Updates 2018-06-12

Hi, Folks!

If you’re running Windows 10 Home you’ve either already received v1803, or it’s been eating away at your bandwidth for the last month. It’s stable enough now to install, but you might still have issues afterwards. Need help? Call me.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Today is Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one.

The typical computer should see roughly 2.5gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, and MSRT (~1.2gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released macOS 10.13.5, macOS Security Update 2018-003, Safari 11.1.1, iOS 11.4, watchOS 4.3.1, tvOS 11.4, iTunes 12.7.5 for Windows, and iCloud for Windows 7.5. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 11.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 4.3.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 11.4 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 67.0.3396.78 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 30.0.0.113 is a security update.
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.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1803) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, 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.

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Crucial Storage Executive 3.55 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/support-storage-executive

Intel Driver Update 3.4 improves compatibility, stability, and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Logitech Options 6.90.130 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/options

Logitech SetPoint 6.68.250 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/setpoint

Citizen Driver 2018.2 adds support for newer hardware, improves compatibility, and resolves issues when USB printer is turned off during a print job.
http://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/citizen-windows-printer-drivers/

CognitiveTPG Driver 2018.2 improves compatibility, and resolves issues when USB printer is turned off during a print job.
http://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/cognitivetpg-windows-printer-drivers/

Zebra Driver 2018.2 adds support for newer hardware, improves compatibility, and resolves issues when USB printer is turned off during a print job.
http://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/zebra-windows-printer-drivers/

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 67.0.3396.79 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 60.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox ESR 52.8.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Adobe AIR 30.0.0.107 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Shockwave 12.3.4.204 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Opera 53 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.13 improves reliability and adds logging. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 52.8.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Skype 7.41.0.101 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Prosody 0.10.2 is a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Trillian 6.1.0.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Connectify Hotspot 2018.4.1 is a security update.
https://www.connectify.me/

FreeFileSync 10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201806 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

IPInfoOffline 1.47 updates internal database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.7.5 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

VLC Media Player 3.0.3 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 5.55 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

EA Origin 10.5.20.63112 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.

LibreOffice Still 5.4.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

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

Wireshark 2.6.1 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

RogueKiller 12.12.21 adds detections. This is not a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SanDisk SecureAccess 3.02 improves performance and stability. This is not a security update.
https://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2399

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.04 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.5.0 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 10.9.1 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

1Password for Mac 6.8.9 restores compatibility with Opera. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

NTLite 1.6.2.6220 improves cleanup and compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

DesktopOK 5.31 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

FileLocator Pro 8.4.2831 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

WifiInfoView 2.34 adds country code column and resolves channel width bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Rufus 3.0 redesigns the interface, resolves several bugs, drops support for old operating systems, and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.akeo.ie/

RAMMap 1.51 improves compatibility with the latest build of Windows 10. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

QuickSetDNS 1.21 adds ability to set connection name from command line. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/quick_set_dns.html

TraceRouteOK 1.31 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WizTree 3.23 adds the ability to dump the MFT from the command line, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

WSUS Offline 11.4 includes a complete rewrite of the Linux scripts, resolves supersedence issues, and improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Redemption 5.17.0.5062 resolves several bugs and adds support for Outlook Centennial. This is not a security update.
https://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

SQLite 3.24.0 adds several new features, improves compatibility and performance, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.6.3 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

VMware Player 14.1.2 is a security update.
https://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

phpList 3.3.3 adds GDPR support, user interface improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.com/download

TinyMCE 4.7.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.5.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

phpMyAdmin 4.8.1 resolves several bugs.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Joomla 3.8.8 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

WordPress 4.9.6 improves GDPR support, resolves several bugs, and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.0.7 improves compatibility and makes several cosmetic changes. This is not a security update.

Antispam Bee 2.8.1 improves compatibility, resolves several bugs. This version removes SFS support asserting GDPR issues. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 3.1.0 improves performance and adds several new features. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.0.2 resolves bugs and improves GDPR compatibility. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.7 resolves compatibility issues. This is not a security update.

FV Top Level Categories 1.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.4.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.2.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.23 improves handling malformed attachments. This is not a security update.

