Updates 2011-06-14

Patch Tuesday has arrived, and it’s a big one, folks.

Microsoft has released between 14 and 23 updates (depending on your configuration) for Windows, .NET, Internet Explorer, MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, SQL Server, MSDE, SSMSE, InfoPath, Visual Studio, MSRT, Windows Update, Microsoft Update, WSUS, and Windows Mail. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/
Also note that IE9 is now rated “important” and will be pushed to many users automatically when you install updates. You can unselect it as an option through the custom configuration, but it does add newer security features so should be installed by anyone on Vista and Windows 7. There are a few changes you can make to the new default options to make it more consistent with previous versions.

Apple released updates to OSX, AirPort, iTunes, Logic Express, Logic Pro, and ProKit. This includes security updates. A reboot is not required. Use the Apple Updater to get the most recent updates.

Acrobat and Adobe Reader 10.1 is a major update that provides security fixes, feature updates, and major enhancements such as Protected View for Acrobat. A reboot is not required. Use Help, Check for updates to obtain this update. If you have both Acrobat AND Reader, make sure you update BOTH!

Java 6u26 is a security update. If you’re running a 64-bit operating system, be sure to get BOTH the 32-bit and 64-bit Java Runtimes. For 32-bit OS, get only the 32-bit build:
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Flash Player, Adobe AIR and Shockwave have all had critical security updates over the last few days. Download each of the following, close all browsers, then install each of the files.
https://12pd.com/click?air
https://12pd.com/click?flash
https://12pd.com/click?flashie
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Driver Updates

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

nVidia 275.33 adds newer hardware support, performance and stability improvements, particularly within the 3D interface. This is not a security update.
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index5.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

SeaMonkey 2.1 integrates a settings Sync option, better file management, and a number of other improvements. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check For Updates to get the most recent version.

Internet Updates

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

FileZilla 3.5.0 is primarily a bugfix release. This version corrects several OS-dependent behaviors, but also migrates the queue to a more stable (and faster!) back-end, and a couple crash bugs. This is not a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

WinSCP 4.3.3 adds IPv6 support, library updates, daylight savings time and timezone improvements, and a number of minor bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Skype 5.1 for Mac and 5.3.0.116 resolves a crash issue related to a network error on the 26th. This is not a security update.
http://www.skype.com/intl/en/home

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 2.8.9 corrects a bug in avi, mpeg and h264 file parsing. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 10.3.1 adds new “iTunes in the Cloud” features: Automatic Downloads – the ability to purchase on one device and have it download/install thru any connection available to other devices registered to your account. This feature works with previous purchases, as long as it is still available within the iTunes store. This version also fixes other bugs. This is a security update. Use the Adobe Updater to install this update. A reboot may be required.

VLC Media Player 1.1.10 is a security update. You should be prompted to update when opening VLC, or use Help, Check for Updates to install this version.
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html

CDBurnerXP 4.3.8.2568 reverts an included library to a known stable version. This is not a security update, but is a significant stability improvement.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 5.9.2 corrects a crash bug, a couple other issues, and adds clipboard history and character insertion option. This is not a security update.
http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Security Software Updates

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

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware 1.51 improves performance, update speed, and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free

Wireshark 1.6.0 corrects several bugs, improves support for large files, SSL session key export, custom columns, SMB export, as well as a number of added protocols. This is not a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Fraps 3.4.5 reduces the memory footprint, increases performance capturing Vista/Win7, and corrects several bugs relating to OpenGL and color scrambling. This is not a security update.
http://www.fraps.com/

VideoCacheView 1.93 adds an alternate row highlighting scheme. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 8.0.9.8 adds additional hardware decoding support, improved profile management, FINALLY adds the ability to disable the folder view that opens automatically in 8+, and corrects a few crash bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.com/download.htm

