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 2017-07-25

Hi, Folks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Google Chrome OS 59.0.3071.134 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

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

Intel Driver Update 2.8.2 improves detections and adds support for certain BIOS updates. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

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

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

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Office Updates

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

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

Security Software Updates

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

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

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

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WooCommerce 3.1.1 resolves many bugs and improves UI. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2017-05-09

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday.

This month brings some downright scary news in the security world.

Intel announced they made a “minor coding error” in their CPUs designed for Enterprise deployment, which allows unauthenticated third parties to control pretty much every aspect of their computers. Oops.

Microsoft released a critical out-of-band security update yesterday, the day before Patch Tuesday, due to the severity of the bug in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (a component used by Microsoft firewalls, Windows Defender, Microsoft Security Essentials and other Microsoft security products). If you’re running Windows 10 the update should be have been installed automatically for you during the definition update process. If running an older version of Windows, it’ll be installed for you today when you install the rest of Windows Updates. You are going to install updates today, right?

Have I Been Pwned announced that another billion (with a B) accounts have been released on the web. If nothing else, consider this a reminder that if you haven’t started using a password manager yet, you’re really only hurting yourself.

The Windows 10 Creators Update (aka 1703, aka TH4) has been out about a month now and is remarkably stable. This major upgrade takes a few hours to install but improves responsiveness and corrects the app reinstall bug that has plagued previous builds of Windows 10. Windows 10 version 1507 (aka 10240) is now End-of-Life, which means that it will no longer receive important security updates. If you’re still running this version of Windows you must upgrade to at least version 1511 (10586) to continue to receive security updates. Use the installer here to get the most current version:
https://12pd.com/click?win10upgrade

Like Win10 1507, Windows Vista is dead. Really. It won’t be missed. If you’re still running Vista, take the machine off the Internet (forever) or switch to Fedora or any other supported operating system:
https://getfedora.org/
If you need help, contact me.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

Microsoft released updates to Windows, .NET, Windows Defender, Internet Explorer, Edge, WEPOS, and MSRT (~800mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 58.0.3029.89 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 25.0.0.171 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 17.0.6.4 improves update checking, and is now digitally signed. This should be treated as 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 58.0.3029.96 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 53.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 52.1.0 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.

.NET Framework 4.7 is a major feature update. This should be treated as a security update. Use Windows Update to get the most current version.

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.8.198 is a security update. Shockwave is not required for most users, so you’re better off removing it than updating. If you find that you do require it later on, you can always install the update then.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Silverlight 5.1.50906 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx

Java 8u131 is a security update. Java is *not* JavaScript, and most computers do not require it. You’re better off removing it unless you are 100% sure you do require it. You can always install it later if you discover an application requires Java.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Skype 7.35.0.102 improves stability and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Line 7.3.0 adds Ladder Shuffle and Relay. This is not a security update.
http://line.me/update

WinSCP 5.9.5 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Evernote 6.5.4.4720 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Nmap 7.40 adds several new scripts, updates libraries, and adds new features. This is a security update.
http://nmap.org/

uTorrent 3.5.0 Build 43580 is a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.25.2 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201705 is a data refresh.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.7.6623 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

MusicBrainz Picard 1.4.2 resolves several bugs. 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 10.4.9.38188 updates the interface and resolves 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.

Paint.net 4.0.16 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.getpaint.net/

IcoFX 3.0.3 fixes scaling issues on high-DPI displays. This is not a security update.
http://icofx.ro/

Kindle for PC 1.20.1 Build 47037 does not 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 2.12 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Norton Power Eraser 20170412 is a security update.
https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/kb20100824120155EN_EndUserProfile_en_us

Avast! Home Edition 17.4.2294 resolves several bugs and updates the GUI. This is a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

KeePass 1.32 improves several features, fixes bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/

Wireshark 2.2.6 is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.61 adds ability to show only failed DNS queries. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

MSRT 5.48 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

Wireless Network Watcher 2.11 updates the internal MAC databae. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.10.8 is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.15 is a security update.
http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 2.9.1701.1640 improves stability on Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a securty update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.9.1701.1621 improves stability on Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a securty update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FFmpeg 3.3 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

DVDFab 10.0.3.6 improves stability and compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.3.0.5024 improves compatibility with Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

GoodSync 10.4.4 improves stability and compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

RoboForm 8.3.3 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Bitcoin 0.14.1 improves performance, fixes several bugs and stability issues. This is not a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

CintaNotes 3.7 adds drag & drop from any application, improves printing and stability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

