Updates 2018-11-13

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one. Every major vendor has released security updates and there’s many smaller vendor updates released today, as well.

But before we get to that I want to briefly talk about something else. You’ve surely heard the phrase “Internet of Things” or “IoT”. This describes the common and growing practice of everything touching the Internet all the time. Besides the computers you have in your office and living room, the phone in your pocket, and the tablets you have littered across random flat surfaces across your home, there are now cars, toasters, refrigerators, light bulbs, irrigation systems, air conditioners, instant pots, and a million other things that are now Internet-enabled for our convenience or simply for the novelty of it. Nearly all of these devices don’t talk to the Internet directly, but through a router or modem which connects each of the devices at a specific location to the Internet through your Internet Service Provider. While it’s possible to hijack your light bulbs, fridge, and coffee maker, the low-hanging fruit of most networks is and always will be the router. This oft-overlooked device is poorly maintained and directly accessible from the Internet making it easy prey for attackers. Currently there’s a botnet called BCMUPnP_Hunter that has hijacked over 100,000 routers and is using them (and your Internet connection) to send spam and phishing messages.

In each case it could have been avoided.

All hardware is supported and maintained by the vendor for a limited time ranging from a mere 6 months to a decade. However, having it be “supported” is one thing – actually installing the firmware and software updates that would have prevented this and similar infections or proactively replacing end-of-life (EOL) hardware is critical. This neglect is like starving to death at a buffet. The updates and EOL information is out there, but you need to know your network (or hire someone to) and maintain or replace each device that touches it.

Know your network!

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

The typical computer should see roughly 4gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

The first major update to macOS Mojave was released this week, as well as the first major update to iOS 12. Windows 10 v1809 has been released again. This version was pulled for the last two months because of a show-stopper bug that resulted in deleting user files of people with a specific configuration. That issue is now resolved, but it highlights the importance of letting other people be the guinea pig for major updates like this. Updates are important. Don’t get me wrong. Stability is more important, though, and there’s no reason to put a stable, secure, and supported operating system at risk with what amounts to a beta release. Microsoft maintains several versions of Windows 10 and there’s no reason to rush to the latest build. Install their standard security updates, but wait on new releases.

Windows 10 v1809 is about 3gb when downloaded by the Windows Upgrader/Windows Update, so expect it to randomly install for any Windows 10 Home user over the next month, consuming 3gb of bandwidth to get it done. If you have a slow connection, it could end up trying to download 3gb per day per device, so you would be better off downloading the installer yourself and installing it to ensure that the upgrade completes. That said, you should, of course, postpone upgrading to 1809 for the next couple months and let the rest of the world be the beta testers.

In any case, sometimes we all need that reminder: run your backups *now*.

Microsoft released Windows 10 v1809 and updates to Windows, Flash, Edge, Internet Explorer, and MSRT (~3gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released macOS Mojave 10.14.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Supplemental for MacBook Air, Security Update 2018-002 for High Sierra, Security Update 2018-005 for Sierra, iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1.1, Safari 12.0.1, iCloud for Windows 7.8, and iTunes 12.9.1. This includes security update. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 31.0.0.148 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Google Chrome OS 70.0.3538.76 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Fedora 29-1.2 is a new major version offering modularity, GNOME 3.30, Vagrant images, and more. This is not a security update.
https://getfedora.org/

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

Important Notes

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

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1809) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 3-6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.0.3 improves removal and removes paexec to minimize false positives from AV software. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 70.0.3538.102 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 63.0.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 60.3.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.1.1337.47 improves quick commands, resolves several bugs, and updates chromium source to v70. This is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.5.2 improves compatibility, stability, performance, and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Thunderbird 60.3.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Skype 8.33.0.50 improves group moderation and adds send with enter key. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Evernote 6.16.4.8094 resolves several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

FileZilla 3.38.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201811 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.8.7041 adds the ability to filter drives to only those that are writeable. This is not a security update.
https://cdburnerxp.se/

