Updates 2022-09-13

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for September, 2022. This month brings new major versions of iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and impending new versions of Windows 11 and Windows 10. That’s on top of the 120 major hacks, and over 150 application updates this month. Even with all that, it’s actually a pretty light month, with only about 3 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

Advanced (NHS MSP), Akamai, Akasa Air, Albanian government, Ally Bank, Amazon, Argentina’s Judiciary of Córdoba, Armed Forces General Staff agency of Portugal (EMGFA), Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, Atlassian Bitbucket Server, an “automotive supplier“, Avamere Health Services LLC, Baker & Taylor, Banorte, Block, BOGA Group, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), BrandNewTube, BSA Hospice of the Southwest, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Celanese Medical Plan, Center Hospitalier Sud Francilien (CHSF), Cerebral Medical Group, P.A., Chester Upland School District, Chile Consumer Protection Agency, Chile’s government, Cisco (more), Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative, Conifer Revenue Cycle Solutions, CorrectHealth, CS.MONEY, Damart, DaVita Inc., DESFA, DigitalOcean, Dominican Republic’s Instituto Agrario Dominicano, DoorDash, EmergeOrtho, energy providers worldwide, Entrust, Eurocell, Family Medicine Centers, Farmville Internal Medicine, First Street Family Health, Forsyth County medical office, Franklin College, General Bytes, General Health System, Gestore dei Servizi Energetici SpA (GSE), Go-Ahead, Health Advantage, Henderson & Walton Women’s Center, P.C., Holdcroft Motor Group, HP Support Assistant, Hyundai, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG), IRS, Japan government, KeyBank, Kickstarter (?), LA USD (more), Lamoille Health Partners, LastPass, Lee County Emergency Medical Services, Liberty Counsel, MailChimp, Major Cineplex, Major Development PCL, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Methodist Craig Ranch Surgical Center, Methodist McKinney Hospital, Microsoft Teams, Montenegro government (and lied about it), Mossad, Nelnet Serving, Neopets, Nereus Finance, New Free DAO, NorthStar HealthCare Consulting LLC, Northwestern Medical Center, Novant Health, over 130 organizations via Okta, OMNI Healthcare, INC, OneTouchPoint, Onyx Technology LLC, Orange Cyberdefense, Overlake Medical Center & Clinics, Plex, Practice Resources LLC, Priti Patel Physician PC, Prowers  County Hospital District, PT Jasamarga Tollroad Operator, QNAP Photo Station, QuestionPro, Rug Pull Finder, Samsung, San Diego American Indian Health Center, San Francisco 49ers, Sando, Savannah College of Art and Design, Sephora, SFERRA, Sheppard Robson, Shipyaari, ShitExpress, Signal, SitePoint, South Staffordshire Water, Specialized Treatment Facility, Sri Lanka Department of Examinations, Starlink’s Dishy McFlatface, START.ru, Stratford University, TAP Air Portugal, Tesla cars, The North Face, TikTok, Trinity Health, Tulsa Tech, Twilio, Twitter, U-Haul, UK’s National Health Service, USAble Mutual Insurance Company, Valley Baptist Medical Center – Brownsville, Valley Baptist Medical Center – Harlingen, Warner Norcross & Judd, Xinai Electronics, and Zimbra Collaboration Suite have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

75% of retailers and 52% of supply chains report being hacked in 2021. Those numbers don’t reflect well on the security state of the nation. 🙁

Patreon fired their entire security department. What this means for you: if you’re still using Patreon, now is the best time to stop.  The Zoom installer can get you hacked. Facebook and Twitter will soon be shunning the CIA. (/sarc)

After updates last month, MS Office would crash if you floated your mouse over Outlook contacts. The version was pulled, but a new version wasn’t released until today. Microsoft released a virus definitions update that falsely identified every Electron app as malware on September 4th (the Labor Day holiday weekend). While it took only 13 hours before they released a fix, it was 13 hours too long for many who thought their browsers had been compromised. Edge 105 wouldn’t start if you had policies enabled relating to data reporting. Completely removing the policies was the only workaround. Tabs are coming to Windows Explorer in a “Moment.” I think they should probably call them Hot Flashes. Or Whims.

The only significant outages this month were Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365.

End-of-life (EOL) means end-of-life. Don’t expect vendors to fix critical vulnerabilities in EOL hardware or software. Usually. This is a win for Apple. This isn’t. And this is just sad.

Google finished their purchase of Mandiant. Even Lloyd’s of London is taking a page out of the terrorism handbook. The IoT (Internet of Things) is far less secure than they claim. In an approach that could only be described as inevitable, the anti-cheat software used to prevent cheating in a video game is being abused to hack computers with it installed.

The concept of software “permissions” is fatally flawed. While this article only demonstrates how it effected the clipboard, it’s a timely reminder to keep your camera and mic physically disabled whenever possible.

When the Federal government has no respect for the law, is it any surprise that law enforcement are tracking you without warrants. Duh.