Simple Lightbox 2.7.0 improves compatibility and performance. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.17 adds GDPR compliance.

Theme My Login 7.0 is a full rewrite, adding several options, and switching many features to commercial upgrades. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.4.2 resolves several bugs and adds GDPR compliance. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.28 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 2011-10-26

Hey folks!

Microsoft released several out of cycle updates this week, including MS Office Compatibility SP3, Visual Studio 2010 SP1, and two stability updates to Windows 7/2008. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Java 6u29 is a security update. Download the most current version from:
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp
If you have a 64-bit computer, you’ll need to download both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

QuickTime 7.7.1 is a security update. Use the Apple Updater to get the most current version.

If you haven’t yet installed the recent Flash Player update, you can now get the new versions from:
https://12pd.com/click?flash
https://12pd.com/click?flashie
These links now provide the correct current version for your computer based on its 32-bit or 64-bit architecture.

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.

Driver Updates

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

Logitech SetPoint 6.32.20 is a stability and compatilibity update. This is not a security update.
http://www.logitech.com/en-us/support-downloads/downloads/mice

nVidia 285.62 provides performance improvements, support for PhysX 9.11, OpenGL 4.2, 3D Vision and YT3D with SLI. This is not a security update.
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index5.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Opera 11.52 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Safari 5.1.1 is a security update. Use the Apple Updater to get the most current version.

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 1.90 adds a filter for processing only recent days. 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.

Connectify 3.1.0.21402 adds firewall controls, input validation, conflict detection, and better Windows 7 compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.connectify.me/

Google Earth 6.1.0.5001 improves street view, elevation profiles, my places, and support for proxy and SSL robustness. This is not a security update.
http://earth.google.com/index.html

Skype 5.5.0.124 corrects a memory leak and crash problem. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.skype.com/intl/en/home

Trillian Astra for Windows 5.1.13 is a minor bugfix release. This version improves compatibility with iTunes. This is not a security update.
http://www.trillian.im/windows/

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 3.1.7 updates included codecs and improves the application overall. 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 3.1.7 updates included codecs and improves the application overall. 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

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 5.9.5 fixes several project management bugs. This is not a security update.
http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Kindle for PC 1.8.1 Build 36154 adds real page numbers, popular highlights and support for Win7 Touch interface. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Fraps 3.4.7 fixes several minor bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.fraps.com/

VideoCacheView 2.01 fixes a Safari compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 8.1.2.6 improves performance and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.com/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CCleaner 3.12 adds Firefox 7+ support, secure delete of ADS and Cluster tips, PATH cleaning and several other improvements. This is not a security update.
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

RoboForm 7.6.1 fixes a series of problems from recent releases. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Goodsync 8.8.5.5 adds several performance and stability improvements. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

WakeMeOnLan 1.15 adds “/wakeupall” which allows you to wake up all associated devices with one command. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.5.17 fixes a dozen bugs, including several crash bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

Redemption 5.2.0.2486 corrects a couple minor bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

TortoiseSVN 1.7.1 corrects dozens of bugs, adds many features and improves OS support. This should be treated as a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads

Web Package Updates

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

phpMyAdmin 3.4.6 and 3.4.7 are a security update and a bugfix release. This is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Drupal 7.9 includes nearly 150 bugs, including security issues. This is a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

Joomla 1.7.2 is a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

BuddyPress 1.5.1 corrects a couple dozen bugs, including compatibility with multiblog, bbPress, PHP and activity streams. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

WPtouch 1.9.35 corrects a couple bugs and adds improved video handling, and iOS header assignment. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2010-12-14

Hey folks!

Microsoft released 14 updates today through Windows Update (30-40mb), covering issues in Office, Windows and Internet Explorer. This includes multiple security fixes. Use Windows Update to obtain these updates as soon as possible. A reboot is required.
  http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro EFI firmware updates correct reported display problems. This is not a security update. Use the Apple Updater to get these updates.

