Updates 2023-12-12

Merry Christmas, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for December, 2023.

There were 200+ major hacks, and over 215 application updates this month. Even with all that, it’s actually a pretty small month, with only about 2.5 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

1st Source Bank, 23andMe, 4 Over LLC, Aadhaar, Acuity, Advantis Global, Inc., Alps Alpine North America, Inc., AMD & Intel CPUs, AMD CPUs, American University of Antigua College of Medicine, Americold Logistics LLC, Apache Struts 2, Ardent Health Services, Austal USA, AutoZone, Avito, Beaverton School District, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Bleach Anime Forum, Bloomberg Crypto, Blue Shield of California, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, Bluetooth 4.2 to 5.4 hardware (BLUFFS), British Library, Brodart Co, Brookfield Global Relocation Services, Butte School District, Cadence Bank, California Physicians Service, Cambridge NHS, Capital Health, CareTree, Inc., CBIZ KA, Citrix NetScaler Application Delivery Controller, Citrix NetScaler Gateway, CKF Addiction Treatment, Inc., Clark County School District, Clear Spring Life and Annuity Insurance Company, Coin Cloud, Community Health Network, Inc., Community Healthcare Network, Inc., Counter-Strike 2, CrushFTP, CTS, CVC Holding Corp, CyberLink, Deanco Healthcare LLC, Deer Oaks Behavioral Health, Delaware Life Insurance Company, DePauw University, Detroit Chassis, LLC, Dollar Tree, Dragon Touch, East River Medical Imaging, EMS Management and Consultants Inc., Endocrine and Psychiatry Center, Enstar (US) Inc., Equality Health, LLC, Erris water, Estante Virtual, Ethyrial, Experian, Fenway Community Health Center, Inc., Fidelity National Financial, Financial Risk Mitigation, Inc., FortiSIEM, Foursquare Healthcare, Ltd., Foxit Reader, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Gemplex, General Electric, Gerber Life Insurance Company, Go Ninja, Google Calendar, Gunster, Yoakley & Steward, PA, Hackensack Meridian Health, Hal Turner Radio Show, Hampton-Newport News CSB, Hendersonville, Henry Schein, Holding Slovenske Elektrarne, HSKS Greenhalgh Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, HTC Global Services, Idaho National Laboratory, IDF, Indian Hotels Company, IndiHome, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, InflateVids, Inline Plastics Corp., Intel CPUs, International Paper Company, International Paper Company Group Health and Welfare Plan, Jam Tangan, Japan’s Space Agency JAXA, JoyGames, Kaneva, Kansas state court system, KitchenPal, Koeller Nebeker Calrson & Haluk LLP, KyberSwap, Kyivstar, Leggett & Platt Incorporated Employee Benefit Fund, Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, Long Beach, California, McLaren Health Care, Medical College of Wisconsin, Medical Eye Services, Inc., MeridianLink, MGM Resorts International, Microsoft DHCP servers, Microsoft Exchange, Midwest Gaming & Entertainment, LLC, Molina Healthcare of Iowa, Inc., Montrose Behavioral Health Hospital, Inc., Morrison Community Hospital District, Movie Forums, Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa, NASCO, NEWAG trains, Nissan Australia & New Zealand, Nissan Financial Services, Nonstop Administration and Insurance Services, Inc., Norsk Hydro, Northwest Eye Care Professionals, Norton Healthcare, NSC Technologies, NXP, Oak Street Health, Okta, OMGPOP, ownCloud, Pahl & McCay, Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Inc., password managers on Android, Perry Johnson & Associates, pfSense servers, Philippine Government, Poloniex, Postmeds/Truepill, Proliance Surgeons, PruittHealth Network, Psychiatry Associates of Kansas City, Qlik Sense, RailYatri, Redcliffe Labs, Rock Valley Physical Therapy, Rosaviatsia, Rusnak, Saisystems International, Inc., Samsung Electronics, Sellafield, Serbian Civil Society, Shadowfax, Shoval, Sierra County, Sierra OT/IoT routers, SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving Services, SoarGames, Sophos Firewalls, South Korean defense companies, Southwest Behavioral Health Center, Stanley Steemer International, Inc., Staples, State of Maine, Stevedore DP World, Systems East, Inc., Taylor University, TGI Direct, Inc., The Charles Lea Center, Tipalti, Toronto Public Library, Toyota Financial Services, TransUnion, Tri Counties Bank, Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, U.S. Drug Mart, Inc., UEFI on just about every platform, Unitronics PLCs, University of Manchester, US Department of Health and Human Services, US government agencies, Valrhona Inc., Vanderbilt University Medical Center, VMware Cloud Director, Warren General Hospital, Welltok, West Central District Health Department, Weston Embedded uC-HTTP Server, Westside Community Services, Wichita Urology Group, Windows Hello fingerprint authentication, WordPress Backup Migration plugin, WordPress, WP Fastest Cache, Wyoming County Community Health System, Yakima Valley Radiology PC, Yamaha Motor’s Philippines, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, Zeroed-In Technologies, and Zyxel NAS have reported hacking or compromises this month.

ALPHV, Blender, British Library, Fidelity National Financial, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Kyivstar, Optus, Rumble, and Staples have suffered from outages this month.

Last months updates broke Google Drive, USB C compatibility, Microsoft 365 Outlook, trust in the Windows Store, Microsoft 365 authentication, and they’re installing HP Smart on millions of computers without any HP hardware.

Apple introduced a new feature (NameDrop) that allows it to easily share your contact information with someone nearby. While the feature is designed to share information only when the popup is selected, Apple has a history of weak or defective controls on new features. Apple’s AirTags can be silenced to make stalking easier.

Hackers claim they can use expired Google auth cookies to gain access to accounts. A new AI is designed to crack your password by listening to your typing.

Rumble has sued Check My Ads.

The EV death toll is rising and “green lie” is being exposed.

Now for the good news:

The FISA Reform and Reauthorization Act is due to be renewed (like, tomorrow), and information is out that exposes how it can be abused even further. There’s still time to contact your congress critters and ask them to reject it.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is pretty small this month. The typical computer should see roughly 2.5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 42 vulnerabilities in Azure Connected Machine Agent, Azure Machine Learning, Microsoft Bluetooth Driver, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Power Platform Connector, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Microsoft Windows DNS, Windows Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver, Windows Defender, Windows DHCP Server, Windows DPAPI (Data Protection Application Programming Interface), Windows Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), Windows Kernel, Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers, Windows Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS), Windows Media, Windows MSHTML Platform, Windows ODBC Driver, Windows Telephony Server, Windows USB Mass Storage Class Driver, Windows Win32K, XAML Diagnostics, AMD Chipsets, and MSRT. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Monterey 12.7.2, macOS Sonoma 14.1.2, macOS Sonoma 14.2, macOS Ventura 13.6.3, iOS 16.7.3, iOS 17.1.2, iOS 17.2, iPadOS 16.7.3, iPadOS 17.1.2, iPadOS 17.2, Safari 17.1.2, Safari 17.2, tvOS 17.2, watchOS 10.2, and Pro Video Formats 2.3. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 16.7.3, 17.1.2 and 17.2 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 16.7.3, 17.1.2 and 17.2 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 10.2 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 17.2 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 114.0.5735.343 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Sonoma (14.x) means that macOS Big Sur (11.x) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Monterey (12) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current — and final — release of the Windows 10 (v22H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. All non-LTS versions of Windows 10 other than v22H2 are now out of support, upgrade to v22H2 now. If you aren’t sure whether you are using LTS, you aren’t. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

The now-current release of the Windows 11 (v23H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 11 pushes you to get the latest Windows 11 release every 12 months and only supports any consumer builds for 24 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

Windows 11 is now stable and can be upgraded to if your hardware supports it, but I recommend you continue to use Windows 10 until early 2025 before you consider switching to it.