Now for the good news:

While there’s not a lot of good news in tech, we can at least have some fun with it. Check out these barcode ponies.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is about average this month. The typical computer should see roughly 3 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 64 vulnerabilities in .NET and Visual Studio, .NET Framework, Azure Arc, Cache Speculation, HTTP.sys, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Office Visio, Microsoft Windows ALPC, Microsoft Windows Codecs Library, Network Device Enrollment Service (NDES), SPNEGO Extended Negotiation, Visual Studio Code, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows Credential Roaming Service, Windows Defender, Windows Distributed File System (DFS), Windows DPAPI (Data Protection Application Programming Interface), Windows Enterprise App Management, Windows Event Tracing, Windows Group Policy, Windows IKE Extension, Windows Kerberos, Windows Kernel, Windows LDAP – Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, Windows ODBC Driver, Windows OLE, Windows Photo Import API, Windows Print Spooler Components, Windows Remote Access Connection Manager, Windows Remote Procedure Call, Windows TCP/IP, Windows Transport Security Layer (TLS), and MSRT (~3 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 12.5.6 and 16.0, iPadOS 15.6.1, macOS Big Sur 11.7, macOS Monterey 12.5.1 and 12.6, Safari 15.6.1 and 16.0. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 12.5.6 and 16.0 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 15.6.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

tvOS 16.0 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 9.0 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 105.0.5195.112 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The new versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11 are expected within the next month. This release is the first in Microsoft’s new “Moments” behavior. We knew this would eventually happen last year when they threw in the towel on their 6-month OS release cadence and switch to a 1-year cadence, then last month announced that they would instead release a new major build every 3 years but release smaller feature updates (called “Moments”) whenever they wanted to. I think they missed their chance to call them “Whims”. If their recent cadence changes demonstrate anything, it’s that it’s all on a Windows Whim anyway. 🙂

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 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 (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 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
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Driver Updates

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

AMD Adrenalin 22.8.2 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

BullZip PDF Printer 14.0.0.2944 removes features. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Dymo Connect for Desktop 1.3.2.18 improves compatibility, but still not supported on Windows 11. This is not a security update.
https://www.dymo.com/label-makers-printers/labelwriter-label-printers/dymo-labelwriter-450-duo-thermal-label-printer/SAP_1752267.html

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 22.5.34 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.43.89 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 105.0.5195.102 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 105.0.1343.33 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 104.0.2 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 102.2.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Vivaldi 5.4.2753.47 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.10.5 is a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Thunderbird 102.2.2 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 7.0.14 is a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

curl 7.85.0 resolves over a hundred bugs. This is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 156.4.4908 improves context menu behavior. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 159.0.0.23.221 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FreeFileSync 11.25 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 63.0 is a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Mumble 1.4.274 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mumble.info/

Nextcloud Server 24.0.5 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Nmap 7.93 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/

Npcap 1.71 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Omada Software Controller 5.5.6 improves reliability, compatibility, and resolves an access bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Pocketnet-GUI 0.8.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

Signal 5.58.0 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Skype 8.87.0.406 resolves several bugs and adds quoting for all content types. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.21.0 resolves two bugs and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 4.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Trillian 6.5.0.24 improves reliability, media and diagnostics. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

WinSCP 5.21.3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.11.11.8425 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 3.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

iTunes 12.12.5.1 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Picard 2.8.3 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Plex Desktop 1.53.1.3225 improves watchlist, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.25.1.3248 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.28.2.6151 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Epic Games 14.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.epicgames.com/

GameMaker Studio 2022.8.1.37 adds several new features, removes redundant and unused features, and resolves over 150 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

Lego Studio 2.22.8.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

PS4 10.0 adds zoom and magnify options in the browser, and improves Remote Play. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps4/system-software/

PS5 22.02-06.00.00 adds dozens of new features and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Steam 2022.08.18 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.

Adobe Animate 21.0.12 and 22.0.8 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb22-54.html

Adobe Bridge 12.0.3 and 11.1.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb22-49.html

Adobe Experience Manager 6.5.14.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb22-40.html

Adobe Illustrator 23.5 and 25.4.8 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb22-55.html

Adobe InCopy 17.4 and 16.4.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/incopy/apsb22-53.html

Adobe InDesign 17.4 and 16.4.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb22-50.html

Adobe Photoshop 22.5.9 and 23.5 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb22-52.html

Adobe Reader DC 22.002.20212 is a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Calibre 6.4.0 adds several new management and organizational features, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Krita 5.1.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.4.1 adds over 500 bug fixes and features changes. This is a security update. Please remember that LibreOffice Fresh is beta software. Most users should use LibreOffice Still.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice 7.3.6 resolves over 50 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.6.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.4.5 updates libraries and resolves a dozen bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 4.3.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

PDF-XChange Editor 9.4.363.0 resolves several stability and reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

Security Software Updates

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

.NET Framework 4.8.1 adds native support for Arm64, forms, and tooltips improvements. This is not a security update.
https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/download/dotnet-framework/net481

Hashcat 6.2.6 adds a return code for self-test failure. This is not a security update.
http://hashcat.net/hashcat/#downloadlatest

Johnny 2.2 adds several new modes, file formats, export options and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://openwall.info/wiki/john/johnny

KeePass 2.52 adds several new features, improves GUI and automation, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://keepass.info/

ProtonVPN 2.0.6 improves DNS resolution. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

ProtonVPN (macOS) 3.0.2 now automatically logs you in when visiting the ProtonVPN website. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.6.1 updates core, adds clipboard protection, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

SanDisk PrivateAccess 6.3.10 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://kb.sandisk.com/app/answersweb/detailweb/a_id/21996

Tails 5.4 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.44.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Velociraptor 0.6.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Velocidex/velociraptor/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Open Broadcaster Software 28.0.1 adds dozens of new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements. This is not a security update.
https://obsproject.com/

ScreenToGif 2.37.1 resolves a couple 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.

