Updates 2020-03-24

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but security updates from Apple, Adobe, Google, and many others have triggered an out-of-cycle update.

This Month/Week in Technology

NPM is joining Github. Cool.

Apple was fined $1.2 billion by French antitrust authorities. And you thought the next iPhone was going to be expensive yesterday? They’ll be rolling the expense of the antitrust settlement into your next iDevice.

Security is all about trust. The thing to remember is that just because something claims to be a security application or service doesn’t mean it is. Antivirus and VPNs are no exception. By the way, if you’re still using Avast, you may as well just send your passwords out to random email addresses along with all your other personal data.

Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are critical for scalable web distribution. Unfortunately, this makes them prime targets for malware distribution as well.

Salesforce customers will soon no longer be able to use Data Backup Recovery. Consider this a reminder that while the cloud might store everything, it’s not always easy to get it back when you’ve lost it.

The US Department of Defense is glacially slow (8+ years) at fixing security issues. Don’t say you weren’t warned. In their wisdom, the FBI says you shouldn’t save your passwords in your browser. Duh.

Even if you don’t, however, your data is stored by most other entities you interact with. For example, every 10 years the US performs the Census and collects a wide variety of information about every household in the country. When the US Census Bureau data is hacked you can find that data online, too. But that’s not even the worst of what’s wrong with the Census this year. Their website uses a script that performs a unique fingerprint of every single device that connects to their site and attempts to load various sensor features to further profile and access features of the device. Coupled with the “unique” login you use when filling out the Census your online activity can be permanently tied to your devices. And yes, this is the same organization that had a major data leak earlier in this paragraph.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is much less secure than you may have thought, no matter how bad you thought it was. 98% of their traffic is sent unencrypted, more than half of devices suffer from critical vulnerabilities that will likely never be patched, IoT devices are often used as a foothold to gain access to your internal networks, and hospitals are some of the worst offenders for employing insecure and unmaintained IoT devices.

Is it any wonder that the Russian FSB was developing an IoT botnet? Another FSB contractor was hacked and their tools were released in much the same way as the CIA Vault7 hack.

Now for the good news:

Comcast has made their public Wi-Fi hotspots available free to everyone and has removed data caps for the next 60 days as a result of the current pandemic. Just make sure you’re using a VPN. 🙂

Let’s Get Busy

Apple released updates for macOS Catalina 10.15.4, Security Update 2020-002 Mojave, Security Update 2020-002 High Sierra, Xcode 11.4, Safari 13.1, watchOS 6.2, watchOS 5.3.6, tvOS 13.4, iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, iOS 12.4.6, and iTunes 12.10.5 for Windows. These are security updates. Use the Apple App Store or Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

iOS 13.4 and 12.4.6 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 6.2 and 5.3.6 are security updates. Use your updated iPhone to install the most current version through the Watch app.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204641

tvOS 13.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current version.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.344 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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.

nVidia 442.75 resolves several compatibility issues and adds app/game profiles. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.5.113 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 80.0.3987.149 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.11.1811.49 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 68.6.0 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.

BrowsingHistoryView 2.40 adds a new date/time filter. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

FileZilla Client 3.47.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Npcap 0.9989 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Prosody 0.11.5 adds foreground/background flags to replace daemon functionality. This is not a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.10.5 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update 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 20.006.20042 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop?5.1 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/catalog/desktop.html

Adobe Bridge 10.0.3 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/products/bridge.html

Adobe ColdFusion 2016.14 and 2018.8 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/kb/coldfusion-2016-update-14.html
https://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/kb/coldfusion-2018-update-8.html

Adobe Experience Manager 6.3.3.8, 6.4.8.0, and 6.5.4.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/aem-releases-updates.html

Adobe Photoshop 20.0.9 and 21.1.1 are security updates. Use Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop to install the most current versions (after you patch it).

Adobe Acrobat 2020.006.20042, 2017.011.30166, and 2015.006.30518 are security updates. Use Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop to install the most current versions (after you patch it).

