Updates 2012-01-10

Hi, Folks!

Microsoft released 8 updates addressing vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Windows Media Player, Media Center, developer tools, MSRT, and junk mail filters (under 20mb). This includes security updates. Multiple reboots are required. Unlike a normal monthly Windows Update cycle, this month requires two reboots for most systems – visit Windows Update, check for updates, install all of them, reboot, return to Windows Update, check for updates, install all of them, and reboot again. On some systems the second reboot may not be required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Adobe Reader and Acrobat updates were released today for all current supported versions (70-205mb). This is a security update. A reboot is required. Use Help, Check for Updates within each Reader/Acrobat application to get the current version.

Don’t make it “easier”, make it “easy”.

I read that in an article last month, and it really spoke to me. My clients have repeatedly asked me to make the update process “easier.”

Easier isn’t good enough.

Throughout any given month I remove malware and viruses from dozens of computers. In every single case the malware used either a known software exploit (for which a patch was available, but not installed) or used a common social engineering tactic that the user could have easily been trained to avoid.

These infections take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours to remove, often costing clients upwards of $200 labor per event. But that’s only the direct costs, there are indirect costs, too. When your computer is infected, chances are it’s by a trojan that has shared your activity, usernames and passwords with the author of the malware. Your email, Facebook, MySpace, and Google accounts are compromised. And chances are, your files have been accessed and possibly shared as well. This all adds up to a total invasion of your privacy, added liability and an increased risk of exploitation.

You’ve no doubt received an email from a close friend or family member that’s been “stranded in London” or needs an “immediate cash transfer” to avoid a default judgment? Perhaps you were called by “Microsoft” who has told you that you’ve got a virus, and all you need to do to let them fix it is visit a website and type in a code…and just days later discover thousands of dollars missing from your bank accounts or fraudulent credit card transactions. It happens…and far more often than you might think.

I post these update notifications regularly – at least one or two per month – and many of my clients look at the list of updates and are simply afraid to go below the top section, so most of the updates that apply to their system are never installed. They often don’t even know what software has been installed on their computers.

I want to fix that. And it’s going to be “easy”!

Don't worry, dude, Shawn's got your back.Now that broadband access is far more widely available in Tuolumne County (and much of the rest of the world, so don’t be shy if you’re not local), I’m expanding my online update services and lowering prices! For the low price of $40/month I will now perform all updates for any single personal computer throughout the month. Additional computers are only $15/month. If that’s not a sweet enough offer: If you do get a virus while a subscriber to this service, I’ll discount the monthly subscription cost from my virus removal services. You’ll still come out ahead – and more secure.

Interested? Call or email now.
209-565-1273
shawn@12pointdesign.com

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

BullZip PDF Printer 7.2.0.1338 adds support for both Microsoft.NET Framework 2.0 and 4.0, and several minor tweaks. This is not a security update.
http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Internet Updates

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

FileZilla 3.5.3 fixes several non-security bugs, and adds a keyboard shortcut for comparison options. This is not a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 3.3.8 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Win x64 Codec Support 3.3.8 updates included codecs. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.4.0.2905 corrects several bugs and adds a command line option. This is a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

Picasa 3.9.1.535 fixes various bugs. This should be treated as a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates, or download the updated installer from:
http://picasa.google.com/

Office Updates

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

Artweaver 3.0.2 fixes a couple minor bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Notepad++ 5.9.8 is a security update to the plugin loader and plugin manager. This is a security update.
http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 7.6.9 fixes a Chrome integration bug. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rfe

Goodsync 9.0.0.2 fixes a handful of non-security bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Windows Image Writer 0.4 improves large drive support, and corrects a number of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer/

Intel SSD Toolbox 3.0.2 corrects several SMART, drive compression and hardware compatibility issues. This is not a security update.
http://www.intel.com/support/go/ssdtoolbox/index.htm

Web Package Updates

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

WordPress 3.3.1 is a security update to the 3.3 branch. If you’re using WP 3.3, you MUST update to this version. This version also includes more than a dozen other changes, including corrections to menu, encoding and multisite upload capacity determination. This is a security update. Use the WP updater, or download the current version here:
http://wordpress.org/

PHP 5.3.9 is a security update. This build corrects multiple issues including significant security issues. This is a security update.

