Updates 2022-08-09

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for August, 2022. This is a much lighter month, but there are still over a hundred large hacking victims, two hundred updates and a little over 3.5 GB in updates today.

This Month in Technology

7-Eleven, 70 Lenovo laptop models, Acts Retirement Services, Inc. and Affiliates, Aetna ACE, alio.lt, Allegheny Health Network, Atlassian Confluence Server, Audius, Avamere Health Services LLC, Avamere Holdings, Axie Infinity, Azure Site Recovery, Bandai Namco, Battlefy, Belgian Ministry of Defense, Bellingham Public Library, Benefit Plan Administrators, Inc., Benson Health, BHG Behavioral Health Group, BHG Holdings, LLC, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Bronx Accountable Healthcare Network, Cavender Stores, Ltd Health Plan, Center for Primary Care, Centerstone, Central Maine Medical Center, Cisco Small Business VPN routers, City of Newport, Cleartrip, Colorado Springs Utilities, Conifer Value-Based Care, LLC, Creos Luxembourg S.A., Deakin University, deBridge Finance, governments and organizations in the defense industry, DHS Emergency Alert System, DrayTek routers, East Valley Ophthalmology, Elastix VoIP, Entrust, Eskimi, Famm, First Choice Community Health Care, Inc., Florida Springs Surgery Center, German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, Granbury Eye Clinic, Healthback Holdings, LLC, JukinMedia, Klaviyo, Knauf Group, L’Agenzia delle Entrate, La Poste Mobile, Lawson Products, Inc., Lopes, Magie Mabrey Hughes Eye Clinic, P.A., MBDA, Mecho Download, MiCODUS GPS trackers, Minuteman Senior Services, Mooresville Schools, Neopets, NetStandard, Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, Nomad, NuLife Med, LLC, OneTouchPoint, Orthopedic Specialists of North America, PLLC, Perth Festival, Pixlr, Policybazaar, PPCGeeks, Prefeitura Municipal de Itapermirim, Premere Infinity Rehab, LLC, Premint, PrestaShop, Professional Finance Company, QuestionPro, Radiation Oncology Centers of the Carolinas, hundreds of restaurants, Scott County, Iowa, Semikron, Slack, Slope, Solana, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services, Spanish National Research Council, Synergic Healthcare Solutions, LLC, T-Mobile, Taiwanese Government, TAVR Media, The Bronx Accountable Healthcare Network, Tuned Global, Twilio, Twitter, Uniswap Liquidity Pool, US DOJ, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, WA ballet, WA opera, Washington University School of Medicine, Wooton Upper School, Zenith American Solutions, and Zimbra have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

Microsoft 365 (and again), Microsoft Access, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams (and 365 again), Google, Oracle, Twitter, and the UK NHS have had major outages this month.

Google is blocking the ACMMicrosoft broke USB printing. There’s yet another novel method to extract data from air-gapped systems. And Meta (Facebook) is in hot water again, this time for collecting private medical information from within patient portals.

Now for the good news:

A million disinformation bots have been disabled. This still leaves primarily the MSM to disinform us.

Windows 8.1 only has a few months of support left. Upgrade to Windows 10 now.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is huge this month. The typical computer should see roughly 3.5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 65 vulnerabilities in .NET Core, Active Directory Domain Services, Azure Batch Node Agent, Azure Real Time Operating System, Azure Site Recovery, Azure Sphere, Microsoft ATA Port Driver, Microsoft Bluetooth Driver, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Windows Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT), Remote Access Service Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol, System Center Operations Manager, Visual Studio, Windows Bluetooth Service, Windows Canonical Display Driver, Windows Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver, Windows Defender Credential Guard, Windows Digital Media, Windows Error Reporting, Windows Fax Service, Windows Hello, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Internet Information Services, Windows Kerberos, Windows Kernel, Windows Local Security Authority (LSA), Windows Network File System, Windows Partition Management Driver, Windows Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol, Windows Print Spooler Components, Windows Secure Boot, Windows Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP), Windows Storage Spaces Direct, Windows Unified Write Filter, Windows WebBrowser Control, Windows Win32K, and MSRT (~ 3 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for Safari 15.6, iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6, macOS Monterey 12.5, macOS Big Sur 11.6.8, Security Update 2022-005 Catalina, tvOS 15.6, and watchOS 8.7. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 15.6 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 15.6 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

tvOS 15.6 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 8.7 are security updatess. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 104.0.5112.83 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 Monterey (12.x) means that macOS Mojave (10.14) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Catalina (10.15) 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 (v21H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 12 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process 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.

The now-current release of the Windows 11 (v21H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 11 pushes you to get the latest Windows 11 release every 12 months and only supports any consumer builds for 24 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process 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.

Windows 11 is still very young so I encourage you to wait a few more months before you consider switching to it.

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. This includes “free” applications like Avast, OpenOffice, and games you do not actually play.

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.

AMD Adrenalin 22.7.1 adds support for newer hardware, resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

BullZip PDF Printer 14.0.0.2938 adds support for TLS3, updates libraries, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Drivers by Seagull 2022.2 adds support for over 240 new printer models, resolves a compatibility bug, and adds support for RFID TID and creating custom printer commands. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/support/downloads/drivers/

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.5.4 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Logitech Options 9.70.68 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logi.com/hc/en-us/articles/360025297893

Nvidia Driver 473.81 is 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 1.42.88 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 104.0.5112.81 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 104.0.1293.47 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 103.0.2 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 91.12.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Vivaldi 5.3.2679.70 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 102.1.2 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Mailspring 1.10.4 resolves compatibility issues, adds 64-bit, Apple Silicon M1 and M2 support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 7.0.13 resolves a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

Dropbox 154.4.5363 improves reliability and consistency, adds external device indication and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 156.0.0.21.216 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Client 3.60.2 updates libraries to address stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FileZilla Server 1.5.1 improves reliability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 11.23 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 61.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Java 8u341 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Nextcloud Server 24.0.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Omada Software Controller 5.4.6 adds support for new protocols, newer hardware, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Qbox 4.0.5.20 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.coraltreetech.com/qbox

Rclone 1.59.1 resolves almost two dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 5.53.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Skype 8.86.0.409 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.20.4 resolves a couple bugs and improves CLI support. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

WinSCP 5.21.2 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.11.4.7185 improves reliability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 3.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Plex Desktop 1.50.1.3185 resolves several bugs and improves controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.22.1.3169 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.28.0.5999 adds support for Apple Silicon, many improvements to music handling, and resolves a compatibility bug with Microsoft’s linker. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Epic Games 14.1.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.epicgames.com/

GameMaker Studio 2022.6.1.26 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

Lego Studio 2.22.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

Steam 2022.07.27 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

Office Updates

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

Adobe Commerce 2.3.7-p4, 2.4.3-p3, 2.4.4-p1, and 2.4.5 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb22-38.html

Adobe Acrobat and Reader 22.002.20191, 20.005.30381, and 17.012.30262 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb22-39.html

Adobe Illustrator 26.4 and 25.4.7 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb22-41.html

Adobe FrameMaker 15.0.8 and 16.0.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/framemaker/apsb22-42.html

Adobe Premiere Elements 20220702 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_elements/apsb22-43.html

Calibre 6.2.1 adds support for newer hardware, improves full text search, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Essential Forms 2022.07.20 is the summer data update. This is not a security update.
https://help.ceb.com/en/collections/2482118-essential-forms