Adobe Genuine Integrity Service 6.6 is a security update. AdobeGCClient does not have a separate installer or updater, and will update as you patch other programs.

Atom 1.45.0 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://atom.io/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.4.2 resolves over 90 bugs. This is a security update. LibreOffice Fresh is a beta version, and should be avoided for most users.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 14.3.0 updates libraries, improves reliability and scanning behaviors. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.22.1 resolves a couple bugs and updates translations. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.8.1 adds support for new encodings, improves compatibility, and resolves a couple bugs. 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 7.4.759 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

CurrPorts 2.61 resolves a state-monitoring bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

Etcher 1.5.80 resolves several bugs and updates electron. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything 1.4.1.969 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Fing 9.0.0 adds several new feature shortcuts and an Account tab. This is not a security update.
https://community.fing.com/

GoodSync 10.11.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

IsMyHdOK 2.11 updates language packs and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

TeamViewer 15.4.4445 resolves several bugs and adds the tvopt file format for setting portability. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WSUS Offline 12.0 removes support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Win10 v1703, splits Win10 updates to versioned folders for future updates, and updates supercedence values. This is not a security update.
https://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Inno Setup 6.0.4 improves compatibility, Restart Manager, and RTF, adds Dark Theme, several fixes and HTTPS on the website. This is not a security update.
https://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

Node.js 13.11.0 updates libraries, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

StrawberryPerl 5.30.2.1 updates libraries, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update. You probably shouldn’t be using StrawberryPerl though, since they still aren’t using HTTPS even though they can get it free through LetsEncrypt. Sad.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 8.8.4 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.4.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

phpMyAdmin 4.9.5 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/

Nextcloud Server 18.0.3 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpList 3.5.1 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

Connectwise Control 20.2.27450.7387 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Akismet 4.1.4 improves compatibility and activation process. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.12.4 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.3.8 improves compatibility, reduces announcement nag frequency, and allows custom HTML within notification bar. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.44 refactors code for separation of purpose and adds an action for registering shortcodes.

Redirection 4.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.0.1 improves Action Scheduler and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.9.0 adds several troubleshooting features, improves documentation, About, and warns when settings are not saved. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2020-03-10

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 2020-02-11

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for February 2020.

Microsoft blinked and released three updates to Windows 7 this month, however two of the issues that were resolved were actually caused by their EOL updates released last month. It’s no longer trustworthy, so do not let Windows 7 touch the Internet!

Windows 7 is officially 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/

The Windows Update engine relies upon a file called “wsusscn2.cab” which is currently choking on download. While there are several Windows updates available today, it looks like the time just to check for updates will be over 2 hours for most devices today. Have patience or wait to start patching until later when they resolve this issue. There’s plenty of other stuff to patch anyway.

This Month in Technology

macOS finally fixes the Sudo bug (after 9 years), but this pales in comparison to the ease at which Mac users are infected through social engineering tactics. If you still think Mac’s are more secure than Windows, you need to see the numbers from MalwareBytes which show the typical Mac is targeted by nearly double the malware that Windows devices are. One special note here is that the users trusted the names of the websites that were involved, mostly a result of allowing domains to expire (a common concept within the broad scheme of domain hijacking).

While we’re on the subject of renewing domains, don’t forget your certificates! TLS/SSL certificates are often an enterprise’s weakest point of failure, especially when they’re not renewed on time. This will become even more important as TLS 1.0 and 1.1 are deprecated over the next couple months, which will prevent most older devices from being able to safely use the Internet at all. How important is certificate trust? Last months certificate hijacking bug allowed a researcher to replicate NSA and Github certificates in less than 24 hours which could be used immediately in MitM and DNS cache poisoning attacks with no effort from the attacker and as little as 10 lines of browser-based code.

Microsoft has decided to end it’s own ad platform within UWP apps, which will seriously hurt the entire UWP ecosystem and likely their users, by encouraging less security- and privacy-concerned third-party platforms to take their place.