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

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need or use, reducing the attack surface. This includes “free” applications like Avast, OpenOffice, and games you do not actually play.

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

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

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

AMD Adrenalin 23.12.1 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Crucial Storage Executive 9.09 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.7.0 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Drivers by Seagull 2023.4 adds support for 200 new printers. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/support/downloads/drivers/

DS4Windows 3.2.21 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Ryochan7/DS4Windows/releases/latest

Epson ET-2800 3.01 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://epson.com/Support/Printers/All-In-Ones/ET-Series/Epson-ET-2800/s/SPT_C11CJ66202

Epson ET-3760 2.68.02 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://epson.com/Support/Printers/All-In-Ones/ET-Series/Epson-ET-3760/s/SPT_C11CG20203

Epson ET-4800 3.01 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://epson.com/Support/Printers/All-In-Ones/ET-Series/Epson-ET-4800/s/SPT_C11CJ65201

Epson ET-4850 3.02.00 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://epson.com/Support/Printers/All-In-Ones/ET-Series/Epson-ET-4850/s/SPT_C11CJ60202

Epson ET-5880 3.02 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://epson.com/Support/Printers/All-In-Ones/ET-Series/Epson-ET-5880/s/SPT_C11CJ28201

Epson WF-4820 3.04.00 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://epson.com/Support/Printers/All-In-Ones/WorkForce-Series/Epson-WorkForce-Pro-WF-4820/s/SPT_C11CJ06201

TP-Link Archer AX55 v1 231130 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/archer-ax55/v1/#Firmware

TP-Link Archer AX73 v2.0 231023 is a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/archer-ax73/v2.0/#Firmware

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.61.101 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Firefox 120.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.5.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Google Chrome 120.0.6099.71 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 120.0.2210.61 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

SeaMonkey 2.53.18 is a security update.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 6.4.3160.47 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.13.2 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Spark 3.10.6.61878 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.10.6.61877 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.5.2 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk (macOS) 7.3.0 resolves several bugs and improves address book. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

aria2 1.37.0 resolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

curl 8.5.0 resolves more than 180 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 188.4.6302 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 201.0.0.9.336 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Server 1.8.0 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 13.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Microsoft Teams 1.6.00.33567 is a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 28.0 resolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Omada Software Controller 5.13.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Pocketnet-Core 0.22.0 is a major update improving performance and optimizing storage. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

Pocketnet-GUI 0.8.74 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

Rclone 1.65.0 adds dozens of new features, resolves several bugs, and improves performance and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 6.41.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Signal (Android) 6.41.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Syncthing 1.27.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 4.12.2 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Telegram (Android) 10.3.2 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://telegram.org/apps

Wget2 2.1.0 resolves a couple dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gitlab.com/gnuwget/wget2/-/releases

Zoom 5.16.10.26186 updates the icon and adds dozens of new features. This is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 3.0.14 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Bitwig Studio 5.1 adds several new characters and dozens of new controls and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

Plex Desktop 1.83.1.4061 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.52.1.4035 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

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

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GameMaker Studio 2023.11.0.121 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

GDevelop 5.3.183 vastly improves startup performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.50.03 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

Minecraft Server (Java) 1.20.4 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server

Nintendo Switch 17.0.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

SteamOS SteamDeck Update 3.5.7 improves stability and USB connectivity. This is not a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1675200/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Dimension 3.4.11 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/dimension/apsb23-71.html

Adobe Experience Manager 2023.11 and 6.5.19.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb23-72.html

Adobe Illustrator 28.1 and 27.9.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb23-68.html

Adobe InDesign 19.1 and 18.5.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb23-70.html

Adobe Prelude 22.6.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/prelude/apsb23-67.html

Adobe Reader DC Patch 23.008.20421 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to install the most current version.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe Reader DC Patch for MacOS 23.008.20423 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Check for updates to install the most current version.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe Substance3D After Effects 24.1 and 23.6.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb23-75.html

Adobe Substance3D Designer 13.1.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/substance3d_designer/apsb23-76.html

Adobe Substance3D Sampler 4.2.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/substance3d-sampler/apsb23-74.html

Adobe Substance3D Stager 2.1.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/substance3d_stager/apsb23-73.html

Audacity 3.4.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Calibre 7.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

ImageMagick 7.1.1-23 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://imagemagick.org/

Inkscape 1.3.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://inkscape.org/release/

Kdenlive 23.08.4 resolves a dozen stability and reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://kdenlive.org/

Kindle for PC 2.2.70623 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Krita 5.2.2 fixes more than a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice 7.5.9 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.6.4 resolves more than 150 bugs. This should be treated as a security update. Remember that the Fresh line is beta software and the “Still” line should be used by most users.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Manager 23.12.12.1221 resolves more than a dozen bugs and adds several new features, including global inventory transfer and custom depreciation and amortization fields. This is not a security update.
https://www.manager.io/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.11.0 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.6 improves multi-edit, inaccessible file access, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 5.0.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

PDF-XChange Editor 10.1.3.383 is a security update.
https://www.pdf-xchange.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

QuickBooks Pro 2022 R13_33 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2023 R9_104 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2024 R4_15 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

Security Software Updates

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

Chainsaw 2.8.1 updates dependencies and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/countercept/chainsaw

HTTP Toolkit 1.14.8 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://httptoolkit.tech/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.6.6 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

OpenSSL 3.2.0 is a security update.
https://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

ProtonVPN (macOS) 4.0.1 improves the user interface. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.13.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 10.0.1260 resolves several bugs and adds a Chrome and Edge extension. This is not a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Tails 5.20 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.54.0 adds differential updates for filter lists and resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

VT-CLI 1.0.0 is the first official release version. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/vt-cli/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Open Broadcaster Software 30.0.2 resolves a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://obsproject.com/

ScreenToGif 2.40 improves theming, updates dependencies and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 24.0.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 13.0.0.7 adds support for new encodings, improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

HandBrake 1.7.1 adds support for new output formats and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

IsoBuster 5.3 adds support for new hardware, new encodings, new partition schemes, and several bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

StreamFab 6.1.5.3 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 2.0.0.6 improves compatibility and performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password 8.10.22 adds reminders to imported passwords and resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

Agent Ransack 2022.3418 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

AMD Ryzen Master 2.12.0.2806 adds support for new hardware and voltage reporting. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/ryzen-master

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

Bitwarden 2023.12.0 resolves several bugs and adds Elastic integration and CLI event logs. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CalyxOS Device Flasher 1.0.8 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://calyxos.org/install/

