Updates 2022-11-08

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for November, 2022.

This month brings a new major version of macOS (13/Ventura) and a new major version of Windows 10. That’s on top of the nearly 100 major hacks, and over 130 application updates this month. Well, not really this month, since there were many more published on Oct 18th in the last newsletter. There is an OpenSSL security update, so almost every network or internet capable application has a security update right now. There should be about 4.5 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

Abode Iota All-In-One Security Kit, Advanced, Advocate Aurora Health, Amazon, Argentinian Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff, Ascension St. Vincent’s Coastal Cardiology, AstraZeneca, Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) Observatory, Aurubis, Australian Clinical Labs, various auto key fobs, Aveanna, Azure Cosmos DB, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Bulgarian Government, Choice Health Insurance LLC, Cisco AnyConnect, CommonSpirit Health, Consorci Sanitari Integral, Defense Health Headquarters, Deribit, DESORDEN GROUP, Doomworld, DropBox, E-Pal, EnergyAustralia, Eventus WholeHealth, PLLC, Fontainebleau Development Health and Welfare Plan, Hackney Council, Heilbronn Stimme, HH/Killeen Health System, LLC, India metro, Indianapolis Housing Agency, Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Jeppesen, Keystone Health in Pennsylvania, Legal Aid ACT, Lolzteam, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Mango Markets, Maple Leaf Foods, Massengale Eye Care, Massy Stores, MBDA, Medibank, Medlab Pathology, METRO, Microsoft, Mid-Westchester Anesthesia Services PC, Moola Market, MyDeal, Nelnet Servicing, New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, New York Post, Osaka Acute and General Medical Center, Pendragon Group, Phoenix Programs of Florida, Inc., Poland Parliament, Premier Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, LP, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Primary Anesthesia Services, Pynenberg & Scheske DDS, SC, RecordTV, Regions Hospital, Resource Anesthesiology Associates of CA PC, Resource Anesthesiology Associates of CT PC, Resource Anesthesiology Associates Of KY PSC, Resource Anesthesiology Associates of NM Inc, Resource Anesthesiology Associates of VA LLC, Saddlebrook Anesthesia Services PC, See Tickets, Siemens PLCs, Sigmund Software, LLC, Slovakian Parliamant, Somnia Anesthesia, Somnia Pain Mgt of Kentucky, Somnia, Inc., Spain’s National Renewable Energy Center, St Luke’s Health – Texas, State Bar of Georgia, Tata Power, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tift Regional Health System, Twilio, UK PM Liz Truss, UK’s Department for Education, Unimed Belem, hundreds of US news websites, Vastaamo, Verizon, Vinomofo, VMware Workspace One Access, Vodafone Italia, WakeMed Health and Hospitals, and Wenco Management, LLC Health and Welfare Benefit Plan have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

Microsoft’s Azure platform has been causing problems for their own WinGet package manager and SysInternals services. Instagram, Zscaler, and Wynncraft suffered widespread outages.

Now for the good news:

The more time you spend evaluating electric cars, the worse you will realize they are. Whether it’s electrical waste, environmental damage, increased pullution or just randomly bursting into flames, they’re clearly not ready for production. And now you know.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is huge this month. The typical computer should see roughly 4.5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

With the release of a new version of macOS (13/Ventura) all macOS 10.x versions are no longer supported. If you’re not running at least 11/Big Sur, upgrade now or take your device offline. Really.

Windows 10 22H2 (19045) is a major update for Windows 10. Well, it’s supposed to be – there’s really almost no changes other than the extension of the support window. Even though there’s not a lot new to it, don’t be a lemming: wait at least a couple months for them to work out the inevitable bugs.

Microsoft released updates to address 82 vulnerabilities in .NET Framework, AMD CPU Branch, Azure, Azure Real Time Operating System, Linux Kernel, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Office Word, Network Policy Server (NPS), Open Source Software, SysInternals, Visual Studio, Windows Advanced Local Procedure Call, Windows ALPC, Windows Bind Filter Driver, Windows BitLocker, Windows CNG Key Isolation Service, Windows Devices Human Interface, Windows Digital Media, Windows DWM Core Library, Windows Extensible File Allocation, Windows Group Policy Preference Client, Windows HTTP.sys, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Kerberos, Windows Mark of the Web (MOTW), Windows Netlogon, Windows Network Address Translation (NAT), Windows ODBC Driver, Windows Overlay Filter, Windows Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol, Windows Print Spooler Components, Windows Resilient File System (ReFS), Windows Scripting, Windows Win32K
and MSRT (~3 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 15.7.1, iPadOS 15.7.1, iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16, macOS Big Sur 11.7.1, macOS Monterey 12.6.1, macOS Ventura 13, Safari 16.1, tvOS 16.1, watchOS 9.1, and Xcode 14.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 16.1 and 15.7.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 16.1 and 15.7.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 9.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 16.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