Apple Boot Camp 3.2 adds support for newer hardware and corrects multiple critical bugs. This is not a security update, but this should be treated as an urgent update. Use the Apple Updater to get these updates.

iOS 4.2.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod corrects more than a hundred security and stability issues with previous versions, including several that enable a remote attacker to exploit your device without action on your part (for example, by simply calling you). This is a security update. Use iTunes 10.1 to download and install this update (~400mb). Afraid you’ll lose something? Backup first:
  http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1414

QuickTime 7.6.9 is a security update. If you have iTunes or QuickTime installed, install this update with the Apple Updater, or by downloading the newest version from:
  http://apple.com/quicktime/download/

Adobe Reader 10.0 (branded as “Reader X”) and 9.4.1 are security updates, correcting multiple public security issues. This is a security update. Since 10.0 was just released, I recommend against being the Adobe Guinea Pig. Give it a couple weeks or a month for the first security and stability update to 10.0 to be released, then install it. Meanwhile, please install the 9.4.1 update immediately by using Help, Check for Updates in Adobe Reader. If upgrading to 10.0, get it from the link below:
  http://get.adobe.com/reader

Java 6u23 improves timezone support, stability and performance. This is not a security update, but if you have Java installed, you should always treat Java updates as critical.
  http://www.java.com/

Looking for an upgrade?

This is not your typical Christmas season. 99% of the sales I’ve seen have been little more than something to lure you in the door for hardware that isn’t actually available, or isn’t something you should purchase. That said, there’s still time to replace your aging hardware online if you’re looking for:

Laptops?
  https://12pd.com/click?amazonlaptops

Desktops?
  https://12pd.com/click?amazoncomputers

Monitors?
  https://12pd.com/click?amazonmonitors

My advice: Avoid Toshiba and Dell, make sure it’s at least a dual-core machine, and unless you’re a hardcore gamer or developer, you shouldn’t need to spend more than $600 for a machine that will last you 5+ years. Since Windows 7 has now been available for about a year, and has proven itself stable and reliable, if you were one of many putting off your upgrade due to fears of Vista, it’s all clear now. 🙂

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 crap-ware 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.

Logitech SetPoint 6.20.64 improves stability and numerous bugfixes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.logitech.com/en-us/support-downloads

GMail Drive FS 1.0.17 is a GMail version compatibility update. This update is required if you use GMail Drive. This is not a security update.
  http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 3.6.13 corrects nearly a dozen security issues, as well as multiple stability issues. This is a security update.
  http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

SeaMonkey 2.0.11 corrects nearly a dozen security issues, as well as multiple stability issues. This is a security update.
  http://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/

Safari 5.0.3 includes more than 3 dozen security updates. This is a security update. If you use Safari, update immediately. Use the Apple Updater, or download the installer directly from the URL below.
  http://www.apple.com/safari/

Internet Updates

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

FileZilla 3.3.5.1 corrects a certificate handling bug and issues with symbolic links. This is not a security update.
  http://filezilla-project.org/

Trillian 1.0.162 for Mac incorporates contact list and Twitter improvements, as well as integration of autologin and better control over the UI. This is not a security update.
  http://www.trillian.im/download/

Thunderbird 3.1.7 fixes several security issues, improves handling of large folder files stored locally, and corrects corruption issues in IMAP mailboxes. This is a security update.
  http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 2.6.9 updates included codecs and corrects a bug with ac3 audio. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application.
  http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Vista Codec Package 5.8.6 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This version works for both Windows XP and Windows Vista.
  http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Win x64 Codec Support 2.7.3 updates included codecs and corrects a bug with ac3 audio. 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 10.1 adds AirPlay and iOS 4.2 support, as well as multiple security and stability updates. This is a security update. Use Apple Updater to update to the most recent version, a reboot is required.

Paint.net 3.5.6 improves performance and quality of some tools, corrects a data loss bug and issues with copy and paste. This is not a security update.
  http://www.getpaint.net/

Picasa 3.8 Build 117.24 corrects caption issues when playing Face Movies and translation issues. This is not a security update.
  http://google.com/picasa/

CDBurnerXP 4.3.8.2474 improves media type detection and support, multiple bug fixes and stability improvements. This is a security update.
  http://cdburnerxp.se/

Unreal Live Server 7.5 and Unreal Media Server 7.5 add AAC encoding and MMS protocol, additional resolution options, and better live source and broadcast stream source handling. This is not a security update.
  http://www.umediaserver.net/umediaserver/download.html