DVDFab 12.0.8.6 adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

StreamFab 5.0.5.2 improves reliability and performance with some websites. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.13 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 8.9.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 8.9.5 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

AOMEI Partition Assistant 9.10.0 resolves several bugs and adds ability to delete large files. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

Agent Ransack 2022.3341 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

CCleaner 6.03.10002 increases the nag factor and resolves several crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

ControlMyMonitor 1.36 adds option to start as hidden. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

Coreinfo 3.53 now handles NUMA nodes with more than 64 processors. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/coreinfo

CPU-Z Installer 2.02 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

Cygwin 3.3.6 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 10.16 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 3.0.154.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

Drive Snapshot 1.50 adds SFTP support and support for newer operating systems. This is not a security update.
http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/

Everything 1.4.1.1020 is a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Fido 1.31 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

FileLocator Pro 2022.3341 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Git SCM 2.37.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

GoodSync 12.0.2 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This is a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

NTLite 2.3.8.8890 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

osquery 5.5.1 adds and updates several new tables, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://osquery.io/downloads

PointerStick 5.95 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.62.0 adds Screen Ruler, Quick Accent, Text Extractor (OCR), and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

ScreenConnect 22.7.8783.8255 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SearchMyFiles 3.22 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SimpleWMIView 1.52 adds option to show milliseconds. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

Ookla Speedtest CLI 1.2.0
https://www.speedtest.net/apps/cli

Sysmon 14.0 adds a new event type, FileBlockExecutable, that prevents processes from creating executable files in specified locations, and includes several performance improvements and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

TcpLogView 1.36 is a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

TeamViewer 15.33.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

TraceRouteOK 3.13 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

Unity 2022.1.16 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

USBDeview 3.06 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WhyNotWin11 2.5.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/rcmaehl/WhyNotWin11

WinScan2PDF 8.22 adds reverse scan order. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 4.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ADB 33.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

AutoHotkey 1.1.34.04 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Docker Desktop 4.12.0 upgrades libraries and fixes dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Get-IMAPAccessToken 2022.9.1 improves consistency and updates documentation. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/DanijelkMSFT/ThisandThat/blob/main/Get-IMAPAccessToken.ps1

Go 1.19.1 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GitHub Desktop 3.0.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Node.js 18.9.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 16.17.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.39.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.71.1 is a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.13.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

VirtualBox 6.1.38 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Dada Mail 11.19.0 resolves several bugs, adds new features, and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://dadamailproject.com/

HumHub 1.12.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Joomla 4.2.2 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

jQuery 3.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.jquery.com/

MailEnable 10.41 updates utilities, and resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

OpenCart 4.0.1.1 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.opencart.com/

ownCloud Client 2.11.1.8438 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/desktop-app/

WordPress 6.0.2 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 3.1.1.1 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

BuddyPress 10.4.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.6.3 adds new validation features. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.5.0 resolves several bugs and adds new options within the installer. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

myStickymenu 2.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mystickymenu/

Redirection 5.3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

Simple Lightbox 2.9.1 adds support for new media formats, improves compatibility, and resolves a validation bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-lightbox/

Slider Revolution 6.5.31 resolves a minor bug. This is not a security update.
https://revolution.themepunch.com/

Sucuri Security 1.8.35 resolves a referer bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sucuri-scanner/

WooCommerce 6.8.2 resolves dozens of bugs, improves reliability, compatibility and adds several new tests and flows. This is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WP Mail SMTP 3.5.2 resolves a self-diagnostic bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

WPtouch 4.3.44 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

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

Regards,

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

 

 

Updates 2022-07-12

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for July, 2022. You know how you say something like “biggest update series in well over a year” and the next month just blows that out of the water? We’re there now.

This Month in Technology

Advocates, Inc., Aerojet Rocketdyne, Alabama Eye & Cataract, P.C., Alameda Health System, Aloha Laser Vision, Amagasaki, Japan, Amazon Photos, AMD, Anker Eufy, Aon, Aruba Networks Switches, ATC Healthcare, Bangladeshi government, Bank of the West, Baptist Medical Center and Resolute Health Hospital, Bayhealth Medical Center, Inc., BeanVPN, Benefit Plan Administrators, Inc., Bookchor, Bourse des Vols, Capital Economics, Carnival Corporation, Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance, Carolina Eyecare Physicians, LLC, Catholic Health System, Center for Sight, Inc., Central Florida Inpatient Medicine, Charlotte Radiology, Cherry Creek Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C., CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Corporation, Cisco Secure Email, Cisco VPN routers, Citrix Application Delivery Management, CoDeSys Automation Software, Community of Hope D.C., Crema Finance, Customer.io, Disneyland’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, DivX SubTitles, Django, DTEK Group, ExpressLRS, Fast Shop, Flagstar Bank, Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association, Foxhall Ob Gyn Associates, Geographic Solutions, Gol Tours LTD, Grab, Harmony, Hillrom Medical, Honda cars, Hudson Regional Hospital, IBM, Ignitis Group, Indian Flood Monitors, Indian government, thousands of industrial devices, Israeli Defense, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington, Kaiser Permanente, Kernersville Eye Surgeons, P.C., Khouzestan Steel Company, almost a million Kubernetes clusters, La Poste Mobile, Latvian government, Lithuanian government, Long Vision Center, Macmillan Publishing, Mangatoon, Marriott International, Massachusetts Child and Family Services, Inc., Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center, Inc., MCG Health and Eye Care Leaders, Medical University of Innsbruck, MEGA, Michigan Avenue Immediate Care, Microsoft Azure FabricScape, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Windows Domain Servers, Mitel VoIP, New Jersey Health Information Management, Nichirin-Flex U.S.A., North American Spine Society, Norway govt sites, OpenSea, OrthoNebraska, Phelps Care Regional Medical Center, Preferred Hospital Leasing Coleman Inc., Professional Finance Company, Renton School District, Resolute Health Hospital, Rodeo Pharmacy Inc, Shanghai National Police, Sharper Vision P.A., SHI International, Shoprite, Sight Partners Physicians, P.C., Sophos Firewall, Southwest Health Center, St Joseph Heritage Health, Stanford University, Stokes Regional Eye Centers, TB Kawashima, The People Concern, The Vicksburg Clinic, LLC, Tosoh America, Inc., UK Army’s Twitter & YouTube, UNC Lenoir Health Care, University of Pisa, University Pediatric Dentistry, US Bank, Walmart, WellDyneRx, LLC, Wiltshire Farm Foods, Yodel, Yuma Regional Medical Center, and Zimbra reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