FastStone Viewer 6.7 improves performance, resolves several bugs, and expands options. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

Flickr Downloadr 2.7.0.1 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://flickrdownloadr.com/downloads/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.30.15625 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Steam 2018.11.08 resolves several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 19.008.20081 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Paint.net 4.1.4 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

LibreOffice Still 6.0.7 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.1.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

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

Gpg4win 3.1.5 resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

SuperAntiSpyware 8.0.1024 is a major update adding DND mode, repair and reset modes, and startup monitoring. This is not a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

RogueKiller 13.0.9 updates detection engine and signatures. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2019.0.1 resolves several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.0.3 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.14.1 improves stability, adds support for new encodings, and new options. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Beyond Compare 4.2.8.23479 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitcoin 0.17.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

Cygwin 2.11.2 is a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 5.76 resolves a startup bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

GoodSync 10.9.16 resolves several bugs, improves user experience, and change default security options. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

ImageUSB 1.4.100 resolves several bugs, adds a new option to fill remaining space with an extended partition. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

FileLocator Pro 8.5.2868 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

BulkFileChanger 1.52 adds an option to fill current time to file time command attributes. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

DevManView 1.55 adds delay controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

USBDeview 2.77 adds delay controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

OSForensics 6.1.1004 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

WinScan2PDF 4.56 resolves a driver bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

CPU-Z 1.87 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Node.js 11.1.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.25.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.7.1 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

VirtualBox 5.2.22-126460 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Joomla 3.9.0 provides over 250 fixes and improves privacy controls.
https://www.joomla.org/

ModSecurity 3.0.3 resolves several bugs, adds new rules and controls. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/SpiderLabs/ModSecurity/releases

phpList 3.3.6 resolves several bugs and adds new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.com/download

TinyMCE 4.8.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.6.2 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Akismet 4.1 adds several new features. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.0.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.0.6 resolves the 404 configuration bug. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.2.8 is a security update.

Redirection 3.6.2 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.5.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.33 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2018-10-09

Hi, Folks!

macOS 10.14 Mojave, iOS 12, and Win10 (1809) have all been released. Run your backups *now*.

Mojave will automatically install on nearly all Macs running today, even if it is not supported on that hardware. Be prepared for problems, especially on your older Macs.

As expected, the “battery life” fixes for iOS 12 actually broke charging for many devices. iOS 12.0.1 was released yesterday to resolve that and other security bugs.

Windows 10 v1809 is about 3gb when downloaded by the Windows Upgrader/Windows Update, so expect it to randomly install for any Windows 10 Home user over the next couple months, consuming 3gb of bandwidth to get it done. If you have a slow connection, it could end up trying to download 3gb per day per device, so you would be better off downloading the installer yourself and installing it to ensure that the upgrade completes. That said, you should, of course, postpone upgrading to 1809 for the next couple months and let the rest of the world be the beta testers.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Today is Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one. With Mojave, iOS, and Windows 10 v1809 having been released, many vendors are releasing compatibility updates to ensure their software will remain operable on the newer platforms. Expect the next month to have many other large updates as well.

The typical computer should see roughly 4gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released Windows 10 v1809 and updates to Windows, .NET, Internet Explorer, Edge, Flash, and MSRT (~3.5gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released macOS Mojave 10.14, iOS 12.0.1, iCloud for Windows 7.7, iTunes 12.9 for Windows, Safari 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and Xcode 10. This includes security update. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 31.0.0.122 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Adobe AIR 31.0.0.96 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Google Chrome OS 69.0.3497.95 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.

macOS 10.14 Mojave has been released so devices running El Capitan (10.11) or older will no longer be supported. Your options are to either upgrade to at least Sierra (10.12) or replace your device. Mojave will not run on all Macs, just as High Sierra and even Sierra made some devices unusable. If in doubt whether your device will be able to support an operating system upgrade, be sure to perform a full disk backup prior to upgrade. You should do this anyway, just to be safe.
https://support.apple.com/macos/mojave

iOS 12 was supposed to improve performance and battery life, and resulted in breaking charging for many devices. iOS 12.0.1 fixes that as well as other security issues. You might want to connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC and create a backup with iTunes before installing this upgrade.
https://support.apple.com/ios