Winamp 5.601 corrects a number of security, stability and reliability bugs, including freezes in certain situations. This is a security update.
  http://www.winamp.com/media-player/en

ImgBurn 2.5.4.0 optimizes performance, multiple stability bugs, among many UI changes. This is not a security update.
  http://imgburn.com/

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 5.8.5 corrects several bugs, including tab settings and session handling issues. This is not a security update.
  http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Scribus 1.3.9 corrects more than 70 bugs, including import/export, color handling and stability updates, This is not a security update.
  http://www.scribus.net/downloads

Security Software Updates

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

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware 1.50 increases performance, stability and detection algorithms. Extends ignore list functionality, scheduling, and update options. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

SuperAntiSpyware 4.46.1000 improves direct disk access and preparation for the next major release. This is not a security update.
  http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Fraps 3.2.5 corrects a number of bugs, including stability, mouse, sticky keys, OpenGL and D3D issues. This is not a security update.
  http://www.fraps.com/

VideoCacheView 1.82 adds video handling option. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 8.0.5.6 adds Blu-Ray 3D support, improved copy protection handling, stability fixes and many Blu-Ray specific updates. This is not a security update.
  http://www.dvdfab.com/en/download.htm

Any Video Converter 3.12 fixes a PSP encoding bug and a bug that causes a freeze when closing the burning dialog. This is not a security update.
  http://www.any-video-converter.com/

Education updates

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

TuxMath 1.9.0 adds a competitive play (head-to-head) mode, as well as improved display. This is not a security update.
  http://tux4kids.alioth.debian.org/tuxmath/download.php

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

7-Zip 9.20! I’ll start this one with “Yay!” 7-Zip 9.20 is finally available, incorporating several bugfixes as well as more than a dozen new formats including direct filesystem streams, RPM, VHD, SWF, FLV, APM, huge TAR (8gb+), new SFX tool and the addition of diff tool integration. This is a major update, following nearly two years of testing, and you should not only upgrade to this version if you’re using a previous version of 7-Zip, but you should switch to 7-Zip if you’re not. Seriously. It’s that good.
  http://www.7-zip.org/download.html

LogMeIn 4.1.1578 is a stability update, but all remote access software should be treated as a security update. If you have LogMeIn installed, right-click on the LogMeIn icon in your tray and select “Open LogMeIn”, click “About”, then “Check for Updates”. After a few minutes of downloading, the updater will start. You’ll be prompted to click “Update”, approve installation and finally “close” the installer when done. Alternatively, you can download the full installer from:
  https://secure.logmein.com/logmein.msi

RoboForm and RoboForm2Go 7.1.0 is the first official release of RoboForm 7. I’ve been using it for months, and can say the improvements (particularly in the Sync, management, login icon, and capture) are well worth the efforts to upgrade. Get it here:
  http://www.roboform.com/dist/affs/AiRoboForm-s12pd.exe

Goodsync and Goodsync2Go 8.5.2.2 fixes filesystem icons, symlinks and auto-list servers under SAMBA. This is not a security update.
  https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Autoruns 10.06 adds ActiveSync parsing and fixes several minor bugs, and also corrects a bug affecting modifications to certain registry keys. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://sysinternals.com/

Process Explorer 14.01 is a major update, adding a range of additional features including network and disk monitoring, multi-tab display, aggregate resource usage display, improved accuracy and performance. This is not a security update.
  http://sysinternals.com/

CCleaner 3.01.1327 adds more than a dozen performance and usability improvements, including better application support, troubleshooting options, processor detection, and various bugfixes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Defraggler 2.00.230 is a major update, adding offline defragmentation, improved performance and compatibility and many minor bugfixes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/defraggler

Speccy 1.07.205 improves hardware detection and speed, particularly with removable drives and the dreaded SATA interference issues (typical of many laptops), as well as stability and bugfixes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/speccy

NirCmd 2.46 introduces native 64-bit support, max and min options and location by executeable command. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

Cygwin 1.7.7 improves 64-bit support, and updates a number of included libraries. This should be treated as a security update. If you don’t know what Cygwin is, you don’t have it.
  http://cygwin.com/