DesktopOK 4.69 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

AS SSD Benchmark 1.9.5986 improves stability and compatibility within Windows 10. This is not a security update.
http://alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4&download_id=9

LessMSI 1.6.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://lessmsi.activescott.com/

NetworkTrafficView 2.06 adds ability to map source IP address. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.82 adds ability to exclude folders by name without path. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

USBDeview 2.66 adds the ability to start the remote registry service even if it’s disabled. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.79 adds a 64-bit version and updates the MAC address list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.48 updates the internal MAC address list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

TaskSchedulerView 1.30 adds quick-filter capability. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

CCleaner 5.29.6033 improves compatibility and application support. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

RapidEE 9.1 build 936 updates translations. This is not a security update.
http://www.rapidee.com/en/download

TeamViewer 12.0.77242 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 3.43 improves compatibility with Windows 10 Creators Update. 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.

Redemption 5.14.0.4776 adds several new objects, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 12.5.5 is a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.1.22-115126 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.

Adminer 4.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.adminer.org/en/

Piwigo 2.9.0 is a major update that adds several new features. This is not a security update.
http://piwigo.org/

TinyMCE 4.6.0 adds several features and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.3.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.org/en/download

MailEnable 9.74 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

ownCloud Client 2.3.2 resolves several stability and reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

ScreenConnect 6.2.12963.6312 resolves several bugs, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.screenconnect.com/Download

WordPress 4.7.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

YOURLS 1.7.2 improves stability and GUI, updates libraries, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://yourls.org/

That’s all for now folks. 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/

Updates 2016-07-19

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Apple, Oracle, Adobe, and more have released updates today. The typical computer should see approximately 25mb of updates. Let’s get started.

Apple released iOS 9.3.3 for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later. This is a security update. The easiest update is through OTA, or Over-The-Air update by connecting to Wi-Fi then going to Settings, General, Software Update, then tap “Download and Install” or “Install now”. The update will restart your device.

Apple released OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and Security Update 2016-004 for OS X Mavericks 10.9.5, OS X Yosemite v10.10.5, and OS X El Capitan 10.11 and later, iTunes 12.4.2, iCloud for Windows 5.2.1, Safari 9.1.2, tvOS 9.2.1 for Apple TV (4th generation), and watchOS 2.2.2 for Apple Watch. These are security updates. Use the Apple App Store to install the most current versions. If you have multiple devices you can save bandwidth by downloading the update from here:
https://support.apple.com/downloads/

Adobe Flash Player Active-X 22.0.0.210 is a security update. This version only applies to Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie

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 16.1.0.0 adds support for new versions and long path support. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/downloads.html

Nvidia GeForce 368.81 adds support for new hardware, fixes several crash, stability and performance bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.geforce.com/

Internet Updates

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

Java 8u101 is a security update. You’re better off removing Java than updating it unless you are absolutely sure you really use it. Java is no longer required for almost any website (Java and JavaScript are not the same thing!), and used for only a small fraction of desktop applications. When in doubt, remove it and re-install only if you find it is required. This is a security update.
http://java.com/en/uninstall/

aria2 1.25.0 fixes several bugs, primarily with torrent support. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.4.2 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to get the most current version.

Office Updates

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

Adobe DNG Converter 9.6.1 adds new hardware support. This is not a security update.
Win: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=6070
Mac: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=6069

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 12.4.0 adds support for new detections, new detection types and more. This is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1222 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.10.0 adds support for new encodings, and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.makemkv.com/download/

DVDFab 9.3.0.7 adds support for new encodings, watermark removal, and new hardware support. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GPU-Z 1.9.0 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

iExplorer 3.9.7.0 improves performance and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

FileLocator Pro 8.0.2668 adds CLI indexing, external calling, and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

NetworkTrafficView 2.03 is a cosmetic change only. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

WifiInfoView 2.06 is a cosmetic change only. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

CCleaner 5.20.5668 improves cleaning for several applications, high DPI support. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

TeamViewer 11.0.63017 fixes several bugs, including crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

WSUS Offline 10.7 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Web Package Updates

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

Joomla 3.6.0 is a major update that adds over 400 improvements, many bug fixes and UX changes. This is not a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

Drupal 8.1.7 is a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

bbPress 2.5.10 is a cosmetic improvement. This is not a security update.

Raw HTML 1.5 adds raw shortcode support, fixes several conflicts. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.6.3 is a security update.

WPtouch 4.1.8 fixes search in some languages. 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/