CCleaner 6.18.10838 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

dnGrep 4.0.151.0 adds several new features and controls. This is not a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

email-oauth2-proxy 2023-11-18 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/simonrob/email-oauth2-proxy

ExplorerPatcher 22621.2506.60.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/valinet/ExplorerPatcher/

Fido 1.53 adds new UEFI Shell and updates versions. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

FileLocator Pro 2022.3418 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Git SCM 2.43.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

Go 1.21.5 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.4.8 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

ImageUSB 1.5.1006 improves logging. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

Mac Migration Assistant 2.4.5.0 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204087

NTLite 2023.11.9515 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

PowerToys 0.76.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

ProcDump 3.0 for Linux adds memory leak reporting. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

ripgrep 14.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/BurntSushi/ripgrep/releases/latest

RoboForm 9.5.6 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

ScreenConnect 23.8.6.8735 is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Sysmon 1.3.2 for Linux is a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

WinGet 1.6.3421 updates the app installer and adds Configure command to improve consistency. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WirelessKeyView 2.23 improves QR Code generation and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

XnConvert 1.99 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.xnview.com/en/xnconvert/

ZoomText 2023 2023.2311.20.400 resolves several bugs.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

ZoomText 2024 is a new major version adding several new mouse and cursor controls, performance improvements, and improved keyboard controls. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 2023.1.1.26 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

GitHub Desktop 3.3.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Godot 4.2.1 resolves over 1,800 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Node.js 18.19.0 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.10.0 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 21.4.0 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Python 3.12.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/

SQLite 3.44.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.85 adds dozens of new features. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.36 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Web Package Updates

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

Joomla 5.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

ownCloud Client 5.2.0.12726 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/desktop-app/

Piwigo 14.0.0 improves search, index, media support, album editor and performance, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

WordPress 6.4.2 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

BuddyPress 12.0.0 is a major update, replacing the rewrite API and resolving dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.8.4 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.5.7.1 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

Postie 1.9.68 adds an option to suppress the postie div. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postie/

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.4.3 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-networks-auto-poster-facebook-twitter-g/

W3 Total Cache 2.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.3.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WPBakery 7.3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

WP Cerber Security 9.6 adds 2FA support and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wpcerber.com/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2023-10-10

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for October, 2023.

This month brings a new version of macOS, version 14.0/Sonoma, an impending new Windows 11 build, and several very high profile vulnerabilities in shared code that affect thousands of applications. Vendors for some will not even discover that they’re vulnerable until their applications are used in mass hacks. The next few months are going to be ugly as this plays out.

There were 153 major hacks, and over 200 application updates this month. It’s an insane month, with about 6 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

23andMe, Accusoft ImageGear, Activision, Actors Fund Home, Air Canada, Airbus, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Amazon, Amerita, Android, ApexSMS, Apple iOS/iPadOS (several times), Aretis Health LLC, Arkansas Total Care, Inc., Arm chips, Arm Mali GPU drivers, Asian National Power Grid, Atlassian Confluence Data Center and Server, Atrium Health, Auckland Transport, Bermuda, Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists LLC, Bluegrass Care Navigators, BORN Ontario, Bureau van Dijk, Caesars Entertainment, Cascade Family Dental, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Charlotte Radiology, ChildFund New Zealand, Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN Manager, Cisco Emergency Responder, Cisco IOS, Citrix NetScaler, City of Dallas, Texas, Clover Health LLC, CoinEx, Colombian Government, Community First Medical Center, Cyberport, D-Link DAP-X1860 WiFi 6 range extenders, dBforums, Delta Dental of California, District of Columbia Board of Elections, DLP Central Carolina Medical Center, Donald Trump Jr.’s X account, Dr. Patty DiBlasio, PC, Duke University Health System, ECU Health, Erlanger Health, Inc., Exim, FirstHealth, Flagstar Bank, Florida’s First Judicial Circuit Court, Founder Project Rx, Inc., GitLab, glibc ld.so – standard in all modern Linux flavors, GNOME, Google Chrome (again!), all modern GPUs, Health First, Inc., Horse Isle, hotels, booking sites, and travel agencies, hundreds of known apps using Electron due to the webp vulnerability, HWL Ebsworth, indeed.com, India’s National Logistics Portal-Marine, Indiana University Health, International Criminal Court (ICC), JetBrains’ TeamCity, Johnson Controls, Jordan Valley Community Health Center, Juniper SRX firewalls and EX switches, Just Kids Dental, LabCorp, Lakeland Community College,
Lakeview Clinic, libwebp, Linux GNU C library (Looney Tunables), Lone Star Alliance, Inc, Lyca Mobile, MalindoAir, McLaren Health Care, MGM Resorts, Microsoft AI-powered Bing Chat, Microsoft AI, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Skype, Microsoft SQL Servers, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft XboxMission Health System, Mixin Network, MNGI Digestive Health, Mosaic Mental Health, Motel One Group, MOVEit (again), Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center, Nansen, National Student Clearinghouse, Navvis & Company, LLC, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, NorthStar Anesthesia, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Novant Health, NTT Docomo, Nuance Communications, Oak Valley Hospital District, Omnicell Specialty Pharmacy Services (OSPS), Openfire messaging servers, ORBCOMM, OrthoAlaska, LLC, Parkers Chapel School District, PaySystem.tech, Peach State Health Plan, Pharm-Pacc Corporation, Physical Therapy, PLLC, Physicians Insurance Company, Physio Logic Chiropractic, Piilopuoti, Pizza Hut Australia, Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc., Qualcomm GPU and Compute DSP drivers, Retool, Rock County Health Department, Rollbar, Roseman University of Health Sciences, Ryders Health Management LLC, See Tickets, Skype for Desktop, Sony Interactive Entertainment, South Florida Behavioral Health Network, Sutter North Surgery Center, T-Mobile, multiple telecommunication service providers in the Middle East, Western Europe, and South Asia, Temple University Health System, Inc., Texas Medical Insurance Company, Texas Medical Liability Trust, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), TissuPath, TorchServe AI, TransUnion, Trend Micro Apex One, UNC Health, United Healthcare Services, Inc. Single Affiliated Covered Entity, United Kingdom’s Greater Manchester Police, VA Dept. of Medical Assistance Services, Vitalik Buterin’s X account, Wake Radiology Diagnostic Imaging, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Walmart, Inc. Associates Health and Welfare Plan, WebP, Wellstar Health System, Windows 11 Theme system, 17,000 WordPress sites, and WS_FTP Servers have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

Auckland Transport, Bing Chat AI, Caesars, Canadian airports, Discord, Lyca Mobile, MGM, Microsoft Teams, and the Royal Family website have suffered from outages this month.

Google, Amazon, and CloudFlare have been seeing record-breaking numbers of attacks using a weakness in the HTTP/2 protocol.

Last months updates broke BitLocker, Excel, faith in Windows (forcing an incompatible application), Outlook (twice), and USB printing.

The Magecart skimming malware is now abusing online store error pages.

The UK passed the “Online Safety Bill” which, among other things, grants government (and those with an ax to grind – like LOVEINT) mandated access to all private internet conversations.