Some vendors, like CafePress, simply don’t care about security – and do their best to conceal when they’re hacked. I contacted them to report when they were hacked back in 2014 and they ignored me. Sigh.

Microsoft 365, Cloudflare, Microsoft Teams, Rogers (it was a big one), and Microsoft Office / OneDrive had widespread outages.

Facebook is collecting the patient data of millions, and is also blocking the link to the Facebook settlement class action website. You think they would have learned.

Attackers are using Google Chrome Extension fingerprinting to uniquely identify you. This method works in any Chromium browser.

Spam is still the #1 method of exploiting users. Whether it is a fake renewal notice, fake copyright complaints, or fake invoice, most spams will include a fake login form or a fake support number. In both cases they depend on the user to actually enter the login details or call the scammer to fall prey to their attacks. Online development environments are even being used for these attacks.

Counterfeit hardware can be far more dangerous than the real thing. Even though some vendors only support their hardware a few years before you have to replace it,  counterfeits are never supported and often have malicious implants.

Microsoft has rolled back (temporarily) their decision to block macros by default.

MITRE staff didn’t understand that publishing vulnerable sites, not just vulnerability information was bad, while a HackerOne employee was selling exploits before they were published, and an Amazon employee installed cryptominers on Capital One servers. Adobe is using malware traits to block antivirus software from scanning PDF files. How quickly these organizations can shatter their trust.

Here’s a great example of how a single vulnerability will be used to get far deeper into your network and hardware.

Storing your password directly in the browser is dangerous. Use a password manager.

Now for the good news:

 

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is huge this month. The typical computer should see roughly 3 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 74 vulnerabilities in Azure Site Recovery, Azure Storage Library, DNS Server, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Office, Open Source Software, Skype for Business, Windows Active Directory, Windows Advanced Local Procedure Call, Windows BitLocker, Windows Boot Manager, Windows Client/Server Runtime Subsystem, Windows Connected Devices Platform Service, Windows Credential Guard, Windows Fast FAT Driver, Windows Fax and Scan Service, Windows Fax Service, Windows Group Policy, Windows Hyper-V, Windows IIS, Windows Kernel, Windows Media, Windows Network File System, Windows Performance Counters, Windows Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol, Windows Portable Device Enumerator Service, Windows Print Spooler Components, Windows Remote Procedure Call Runtime, Windows Security Account Manager, Windows Server Service, Windows Shell, Windows Storage, XBox, and MSRT (~3 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 103.0.5060.114 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 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 (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 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 22.6.1 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Crucial Storage Executive 7.12 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.5.2 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 22.4.26 improves user interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

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 1.41.96 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

SeaMonkey 2.53.13 is a security update.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Google Chrome 103.0.5060.114 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 103.0.1264.51 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 102.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 91.11.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Vivaldi 5.3.2679.68 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.45 adds a command-line option to control columns in exports. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 102.0.2 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

curl 7.84.0 resolves over a hundred bugs. This is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 152.4.4880 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 153.0.0.19.110 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FreeFileSync 11.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 60.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Nextcloud Server 24.0.2 updates libraries, and resolves over 50 bugs. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Npcap 1.70 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Rclone 1.59.0 adds support for new backends, metadata framework, resolves several bugs, and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 5.49.0 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Skype 8.85.0.409 improves their propaganda tools and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.20.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Technitium DNS Server 8.1.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram 4.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

WinSCP 5.21.2 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.11.1.6602 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 3.0.2 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

darktable 4.0.0 is a major update. This version improves color space, exposure, contrast controls and hundreds of other features, as well as resolving over 100 issues. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.darktable.org/

Picard 2.8.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Plex Desktop 1.48.2.3124 adds option to disable some Discover features, resolves several bugs with Search and Watchlist. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.20.2.3110 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.27.2.5929 improves logging, adds support for Musicbrainz tags, 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.