This month we’ve seen data dumps from Twitter user details (shortly before a Twitter outage), Trello, Google, half a million servers, routers, and IoT devices, a major cannabis dispensary POS vendor, THSuite, WhatsApp had a major vulnerability (since patched), a Zoom vulnerability allowed hackers to eavesdrop on your calls, Mitsubishi was hacked via their enterprise security software, Trend Micro OfficeScan, and the United Nations was hacked through an unpatched server.

Is your privacy important? Apple bowed to the FBI to prevent fully-encrypted backups, ICE is using cellphone location data to track immigrants, but Avast has decided to stop selling it’s user data and they’re “sorry”, so at least there’s some good news.

Of course, any account can be hacked, even Facebook’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, and the NFL, and this month the City of Oshkosh (WI) and Duplin County (NC) join the “yet another government network hijacked” club.

It’s one thing to be incompetent when it comes to security, but Blizzard doesn’t even understand their users. This month they’re asserting total copyright ownership of any mods their users create and they released Warcraft: Reforged, which is the first game to ever be reviewed this poorly by the userbase. You might give Blizzard some credit for this – after all, they did build the engine that allowed the third-party “Dota” to flourish. LastPass, however, built their own system but accidentally removed their own extension from the Chrome Web Store!

In IoT news, more than 2/3rds of corporate and government entities were compromised with endpoint attacks in 2019, the weakest link might be the building itself or any of tens of millions of devices on a typical corporate or government network, though, as expected, many Huawei IoT devices have a backdoor. A serious public key exposure in Fortinet SIEM allows evildoers to kill your security appliance, and a critial zero-day in SolarWinds RMM allows attackers to hijack your network. Supply chain attacks targeting EOL Windows 7 devices remind us why we should avoid EOL hardware and software, and Phillips Hue lightbulbs are still proving that they weren’t well though-out security-wise. Thousand of WordPress-based websites have been hijacked to redirect visitors to evil sites, and there is always more to security than patching.

Let’s end my soapbox on a happy note: The best news this month might just be that Netflix finally offers an option to disable those #@$& autoplay previews. It’s about time.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. The typical computer should see roughly 2.2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET, Flash, Servicing Stack, and MSRT (~1.2 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Catalina 10.15.3, Security Update 2020-001 Mojave, Security Update 2020-001 High Sierra, iCloud for Windows 10.9.2, iCloud for Windows 7.17, iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, iTunes for Windows 12.10.4, Safari 13.0.5, tvOS 13.3.1, and watchOS 6.1.2. These are security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

iOS 13.3.1 and 12.4.5 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 13.3.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 6.1.2 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 13.3.1 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 79.0.3945.123 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.330 is a security update. Take comfort knowing that Flash will be EOL in only 10 months.
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 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.

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.2.2 resolves several issues and improves removal procedure. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

BullZip PDF Printer 11.12.0.2816 improves compatibility with Chrome 80+. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 20.1.5 improves user interface, performance, uninstall, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 442.19 adds framerate capping, performance improvements for certain games, VRSS controls, and support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Garmin Express 6.20 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.garmin.com/en-US/software/express/

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 80.0.3987.100 is a security update. This version is also the predecessor to the new samesite cookie handling behavior that will cause problems for various industries, including ad-services. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 73.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 68.5.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Iridium 2019.11.78 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.10.1745.27 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 68.5.0 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.

MaxMind GeoLite: Due to their interpretation of the CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act), MaxMind has opted to no longer provide direct downloads of their IP information databases. An account and agreement to perform updates immediately upon publishing new releases and removal of all existing copies is now required. Due to this we will no longer be listing MaxMind on SaferPC. I suggest you integrate their automatic update service into your existing platform to ensure that you can comply with their new usage agreement.

Prosody 0.11.4 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

BrowsingHistoryView 2.36 adds option to delete Chrome and Firefox history records. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

FreeNAS 11.3 is a major update offering improved performance, security controls, community plugin integration, improved granularity of alerts and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.freenas.org/download-freenas-release/

Npcap 0.9987 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.10.4 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2020.01.20 resolves several bugs and improves reliability of Remote Play. This is not a security update.