BuddyPress 1.5.3.1 corrects several non-security bugs, including several server and theme compatibility changes. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Dada Mail 4.9.1 adds Amazon SES support, and provides several templating bugfixes. This is not a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/download/

Coppermine Gallery 1.5.18 is a security update. If you use Coppermine on your site, update immediately. This is a security update.
http://coppermine-gallery.net/

Email Log 0.5 corrects a deprecated function call. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/email-log/

Really Simple CAPTCHA 1.4 corrects a security bug in the recent 1.3 release (plain text answer file). This is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/really-simple-captcha/

WPtouch 1.9.37 corrects several display issues and improves CSS for certain browsers. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2011-12-29

Hi, Folks!

Today Microsoft released out-of-cycle security updates for all versions of .NET that provide protection from an active series of denial of service attacks. While this is most common on servers, every Windows machine should apply these updates. These are security updates. A reboot may be required. Use Windows Update to get these now:
http://update.microsoft.com/

Adobe Reader 9+ and Adobe Acrobat 9+ have released critical security patches to address a severe vulnerability in how they handle embedded content. This is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version. Since Adobe delays delivery of certain updates, these patches may not be generally available until mid-January. For your own safety, you should check several times from now until then to actually get the download.

Java 6u30 is a security update. This corrects a data parsing bug that has been very actively used to distribute malware over the last few months. Use the link below to download the offline installer, and if you’re running a 64-bit processor, make sure you download and install both the x86 and x64 version.
http://www.java.com/winoffline_installer/

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

RedSn0w 0.9.10b3 implements live iOS 5.0.1 jailbreaking.
http://iphoneroot.com/utilities/

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 9.0 and 9.0.1 provide several text, font, script and HTML5 related improvements as well as security and stability updates. This is a security update.
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

SeaMonkey 2.6 and 2.6.1 use the same codebase as Firefox, so it provides several text, font, script and HTML5 related improvements as well as security and stability updates. This is a security update.
http://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 9.0 and 9.0.1 also uses the same codebase as Firefox, so it provides several text, font, script and HTML5 related improvements as well as security and stability updates. This is a security update.
http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/

OutlookAttachView 2.10 improves the user interface. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

WinSCP 4.3.6 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Trillian Astra for Windows 5.1.18 corrects the Facebook crash on connection and Google Talk and Facebook avatars showing up mismatched in the contact list and elsewhere, as well as a few other bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.trillian.im/windows/

uTorrent 3.1 Build 26616 corrects a number of minor bugs and a security issue when used at very high speeds. This is a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 3.3.6 updates included codecs and adds support for control panel uninstallation. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Win x64 Codec Support 3.3.6 updates included codecs and adds support for control panel uninstallation. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package.
http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Picasa 3.9.135.80 corrects several crash issues, as well as bugs in the tags and contacts features. This is not a security update.
http://picasa.google.com/

Office Updates

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

Artweaver 3.0.1 does not provide a changelog, so it should be treated as a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

IrfanView 4.32 improves performance, and provides a number of additional formats, plugins and capabilities. This is a security update.
http://www.irfanview.com/

Kindle for PC 1.8.3.36179 doesn’t provide a changelog, so it should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

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

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware 1.60 adds a new defensive mechanism to work around various malware anti-security methods, as well as improvements in removal techniques, and logging. This is a security update.
http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free

Password Security Scanner 1.00 is a new application from Nirsoft that helps to detect simple passwords used by your system, in order to better harden your accounts.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/password_security_scanner.html

SuperAntiSpyware 5.0.1142 improves heuristic scanning, performance and corrects issues when testing malformed malware. This is a security update.
http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Freemake Video Converter 3.0.1 is a minor bugfix release. This is not a security update.
http://www.freemake.com/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

LogMeIn Win 4.01.2126 provides enhancements to enable new Windows features including HD remote control and fixes other performance and stability issues with previous versions of LogMeIn. This should be treated as a security update. Right-click on the LogMeIn icon in your tray and select “Open LogMeIn”, click “About”, then “Check for Updates”. After a few minutes of downloading, the updater will start. You’ll be prompted to click “Update”, approve installation and finally “close” the installer when done.