Google Chrome OS 107.0.5304.92 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 Ventura (13.x) means that all macOS X (10.x) versions are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Big Sur (11) 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 (v22H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 12 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

The now-current release of the Windows 11 (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 still very young so I encourage you to wait a few more months before you consider switching to it.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

AMD Adrenalin 22.10.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

BullZip PDF Printer 14.1.0.2951 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Crucial Storage Executive 8.07 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.5.7 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

DS4Windows 3.1.10 resolves several bugs and improves responsiveness. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Ryochan7/DS4Windows/releases/latest

Daemon Tools Lite 11.1.0 adds ARM support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtLite

Garmin Express 7.15.2 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be considered a security update.
https://www.garmin.com/en-US/software/express/

MSI Afterburner 2022.10.05 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.msi.com/Landing/afterburner/graphics-cards

Samsung DeX 2.4.0.29 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.samsung.com/us/apps/dex/

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.45.118 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 107.0.5304.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 107.0.1418.35 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 106.0.5 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Vivaldi 5.5.2805.42 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

ProtonMail (Android) 3.0.9 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://proton.me/mail/download

Spark 3.1.0.38675 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.1.0.38673 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 102.4.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 7.1.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

curl 7.86.0 resolves almost 200 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 160.4.4703 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 168.0.0.24.90 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Client 3.62.0 updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Google Drive 66.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Google Earth 7.3.6 resolves several bugs and improves several features. This is not a security update.
https://earth.google.com/

Microsoft Teams 1.5.00.28361 adds transcription, e-signature integration, rich call history and music on hold. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 25.0.1 updates dependencies and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

PuTTY 0.78 is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html

Qbox 4.0.5.32 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.coraltreetech.com/qbox

Rclone 1.60.0 adds three new backends, several new features and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 5.63.0 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Syncthing 1.22.1 resolves several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 4.3.1 is a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Zoom 5.12.6.10137 adds a lot of new features and resolves over a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 3.0.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Bitwig Studio 4.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

iTunes 12.12.5.8 adds support for newer iOS and iPad OS version. This is not a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Plex Desktop 1.56.2.3345 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.28.3.3355 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.29.2.6364 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Epic Games 14.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.epicgames.com/

Lego Studio 2.22.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

Nintendo Switch 15.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

Steam 2022.10.18 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

SteamOS 3.3.2 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 Illustrator 27.0 and 26.5.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb22-56.html

Adobe Reader DC 22.003.20263 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Calibre 6.8.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

IcoFX 3.8.1 fixes jpg editor and removes shape editor. This is not a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

Krita 5.1.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

Kindle for PC 1.39.65323 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

LibreOffice 7.3.7 resolves over two dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.6.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.4.7 resolves the “make my printer bleed” bug, as well as several other bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Sage Timeslips 30.0.4.84 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://na.sage.com/Sage-Timeslips/Support

Security Software Updates

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

Chainsaw 2.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/countercept/chainsaw

HTTP Toolkit 1.12.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://httptoolkit.tech/

IISCrypto 3.3.17 adds TLS 1.3, new cipher suites, and updates templates. This is not a security update.
https://www.nartac.com/Products/IISCrypto/Download

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.5.17 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

OpenSSL (SLP) 3.0.7 is a security update.
https://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

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

OpenSSL 3.0.7 is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/source/

ProtonVPN 3.0.5 (macOS) is a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

ReactOS 0.4.14.31 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://reactos.org/

Tails 5.6 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.45.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Zorin OS 16.2 improves compatibility, updates libraries, upgrades LibreOffice, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://zorin.com/os/mirrors/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Open Broadcaster Software 28.1.2 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://obsproject.com/

SnagIt 23.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/releases/snagit.msi

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PDF Creator 5.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

StreamFab 6.0.0.1 resolves several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

DVDFab 12.0.9.1 adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.17 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 8.9.8 resolves several bugs and adds many new features. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 8.9.8 resolves several bugs and adds many new features. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

AOMEI Partition Assistant 9.12.0 adds support for moving BitLocker partitions, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

Beyond Compare 4.4.4.27058 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitwarden 2022.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.05.10110 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

DesktopOK 10.44 improves tools. This is a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Etcher 1.8.15 updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Fido 1.36 adds support for the latest build of Windows. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

Go 1.19.3 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.0.9 is a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

HWMonitor 1.47 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

IsMyHdOK 3.77 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

Kingston SSD Manager 1.5.2.5 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

Memtest86+ 6.00 is a new major version, with support for new hardware, and resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.memtest.org/

NetworkInterfacesView 1.25 adds enable/disable option and registry key details. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_interfaces.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.42 improves high-DPI mode. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

NTLite 2.3.8.8978 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

PowerToys 0.64.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

ProcessMonitor 3.92 adds an option to set the filter driver altitude from the command line. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

