Updates 2011-09-13

Welcome back, everyone. It’s Patch Tuesday!

Today, Microsoft released 11 updates affecting Windows, Word, Excel, MS Office, Groove, SharePoint, OWA and MSRT. A reboot is required. This includes security updates. They released a couple updates that should have been applied to your Windows-based computers last week, too, including a certificate update to address the DigiNotar hack, adding that entire company to their certificate revocation list.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Adobe Reader 10.1.1 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Flash Player 10.3.183.7 fixes a several compatibility issues. While this specific build is not a security update, if it’s even remotely possible you don’t have the current version, treat this as a security update as the last build corrected dozens of security issues.
https://12pd.com/click?flash
https://12pd.com/click?flashie

Adobe Shockwave 11.6.1.629 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Java 6u27 improves performance and stability, updates the timezone tables, and adds certification for Firefox 5. This is not a security update.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

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.

Driver Updates

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

ATI Catalyst 11.8 fixes compatibility and stability issues with many of the new line of devices going back several months. If you have an ATI card, consider this an important update. This is not a security update.
http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx

nVidia 280.26 is a minor stability and performance update. This is not a security update.
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index5.aspx?lang=en-us

BullZip PDF Printer 7.2.0.1313 adds PStill support, debugging, and priority controls. This is not a security update.
http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php

MS IntelliType 8.20.469.0 is a stability update. This is not a security update. Look at the bottom of your keyboard for the model and version number. This is not a security update. You CAN NOT use this version with a PS/2 connection – it MUST be using USB in order for this driver to continue to allow your keyboard to work!
http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/downloads

Browser Updates

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

There have been a lot of Firefox updates recently. Only the most recent revisions (6.0.1 and 6.0.2) are security updates, however, and the stability issues that the new major versions have introduced have been “all abuzz” in the online world. At this point, if you’re still using Firefox, it’s probably best to switch to a more stable system such as Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. Mozilla has announced that their new release track intentions for Firefox are to release a new MAJOR version (7, 8, 9…) every six weeks regardless of added feature set. This means that even if no significant changes have occurred in the features or capabilities in Firefox by next Christmas, we should see Firefox 14.0 released by then. This is already becoming a nightmare for web developers, system administrators and even end users, as monitoring changes for this single application becomes a full time job. Unless – and until – Mozilla reconsiders this decision, I strongly suggest that you avoid use of Firefox as your primary browser. Maintenance should never become this time consuming. Anyway…back to the business of updates.

Firefox 6.0 thru 6.0.2 are feature, performance and security updates. This is a security update. Use Help, About to obtain the most current version.

Google Chrome 13.0.782.220 is the second Chrome security update inside of a week. Both to address Flash and SSL certificate issues. Chrome should download the update automatically, but requires you to close and reopen it to install the update.

Opera 11.51 corrects several bugs including security updates and performance issues. This is a security update. Use the Opera button, Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.3 thru 2.3.3 correct a number of security and stability issues, and add various new features. This is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 1.81 fixes a crash bug, while adding better sorting and searching functionality. This is not a securityu update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 6.0 thru 6.0.2 are feature, performance and security updates. This is a security update. Use Help, About to obtain the most current version.
http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/

Internet Updates

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

FileZilla 3.5.1 improves security in kiosk mode, installer issues, updates PuTTY compatibility and adds MVS listing compatibility. This is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

Skype 5.5.0.115 adds Windows 8 support, as well as fixing an authentication issue. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.skype.com/intl/en/home

Trillian Astra 5.0.35 corrects issues with Google Talk. This is not a security update.
http://www.trillian.im/windows/

Trillian Astra 5.1.8 adds native Skype integration, improves AIM, ICQ, chat history and corrects a number of minor bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.trillian.im/windows/

Trillian for Mac 1.2.1 adds new chat window tabs, history searching, and Lion-related bugfixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.trillian.im/mac/

Connectify 3.0.0.20932 is a major update that improves performance, device ID, cleaner interface, service startup, and other bugs. This also introduces the “Pro” version ($30) which adds even more features. This is not a security update.
http://www.connectify.me/

DynDNS Updater 4.1.8 incorporates a number of stability fixes and brand changes, as well as adding internal hostname resolution. This is not a security update.
http://dyn.com/support/clients/

Evernote 4.5.0.5229 adds print preview, audio recording and playback, toolbar modification and various bug fixes. This is not a security udpdate.
http://www.evernote.com/

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 3.0.7 fixes LAV audio. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Win x64 Codec Support 3.0.7 fixes LAV audio. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.3.8.2631 adds various control and usability options, and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

iTunes 10.4.1 fixes keyboard inconsistencies, and various other bugs. This is not a security update. Use the Apple Updater to get the most current version.