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 20.006.20034 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe DNG 12.2 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
Mac: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6879
Win: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6881

Adobe Experience Manager 6.5.0-31870 and 6.4.0-31868 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb20-08.html

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.11 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/Digital-Editions/apsb20-07.html

Adobe Framemaker 2019.0.5 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/framemaker/apsb20-04.html

Adobe Illustrator CC 24.0.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb20-03.html

Artweaver 7.0.4 resolves several bugs and improves performance with impasto and PSD text layers. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Atom 1.44.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

LibreOffice Still 6.3.4 is a major update adding a wide variety of new features and performance improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.4.0 resolves almost 500 bugs, including security issues. The typical user should run LibreOffice Still (stable), not Fresh (beta).
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Lightworks NLE 14.5 adds dozens of new features, export options, media codecs, and over a hundred bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.lwks.com/

Notepad++ 7.8.4 adds JSON and Workspace improvements, and resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 4.2.9 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Security Software Updates

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

QubesOS 4.0.3 is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

elementaryOS 5.1.2 is a security update.
https://elementary.io/

RogueKiller 14.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

TinyWall 3.0 improves reliability, user interface, exception controls, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.20.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/ScreenToGif.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MKVToolnix 43.0.0 resolves several bugs and improves user interface defaults options from command line. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/MKVToolNix.html

DVDFab 11.0.7.1 resolves several bugs and adds support for newer encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.6.6 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Easy2Boot 1.B8A improves compatibility and user-interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/Easy2Boot.html

1Password for Mac 7.4.2 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

ControlMyMonitor 1.25 adds option to put icon in tray. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

DesktopOK 6.84 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DevManView 1.66 adds Class GUID column. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

Etcher 1.5.76 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything CLI 1.1.0.18 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

FileLocator Pro 8.5.2944 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Fing 8.8.2 improves user interaction and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://community.fing.com/

GoodSync 10.10.21 improves performance and reliability, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

MS ISO Downloader 8.31 adds support for new media. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

OSFMount 3.0.1005 adds command-line options to load physical or logical emulation only, and resolves a permissions bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

SetDefaultBrowser 1.4 adds support for Chromium-based Edge. 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/

TaskSchedulerView 1.54 adds options to select/deselect all to column chooser. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

USBDeview 2.86 adds mode option for Regedit call, to support opening with or without elevation.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WinScan2PDF 5.21 improves WIA compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.32 resolves several bugs, adds options to export file types to CSV, filterexclude, and command-line supporter activation. This is not a security update. On the note of Supporters – this software is amazing. Use it. And donate.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Godot 3.2 improves reliability, performance, stability and resolves almost 2,000 bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Node.js 13.8.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.31.1 adds generated columns, hard heap limits, improved pragma, dbstat aggregated mode support, open nofollow, and resolves an internal schema compatibility issue. This compatibility fix is temporary, so fix your applications if you currently rely on parsing the data structure via internal schema. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.42 resolves several bugs, improves user interface, additional preference controls, task management, and more. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.2-135663 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 4.7.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

Drupal 8.8.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.4.0 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Joomla 3.9.15 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Magento 2.3.4, 2.2.11, 1.14.4.4, 1.9.4.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb20-02.html

Nextcloud Hub 18.0.0 is a major update adding improved file, flow, photos, calendar, mail, and talk integration, and ONLYOFFICE support. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

ScreenConnect 19.6.26659.7340 is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SpamAssassin 3.4.4 is a security update.
http://spamassassin.apache.org/downloads.cgi

YOURLS 1.7.6 is a security update.
https://yourls.org/

bbPress 2.6.4 is a security update.

Interactive World Map 3.1.4 is a major update that resolves several issues. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.3.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.41 resolves regex bug and now attempts to process only 1 email at a time. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.23 updates key updater and improves user interface. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.13.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.9.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2020-01-14

Happy new year, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for January 2020.