Inkscape 1.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://inkscape.org/release/

Kindle for PC 1.38.65290 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

LibreOffice Fresh 7.3.5 resolves over 80 bugs. This is not a security update. The Fresh line is beta software. I recommend you use LibreOffice “Still” to get the most stable version.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.5.4 adds proper silent installation support. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.4.4 resolves a find-in-files bug. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

OpenOffice 4.1.13 is a security update. If you’re still using OpenOffice please consider switching to LibreOffice. OpenOffice has only had sporadic security updates for the last several years and there’s no sign of that changing.
https://www.openoffice.org/download/

PDF-XChange Editor 9.4.362.0 adds dozens of new features and resolves a lot of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

Security Software Updates

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

FSS 2022.7.18 adds support for newer platforms. This is not a security update.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/farbar-service-scanner/dl/62

HTTP Toolkit 1.10.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://httptoolkit.tech/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.5.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Mac 4.16.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

ProtonVPN 2.0.5 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

QubesOS 4.1.1 is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

Tails 5.3.1 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

YARA 4.2.3 is a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/yara/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 22.1.1 adds support for WebP, PiP, OBS, resizable arrowheads, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/releases/snagit.msi

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 12.0.8.1 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.17.1 adds support for new encodings, improves stability, and resolve several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

PDF Creator 4.4.3 updates the associated PDF Architect installer and uses a new application signature. This is not a security update.
https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

StreamFab 5.0.4.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Zotero (macOS) 6.0.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 8.8.0 improves import support, additional browser support, accessibility improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 8.8.0 improves import support, additional browser support, accessibility improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

7-Zip 22.01 improves UDF, HFS and APFS support. This is not a security update.
https://www.7-zip.org/

AOMEI Partition Assistant 9.9.0 resolves several bugs and adds PC Cleaner. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

AstroGrep 4.4.8 is a security update.
http://astrogrep.sourceforge.net/

Beyond Compare 4.4.3.26655 is a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

BgInfo 4.31 fixes a compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/bginfo

CCleaner 6.02.9938 adds support for cleaning new applications, improvements in existing application cleaning, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

DesktopOK 10.01 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DevManView 1.77 resolves a data export bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

Everything CLI 1.1.0.24 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Git SCM 2.37.1 is a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

GoodSync 11.11.7 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Kingston SSD Manager 1.5.2.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

NTLite 2.3.7.8826 adds support for new builds, new components and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 10.0.1003 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

osquery 5.4.0 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility and adds support for several new engines. This is a security update.
https://osquery.io/downloads

PowerToys 0.61.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

Process Monitor 3.91 fixes a compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

Recuva 1.53.2083 updates license integration. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva

Rufus 3.20 resolves several compatibility bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_US/

ScreenConnect 22.6.8722.8249 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SearchMyFiles 3.21 improves high-DPI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

Sigcheck 2.90 adds custom code integrity policy checks. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sigcheck

TeamViewer 15.32.3 adds remote terminal sessions to the Instant Connect bar, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

Unity 2022.1.12 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

Windows 11 RCT 1.5.0 adds support for newer hardware and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bytejams.com/

WinScan2PDF 8.01 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Zoomit 6.01 fixes a compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/zoomit

ZoomText 2022 2022.2207.14.400 resovles several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 2021.2.1.16 resolves a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

GitHub Desktop 3.0.5 updates libraries and resolves a warning. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Go 1.18.5 and Go 1.19 are security updates. Go 1.19 is a major update adding several new features and improvements, as well as updating libraries.
https://go.dev/

MySQL Server 8.0.30 is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.0.30 is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

Node.js 18.7.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Rustup 1.25.1 resolves a build order bug. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.rust-lang.org/

SQLite 3.39.2 is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.70 adds support for custom folded sections, tree views and filters, terminal improvements and other fixes. This is is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.13.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

VirtualBox 6.1.36 resolves dozens of 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.

Dada Mail 11.18.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dadamailproject.com/

Drupal 9.3.19 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Drupal 9.4.5 is a library security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.12.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

OpenPetra 2022.07 resolves several bugs and improves security checking. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.openpetra.org/

Akismet 5.0 improves spam detection. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/

Autoptimize 3.1.0 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

Contact Form 7 5.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.4.7.1 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.30 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-networks-auto-poster-facebook-twitter-g/

Redirection 5.3.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

Show IDs 1.1.9 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpsite-show-ids/

Social Post Feed 4.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

Sucuri Security 1.8.33 improves cache cleaning. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sucuri-scanner/

W3 Total Cache 2.2.4 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 6.7.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WP Mail SMTP 3.5.1 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

WPtouch 4.3.42 resolves a menu bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2021-11-09

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for November, 2021.

This month we’ve got the new macOS (Monterey) which is bricking Macs, Windows 11 (don’t do it!), and a new build of Windows 10 (v21H2) is slated for release within the next few days. If you’re running a version of Windows 10 prior to v20H2 (v2009/19042) then you’ll want to install either Windows 10 v21H1 or prepare to install v21H2 on release, as the older versions will no longer be supported in only a month.

This Month in Technology

Acer (a couple times), American Osteopathic AssociationAnthem, Inc., Apple iCloudArgentina’s National Registry of PersonsBillQuick, Blue Cross of California, Bryan HealthbZxCalifornia Physicians’ Services (Blue Shield of California), Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador Health SystemsCentara Hotels & ResortsClinical Pathology Diagnostics, LLCCoinMarketCapColleton County School District (SC), Community Medical CentersCyberserveDeep 6 AIDiscord CDN (still), Discourse, Doctors Health Group, Inc., Domaining.comElectronic Warfare (US defense contractor), EU Digital Covid certificate system “Green Pass”Exterity IPTVFamily of WoodstockFerrara Candy CoFullerton HealthGigabyteGitLab serversGraffHariexpressHumana IncInstagram and TikTokKasperskyLas Vegas Cancer CenterLavaca Medical CenterMachon MorMaxim Healthcare GroupMediaMarkt, many more Microsoft Exchange servers, Missouri Delta Medical CenterMLBNational Iranian Oil Products Distribution CompanyNationwide Laboratory ServicesNorth American Dental Management, a bunch of NPM librariesNRAOlympusOpenSea NFTPainters District Council No. 30 Health and Welfare FundPhilips Tasy EMRPlaybookPractice MaxPremier Patient HealthcareProfessional Dental AlliancePutnam County Memorial HospitalQRS, Inc., Quest Diagnostics ReproSourceQuickfoxRobinhoodRussia’s Federal Information SystemScoolioSCUF Gaming InternationalSeneca Family of AgenciesSinclair TVSocietà Italiana degli Autori ed EditoriSurecare Specialty PharmacySyracuse ASC, LLCTescoThingiverseThrockmorton County Memorial Hospitaltribal casinosTwitchTwitterUK Councils (dude!), UK Labour PartyUNC HospitalsUniversity of Colorado BoulderUMass Memorial HealthUniversity of SunderlandThe Urology Center of ColoradoUS Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security InvestigationsUS Water and Wastewater SystemsNational Health Service of UkraineVenmo used to syphon bank accounts, VisibleVisual Tool DVRsViverant PT, LLCWashington Central Unified Union School District (VT), and, of course, more Zoho ManageEngine servers than you can shake a stick at, have been hacked this month.