Office Updates

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

Inkscape 0.48.2 is a stability and bugfix release. This version corrects issues with OSX Lion, tablets, various crashes and the Save As functionality. This is not a security update.
http://www.inkscape.org/

Kindle for PC 1.7.1.33056 adds collections, “Print Replica” to emulate the printed version and PDF reading support. This is not 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.

Avast! Home Edition 6.0.1289 adds Script Shield to help protect browser interactions, Web Shield, WebRep and other improvements, including security and stability. This is a security update. Use the built-in Update method to install the most recent version.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

AVG Anti-Virus Free “2011” version 2012.1796 improves stability, security, performance, and adds various features and troubleshooting information. This is a security update.
http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-file-dm-afh

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware 1.51.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 1.98 corrects invalid characters in file rename. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CCleaner 3.10.1525 adds newer browser support, improvements in previous filters and minor optimizations. This is not a security update.
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Defraggler 2.07 adds drive health information, improved SSD detection, and several minor bugfixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.piriform.com/defraggler

Speccy 1.12.265 adds multiple new features, improvements in quality, search and reporting, and fixes a few minor bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.piriform.com/speccy

GPU-Z 0.5.5 adds support for newer hardware and improved BIOS version detection. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

DebugView 4.77 adds a command-line switch to enable or disable kernel-mode capture, a switch to enable millisecond clock display, and a number of bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

ProcDump 4.0 enables you to control the contents of the dump with your own minidump callback DLL and adds a new switch that has ProcDump wait for a specified process to start. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Process Explorer 15.04 fixes several minor bugs, and quickly follows updates 15.02 and 15.03, which do correct some security issues. This should be treated as a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Process Monitor 2.96 changes several UI elements and updates the graphs to match the style introduced in Process Explorer 15.
http://sysinternals.com/

SDelete 1.6 fixes a bug that prevented it from accessing some files on 64-bit Windows and swaps the zero-free-space and clean-free-space arguments to make them more intuitive. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

RoboForm 7.4.2 fixes bugs with Opera, Firefox, iTunes, and corrects crashes, search and certain submission behaviors. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Goodsync 8.7.8.8 fixes a number of bugs and improves visual interface. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 4.1.2-73507 provides a number of bugfixes as well as VBoxAdditions issues. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

VirtualBox Extension Pack 4.1.2-73507 updated for VBox 4.1.2. This is not a security update.
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/virtualbox/downloads/index.html#extpack

Web Package Updates

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

phpMyAdmin 3.4.4 is a bugfix and security release. This is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

BuddyPress 1.2.10 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

bbPress 2.0-rc-5 fixes several pre-release bugs and improves internal API’s. This is not a security update. Full release is just around the corner!
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bbpress/

BuddyStream 2.1.4 adds BP 1.5 compatibility, fixes several bugs (including frequent database errors and a global Facebook filter) and improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddystream/

Multisite Plugin Manager 3.1 fixes auto-activation for new blogs. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multisite-plugin-manager/

Redirection 2.2.9 fixes an XSS in the menu system. This is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

Simple Facebook Connect 1.0 is a total rewrite. There are quite a few changes, but the highlights are mostly redesign-related and improved structures. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-facebook-connect/

WP Geocode Filter 1.0.2 adds GeoIP functionality. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpgeocode/

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2011-03-08

Hey folks!

Microsoft released four updates today for Patch Tuesday. Use Windows Update to obtain updates to Windows and MS Office. This includes security updates. Total size of these updates is under 10mb. A reboot is required.
  http://update.microsoft.com/

Adobe released security updates (again) for Flash Player last week. Use both links below to download the current versions, close all browsers after download and then install them one at a time.
  https://12pd.com/click?flash
  https://12pd.com/click?flashie

Looking for an upgrade?