Microsoft is pushing Edge and Bing in violation of their own policies. If they treated themselves with the same rules they treat others, then microsoft.com would be blocked for distributing the BGAUpsell crapware.

PayPal is finally making news for their complicity in the latest rash of invoice scams. Netcraft is playing it off as PayPal being the victim, but they can hardly be held blameless. They’ve been supporting these scams for years.

Google will be retiring the Basic HTML view in January. Half of the ISPs in Tuolumne County will suffer as a result. Google is also now pushing Passkeys as their default authentication platform, meaning that instead of knowledge of your password, all it will take for new logins to your Google account is possession of one of your devices.

Apple iPhone 12 violates French health laws for exceeding allowable EF radiation. Apple is planning to release an update to reduce the emissions in order to comply.

Even staff in military and defense organizations can’t be trusted to use good passwords.

CISA has been slapped yet again for their government-sponsored censorship. Maybe this time it will take?

Now for the good news:

Google is now (finally!) treating unauthenticated Microsoft 365 email as spam (it is).

Google announced they’ll be supporting all Chromebooks for 10 years — twice as long as was promised before. This should massively reduce e-waste.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is huge this month. The typical computer should see roughly 6 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 105 vulnerabilities in Active Directory Domain Services, Azure, Azure DevOps, Azure Real Time Operating System, Azure SDK, Client Server Run-time Subsystem (CSRSS), HTTP/2, Microsoft Common Data Model SDK, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Office, Microsoft QUIC, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Microsoft Windows Media Foundation, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft WordPad, Skype for Business, SQL Server, Windows Active Template Library, Windows AllJoyn API, Windows Client/Server Runtime Subsystem, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows Container Manager Service, Windows Deployment Services, Windows DHCP Server, Windows Error Reporting, Windows HTML Platform, Windows IIS, Windows IKE Extension, Windows Kernel, Windows Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol, Windows Mark of the Web (MOTW), Windows Message Queuing, Windows Microsoft DirectMusic, Windows Mixed Reality Developer Tools, Windows Named Pipe File System, Windows NT OS Kernel, Windows Power Management Service, Windows RDP, Windows Remote Procedure Call, Windows Resilient File System (ReFS), Windows Runtime C++ Template Library, Windows Setup Files Cleanup, Windows TCP/IP, Windows TPM, Windows Virtual Trusted Platform Module, Windows Win32K, and MSRT (~ 1.5 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Sonoma 14.0, macOS Ventura 13.6, macOS Monterey 12.7, iOS 16.7.1, iOS 17.0.3, iPadOS 16.7.1, iPadOS 17.0.3, Safari 16.6.1, Safari 17.0, tvOS 17.0, watchOS 10.0.2, watchOS 9.6.3, Xcode 15.0, Apple Service Utility, and Pro Video Formats 2.2.7. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 16.7.1 and 17.0.3 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 16.7.1 and 17.0.3 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 9.6.3 and 10.0.2 are security updates. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 17.0 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 117.0.5938.157 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Sonoma (14.x) means that macOS Big Sur (11.x) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Monterey (12) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current — and final — release of the Windows 10 (v22H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. All non-LTS versions of Windows 10 other than v22H2 are now out of support, upgrade to v22H2 now. If you aren’t sure whether you are using LTS, you aren’t. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

The now-current release of the Windows 11 (v22H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 11 pushes you to get the latest Windows 11 release every 12 months and only supports any consumer builds for 24 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

Windows 11 is now stable and can be upgraded to if your hardware supports it, but I recommend you continue to use Windows 10 until early 2025 before you consider switching to it.

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

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need or use, reducing the attack surface. This includes “free” applications like Avast, OpenOffice, and games you do not actually play.

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

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

Driver Updates

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

AMD Adrenalin 23.9.3 improves game support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.6.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

DS4Windows 3.2.17 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Ryochan7/DS4Windows/releases/latest

Garmin Express 7.18.3 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.garmin.com/en-US/software/express/

GnuCash 5.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.gnucash.org/

TP-Link Archer AX73 v2.0 230829 is a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/archer-ax73/v2.0/#Firmware

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.58.137 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Firefox 118.0.2 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.3.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Google Chrome 109.0.5414.168 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Google Chrome 117.0.5938.149 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 117.0.2045.60 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Microsoft Edge WebView2 117.0.2045.60 is a security update.
https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/webview2/

SeaMonkey 2.53.17.1 is a security update.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 6.2.3105.58 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Spark 3.9.0.57590 adds group invitations and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.9.0.57684 adds group invitations and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.3.1 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 8.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

AnyDesk (macOS) 7.2.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

curl 8.3.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 184.4.6543 is a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 196.0.0.4.210 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

Google Drive 82.0 increases nags and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Microsoft Teams 1.6.00.27573 improves app controls. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 27.1.2 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Npcap 1.77 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Omada Software Controller 5.12.7 adds IDS/IPS, support for newer hardware, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Signal 6.33.0 adds the ability to edit messages. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Signal (Android) 6.35.3 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Skype 8.104.0.207 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.25.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 4.10.3 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Telegram (Android) 10.1.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://telegram.org/apps

Trillian 6.5.0.33 is a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

WinSCP 6.1.2 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.16.2.22807 is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Bitwig Studio 5.0.9 improves DAWproject mapping, export, and import, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

iTunes 12.12.10.1 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Plex Desktop 1.79.1.3984 is a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.48.1.3982 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.32.6.7557 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GameMaker Studio 2023.8.2.106 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

GDevelop 5.2.175 adds collaboration for Cloud projects, simplified variable syntax. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.32.03 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

Minecraft Server (Java) 1.20.2 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server

PlayStation PS4 11.00 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps4/system-software/

PlayStation PS5 2023.101 adds Dolby Atmos support, increased M.2 SSD size support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

SteamOS SteamDeck Update 2023-10-06 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1675200/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Bridge 13.0.4 and 14.0.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb23-49.html

Adobe Commerce and Magento Open Source 2.4.7-beta2, 2.4.6-p3, 2.4.5-p5, 2.4.4-p6, 2.4.3-ext-5, 2.4.2-ext-5, 2.4.1-ext-5, 2.4.0-ext-5, and 2.3.7-p4-ext-5 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb23-50.html

Adobe Photoshop 24.7.1 and 25.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb23-51.html

Blender 3.6.4 is a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Calibre 6.28.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Ghostscript 10.02.0 is a security update.
https://www.ghostscript.com/releases/gsdnld.html

IcoFX 3.9 resolves several bugs, adds support for PNG, and adds several export options. This is a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

ImageMagick 7.1.1-20 is a security update.
https://imagemagick.org/

Kdenlive 23.08.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://kdenlive.org/

Kindle for PC 2.0.70350 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

LibreOffice 7.5.7 is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.6.2 is a security update. The Fresh line is beta software so most people should avoid it in favor of the Still line.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.10.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Paint.net 5.0.10 is a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

PDF-XChange Editor 10.1.1.381 is a security update.
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

Security Software Updates

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

Chainsaw 2.8.0 adds support for parsing ESE and SRUM databases, new rules and support for aggregated reports. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/countercept/chainsaw

JShelter 0.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://jshelter.org/install/