Process Explorer 17.01 adds dark theme, multipane support, startup improvements and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/process-explorer

RoboForm 9.3.7 adds the ability to install updates without killing all the browsers and resolves several bugs. Be aware that this causes many browser extensions to fail until they’re reinstalled. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

ScreenConnect 22.9.10231 adds several new controls and security improvements. This is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Sysmon 14.11 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

TeamViewer 15.35.7 doesn’t have a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

Unity 2022.1.21 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

Windows 10 Upgrade 22H2 is a system update. This installs the latest build of Windows 10.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

WinAudit 3.4.3 resolves DNS bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.parmavex.co.uk/winaudit.html

WizTree 4.11 adds a Today filter, now supports quoting in filters, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

AutoHotkey 1.1.35.00 resolves several bugs and backports several features. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Docker Desktop 4.13.1 improves compatibility, upgrades libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

GitHub Desktop 3.1.2 updates embedded engine. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Node.js 14.21.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 16.18.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 18.12.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 19.0.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Visual Studio Code 1.73 adds include/exclude folders to search, shortcuts to Command Center, merge editor improvements and several other fixes. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 7.0.2 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.

Joomla 4.2.5 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

phpList 3.6.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

Piwigo 13.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

WordPress 6.1 adds a new default theme, new templates, improved design controls, menu editing, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 3.1.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

BuddyPress 10.6.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.6.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Idea Publisher 1.0.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/idea-publisher/

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-networks-auto-poster-facebook-twitter-g/

Redirection 5.3.5 resolves a language bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

W3 Total Cache 2.2.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 7.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WPBakery 6.10.0 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

WP Plugin Update Checker 5.0 switches from classes to namespaces, adds VCS controls, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/YahnisElsts/plugin-update-checker/releases/latest

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2022-03-08

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for March, 2022. It’s a big one. This month is ugly – and not just in the tech world. It seems that in the same breath that the elite acknowledged and swept the COVID hysteria under the rug, admitting their intervention was entirely propaganda, every government, financial system, media outlet, and software vendor has chosen to simultaneously swallowed a new collection of (quickly disproven) propaganda without the slightest hint of irony. Sigh. We can only do what we can do, but do not be afraid to talk about it. Censorship is how you make enemies, not friends.

This Month in Technology

A1 Hrvatska, Adafruit, Aetna ACE, Allen ISD, Alliance Physical Therapy Group, LLC, Amazon Alexa, AON, Ascension Michigan (single affiliated covered entity) ACE, Asterisk, Asustor NAS devices, Axeda agent, Axis Communications, Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success, Beetle Eye, Belarus online services, Bible Fellowship Church Homes, Bronx Addiction Services Integrated Concepts Systems, Inc., CA State Bar, CareOregon Advantage, Caritas Internationalis, CBORD’s GET Mobile security platform, Charlotte Radiology, Cisco’s Email Security Appliance, Coinbase, Community Medical Center, Comprehensive Health Services LLC, Conti ransomware gang, Credit Suisse, Crossroads Health, CVS Pharmacy, dozens of COVID passport apps, Dr. Morrow, Element Vape, Englewood Health, EPIC Pharmacy Network, Inc., Expeditors International, Extend Fertility, Family Christian Health Center, Family Fare LLC, Fleetwood Area School District, FlexBooker, Gems Education, GiveSendGo/Canadian Freedom Convoy, Google Android, Harbour Plaza Hotel, Hays USD 489, Highland Hospital, Houston Health Department, Intel CPU vulnerabilities can expose your cryptographic keys, International Committee of the Red Cross, Internet Society (ISOC), Ireland’s Health Service, Jackson County Hospital District, JAX Spine and Pain Centers, Jersey City Medical Center, KLAYswap, La Posada at Park Centre, Inc., LAPSUS$, LendUs, Liberty of Oklahoma Corporation, Logan Health Medical Center, MacGeneration, Memorial Hermann Health System, Meyer, Microsoft, Microsoft App Store, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Servers, Mizuno, Monongalia Health System, more than 500 Magento 1-based online stores, Morley Companies, Moscow Stock Exchange, Motorola Solutions Inc, new form of distributed denial of service attack, New York State’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics, Nvidia (and it’s BAD), Ohlone College, Oklahoma City Police Department Rape Kit information, Okta Advanced Server Access, PressReader, Priority Health, PROMESA, Puma, Reality Winner’s Twitter account, Rompetrol, Russian TV stations, Samsung Electronics (including source code), San Francisco 49ers, SAP Internet Communication Manager, Sberbank, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seneca Nation Health System, South Shore Hospital, Swissport, T-Mobile, Taylor, Ganson & Perrin LLP, TfNSW, the Russian Military, Town Home Care, LLC, Toyota Motor Corp., UK’s Foreign Office, UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office, Ukraine local government websites, Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers, Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, UMass Memorial Health, Inc., 52 organizations from multiple US critical infrastructure sectors, US defense contractors, US Radiology Specialists, Inc., Viasat, Visual Voice Mail, Vodafone Portugal, VxWorks-based Smart Infusion Pumps, Washington Department of Licensing, WatchGuard firewalls, Williamsville Central School District, Zabbix servers, Zenly, and Zoe Therapy Services have been hacked.