Windows 10 v1809 is now available. This build adds several new features, such as dark mode, multiple application tab support, integrated SSH, and improved privacy controls. It’s a huge download and if you’re running a Home version you should install it a couple weeks after it’s released to ensure that you aren’t surprised (and prevented from using your computer) when it installs automatically. Again, backups are good.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1809) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

BullZip PDF Printer 11.8.0.2728 adds command-line switch to preserve original driver and adds a feature to remember recent save locations. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Seagull Scientific printer driver collection 2018.3 resolves two significant bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/windows-printer-drivers/

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 3.5.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Logitech SetPoint 6.69.114 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/setpoint

Browser Updates

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

Brave 0.24.0 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 69.0.3497.100 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 62.0.3 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox ESR 60.2.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.0.1309.37 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.15 now preserves size and position of the properties window. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 60.2.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Skype 8.31.0.92 adds URL previews. You likely received a warning that previous versions (6.x and 7.x) of Skype would soon no longer be supported even if you’re already running the latest version. It’s time to upgrade to 8.x, like it or not.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

uTorrent 3.5.4.44632 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.37.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201810 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.8.7035 adds filtering for writeable drives. This is not a security update.
https://cdburnerxp.se/

FastStone Viewer 6.6 improves performance and video player, adds mouse gestures, date range filtering, and expands the batch tool. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

iTunes 12.9 adds compatibility with iOS 12 and adds features to Apple Music. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version. This is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 6.00 is a major update adding new features and performance improvements. This is a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 19.008.20074 is the third security update for Adobe Acrobat and Reader released in the last month. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Audacity 2.3.0 resolves over 90 bugs, improves stability, and adds new features. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Paint.net 4.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

IcoFX 3.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.1.2 resolves 70 bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 12.13.4 adds detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1264 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 3.00 adds support for Simple Cache for HTTP Chrome format. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 10.2.1.6 adds support for new encodings, improves reliability and adds new output formats. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.5.4 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

NTLite 1.7.0.6522 improves cleanup, component selection, and adds support for 1809. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Mac 7.2.1 adds support for Mojave, dark mode, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

1Password for Windows 7.2.581 resolves several bugs, improves performance and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

8GadgetPack 27.0 adds support for 1809, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. After upgrading or installing 1809 you will need to run the configuration wizard again to reactivate 8GadgetPack.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

GoodSync 10.9.10 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Bitcoin 0.17.0 adds new features, performance improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

CintaNotes 3.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

DesktopOK 5.71 adds support for 1809, improves reliability, adds spacing and size controls, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

IsMyHdOK 1.51 is a cosmetic change. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

DiskMaker X 8.0 adds support for building Mojave. This is not a security update.
https://diskmakerx.com/

HWMonitor 1.36 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

SimpleWMIView 1.33 now supports stdout with an empty string for filename. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

USBDeview 2.76 now supports stdout with an empty string for filename. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

OSForensics 6.1.1001 improves case manager, and adds many new features, bug fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 3.36 adds support for custom graphics for the pointer stick. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

Rufus 3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.akeo.ie/

SystemRescueCD 5.3.1 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

WSUS Offline 11.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Redemption 5.18.0.5142 adds support for Outlook 2019, Windows 10 1809, and Outlook Centennial, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

SQLite 3.25.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.2.18-124319 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

TinyMCE 4.8.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

MailEnable 10.19 adds support for SNI, improvements to webmail, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

Nextcloud Server 14.0.1 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

ScreenConnect 6.7.19864.6828 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Joomla 3.8.13 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Antispam Bee 2.9.0 improves integration and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.4.0 refactors the code, adds several cache-integration features, improves minification, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 3.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.25 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 3.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.0.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2018-09-11

Hi, Folks!