LibreJS 7.21.1 is a security update.
https://www.gnu.org/software/librejs/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.6.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Mac 4.21 adds support for macOS Sonoma. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

OpenSSL 3.1.3 is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/source/

ProtonVPN (macOS) 3.3.3 resolves a couple bugs and improves user interface. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.12.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Stinger 12.2.0.659 adds support for new detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

uBlock Origin 1.52.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

elementary OS 7.1 improves privacy, color blindness, and keyboard controls, personalization, sideloading, and adds new hardware support. This is not a security update.
https://elementary.io/

Tails 5.18 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.39 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 24.0.0 is a major update adding ability to combine videos, click animations, capture pinning, and updated stamps. This is not a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.17.5 improves reliability and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

StreamFab 6.1.4.4 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero (macOS) 6.0.27 adds macOS Sonoma compatibility and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password 8.10.16 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

Bitwarden 2023.9.1 is a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.16.10662 changes Health Check interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CPU-Z Installer 2.08 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 11.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 4.0.115.0 adds support for Filters, including *.ignore files, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

Fing 3.4.1 is a security update.
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-windows
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-mac

FullEventLogView 1.80 adds dark background and resolves a bug with export data. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/full_event_log_view.html

Go 1.21.3 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.4.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

GUIPropView 1.26 adds a WindowsCount action and the ability to run as administrator. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/gui_prop_view.html

Homedale 2.08 adds stream count column and per-monitor DPI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

IsMyHdOK 3.93 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

Mac Migration Assistant 2.4.4.0 adds support for macOS Sonoma. This is not a security update.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204087

MobileFileSearch 1.47 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/mobile_device_file_search.html

NConvert 7.161 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.xnview.com/en/nconvert/

NTLite 2023.9.9419 adds new controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSFMount 3.1.1002 resolves network access issues. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

OSForensics 10.0.1016 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

AOMEI Partition Assistant 10.2.0 adds duplicate file finder and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

PointerStick 6.33 adds keyboard shortcuts. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.74.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

ProcDump 2.2 for Linux resolves memory leaks and adds support for Azure Linux. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

ProcessMonitor 3.96 is a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

ScreenConnect 23.7.8.8676 is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SDelete 2.05 improves command line reliability and output. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sdelete

Sysmon 1.3.1 for Linux resolves a hash bug. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Sysinternals/SysmonForLinux/releases/

TaskSchedulerView 1.74 adds dark background support and resolves a data export bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

Unity 2023.1.16 adds several new features and resolves dozens of bugs. Unity also announced that they’re changing their licensing model to charge developers for each installation, even pirated installations, so this is going to end up causing a major upset in the industry, then reversed course after the outcry. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

USBDeview 3.07 adds toolbar sorting and resolves a data export bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

Ventoy 1.0.96 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ventoy.net/en/index.html

WinGet 1.6.2771 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WinRAR 6.24 is a security update.
https://www.rarlab.com/

WinScan2PDF 8.67 resolves a couple bugs. 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.

.NET Runtime 7.0.12 is a security update.
https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/download/dotnet

AutoHotkey 2.0.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Android Studio 2022.3.1.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

GitHub Desktop 3.3.3 is a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Godot 4.1.2 resolves over a hundred bugs. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Node.js 18.18.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.8.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Python 3.12.0 is a security update.
https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/

SQLite 3.43.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

TortoiseGit 2.15.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://tortoisegit.org/

Visual Studio Code 1.83 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.16.5 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.ppsspp.org/download/

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 9.5.11 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.14.4 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en

OpenCart 4.0.2.3 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.opencart.com/

ownCloud Server 10.13.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/download-server/

phpList 3.6.14 is a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

Akismet 5.3 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/

Antispam Bee 2.11.5 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antispam-bee/

Contact Form 7 5.8.1 improves validation, email templates, and adds action hooks. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.5.6 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

W3 Total Cache 2.5.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.1.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WPBakery 7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

WP Cerber Security 9.5.8 resolves a couple bugs and adds support for auditing password resets. This is not a security update.
https://wpcerber.com/

WPtouch 4.3.54 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

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

Happy Anniversary, my Love. I will miss you more than you’ll ever know.

Regards,

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

Updates 2021-08-10

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for August, 2021. It’s a big one. There have been a series of Apple, Microsoft, and various hardware vulnerabilities, as well as the quarterly Oracle updates that kept the industry hopping. Couple that with Black Hat 2021 last week, which kept reminding us how poorly those who design our technology have done and continue to do.

This Month in Technology

Apple devices via Pegasus, IOMobileFrameBuffer, and Wi-Fi namesAtlassianCharming Kitten (hacking group), Cloudstar, cdnjs, FortiNet FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer, HP (and Samsung and Xerox) printer driver, Illinois State Police, Linux via SequoiaPulse Connect Secure, SonicWall Secure VPN, Swisslog Healthcare’s Translogic PTSVMware ESXiWindows via a SAM security bug, Hello, PrintNightmare (x3+), and PetitPotam, and a new exploit method for wiretapping DNS.

Apple announced a new feature where they scan your content “only” for images of child exploitation provided by an unaccountable third-party, while they assure their customers’ “screeching voices” that they won’t allow governments to directly access the data or feed the database or algorithms (uh-huh), just remember that this is the same company that vowed to silence online dissent and already works with governments to expose their users’ activity. Oh, and they’re launching their own VPN service which they claim even they won’t know what you’re using it for. Wink, wink.

While I’m on the subject of VPNs, Windscribe (a “secure” VPN service) servers were seized and were discovered to not use encryption. Talk about a false promise of privacy!

Now let’s do security. If you still thought Avast (the “get hacked every year” anti-virus company) was worth anything, knowing that Norton (the “we’ll just run our own crypto mining software on your hardware and you can pay us for it” people) was in talks to buy them for about $8B should make your skin crawl. Zoom lost an $85 million class-action cybersecurity lawsuit, and Colonial Pipeline is being targeted now.

The US Federal Government received a C- grade for their IT security. Half of the agencies tested received D grades. These are the same agencies that recently made a claim about the most secure election in history. Pay no attention to the missing 95% of ballots or remote access to voting machines. Or else!

Edward Snowden has a great writeup of physical vs theoretical security concerns,
and another on how the “security” industry is failing everyone. Regular maintenance (of everything!) is critical to technology security. Stale hardware & software are responsible for nearly every security incident. This is what we do and why this newsletter is even being published.

There was a major outage at Akamai that took down a large portion of the Internet.

Google broke ChromeOS twice this month for many users, once by preventing users from being able to login due to a single character coding error. I’m reminded of a Mark Twain quote: “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”

The thing about someone willing to buy your ransomware: when they feel wronged they’re likely to betray your ransomware gang.

Amazon is losing employees while CNN is firing them. Property owners are being ripped off by the state, and their tenants. There are child predators at Disney World.