Epic Games 14.1.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.epicgames.com/

GameMaker Studio 2022.6.0.23 adds Feather support, room editor filters, additional extension features, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

Lego Studio 2.22.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

PlayStation PS5 22.01-05.50.00 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

PlayStation PS4 9.60 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps4/system-software/

Office Updates

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

Adobe RoboHelp RH2020.0.8 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/support/robohelp/downloads.html

Adobe Acrobat and Reader 22.001.20169, 20.005.30362, and 17.012.30249 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb22-32.html

Adobe Character Animator 22.5 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/catalog/desktop.html

Adobe Photoshop 22.5.8 and 23.4.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb22-35.html

Artweaver 7.0.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Calibre 6.0 is a major update. This version adds full text search, new hardware support and performance improvements, a new URL scheme, and read-aloud support. It also removed 32-bit support. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Gimp 2.10.32 adds HiDPI, high bit-depth and multi-threading support, dark theme, improved color control, masking, and warp. This is not a security update.
https://www.gimp.org/

Kindle for PC 1.37.65274 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Nextcloud Desktop 3.5.2 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.4.3 adds option to limit search results to one line per file, adds EOL customization, adds new document shortcuts, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Security Software Updates

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

Intel CSMEVDT 7.0.2.0 resolves a documentation error. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/download/19392/28632/intel-converged-security-and-management-engine-version-detection-tool-intel-csmevdt.html

FSS 2022.6.14 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/farbar-service-scanner/dl/62/

Gpg4win 4.0.3 is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

HTTP Toolkit 1.9.0 improves issue tracking and feedback. This is not a security update.
https://httptoolkit.tech/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.5.10.200 is a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

OpenSSL (SLP) 3.0.5 is a security update.
https://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

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

ProtonVPN 2.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

ProtonVPN (macOS) 3.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

SanDisk PrivateAccess 6.3.10 does not provide a changelog so should be considered a security update.
https://kb.sandisk.com/app/answersweb/detailweb/a_id/21996

Tails 5.2 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

YARA 4.2.2 is a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/yara/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 22.1.0 adds several new features, improves performance, and 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.

DVDFab 12.0.7.8 adds support for new encodings and resolves several stability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

iMazing HEIC Converter 2.0.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be considered a security update.
https://imazing.com/heic

IsoBuster 5.0 is a major update that adds a 64-bit version, high-DPI scaling, themes, improved media support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

MakeMKV 1.17.0 improves reliability, adds support for new encodings, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.9 adds PDF rotation and 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 Windows 8.7.3 is a major update adding several new cosmetic and integration improvements, and search and filter options. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

1Password for Mac 8.7.3 is a major update adding several new cosmetic and integration improvements, and search and filter options. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

7-Zip 22.00 adds support for APFS, pax, adds zone.id, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.7-zip.org/

8GadgetPack 35.0 improves compatibility, adds keyboard shortcuts, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

Agent Ransack 2022.3335 adds new columns, improves view state restoration, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

CCleaner 6.01.9825 adds support for new apps and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

Dell OS Recovery Tool 2.3.7012.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/home/uk/en/ukbsdt1/drivers/osiso/recoverytool

DesktopOK 9.97 expands toolset. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 3.0.84.0 adds personalization, search statistics, Excel row numbers, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

dupeGuru 4.3.1 resolves a false duplication detection bug. This should be treated as a security update if you use dupeGuru to remove duplicate files.
https://dupeguru.voltaicideas.net/

FileLocator Pro 2022.3335 adds new columns, improves view state restoration, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Git SCM 2.37.0 resolves several bugs and improves CLI support. This is a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

GoodSync 11.11.5 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Intel CPU Diagnostic 4.1.7.39 adds tests for newer hardware, resolves several bugs, and updates components. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/download/15951/intel-processor-diagnostic-tool.html

IsMyHdOK 3.66 improves compatibility and SSD/SSHD detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NTLite 2.3.6.8804 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

PointerStick 5.88 improves support for virtual desktops and multiple screens. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.60.0 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

RoboForm 9.3.3 adds (and resolves bugs within) OTP feature, improves search, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Rufus 3.19 adds an option for setup customization, updates drivers, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_US/

SearchMyFiles 3.20 adds filename length filter. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

Synergy 1.14.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://symless.com/synergy/

TeamViewer 15.31.5 improves video experience and adds remote terminal to the Computers & Contacts list. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

Unity 2022.1.8 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

WhyNotWin11 2.5.0.1 resovles several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/rcmaehl/WhyNotWin11

WifiInfoView 2.77 improves high-DPI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

ZoomText 2022.2206.7.400 adds languages and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GitHub Desktop 3.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Node.js 18.5.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 16.16.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.20.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Rustup 1.25.0 adds support for arm64, improved integration and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.rust-lang.org/

Redemption 6.2.0.6122 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

SQLite 3.39.0 adds support for right and full outer join, distinct from, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.69.1 adds 3-way merge, improved command center UI for search, DND mode, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 9.3.18 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Drupal 9.4.0 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.11.4 is a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Joomla 4.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is the last of the 4.1 series. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

jQuery 3.6.0
https://code.jquery.com/

MailEnable 10.40 updates libraries and resolves over a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

Piwigo 12.3.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

WordPress 6.0.1 resolves over two dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.2.5 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/

Antispam Bee 2.11.1 cleans up code. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antispam-bee/

Contact Form 7 5.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.4.7 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

Interactive World Map 3.2.0 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/interactive-world-map/

Postie 1.9.61 resolves a MIME warning. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postie/

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.26 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-networks-auto-poster-facebook-twitter-g/

Slider Revolution 6.5.25 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://revolution.themepunch.com/

Sucuri Security 1.8.32 is a critical security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sucuri-scanner/

W3 Total Cache 2.2.3 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 6.6.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2021-05-11

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for May, 2021. There have been a couple dozen major hacking incidents and critical security issues, and every browser has now continued their weekly security update cadence through the third month.