The next builds of macOS (Mojave), iOS (12), and Win10 (1809) are all due in the next month. There’s no better time to run your backups than now. Remember: with the short release cycle of software companies today, YOU are the beta tester, so be prepared – run backups.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Today is Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one.

The typical computer should see roughly 3.5gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, .NET, Internet Explorer, Edge, Flash, and MSRT (~3gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update 2 for MacBook Pro. This is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 31.0.0.108 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

macOS Mojave will be released next month so devices running El Capitan (10.11) or older will no longer be supported. Your options are to either upgrade to at least Sierra (10.12) or replace your device. Mojave will not run on all Macs, just as High Sierra and even Sierra made some devices unusable. If in doubt whether your device will be able to support an operating system upgrade, be sure to perform a full disk backup prior to upgrade. You should do this anyway, just to be safe.

iOS 12 is supposed to improve performance and battery life (we all know how well that worked in the past). This version is due within the month, so be prepared for a large download for your Apple mobile device. You might want to connect it to your mac or PC and create a backup with iTunes, too.

Windows 10 1809 is due out in October. This build adds several new features, such as multiple application tab support, integrated SSH, and improved privacy controls. It’s a huge download and if you’re running a Home version you should install it a couple weeks after it’s released to ensure that you aren’t surprised (and prevented from using your computer) when it installs automatically. Again, backups are good.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1803) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.0.0 adds support for newer hardware and resolves stability problems. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Logitech Gaming Software 9.02.61 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/lgs

Logitech Options 6.92.275 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/options

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 69.0.3497.92 is a security update. This build also significantly changes the interface. The tab bar is larger and squared and the address bar now conceals some information that would otherwise be important (such as ‘www’ and the protocol – http vs https), relying instead only on a cosmetic lock indicator. This build also adds a prefetching header to finally join other mature browsers in alerting servers whether requests are prospective or due to user action. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current release.

Firefox 62.0 is a security update. This build also significantly changes the home page, adding large blocks for history, Pocket, and highlights. This version also improves CSS support and is one step closer to completely disabling weak Symantec certificates. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current release.

Firefox ESR 60.2.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current release.

Brave 0.23.107 is a security update. Brave is the best Chrome alternative I’m currently aware of, but is still a few days behind in security patches. Brave patches for the current Chromium release within 48 hours to their dev channel, but it takes a couple more days for that to be promoted to the current release.
https://www.brave.com/

Vivaldi 1.15.1147.64 is a security update. Vivaldi is slow to patch security updates from the Chromium base, so you should still avoid using it as your primary browser or you open yourself up to targeted attacks for known vulnerabilities.
https://vivaldi.com/

Internet Updates

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

Skype 8.30.0.50 resolves several feature disappearances since the 8.x release. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Trillian 6.1.0.17 resolvs several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Trillian Mac 6.1.0.8 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.

WinSCP 5.13.4 is a security update. This build resolves several bugs and updates libraries.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

uTorrent 3.5.4 Build 44520 is a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FreeFileSync 10.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

FileZilla 3.36.0 resolves several crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201809 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC Media Player 3.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

MusicBrainz Picard 2.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://musicbrainz.org/doc/MusicBrainz_Picard

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.25.7131 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 5.56 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Photoshop CC 19.1.6 and 18.1.6 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb18-28.html

Artweaver 6.0.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Paint.net 4.1 resolves several bugs and adds many new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Kindle for PC 1.24.3.51068 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Krita 4.1.1 resolves several bugs and adds new features. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

Security Software Updates

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

OpenSSL 1.1.1 is a security update.

OpenSSL 1.1.0i is a security update.