Slack and Twitter both had large outages.

AB Volvo, Activision Blizzard, Adobe, Airbnb, Apple, Apple Maps, Apple Pay, Aston Martin, BMW, Cisco, Coinbase, Daimler Truck, Dell, Epic Games, Ford Motor Company, Google, Google AdWords, Google Maps, Harley-Davidson, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, Jolla, Mastercard, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Motors, Namecheap, Netflix, Nintendo, PayPal, Reddit, Readdle, Samsung Electronics, Snapchat, Spotify, SWIFT, Telegram, The EU, TikTok, Toyota Motor Corporation, Twitter, Ubisoft, Visa, Volkswagen, and YouTube have imposed their own private sanctions on Russia and sometimes Belarus.

In response to software vendors (Apple, Microsoft, Readdle and others) imposing their own form of sanctions on Russia, Russia has passed new a licensing law, effectively greenlighting piracy. After ceasing reporting from Russia, the BBC has launched Tor access in several languages. Meanwhile Russia blocks sites that violate their new propaganda law and even rocket sales to the US.

Elon Musk, never a stranger to controversy, has declared that his Starlink service will not bow to censorship demands.

It was disheartening when Canada stole the bank accounts of anyone who dared to donate to a legal protest and dispatched Antifa and the UN to put down protestors

it was worse when they simply locked down all the banks (or at least realized the damage they were doing to themselves), even if they did quickly reverse their insanity. The Mercury account lockouts affected “a large set of accounts” throughout Africa. Worse yet, the entire world banking system has locked out Russia. By the way, do Google and Apple think that disabling their pay platforms in Russia will be the move that will encourage adoption by the rest of the world?

On the topic of social credit systems, I’d like to address the theory that cryptocurrency can be used in spite of bank interventions and government lockdowns. That’s not always the case, as Coinbase demonstrated this week.

As if spurned to action by the recent release of vaccine information and bribery, Twitch is now banning streamers that share “misinformation,” such as the actual medical fraud vaccine information and research by the vaccine manufacturers themselveswill now be banned.

That’s ok, you can go back to “real life” now that cities are opening back up. Did the science change, is it all part of some greater agenda, or are people just bored?

With such a war on truth and science, how can anyone fall for the Battle of Snake Island, Ghost of Kiev, Ukrainian ransomware, or any of the dozen other examples of legacy media propaganda right now?

The CIA has been conducting bulk surveillance on US citizens and the Supreme Court is okay with police planting hidden cameras throughout your property. Telegram isn’t as secure as you might think it is.

Oh – Let’s talk about Apple AirTags…one lady tracked her shipped goods with them and caught the mover lying about it. I’m more skeptical of this story about exposing a secret intelligence service, but the reality is that stalking and tracking for vehicle/home theft are part of the downside.

Microsoft is testing a new build of Windows 11 Pro that will now require a Microsoft account in order to be able to use Windows. This directly violates their previous statements about not forcing Windows Professional and Enterprise versions to use Microsoft accounts. While this will increase deployment and maintenance costs, the real trouble is going to be with transient users that are forced to login with “a” Microsoft account on a business machine and will no longer be able to easily untie that machine or role account from the deeply embedded Microsoft “features.”

Meris Botnet was used to target a single website with over 21 million requests per second. Google Drive is flagging native macOS files as violating copyright. Another new rootable vulnerability has been discovered for Linux. The EU is trying to mandate weakened security so they can better enforce the GDPR, digital identity and social credit systems.

Now for the good news:

The problem with cryptocurrency is that it necessarily depends on a public ledger (the blockchain). Espresso intends to fix that.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is a big one. The typical computer should see roughly 2.2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for .NET and Visual Studio, HEIF Image Extension, HEVC Video Extension, Microsoft 365, Raw Image Extension, Remote Desktop client, VP9 Video Extension, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows RT, Windows Server, Azure Site Recovery, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Defender for IoT, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Office Visio, Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Windows ALPC, Microsoft Windows Codecs Library, Paint 3D, Role: Windows Hyper-V, Skype Extension for Chrome, Tablet Windows User Interface, Visual Studio Code, Windows Ancillary Function Driver for WinSock, Windows CD-ROM Driver, Windows Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver, Windows COM, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows DWM Core Library, Windows Event Tracing, Windows Fastfat Driver, Windows Fax and Scan Service, Windows HTML Platform, Windows Installer, Windows Kernel, Windows Media, Windows PDEV, Windows Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol, Windows Print Spooler Components, Windows Remote Desktop, Windows Security Support Provider Interface, Windows SMB Server, Windows Update Stack, XBox, and MSRT (~1.5 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 15.3.1 and iPadOS 15.3.1, macOS Monterey 12.2.1, macOS Big Sur 11.6.4, Security Update 2022-002 Catalina, Safari 15.3, and watchOS 8.4.2. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 15.3.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 15.3.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 8.4.2 are security updates. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 98.0.4758.107 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Monterey (12.x) means that macOS Mojave (10.14) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Catalina (10.15) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (v21H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

The now-current release of the Windows 11 (v21H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 11 pushes you to get the latest Windows 11 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 24 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.4.9 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.