RoboForm 7.6.7 adds IE64 support, visual improvements, and various minor behavior changes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rfe

Goodsync 8.8.9.9 corrects a number of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

CCleaner 3.14.1616 provides several bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

GPU-Z 0.5.7 adds newer hardware support. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

USBDeview 1.97 adds several new command line options, accelerator keys and improves window sizing. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WhatIsHang 1.15 adds a “start as hidden” option to be able to use as a background watch for monitoring when an application hangs. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/what_is_hang.html

Process Explorer 15.11 fixes several bugs, including the fleeting appearance of garbage characters in the status bar. This is not a security update.
http://live.sysinternals.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Inno Setup 5.4.3 improves performance, adds Rich Edit 4.1 support, and modifies some installation behaviors to make them more logical. This is not a security update.
http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

TortoiseSVN x64 1.7.3 corrects several bugs, including several with potential security ramifications. This should be treated as a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 4.1.8-75467 corrects a couple dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

phpMyAdmin 3.4.9 is a bugfix release with minor security fixes. This is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

SMF 2.0.2 corrects a dozen bugs, including a potential security issue. This is a security update.
http://www.simplemachines.org/

ColdFusion 9.0.2 updates a security vulnerability in the ColdFusion engine that would enable an attacker to perform an unvalidated XSS. This is a security update. If your server runs ColdFusion, update now.
http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/925/cpsid_92512.html

DotNetNuke 06.01.02 corrects a few dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://dotnetnuke.codeplex.com/

Admin Customization 2.0.1 fixes a javascript bug. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/admin-customization/

Contact Form 7 3.0.2.1 fixes a bug when saving forms. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Front-end Editor 2.2 suppresses warnings relating to buggy templates and widgets, and introduces editable element grouping. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/front-end-editor/

Simple Facebook Connect 1.2 cleans up the interface, improves SSL support, corrects permissions and a number of other bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-facebook-connect/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2010-12-14

Hey folks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking for an upgrade?

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

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

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

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

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

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

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

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

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

Codec Updates

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

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

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

Win x64 Codec Support 2.7.3 updates included codecs and corrects a bug with ac3 audio. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package.
  http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 10.1 adds AirPlay and iOS 4.2 support, as well as multiple security and stability updates. This is a security update. Use Apple Updater to update to the most recent version, a reboot is required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Office Updates

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

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

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

Security Software Updates

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

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

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

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Education updates

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

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

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2010-09-21

Hey folks!

Apple has released security updates to OSX. Use the Apple Updater to obtain the most recent version.

QuickTime Player 7.68.75.0 is a security update. Use the Apple Updater to obtain the most recent version.

Adobe Flash Player 10.1.85.3 is a security update. Please download both of the following files, CLOSE all browsers and run both installers to update the Flash packages. This is a security update.
  https://12pd.com/click?flash
  https://12pd.com/click?flashie

Microsoft has released a new free security tool, Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), that adds the ability to apply better security handling for many applications that were developed without two major recent security improvements, ASLR and DEP. The initial installation is linked below. Download, install, then use the “Configure Apps” option to add specific insecure applications to the EMET protection.
  https://12pointdesign.com/click?emet

Adobe is planning to release an update for the current spate of security issues in Adobe Reader and Acrobat on October 4th. Meanwhile, for Windows users, the best protection is to install EMET above, and map the Adobe Reader and Acrobat executables to add ASLR and DEP protection.

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

BullZip PDF Printer 7.1.0.1212 improves scripting functionality, and session handling. This is not a security update.
  http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 3.6.10 “fixes a single stability issue affecting a limited number of users”, which prevents Firefox from loading at all. A rogue plugin is also added to the blocklist. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the update.

SeaMonkey 2.0.8 adds the stability fix as above. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the update.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 3.1.4 corrects several stability and crash issues, and adds a rogue program to the blacklist. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to obtain the update.