GPU-Z 0.4.9 adds support for newer hardware, corrects BIOS handling of large blocks, and improves error handling. This is not a security update.
  http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

Hamachi 2.0.3.89 is a stability update. Since this software controls VPN access, it should be treated as a security update.
  https://secure.logmein.com/US/products/hamachi2/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.1.53 corrects several stability and reliability issues, especially with replication, slave implementations, temp tables and authentication replication. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

TortoiseSVN 1.6.12 corrects an issue with hook scripts failing. This is not a security update.
  http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads

ActivePerl 5.12.2.1203 adds several package bundles to the default installation, updates several libraries, and corrects multiple non-security bugs. This is not a security update.
  http://www.activestate.com/activeperl/downloads

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 3.1.3 corrects several stability and compatibility changes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 3.2.12.68302 fixes numerous crashes, stability and reliability issues, some which should be considered security fixes. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

phpMyAdmin 3.3.8.1 is a security update. If your server has any version of phpMyAdmin installed prior to this, upgrade immediately. This is a security update.
  http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

WordPress 3.0.2 and 3.0.3 are security updates. This update resolves a privilege escalation exploit in ALL previous versions, as well as other security issues and bugs. Install this update on your WP-powered site immediately. This is a security update. Use the WP updater to install the update. Be aware that additional updates and changes may be necessary if your site, theme or plugins are not prepared for WP3.
  http://wordpress.org/download/

BuddyStream 1.0.3.1 adds multiple stability and reliability improvements, including at least one security update. This is a security update.
  http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddystream/
That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

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

Updates 2010-08-02

Hey folks!

Microsoft released an out-of-cycle update for all current versions of Windows to correct the LNK vulnerability publicized two weeks ago. Hit Windows Update *now* to ensure you have this critical security fix installed. This is a security update. A reboot is required.
  http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released a number of security updates over the last couple weeks, for all OSX and Windows versions of iTunes, Safari, as well as non-security updates to iOS 3 & iOS 4. Please check the Apple Updater as soon as possible to obtain the most recent updates.

iTunes 9.2.1 corrects several bugs, including a remotely exploitable security vulnerability, iPhone4 issues, plugin incompatibility and reliability fixes. This is a security update. Use the Apple Updater to update to the most recent version.
  http://www.apple.com/itunes/

iOS 4.0.1 for iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 is released. This supposedly corrects the antenna software sensitivity issue, however, since this is not a security update, if you’re still using iOS 3 on your iPhone/iPod, I strongly recommend waiting for the whole “antennagate” scandal to settle before upgrading. If you opt to update now, you can get the update through iTunes 9.2.1 (see above).

iOS 3.2.1 for iPad corrects several bugs, including freeze bugs, search engine alternatives, wifi connectivity and display options.  This is not a security update. Get the update through iTunes.

Java 6u21 adds VM support, various bug fixes and corrects a security bug in drag & drop. This is a security update.
If you DO NOT already have Java installed, DO NOT install it now!
  http://www.java.com/en/download/installed.jsp?detect=jre&try=1
If you’re using a 64bit machine and use both 32bit and 64bit browsers, you should also install the 64bit version, available here:
  http://www.java.com/en/download/index.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.

Driver Updates

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

ATI Catalyst 10.7 adds newer hardware support and improves performance under certain applications. This is not a security update.
  http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx

Logitech SetPoint 6.15.25 provides several stability and reliability fixes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.logitech.com/en-us/support-downloads/downloads/mice

nVidia 258.96 adds support for newer hardware, updates control panel options and functionality, including size, position, gamma, and HDMI perception. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index5.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 3.6.8 corrects several security and stability bugs. This is a security update.
  http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

SeaMonkey 2.0.6 corrects several security and stability bugs. This is a security update.
  http://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/

Safari 5.0.1 (and 4.1.1 for OSX 10.4) corrects networking performance, reliability and security issues, and adds extension support. Use the Apple Updater, or download the installer directly from the URL below. A reboot is required. This is a security update.
  http://www.apple.com/safari/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 3.1.1 provides several security and stability fixes, incorporating the PNG, SJOW and CSS security fixes from other Mozilla projects. This is a security update.
  http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/

