Updates 2024-04-09

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for April, 2024.

There were 370+ major hacks, and over 160 application updates this month. It’s a small month though, with only about 1.5 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

A5 PHARMACY INC., 6,000 ASUS routers, Ace Hardware, Acer Philippines, Activision, Acuity, Adobe Reader, Affinity Health Services, Air Europa, AirDAO, Alabama State Government, Alamo Insurance, Alsaree3, Amazon’s AWS Airflow Service, AMD Zen CPUs (ZenHammer), American Renal Associates, Apex Legends Global Series, Apotheka pharmacy, Apple Safari, Apple’s M Chips (GoFetch), Apple, Arcserve UDP, Argo, AT&T (after denying it), Aussizz Group, Aveanna Healthcare, Axis Direct, BabyTV, Bank of America, Bank of Tanzania, Bank Syariah Indonesia, Banregio, Battle Mountain General Hospital, Benetton Group, Bernalillo County, Better Accounting Solutions, BigBasket, BioLife Plasma Services, L.P., Bira91, boAt Lifestyle, Bonney Forge Corporation, Brewer & Company Of West Virginia, British Tobacco, BSR Infratech India Ltd, Bticino Club, California Correctional Health Care Services, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Carolina Foods, Carrozzeria Aretusa, CASIO India, CCM Health, Chambers Construction, ChatGPT Plugin, Cherry Health, City of Conneaut, Ohio, City of Hope Cancer Center, City of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, City of Pensacola, Florida, City of St. Cloud, Florida, ClickASnap, Colorado Public Defender, Commerce Dental Group, Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, Communications Workers Union, Cornerstone Healthcare Group Management Services LLC, Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals, Credit China, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, Curio smart contracts, CVS Group, D-Link NAS (and several router models), DBS Bank, Delhi Police, Delta Dental of California, Delta Pipeline, Inc., Dental Health Services, Designed Receivable Solutions, Inc., Diabetes WA, Docker, Doctorim, Dolomite Exchange, Domestic Violence Project, Inc, Dormakaba’s Saflok, Dr. Cafe Coffee, Dunn, Pittman, Skinner & Cushman, PLLC, Duty Free Americas, Eagle Bank, Eagle Hydraulic, EAS Change Systems, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO), Eastern Radiologists, Eastside Union School District, EBlock Corp, Ecuador’s Ministerio de Economía, Editorialist, El Salvador’s citizen database, Eland Energy, Inc., Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), Encina Wastewater Authority, England and Wales Cricket Board, EquiLend, Ernest Health, eSIMs, Ethos/Southwest Boston Senior Services, Europol, Everbrite, LLC., Exvagos, Ezras Choilim Health Center, Inc., Family Health Center, Farmacia Ettore Florio SNC, Fidelity Investments Life Insurance Company, Fiduciary Outsourcing, LLC, FileCatalyst Transfer Tool, Fire Rescue Victoria, 223 million exposed Firebase records, Five Eyes Intelligence Group, Flipkart, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Florida Pediatric Associates, FortiClient EMS, France Travail (Government Unemployment Agency), French Football Federation, Fujitsu Corporate Networks, G&S Japan, Gamooga, GardaWorld Cash, Gerson Lehrman Group, most modern CPUs (GhostRace), Giant Tiger, Gilmer County, Georgia, Google Chrome, Google DoubleClick, Google Pixel, Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), Greensboro College, Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, Gresser Inc. and Affiliates, Greylock McKinnon Associates, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, GSM Hosting, Guardian Life Insurance Company, Guy’s Floor Service Inc., HALO Branded Solutions, Hamilton, Canada, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Health Plan Intermediaries Holdings, Healthfirst Health Plan, Inc., Healthfirst Insurance Company, Inc., Healthfirst PHSP, Inc., Henry County, Illinois, High Wycombe Cressex Community School, Home Depot, Homeocan, Hot Topic, Houser LLP, Hoya Corporation, HTTP/2 “continuation” frames, Hudson Supplies Inc, Human Development Services of Westchester, Inc., Huntsville, Ontario, IATSE Staff Retirement and National Pension Funds, ICICIPruLife, ICN Assessoria, IKF Finance, Imperva WAF, Indian Defense & Energy Sectors, Indian S3WaaS website, InfoHit, INNO-SOFT Info Systems Pte Ltd, Inspection Services, Inc., Integration International Inc., INTEGRIS Health, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Irish Health Service Executive (HSE), Israeli Justice Ministry, Israeli LGBTQ App Atraf, Ivanti Connect Secure, Ivanti Policy Secure, Ivanti VPN gateways, Jackson County, Missouri, John R. Wood Properties, Johnson Matthey, Jordano’s Inc., JSC Kaluzhskoe, Kaspersky Fan Club, Keenan & Associates, KidSecurity, Kyivstar, Leicester City Council, Lewis & Clark College, Lindsay Municipal Hospital, London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, M&D Capital Premier Billing, Maccarinelli Luciano, macOS, Macuz, Madero, Magento, Magnum, Mahoney Foundries Inc., Malaysian Industrial Development Finance, MarineMax, Mary H. Makhlouf, DMD, MS, PA, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, MediaWorks, Meson, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Microsoft, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint, Midlands Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, Minecraft, Mintlify, Monmouth College, Motilal Oswal, MotorCycle Holdings, Mozilla Firefox, Multi-Fill, Munchables, Nampak, National Amusements, National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC), National Insurance Institute of Israel, National Public Data, Nations Direct Mortgage, Nationstar Mortgage, Nemesis Market, New Mexico Administrative Office of the District Attorneys, New York State Education Department, Newport Group, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, NHS Scotland, Nissan, NorthBay VacaValley Hospital, Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, Nykaa, Oak View Group, Olea Kiosks Inc., Omni Hotels & Resorts, On Q Financial, Open Automation Software OAS Engine, Oracle VirtualBox, Orange County’s Credit Union, Orsini Pharmaceutical Services, Otolaryngology Associates, OWASP, Pacific Guardian Life Insurance, Paducah Dermatology, Palau National Government, PandaBuy, Panera Bread, Paulmann, Pembina County Memorial Hospital, PGF Technology Group, Inc., Philips Respironics, Phillipine Department of Science and Technology, Plymouth Tube Company Employee Benefit Plan, Polycab, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Ponoka, Canada, Powerhost, Precision Tune Auto Care, Inc., Prisma Finance, ProcessMaker, Prudential Insurance, Punjab Police, Pakistan, Quality Education and Skills Training (QUEST) App, R1 RCM Inc., Radiant Logistics, Rairdon Automotive Group, Ray AI Framework, Redbus, Regional One Health, Rent Go, REV Drill Sales & Rentals, Risas Dental & Braces, Rockland, Roi Et Rajabhat University, Roku, Rudman Winchell Law Firm, SAC Constelacion, Saint Louis University, Santa Clarita Community College District, Saudi Arabia Railways, Scranton School District, PA, Scullion Law, Select Education Group (SEG), Services Informatiques Pour Professionnels, Shopify plugins, Simpson Strong-Tie Co. Inc., Sit ‘n Sleep, Skyway Coach Lines, South China Athletic Association, SouthState Bank, Spa Grand Prix, Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute, Spedition Langen, Stanford University, Sugargoo, Summit State Bank, Super Sushi Samurai, SurveyLama, Swiggy, SwordFantasy, Sycamore Rehabilitation Services, Inc., Targus, Tarrant Appraisal District, Tarrant County, Texas, TataMotors, Teleflora, Tesla, Tesla ECU, Tesla Model 3, The Big Issue, The Law Firm of Friedman + Bartoumian, The Pokémon Company, TIAA, Top.gg Discord bot, Torre Pacheco Town Hall, Spain, Trezor’s X Account, Tri-City Healthcare District, True Homes, Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital, Ubuntu desktop, UC San Diego Health, Ultra Intelligence & Communications, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), University of Winnipeg, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), US Department of Justice (DoJ), US Department of State, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US National Security Agency (NSA), US Vision, Inc., UT Southwestern, V12 Software, Valley Oaks Health, Venmo, Veritas Genetics, Viber, VMware Workstation, VNDirect, Void Interactive, Walmart, Washington State Food Worker Card, Weirton Medical Center, Wells Fargo, Wendy’s, WeRize, Western New York Independent Living, Inc., White Oak Partners, Windows 11, Windows SmartScreen, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., 39,000 WordPress sites, WordPress Essential Addons for Elementor plugin, WordPress LayerSlider plugin, WordPress miniOrange plugins, WordPress Rank Math SEO plugin, Wyatt Detention Facility, XpressBees, XZ Utils, Yale University, and Z Development Services have reported hacking or compromises this month.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is pretty small this month. The typical computer should see roughly 1.5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 100 vulnerabilities in .NET and Visual Studio, Azure, Azure Compute Gallery, Azure Migrate, Azure Monitor, Azure Private 5G Core, Azure SDK, Internet Shortcut Files, Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service, Microsoft Brokering File System, Microsoft Defender for IoT, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Install Service, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft WDAC ODBC Driver, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Open Management Infrastructure, Role: DNS Server, Servicing Stack Updates, SQL Server, Windows Authentication Methods, Windows BitLocker, Windows Compressed Folder, Windows Cryptographic Services, Windows Defender Credential Guard, Windows DHCP Server, Windows Distributed File System (DFS), Windows DWM Core Library, Windows File Server Resource Management Service, Windows HTTP.sys, Windows Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), Windows Kerberos, Windows Kernel, Windows Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS), Windows Message Queuing, Windows Mobile Hotspot, Windows Proxy Driver, Windows Remote Access Connection Manager, Windows Remote Procedure Call, Windows Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS), Windows Secure Boot, Windows Telephony Server, Windows Update Stack, Windows USB Print Driver, Windows Virtual Machine Bus, Windows Win32K – ICOMP, and MSRT. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for GarageBand 10.4.11, iOS 16.7.7, iOS 17.4.1, iPadOS 16.7.7, iPadOS 17.4.1, macOS Sonoma 14.4.1, macOS Ventura 13.6.6, Safari 17.4.1, and visionOS 1.1.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 16.7.7 and 17.4.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 16.7.7 and 17.4.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