There’s now a lawsuit over CDC under-counting vaccine deaths, meanwhile they’re over-counting infectionsignoring the risks, downplaying the ineffectiveness of the vaccine-induced herd immunity, and mandating cancer in children. Multiple pharmaceutical giants neglected to keep records of which “vaccines” were placebos and the European Parliament is being held liable for vaccine injuries and deaths. At least there has been victory in Alberta. It’s hard to take them seriously when they’re demonizing free will, treating dictates as law, government agencies are concealing their own violations of international lawmandating doctors violate their medical licenses in order to keep them, while flip-flopping like fish, and imposing prison time for unlawful parading. Would you trust someone with your life who thinks you should be in prison for disagreeing with them? It’s not enough for government to take 13%+ of what you pay at the pump (most gas stations profit is 1% or less) and force you into electric vehicles that they can pull the plug on anytime, they want to charge you for every mile you travel, too, personal or business.

Now for the good news:

Andy’s Mountain Grill & Deli is coming back! Starlink is growing fast and improving reliability and environmental tolerances.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

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

Apple released updates for iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1, macOS Big Sur 11.5.1, Security Update 2021-004 Catalina, Security Update 2021-005 Mojave, watchOS 7.6.1, tvOS 14.7, Safari 14.1.2, and iTunes 12.11.4. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.7.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.7.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 7.6.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 14.7 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 92.0.4515.130 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Big Sur (11.x) means that macOS High Sierra (10.13) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Mojave (10.14) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (v21H1) is very large, for the first time it’s actually smaller than the previous release, but it will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

It is essential to maintain all the applications you have installed on your computer, but often you can minimize the time investment and the potential for exploitation simply by uninstalling software you do not need or use, reducing the attack surface. This includes “free” applications like Avast, OpenOffice, and games you do not actually play.

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Nvidia 471.68 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Xerox Smart Start 1.6.25.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.support.xerox.com/en-us/content/143617

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.27.111 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 92.0.4515.131 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 92.0.902.67 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 91.0 is a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 78.13.0 is a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

SeaMonkey 2.53.8.1 is a security update.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 4.1.2369.16 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk for macOS 6.3.0 improves scam handling, adds PKG release, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

curl 7.78.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 128.4.2870 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.55.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Google Earth 7.3.4 is a security update.
https://earth.google.com/

Java 8u301 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Nmap 7.92 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/

Prosody 0.11.10 is a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

PuTTY 0.76 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Rclone 1.56.0 adds many new features, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Skype 8.73.0.124 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Telegram 2.9.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

WinSCP 5.19.2 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.7.4.804 improves notifications and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Email updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Thunderbird 78.13.0 is a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to get the most current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Flickr Downloadr 3.4.1.1 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://flickrdownloadr.com/downloads/

iTunes 12.11.4 is a security update.
https://apple.com/itunes

Plex Media Server 1.23.6.4881 resolves several bugs and improves scanner. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Epic Games 12.2.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.epicgames.com/

Nintendo Switch 12.1.0 improves stability. This is not a security update.

Steam 2021.07.21 resolves a path bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Connect 11.2.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/connect/apsb21-66.html

Adobe Magento Commerce 2.4.3, 2.4.2-p2, and 2.3.7-p1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb21-64.html

Adobe Reader DC 21.005.20060 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Atom 1.58.0 improves cosmetics and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Audacity 3.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Blender 2.93.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Krita 4.4.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.1.5 resolves over 50 bugs. This is not a security update. The “Fresh” line is beta software and should be avoided for the stable release.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.3.0 resolves over 50 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.1.2 improves dark mode. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Security Software Updates

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

DNSQuerySniffer 1.85 adds sort menu options and improves high DPI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

elementary OS 6 is a major update that integrates several new features and controls and a simplified installer. This is not a security update.
https://elementary.io/

RogueKiller 15.0.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

uBlock Origin 1.37.2 resolves several books. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Tails 4.21 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Elgato Game Capture HD 3.70.51 adds PS5 and Xbox Series X/S to input and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.elgato.com/en/game-capture-software

ScreenToGif 2.33.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 2021.4.3 is a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

HandBrake 1.4.0 adds several new filters, improves hardware encoding, resolves several bugs, and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Dell Command Update 4.3 is a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

DesktopOK 9.15 improves compatibility with Windows 11 and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

GoodSync 11.8.0 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Homedale 1.98 improves CLI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

IsMyHdOK 3.33 improves compatibility with Windows 11 and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NTLite 2.2.0.8152 adds several new features, improves performance, updates libraries and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Aomei Partition Assistant 9.4 adds Disk Defrag and resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

ProcDump 10.1 adds an option to specify a dumpfile comment and supports triage dumps. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

PowerToys 0.43.0 improves stability and accessibility, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

RDCMan 2.82 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

RoboForm 9.1.9 resolves several bugs. This follows shortly after a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Rufus 3.15 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en/

Sigcheck 2.82 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Synergy 1.14.0 is a security update.
https://symless.com/synergy/

Sysmon 13.23 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

ZoomText 2021 2021.2107.13.400 adds support for new hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Node.js 16.6.1 resolves several bugs. This build closely follow 16.6.0, which was a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.17.4 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 12.22.4 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Visual Studio Code 1.59 improves extensions, finalizes the Testing API, adds Remote Containers, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.14 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.26-145957 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.

Dada Mail 11.14.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dadamailproject.com/

Docker Desktop 3.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.2.3 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.9.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

MailArchiva 8.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://mailarchiva.com/

Nextcloud Server 22.1.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

ownCloud Server 10.8 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

phpList 3.6.4 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

ScreenConnect 21.10.4238.7885 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.8 integrates Blocks into Widget logic, adds new patterns, and styles. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Antispam Bee 2.10.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.9.0 improves customization and controls. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 9.0.0 improves compatibility, block support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Interactive World Map 3.1.9.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.5.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.56 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 5.1.3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Slider Revolution 6.5.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://revolution.themepunch.com/

Social Post Feed 2.19.3 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.27 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Visual Composer 38.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://visualcomposer.com/

W3 Total Cache 2.1.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 5.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WordPress Zero Spam 5.0.13 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 3.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2020-10-13

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for October 2020.

This Month in Technology

For those in our local community, the biggest news is that AT&T has abandoned DSL in rural America, reducing Internet access options even further for our friends and neighbors.

The US Treasury has announced that it is now illegal to pay your federal taxes.

The Universal Health Services was hacked (all 400+ locations!) and infected with ransomware, so was Software AG, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was hacked again, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was hacked, the Las Vegas school system was hacked – and since they didn’t pay the ransom student details were leaked, Docsketch was hacked, and the United Nations (UN) International Maritime Organization was hacked. Razer made a boo-boo, and even coffee makers are now being used for ransomware distribution. Grindr was hacked, Microsoft’s Windows XP source code was leaked, almost any current iPhone can be listened into from 20 feet away using only an AM radio, and access to your RMM (Remote Monitoring and Management) is being sold to attackers. Evidence exists that your anti-virus is helping the bad guys, and BitDefender is still weak security.

Facebook has been hacked (for years), Facebook for Android has been hacked again, Office 365 & Outlook have been down repeatedly over the last month, Fitbit malware – distributed by Fitbit – can be used to take over your internal network and exfiltrate your data to the web, Bluetooth is still the weakest wireless link, your Comcast XR11 TV remote can be used to listen in to your conversations, BitLocker encryption is vulnerable to a sleep-mode bypass (aka, yet another reason not to use sleep mode), HP Device Manager flaw is a big deal, but not as big a deal as Windows Error Reporting being used to infect your PC.