Codec Updates

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

Vista Codec Package 5.8.0 updates included codecs and removes realmedia and corecodec components. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This version works for both Windows XP and Windows Vista. This is not a security update.
  http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Win7 Codec Package 2.5.9 updates included codecs and removes realmedia and corecodec components. 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 2.6.3 updates included codecs, corrects decoding errors, and removes corecodec components. 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 4.3.7.2316 adds disc splitting functionality, extensive file filtering capabilities, improved performance for audio processing, as well as several other bugfixes. This is not a security update.
  http://cdburnerxp.se/

VLC Media Player 1.1.2 corrects several dozen bugs, including UI, output, decoder, crash and other issues. This is not a security update.
  http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html

Security Software Updates

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

SuperAntiSpyware 4.41.1000 provides updated definitions and improvements in scanning performance. This is not a security update.
  http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

AVG Anti-Virus Free 9.0.851 adds several modules for advanced detection. This is not a security update.
  https://12pd.com/click?avg

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader 9.3.3 is now officially “available” from Adobe’s website as a full version, and NOT as an update package (saving at least 40mb in downloads for each computer). You can download the full version below, but you’re better off, if you have it installed already, using the “Help, Check for Updates” option in order to preserve any custom settings (most notably the security and javascript safety options). This is a security update.
  http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Any Video Converter 3.07 updates the YouTube downloading engine. This is not a security update.
  http://www.any-video-converter.com/

DVDFab 7.0.9.0 corrects several bugs, primarily in the DVD ripping functionality, automatic bitrate calculation and performance. This is not a security update.
  http://www.dvdfab.com/en/download.htm

Education updates

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

Kodu 1.0.70.0 corrects a major stability bug on new projects. 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.

CPU-Z 1.55 adds various hardware support. This is not a security update.
  http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

Goodsync & Goodsync2Go 8.3.0.5 add support for SkyDrive, logging options, reduction of temp folders, time-shift detection and NTLM fixes. This is not a security update.
  https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

WinSCP 4.2.8 adds a number of fixes, including IPv6, FTPS, SFTP, sorting, slow directory navigation and others. Now includes PuTTYgen and Pageant. This is not a security update.
  http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

CCleaner 2.34.1200 corrects several minor bugs and improves cleaning several application types. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Defraggler 1.21.209 consists primarily cosmetic updates, though does improve 64-bit performance. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/defraggler

Recuva 1.38.504 adds clipboard handling, improves support for PDF, Win7, and stability of background processing. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Speccy 1.03.162 adds text-format to the output options, print output, XPMC and various minor stability and UI improvements. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/speccy

SpeedFan 4.41 adds various additional hardware support, USB drive enclosures, and various other hardware. This is not a security update.
  http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

Microsoft released the following updates to the SysInternals collection: TCPView, Autoruns, ProcDump, and Disk2vhd, correct minor bugs and adds new functionality to TCPView. These are not a security updates.
  http://sysinternals.com/

USBDeview 1.75 improves information display, and adds USB profile version to the UI. 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.

MySQL 5.1.49 corrects several dozen bugs, in replication, optimization, order by and indexing. This is not a security update.
  http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

TortoiseSVN x32 1.6.10 corrects several bugs, mostly cosmetic in nature. This is not a security update.
  http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads

Web Package Updates

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

phpMyAdmin 3.3.5 corrects various PHP and import/export issues. This is not a security update.
  http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/downloads.php

WordPress 3.0.1 corrects over 50 issues discovered since the 3.0 release, including import/export issues, as well as menu, multisite, theme, role and other issues. This is not a security update.
  http://wordpress.org/download/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2010-06-10

Hey folks!

Adobe is true to their word in releasing Flash Player 10.1 today, and also released AIR 2.0.2.

Adobe AIR 2.0.2 is a major upgrade release with security ramifications. This is a security update.
  http://get.adobe.com/air

Adobe Flash Player 10.1.53.64 corrects the currently exploited security hole that’s being used to install scareware across the ‘net. This is a security update.
  http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer
If you use more than one browser type (Internet Explorer and Firefox or Chrome or Safari…) then you should probably download the installers directly, and manually install the updates, instead of relying on the Adobe Download Manager. The Adobe Download Manager doesn’t behave well installing both ActiveX and Non-ActiveX versions of the Flash Player, which can leave you unprotected should only portions of it correctly install. You can download the current installers directly from:

Flash Player: ActiveX Version
http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player_ax.exe

Flash Player: Non-ActiveX Version
http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player.exe

As with all Adobe products, be sure to UNCHECK any toolbars, add-ons and other “offers” both during download and if prompted during installation.
Be aware, Adobe does not plan to release updates for the KNOWN security vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader until June 29th.