visionOS 1.1.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 123.0.6312.94 is security updates. 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 Sonoma (14.x) means that macOS Big Sur (11.x) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Monterey (12) 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 — and final — release of the Windows 10 (v22H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. All non-LTS versions of Windows 10 other than v22H2 are now out of support, upgrade to v22H2 now. If you aren’t sure whether you are using LTS, you aren’t. 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 (v23H2) 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 now stable and can be upgraded to if your hardware supports it, but I recommend you continue to use Windows 10 until early 2025 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 24.3.1 resolves several bugs and compatibility issues. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Crucial Storage Executive 10.01 does not provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.7.4 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

UniFi airMAX NanoStation 5AC Loco 8.7.12 is a security update.
https://www.ui.com/download/software/loco5ac

UniFi Network Server 8.1.113 resolves dozens of bugs and improves management and features. This is not a security update.
https://www.ui.com/download/releases/network-server

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.64.116 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Firefox 124.0.2 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.9.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Google Chrome 123.0.6312.86 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 123.0.2420.81 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Opera 109.0.5097.38 is a security update.
https://www.opera.com/browsers/opera

Opera GX 107.0.5045.86 is a security update.
https://www.opera.com/gx

SeaMonkey 2.53.18.2 is a security update. They’ve *finally* removed support for NPAPI plugins like Flash.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 6.6.3271.57 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

DavMail Gateway 6.2.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://davmail.sourceforge.net/

OutlookAttachView 3.52 adds a cosmetic option to align numeric columns. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Spark 3.14.5.68977 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.14.5.68976 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.9.0 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.

AnyDesk (macOS) 8.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

curl 8.7.1 is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 196.4.6900 is a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 208.0.0.9.229 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FreeFileSync 13.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 89.0 is a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Grocy Desktop 2.10.0 updates bundled Grocy. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/grocy/grocy-desktop

MeshCentral 1.1.22 resolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://meshcentral.com/info/downloads.html

Microsoft Teams 1.7.00.7956 reduces default permissions. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 28.0.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Signal (Android) 7.2.4 takes a few more steps away from dependence on a phone number. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Signal 7.4.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Syncthing 1.27.6 resovles several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Technitium DNS Server 12.1 is a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram 4.16.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 4.0.3 resolves several compatibility and cosmetic issues. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Bitwig Studio 5.1.6 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

Plex Desktop 1.90.1.118 improves collection management. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.59.0.121 updates engine. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.40.1.8227 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.

GDevelop 5.3.198 introduces feedback rewards, updates dependencies and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.73.01 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

Nintendo Switch 18.0.0 adds a 15 minute option to sleep mode, Korean language, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

PS5 2024.315 adds brightness controls, improves mic and speaker support for DualSense controllers, and resolves several bugs. 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.

Adobe After Effects 24.2 and 23.6.5 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb24-09.html

Adobe Photoshop 24.7.3 and 25.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb24-16.html

Adobe Commerce 2.4.7, 2.4.6-p5, 2.4.5-p7, 2.4.4-p8, 2.4.3-ext-7, 2.4.2-ext-7, 2.4.1-ext-7, 2.4.0-ext-7, and 2.3.7-p4-ext-7 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb24-18.html

Adobe InDesign 19.3 and 18.5.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb24-20.html

Adobe Experience Manager 2024.03 and 6.5.20 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb24-21.html

Adobe Media Encoder 24.3 and 23.6.5 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/media-encoder/apsb24-23.html

Adobe Bridge 13.0.7 and 14.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb24-24.html

Adobe Illustrator 28.4 and 27.9.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb24-25.html

Adobe Animate 23.0.5 and 24.0.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb24-26.html

Adobe Reader DC 24.001.20643 improves GenAI stability. This is not a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Aronium 1.42 adds custom labels, database improvements and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://aronium.com/

Calibre 7.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

GnuCash 5.6 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.gnucash.org/

Kdenlive 24.02.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://kdenlive.org/

LibreOffice 7.6.6 resolves almost 40 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 24.2.2 resolves over 70 bugs. This is not a security update. The “Fresh” line is beta software so you should be avoided by most.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Manager 24.4.8.1419 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.manager.io/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.12.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.6.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

QuickBooks Pro 2022 R14_41 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2023 R11_35 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

Zotero (macOS) 6.0.37 improves Google Docs integration and improves messaging. This is not a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Zotero 6.0.36 updates digital signature. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Security Software Updates

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

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.6.10 is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

OnionShare 2.6.2 is a security update.
https://onionshare.org/

OpenSSL 3.3.0 is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/source/

ProtonVPN (macOS) 4.1.11 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

QubesOS 4.2.1 is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

Stinger 13.0.0.90 adds new detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

SuperAntiSpyware 10.0.1264 improves browser extension. This is not a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Tails 6.1 is a security update.
https://tails.net/install/download/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.57.2 resolves a bug in differential updates. This should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Open Broadcaster Software 30.1.2 adds several features and resolves a dozen bugs. This version requires NVIDIA 531.61 or newer drivers. This is not a security update.
https://obsproject.com/

ScreenToGif 2.41 updates libraries and adds click tracking. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 13.0.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