Windows 7 is now officially EOL

Windows 7 is officially 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/
With any luck there won’t be a zeroday vulnerability in Windows 7 that’s actively exploited only days after it becomes EOL. Please don’t let your Win7 machines online.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. The typical computer should see roughly 2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

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

Apple released updates for macOS Catalina 10.15.2.2 Combo Update, iCloud 10.9.1, iCloud 7.16, and iTunes 12.10.3. These are security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

Google Chrome OS 79.0.3945.86 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.314 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 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.

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.2.1 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 19.12.50 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 441.87 adds maximum framerate option, VRSS, performance and reliability improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Daemon Tools Lite 10.12 adds mobile media support. This is not a security update.
https://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtLite

Browser Updates

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

Vivaldi 2.10.1745.26 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Google Chrome 79.0.3945.117 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Google Chrome Dictionary 9-0 updates dictionary words for English and Farsi.

Firefox 72.0.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 68.4.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Iridium 2019.11.78 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://iridiumbrowser.de/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 68.4.1 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.

BrowsingHistoryView 2.35 adds option to remove certain history records. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

FileZilla Client 3.46.3 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Technitium DNS Server 4.1 updates libraries, improves installer, and adds several new features to the web interface.
https://technitium.com/dns/

FreeFileSync 10.19 improves consistency, adds context menu macros, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

IPNetInfo 1.90 adds option to open an address within Google Maps. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

Npcap 0.9986 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Pocketnet-GUI 0.0.55 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pocketnetteam/pocketnet.gui/releases/latest

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.10.3 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Epic Games 6.12.0 adds reviews and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.epicgames.com/

Steam 2020.12.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

PlayStation PS4 7.02 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 19.021.20061 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

Atom 1.43.0 improves syntax highlighting and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.3.4 (beta) fixes over 120 bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Illustrator CC 2019 24.0.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb20-03.html

Adobe Experience Manager 6.5.3, 6.4.7, and 6.3.3.7 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/aem-releases-updates.html

Security Software Updates

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

elementary OS 5.1 resolves several bugs, updates libraries, and improves compatibility and versatility. This is a security update.
https://elementary.io/

Gpg4win 3.1.11 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

IISCrypto 3.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nartac.com/Products/IISCrypto/Default.aspx

OpenSSL 1.0.2u is a security update.

RogueKiller 14.0.4 updates engine, resolves several bugs, and improves performance. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

TinyWall 2.1.14 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2020.1.0 adds several new features, improves performance and reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.6.6 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

FFmpeg 4.2.2 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

IsoBuster 4.5 improves scan capabilities, adds support for newer hardware and formats, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

MKVToolnix 42.0.0 resolves several bugs, improves consistency, and adds several features. This is a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/MKVToolNix.html

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Cygwin 3.1.2 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 6.81 improves screenshot feature. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Etcher 1.5.71 updates library. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything CLI 1.1.0.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

GoodSync 10.10.19 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

IsMyHdOK 2.01 improves benchmarking. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NTLite 1.8.0.7261 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 7.1.1004 improves search and index, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

ProcessMonitor 3.53 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

Process Explorer 16.31 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/process-explorer

SearchMyFiles 3.10 adds action controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

Sysmon 10.42 resolves several bugs and adds filtering conditions. This is a security update.

Zoomit 4.52 resolves several dual-monitor bugs. This is not a security update.

Whois 1.21 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WifiInfoView 2.60 adds AP shortcut controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 5.15 improves TWAIN support and PDF optimization. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Java 8u241 is a security update. If you do not know that you require Java, it’s safest to remove it.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.0.19 is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

Node.js 13.6.0 resolves several bugs, adds error monitoring and PSK support. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Redemption 5.22.0.5498 adds DL expansion, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Visual Studio Code 1.41.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.0-135406 adds support for several new features, 3D support, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 8.8.1 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.9.14 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

MailEnable 10.29 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

ModSecurity 3.0.4 resolves dozens of bugs and adds support or new rule types. This is a security update.
https://github.com/SpiderLabs/ModSecurity/releases