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Minecraft and Minecraft Server 1.6.5 and 1.6.6 correct a number of bugs with physics, blocking, performance, and continuity. Adds mapping, hatches, tall grass, multi-player “nether”, and significantly improved network compression. This is not a security update, but the performance issues were severe, so this should be treated as important.
http://www.minecraft.net/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm and RoboForm2Go 7.3.2 improves Opera/Chrome handling, adds Firefox 5 support and corrects a handful of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?roboform

LogMeIn 4.1.1848 corrects several minor bugs. This is not a security update. Right-click on the LogMeIn icon in your tray and select “Open LogMeIn”, click “About”, then “Check for Updates”. After a few minutes of downloading, the updater will start. You’ll be prompted to click “Update”, approve installation and finally “close” the installer when done.

CCleaner 3.07.1457 improves existing application support, and adds Safari Icon history, Flash Player SOL, Windows Elevated Diagnostics, a number of media players, and improves Chrome, RDP, Recent Documents, Windows Servises and exclusion options. This is not a security update.
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Ketarin 1.6.0.434 significantly improves performance, adds header assignment thru a new httpx protocol, infinite custom columns, adds the ability to view more than one search side-by-side, a “wait” option, setup instructions extended significantly, variable-ization of a lot more fields, better handling of {f:*} variables, new urldecode function, and significantly impreoved template management. This is not a security update.
http://ketarin.canneverbe.com/

Goodsync and Goodsync2Go 8.7.1.0 adds Mac support, SkyDrive protocol, Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon S3 striping, and various other improvements. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Hamachi 2.0.3.111 improves tunneling, especially on poor connections, improves UPnP support, and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update. Use About, Check for Updates to install this update.

NirCmd 2.55 improves savescreenshot support to add dimensions, clipboard and full capabilities. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

Speccy 1.11.256 adds stability and performance updates, and corrects a number of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.piriform.com/speccy

WhatIsHang 1.07 adds WaitForSingleObject processing. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/what_is_hang.html

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.5.13 corrects a couple dozen bugs, including several memory leaks. This is not a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

TortoiseSVN 1.6.16 corrects a memory leak in the shell extension. This is not a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads

Web Package Updates

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

WordPress 3.1.3 provides more than a dozen changes, including 7 security fixes. This update is especially important if you allow user content on your site, as previous versions did not properly sanitize input. This is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

BuddyStream 2.0.5 is a core update. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddystream/

phpMyAdmin 3.4.2 improves stability and corects a number of minor bugs — including a version leak. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2010-11-02

Hey folks!

After you VOTE today, please take a look at the updates below.

Microsoft released MS Live 2011 through Windows Update this week, providing advanced functionality for blogging, chat and other service integration. This should be treated as a security update, but, during installation when it asks if you want to install “everything” or “only updates”, select “only updates” to avoid installation of software you will not use. Also released is an update to the Application Compatibility package, enabling better support for a number of legacy applications and games. Visit Windows Update now to get the updates:
  http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates to iPhoto, ProKit, Aperture, MacBook Air firmware, Mac Pro firmware and released iLife 2011. Some of these are security updates. Use the Apple Updater to get the most current updates for your Mac.

Adobe AIR 2.5 is a feature and bugfix update. This version adds hardware performance improvements, and better device support. This is not a security update.
  http://get.adobe.com/air
Adobe Shockwave 11.5.9.615 is another security update. Exploits are active and in the wild. Shockwave has become less and less necessary, UNLESS you play games online — and often, even then, you probably don’t need it. Please consider removing it (doing so WILL NOT affect any business software you require), and if you find you do require it, reinstall from the link below:
  http://get.adobe.com/shockwave

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.

Driver Updates

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

nVidia 260.99 adds newer hardware support, updates PhysX and nVidia HD Audio, as well as correction of bugs relating to SLI, Dualview, DVI-HDMI and resizing desktop. If you’ve experienced problems with your nVidia hardware, you should update.
  http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index5.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 7.0.517.41 is a security update. Chrome updates itself, but you should check to be sure the most recent update is applied by clicking the Tools menu (wrench) and selecting About Google Chrome. The bottom of the new window will indicate the current version and enable you to update, if necessary.