Avast! Home Edition 18.6.2349.0 removes VPN, adds TLS 1.3 scanning, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

KeePass 1.36 updates libraries, improves compatibility and ACL. This should be treated as a security update.
https://keepass.sourceforge.net/

Wireshark 2.6.3.0 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

Gpg4win 3.1.3 resolves several bugs. This Should be treated as a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

DNSQuerySniffer 1.72 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

RouterPassView 1.75 adds support for several new encryption protocols. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/router_password_recovery.html

SmartSniff 2.29 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html

PS Pending Reboot 0.9.0.6 resolves a reliability bug. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/bcwilhite/PendingReboot

RogueKiller 12.13.0 is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.09 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.2.1.3 adds support for new encodings, resolves severa bugs, and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.5.3 should be treated as a security update. This build resolves a major risk of data loss.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 10.9.8 resolves many bugs and introduces a new GSTP version that improves performance. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

NTLite 1.7.0.6500 adds several tweaks and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Cygwin 2.11.0 is a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 5.56 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

NetworkTrafficView 2.16 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

RegFileExport 1.10 resolves an encoding bug. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/registry_file_offline_export.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.57 updates internal MAC database and resolves a positioning bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

WifiInfoView 2.40 adds option to filter by signal quality. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

SystemRescueCD 5.3.0 is a security update.
https://www.sysresccd.org/

TeamViewer 13.2.14327 resolves crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 4.41 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.26 adds color customization and improves high DPI support. This is not a security update.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

Rufus 3.2 adds application signing, improves performance, and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://rufus.akeo.ie/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DOSBox 0.74-2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dosbox.com/

VMware Player 14.1.3 is a security update.
https://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

DigiCertUtil 20180829 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.digicert.com/util/

Joomla 3.8.12 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

phpMyAdmin 4.8.3 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

phpList 3.3.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.com/download

Contact Form 7 5.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.2.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 3.4.1 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.

WooCommerce 3.4.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2018-08-14

Hi, Folks!

The next build of macOS, Mojave (10.14), is on the horizon. It will be released next month, and this means that devices running El Capitan (10.11) or older will no longer be supported. Your options are to either upgrade to at least Sierra (10.12) or replace your device. Mojave will not run on all Macs, just as High Sierra and even Sierra made some devices unusable. If in doubt whether your device will be able to support an operating system upgrade, be sure to perform a full disk backup prior to upgrade.

This last month has also brought an enormous increase in phishing attempts worldwide. More about phishing and what you can do to protect yourself in an article due soon.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Today is Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one.

The typical computer should see roughly 3gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, .NET, Internet Explorer, Edge, Flash, and MSRT (~3gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update for MacBook Pro. This is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 68.0.3440.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 30.0.0.154 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1803) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.9.1 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 3.5 improves reliability, adds support for newer hardware and NUCs, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Logitech Gaming Software 9.00.42 adds support for newer games, adds support for newer hardware, and resovles bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/lgs

Logitech Options 6.90.138 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/options

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 68.0.3440.106 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 61.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. This build introduces automatic restore of browser tabs, which means that you will no longer be able to simply force-close Firefox to escape the trend of Fake Security Warning sites. I recommend changing this option to False (unfortunately, it defaults to False or True currently based on the whim of Mozilla). Instructions to make this change can be found here.

SeaMonkey 2.49.4 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

NK2Edit 3.37 resolves a bug with GOOG records. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

Thunderbird 60.0 is a major new update with many new features and bug fixes. This is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

DynDNS Updater 5.4.6 updates the installation signature and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dyndns.com/

FileZilla 3.35.2 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.3 improves logging, adds new macros and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201808 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

BrowsingHistoryView 2.17 adds support for using environment variables in settings. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Java 8u181 is a security update. If you actually use Java, install the update immediately. If you are unsure if you use Java (or think that Java and JavaScript are the same thing), then remove Java.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MusicBrainz Picard 2.0.3 updates libraries, resolves several bugs, and improves stability. This should be treated as a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.24.5022 resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Office Updates

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

Adobe Experience Manager (all versions) has security updates available.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb18-26.html

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Application 4.5.5.342 is a security update.
https://creative.adobe.com/products/download/creative-cloud

Adobe Reader DC 18.011.20058 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.