Google Chromebook enrollmentMicrosoft 365KT, and Voipfone have suffered outages this month. Microsoft overlooked expired certificates again, and Microsoft is force-installing crapware again, as well.

Pwn2Own this year demonstrated over 60 hacks across dozens of devices. Default password patterns (like your phone number) are sadly and unsurprisingly insecure. Facebook will (supposedly) delete 1 billion faceprintsYahoo pulled out of China and YouTube is pushing malware. Mozilla has finally removed two malicious add-ons that have been weakening security for half a million users. macOS Monterey is bricking MacsCanon is being sued for disabling their printers. And McAfee is being purchased by an “investor consortium.”

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is very large. The typical computer should see roughly 3.0 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Edge, .NET, Servicing Stack, Internet Explorer, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, and MSRT (~2.3 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 14.8.1, iOS 15.1, iPadOS 14.8.1, iPadOS 15.1, Safari 15.1, macOS Big Sur 11.6.1, macOS Monterey 12.0.1, Security Update 2021-007 Catalina, tvOS 15.1, and watchOS 8.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.8.1 and 15.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.8.1 and 15.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

tvOS 15.1.1 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 8.1 is security updates. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 94.0.4606.114 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Fedora 35-1.2 is a major update, adding several new configuration and control features, and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/

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 Monterey (12.x) means that macOS Mojave (10.14) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Catalina (10.15) 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 (v21H1) is very large, for the first time it’s actually smaller than the previous release, but it will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process 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.

Windows 11 has been released, but it has only been out a few weeks so should be considered beta software. Give it at least a couple months before you install it on your devices.

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. This includes “free” applications like Avast, OpenOffice, and games you do not actually play.

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 18.0.4.6 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.31.88 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 95.0.4638.69 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Iridium 2021.10.95 is a security update.
https://iridiumbrowser.de/

Microsoft Edge 95.0.1020.44 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 94.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 91.3.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Vivaldi 4.3.2439.65 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 91.3.0 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

OutlookAttachView 3.44 resolves a profile selection bug. 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.

AnyDesk 6.3.5 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

Dropbox 134.4.4115 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.56.2 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FileZilla Server 1.1.0 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Google Drive 52.0 improves compatibility, no longer respects custom cache location mapping, forcefully overwrites the destination of any link named “Google Drive,” and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Rclone 1.57.0 resolves dozens of bugs and improves reliability, compatibility and stability for several platforms and protocols. This is not a secuirty update.
https://rclone.org/

Skype 8.77.0.97 adds background blurring, user pinning, Meet Now improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.18.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Technitium DNS Server 7.1 adds certificate generation, Block Page App, Drop Requests App, Query Logs App, Advanced Blocking App, improves logging, and resolves several other bugs. This is a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram 3.2.3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/
This month Telegram also added advertising support – a harsh reminder that the platform is run by a Russian company.

WinSCP 5.19.4 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.8.3.1581 adds administrative controls, improvements in Meeting, webinar, chat, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 2.0.18 improves tracking and expression matching reliability. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

iTunes 12.12.2 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be considered a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Plex Home Theater 1.7.0.2676 improves update check and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.24.5.5173 improves database structure, search matching, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Nintendo Switch 13.1.0 adds support for the new expansion pack. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

PlayStation PS5 21.02-04.03.00 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Steam 2021.10.14 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

Office Updates

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

Audacity 3.1.0 improves usability, adds clip handle bars, smart clips, and reworks the looping feature. This is not a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

LibreOffice Still 7.1.7 resolves 27 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.2.2 resolves almost 70 bugs. This is not a security update. Be aware that the “Fresh” line is beta software and should be avoided in favor of the “Still” line.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.3.6 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.1.9 resolves several stability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 4.3.2 improves performance of Tools and plugins, and resolves a reliability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

PDF-XChange Editor 9.2.358.0 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

RoboHelp Server RHS2020.0.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/robohelp-server/apsb21-87.html

Adobe InCopy 17.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/incopy/apsb21-110.html

Adobe Creative Cloud 5.6 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/creative-cloud/apsb21-111.html

Adobe After Effects 18.4.2 and 22.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb21-79.html

Adobe Audition 14.4.2 and 22.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/audition/apsb21-92.html

Adobe Bridge 11.1.2 and 12.0 are security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb21-94.html

Adobe Character Animator 4.4.2 and 22.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/character_animator/apsb21-95.html

Adobe Prelude 22.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/prelude/apsb21-96.html

Adobe Lightroom Classic 10.4 and 11.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/lightroom/apsb21-97.html

Adobe Illustrator 25.4.2 and 26.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb21-98.html

Adobe Media Encoder 15.4.2 and 22.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/media-encoder/apsb21-99.html

Adobe Premiere Pro 15.4.2 and 22.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_pro/apsb21-100.html

Adobe Animate 22.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb21-105.html

Adobe Premiere Elements 19.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_elements/apsb21-106.html

Adobe InDesign 17.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb21-107.html

Adobe XMP Toolkit SDK 2021.08 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/xmpcore/apsb21-108.html

Adobe Photoshop 22.5.2 and 23.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb21-109.html

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 15.1.3 updates engine and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Tails 4.24 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

TinyWall 3.2.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

uBlock Origin 1.38.6 resolves compatibility with Twitch. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

YARA 4.1.3 should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/countercept/chainsaw

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.34.1 replaces update engine and resolves several bugs. 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.

MakeMKV 1.16.5 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 7.9.1 adds support for macOS Monterey, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 7.9.828 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

AccessEnum 1.33 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/accessenum

Autoruns 14.06 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns

BatteryInfoView 1.25 updates tray tooltip to display information on multiple batteries. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/battery_information_view.html

Bitwarden 1.28.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CacheSet 1.01 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/cacheset

Contig 1.81 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/contig

ControlMyMonitor 1.30 improves error handling. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

CPU-Z 1.98 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

Cygwin 3.3.1 resolves a compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 9.31 adds option to customize DPI values. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Desktops 2.01 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/desktops

Disk2vhd 2.02 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/disk2vhd

DiskMon 2.02 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/diskmon

dnGrep 2.9.428.0 resolves cancel bug, .gitignore filtering, theme improvements, and PDF association. This is not a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

EFSDump 1.03 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/efsdump

Everything Toolbar 0.7.3 adds option to enable or disable thumbnails and hotkey handling. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

Git SCM 2.33.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

GoodSync 11.9.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Homedale 2.00 adds new column for Station Count. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

HWMonitor 1.45 adds support for new hardware and disk read/write speeds. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

Java 8u311 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

LessMSI 1.10.0 adds support for MSP files, MSI Stream names and resolves a cache bug. This is not a security update.
https://lessmsi.activescott.com/

LoadOrder 1.02 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/loadorder

NTLite 2.3.1.8454 adds new components, settings, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Aomei Partition Assistant 9.5.0 adds SMART health checks and improves update behavior. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

PointerStick 5.55 updates languages. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.49.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

ProcessMonitor 3.86 updates icons. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

PsShutdown 2.53 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/psshutdown

RegJump 1.11 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/regjump

RoboForm 9.2.1 improves compatibility, import, sync performance, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Rufus 3.17 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_US/

ShareEnum 1.61 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/shareenum

ShellRunas 1.02 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/shellrunas

SimpleWMIView 1.46 adds error handling and improves high-DPI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