PDF Creator 5.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

StreamFab 6.1.7.0 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 2.0.1.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password 8.10.28 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

AOMEI Partition Assistant 10.3.1 improves duplicate detection and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

Bitwarden 2024.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.22.10977 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

ControlMyMonitor 1.38 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

Cygwin 3.5.3 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 11.19 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 4.1.47.0 resolves several bugs and updates dependencies. This is a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

email-oauth2-proxy 2024-03-15 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/simonrob/email-oauth2-proxy

Everything Toolbar 1.3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

ExplorerPatcher 22621.3296.64.1 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/valinet/ExplorerPatcher/

FoneTool 2.5.2 improves licensing process. This is not a security update.
https://www.fonetool.com/download.html

Go 1.22.2 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.6.2 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

HWiNFO 8.00 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.hwinfo.com/download/

Kingston SSD Manager 1.5.4.5 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

LessMSI 1.11.0 improves GUI. This is not a security update.
https://lessmsi.activescott.com/

ManageWirelessNetworks 1.13 resolves a data export bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/manage_wireless_networks.html

NTLite 2024.4.9860 updates controls and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 11.0.1007 updates libraries and improves documentation. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 6.37 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.80.0 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

PSAppDeploy 3.10.0 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

RoboForm 9.5.7 improves defaults and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

SearchMyFiles 3.25 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

TraceRouteOK 3.35 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WinGet 1.7.10861 resolves dependency issues and a couple other bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ADB 35.0.1 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Android Studio 2023.2.1.24 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

AutoHotkey 1.1.37.02 resolves several bugs related to hotkeys and clipboard control. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

AutoHotkey 2.0.12 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

GitHub Desktop 3.3.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

NASM 2.16.02 resolves several bugs and improves dependency controls. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.nasm.us/index.php

Node.js 18.20.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.12.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 21.7.2 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Python 3.12.3 is a security updae.
https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/

Unreal Engine 5.3 adds dozens of new features and hundreds of changes. This is not a security update.
https://unrealengine.com/en-US/

Visual Studio Code 1.88 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Grocy 4.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/grocy/grocy

HumHub 1.15.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en

SpamAssassin 4.0.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://spamassassin.apache.org/downloads.cgi

WordPress 6.5 is a major update adding several new features and font controls. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 5.3.2 resolves a couple bugs and adds support for new webhooks. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/

Antispam Bee 2.11.6 resolves several bugs and updates dependencies. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antispam-bee/

BuddyPress 12.4.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.9.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Social Post Feed 4.2.3 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

Interactive World Map 3.4.4 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/interactive-world-map/

My Sticky Bar 2.6.9 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mystickymenu/

Really Simple CAPTCHA 2.3 flags compatibility requirements. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/really-simple-captcha/

Sucuri Security 1.8.43 updates license and improves notifications. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sucuri-scanner/

W3 Total Cache 2.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.7.0 resolves over a hundred bugs and almost one hundred other issues. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2024-03-12

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for March, 2024.

There were 300+ major hacks, and over 175 application updates this month. It’s a small month, with about 2.3 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

Ace Air Cargo, Air Methods, Aleo, AlgoSec, Alliance Solutions Group, American Express, American Vision Partners, Android and iOS biometric information (GoldPickaxe), AnyCubic Kobra 3D printers, APK.TW, Apple Shortcuts, Assurance IQ, Auxo, Azure AD/Entra ID (Silver SAML), Baesman Group, Inc., Bangalore One, Bank of America, 61 Brazilian Banks, Bay Area Anesthesia, LLC, Benefit Design Group, Inc., Biomedical Research Institute, BlueCare Plus Tennessee, Booking.com, Bradford-Scott Data, Bright Wires, Capita, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Plan – District of Columbia, CareTree, Inc., Carnet-AMM, Casino Del Sol, Cencora, Centre Hospitalier D’Armentieres, CGM, Inc., Change Healthcare, Cheat-Database, Chunghwa Telecom, CIPC, CISA, Citrus Diagnostic Center, City of Dubuque Fire Department, City of Hamilton, Ontario, City of Oakley, CA, City of Pleasant Hill, CA, Coffee Beyers, Cogdell Memorial Hospital, Coinsquare, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing, Concord Music Group, Inc., ConnectWise Control/ScreenConnect, Continental Aerospace Technologies, Crossroads Equipment Lease & Finance, LLC, CUSO Financial Services, Cutout.Pro, CVS Pharmacy, Inc., David’s Bridal, Davlyn Investments, Denninger’s, Department of State Hospitals (DSH), DGA-Producer Pension & Health Plans, Dignity Health Welfare Benefits Plan, DiVal Safety Equipment, Inc, DJI, 8,000 major brands’ DNS, Duvel Moortgat Brewery, Eagers Automotive, East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine, Eastern Radiologists, Inc, EasyPark, EdisonLearning, Inc., Egyptian Health Department, EKEN cameras, El Al Airline, Election Commission of India, Elemetal, LLC, Empire Fidelity Investments Life Insurance Company, Employee Benefits Corporation of America, ETISALAT, Ewig Group, Facebook Marketplace, Fairway Independent Mortgage, FBI, FBinsure, fckeditor, Federal Communications Commission, Fidelity Investments Life Insurance, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), FixedFloat, Fortinet FortiOS, Fortinet FortiProxy, Framwellgate School, FullPress, Future Generations Foundation, GCA Nederland, Gilroy Gardens, Gixen, Global Tel*Link, Golden Corral, Grace Lutheran Communities, Group Health Cooperative, Grupo Bimbo, Habib’s, Haivision MCS, Hampton County School District, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Hathway Cable & Datacom Limited, HAWITA Group, Health NZ, Hessen Consumer Center, Highland Health Systems, Hochschule Kempten, Hospice of Huntington, Houser LLP, Human Affairs International of California, HWL Ebsworth, Imaging Data Commons libdicom, InfoSys McCamish, Infraestructura Portuaria Mexicana, Insomniac Games, Institute of Food Technologists, Insurance ACE/Humana Inc., INTEGRIS Health, Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine, iSoon, Ivanti Pulse Secure, Jaypee University, Jersey’s Financial Services Commission, JFSC, Joomla, Jovani Fashions, Juniper Support Portal, JVC Kenwood, Kick, Kids Care Dental & Orthodontics, KNS Bank, La Bonne Alternance, LDLC, Leicester City Council, Lena Pope Home Inc., LenDenClub, Lindsey Municipal Hospital, Liquid Environmental Solutions, Littleton Regional Healthcare, llama.cpp GGUF library, Llamaya, loanDepot.com, LLC, Loghman Pharmaceuticals, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Malawi’s passport system, Maranhao Military Police, Maryville Addiction Treatment Centers, Maryville, Inc., McKenzie County Healthcare System, Inc., MedQ, Inc., Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama, Inc., Merchant.ID, Microsoft (yet again!), Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Azure, 97,000 Microsoft Exchange servers, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Streaming Service, MicroStrategy, Ministry of Planning, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Mirtylla, Motilal Oswal Financial Services, Mr. Green Gaming, NALS Apartment Homes LLC, National Police of Peru, Netgear RAX30, NewGen Administrative Services, LLC, North Hill Employee Dental Plan, North Hill Home Health Care, Inc., North Hill Needham, Inc., Northeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, PLLC, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, NVIDIA drivers, Oculus Meta, Odette, Online Trade (Онлайн Трейд), Opensea, Orlando VA Medical Center, P-Fleet, Pakistan National Bank, Paragon Technology and Innovation, Paul Davis Restoration, Paysign, Pennsylvania’s State Courts, PetSmart, Philips Respironics, PlayDapp, PowerRail, Prague Regional Memorial Hospital, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, Prudential Financial, PSI Software SE, QEMU, QNAP NAS devices, Qualcomm Incorporated, RCI, LLC, Redis servers, Redwood Coast RC, Revolut, Richland Community College, Rio Hondo Community College, RMH Franchise, Robert Half, Roblox, Roku, Inc., Romanian medical facilities (approximately 100), Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Russian Ministry of Defense (Minoborony), SAFE Credit Union, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, Samsung Electronics, Santa Clarita Community College District, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, SCEVN, Schneider Electric, Seminole County Public Schools, Seneca, Seven Seas Group, Shein, SK Hynix, smartphone voice assistants (VoltSchemer), SolarWinds Access Rights Manager, Sony’s Insomniac Games, South Korean President, Southern Water, Spectrum Vision, SPMundi, Superior Communications, Tangerine, TeamCity, Tehachapi Unified School District, Tesla Phone Key, Texx Offroad, Thai Summit, The Biosig Project, The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (twice), ThyssenKrupp, Toner-dumping, Tornado Cash, Tracy Unified School District, Trans-Northern Pipelines, Tshwane University Of Technology, TTM Technologies, U-Haul, U.S. Department of the Interior, UAE’s IEMS, Ubiquiti Edge OS routers, UC San Diego Health Hillcrest – Hillcrest Medical Center, Ukraine’s State Environmental Inspector, UniCredit, Unisys, UNITE HERE, University of Cambridge’s Clinical School Computing Service, University of Machester, University of Wolverhampton, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, US Customs Enforcement, Valorem Reply, VARTA AG, Veeco, Vi Senior Living, Victor Valley Union High School District, Victoria Police, Virgin Hotels, Virginia Farm Bureau, VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware ESXi, VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, VSexShop, Ward Transport & Logistics, Washington County Hospital and Nursing Home, Watson Clinic, WayForward, Webber International University, WebMarketPoint, Welltok, Inc., Western National Group, Western Union, Weston Embedded, Williamson County, TX, Windows AppLocker, Windows Defender SmartScreen, WordPress Brick Builder Theme, WordPress LiteSpeed Cache, WordPress Popup Builder, WordPress Ultimate Member, WoTLabs, Wyze, Yakima Valley Radiology, PC, YX International (2FA provider for Facebook and WhatsApp, Google, TikTok, and others), Zenlayer, Zoom, Zyxel firewalls, and ​​Harvard Pilgrim Health Care​ have reported hacking or compromises this month.