This Month in Technology

Apple (Quanta Computer), Apple’s AirDrop, Apple’s iOS 14.5, Apple’s macOS Big Sur 11.3, Cellebrite, Celsius Network, Colonial Pipeline, Dell dbutil, Dominion election hardware, various DNS implementations, mostly on IoT devices, various medical devices, Elliman Property Management, Facebook, Geico, enterprise password app Passwordstate, various Police Departments, Pulse Connect Secure, Tesla’s Model X, and Trend Micro’s Apex One were hacked this month.

Linux banned University of Minnesota from submitting code because they intentionally submitted patches that would have intentionally made Linux devices insecure.

The FBI is violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

It’s illogical to justify or mandate an experimental treatment that increases your risk for a disease and creates side-effects on its own that are equivalent to the disease. When you can’t win your arguments using actual science you have to ignore the inserts, the numbers, falsify the data, falsify the tests, censor, attack their education, ridicule and intimidate, hide the dead children, secretly destroy the unused ventilators, ignore the tens of thousands of barrels of DDT dumped in the ocean by the same  companies making the experimental vaccines today, make sure nobody knows you have no idea what you’re doing, or just straight-up kill people. A Jedi mind trick or two goes a long way, too. By the way, the COVID-19 mortality rate for vaccinated test subjects dwarfs the rate for the “control group.” France is at least capable of putting two and two together. It’s sad that American doctors can’t.

In a surprise move, Apple & Google have actually stood by their privacy policies forbidding the UK from collecting additional location details through the NHS COVID-19 tracking app. That said, no matter how much they try to limit data exposure, if it’s collected, it can be compromised.

Piracy is bad and FLoC is worse10DLC is a step in the right direction, but will likely only result in increased text messaging forgery.

USPS is violating the first amendment but that pales in comparison to what state and federal governments are doing, and what the Speaker has done to keep her seat. Christianity isn’t illegal, yet. Violence is, but it has proven to be effective anyway, so will continue unabated.

There are still some wins coming in, so I guess we haven’t quite devolved into communism, but it doesn’t look good when censorship is so pervasive and ambiguous, and officials openly engage in fraud during an audit, and blame the victims for being assaulted.

The Epic vs Apple suit is currently underway and has proven to be what you’d expect from a conflict between a monopoly and a video game company. Meanwhile, Apple is now being sued for terminating accounts for customers that have “bought” apps and services through them, and the EU has declared Apple’s App Store a monopoly. Seeing the writing on the wall, Microsoft has lowered it’s Windows Store cut.

Google, which dropped Fortnite last year for violating the terms of a contract, just sidestepped Roku’s removal of the YouTube TV app by inserting the functionality of  YouTube TV app into the YouTube app. Demonstrating the flaws in their app compatibility argument Google broke YouTube TV on their own Chromecast platform during this circus.

Now for the good news:

Dogecoin for the win. Just make sure you are the only one with the keys to your wallet!

Oh, and Samsung is planning to provide a way so you can still make use of some of your archaic hardware.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is huge – with well over a hundred common applications and operating systems releasing fixes. The typical computer should see roughly 3.2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

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

Apple released updates for iCloud for Windows 12.3, iTunes 12.11.3 for Windows, Safari 14.1, Security Update 2021-002 Catalina, Security Update 2021-003 Mojave, Xcode 12.5, iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1, iOS 12.5.3, macOS Big Sur 11.3.1, tvOS 14.5, and watchOS 7.4.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.5.1 and 12.5.3 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.5.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 7.4.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 90.0.4430.100 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Fedora 34-1.2 has a lot of changes under the hood, such as UEFI improvements, driver and updated libraries. This is 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 Big Sur (11.x) means that macOS High Sierra (10.13) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Mojave (10.14) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (v2009) is huge (about 18% larger than v2004, which was 25% larger than any prior build) so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.3.9 improves diagnostics and removal. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Logitech Options 8.54.106 resolves several bugs. This version does not provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

Nvidia 466.27 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Engine 3.20.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://steelseries.com/engine

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.24.84 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 90.0.4430.212 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 90.0.818.56 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 88.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 78.10.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

SeaMonkey 2.53.7.1 is a security update.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 3.8.2259.42 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.9.1 is a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Thunderbird 78.10.1 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

BrowsingHistoryView 2.48 adds a QR code toolbar button and resolves a bug in the SaveDirect command-line switch. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

curl 7.76.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 121.4.4267 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FreeFileSync 11.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Java 8u291 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Npcap 1.31 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Omada Software Controller 4.3.5 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

PuTTY 0.75 is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Technitium DNS Server 6.2.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram 2.7.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Zoom 5.6.5.823 is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.11.3 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Picard 2.6.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Plex Media Server 1.22.3.4392 resolves several bugs with collections. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

VLC Media Player 3.0.14 is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 8.03 improves notification controls and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps4/system-software/

PlayStation PS5 21.01-03.10.00 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Office Updates

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

Artweaver 7.0.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Atom 1.57.0 updates libraries, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.1.3 resolves over a hundred bugs. This is a security update. Be aware that LibreOffice Fresh is a beta version and should be avoided in favor of the Still (stable) version.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Lightworks NLE 2021.2 resolves dozens of bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.lwks.com/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

OpenOffice 4.1.10 is a security update.
https://www.openoffice.org/download/

Paint.net 4.2.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Application 5.4.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/creative-cloud/apsb21-31.html

Adobe Genuine Service 7.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/integrity_service/apsb21-27.html