Sysmon 13.30 resolves several bugs, improves stability, and adds user fields for events. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

TCPView 4.16 updates icons. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/tcpview

WinObj 3.13 updates icons. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/tcpview

Windows 11 RCT 1.3.1 improves detection of CPU features and updates languages. This is not a security update.
https://bytejams.com/

WinScan2PDF 7.44 improves hardware compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 4.04 adds support for mobile devices and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

ZoomText 2021.2111.2.400 resolves compatibility bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

ZoomText 2022.2110.47.400 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Godot 3.4 improves user interface, input handling, adds large file support, frame delta smoothing, and dozens of other features. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.0.27 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

Node.js 16.13.0 updates libraries, resolves several bugs and is promoted to LTS. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 17.0.1 is a new major version adding OpenSSL 3.0 support, updates libraries,
https://nodejs.org/en/

Visual Studio Code 1.62 resolves over 4000 issues and adds vscode.dev beta. This should be treated as a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.12.3 resolves a gamepad bunding bug. This is not a security update.
https://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

VirtualBox 6.1.28 resolves almost two dozen bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Dada Mail 11.17.1 resolves several bugs and improves the GUI. This is not a security update.
https://dadamailproject.com/

Docker Desktop 4.2.0 adds pause/resume, windows management, updates libraries, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.2.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.9.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

MailArchiva 8.3.14 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://mailarchiva.com/

OpenPetra 2021.10 resolves several bugs and improves automation. This is not a security update.
https://www.openpetra.org/

ownCloud Client 2.9.1.5500 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/desktop-app/

Piwigo 12.0.0 improves sorting, performance, maintenance, and adds bulk actions and logging. This is not a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

Contact Form 7 5.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Social Post Feed 4.0.3 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This should be treated as a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

Email Log 2.4.8 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/email-log/

Visual Composer 40.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://visualcomposer.com/

W3 Total Cache 2.1.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 5.9.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WordPress Zero Spam 5.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/zero-spam/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2021-05-11

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for May, 2021. There have been a couple dozen major hacking incidents and critical security issues, and every browser has now continued their weekly security update cadence through the third month.

This Month in Technology

Apple (Quanta Computer), Apple’s AirDrop, Apple’s iOS 14.5, Apple’s macOS Big Sur 11.3, Cellebrite, Celsius Network, Colonial Pipeline, Dell dbutil, Dominion election hardware, various DNS implementations, mostly on IoT devices, various medical devices, Elliman Property Management, Facebook, Geico, enterprise password app Passwordstate, various Police Departments, Pulse Connect Secure, Tesla’s Model X, and Trend Micro’s Apex One were hacked this month.

Linux banned University of Minnesota from submitting code because they intentionally submitted patches that would have intentionally made Linux devices insecure.

The FBI is violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

It’s illogical to justify or mandate an experimental treatment that increases your risk for a disease and creates side-effects on its own that are equivalent to the disease. When you can’t win your arguments using actual science you have to ignore the inserts, the numbers, falsify the data, falsify the tests, censor, attack their education, ridicule and intimidate, hide the dead children, secretly destroy the unused ventilators, ignore the tens of thousands of barrels of DDT dumped in the ocean by the same  companies making the experimental vaccines today, make sure nobody knows you have no idea what you’re doing, or just straight-up kill people. A Jedi mind trick or two goes a long way, too. By the way, the COVID-19 mortality rate for vaccinated test subjects dwarfs the rate for the “control group.” France is at least capable of putting two and two together. It’s sad that American doctors can’t.

In a surprise move, Apple & Google have actually stood by their privacy policies forbidding the UK from collecting additional location details through the NHS COVID-19 tracking app. That said, no matter how much they try to limit data exposure, if it’s collected, it can be compromised.

Piracy is bad and FLoC is worse10DLC is a step in the right direction, but will likely only result in increased text messaging forgery.

USPS is violating the first amendment but that pales in comparison to what state and federal governments are doing, and what the Speaker has done to keep her seat. Christianity isn’t illegal, yet. Violence is, but it has proven to be effective anyway, so will continue unabated.

There are still some wins coming in, so I guess we haven’t quite devolved into communism, but it doesn’t look good when censorship is so pervasive and ambiguous, and officials openly engage in fraud during an audit, and blame the victims for being assaulted.

The Epic vs Apple suit is currently underway and has proven to be what you’d expect from a conflict between a monopoly and a video game company. Meanwhile, Apple is now being sued for terminating accounts for customers that have “bought” apps and services through them, and the EU has declared Apple’s App Store a monopoly. Seeing the writing on the wall, Microsoft has lowered it’s Windows Store cut.

Google, which dropped Fortnite last year for violating the terms of a contract, just sidestepped Roku’s removal of the YouTube TV app by inserting the functionality of  YouTube TV app into the YouTube app. Demonstrating the flaws in their app compatibility argument Google broke YouTube TV on their own Chromecast platform during this circus.

Now for the good news:

Dogecoin for the win. Just make sure you are the only one with the keys to your wallet!

Oh, and Samsung is planning to provide a way so you can still make use of some of your archaic hardware.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is huge – with well over a hundred common applications and operating systems releasing fixes. The typical computer should see roughly 3.2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

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

Apple released updates for iCloud for Windows 12.3, iTunes 12.11.3 for Windows, Safari 14.1, Security Update 2021-002 Catalina, Security Update 2021-003 Mojave, Xcode 12.5, iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1, iOS 12.5.3, macOS Big Sur 11.3.1, tvOS 14.5, and watchOS 7.4.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.5.1 and 12.5.3 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.5.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 7.4.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 90.0.4430.100 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Fedora 34-1.2 has a lot of changes under the hood, such as UEFI improvements, driver and updated libraries. This is a security update.
https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/

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 Big Sur (11.x) means that macOS High Sierra (10.13) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Mojave (10.14) 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 (v2009) is huge (about 18% larger than v2004, which was 25% larger than any prior build) so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 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. This includes “free” applications like Avast, OpenOffice, and games you do not actually play.

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 18.0.3.9 improves diagnostics and removal. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Logitech Options 8.54.106 resolves several bugs. This version does not provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

Nvidia 466.27 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Engine 3.20.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://steelseries.com/engine

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.24.84 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 90.0.4430.212 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 90.0.818.56 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 88.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 78.10.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

SeaMonkey 2.53.7.1 is a security update.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 3.8.2259.42 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.9.1 is a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Thunderbird 78.10.1 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

BrowsingHistoryView 2.48 adds a QR code toolbar button and resolves a bug in the SaveDirect command-line switch. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

curl 7.76.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 121.4.4267 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FreeFileSync 11.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Java 8u291 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Npcap 1.31 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Omada Software Controller 4.3.5 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

PuTTY 0.75 is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Technitium DNS Server 6.2.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram 2.7.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Zoom 5.6.5.823 is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.11.3 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Picard 2.6.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Plex Media Server 1.22.3.4392 resolves several bugs with collections. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

VLC Media Player 3.0.14 is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 8.03 improves notification controls and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps4/system-software/

PlayStation PS5 21.01-03.10.00 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Office Updates

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

Artweaver 7.0.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Atom 1.57.0 updates libraries, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.1.3 resolves over a hundred bugs. This is a security update. Be aware that LibreOffice Fresh is a beta version and should be avoided in favor of the Still (stable) version.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Lightworks NLE 2021.2 resolves dozens of bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.lwks.com/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