Apple’s initial iOS 14 release killed batteries on many iPhones, (so did the recent ChromeOS update), Apple’s latest security fix (10.15.7) can kill performance on your Mac, but only if you use Mac software (rolls eyes). Hint: disable and re-enable Find My Mac to fix it. And that’s nothing compared to their T2 security chip vulnerability.

“The” secure reimplementation of BIOS, UEFI, was designed to make security at boot a thing of beauty and prevent third-parties from being able to hijack the boot process. Unfortunately, it simply provided a false sense of security.

2FA via SMS is also a much lower fruit than many realize, but not nearly as bad as SSO.

Many others have joined in the case against Apple & Google’s rent-seeking, who charge significantly more for their “services” than even the federal government, but portray themselves as victims. Insane rules and hypocritical requirements force developers to charge for free services or force users out of their application in order to even be allowed into the Apple ecosystem. What can we really expect from a SF bay area “green” company that lies about their recycling program? Hopefully the courts will use Apple’s own words against them, in that Apple claims that their AppStore is a place to “reliably” download “safeapps.

Former Facebook data scientist exposes her complicity with atrocities and abuse by governments and MNCs.

The Supreme Court heard arguments on the Oracle v Google IP fight suffered the same problem that most legal battles over technology do: poor arguments. Google’s defense failed to explain the distinctive nature of APIs as guides rather than code. Sure, they provide access to the functionality of the code, but are not, in and of themselves, code. The entire argument could be easily equated to vehicles. One does not need to know nor expose the specific design of a Ferrari 911 to know that the vehicle should stop at a stop sign nor yield at a yield sign. The vehicle itself (code – reasonably subject to IP) can operate on any road as long as the traffic signs (APIs) are in place. The signage is consistent across most of the world, even where languages differ greatly. So should the APIs be universally available.

In the current world of tech censorship and cancel culture, nobody can really argue against the necessity for Section 230 to be revised. However, most calls for revision would create an even more abhorrent system where public discourse can not be held without risk of liability to completely unrelated parties.

If you take government money, you are subject to the same rules as government, so says RFK, Jr.

In the new “get woke, go broke” era, it should come as no surprise that when you pander to racists and terrorists, you will be investigated.

Research shows that the lockdowns were not only anti-science, but caused far more harm than the virus itself. On the subject of fraud, are we still supposed to believe that the government’skill a fly with a nukeresponse to COVID is really all the result of bats in an Asian wet market or that masks actually do anything at all?

One would think fraud would be front page news, but the MSM is much more likely to ignore than acknowledge it. To paraphrase Stalin, “A single case of fraud is a tragedy; a million cases are just a statistic.”

The moment I read that Nintendo’s lawyers said Joy-Con Drift “wasn’t a real problem” I knew they would be sued.

Now for the good news – since I’m making up for last month, I’ll give you three:

Adobe Flash will finally be dead in only 79 days.

Free, limitless power from graphene could literally change everything.

A “vaccine” of sorts has been developed to protect against some forms of ransomware.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is huge. The typical computer should see roughly 2.5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

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

Apple released updates for iOS 14.0.1 and iPadOS 14.0.1, tvOS 14.0.2, Safari 14.0, watchOS 7.0.2, macOS Catalina 10.15.7, macOS Mojave 10.14.6, macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, iCloud for Windows 7.21, iCloud for Windows 11.4, iTunes for Windows 12.10.9, and Xcode 12.0. These are security updates.

iOS 14.0.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version. This version also adds the Orwellian contact tracing feature at the system level. While “disabled” by default, you may validate that it is disabled in Settings, Privacy, Health, COVID-19 Exposure Logging, and turn off Exposure Logging.

iPadOS 14.0.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

tvOS 14.0.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current version.

watchOS 7.0.2 is a security update. Use your updated iPhone to install the most current version through the Watch app.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.445 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Google has released security updates for Android 9 and 10 which will gradually be published by individual vendors and available to you in the coming weeks. This version also adds the Orwellian contact tracing feature. Disabling Location and Bluetooth will disable the current version of contact tracing.

Google Chrome OS 85.0.4183.133 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Catalina (10.15) means that macOS Sierra (10.12) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS High Sierra (10.13) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (2004) is a huge (about 25% larger than any prior build) so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.3.3 improves removal of DCH CP on older builds of Windows. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Logitech Options 8.30.310 resolves several bugs adds profiles for Zoom and MS Teams. This is not a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

Logitech Options (macOS) 8.30.293 resolves several bugs adds profiles for Zoom and MS Teams. This is not a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

nVidia 456.71 adds support for new hardware and improves support for COD beta and other games. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Crucial Storage Executive 6.06 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.15.72 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 86.0.4240.80 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Microsoft Edge 86.0.622.38 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 81.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 78.3.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.53.4 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 3.3.2022.47 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 78.3.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

Dropbox 107.4.443 resolves bugs and adds more. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Zoom 5.3.53291.1011 changes automatic update behavior, and improves poll and link behaviors. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Prosody 0.11.7 is a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

FreeFileSync 11.2 resolves several bugs, improves layout and key bindings. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Nmap 7.91 adds support for new profiles and fingerprints, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://nmap.org/

Npcap 1.00 resolves two minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Technitium DNS Server 5.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 2.0.6 improves sensitivity calculations, light focal management, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

iTunes for Windows 12.10.9 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2020.10.07 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 7.9 adds several new features and fixes over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Adobe Reader DC 20.012.20048 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Artweaver 7.0.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Atom 1.52.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Blender 2.90.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Lightworks NLE 2020.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lwks.com/

Microsoft Office for Mac 2016/2019 is a security update.

Krita 4.4.0 improves fill layers, multigrid, screentone, brushes, API improvements and more. This is a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.0.2 resolves over a hundred bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.0.2 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Security Software Updates

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

OpenSSL 1.1.1h resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/source/

KeePass 2.46 adds several features including TLS 1.3 and mass edit capabilities, as well as resolving bugs, and other improvements. This is not a security update.
https://keepass.info/

RogueKiller 14.7.3 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

TinyWall 3.0.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

uBlock Origin 1.30.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.27.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 2020.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 12.0.0.1 is a major update with several improvements. This version improves the GUI and adds several new output profiles. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

AVStoDVD 2.8.9 resolves several bugs, improves performance and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sites.google.com/site/avstodvdmain/

MakeMKV 1.15.3 resolves several bugs, introduces TOR/VPN support, adds support for new stream types. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Windows 7.6.785 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Beyond Compare 4.3.7.25118 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitwarden 1.22.2 resolves bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 5.72.7994 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CPU-Z 1.94 adds support for new hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 7.95 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DevManView 1.72 resolves an output bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

Etcher 1.5.109 is a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything 1.4.1.992 is a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

GoodSync 11.3.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

IsMyHdOK 2.51 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

LessMSI 1.7.0 improves messaging. This is not a security update.
https://lessmsi.activescott.com/

MS ISO Downloader 8.40 adds support for new Dell models and images, new Win10 builds and adds hash reporting to images. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

