risk.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.3.0 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/

HP Laserjet Stub 4.5.2942.27 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://123.hp.com/us/en/devices/LASERJET

nVidia 375.70 improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://www.geforce.com/drivers

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 54.0.2840.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 49.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Blisk 1.0.125.166 is the first stable release of Blisk. This version replaces all previous versions.
https://blisk.io/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 45.4.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Silverlight 5.1.50901 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/

Java 8u111 is a security update. If you’re not 110% sure you need Java, remove it instead of upgrading.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Skype 7.29.0.102 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

aria2 1.28.0 fixes several bugs and improves output for conditional get. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

curl 7.51.0 is a security update.
http://winampplugins.co.uk/curl/

Evernote 6.4.2.3788 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Nmap 7.31 fixes several bugs, updates libraries and improves scanning signatures. This is a security update.
http://nmap.org/

FileZilla 3.22.2.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP 201611 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

IPNetInfo 1.73 improves reliability of information parsing. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

Google Earth 7.1.7.2606 improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://earth.google.com/index.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.5.3 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to get the most current version.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.7.6389 fixes several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

FastStone Viewer 6.0 improves straighten and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.2.1.38915 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Office Updates

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

LibreOffice 5.2.3 does not yet provide a changelog for the current version. Treat this as a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

OpenOffice 4.1.3 is a security update. I remind you that OpenOffice is gradually being killed off, so you would be well served by removing OpenOffice and installing LibreOffice instead.
http://www.openoffice.org/download/

Notepad++ 7.2 improves smart highlighting to support multiple views, and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Inkscape 0.48.5 fixes several bugs and adds support for new file formats. This is not a security update.
http://www.inkscape.org/

OpenPetra 2016.10.2.0 adds MySQL support and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.openpetra.org/

SketchUp 17.0.18899 is a new major update with significant changes to the graphics capabilities and support, High-DPI, extension management, tool improvements and more. This is not a security update.
http://www.sketchup.com/

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

Adobe Drive CC 5.0.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
Win: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=6105
Mac: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=6106

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 12.8.0 improves customization, adds detections and improves several scans. This is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Caine 8.0 upgrades many tools, and updates core OS. This is a security update.
http://www.caine-live.net/

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.12 adds new detections. This is a security update.
http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1228 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 2.8.1607.1952 fixes a bug with certain hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 9.3.2.1 improves compatibility with new encodings, fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GoodSync2Go 10.1.8 fixes quite a few bugs with the new v10 release. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

RoboForm 7.9.23 fixes several bugs primarily with browser and individual site compatibility. This it not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rfe

CintaNotes 3.4 adds drag-and-drop tab reordering, improves rule behaviors and fixes a keyboard bug. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

Agent Ransack 2016.865 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download

FileLocator Pro 8.1.2680 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Everything 1.4.1.782b fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.voidtools.com/

GPU-Z 1.12.0 adds new hardware support and fixes cosmetic bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

HWMonitor 1.30 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

CurrPorts 2.30 improves filtering. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

DriveLetterView 1.45 adds option to perform Google search on product name. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/drive_letter_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.76 fixes UTF-8 content search. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.46 updates the internal MAC address list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

CCleaner 5.23.5808 improves cleaning. This is not a security update.
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

ProduKey 1.87 fixes MS Office parsing. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

SystemRescueCD 4.9.0 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

NTLite 1.2.0.4510 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GitHub Desktop 3.3.2 updates included libraries. This is a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

MySQL 5.7.16 is a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 12.5.1 is a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.1.8-111374 is a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 8.2.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.6.4 is a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

BuddyPress 2.7.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.3.7 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.7.5 adds new networks and bug fixes. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.8.17 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Simple Lightbox 2.6.0 adds several features and fixes a bug. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.6 fixes several bugs and adds new hooks. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.6.7 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.5 fixes 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/