OpenOffice 4.1.10 is a security update.
https://www.openoffice.org/download/

Paint.net 4.2.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Application 5.4.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/creative-cloud/apsb21-31.html

Adobe Genuine Service 7.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/integrity_service/apsb21-27.html

Adobe Acrobat and Reader 2021.001.20155, 2020.001.30025, and 2017.011.30196 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb21-29.html

Adobe After Effects 18.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb21-33.html

Adobe Animate 21.0.6 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb21-35.html

Adobe Experience Manager 6.5.8.0 and 6.4.8.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb21-15.html

Adobe InDesign 16.2.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb21-22.html

Adobe Illustrator 25.2.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb21-24.html

Adobe InCopy 16.2.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/incopy/apsb21-25.html

Magento 2.4.2-p1 and 2.3.7 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb21-30.html

Adobe Media Encoder 15.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/media-encoder/apsb21-32.html

Adobe Medium 2.4.5.332 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/medium/apsb21-34.html

Security Software Updates

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

HTTP Toolkit 1.3.0 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://httptoolkit.tech/

KeePass 2.48.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://keepass.info/

uBlock Origin 1.35.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

VT-CLI 0.9.6 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/vt-cli/releases/latest

Tails 4.18 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.30 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 2021.3.1 resolves two minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Education updates

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

Zotero 5.0.96.2 optimizes online storage and resolves a hang in generating citations. This is not a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 7.8.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 7.6.801 is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Autoruns 13.100 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns

CCleaner 5.79.8704 adds cleaning of Slack cache, adds ability to wipe free space, and improves debug logging. This is a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CPU-Z Installer 1.96 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

CurrPorts 2.65 resolves a kernel tracing bug and improves high-DPI compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

Etcher 1.5.120 is a documentation change. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Fing 2.6.0 adds Deep Scan and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-windows

GoodSync 11.6.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

HWMonitor 1.44 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

NTLite 2.1.0.7862 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Aomei Partition Assistant 9.2 adds ability to free up space on Windows partitions by moving apps to another partition. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

PowerToys 0.37.2 updates all components, settings app and configuration, and improves silent installation behavior. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

Process Monitor 3.70 allows constraining the number of events and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

ProduKey 1.97 adds command-line configuration processing. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

RoboForm 9.1.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

SearchMyFiles 3.11 adds high-DPI support and adds a sorting as a menu option. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

TCPView 4.01 is a cosmetic update. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

WinRAR 6.01 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.rarlab.com/

WinScan2PDF 7.07 improves compatibility with Windows. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.41 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wiztreefree.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

AutoHotkey 1.1.33.09 resolved several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Godot 3.3 improves reliability and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.0.25 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

Node.js 16.1.0 resolves dozens of bugs and compatibility issues with the new major v16 update to Node.js, which removes support for Python 2 and updates system requirements. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.17.0 updates libraries, resolves dozens of bugs, improves diagnostic capabilities, and backports several features from stable. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.35.5 is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.56 improves hover feedback, terminal profile, debugger, and more. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.12 adds ARM64 support and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.22-144080 is a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Coppermine Gallery 1.6.12 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Dada Mail 11.13.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dadamailproject.com/

Docker Desktop 3.3.3 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.0.13 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.8.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

OpenPetra 2021.04 improves contact and import, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.openpetra.org/

ScreenConnect 21.6.3280.7796 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.7.1 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 2.8.4 is a security update.

BuddyPress 7.3.0 is a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.4.1 resolves several bugs and compatibility issues. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 5.3.0 resolves dozens of bugs and introduces several new features. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 2.8.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.41 resolves a cosmetic bug. 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 2021-03-09

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for March, 2021.

This Month in Technology

Gab has been hacked at least a couple more times. (Would you trust the security of a Gab-owned bank?)

A new form of “supply-chain” attack demonstrating dependency vulnerabilities has been used against many major vendors, including Microsoft, Apple, Tesla, and dozens more.

32redAccellionAllergy PartnersAppleBombardierCA DMVClubhouse ChatsCovenant HealthCareCSXD-Link devices, Ecuador’s Ministry of Finance and Banco Pichincha, the European Banking AuthorityEXMOExperian (again), France’s Ministry of HealthGeorgetown County (SC), Hipcam (and other baby monitors), HumanaIBM, over a hundred Italian banksKeepChangeKiaKrogerLakehead UniversityMalaysia AirlinesNess Digital EngineeringNinja FormsNgrokNurseryCam, Oxford University, RealPage, RIPE NCC accountsRockwell Automation PLCsMaza, a Russian Cybercrime forum, SingtelSITA (an airline service provider), SolarCityPayPalQualysSendgrid accounts (to send spam – how could anyone tell the difference?!), Sequoia CapitalSignalT-Mobile, TMS, 15 UK schoolsUnderwriters LaboratoriesUniversal Health ServicesVMWare vCenter ServerWashington State Unemployment DepartmentWawa, Apple’s WebKit, and Yandex have been hacked.

According to a study by Bridewell Consulting, 86% of UK critical national infrastructure organizations have experienced cyber-attacks. I think it would be more accurate to present these numbers as, “14% of UKs critical national infrastructure doesn’t have the technology in place to know they were hacked.”

Even more malware related to the SolarWinds hack has been discovered. Since AWS was used for the SolarWinds hack, shouldn’t Amazon shut AWS down, too?

Microsoft is now admitting that Azure and Exchange source code has been compromised by the SolarWinds attackers.

The big news this month is that a vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange (coincidence?) has resulted in over thirty thousand servers being hackedThis is huge. So what did Microsoft do? Microsoft has announced it has changed their policy to crack down on hosted email accounts that receive a lot of email. Sigh.

Another interesting new tactic, bitsquatting, has proved far more effective than one would think. The demonstration allowed them to hijack thousands of requests intended for Microsoft. Used maliciously, this method will cause serious damage.

Censorship has finally made it before the Supreme Court, but Dr. Suess is only the latest target, while Facebook allowed actual genocide, but forbade discussion about news articles, Google acknowledges their efforts to perform censorship “better,” and Firefox has released a new extension to aid in censorship, while Streamlabs waited for the payment to clear before censoring one paid user. The Beverly Hills Police Department is using the novel approach of playing copyrighted music to prevent their actions from being observed, and Congress is now violating federal law by demanding censorship of media.

It amazes me that people actually trust “fact checkers.” Censorship doesn’t work!

Poland isn’t taking it anymore. Italy is fining Facebook, too.

Tor was hacked years ago, but new implementations (like that in Brave) are still popping up with their own problems.

Another 21 million VPN users were taught the lesson about the difference between customers and products. If you’re not the customer, you’re the product.

Instagram (like parent Facebook) is sharing everything you do with law enforcement. So is Apple’s iCloud.

The Windows 10 implementation of web fonts can be used to hack you. Apple M1 chips (less than 6 months old) have been targeted with several pieces of malware, but we should trust the MORPHEUS chip, right? BTW, M1 Macs are eating their (soldered in) SSDs, too.

It’s not just Google. Apple can disable all of your accounts and services on a whim, too. Or for your name.

Amazon has been caught duplicating products, can they be trusted to sell your products or host your content?