Nextcloud Server 17.0.2 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpList 3.5.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.9.4 and 5.0.1 are security updates.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/

ScreenConnect 19.5.26194.7292 improves compatibility and installation. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SMF 2.0.17 is a security update.
https://www.simplemachines.org/

WordPress 5.3.2 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 2.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

bbPress 2.6.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 5.1.2 is a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.12.3 resolves several bugs and adds new features. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.3.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 4.6.2 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Simple Lightbox 2.8.0 resolves several bugs and updates minimum requirements. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.12.0 improves compabiilty and performance, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.8.1 improves compatibility. 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 2019-11-12

Hi, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for November 2019 and this month is huge.

The next build of Windows 10, version 1909, is being released this week. This version is minor compared to other Windows 10 upgrades and should be nearly indistinguishable from 1903. If you’re running 1903 now installing 1909 should have no negative impact. If you’re running an older version I recommend upgrading to 1903 before switching to 1909. In either case, don’t do it yet. There is nothing so critically important in 1909 that the update can’t wait a month. Wait for it.

Windows 7 will fall completely out of support in only 60 days. Don’t run out the clock. 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. Get it done before it’s too late. Don’t want to do it yourself? Call me!

Catalina has been out for a month now and the backlash is huge. Installation lockups, forced password resets, permission resets, iCloud sync problems, dropped support for 32-bit apps, and incompatibility issues requiring reinstallation or upgrade of many others are just a few of the issues experienced by the unlucky lemmings that Thought Things Would Be Different™. Apple is gradually resolving problems, but I recommend you hold off until at least 10.15.3 before upgrading (and then only if you don’t need any 32-bit apps). x.3 seems to be the sweet spot for macOS stability. That should be out sometime next month. With that said, don’t postpone installing the patches for your current build of macOS. These are always security updates.

In the news this month Google is buying Fitbit (so find another tracker), we’re reminded to always disable NFC, compromising fingerprint readers is still extremely easy, light is as effective as voice, punctuation is still important, iOS 13+’s aggressive memory cleanup is more “abusive” than “aggressive,” and still brokenanything you share with any business or entity will no doubt inevitably be exposed, especially if it’s Adobe, or even your antivirus company, that “user interface design” and “security” are far removed, and that IoT is putting us all further at risk every single day.

The co-founder and CEO of Mine, an online privacy advocacy organization, observes that cybersecurity is becoming less accessible to smaller companies, but that’s why I’m here. Check out our subscription to learn more. Our goal is to provide enterprise-level support to everyone at a cost that is reasonable even for home users.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. The typical computer should see roughly 2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, Servicing Stack, and MSRT (~800 MB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 13.2.2, iPadOS 13.2.2, macOS Catalina 10.15.1, Security Update 2019-001 Mojave, Security Update 2019-006 High Sierra, tvOS 13.2, watchOS 6.1, Safari 13.0.3, and Xcode 11.2. These are security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

macOS Catalina (10.15) is available. This is a large download and will take between 2 and 4 hours to install on most hardware. The release of macOS Catalina (10.15) means that macOS Sierra (10.12) is now 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.

iOS 13.2.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 5.3.3 and 6.1 are security updates. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 13.2 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 78.0.3904.92 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Fedora 31-1.9 is a major update. This version is now released only as a 64-bit release. Though 32-bit apps are still supported the CPU architecture now requires 64-bits. New features include the Fedora Toolbox (an improved launcher), updated packages, improved stability and bug tracking, removal of YUM, improved security, and Cgroups v2 support.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.270 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 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 (1903) 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 3-6 GB 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 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.

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 19.10.42 improves the installer and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Crucial Storage Executive 5.05 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/support-storage-executive

nVidia 441.20 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility, and adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 78.0.3904.97 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 70.0.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 68.2.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.9.1705.41 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.