Incredimail 2.6.22.4750 adds Facebook integration to Incredimail, so you can upload photos and share links. This is not a security update.
  http://www.incredimail.com/english/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Picasa 3.8.115.53 is a stability and bug-fix update. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates, or use the link below:
  http://picasa.google.com/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Goodsync and Goodsync2Go 8.3.5.5 increases performance during cleanup. This is not a security update.
  http://www.goodsync.com/download/affs/goodsync-x12pd.exe

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Inno Setup 5.3.11 now creates shortcuts with a specified working directory, to help mitigate the potential for DLL hijacking exploits of installed applications using Inno as the release tool, and adds several other security improvements, as well as a few cosmetic, compression and menu changes. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2010-08-24

Hey folks!

Microsoft released a couple out-of-cycle updates today correcting issues with the way libraries are loaded and application compatibility for older applications. These are security updates. A reboot is required.
  http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for iMac display drivers, and OSX Server. This includes security updates. Use the “Apple Updater” to get the most recent versions of all the affected software.

QuickTime 7.67.75.0 is a security update. Use the “Apple Updater” to install the latest version.

Adobe Reader 9.3.4 and Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 include multiple security fixes. These versions replaces all previous versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat. This is a security update. Use “Help, Check for updates” to upgrade to the most current version.

Sick and tired? I am!

I’ve been really sick for the last week or so, and pretty much unable to function at anything important. What do you do when you’re sick? I sleep most of the day, check my email and server statuses irregularly, and play a game on my iPhone. What game? TowerMadness. Dude, this game is awesome. And today (well, for the next hour and a half), it’s free. More here:
http://www.towermadness.com/

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

Internet Updates

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

FileZilla 3.3.4.1 fixes a crash bug and issues with the search functionality, and a directory width bug. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for updates, or download it here:
http://filezilla-project.org/

Outlook Shutdown Addin 1.17.0.0 now provides 32bit and 64bit support (note that ONLY Office 2010 provides a 64bit build, so if you’re not using the 64bit version of Outlook, you need the 32bit version of this addin), as well as improved logic. This is not a security update.
http://www.daveswebsite.com/software/olshutdown/download.shtml

Trillian 4.2.22 fixes the recent “Astra” connection issues. This is not a security update.
http://www.trillian.im/download/

Codec Updates

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

Vista Codec Package 5.8.1 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This version works for both Windows XP and Windows Vista. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Win7 Codec Package 2.6.1 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Win x64 Codec Support 2.6.4 updates included codecs and improves flac support. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.3.7.2356 adds better native file handling, ISO context menu support, NRA support, and several UI changes. This is not a security update.
  http://cdburnerxp.se/

VLC Media Player 1.1.3 corrects several bugs in parsers, playlist processing and codecs. This is not a security update.
  http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html

Picasa 3.8.115.45 adds face “movie” exports, batch upload with sequencing, Picnik support, and EXIF & XMP metadata viewing. This is not a security update.
  http://picasa.google.com/

Security Software Updates

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

AdAware 8.3.1.0 improves archive scanning reliability. This is not a security update.
http://www.lavasoft.com/?domain=lavasoftusa.com/products/ad-aware_se_personal.php

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 8.0.0.2 is a major upgrade for DVDFab, and it shows. Updates include improved conversion speed, quality, adds native encoding and decoding support for various hardware, and *most importantly*, it fixes the A/V sync issues some (including myself) have experienced. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.com/en/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GPU-Z 0.4.5 adds new hardware, and corrects a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

Speccy 1.04.173 adds native 64bit support, improved reliability of certain drivers and older USB hardware, as well as improved clipboard and print options. This is not a security update.
http://www.piriform.com/speccy

UpdateChecker 1.038 improves .NET 4.0 compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?uc

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.1.50 is a bugfix release, correcting more than 40 bugs, including a number of issues with transactions, index length issues and crashes when debugging is enabled. This is not a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 3.1.1 corrects several performance and reliability issues. This is not a security update.
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_downloads/vmware_player/3_0

Web Package Updates

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

phpMyAdmin 3.3.5.1 corrects a security vulnerability. This is a security update. Note that reliability and bugfixes are already being corrected for the next release.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

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

Regards,

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