Is half a billion dollars enough to get you to rethink a bad user interface?

The whole point of unified interfaces and consistent logins is to ensure a familiar experience so you know whether you’re visiting the real site. Attackers take advantage of this to build their own imagekits and forms, even using their own fake security measures to convince you you’re on the “real” site since they are forced to validate that *you* are really you.

The malicious Gootkit Trojan can help the SEO of your websites. Just not for you.

Never reuse passwords. Or hard-code them. And don’t use obvious passwords either. But if you do, don’t blame a fabricated intern.

Apple claims that a new (available since 2019, but only recently launched on iOS) application execution technique will make it more difficult for iPhones to be hacked,
while yet another iPhone bug has demonstrated to successfully jailbreak every active iOS/iPhone line.

North Dakota and Arizona may save the Internet by forbidding the ability for vendors to force the use of their own app stores.

While many treat Google’s lockdown of their data APIs in Chromium as a bad thing, I see it as getting Google further out of Chromium – which can only be a net positive.

AT&T and Frontier have consistently abandoned phone networks in California, but we knew that: AT&T said they were going to do this when Title II passed. Sometimes the only thing to make a company following through is enough bad press.

Deepfakes for everyone! While most focus on Deepfakes are about their potential for evil, they can be used for good.

On patents: Intel owes $2.2 billion for saving power, and Apple has violated several biometric patents.

Dr. Fauci has known all along that the PCR test was useless. The WHO has launched their own COVID-specific version of “we investigated ourselves and found we did nothing wrong.” The dystopian concept of vaccine passports has been struck down by the Council of Europe. Unfortunately their power is mostly cosmetic.

The CDC inflated “COVID deaths” over 1600% in violation of multiple federal laws. CDS is real though. COVID has been “really good for CNN ratings,” though. Thousands of people have died in the US from the experimental COVID “vaccines,” (and elsewhere) or suffered from other harm. Many more internationally. Quarantine internment camps are a real thing. People are being harmed from the tests (or forcefully vaccinated), too. You can do something about it. (They sure won’t.) BTW, the CDC has had to remove their claim that vaccines don’t cause Autism.

Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Texas have joined in on efforts to end lockdown insanity.

Don’t be selfishMasks still don’t work, but masks can kill you. (At least they won’t rape you.)

Keep the pedophile, but ban the words.

Green Energy killed Texas. It shouldn’t have been allowed to happen.

Governors Cuomo and Whitmer are finally being taken to task on their “accidental” murder of thousands of nursing home residents. Don’t expect the President to get involved. Genocide is just “different norms” to him. Instead of those in “National Security” investigating this, they’re convinced their time is better used calling half the population terrorists.

Facebook has had more than 20 million child sex abuse incidents, more than 20x greater than any other website, including Google. Nevertheless, the masses aren’t calling for cancelling Facebook. It’s tolerance when “they” do it.

Speaker Pelosi (who is responsible for security at the House) refused National Guard assistance, supposedly over “optics“, before the staged January 6riot“. Chris Wray lied to Congress about Antifa dressing as Trump supporters. So did former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. They’ve knowingly falsified FISA warrants. So is it really any surprise there are calls to shut down the FBI?

Some states are finally allowing election audits, with evidence of 6% discrepancies in every single race, others as much as 78%, and other serious math problems, while others refuse to release ballots for inspection, purge election data, or allow the FBI to shred ballots without oversight or inspection. Then they poison the people they are forcing to guard them.

Is it any surprise that their Section 230 “reforms” are designed to completely silence online discourse? After all, the President doesn’t understand what “clandestine” means. (Quick tip: If you announce your intentions on the MSM, it’s not clandestine!)

The Babylon Bee is probably the best news site on the Internet, not because they actually have any news, but because they shine a light on the fraud that passes for news today.

Now for the good news:

California has finally been allowed to implement their own brand of Net Neutrality. I strongly oppose Net Neutrality, as getting government involved in something (even under the auspices of protection) always results in unintended consequences. This is, fortunately, no exception. CA Net Neutrality can now be used by myself and others to target Big Tech to penalize them for their continuous acts of censorship.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is huge. The typical computer should see roughly 3 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

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

Apple released updates for macOS Big Sur 11.2.3, watchOS 7.3.2, Safari 14.0.3, iOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.4.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.4.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 7.3.2 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 88.0.4324.186 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 Big Sur (11.0) means that macOS High Sierra (10.13) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Mojave (10.14) 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 (v2009) is huge (about 18% larger than v2004, which was 25% larger than any prior build) so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 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. This includes “free” applications like Avast, OpenOffice, and games you do not actually play.

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 12.2.0.2902 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.3.7 improves cleanup and adds network path support. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

DirectX 9.29.1974.1 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.

nVidia 461.72 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. 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 1.21.74 resolved several bugs. This is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 89.0.4389.82 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 89.0.774.48 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 86.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 78.8.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Vivaldi 3.6.2165.40 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 78.8.0 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

Mumble 1.2.19 is a security update.
http://wiki.mumble.info/wiki/Main_Page

Prosody 0.11.8 is a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Trillian 6.4.0.5 resolves a settings bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Dropbox 117.4.378 does not provide a changelog so should be treated like a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FreeFileSync 11.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Zoom 5.5.13142.0301 resolves several bugs, improves grid view, and better indicates when content is being shared. This is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 2.0.12 adds 3 new types of motion, show/hide shortcut, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Flickr Downloadr 3.3.4.1 updates the Docker image. This is not a security update.
https://flickrdownloadr.com/downloads/

Office Updates

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

Atom 1.55.0 allows git configuration without a repository. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

IcoFX 3.5.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.1.1 resolves almost a hundred bugs. Remember that this is beta software, so should be avoided for the stable version whenever possible. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.1.3 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 7.9.3 adds new folder features that now prevent it working on Windows XP. If you are still running XP you should really consider switching to Linux, but if you must continue to use XP then use Notepad++ 7.9.2. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp32

VideoCleaner 5.8 improves Matrix, Sharpening and Mask features. This is not a security update.
https://videocleaner.com/download.html

Adobe Connect 11.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/connect/apsb21-19.html

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Application 5.4 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/creative-cloud/apsb21-18.html

Adobe Framemaker 2020.0.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/framemaker/apsb21-14.html

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 4.16 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

OpenSSL 1.1.1j is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/source/

RogueKiller 14.8.5 updates core and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Wireless Network Watcher 2.25 improved compatibility with high-DPI. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 3.06 adds support for the new cache partitioning structure in chromium-based browsers. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.16.1 resolves several bugs and adds ARM support. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 7.8 adds native M1 support and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 7.6.793 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

CCleaner 5.77.8521 improves cleaning and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

ControlMyMonitor 1.28 improves compatibility with high DPI. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

Coreinfo 3.52 adds reporting for CET (shadow stack). This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/coreinfo

Cygwin 3.1.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

Dell Command Update 4.1 is a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

DesktopOK 8.66 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Eraser 6.2.0.2992 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://eraser.heidi.ie/download/

Everything Toolbar 0.6.2 adds an installer, drag & drop support, elevation support, and more. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

Homedale 1.93 adds an option to set the gps baud rate from the command line. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

IsMyHdOK 3.01 resolves a bug in screenshot generation. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NTLite 2.0.0.7820 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSFMount 3.1.1000 updates drivers and improves CLI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