HP M281cdw Firmware 20211221 resolves the network stability issue from the previous firmware that effectively disabled the device.

Logitech Options 9.60.87 is a security update.

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.36.111 is a security update.

Firefox 98.0 is a security update.

Firefox ESR 91.7.0 is a security update.

Google Chrome 99.0.4844.51 is a security update.

Microsoft Edge 99.0.1150.36 is a security update.

SeaMonkey 2.53.11 is a security update.

Vivaldi 5.1.2567.57 is a security update.

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.10.0 is a major update to the underlying code, adding ARM support, improved spellcheck, performance, and port improvements. This is not a security update.

Thunderbird 91.6.2 is a security update.

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 7.0.6 improves password management and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.

curl 7.82.0 resolves dozens of bugs and adds several new automations. This is not a security update.

Dropbox 143.4.4161 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.

FileZilla Client 3.58.0 updates libraries, log details and prepares for 2FA support. This is not a security update.

FileZilla Server 1.3.0 is a security update.

FreeFileSync 11.18 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Omada Software Controller 5.1.7 resolves several bugs, adds new services and features, increases hard limits, and adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.

Skype 8.81.0.268 resolves several bugs and adds ability to revoke and recreate profile. This is not a security update.

Syncthing 1.19.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WinSCP 5.19.6 is a security update.

Zoom 5.9.7.3931 is a security update.

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

darktable 3.8.1 improves performance and stability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

iTunes 12.12.2.2 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.

Plex Desktop 1.41.0.2876 resolves DVR and LiveTV bugs, and improves search. This is not a security update.

Plex Home Theater 1.12.0.2884 resolves several bugs, resolution and MPV improvements, and improves stability. This is not a security update.

Plex Media Server 1.25.6.5577 resolves several bugs, improves collection, smart filtering, and reliability during media changes and replacement. This is not a security update.

Adobe Photoshop 22.5.6 and 23.2 are security updates.

Adobe Illustrator 26.1.0 is a security update.

Adobe After Effects 22.2.1 and 18.4.5 are security updates.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Epic Games 13.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

GameMaker Studio 2022.2.0.614 adds Text-In-Sequence, Track-In-Sequence, changes array behavior, updates libraries, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

Steam 2022.03.04 resolves over 20 bugs. This is not a security update.

PlayStation PS5 21.02-04.51.00 improves performance. This is not a security update.

Office Updates

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

Atom 1.60.0 improves usability and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

IcoFX 3.7 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

LibreOffice Fresh 7.3.1 resolves over a hundred bugs, including crash and freeze issues. This is not a security update. Remember that the Fresh line is beta software and should be avoided in favor of the Still (stable) version by most users.

Nextcloud Desktop 3.4.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Notepad++ 8.3.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Paint.net 4.3.8 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.

Calibre 5.38.0 resolves several bugs and adds new news sources. This is not a security update.

Adobe Reader DC 22.001.20085 is a security update.

Security Software Updates

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

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.5.4 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.

RogueKiller 15.4.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

uBlock Origin 1.41.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Velociraptor 0.6.3 adds several new features and improves performance. This is not a security update.

Wireless Network Watcher 2.30 adds custom context menu items option. This is not a security update.

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Elgato Game Capture HD 3.70.56 updates Twitch API. This is not a security update.

Open Broadcaster Software 27.2.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

ScreenToGif 2.36 resolves several bugs and adds new installation packages and package types. This is not a security update.

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 12.0.6.3 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

IsoBuster 4.9.1 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.

MakeMKV 1.16.7 improves reliability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Agent Ransack 2022.3307 resolves several bugs and adds new columns for Folder Depth, Product Version, File Version, and filtering for Owner and Product Version. This is not a security update.

Autoruns 14.09 resolves a reliability bug. This is not a security update.

Bitwarden 1.31.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Carbonite 6.4.1 resolves two bugs. This is not a security update.

CPU-Z 2.00 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.

DesktopOK 9.71 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

DMDE 4.0.0.800 adds Btrfs support, improves ReFS, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

dnGrep 3.0.29.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Etcher 1.7.7 updates libraries, improves updater, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

FileLocator Pro 2022.3307 resolves several bugs and adds new columns for Folder Depth, Product Version, File Version, and filtering for Owner and Product Version. This is not a security update.