AT&T, Change Healthcare, Facebook, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), Instagram, LinkedIn, Microsoft Outlook Exchange via ActiveSync, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), US military pharmacies, WhatsApp, and Wyze have suffered from outages this month.

Citrix and Sophos (both companies over 29 years old) suffered from leap year bugs this year.

Microsoft has announced they’re throwing support behind the “privacy-preserving ads API” which is designed to “less uniquely” identify users. The new system is still designed to collect and share all your interests and internet activity (in fact, the one that will be used in Edge will share your desktop/mobile experience as well as activity in other applications, as Edge does now), but it will not be used to “uniquely” identify you, rather it will collect all this information about your activities and assign your profile to various collections through a process known as meta tagging, and these tags will be used to market to you.

In this way, they’ll be able to tell you’re a divorced Christian 40-something year old female with 2 children, dark hair, wears a size 3, prefers red wine, lives within a 2-block radius of Bank of America in Modesto, orders from Papa Johns once per month and only votes every other election cycle, but they won’t know it’s “you.” Please use an ad-blocker and disable all these metric and ad-measurement features.

The “new Outlook” by Microsoft is collecting logins from third-party accounts and storing them in the Microsoft Cloud without telling their users. Email, contacts and other information from third-party accounts, as well.

While I’m on the topic of Microsoft email…after pushing for better validation and spam controls among their industry partners, Microsoft Exchange is still responsible for a large amount of spam.

Microsoft is also making another push to upgrade those still on Windows 10 to Windows 11. For some devices this means they will be aggressively force-upgraded as happened to Windows 7 users win Windows 10 was released and to some Windows 10 users when Windows 11 was released.

Apple has disabled the Epic developer account, again, claiming that they can’t be trusted. Pot, kettle?

Google Pay is shutting down in the US. If you’ve stored money within this platform you need to move it out before early June. They couldn’t keep their own payment platform alive, but Google believes their AI should be trusted with direct access to information about all hacking incidents so it can be used “for defense.” Somehow I’m just not buying it.

The first publicly known AI prompt injection worm has been created and shown to self-propagate by telling the AI to send a copy of itself through to other AI nodes.

Troy Hunt has a great write-up that demonstrates why it is so easy for scammers to get away with text scams. The vendors suck.

Now for the good news:

Bitcoin broke $73,000 yesterday for the first time, which is $30,000 more than it was at the beginning of the year and $50,000 more than it was a year ago. If you’re looking to sell, don’t. But if you must, we still have about a month of growth yet before the bull run is over. I would be surprised if it doesn’t break at least $82,000 by the first week of April.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is small this month. The typical computer should see roughly 2.3 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 69 vulnerabilities in .NET, Azure Data Studio, Azure SDK, Microsoft Authenticator, Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service, Microsoft Django Backend for SQL Server, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Office Visio, Microsoft QUIC, Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft WDAC ODBC Driver, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Microsoft Windows SCSI Class System File, Open Management Infrastructure, Outlook for Android, Role: Windows Hyper-V, Servicing Stack Update, Servicing Stack Updates, Skype for Consumer, Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC), Visual Studio Code, Windows AllJoyn API, Windows Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver, Windows Composite Image File System, Windows Compressed Folder, Windows Defender, Windows Error Reporting, Windows Installer, Windows Kerberos, Windows Kernel, Windows NTFS, Windows ODBC Driver, Windows OLE, Windows Print Spooler Components, Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service, Windows Telephony Server, Windows Update Stack, Windows USB Hub Driver, Windows USB Print Driver, Windows USB Serial Driver, and MSRT. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 15.8.2, iOS 16.7.6, iOS 17.4, iPadOS 16.7.6, iPadOS 17.4, macOS Monterey 12.7.4, macOS Sonoma 14.4, macOS Ventura 13.6.5, Safari 17.4, tvOS 17.4, visionOS 1.1, and watchOS 10.4. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 15.8.2, 16.7.6 and 17.4 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 16.7.6 and 17.4 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 10.4 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 17.4 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

visionOS 1.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 120.0.6099.301, 121.0.6167.188 and 122.0.6045.214 are security updates. 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 Sonoma (14.x) means that macOS Big Sur (11.x) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Monterey (12) 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 — and final — release of the Windows 10 (v22H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. All non-LTS versions of Windows 10 other than v22H2 are now out of support, upgrade to v22H2 now. If you aren’t sure whether you are using LTS, you aren’t. 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 (v23H2) 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 now stable and can be upgraded to if your hardware supports it, but I recommend you continue to use Windows 10 until early 2025 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 24.2.1 improves stability and resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.7.3 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Nvidia Driver 474.89 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 1.63.169 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 122.0.6261.111 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 122.0.2365.80 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 123.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.8.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Opera 108.0.5067.24 is a security update.
https://www.opera.com/browsers/opera

Opera GX 107.0.5045.60 is a security update.
https://www.opera.com/gx

Vivaldi 6.6.3271.48 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Spark 3.14.3.67453 improves AI training process. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.8.1 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.