NTLite 2.0.0.7656 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Aomei Partition Assistant 8.10 improves display and startup. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

PSAppDeploy 3.8.3 adds several new features and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

RoboForm 8.9.4 resolves several bugs, including the QuickBooks compatibility issue that prevented display of registers and Chrome that caused freezes.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Process Monitor 3.60 adds support for multiple filter item selection and decoding for new file system control operations and error status codes. While not a security updates, this improves the analytical data collection, thus increasing security awareness.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

Procdump 10.0 adds support for dump cancellation and CoreCLR processes. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procdump

Sysmon 12.0 resolves several bugs and adds support for capturing clipboard operations. While not a security updates, this improves the analytical data collection, thus increasing security awareness.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

SysInternals released new builds of many of their applications, as well as ARM versions. While the changes on many of the updates are poorly documented and SysInternals apps are generally more secure than apps distributed elsewhere, you should assume that any updates have security ramifications. If they’re not security updates, they may improve the context or analytical data that is exposed, thus increasing the security awareness of the tools.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

TeamViewer 15.10.5 resolves a licensing bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

USBDeview 3.01 adds an option to copy the contents of the active cell. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

USB Oblivion 1.14.0.0 addes support for new modules. This is not a security update.
http://www.cherubicsoft.com/en/projects/usboblivion

WifiChannelMonitor 1.65 adds support for detection of new protocols. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

WifiInfoView 2.65 adds support for detection of new protocols. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WirelessKeyView 2.20 adds support for displaying WiFi QR Codes. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

WinGet 0.2.2521 updates libraries and adds new verbs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WinScan2PDF 6.06 resolves several bugs. 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.

Android Studio 4.1.0.19 integrates database and emulation, improves diagnostics, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

Godot 3.2.3 resolves over a hundred bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Node.js 14.13.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 12.19.0 updates libraries, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Visual Studio Code 1.50 improves accessibility features, pinned tabs, adds ARM support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

TortoiseGit 2.11.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tortoisegit.org/

Web Package Updates

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

Dada Mail 11.12.0 adds image embedding and resizing, improved scheduling capabilities, library updates and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/

Drupal 9.0.7 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Docker Desktop 2.4.0.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Nextcloud Server 20.0.0 updates libraries, adds a new dashboard, Talk bridging support, and several other new features and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

HumHub 1.6.4 is a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Joomla 3.9.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

OpenPetra 2020.09 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.openpetra.org/

phpMyAdmin 4.9.6 and 5.0.3 are security updates.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/

Autoptimize 2.7.8 is a security update.

BuddyPress 6.3.0 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.4.3 adds a new filter and enhances nonce. This is not a security update.

Social Post Feed 2.17 adds support for new embed types. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.5.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 2.4.0 updates libraries, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.15.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WordPress Zero Spam 4.10.2 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2017-05-16

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, Google, and more have released updates today.

If you haven’t heard of “WannaCry” then you’re living under a rock. WannaCry is the closest current equivalent to the Code Red worm in the last 15 years. This ransomware uses a known vulnerability for which a patch had been released (three months ago!), to infect computers, encrypt their contents and the contents of network locations, and sell access back to the victim – while also infecting other vulnerable network devices. If you’ve installed your updates within the last three months you’re not vulnerable to the specific network-level vulnerability in SMB that it uses to propagate, but that doesn’t mean you can safely open phishing messages, email attachments or random downloads. The UK NHS was hit hard by this malware primarily because they take almost 6 months to patch their PC hardware that they do support. Some single-purpose devices (MRI machines, for example) are simply never maintained, but are still granted network access. Sigh. Don’t do that.

The vulnerability exploited by WannaCry was first divulged by Shadow Brokers when they released a trove of hacking tools created and used by the NSA. In fact, one of the tools WannaCry utilizes is the same ETERNALBLUE exploit directly from the NSA toolset. This is not a coincidence. These tools were written specifically to be universally effective and able to be repurposed at will for additional access. It should come as no surprise that when a government agency is hacked, the tools they created are released and the public suffers as a result.

If a positive side to this event can exist, it’s that Microsoft actually released a security update for Windows XP to address the vulnerability. Since XP has been End-of-Life for years, this is really surprising.

The lesson everyone should take from this event, but particularly businesses and government agencies, is that the turnaround time for malware authors is much lower than they think. Delaying or even ignoring security updates because “it won’t happen to us” is foolhardy at best and welcomes disaster. You should have sufficient skilled IT staff to be able to fully test and roll out any security updates within days, not months. If that’s not possible, you should at least hire a good PR firm and have the releases prepared in advance so you can spin your incompetence in the news when you are inevitably hacked later.

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled program.

The typical computer should see approximately 300mb of updates. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows and .NET, including Windows XP!

Apple released macOS 10.12.5, Security Update 2017-002, iTunes 12.6.1, Safari 10.1.1, and iCloud for Windows 6.2.1. Use the Apple App Store or Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

Apple iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2 (and 3.2.1), and tvOS 10.2.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 58.0.3029.112 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.

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

Internet Updates

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

Skype 7.36.0.101 improves quality and resolves several bugs. This version also imposes a requirement for a newer MSVCRT, which may trigger problems on any OS prior to the Windows 10 Creators Update (1703). If you receive an MSVCRT error upon running Skype after updating, download the current version of the MSVCRT.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

BrowsingHistoryView 2.05 adds ability to load history from remote device when full admin rights exist to remote device.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.6.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 7.4 adds document peeking, bug fixes, and reliability improvements.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Security Software Updates

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

Wireless Network Watcher 2.12 improves reliability on devices with multiple wireless network adapters. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.10.9 adds detections. This is not a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 10.0.3.9 adds support for newer protections, incorporates BDInfo. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GSmartControl 0.9.0 resolves several bugs, improves reliability and stability, adds newer hardware support, and improves drive type detection. This is not a security update.
http://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.net/home/index.php/

Everything 1.4.1.873b resolves several bugs, and adds pause/resume capability. This is not a security update.
http://www.voidtools.com/

CCleaner 5.30.6063 improves cleaning, SSD detection, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Rufus 2.15 improves compatibility with Windows 10 v1703, updates libraries, resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

WinScan2PDF 3.46 improves hardware support. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

ProcDump 9.0 adds multiple dump sizes, and Kernel Dump process association. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Autoruns 13.71 adds Microsoft HTML Application Host (mshta.exe) as hosting image so it displays the hosted image details, and now doesn’t apply filters to hosting images. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

BgInfo 4.22 honors applocker policy for VB scripts specified as the source of field data. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

LiveKd 5.62 is now signed with a certificate trusted by Win7. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Process Monitor 3.33 resolves several bugs, and is now signed with certificate trusted by Win7. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Process Explorer 16.21 resolves a bug with VT support, and is now signed with a certificate trusted by Win7. This should be treated as a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Web Package Updates

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

SMF 2.0.14 is a security update. This version also changes PHP requirements, so if the upgrade will not complete try upgrading PHP first then upgrade SMF.
http://download.simplemachines.org/

TinyMCE 4.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

WordPress 4.7.5 is a security update.

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

Regards,

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