GoodSync 11.10.5 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

grepWin 2.0.10 improves cosmetics. This is not a security update.

Nextcloud Server 23.0.2 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

NTLite 2.3.4.8643 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

osquery 5.2.2 updates libraries, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

AOMEI Partition Assistant 9.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

PowerToys 0.56.2 adds new features and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

ProcessMonitor 3.89 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.

Recuva 1.53.2065 adds telemetry. This is not a security update.

Macrium Reflect 8.0.6636 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

ScreenConnect 22.2.7029.8094 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

SimpleWMIView 1.48 adds quick-filter option “begins with.”

Sysmon 13.33 resolves a crash bug and improves memory handling. This is not a security update.

TaskSchedulerView 1.70 adds option to open task folder and enable or disable header line in exports. This is not a security update.

Unity 2021.2.14 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Wazuh Agent 4.2.5 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

WifiInfoView 2.75 adds MAC Group column, MAC Group filtering and 64-bit build. This is not a security update.

WinGet 1.1.12653 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

WinRAR 6.11 improves reliability and compatibility. This is not a security update.

WinScan2PDF 7.55 improves reliability. This is not a security update.

WizTree 4.08 adds custom filtering for full scan results. This is not a security update.

ZoomText 2022.2202.36.400 adds new voices and languages, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ADB 33.0.0 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.

Docker Desktop 4.5.1 is a security update.

GitHub Desktop 2.9.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Godot 3.4.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

Node.js 16.14.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

Node.js 17.6.0 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

SQLite 3.38.0 resolves several bugs and updates syntax and compatibility. This is not a security update.

Visual Studio Code 1.65.1 is a security update.

Web Package Updates

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

Dada Mail 11.18.0 adds LWP support and resolves an invalid mailbox bug. This is not a security update.

Drupal 9.2.13 is a security update.

Drupal 9.3.7 is a security update.

Joomla 4.1.0 is a major update adding task scheduling, child template overrides, accessibility improvements and syntax highlighting. This is not a security update.

MailArchiva 8.7.4 improves performance. This is not a security update.

MailEnable 10.38 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

phpList 3.6.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

phpMyAdmin 5.1.3 is a security update.

SMF 2.1.1 is a major update release with several new features, and improves compatibility and reliability. This update will disable any mods and custom themes and some older mods and themes will need changes to be compatible. This is not a security update.

WordPress 5.9.1 resolves over 80 bugs. This is not a security update.

Antispam Bee 2.11.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 10.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.5.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Slider Revolution 6.5.18 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Social Post Feed 4.1.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.5.8 resolves a couple bugs and adds cosmetic and layout features. This is not a security update.

Widgets on Pages 1.6.0 is a security update.

WooCommerce 6.3.0 is a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 3.3.0 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs.

WordPress Zero Spam 5.2.15 is a security and woke-ness update. Since they’re now injecting content of their own choice into your website, they can no longer be trusted and you should remove this plugin from your websites.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2021-11-09

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for November, 2021.

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

This Month in Technology

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

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

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

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Monterey (12.x) means that macOS Mojave (10.14) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Catalina (10.15) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

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

Browser Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email Updates

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

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

OutlookAttachView 3.44 resolves a profile selection bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

Office Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Security Software Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.34.1 replaces update engine and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2020-01-14

Happy new year, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for January 2020.

Windows 7 is now officially EOL

Windows 7 is officially end-of-life (EOL). If you’re still running it, shame on you, and if you are running a licensed version of Windows 7 or 8 you can still upgrade to Windows 10 and have a supported version of Windows for the foreseeable future. Don’t want to do it yourself? Call me!
https://saferpc.info/contact/
With any luck there won’t be a zeroday vulnerability in Windows 7 that’s actively exploited only days after it becomes EOL. Please don’t let your Win7 machines online.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. The typical computer should see roughly 2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

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

Apple released updates for macOS Catalina 10.15.2.2 Combo Update, iCloud 10.9.1, iCloud 7.16, and iTunes 12.10.3. These are security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

Google Chrome OS 79.0.3945.86 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.314 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

The release of 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 (1909) is a pretty small update so will install quickly. 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 18.0.2.1 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 19.12.50 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 441.87 adds maximum framerate option, VRSS, performance and reliability improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Daemon Tools Lite 10.12 adds mobile media support. This is not a security update.
https://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtLite

Browser Updates

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

Vivaldi 2.10.1745.26 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Google Chrome 79.0.3945.117 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Google Chrome Dictionary 9-0 updates dictionary words for English and Farsi.

