Updates 2020-03-10

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for March 2020.

The next build of Windows 10 is just around the corner. If you don’t want to be the guinea pig I strongly suggest you update to v1909 within the next month. This will grant you a reprieve from the new version for a couple months. Let everyone else beta test and you can upgrade when they’ve worked out the bugs.

Windows 7 is still end-of-life (EOL). If you’re still running it, shame on you, and if you are running a licensed version of Windows 7 or 8 you can still upgrade to Windows 10 and have a supported version of Windows for the foreseeable future. Don’t want to do it yourself? Call me!
https://saferpc.info/contact/

This Month Week in Technology

In 2019, Android reportedly had the most vulnerabilities of any OS, but in its defense, there are literally dozens of manufacturers that build on Android and many of the issues stem from these third-parties. Also, if you’re running Android, you really should also be using SnoopSnitch which can identify whether security updates have been applied to your device or if it’s been abandoned by the vendor.

Movies like Eagle Eye demonstrated how easy it was for a malicious actor to observe your mobile remotely, but if you have a smart assistant enabled (such as Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana) then it is possible to remotely control it using audio signals that are beyond the range of human hearing.

There’s more evidence than ever that selling your Intellectual Property to a third party puts your users at risk. It’s very common in browser extensions and website plugins. It doesn’t matter how secure the core engine is if the user installs a malicious or defective extension/plugin. There’s always a line, though, right? Facebook is actually suing an SDK maker for harvesting the data that…Facebook collected.

Netgear has issued security patches for almost 50 router models. If you use Wi-Fi then, by it’s very nature, you’re susceptible to being tracked. The protocol itself is your enemy since it requires that it transmit all your “known” networks on a regular basis during a heartbeat connection status report. Even if you disable Wi-Fi everywhere except trusted locations, those trusted locations can be still be compromised due to weak security in the on-device encryption key. Intel and AMD CPUs for nearly a decade have had significant flaws that allow data exfiltration by unprivileged users.

More than a million enterprise Microsoft accounts have been compromised, primarily through password reuse. Guys, NEVER reuse passwords! Defense contractors getting hacked isn’t really anything new, but you’d think they had better backups so they wouldn’t have to pay half-million dollar ransoms.

Malware authors evade detection in many ways. One of the most common diagnostic tests for malicious software is to run it within a virtual machine. As expected, developers can detect and disable their malware within these environments. The Malware Evasion Encyclopedia provides advice to educate researchers to keep one step ahead of the malware.

.NET Core 3.0 is dead. Long live .NET Core! Oh, and switching to 3.1 is easy.

I’ll end my soapbox on a happy note:

A new Wi-Fi chip design for IoT devices consumes only 1/5000th of the energy of current models. Wow!

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Thanks to the monster of updates pushed during “weekly update February”, Patch Tuesday this month is pretty light. The typical computer should see roughly 1.1 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, Servicing Stack, and MSRT (~600 MB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 80.0.3987.137 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Catalina (10.15) means that macOS Sierra (10.12) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS High Sierra (10.13) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1909) is a pretty small update so will install quickly. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

BullZip PDF Printer 11.13.0.2823 resolves an SFTP bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 20.2.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 442.59 adds support for new hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Logitech Options 8.10.154 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 80.0.3987.132 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 74.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 68.6.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.11.1811.47 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Internet Updates

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

WinSCP 5.17.2 resolves several bugs and disables TLS 1.3 by default. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Npcap 0.9988 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 7.8.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 2.6.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Security Software Updates

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

NSudo 8.0 resolves several bugs, improves reliability, and reduces file size. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/M2Team/NSudo/releases/latest

TinyWall 2.1.15 now offers the upgrade to 3.0.0 on 64-bit systems. 3.0.0 is in beta and provides user interface, performance, stability and reliability improvements. It is, however, beta software, so should be avoided until it is stable.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

uBlock Origin 1.25.2 resolves several bugs and improves GUI. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.22 resolves several bugs and improves automatic update. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 2020.1.1 adds SharePoint sharing, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.15.0 updates the user interface, adds new preferences for LibMMBD integration, and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