Mailspring 1.7.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Thunderbird 68.2.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

OutlookAttachView 3.30 adds option to scan only unread messages and set the read flag on mesages on extraction. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

WinSCP 5.15.5 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

FreeFileSync 10.17 adds private key support for SFTP and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Java 8u231 is a security update. You should remove Java instead of upgrading if you are not 110% sure you require it.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

MaxMind GeoIP2 201911 is a data refresh.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Npcap 0.9984 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

BrowsingHistoryView 2.26 adds the ability to configure what happens on double-clicking an item in the results.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.10.2 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Picard 2.2.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2019.11.06 replaces the Library with a new interface, resolves several bugs, improves stability. This is not a security update.

Office Updates

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

Atom 1.41.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://atom.io/

LibreOffice Still 6.2.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. This is the stable version of LibreOffice, so if you’re upgrading you should install Still.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.3.3 resolves many bugs. This is not a security update. This is the beta version of LibreOffice, so if you’re upgrading you should install Still.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.8.1 (Free Uyghur Edition) resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Adobe Reader DC 19.021.20049 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 13.5.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2020.0.1 is a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.5.8 adds support for new encodings, adds cloud backup for configuration. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MKVToolnix 40.0.0 resolves several bugs and improves automation. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/MKVToolNix.html

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 7.4.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

RoboForm 8.6.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

8GadgetPack 31.0 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

Beyond Compare 4.3.2.24472 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

BulkFileChanger 1.70 adds support for Office format date/time values. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

DesktopOK 6.71 adds new explore path feature. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DevManView 1.60 adds option to Open Device Properties Window and option to create a shortcut to Device Properties window on your desktop. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

DriveLetterView 1.50 adds Open Device Properties Window option. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/drive_letter_view.html

Etcher 1.5.63 updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

FolderChangesView 2.31 resolves a stability bug and changes keyboard accelerators for find and open in explorer. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

GoodSync 10.10.12 resolves several stability issues and annoyances. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

IsMyHdOK 1.91 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

Ketarin 1.8.11 adds several new features including global “on update failed” command, variable sorting, and improved FileHippo integration. This is not a security update.
https://ketarin.org/

MS ISO Downloader 8.23 updates names and adds ISOs. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

NTLite 1.8.0.7217 adds support for 20H1, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 7.0.1005 adds several new features, resolves bugs, and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 3.71 resolves a bug and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

SearchMyFiles 3.06 resolves the time range bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

TaskSchedulerView 1.53 adds an option to display only running tasks. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

USBDeview 2.81 adds an option to open Device Properties window. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WifiInfoView 2.55 adds ability to connect to an access point from within WifiInfoView and from the CLI. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 5.09 improves compatibility with certain hardware and WIA. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.30 adds enterprise licensing, improved treemap, in-app context menu improvements, and search improvements. 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 11.8.2 updates libraries, improves compatibility, and supercedence rules. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

AutoHotkey 1.1.31.01 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Android Studio 3.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

Inno Setup 6.0.3 and Inno Setup QuickStart 6.0.3 adds several new features including dark theme, new messages, and directives. This is not a security update.
http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

Node.js 13.1.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.30.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

TortoiseGit 2.9.0 updates libraries and resolves many bugs. This is a security update.
https://tortoisegit.org/

TortoiseSVN 1.13.1 updates library and adds digital signature. This should be treated as a security update.
https://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

Visual Studio Code 1.40 resolves over 4600 issues. This is a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.0.14-133895 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 4.7.4 is a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

phpList 3.4.8 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

Nextcloud Server 17.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Drupal 8.7.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.9.13 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

MailEnable 10.27 is a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

ScreenConnect 19.4.25759.7247 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.3 is a security update. This version adds the Twenty Twenty theme, improved block editor, accessibility and keyboard improvements, automatic image rotation, and more.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.1.3 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

bbPress 2.6.0 improves moderation, engagements, and several other features, adds compatibility with PHP 7.1+, and resolves over 400 bugs. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.1.5 improves the configuration validator. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.2.6 is a security update.

WooCommerce 3.8.0 doesn’t have a changelog so should be treated as a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.7.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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