Uninstalling these programs will, of course, prevent you from being infected through these specific holes, but will prevent you from viewing PDF files for the duration. It’s probably a better solution to simply lock down your Adobe products so that they can not be used to infect your computer (at least, through this known exploit). This involves disabling scripting, browser toolbars/interactivity, and media functionality from with Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat. Also note, EVEN IF you have “secured” Adobe Reader or Acrobat in the past, you would be well advised to check again. Various updates do reset the security settings in various Adobe applications, so your changes may have been lost – and more importantly – some of the settings change over time, so the changes you made two months ago may not correct all issues in the most current settings.

In Adobe Reader, this is done by opening the program, then opening the Edit menu, and selecting Preferences from the bottom of the list. Now, on the left side you’ll see a list of different categories to which changes will need made. Use the following process as a guide. If an item is NOT described, the setting has no direct application to potential security issues and can be assigned however you prefer.

Category: “Internet”
  UNCHECK “display PDF in browser”
  UNCHECK “allow fast web view”

Category: “JavaScript”
  UNCHECK “Enable Acrobat JavaScript”

Category: “Multimedia Trust (legacy)”
  With “Trusted documents” selected, UNCHECK “allow multimedia operations”
  With “Other documents” selected, UNCHECK “allow multimedia operations”

Category: “Security”
  CHECK “Verify signatures when the document is opened”
  Click “Advanced Preferences”
    On the “Verification” tab:
      CHECK “Always use the default method”
      CHECK “Require certificate revocation checking to succeed”
      CHECK “The current time”
      CHECK “Show timestamp warnings in Document Message Bar”
    Click OK

Category: “Security (Enhanced)”
  CHECK “Enabled Enhanced Security”
  CHECK “Create log file”

Category: “Trust Manager”
  UNCHECK “Allow opening of non-PDF attachments with external applications”
  CHECK “Load trusted root certificates from an Adobe server”
  CHECK “Ask before installing”
  Click “Update Now” (if prompted, click “Yes”)

Category: “Updater”
  CHECK “Automatically install updates”

Click OK. If running Vista or Win7 you’ll be prompted to confirm the security changes – click Yes.

All computers running Windows XP or newer are vulnerable to a cross-protocol handling bug that can be used to escalate privileges, allowing a user to gain administrative rights, or potentially, for an evil website to automate changes to the control panel configuration. Learn more and see a temporary workaround here:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2010/06/10/windows-help-vulnerability-disclosure.aspx

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.

Logitech SetPoint 6.10.65 corrects several bugs, and adds “stability enhancements”. This should be considered a security update.
  http://www.logitech.com/en-us/support_downloads/

Internet Updates

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

Miranda 0.8.25 provides several bugfixes, including crash bugs and several related to secure certificate handling. This is a security update.
  http://www.miranda-im.org/download/

Evernote 3.5.4.2343 corrects several bugs, including performance and memory usage. This is not a security update.
  http://www.evernote.com/about/download/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SysInternals updated Process Explorer, Autoruns, Sigcheck, & ProcDump. Autoruns now has the ability to scan an offline Windows registry hive for issues, and defaults to hiding native Windows entries. This is a huge improvement, says the guy that has to do this stuff a LOT.
  http://sysinternals.com/

Wireshark 1.2.9 is a bugfix release, incorporating over two dozen fixes, including increased protocol performance and crash bugs that might be exploitable. This is a security update.
  http://www.wireshark.org/download.html

Developer updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.
VirtualBox 3.2.4.62467 fixes several bugs, including guest-to-guest communication, potential disk corruption and a couple reliability bugs. This is not a security update, but disk corruption is nothing to sneeze at – I would definitely recommend updating immediately.
  http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

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

Regards,

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