MKVToolnix 44.0.0 adds attachment drag and drop, improves reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/MKVToolNix.html

DVDFab 11.0.7.7 adds support for new encodings, new profiles, and adds BluPath feature. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Windows 7.4.750 adds several new features, including Windows Hello support, rewritten interface engine, improved display support, and over 80 fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Beyond Compare 4.3.4.24657 updates libraries, resolves several bugs, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitcoin 0.19.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

DesktopOK 6.88 updates the language file. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DMDE 3.6.1.773 adds support for 64-bit macOS. This is not a security update.
https://dmde.com/

Everything 1.4.1.965 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Fing 8.9.0 resolves several bugs and integrates a database of supported devices (Fingpedia), this is not a security update.
https://community.fing.com/

GoodSync 10.10.26 improves compatibility and status reporting. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Rufus 3.9 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_IE.html

TeamViewer 15.3.8497 resolves compatibility bug with hash authentication, but disables hash auth for settings. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WSUS Offline 11.9 is the last version to support Windows 7, updates supersedence URLs, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 3.6.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

Godot 3.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Node.js 13.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

TortoiseGit 2.10.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tortoisegit.org/

Visual Studio Code 1.43 adds a search editor, shangle controls, minimap improvements, column selection, and more. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Joomla 3.9.16 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Drupal 8.8.3 resolves over 50 bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.4.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

ScreenConnect 20.1.27036.7360 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Contact Form 7 5.1.7 adds LTR support and adds a cosmetic change to warning. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.3.2 improves compatibility, user interface, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Simple Lightbox 2.8.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.13 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.0.0 is a major update adding over 70 changes and fixes, updated libraries, and feature improvements. 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 2018-12-11

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday and since last week was a huge out-of-cycle update (thanks, Adobe!) it’s a pretty small one. We have the regular updates from Microsoft but only a handful of other applications have been patched this week.

The typical computer should see roughly 2gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET, and MSRT (~2gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The now-current release of Windows 10 (1809) 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 3-6gb 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, 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.

Intel Driver Update 3.7 adds support for SSD tools, Intel RST, Optane, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 64.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 60.4.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 19.010.20064 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

Nextcloud Desktop 2.5.1 adds compatibility for Nextcloud Server 15 and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 13.0.16 adds signatures. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2019.1.0 adds integration to Windows Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ControlMyMonitor 1.11 adds an option to export monitor list from the command line. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

GoodSync 9.9.19 adds support for the new GoodSync account. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

FileLocator Pro 8.5.2880 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

FolderChangesView 2.26 redesigns the Choose Folder window to improve visibility on low-resolution devices. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.90 adds ability to limit results to only folder names. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SetDefaultBrowser 1.3 improves browser compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://kolbi.cz/blog/2017/11/10/setdefaultbrowser-set-the-default-browser-per-user-on-windows-10-and-server-2016-build-1607/

SetUserFTA 1.7.1 resolves a false AV detection. This is not a security update.
https://kolbi.cz/blog/2017/10/25/setuserfta-userchoice-hash-defeated-set-file-type-associations-per-user/

Autoruns 13.93 adds support for HKCU scanning from CLI and fixes a bug that prevented UserInitMprLogonScript from being scanned. This should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Handle 4.21 fixes a race condition that could cause a bluescreen. This should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

ProcessExplorer 16.22 fixes a race condition that could cause a bluescreen. This should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

SDelete 2.02 adds a progress filter. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Sigcheck 2.71 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 8.2 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

VMMap 3.25 fixes a profiling bug. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Node.js 11.4.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Web Package Updates

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

Nextcloud Server 15.0.0 is a major update. This version adds social networking, 2FA, security hardening, PDF conversion, collaboration improvements, mobile improvements, performance improvements, full-text search, and more. This adds new security controls, so should be treated as a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.8.4 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Contact Form 7 5.1 adds support for reCAPTCHA v3, Constant Contact integration, and Dark Mode. 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/