Adobe Acrobat and Reader 2021.001.20155, 2020.001.30025, and 2017.011.30196 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb21-29.html

Adobe After Effects 18.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb21-33.html

Adobe Animate 21.0.6 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb21-35.html

Adobe Experience Manager 6.5.8.0 and 6.4.8.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb21-15.html

Adobe InDesign 16.2.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb21-22.html

Adobe Illustrator 25.2.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb21-24.html

Adobe InCopy 16.2.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/incopy/apsb21-25.html

Magento 2.4.2-p1 and 2.3.7 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb21-30.html

Adobe Media Encoder 15.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/media-encoder/apsb21-32.html

Adobe Medium 2.4.5.332 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/medium/apsb21-34.html

Security Software Updates

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

HTTP Toolkit 1.3.0 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://httptoolkit.tech/

KeePass 2.48.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://keepass.info/

uBlock Origin 1.35.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

VT-CLI 0.9.6 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/vt-cli/releases/latest

Tails 4.18 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.30 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 2021.3.1 resolves two minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Education updates

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

Zotero 5.0.96.2 optimizes online storage and resolves a hang in generating citations. 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 7.8.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 7.6.801 is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Autoruns 13.100 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns

CCleaner 5.79.8704 adds cleaning of Slack cache, adds ability to wipe free space, and improves debug logging. This is a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CPU-Z Installer 1.96 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

CurrPorts 2.65 resolves a kernel tracing bug and improves high-DPI compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

Etcher 1.5.120 is a documentation change. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Fing 2.6.0 adds Deep Scan and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-windows

GoodSync 11.6.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

HWMonitor 1.44 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

NTLite 2.1.0.7862 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Aomei Partition Assistant 9.2 adds ability to free up space on Windows partitions by moving apps to another partition. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

PowerToys 0.37.2 updates all components, settings app and configuration, and improves silent installation behavior. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

Process Monitor 3.70 allows constraining the number of events and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

ProduKey 1.97 adds command-line configuration processing. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

RoboForm 9.1.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

SearchMyFiles 3.11 adds high-DPI support and adds a sorting as a menu option. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

TCPView 4.01 is a cosmetic update. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

WinRAR 6.01 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.rarlab.com/

WinScan2PDF 7.07 improves compatibility with Windows. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.41 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wiztreefree.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

AutoHotkey 1.1.33.09 resolved several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Godot 3.3 improves reliability and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.0.25 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

Node.js 16.1.0 resolves dozens of bugs and compatibility issues with the new major v16 update to Node.js, which removes support for Python 2 and updates system requirements. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.17.0 updates libraries, resolves dozens of bugs, improves diagnostic capabilities, and backports several features from stable. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.35.5 is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.56 improves hover feedback, terminal profile, debugger, and more. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.12 adds ARM64 support and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.22-144080 is a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Coppermine Gallery 1.6.12 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Dada Mail 11.13.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dadamailproject.com/

Docker Desktop 3.3.3 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.0.13 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.8.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

OpenPetra 2021.04 improves contact and import, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.openpetra.org/

ScreenConnect 21.6.3280.7796 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.7.1 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 2.8.4 is a security update.

BuddyPress 7.3.0 is a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.4.1 resolves several bugs and compatibility issues. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 5.3.0 resolves dozens of bugs and introduces several new features. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 2.8.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.41 resolves a cosmetic bug. 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 2021-02-09

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for February, 2021.

This Month in Technology

Malware planted during the SolarWinds hack is still being discovered and SolarWinds is still vulnerable.

ADT (not just employee abuse), Amazon Kindle e-readersAzure Functions, the Australian Securities and Investments CommissionCisco DNA CenterCyberpunk 2077Excellus Health Plan, Inc., ExperianFiberHome routers, Forward AirGolang, various Home Assistant integrationsiOSlibgcrypt, Linux (and macOS) SUDOMalwarebytesMeetMindfulMimecast (also a SolarWinds victim), Nespresso smart cards, New Zealand Central BankNoxPlayerOffice 365OpenWRT forumPalo Alto Networks, the PentagonPerl[.]comPfizerSonicWallStormshieldUK Research and Innovationthe UNUScellularUSDA (again), Vermont Dept of LaborVIPGamesWashington State Auditor’s OfficeWestRock Co., WhatsApp, and Wind River Systems have been hacked.

The EU is fining (victims) of data breaches 39% more than two years ago. Grindr is exposing your information. SpamCop made a boo-boo by not renewing their domain on time, resulting in a huge amount of legitimate messages being treated as spam. The LogoKit phishing platform has been updated to “improve” effectiveness.

The UK Government is giving malware-infected laptops to students and the US federal government has repeatedly supported violation of the third and fourth amendments to plant recording devices on private property. There has been an increase of 93% of leaks and data breaches in 2020.

Whether you pay the ransom or restore from backups: PATCH the vulnerabilities!

I have always called for avoiding pirated software because it poses a unique security risk. Here’s an example. (avoid travelling by train in China)

Federally funded censorship and double-standards are being used to advance cancel culture in bankscoffeejournalism, patriotism, by mere association, while actually inciting violence with absurd rhetoric such as calling a kindly neighbor a terrorist for plowing your snow are being excused as acceptable. While censorship isn’t left or right only one side is willing to ban those most likely to join the military from joining.

Worse yet, they’re even targeting third-parties for cancellation for daring to support free speech. Heck, even Mike Rowe is being cancelled.