PointerStick 5.05 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

QuickSetDNS 1.31 adds option to start hidden. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/quick_set_dns.html

TeamViewer 15.15.5 was released. The TeamViewer release notes have been unavailable for months now, so while it might be a security update, it would be safer to remove TeamViewer until these issues are resolved.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

TraceRouteOK 2.42 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WinScan2PDF 6.91 adds support for multi-page TIF and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.37 improves compatibility, refresh behavior, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wiztreefree.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

AutoHotkey 1.1.33.05 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Node.js 12.21.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.16.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 15.11.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

TortoiseSVN 1.14.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

Visual Studio Code 1.54 resolves an extension dependency bug. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.11.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 4.8.0 adds several new features and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

Docker Desktop 3.2.1 updates the Docker Engine. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.1.5 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.8.0 adds a bunch of new features, improves permissions, brute force delays, style and administration improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Joomla 3.9.25 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

MailEnable 10.32 resolves several bugs and adds LDAP support. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

Nextcloud Server 21.0.0 improves performance (up to 10x!), collaboration, groupware and more. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

OpenPetra 2021.02 adds several new features, improvements, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.openpetra.org/

phpList 3.6.1 improves short URLs, PHP8 support, and security improvements. This is a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

phpMyAdmin 5.1.0 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility, and adds several new options. This is not a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/

ScreenConnect 21.3.2160.7699 resolves several bugs, renamed End to Delete, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

YOURLS 1.8.1 improves IDN, UTF8, time zone, and PHP8 support, removes support for PHP 7.2, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://yourls.org/

WordPress 5.7 resolves several bugs and adds a few new features, improving accessibility, and (finally) adding a feature to update HTTP to HTTPS links throughout your site when you switch to HTTPS. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.1.9 improves handling of pingbacks in XML-RPC calls. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 7.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Conditional Widgets 3 improves translation support. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.4 adds Sendinblue support, updates libraries and improves reliability and compatibility. This is not a security update.

Social Post Feed 2.19 improves error handling and reporting, cleanup, resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.5.1 improves instructions and compatibility. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.55 improves compatibility and removes legacy image sizing feature. This is not a security update.

Really Simple CAPTCHA 2.1 improves hash comparison. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 2.1.1 resolves several bugs and adds information links and ogg caching support. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 5.1.0 is a major update. This version improves compatibility, localization, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

WordPress Zero Spam 5.0.9 resolves several bugs and improves spam detection. 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 2021-01-12

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for January, 2021.

This Month in Technology

By now you’re probably very aware with the SolarWinds “hack” since it was 24/7 news only a month ago, though mostly conjecture. We now know they were hacked over a year before a third-party (FireEye) pointed it out to them, and the malware remained on their servers weeks after it was identified.

What we’ve learned of it over the last month is a rich reminder of do’s and don’ts:

  • Don’t trust multi-factor authentication – it’s not nearly as effective at preventing logins as you’ve been lead to believe.
  • Don’t take over devices you can’t exploit quickly – don’t expose yourself wideband for 0.2%.
  • Do use a strong, unique password for everything – never something as absurd as “solarwinds123“.
  • Do modify your firewall to eliminate automatic whitelists for government IP addresses.
  • Do regular checkups – you never know what you’re going to find.

Don’t worry, though, they’ve hired a political hack to CYA!

Austin City, the City of CorneliaCity of EllensburgIndependence City (Kansas), Chatham County (North Carolina), Huntsville City Schools (Alabama), Jefferson County (Kentucky), Subway, Intel’s Habana LabsMicrosoftFireEye, the United NationsMaryland’s GBMC HealthCare, the US Dept of JusticeNissanLivecoinSpotifyIndiGo, various Israeli companies, the US Judiciary case file system, and many gaming companies have all been hacked.

Security issues or backdoors were found in Zyxel firewalls, Typo3Android BluetoothGlassdoorNintendo 3DSMicrosoft 365Google Titan security keys, Signal App cryptography, Starbucks mobile, and terabytes of secrets and databases have been dumped online.

Point-of-sale hardware has a “service mode” with a default password, malware is fingerprinting and mapping networks using the MAC address, Smart Doorbells are still a bad idea, Gionee has been infecting their own budget smartphones for kickbacks, and Google is still the easiest way to hack Google.

Ticketmaster hacked their competition 7 years ago and is only now paying a fine for it, Twitter is being fined almost half a million Euros for its breach handling, and Sabre Corp has now settled with 27 states over data breach.

WhatsApp won’t let you use it if you don’t want it to have your data tied to the rest of Facebook. The bigger you are, the bigger the target is on your back.

The “secure communication” tool Telegram tells everyone your precise location if you enable location support. One of my favorite browser extensions, The Great Suspender, changed hands in 2020 and the new publisher has recently been caught using it to distribute malware under the guise of analytics. Shopify, BigCommerce and other large sales platforms are being targeted with a card skimmer.

Mozilla (creator of Firefox and Thunderbird) wants the entire Internet to be used to censor certain publishers (that’s a bad thing), which is sad since they recently dropped support for PWAs (that’s a good thing).

Speaking of censorship and cancel culture, a potential new federal banking rule could put an end to the social/financial terrorism employed by cancel culture devotees. However, Big Tech censorship is at an all-time high in the wake of “riots” that were tame for the last year.

Corellium is protected by Fair Use and Tim Cook is going to have to testify more than a mere 4 hours about how his elimination of competition and closed ecosystem aren’t “really” a monopoly.

Ledger WalletT-Mobile (yet again), Amazon partner JuspayUbiquitiNintendo21 ButtonsSangoma TechnologiesDental Care AllianceKoei Tecmo, and Apex Laboratory all suffered data leaks/breaches.

Zoom, however, willingly shared their US user data with China.

Facebook’s recent Instagram hack exposed a massive click farm.

Google has had several service outages in the last month, as has Apple and even #Slack.

WinZip is vulnerable to a MitM attack (dude, no SSL, really?!).

Google broke SMS on many Android devices, your RAM can be used to exfil data from your device, Apple iPhone assembly plant Wistron in India has been suspended after a riot causes $60 million in damages. That may be a good thing, though, since the Apple MagSafe chargers can deactivate pacemakers.

macOS Preview is damaging PDFs (again).

Apple has removed the ability to download combo updates for Big Sur. This is going to cause serious security problems for the vast majority of the world that doesn’t have Bay Area bandwidth available to them.

In a good move, Apple has upset Facebooks advertising ecosystem by preventing certain data collection and use on their latest platforms, even Google is trying to figure out how to get around the new privacy requirements.

Why don’t I trust government? It’s hard to pick just one reason, but this month has many examples. Government employees tasked with preserving election data call for its mass deletion, or “accidentally” delete the security log files, while ignoring hundreds of pages of evidence and “moving the goalposts.”

The FBI has been hiding Seth Rich’s laptop while claiming they didn’t have it, public schools are purchasing hacking tools to get the data off student’s phones, mass data collection never ends, agencies fine you for helping during a crisis or being in a car without permission, while they hack journalist’s phones and run pedophile rings out of large white government buildings in DC. Nevertheless, you should trust the math and not look behind the curtain. Or else.

By the way, streaming content that you don’t have rights to is now a felony thanks to a nearly 6,000 page bill passed without anyone reading itHypocrisy is their bread and butter. Which is why they have such religiously held beliefs that violate all common sense.