IcoFX 3.2 adds support for High-DPI, resolves several bugs, adds support for new formats and improves features. This is not a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

LibreOffice Still 6.0.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.5.8 resolves several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Security Software Updates

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

Avast! Home Edition 18.5.2342 resolves several bugs and improves notifications and user interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.6.2 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.71 now displays the active network adapter on the window title. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

SmartSniff 2.28 now displays the active network adapter on the window title. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html

RogueKiller 12.12.31 adds detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Intel-SA-00086 Detection Tool 1.2.007.0 improves detection of SA-00086 vulnerability. This is a security update.
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27150

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1260 improves stability, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 12.4.1 is a security update.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.4.1806.2229 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.3.1805.0406 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.07 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.2.0.7 resolves several bugs, improves reliability and performance, adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.12.3 improves support for mastering defects, adds support for new encodings, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.6.3.6400 improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

GoodSync 10.9.6 improves stability and performance, resolves several bugs, and improves licensing. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Beyond Compare 4.2.6.23150 improves cloud service reliability and stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitcoin 0.16.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

CPU-Z Installer 1.86 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 5.55 resolves several bugs and adds compatibility with the current beta of Windows 10. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

CrucialScanner 20180810 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/index.aspx

DiskMaker X 7.0.1 resolves many bugs, and improves user experience. This is not a security update.
https://diskmakerx.com/

DMDE 3.4.4.740 adds GUI versions for macOS and Linux, resolves several bugs, and improves reliability for EOF scanning. This is not a security update.
https://dmde.com/

IsMyHdOK 1.44 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NetworkTrafficView 2.15 now displays the active network adapter on the window title. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.85 adds compare mode for duplicate name search. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

OSForensics 6.0.1004 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 3.21 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

Autoruns 13.91 improves stability. This should be treated as a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

TaskSchedulerView 1.42 now restores to the previous position and size. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TeamViewer 13.2.5287 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 4.33 improves duplex capability detection for HP and Epson scanners. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 8.0.12 is a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Web Package Updates

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

TinyMCE 4.8.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.5.6 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

MailEnable 10.18 resolves several bugs and updates third-party libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

ScreenConnect 6.7.19388.6796 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Joomla 3.8.11 resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

WordPress 4.9.8 improves privacy controls. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Contact Form 7 5.0.3 improves cosmetic behaviors and adds several new features. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.7.2 improves reliability but requires rekeying authentication for unowned Facebook pages. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.24 improves logging. This is not a security update.

Redirection 3.4 improves redirect detection and adds compatibility warnings. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.0.10 resolves several bugs including fatal PHP compatibility. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.4.4 fixes many bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2018-04-10

Hi, Folks!

It’s April 10th and the next build of Windows 10, v1803 aka “Redstone 4,” is supposed to be released today. This is a 6gb download that introduces a few new features and controls, but is not yet widely tested. Don’t be the guinea pig. For at least the next month, when you’re prompted that “the new version of Windows is ready,” just say no! I’ll report here when I believe it is safe for most users.

It’s Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one.

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

Microsoft released updates to Windows, MS Office, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, and MSRT (~1.2gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, Security Update 2018-002 Sierra, Security Update 2018-002 El Capitan, iTunes 12.7.4 for Windows, iCloud for Windows 7.4, and Xcode 9.3. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 11.3 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 4.3 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 11.3 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 65.0.3325.209 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 29.0.0.140 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

The release of the next build of Windows 10 (1803) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Intel Driver Update 3.2 adds support for newer hardware and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.8.5 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 65.0.3325.181 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 59.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 52.7.3 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 52.7.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Trillian 6.1.0.14 resolves several bugs, and improves HiDPI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Adobe Shockwave 12.3.2.202 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