Firefox 72.0.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 68.4.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Iridium 2019.11.78 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://iridiumbrowser.de/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 68.4.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

BrowsingHistoryView 2.35 adds option to remove certain history records. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

FileZilla Client 3.46.3 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Technitium DNS Server 4.1 updates libraries, improves installer, and adds several new features to the web interface.
https://technitium.com/dns/

FreeFileSync 10.19 improves consistency, adds context menu macros, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

IPNetInfo 1.90 adds option to open an address within Google Maps. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

Npcap 0.9986 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Pocketnet-GUI 0.0.55 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pocketnetteam/pocketnet.gui/releases/latest

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.10.3 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.

Epic Games 6.12.0 adds reviews and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.epicgames.com/

Steam 2020.12.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

PlayStation PS4 7.02 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 19.021.20061 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

Atom 1.43.0 improves syntax highlighting and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.3.4 (beta) fixes over 120 bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Illustrator CC 2019 24.0.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb20-03.html

Adobe Experience Manager 6.5.3, 6.4.7, and 6.3.3.7 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/aem-releases-updates.html

Security Software Updates

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

elementary OS 5.1 resolves several bugs, updates libraries, and improves compatibility and versatility. This is a security update.
https://elementary.io/

Gpg4win 3.1.11 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

IISCrypto 3.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nartac.com/Products/IISCrypto/Default.aspx

OpenSSL 1.0.2u is a security update.

RogueKiller 14.0.4 updates engine, resolves several bugs, and improves performance. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

TinyWall 2.1.14 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2020.1.0 adds several new features, improves performance and reliability, and 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 11.0.6.6 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

FFmpeg 4.2.2 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

IsoBuster 4.5 improves scan capabilities, adds support for newer hardware and formats, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

MKVToolnix 42.0.0 resolves several bugs, improves consistency, and adds several features. This is a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/MKVToolNix.html

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Cygwin 3.1.2 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 6.81 improves screenshot feature. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Etcher 1.5.71 updates library. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything CLI 1.1.0.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

GoodSync 10.10.19 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

IsMyHdOK 2.01 improves benchmarking. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NTLite 1.8.0.7261 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 7.1.1004 improves search and index, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

ProcessMonitor 3.53 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

Process Explorer 16.31 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/process-explorer

SearchMyFiles 3.10 adds action controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

Sysmon 10.42 resolves several bugs and adds filtering conditions. This is a security update.

Zoomit 4.52 resolves several dual-monitor bugs. This is not a security update.

Whois 1.21 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WifiInfoView 2.60 adds AP shortcut controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 5.15 improves TWAIN support and PDF optimization. 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.

Java 8u241 is a security update. If you do not know that you require Java, it’s safest to remove it.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.0.19 is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

Node.js 13.6.0 resolves several bugs, adds error monitoring and PSK support. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Redemption 5.22.0.5498 adds DL expansion, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Visual Studio Code 1.41.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.0-135406 adds support for several new features, 3D support, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 8.8.1 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.9.14 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

MailEnable 10.29 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

ModSecurity 3.0.4 resolves dozens of bugs and adds support or new rule types. This is a security update.
https://github.com/SpiderLabs/ModSecurity/releases

Nextcloud Server 17.0.2 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpList 3.5.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.9.4 and 5.0.1 are security updates.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/

ScreenConnect 19.5.26194.7292 improves compatibility and installation. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SMF 2.0.17 is a security update.
https://www.simplemachines.org/

WordPress 5.3.2 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 2.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

bbPress 2.6.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 5.1.2 is a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.12.3 resolves several bugs and adds new features. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.3.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 4.6.2 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Simple Lightbox 2.8.0 resolves several bugs and updates minimum requirements. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.12.0 improves compabiilty and performance, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.8.1 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 2016-08-09

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday.

Windows 10 Anniversary Edition was released this week. Don’t install it. There are many reports of stability problems after an upgrade. Be patient, they’ll fix it.

The typical computer should see roughly 750mb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, and MSRT (~500mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 9.3.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to get the most current version.

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

Driver Updates

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

AMD Crimson Edition 16.8.1 adds hardware support and fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/Radeon-Software-Crimson-Edition-16-8-1-Release-Notes.aspx

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3 fixes several bugs, and improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://support.amd.com/en-us/download

nVidia 368.95 is not a security update.
http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4202/~/geforce-hot-fix-driver-version-368.95

nVidia OpenGL drivers for Windows 369.00, and Linux 367.36.02 fixes several bugs and adds support for the beta OpenGL 2016 ARB specification. This is not a security update.
https://developer.nvidia.com/opengl-driver

AcuRite PC Connect for XP and Vista has been discontinued. This software will receive no more updates and has been removed from the AcuRite website. If you’re still using this software (which implies you’re using either XP or Vista) your safest move is to switch to another operating system where you can use a supported application.