Now for the good news:

It is now possible to integrate Everything into the Windows taskbar!

Starlink is approved for use in the UK, opening the door to true worldwide broadband.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Adobe Flash Player is finally dead! There will be no more security updates released for Flash, and it’s probably the application single-most responsible for infections world-wide over the last 20 years, so it should be removed immediately. Use the utility below to remove it.
Win: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html
Mac: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-mac-os.html

Patch Tuesday this month is pretty big. The typical computer should see roughly 2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Edge, .NET, and MSRT (~ 1.6 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Big Sur 11.1, Security Update 2020-001 Catalina, Security Update 2020-007 Mojave, Safari 14.0.2, macOS Server 5.11, macOS X Combo Update 10.15.7, Brother Printer Drivers 4.1.1 and HP Printer Drivers 5.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.3 and iOS 12.5.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.3 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 7.2 and watchOS 6.3 are security updates. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 14.3 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 87.0.4280.142 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 Big Sur (11.0) means that macOS High Sierra (10.13) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Mojave (10.14) 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 (v2009) is huge (about 18% larger than v2004, which was 25% larger than any prior build) so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 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. This includes “free” applications like Avast, OpenOffice, and games you do not actually play.

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Crucial Storage Executive 6.09 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.3.5 improves removal of various artifacts. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

nVidia 461.09 is 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 1.18.78 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 87.0.4280.141 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 87.0.664.75 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 84.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

Firefox ESR 78.6.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/

Iridium 2020.11 is a security update (but still not patched to the current Chromium security updates). Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://iridiumbrowser.de/

Vivaldi 3.5.2115.87 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 78.6.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

Facebook Messenger 20201207 is a security update, but is still a month behind the current chromium security level. You should remove Facebook Messenger if you have it installed.
https://www.messenger.com/download

Trillian 6.4.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

curl 7.74.0 is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 112.4.321 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.52.0.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 11.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Minds 4.7.0 improves data use and channel header, restyles posts, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.minds.com/mobile

Npcap 1.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Technitium DNS Server 5.6 adds dynamic configuration application, adds cleanup options, block list refresh intervals, forced refresh, and resolves many other bugs. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Zoom 5.4.59931.0110 adds ability to block insecure participants, force authentication, silence notifications when sharing, and management improvements. This is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Adobe FrameMaker 2020.0.1 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=7061

Adobe Bridge 11.0.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb21-07.html

Adobe Captivate 2019 11.5.1.499 hotfix 1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/captivate/apsb21-06.html

Adobe InCopy 16.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/incopy/apsb21-05.html

Adobe Campaign Classic Gold Standard 11, 20.3.3.9234, 20.2.4.9187, 20.1.4.9126, 19.2.4.9082, and 19.1.8.9039 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/campaign/apsb21-04.html

Adobe Animate 21.0.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb21-03.html

Adobe Illustrator 25.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb21-02.html

Adobe Photoshop 22.1.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb21-01.html

darktable 3.4.0 resolves over 100 issues and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.darktable.org/install/

Flickr Downloadr 3.3.3.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://flickrdownloadr.com/downloads/

Picard 2.5.6 resolves several bugs.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2020.12.21 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

PlayStation PS3 4.87 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps3/system-software/

PlayStation PS4 8.03 adds option to disable Game Chat Audio. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps4/system-software/

PlayStation PS5 20.02-02.30.00 resolves PS4 transfer bugs, text input and Wi-Fi stability issues, and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Office Updates

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

Interactive Calendar 2.2 adds color schemes, resolves search issues, improves stability & performance, and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.csoftlab.com/calendar

LibreOffice 7.0.4 resolves over a hundred bugs and is now the new general release. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.1.1 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 7.9.2 resolves over three dozen issues including performance and stability. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 4.14 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

Gpg4win 3.1.15 improves AD support and resolves a random security key selection bug. This is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

KeePass 2.47 resolves several bugs, improves search and options. This is not a security update.
https://keepass.info/

NSudo 8.0.1 updates libraries and adds translations. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/M2Team/NSudo/releases/latest

RogueKiller 14.8.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

uBlock Origin 1.32.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Wireless Network Watcher 2.23 updates internal MAC addresses database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2021.1.0 improves transparency handling, scaling improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?snagit

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 12.0.1.5 adds new models and profiles, improved Enlarger AI handling. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

IsoBuster 4.7 adds an option to import and export templates, improved reliability, scanning, and read handling, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

MakeMKV 1.15.4 improves compatibility, implements seamless join of TrueHD streams, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

BulkFileChanger 1.72 adds “Photo – Date Taken” option. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

CCleaner 5.75.8238 adds import for “Cookies to Keep” option, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

ControlMyMonitor 1.27 adds switches for turning on, off, and toggling on/off state. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

Dell Command Update 4.0 adds support for DCH drivers, adds a filter for Security updates, and improves user interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

DesktopOK 8.38 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dupeGuru 4.1.0 now uses tabs instead of windows, adds cosmetic fixes and options, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dupeguru.voltaicideas.net/

Etcher 1.5.113 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything 1.4.1.1003 resolves issues with the exit switch, improves shortcuts and autofocus. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

GoodSync 11.5.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

IsMyHdOK 2.71 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

LessMSI 1.8.0 improves usability. This is not a security update.
https://lessmsi.activescott.com/

MS ISO Downloader 8.46 adds new builds for Office 2019 for Mac, more Dell models and ISO Tools hash improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

NTLite 2.0.0.7756 resolves several bugs and improves controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Aomei Partition Assistant 9.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

PointerStick 5.01 improves rendering. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

Process Monitor 3.61 adds monitoring for various registry APIs and resolves a query output bug. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

PsExec 2.21 is a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 13.00 adds image tampering events and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

TaskSchedulerView 1.65 adds columns for Task File Created/Modified. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TeamViewer 15.13.6 is released – but their changelog is on their community site (forum) which is currently down and redirecting to a third-party site. The new build may be a security update, but I recommend disabling TeamViewer completely for the near future just to be safe.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

TraceRouteOK 2.31 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WakeMeOnLan 1.87 updates the internal MAC addresses database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.66 adds option to copy clicked cell and updates MAC addresses file. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

WifiInfoView 2.67 adds window resizing and pagination to the properties window, and adds wildcard filter support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 6.41 improves duplex support. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WirelessKeyView 2.21 improves display and adds QR Code view (F2). This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Node.js 12.20.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.15.4 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 15.5.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Redemption 5.26.0.5872 adds ability to remember SMTP passwords, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Visual Studio Code 1.52.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Docker Desktop 3.0.4 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.1.2 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.9.24 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Nextcloud Server 20.0.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

OpenPetra 2020.12 removes support for SQLite, improves Find, Type Ahead, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.openpetra.org/

phpList 3.6.0 adds blacklisting hook, and counter limits. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

phpMyAdmin 5.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/

ConnectWise Control 21.1.2009.7678 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.6 improves layout flexibility, adds new block patterns, captions, new default theme, and improved auto-update capabilities. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.1.8 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.8.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 7.1.0 resolves two bugs. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.3.2 is a security update.

Social Post Feed 2.18.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Interactive World Map 3.1.9 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.4.9 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 2.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Widgets on Pages 1.5.0 is a security update.

WooCommerce 4.9.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

Show IDs 1.1.6 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/