Dropbox 193.4.5594 resolves stability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 206.0.0.8.218 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FreeFileSync 13.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 88.0 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

MeshCentral 1.1.21 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://meshcentral.com/info/downloads.html

Microsoft Teams 1.7.00.6058 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 28.0.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Omada Software Controller 5.13.30.8 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Rclone 1.66.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 7.1.1 is a major update, adding username support, improved privacy controls, new emoji, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Signal (Android) 7.0.2 is a major update, adding username support, improved privacy controls, new emoji and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Skype 8.113.0.210 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.27.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 4.15.1 adds Telegram Business features and adds emoji. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Telegram (Android) 10.9.1 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://telegram.org/apps

WinSCP 6.3.2 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.17.11.34827 improves AI 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 4.0.2 improves face detection, lip sync, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

darktable 4.6.1 improves performance and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.darktable.org/

Grayjay 236 adds cache support, improved performance, adds watch filters, and resolves several cosmetic bugs. This is not a security update. They also announced that Grayjay Desktop will be available in the coming months. Yay! 🙂
https://grayjay.app/index.html

Kodi 20.5 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://kodi.tv/

Plex Desktop 1.88.1.96 improves stability and resolves a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.57.1.100 updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

TuneIn 1.28.0 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://tunein.com/radio/home/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GameMaker Studio 2024.2.0.132 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

GDevelop 5.3.194 adds notification support, QRCode support, one-click iOS export, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.71.01 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

PS3 4.91 adds support for the latest BluRay encodings and improves perofrmance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps3/system-software/

PS5 24.01-08.60.00 improves Parties, hardware support, and performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Steam 2024-03-07 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/593110

SteamOS 3.5.17 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility and stability. This is not a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1675200/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Animate 23.0.4 and 24.0.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb24-19.html

Adobe Bridge 13.0.6 and 14.0.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb24-15.html

Adobe ColdFusion 2021.13 and 2023.7 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb24-14.html

Adobe Experience Manager 2024.03 and 6.5.20.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb24-05.html

Adobe Lightroom 7.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/lightroom/apsb24-17.html

Adobe Premiere Pro 23.6.4 and 24.2.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_pro/apsb24-12.html

Calibre 7.6.0 adds profile support, merge support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Columns++ 1.0.5 resolves a tab-to-spaces bug and adds support for notifications coming in the next version of Notepad++. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Coises/ColumnsPlusPlus

Ghostscript 10.03.0 resolves several bugs and improves OCR support. This is not a security update.
https://www.ghostscript.com/releases/gsdnld.html

ImageMagick 7.1.1-29 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://imagemagick.org/

Kdenlive 24.02.0 is a major update, adding native support for DirectX, Metal and Vulkan, Apple Silicon support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://kdenlive.org/

LibreOffice 7.6.5 resolves over 90 bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 24.2.1 resolves almost 100 bugs. This is a security update. The “Fresh” line is beta software and should be avoided by most people.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Manager 24.3.10.1347 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.manager.io/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.12.1 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.6.4 resolves a focus bug. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 5.0.13 resolves a couple bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

QuickBooks Pro 2022 20231120-R13_69 no longer provides a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2023 20231107-R9_133 does not provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

Security Software Updates

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

Gpg4win 4.3.1 adds support for new smart cards, Windows root CAs, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

iOS 17.4 is a security update.
https://support.apple.com/kb/HT204204

iPadOS 17.4 is a security update.
https://support.apple.com/kb/HT204204

macOS 14.4 is a security update.
https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201541

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.6.9 prepares the software for the v5 release. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

OnionShare 2.6.1 updates dependencies, updates release process, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://onionshare.org/

ProtonVPN (macOS) 4.1.7 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.15.3 updates engine, improves exclusion and configuration controls, adds support for multiple threat names and multiple schedules. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

SanDisk PrivateAccess 6.4.10.0 does not provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://support-en.wd.com/app/answers/detailweb/a_id/48025

Stinger 13.0.0.72 adds support for new detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

Symantec Norton Removal Tool 20240303
https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/v60392881

Tails 6.0 is a major update, improving persistent storage support, external mounting, session resumption, and application and library updates. This is a security update.
https://tails.net/install/download/index.en.html

tvOS 17.4 is a security update.
https://support.apple.com/kb/HT202716

uBlock Origin 1.56.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

watchOS 10.4 is a security update.
https://support.apple.com/kb/HT204641

Wireless Network Watcher 2.41 adds option to scan IPv6 addresses. 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 24.1.1 updates libraries, improves mute detection, camera mode swapping, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 13.0.1.3 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

StreamFab 6.1.6.8 improves compabitility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 2.0.1.2 improves enlarger and upscaling, improves performance for deinterlacer and denoiser, and resolve several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.35 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility, and updates signature. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password 8.10.27 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

Agent Ransack 2022.3425 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

Bitwarden 2024.3.0 adds passkey support to self-hosted version, improved 2FA, redesigned interface. This is a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CalyxOS Device Flasher 1.0.9 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://calyxos.org/install/

CCleaner 6.21.10918 resolves several bugs and improves software udpater. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

Cygwin 3.5.1-1 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 11.17 resovles several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 4.1.27.0 improves plugin support, adds sticky scrolling, extends date filters, improves installer and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

ExplorerPatcher 22621.3007.63.2 improves compatibility, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/valinet/ExplorerPatcher/

FileLocator Pro 2022.3425 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

FileTypesMan 2.00 adds option to exclude loading of icons which might cause it to hang or crash. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/file_types_manager.html

Fing 3.6.2 updates signature, improves service not found page, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-windows

Git SCM 2.44.0 resolves several bugs and improves syntax. This is not a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

Go 1.22.1 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.5.8 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Hiren’s BootCD PE 1.0.8 updates drivers. This is not a security update.
https://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/

Homedale 2.11 improves channel width display. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

HWMonitor 1.53 adds hardware support. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

MobileFileSearch 1.48 resolves a bug in export content. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/mobile_device_file_search.html

NConvert 7.172 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.xnview.com/en/nconvert/

NetworkOpenedFiles 1.62 adds sort button to toolbar. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_opened_files.html

OSFMount 3.1.1003 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

OSForensics 11.0.1006 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PowerToys 0.79.0 rsolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

ScreenConnect 23.9.10.8817 is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Starwind V2V Converter 9.413 adds support for converting VMs to and from VirtualBox. This is not a security update.
https://www.starwindsoftware.com/starwind-v2v-converter

Sysmon 15.14 resolves crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

Unity 2023.2.12 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

WifiInfoView 2.93 adds support for 8.2.11be. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Windows Migration Assistant 3.0.0.0 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/118595

WinGet 1.7.10582 is now officially stable, updating libraries and resolve dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WinRAR 7.00 is a major version, increasing the maximum dictionary size, maximum path length, improved security tagging (MotW), and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.rarlab.com/

WinScan2PDF 8.72 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 4.19 adds quick and dirty duplicate detection (name patterns only!) and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

XnConvert 1.100.1 improves batch operation. This is not a security update.
https://www.xnview.com/en/xnconvert/

ZoomText 2022.2402.1.400 improves tracking, compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

ZoomText 2023.2402.1.400 improves tracking, compatibility and 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.