WinSCP 5.13.1 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Evernote 6.11.2.7027 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201804 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Nmap 7.70 resolves several bugs, adds fingerprints, scripts, and improved service diagnostics. This is a security update.
https://nmap.org/

Npcap 0.99-r3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.7.4 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.16.49299 resolves download manager and chat bugs, improves stability and TTS behavior. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Technic Launcher 4/360 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.technicpack.net/download

Office Updates

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

LibreOffice Fresh 6.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice 5.4.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.5.6 adds previous and next buttons to find, improves monitoring behavior, and resolves 2 crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

OpenOffice Dictionary 2018.03.01 is not a security update.
https://extensions.openoffice.org/en/project/english-dictionaries-apache-openoffice

Adobe PhoneGap Push Plugin 2.1.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/phonegap/apsb18-15.html

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.8 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/Digital-Editions/apsb18-13.html

Adobe InDesign 13.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb18-11.html

Adobe Experience Manager 6.x Cumulative Fixes are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/aem-releases-updates.html

Security Software Updates

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

QubesOS 4.0 improves security, improves reliability and privacy, with new behaviors targeting imposed security by design. This is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

Avast! Home Edition 18.3.2333 improves performance, redesigns the password manager, resolves a fatal data loss bug in the virus chest and allows email on IPv6. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.4.6 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

RouterPassView 1.72 improves file type detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/router_password_recovery.html

OpenSSL 1.0.2o is a security update.
https://openssl.org/

OSFClone 1.3.1000 updates libraries, resolves checksum computation bug, and improves compatibility. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/create-disk-images.html

RogueKiller 12.12.12 adds detections. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1258 resolves several bugs and improves engine. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.3.1803.0505 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.3.1802.1515 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.00 improves stability and compatibility with newer operating systems. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.8.8 resolves several bugs, adds support for newer encodings, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Synergy 2.0.9 adds Raspberry Pi support, improves reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://symless.com/synergy/downloads

RoboForm 8.4.8 improves extension compatibility and installation, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

1Password for Mac 6.8.8 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

1Password for Windows 6.8.534 improves two-factor authentication integration. This should be treated as a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

GoodSync 10.8.4 improves service compatibility, improves performance and reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

CPU-Z 1.84 adds support for Spectre detection, newer hardware support, timers and bench testing. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

NTLite 1.6.0.6122 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

DesktopOK 5.12 resolves several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

HWMonitor 1.35 adds support for newer hardware, and improves monitoring. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

ImageUSB 1.3.1006 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

SearchMyFiles 2.83 resolves a search trimming bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

OSFMount 2.0.1001 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

OSForensics 5.2.1007 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 3.03 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

SystemRescueCD 5.2.2 is a security update.
https://www.sysresccd.org/

TeamViewer 13.1.1548 resolves several bugs, improves UI, adds integration with Active Directory, and reports in servicecamp. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

Ultimate Boot CD 5.3.8 updates libraries and included applications. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html

WinScan2PDF 4.16 resolves several bugs, improves reliability, and optimizes output. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 3.1.1.0 is a major update with many new features and improvements. This should be treated as a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

SQLite 3.23.0 resolves several bugs, improves consistency, language constructs, and overloading SQL statements. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Web Package Updates

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

DigiCertUtil 20180330 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.digicert.com/util/

TinyMCE 4.7.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.5.1 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

phpMyAdmin 4.8.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

MailEnable 10.15 resolves several bugs, improves chat integration, and updates antivirus engine. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

ScreenConnect (aka ConnectWise Control) 6.6.17081.6648 adds support for Chrome OS and Android, improves keyboard controls, and resolves many bugs…but not the one that forbids you from creating custom extensions without sharing the source code with ConnectWise. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

WordPress 4.9.5 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 2.3.4 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.9.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.0.4 adds option to hide for large screens. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.2.1 resolves compatibility issue. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.19 improves paragraph detection. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.14 resolves several bugs, improves setup and authentication. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.3.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Edit 4.0.3 improves sanity checks and reduces warnings. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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