Firefox 3.6.12 is another security update, following less than a week after the security update 3.6.11 was released. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the latest version.

SeaMonkey 2.0.10 is a security update. If you have this software installed, use Help, Check for Updates to get the most recent version.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 3.1.6 is a security update, following another recent security update. If you have Thunderbird installed, use Help, Check for Updates immediately to get the latest version.

Internet Updates

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

EA Download Manager 7.0.0.74 is a minor application compatibility update. This is not a security update.
  http://eastore.ea.com/store/ea/html/pbPage.welcome

Evernote 4.0.1.2927 adds OneNote and MHT support, as well as several other bugfixes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.evernote.com/

Skype 5 is finally “gold”. This major upgrade adds texting, group video, dropped call recovery and a simpler design. This is not a security update.
  http://www.skype.com/intl/en/home

Codec Updates

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

Vista Codec Package 5.8.4 updates included codecs, filters and subtitle processors. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This version works for both Windows XP and Windows Vista.
  http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Win x64 Codec Support 2.7.0 updates included codecs and subtitle processors. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package.
  http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Win7 Codec Package 2.6.6 updates included codecs, filters and subtitle processors. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application.
  http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 5.8.3 improves 64-bit support and context menu handling. This is not a security update.
  http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Security Software Updates

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

SuperAntiSpyware 4.45.1000 provides various scanning improvements. This should be considered a security update.
  http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 1.81 improves reliability on some servers temporary file caching. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

WebVideoCap 1.40 fixes an issue with FLV capture on YouTube and other video sites. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/web_video_capture.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 8.0.3.2 updates codecs, processing speed, hardware support and several crash situations. This is not a security update.
  http://www.dvdfab.com/en/download.htm

Any Video Converter 3.10 adds DVD burning, refines output profiles, and improves UI. This is not a security update.
  http://www.filehippo.com/download_any_video_converter/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CCleaner 3.00.1303 adds native 64-bit support, drive wipe tool, and various additional application handlers. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Speccy 1.6.191 significantly improves drive detection, as well as various other diagnostic tools. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/speccy

Microsoft’s SysInternals has released several updates. Disk2vhd 1.63 fixes a bug that includes removable flash drives in the disk list. Sigcheck 1.73 reports a revoked certificate as “revoked” rather than “invalid certificate”. VMMap 3.01 is a major update, adding the ability to profile specific applications from launch, track sub-allocations, stack traces and better map execution paths.
  http://sysinternals.com/

GPU-Z 0.4.7 adds various hardware-specific features and fixes minor bugs. This is not a security update.
  http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

Ketarin 1.5.0.400 adds a bunch of new features, including “install” support, direct SourceForge handling, various UI updates, several non-security bug-fixes and various other new features. This is not a security update.
  http://ketarin.canneverbe.com/

RegFileExport 1.06 corrects a significant freeze issue. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/registry_file_offline_export.html

RoboForm & RoboForm2Go 6.10.1 adds Firefox 4 support — but I’ve had issues with Chrome support, so upgrade at your own risk if you use Chrome. This is not a security update.
  https://12pd.com/click?roboform

Goodsync & Goodsync2Go 8.4.0.4 corrects several stability and reliability issues, and improves error handling. This is not a security update.
  https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Inno Setup & QuickStart 5.4.0 replaces the editor which greatly improves interactive syntax editing, UI, and scripting support, adds latest bzip2 library, and other minor tweaks. This is not a security update.
  http://www.jrsoftware.org/isdl.php

MySQL 5.1.52 corrects several dozen bugs, primarily in duplication, but also corrects some bugs with datetime comparisons, ‘ignore’, subqueries and various other functionality. This is not a security update, but previous versions could be DoSed by malformed packets.
  http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

Web Package Updates

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

phpMyAdmin 3.3.8 adds a number of improvements, most notably a session handling flaw that could be responsible for lockouts and session drops. This is not a security update.
  http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

BuddyPress 1.2.6 fixes more than 20 bugs, including various stability and reliability issues. This is not a security update.
  http://buddypress.org/

BuddyStream 1.0.2.1 fixes several bugs in Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm and session handling. This is not a security update.
  http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddystream/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2010-03-06

Hey folks!