.NET Runtime 8.0.3 is a security update.
https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/download/dotnet

ADB 35.0.0 resolves compatibility bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Android Studio 2023.2.1.23 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

GitHub Desktop 3.3.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Node.js 18.19.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.11.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 21.7.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Rustup 1.27.0 improves compatibility, updates libraries, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.rust-lang.org/

SQLite 3.45.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.87.2 is a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Workstation Player 17.5.1 is a security update.
https://customerconnect.vmware.com/downloads/#all_products

Web Package Updates

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

Invision Community 4.7.16 is a security update.
https://invisioncommunity.com/

Joomla 5.0.3 and 4.4.3 are security updates.
https://www.joomla.org/

Piwigo 14.3.0 is a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

Autoptimize 3.1.11 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

BuddyPress 12.3.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.9.2 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

My Sticky Bar 2.6.8 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mystickymenu/

Theme My Login 7.1.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/theme-my-login/

W3 Total Cache 2.7.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.6.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WPBakery 7.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

WP Mail SMTP 4.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

WP Plugin Update Checker 5.4 improves detection and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/YahnisElsts/plugin-update-checker/releases/latest

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2023-11-14

Happy Thanksgiving, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for November, 2023. It’s ugly.

This month brings a new version of Windows 11 (v23H2), critical security updates for all supported Apple products, and (literally) new security updates for every browser every single week since the last update cycle on October 10th. That’s on top of the 190+ major hacks, and over 205 application updates this month. Prepare yourself, there will be about 5 GB of updates for most devices this month.

The new Windows Copilot AI feature is now enabled by default in Windows 10 and 11, but can be disabled either in the deep settings or within group policy.

This Month in Technology

1Password, 23andMe, Accenture, Ace Hardware, Advarra, Air Canada, Air Europa, Allen & Overy, Allied Pilots Association, AlohaCare, American Family Insurance, Ampersand, Android 13, AndroidLista, Apache ActiveMQ, Apple Safari, Apple “Find My”, Atlas Healthcare CT, Atlassian Confluence, Avito, BHI Energy Health and Welfare Benefits Plan, BHI Energy I Specialty Services LLC, BHS Physician Network, Inc., Boeing, British Library, Bukalapak, BulletProftLink, Bureau van Dijk, Cadence Bank, Caesars Entertainment, Inc., Casio, CCleaner, Chess, Cisco IOS XE, City of Philadelphia, City of Victorville, California, Clark County School District (CCSD), Colonial Pipeline, Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma, Crum & Forster, D-Link, Dakota Eye Institute, Deer Oaks Behavioral Health, 22 companies overseeing energy infrastructure in Denmark, District of Columbia Board of Elections, DP World Australia, Drug Free Workplaces USA, LLC, Edward C. Taylor, PhD., PL, eleHealth, Ethereum wallet system, European government email servers, F5 BIG-IP, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., Financial Asset Management Systems, First Judicial Circuit, Fitmart, Five Guys Enterprises, LLC, Frax Outsourcing, Frazier & Deeter, LLC, Fredericksburg Foot & Ankle Center, PLC, GameSprite, GamingMonk, GPD Holdings LLC (CoinFlip), Grammarly, Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association, Inc., Growers Express, LLC, Grupo GTD, Healthsoft LLC, Helping the Aging Needy and Disabled Inc, Henry Schein, Hill International, Inc, Hospital & Medical Foundation of Paris, Inc, Hospital Sisters Health System, Indian state government, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)…which paid the ransom, International Criminal Court, IPM Healthcare DBA Boomerang Healthcare, Jeffco Public Schools, Juniper devices, Jupyter Notebooks, JustSystems Corporation Ichitaro, Kansas Supreme Court, Kwik Trip, Kyocera AVX Components Corporation (KAVX), La Red Health Center, LastPass, LCS Financial Services, LDLC ASVEL, Lennar Corporation, Life Generations Healthcare LLC, Lobel Financial Corporation, Longhorn Village, macOS, Marina Bay Sands, Mattson Technology, Inc., McLaren Health Care, MemeChat, Microsoft Exchange, Morrison Community Hospital, Mozi IoT Botnet, Mr. Cooper, Napa Integrated Medicine PC, NASCO, NetScaler ADC and NetScaler Gateway appliances, New York Life Insurance Company, Northern Iowa Therapy PC, Okta (again and again), OrthoAlaska, LLC, Oscar Insurance Company of Florida, Pacific Clear Vision Institute, Pacific Union College, Peerstar LLC, Pennsylvania General Store, peplink Surf SOHO, Perry Johnson & Associates, Personify Care, Pharmacy Group of Mississippi, LLC, Phoenix, Pisenti & Brinker LLP, Postmeds, Inc./Truepill, Progress Software MOVEit, Progressive Leasing, Prolific Puma, Pypl, QNAP QTS, Radius Global Solutions, RagnarLocker ransomware, Redcliffe Labs, Refresco Beverages US Inc., Resort Data Processing, Inc., Revival Animal Health, Riverside County Office of Education, Roundcube Webmail, Royal Elementor, Samsung Galaxy S23, San Diego PACE, San Francisco Jazz Organization, Sberbank, Seiko, Shadow PC, Simpson Manufacturing, Singing River Health System, 1 million Windows and Linux hosts using SMBv1, SoftEther VPN, SolarWinds Access Rights Manager, South River Technologies Titan MFT and Titan SFTP, Sphero, Stanford University, Stars Arena, State of Maine, Sumo Logic, Sun Life Financial, Sutter Health, SysAid, Taylored Service Parent Co., TeamCity, The Chattanooga Heart Institute, The Commerce Insurance Company (MAPFRE Insurance), The Hilb Group Operating Company, LLC, The Newtron Group, LLC, Toronto Public Library, Toumei, Town of Iowa, Louisiana, Transaction Data Systems, TransForm, Tri Counties Bank, Tri-City Medical Center, Trigona ransomware gang, Trust Benefit Technologies, LLC, Tunngle, 11 Ukrainian telcos, University Federal Credit Union, University of Michigan, University of Missouri, User Submitted Posts WordPress plugin, Veeam ONE IT, Vidio, VMware vCenter Server, VMware vRealize Log Insight, WACOSA, Wescom Central Credit Union, West Texas Gas, Westat, Inc., Western Washington Medical Group, Weston Embedded uC-HTTP HTTP Server, Women Political Leaders Summit, WS_FTP, Wyze Cam v3, Yifan YF325, Zhefengle have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

In what should be no surprise to 40,000 people, yes, leaving the default “admin” password will get you hacked.

Cloudflare, OpenAI/ChatGPT, Outlook.com, and the Toronto Public Library have suffered from outages this month.

Last months updates broke .NET 6.0 security patches, .NET 7.0 security patches, Apple device integration with Enterprise Single Sign On, Hosted Exchange, HP motherboards, Hyper-V, Microsoft 365 admin system, Microsoft 365, MS Office, Outlook Desktop, Rivian infotainment systems, Veeam RCT, VMware ESXi, Windows desktop icons, Windows Server 2022 VMs on VMware ESXi, Windows Update, and WSUS.

Microsoft violated (again) their promise not to push bloatware on LTSC.

Microsoft also introduced over 110 security vulnerabilities (discovered so far…) to Microsoft 365 by integrating SketchUp 3D capabilities.

Sadly, Microsoft has also disabled the free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 and 8. Until about a month ago it was still possible to upgrade older machines to Windows 10 without having to purchase a license. Now it is no longer possible.

Microsoft has also changed Authenticator behavior to suppress notifications for “risky sign-ins.” The idea is that when a login occurs from an unlikely source, somewhere you have not logged in before or a country you’re unlikely to be in, they can prevent the out-of-the-blue popup asking if you’re trying to log in. Unfortunately, if you’ve reused passwords, or used weak passwords, then this will increase the likelihood of a random calls “from microsoft” or “your IT department” asking you to “verify that you still have access to account” by opening the authenticator and actively approving the login. This kind of UI behavior teaches people to be less wary since they have to then go out of their way to “prove” themselves, which is something most humans innately want to do. It’s going to be bad. To reduce the risk please use strong, unique, random passwords to lessen the risk of successful password spraying attacks.