Annette put together a great article about our various iPhone accessories over the weekend, when we weren’t travelling to Auburn or Galt to visit family. The beauty of something as beloved as the iPhone is that it generates a lot of accessories – devices and features specifically designed to work with it and extend the existing capabilities. One of her favorites? In Your Face! Read more:
  http://retailbandit.com/2011/03/useful_iphone_accessories/

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.

Driver Updates

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

MS IntelliPoint 8.01.249.0 adds mouse detection, multiple mouse button assignments, smooth scrolling improvements and elimination of PS/2 support (yes, that means your older mice will no longer work!). FIRST, ensure that you’re using a USB mouse (where it plugs into your computer should NOT be round), then get the update from the address below or from Windows Update:
  http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/download/download.aspx?category=MK

BullZip PDF 7.2.0.1288 adds append, multipage, background processing improvements, and 64-bit Ghostscript support. This is not a security update.
  http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 3.6.15 (and 3.6.14) were released this week to address security and stability issues. This is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to obtain the current version.
  http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

SeaMonkey 2.0.12 corrects security and stability issues. This is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to obtain the current version.
  http://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/

HTTrack 3.44.1 fixes an important reliability bug, correcting problems with corrupted downloads when performing an update. This is not a security update.
  http://www.httrack.com/page/2/en/index.html

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 3.1.9 (and 3.1.8) were released this week to address security and stability issues. This is a security udpate. Use Help, Check for Updates to obtain the current version.
  http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/

OutlookAttachView 1.60 adds command-line support and reduces memory footprint. 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.

WinSCP 4.3.2 corrects a number of bugs, upgrades SSL libraries and improves session security. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 2.7.6 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application.
  http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Win x64 Codec Support 2.8.0 updates included codecs. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package.
  http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 10.2 corrects a number of image, media and input parsing vulnerabilities. This is a security update. Use the Apple Updater to install the most current version.
  http://www.apple.com/itunes/

CDBurnerXP 4.3.8.2523 provides better support for video DVDs, power saving controls and compatibility defaults. This is not a security update.
  http://cdburnerxp.se/

MPC HC x64 1.5.1.2903 updates included libraries and corrects a hardware incompatibility with the Sandy Bridge processor. This is not a security update.
  http://sourceforge.net/projects/mpc-hc/

Office Updates

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

Inkscape 0.48.1 corrects several regressions, improvements in performance, stability and various tool functions. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://www.inkscape.org/

Paint.net 3.5.8 fixes stability issues and multiple crash bugs. This is not a security update.
  http://www.getpaint.net/

Security Software Updates

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

Avast! Home Edition 6.0.1000 is a new major release, incorporating “auto sandbox” to minimize threats from unknown programs, web reputation ratings, safezones, script shield, site blocking, factory settings reset, behavior shield improvements and fixes to USB safe removal and Outlook integration. This version also incorporates the voice of a local Murphys resident (and employee at mlode). This is a security update. If you’re using a previous version of Avast!, download the current build below and install.
  http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Fraps 3.3.1 adds full Win7 SP1 support, an option to capture only external audio, and several minor bugfixes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.fraps.com/

SiteShoter 1.41 adds a new command line option for improved automation. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/web_site_screenshot.html

Education updates

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

Kodu 1.0.111.0 integrates now world-sharing options for interacting with the Kodu development community. Also corrects several bugs related to network storage, and tutorial improvements. This is not a security update.
  http://community.research.microsoft.com/blogs/kodu/default.aspx

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CCleaner 3.04.1389 adds support for Win7 SP1, improved Safari, Chrome, and Opera support, as well as a number of additional detections and cleaning controls. This also corrects several minor bugs and improves file detection security. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

DriveLetterView 1.01 adds “Open Device in RegEdit” option. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/drive_letter_view.html

Goodsync & Goodsync2Go 8.6.5.5 corrects issues with Folder Connect, scripting, and HTTP storage. This is not a security update.
  https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

NirCmd 2.50 adds additional volume controls (including app-dependent volume control!) as well as audio device details. Fixes a bug in tray timeout. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

Speccy 1.09.231 adds Win7 SP1 support, fan speed support, voltages, shaders, hotfix detection, battery stability detection, support for multiple NICs, improved RAM, socket, peripheral and video detection. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/speccy