Apple released updates to Aperture, Digital Camera Raw Compatibility for Aperture and iPhoto, and ProKit. Use the “Apple Updater” to get the most recent versions of all the affected software.

Have a website? A reminder to everyone using Blogger through FTP. Google will stop supporting FTP through Blogger/Blogspot on the 15th – make sure you switch to something else before then! My personal preference is WordPress. It’s a mature application providing a broad range of capabilities, advanced plugins, themes and stylistic elements, and it can be managed even by someone that doesn’t have much experience with websites. And, as a bonus, it can actually import all of your archives from your Blogger site – including comments! Ready to make the move? Contact me!
  https://12pointdesign.com/


Important Notes

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

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

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


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

Thunderbird 3.0.2 corrects bugs in IMAP, v2 upgrader, stability and security. This is a security update.
  http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/

Opera 10.50 corrects more than two dozen bugs, including multiple security vulnerabilities. This is a security update. If you have Opera installed, install this update immediately.
  http://www.opera.com/

Yahoo! Messenger 10.0.0.1241 is a security and reliability update. This is a security update. If you use the Yahoo Messenger client then you should install this update right away.
  http://messenger.yahoo.com/

Skype 4.2.0.152 corrects a number of bugs, adds better privacy defaults, and provides better security for stale connections. This is not a security update.
  http://www.skype.com/getconnected/


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

NVIDIA Forceware 196.75 adds support for new hardware, and improves performance under several newer games. This is not a security update.
  http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index5.aspx?lang=en-us

Logitech SetPoint 6.0 (mouse and keyboard drivers) simplifies the codebase to provide more reliable and consistent performance, as well as a number of bugfixes.
  http://www.logitech.com/setpoint


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

Notepad++ 5.6.8 corrects several bugs related to find/replace. This is not a security update.
  http://sourceforge.net/projects/notepad-plus/files/


Media Updates
These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Vista Codec Package 5.6.2 updates several codecs and improves the layout of the configuration application. This is not a security update.
  http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Paint.NET 3.5.4 corrects several bugs, including a couple that could cause crashes under certain conditions. This is not a security update.
  http://www.getpaint.net/


Utility Updates
These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GoodSync v 8.1.5.7 improves scripting support, and performance for FTP/SFTP and replaces Quick Backup Mode with the Fast Pre Analyze option. This is not a security update.
  http://www.goodsync.com/download/GoodSync-Setup-8.1.5.7.exe

CCleaner 2.29.1111 consists primarily of performance improvements. This is not a security update.
  http://www.ccleaner.com/

WinSCP 4.2.7 increases the canvas for SFTP, fixes crash bugs and lockups with dropped/failed connections and corrects an issue with saving certain settings. This is not a security update (but if you’ve had as many crashes as I have with 4.2.6 you will be excited about this new build).
  http://winscp.net/eng/download.php

Evernote 3.5.2.1663 includes more than a dozen bug fixes and improvements in features such as PDF edit, spell check and screen clipping. This is not a security update.
  http://www.evernote.com/about/download/

Microsoft has released updates to several SysInternals tools, including AdExplorer, VMMap, Disk2vhd, LiveKd, and Sigcheck. Primarily performance improvements and bug fixes, these tools are essential for geeks like myself. This is not a security update.
  http://www.sysinternals.com/


Web Package Updates
These are likely to be of interest only to web developers.

WordPress MU 2.9.2 is a security and bugfix release. This version also makes the blog signup process much faster and adds a new “Global Terms” Site Admin page. This is a security update. If you use WordPress MU, install this updates ASAP!
  http://mu.wordpress.org/download/

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

Regards,

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