Microsoft extended the security update support period for Windows Server 2012 to October 2026.

LBRY, Inc is finally throwing in the towel after years of fighting the SEC. LBRY is the organization behind the best (IMHO) video and data sharing service in the world, and was targeted because the federal government chooses not to understand crypto. LBRY is dead, long live LBRY!

The US is leading an alliance to never pay ransom to cybercriminals. A US court has ruled that it is not a privacy violation for your car to harvest your contacts, texts and call logs even when you do not grant those permissions. The SEC has charged SolarWinds and their CISO with fraud over the massive hack in late 2020.

Not only is it foolhardy to assume that any automated system could prevent abuse by 100% of the advertisers, Google’s own data shows that the number of malicious ads they have detected has increased by over 50% in the last year.

The “they have detected” clause is the important takeaway from that statement. Google has over a thousand dedicated people within their ad review department whose sole purpose is to detect and block malicious advertisements, and ads that violate any other policies. Even with that, many people that interact with ads still don’t realize they’re advertisements or are taken to malicious or fraudulent sites. They simply can not detect all malicious advertisements.

Now that Google is pushing a new ad-blocker war via YouTube, it’s actually increasing the number of people that realize that they can, and should, take action to block advertisements. Is it any wonder why people are increasingly blocking ads? You should, too. Start with uBlock Origin. Blocking advertisements is not just about security, though, it could help save the planetNeed help? Ask.

Moody’s has downgraded the US financial outlook to “negative”.

Now for the good news:

According to the CDC there are now record-high childhood vaccine refusals across the country. It’s about time.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is huge this month. The typical computer should see roughly 5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 83 vulnerabilities in .NET Framework, ASP.NET, Azure, Azure DevOps, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Remote Registry Service, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft Windows Speech, Open Management Infrastructure, Tablet Windows User Interface, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Windows Authentication Methods, Windows Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows Compressed Folder, Windows Defender, Windows Deployment Services, Windows DHCP Server, Windows Distributed File System (DFS), Windows DWM Core Library, Windows HMAC Key Derivation, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Installer, Windows Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), Windows Kernel, Windows NTFS, Windows Protected EAP (PEAP), Windows Scripting, Windows SmartScreen, Windows Storage, and MSRT (~ 2 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Monterey 12.7.1, macOS Ventura 13.6.2, macOS Sonoma 14.1.1, iOS 15.8, iOS 16.7.2, iOS 17.1.1, iPadOS 15.8, iPadOS 16.7.2, iPadOS 17.1.1, Safari 17.1, tvOS 17.1, and watchOS 10.1.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 15.8, 16.7.2, and 17.1.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 15.8, 16.7.2, and 17.1.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 10.1.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 17.1 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 118.0.5993.123/124 and 114.0.5735.339 are security updates. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Fedora 39-1.5 is a major update, adding cosmetic, networking, security and other improvements, and updates libraries. This should be treated as 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 Sonoma (14.x) means that macOS Big Sur (11.x) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Monterey (12) 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 — and final — release of the Windows 10 (v22H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. All non-LTS versions of Windows 10 other than v22H2 are now out of support, upgrade to v22H2 now. If you aren’t sure whether you are using LTS, you aren’t. 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 (v23H2) 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 now stable and can be upgraded to if your hardware supports it, but I recommend you continue to use Windows 10 until early 2025 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 23.11.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Daemon Tools Lite 12.0.0 is a major update with a redesign, improves search and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtLite

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.6.9 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

DS4Windows 3.2.19 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://github.com/Ryochan7/DS4Windows/releases/latest

Nvidia Driver 474.66 is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Samsung DeX 2.4.1.22 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.samsung.com/us/apps/dex/

Wacom Driver 6.4.4-3 adds support for new hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wacom.com/en-us/support/product-support/drivers

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.60.114 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 119.0.6045.123 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 119.0.2151.58 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 119.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.4.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Vivaldi 6.4.3160.42 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Microsoft Edge WebView2 119.0.2151.44 is a security update.
https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/webview2/

Email Updates

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

DavMail Gateway 6.2.0 updates dependencies and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://davmail.sourceforge.net/

Spark 3.10.2 adds Spark Integrations and +AI to improve automation and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.10.2.61166 adds Spark Integrations and +AI to improve automation and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 8.0.6 adds dark mode, improves key handling, improves UI, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

AnyDesk (macOS) 7.2.3 vastly improves key handling and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

BrowsingHistoryView 2.57 improves compatibility with Opera. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

curl 8.4.0 adds support for IPFS and resolves more than 100 bugs. This is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 186.4.6207 improved hard drive space controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 199.0.0.9.236 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Client 3.66.1 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 13.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 84.0 is a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Microsoft Teams 1.6.00.29964 adds SMS notifications, unique join links, workflows within channels and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 27.1.3 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Npcap 1.78 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Pocketnet-GUI 0.8.67 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

Rclone 1.64.2 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 6.38.0 improves contact management, voice and video calls. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Signal (Android) 6.39.3 improves contact management. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Skype 8.106.0.212 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.26.0 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Technitium DNS Server 11.5.3 resolves several bugs. This follows shortly after a security update, so should be treated as a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram (Android) 10.2.3 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://telegram.org/apps

Telegram 4.11.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Zoom 5.16.6.24712 is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 3.0.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Bitwig Studio 5.0.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

iTunes 12.13.0.9 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Picard 2.10 is a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Plex Desktop 1.81.0.4012 adds Discover Together and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.50.1.4014 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.32.8.7639 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

VLC Media Player 3.0.20 is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GameMaker Studio 2023.8.2.108 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

GDevelop 5.3.180 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Lego Studio 2.23.10_1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.41.02 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

Nintendo Switch 17.0.0 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

PS5 23.02-08.20.02 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

SteamOS SteamDeck Update 2023-11-13 is a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1675200/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Acrobat and Reader DC 23.006.20380 is a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe Acrobat and Reader 20.005.30539 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb23-54.html

Adobe After Effects 23.6.2 and 24.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb23-66.html

Adobe Animate 23.0.3 and 24.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb23-61.html

Adobe Audition 23.6.2 and 24.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/audition/apsb23-64.html

Adobe Bridge 13.0.5 and 14.0.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb23-57.html

Adobe ColdFusion 2021.12 and 2023.6 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb23-52.html

Adobe Dimension 3.4.10 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/dimension/apsb23-62.html

Adobe FrameMaker Publishing Server 2022.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/framemaker/apsb23-58.html

Adobe InCopy 18.5.1 and 19.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/incopy/apsb23-60.html

Adobe InDesign 18.5.1 and 19.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb23-55.html

Adobe Media Encoder 23.6.2 and 24.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/media-encoder/apsb23-63.html

Adobe Photoshop 24.7.2 and 25.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb23-56.html

Adobe Premiere Pro 23.6.2 and 24.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_pro/apsb23-65.html

Adobe RoboHelp Server 11.5 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/robohelp-server/apsb23-53.html

Artweaver 7.0.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Audacity 3.4.1 adds musical view, pitch controls, and resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Blender 3.6.5 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Calibre 6.29.0 resolves several bugs, improves zoom control, and adds a command line option to open a new instance. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Ghostscript 10.02.1 is a security update.
https://www.ghostscript.com/releases/gsdnld.html

GIMP 2.10.36 is a security update.
https://www.gimp.org/

ImageMagick 7.1.1-21 is a security update.
https://imagemagick.org/

Kdenlive 23.08.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://kdenlive.org/

Kindle for PC 2.1.70471 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Krita 5.2.1 improves various features and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice 7.5.8 resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Manager 23.11.13.1143 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.manager.io/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.5.8 resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 5.0.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

PDF-XChange Editor 10.1.2.382 is a security update.
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

QuickBooks Pro 2022 R13_09 improves migration assistant and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2023 R6_25 resolves resolves a major billing bug. This is not a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2024 20230817-R3_61 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

SumatraPDF 3.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sumatrapdfreader.org/download-free-pdf-viewer

Security Software Updates

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

JShelter 0.17 adds several new controls and features. This is not a security update.
https://jshelter.org/install/

KeePass 2.55 resolves more than a dozen bugs and adds several new features. This is a security update.
https://keepass.info/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.6.5 improves compatibility and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

OpenSSL 3.1.4 is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/

ProtonVPN (macOS) 4.0.0 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.13.0 is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Stinger 12.2.0.664 adds support for several new detections. This should be considered a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

SuperAntiSpyware 10.0.1258 is a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Tails 5.19 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

Tron 2023-10-17 is a security update.
https://www.bmrf.org/repos/tron/

uBlock Origin 1.53.4 improves stability.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Wireless Network Watcher 2.40 adds columns for IPv6 Address and Link Local IPv6 Address. 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.