Display Driver Uninstaller 16.1.0.1 improves identification and cleanup. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 52.0.2743.116 is the most recent in a series of 4 Chrome security updates released in the last couple weeks. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 48.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version. As of Firefox 49 – in about 5 weeks – Firefox will no longer support older versions of OS X (prior to Mavericks / 10.9). On older Windows machines, SSE2 CPU extensions are now required for Firefox 48+ which will leave some Windows XP and Vista machines unsupported. If you’re using an older/unsupported operating system, consider this your one-month warning. In about a month there will no longer be a secure browser available for you, so your machine can only safely be used offline.

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 2.94 fixes a crash bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

DiscordApp 20160801T131225 doesn’t provide a current changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://discordapp.com/download

Skype 7.26.0.101 doesn’t provide a current changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

curl 7.50.1 is a security update.

WinSCP 5.9 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Dropbox 7.4.30 no longer provides a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update, or preferably, abandoned. Software that doesn’t provide changelogs uses the fancy magical ability called “ignorance” to convince you to upgrade, possibly to a hacked or hijacked version, with no hope of validation from the author. A company like Dropbox, valued at $8 BILLION, should be able to spare someone on their build team to compose something more detailed than “The desktop client is regularly updated with many improvements and fixes.”
https://12pd.com/click?dropbox

uTorrent 3.4.8 Build 42449 is the latest stable build and improves security of embedded advertising, updates to DHT and bug fixes. This is a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.20.1 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

FreeNAS 9.10 is a security update.
http://www.freenas.org/download-freenas-release.html

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201608 is a data refresh.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

.NET Framework 4.6.2
http://www.microsoft.com/net/

iCloud for Windows 5.2.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.7.6282 fixes a bug and adds “number of copies” support. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

iTunes 12.4.3 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.

SteamOS 2.87 fixes many bugs, updates libraries (including display drivers) and improves performance. This is a security update.
http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/download/?ver=custom

Office Updates

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

LibreOffice 5.2.0 offers faster and smoother editing, toolbar improvements, drawing tools, many new keyboard shortcuts and programmatic features. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/download/

Adobe Reader DC Patch 15.017.20053 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

FrameMaker 2015 update 4 (2015.0.4) is a security update.
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=6085

Security Software Updates

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

EMET 5.51 fixes stability and security bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/emet

Avast! Home Edition 12.2.2276 adds Windows 10 Anniversary Edition support. This is not a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

SmartSniff 2.26 adds automatic updates to WinPCap and NetMon3 detection. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html

Wireless Network Watcher 1.99 adds autocompletion to file selection fields. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.4.3 adds detections. This is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.11 adds support for removal of newer rootkits. This is a security update.
http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

MSRT 5.39 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FFmpeg 3.1.2 provides too much changelog detail to rummage through it all. Treat as a security update.
http://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

DVDFab 9.3.1.0 adds support for new encodings, various fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

8GadgetPack 20.0 adds support for Windows 10 Anniversary Update and various other fixes. This is not a security update.
http://8gadgetpack.net/

RoboForm 7.9.20 improves Internet Explorer support, corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

CintaNotes 3.2 adds autotagging (whoo-hoo!), plain text copy, and about a dozen bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

Synergy 1.8.2 fixes several stability and reliability bugs, improves clipboard sync, logging, and drag and drop controls. This should be treated as a security update.
http://symless.com/

iExplorer 3.9.10.0 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

LicenseCrawler 1.79 build-1457 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.klinzmann.name/licensecrawler_download.htm

DriveLetterView 1.43 fixes a crash bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/drive_letter_view.html

FolderChangesView 1.95 adds a counter for renamed files. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

WirelessKeyView 2.00 adds external source parsing support, secondary decryption method, and remote retreival. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

NTLite 1.1.0.4135 adds Windows 10 Anniversary Update support, various bug fixes and features. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Rufus 2.10 adds hash validation, OS support, hardware support, compressed UEFI:NTFS support, and various fixes. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

Autoruns 13.62 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.

ProcessMonitor 3.3 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.

Sigcheck 2.53 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.

Sysmon 4.11 adds the ability to log process opens of other processes, and adds a configuration switch that disables checks of Certificate Revocation List (CRL) servers for digital signature validation. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

WSUS Offline 10.7.2 adds .NET Framework 4.6.2 support, improvements to WSUSSCN parsing, superseded update fixes and a few bug fixes. This should be treated as a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.7.14 fixes many bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.1.2-108956 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

ownCloud Client 2.2.3 fixes dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

Drupal 8.1.8 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.6.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.joomla.org/

MailEnable 9.16 is a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

TinyMCE 4.4.1 fixes several bugs and adds smart-paste capability. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

BuddyPress 2.6.2 is a security update.

Contact Form 7 4.5 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.4.3 is a security update.

MU Menus 4.6 adds support for WP 4.6.

Multisite Plugin Manager 3.1.5 fixes a couple minor bugs.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.6.6 improves support for StumbleUpon. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 2.6.4 is a security update.

WPtouch 4.2.3 removes banner for non-admins and adds upgrade-from-free support. 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/