USBDeview 1.87 adds Device ID Instance column. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TortoiseSVN 1.6.13 updates dependencies and increases load retries for TBlame. This is not a security update.
  http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads

SQLiteSpy 1.9.0 updates SQLite engine. Adds support for loadable extensions. This is not a security update.
  http://www.yunqa.de/delphi/doku.php/products/sqlitespy/index

CogTool 1.1.5 simplifies installation and use on Windows machine, especially for 64-bit support. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://cogtool.hcii.cs.cmu.edu/

Web Package Updates

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

WordPress 3.1 makes over 800 changes to the WordPress engine, including hundreds of bug fixes, ranging from stability and scalability fixes to security. This is a security update. 3.1 is a major update, so while it is essential you update for the added security, there may be changes that effect compatibility with various plugins and themes. After updating, please check functionality exposed by plugins and themes to ensure there are no conflicts (unfortunately, there are likely to be many).
  http://wordpress.org/download/

BuddyPress 1.2.8 adds compatibility to WordPress 3.1 and a new option to use either the WP admin bar or the BP BuddyBar. This is not a security update, but upgrading is required if using WordPress 3.1.
  http://buddypress.org/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2009-12-02

Hey folks!

If you’re using AVG and haven’t updated to AVG 9 yet, please do so immediately. Previous versions are no longer supported as of yesterday.
  http://free.avg.com/us-en/download?prd=afg#tba2
Several people have reported issues fully removing AVG 8.5 before installing AVG 9. If this is happening to you, try disabling UAC (Vista/Win7) first (don’t forget to turn it back on!). I’ve also had a client report that they were having issues installing AVG 9 on two separate machines running Vista and XP. This turned out to be a registry corruption problem most likely the fault of ZoneAlarm. If you’re experiencing issues and receive a registry permission error during AVG 9 installation, there is a utility from AVG available that will likely save you hours of time fighting with your computer. Contact me for details. Be sure to describe exactly what is happening. Now, back to the rest of the current update list…

QuickTime Player 7.65.17.80 corrects a scale issue for web-based embedding and various startup issues. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/


Media updates:
These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Vista Codec Package 5.4.9.5 is a minor update that adds new builds for ffdshow and Gabests filters, and introduces an automatic update feature. This is not a security update.
  http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

NVIDIA ForceWare 195.62 (driver package) was released yesterday, increasing compatibility with newer DirectX functionality and Windows 7 support. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Any Video Converter 3.0.1 was released today, providing several minor bug fixes, new clipping and selection functionality. This is not a security update.
  http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/

HandBrake 0.9.4 adds dozens of encoding and transcoding features, and quite a few additional features. This is not a security update.
  http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php

Inkscape 0.47 adds grouping objects, simplifying paths and dozens of other long requested features (like spell check!). This is not a security update.
  http://www.inkscape.org/download/?lang=en


Utility updates:
These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Avast! Home Edition 4.8.1368 provides better malware URL filtering and corrects a security vulnerability in one of the core antivirus components. It also corrects a Win 95/98 incompatibility issue, just in case you’re using an operating system that is older than my now teenage son. This is a security update.
  http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html

CCleaner 2.26.1050 adds various Windows 7 and 64-bit compatibility updates, as well as additional cleaning options for DNS cache, Firefox, and Chrome, and various other GUI issues. This is not a security update.
  http://www.ccleaner.com/

Autoruns 9.57, Disk2Vhd 1.4, Sigcheck 1.63 were all released yesterday, adding various functionality to enhance their usability and utility. This is not a security update.
  http://www.sysinternals.com/

GPU-Z 0.3.8 was released yesterday, adding additional hardware detection and correcting a couple crash bugs. This is not a security update.
  http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/


Developer updates:
These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Notepad++ 5.6 is a minor update adding various automatic encoding detection, language parsing, and updated plugins. This is not a security update.
  http://sourceforge.net/projects/notepad-plus/files/


Web Package Updates
These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

SMF 1.1.11 was released yesterday, addressing multiple security vulnerabilites. This is a security update. You should use the package manager within SMF to install updates if at all possible, otherwise download the update here:
  http://download.simplemachines.org/

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

Regards,

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