Open Broadcaster Software 30.0.0 is a major update which removes support for older platforms, adds support to new features and capabilities, and resolves over 50 bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://obsproject.com/

SnagIt 24.0.1 resolves several bugs, improves performance and adds output to Teams. This is not a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 13.0.0.4 resolves dozens of bugs and adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

FFmpeg 20231114 adds caption decoding. This is not a security update.
https://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

StreamFab 6.1.4.9 improves compatibility and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 2.0.0.3 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.30 is a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

.NET Runtime 7.0.13 and 8.0.0 are security updates.
https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/download/dotnet

1Password 8.10.18 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/

Agent Ransack 2022.3416 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

AMD Ryzen Master 2.11.2.2659 is a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/ryzen-master

AOMEI Partition Assistant 10.2.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

Beyond Compare 4.4.7.28397 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitwarden 2023.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.17.10746 improves junk cleaning. This is a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CurrPorts 2.76 adds option to show only incoming TCP connections. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

Dell Command Update 5.1.0 is a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

Dell OS Recovery Tool 2.3.2.7523 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/home/uk/en/ukbsdt1/drivers/osiso/recoverytool

DesktopOK 11.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 4.0.129.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

email-oauth2-proxy 2023-11-01 adds support for secret rotation, resolves a couple bugs, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/simonrob/email-oauth2-proxy

Everything Toolbar 1.3.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

Fido 1.52 adds support for Windows 11 23H2. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

FileLocator Pro 2022.3416 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Fing 3.5.1 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-windows

Go 1.21.4 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.4.5 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

HDD Raw Copy 1.20 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://hddguru.com/software/HDD-Raw-Copy-Tool/

HWiNFO 7.66 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.hwinfo.com/download/

Java 8u391 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

NConvert 7.163 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.xnview.com/en/nconvert/

NetworkInterfacesView 1.35 adds support for IPv6 addresses and IPv6 DNS servers. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_interfaces.html

NTLite 2023.11.9477 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

osquery 5.10.2 is a security update.
https://osquery.io/downloads

PingInfoView 3.01 adds support for IPv6, sorting, reporting improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/multiple_ping_tool.html

PowerToys 0.75.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

RoboForm 9.5.4 reduces nags and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Rufus 4.3 adds support for Windows 11 23H2, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_US/

ScreenConnect 23.8.5.8707 is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Sysmon 15.11 improves performance and resolves a couple bugs. This is a security update.
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

TcpLogView 1.40 adds option to show only incoming connections. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

VMMap 3.4 adds support for .NET 6 and higher. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/vmmap

WinGet 1.6.3133 adds support to configure behavior and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WinScan2PDF 8.68 improves performance and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 4.16 adds several new features, cosmetic and reliability improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

ZoomIt 7.2 adds highlighter and blur and microphone selection. This is not a security update.
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/zoomit

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ADB 34.0.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Android Studio 2022.3.1.21 resolves a couple issues with Gradle. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

GitHub Desktop 3.3.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Godot 4.1.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Microsoft Visual C++ 2022 Redistributable 14.36.33130.0 is a security update.
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/cpp/windows/latest-supported-vc-redist

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.2.0 updates libraries and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

MySQL Server 8.0.35 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Node.js 18.18.2 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.9.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 21.2.0 resolves several bugs, updates libraries, and provides dozens of improvements. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.44.0 provides more than a dozen improvements and bug fixes. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.84.2 resolves several bugs. As of 1.84 Microsoft has dropped support for 32-bit versions of Visual Studio. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.34 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 1.16.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ppsspp.org/download/

VirtualBox 7.0.12 resolves dozens of 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.

HumHub 1.15.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en

Invision Community 4.7.14 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://invisioncommunity.com/

Joomla 5.0.0 and 4.4.0 are both major updates with many new features, compatibility improvements, and bug fixes. These are not security updates.
https://www.joomla.org/

ownCloud Client 5.1.2 is a major update improving compatibility, performance, stability and resolving many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/desktop-app/

ownCloud Server 10.13.2 updates depenendencies and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://owncloud.com/download-server/

WordPress 6.4.1 is the third update to WordPress in the last month, following several security issues.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 3.1.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

BuddyPress 11.4.0 improves stability and compatibility. This is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.8.2 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.5.7 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

My Sticky Bar (formerly myStickymenu) 2.6.5 rebrands, adds a couple features, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mystickymenu/

Postie 1.9.66 improves compatibility and resolves a notification bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postie/

Show IDs 1.1.10 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpsite-show-ids/

W3 Total Cache 2.6.0 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.2.2 resolves several bgus. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WP Mail SMTP 3.10.0 improves OAuth integration and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

WP Plugin Update Checker 5.3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/YahnisElsts/plugin-update-checker/releases/latest

WPBakery 7.2 adds AI support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

WPtouch 4.3.55 resolves several bgus. 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 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/

 

Flash Begone!

Adobe Flash: You Will Not Be Missed

Flash is going to be going away in about a month. Adobe announced the end-of-life (EOL) for Flash about two and a half years ago. Microsoft will be removing the built-in Windows version in 40 days. Flash is currently built into chromium-based browsers (Chrome, Edge, Brave, Vivaldi and so on), and will no longer be included at all in a couple weeks, and the only other browser that has supported it (Firefox) will block it in late December. By mid-January no browser will support Flash and any website that relies on it will have major compatibility problems. Facebook game players have been terrified of this because it’s going to finally kill Farmville.

HTML5 is the replacement for Flash. Flash is closed-source and historically extremely insecure – directly responsible for over half of all malware infections. Flash was originally designed by Macromedia which was later bought by Adobe. Adobe’s entire system has always been designed around closed-source and limiting access to how their software works, which means that it doesn’t have the ability for outside code review or security analysis. HTML5, on the other hand, is open-source, designed by the same people that designed the Internet itself. It does have a digital rights management (DRM) stub which allows publishers to prevent data from being copied (like Netflix), but it’s nowhere near as closed as Flash has been.

Those few sites that lament the loss of Flash don’t understand the risks and troubles that we’ve all experienced as a direct result of this uniquely horrific technology. There are over 1,000 known vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash. At 24 years old, that’s an average of 42 vulnerabilities per year or 3.5 per month. At the time of publication, 652 of the vulnerabilities score a “perfect 10” on the CVS risk scale, and 894 vulnerabilities score 9.0 and above. Put simply, 90% of the known vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash are considered Critical and are capable of completely taking over the affected device.

If you don’t want to wait, you can eliminate Flash yourself using the Adobe Flash Removal Tool.

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

Regards,

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