Some are actually upset that not enough censorship is taking place while ignoring actual calls for violence, funding terroristsopenly supporting child porn, hypocritically calling censorship a violation of election integrity, and arresting people for posting memes.

No matter how much the narrative is disproven – this was planned by others well in advance, and the capitol police were directly involved, which is probably why they refused assistance from the National Guard and DoD when offered multiple times. There’s plenty more.

At least there’s finally some pushback. Hopefully it’s not too little, too late.

Meanwhile, TIME acknowledges that they did, in fact, collude with big tech, large corporations and foreign governments in violation of state and federal laws in order to steal the election. (But don’t talk about it online!) By the way, is it just a coincidence that so many opponents of free speech are pedophiles?

Facebook will pay $300/ea to Illinois users for violating state biometric laws and yet, they have still violated Polish law and blocked & banned small investors while Zuckerberg bragged about how he censored Trump to prevent a free election. WhatsApp users are leaving in droves, while WhatsApp has shifted messaging to explain that user messages (notably not their “data”) can still be removed.

There’s been a surge in BSODs for some Windows devices after January updates. Microsoft has been beaten to the patch (again) by 0patch for a vulnerability in their installer system.

Google is above the law or at least, demands the ability to be excluded from it. They’ve also banned one app for supporting a popular open source file type and another for allowing access to content it doesn’t control (like Google’s own browsers), and violated their own terms to purge negative reviews in their App Store. YouTube is removing Senate testimony. It should come as no surprise then, that developers are realizing that “doing business with [Google] is a liability.” Do you really need more justification to de-Google?

Mozilla fixed a browser bug that could trigger physical damage to your SSD.

Amazon has been caught colludingendangering privacyhypocritically inciting violence, and stealing, all while pursuing the ability to run the Pentagon Defense Systems (in violation of their own Terms of Service).

Apple is throttling iPhones again, preventing sideloading on M1’s, and took five years to discover a widespread crypto miner in macOS.

Still trust your mobile security? Your operating systems have intentionally designed vulnerabilities/weaknesses.

Especially when it comes to science, sunlight remains the best disinfectant. It turns out “global warming” is worse when humans aren’t polluting the air. But sadly, facts don’t matter anymore, so months have passed and hundreds of thousands of lives were lost before political and social science caught up with actual science to acknowledge HCQ is, in fact, an effective treatment. And surely it’s just a coincidence that testing processes were changed immediately after inauguration?

Investigating and/or punishing people for refusing an experimental treatment (according to the FDA they’re not vaccines) is a violation of the Nuremberg Code, but that won’t prevent governments and corporations from doing it anyway, no matter how many times that is struck down as unconstitutional.

The CDC has illegally inflated COVID statistics, but is suppressing VAERS information about people dying like flies after injections.

Really though, can you trust any medical treatment created by people that struggle with math?

Now for the good news:

The Biden administration has dropped the federal lawsuit against the California Net Neutrality law. This will eventually be what breaks the Big Tech monopoly.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is huge. The typical computer should see roughly 3 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Edge, .NET, Servicing Stack, and MSRT (~ 2 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Big Sur 11.2, Security Update 2021-001 Catalina, Security Update 2021-001 Mojave, iCloud for Windows 12.0 (off and on again), iOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.4, Safari 14.0.3, tvOS 14.4, watchOS 7.3, and Xcode 12.4. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 7.3 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 14.4 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 88.0.4324.109 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Big Sur (11.0) means that macOS High Sierra (10.13) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Mojave (10.14) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (v2009) is huge (about 18% larger than v2004, which was 25% larger than any prior build) so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.3.6 improves cleanup. This is a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

nVidia 461.40 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.19.92 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 88.0.4324.150 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 88.0.705.63 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 85.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 78.7.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

SeaMonkey 2.53.6 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 3.6.2165.36 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.8.0 adds account colors, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Thunderbird 78.7.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

BrowsingHistoryView 2.46 adds support for Brave. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

curl 7.75.0 resolves dozens of bugs and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 115.4.601 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.52.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Pocketnet-Core 0.18.18 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

WinSCP 5.17.10 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.5.12494.0204 resolves a couple minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Java 8u281 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 2.0.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

darktable 3.4.1 resolves about 20 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.darktable.org/install/

VLC Media Player 3.0.12 is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2021.02.05 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility, and improves cosmetics. This is not a security update.

PlayStation PS5 20.02-02.50.00 resolves a PS4 installation compatibility issue, improves editing video clips and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Office Updates

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

Atom 1.54.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Blender 2.91.2 doesn’t have a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

IcoFX 3.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

Krita 4.4.2 adds mesh gradients, mesh transform, gradient editor and halftone filter, new brushes, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.1.0 resolves hundreds of bugs and improves reliability, stability, and compatibility. This is not a security update. This is beta software and should be avoided by most users.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Lightworks NLE 2021.1 adds dozens of new features and improvements, and resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lwks.com/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.1.2 adds several new features: SVG client branding, push notifications for file changes, conflict resolution trigger and more. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

OpenOffice 4.1.9 improves stability and compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.openoffice.org/download/

Paint.net 4.2.15 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

FrameMaker 2019 Update 8 64bit (2019.0.8) doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
64-bit: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=7063
32-bit: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=7065

Adobe Acrobat and Reader 2021.001.20135, 2020.001.30020, and 2017.011.30190 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb21-09.html

Adobe Animate 21.0.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb21-11.html

Adobe Dreamweaver 20.2.1 and 21.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/dreamweaver/apsb21-13.html

Adobe Illustrator 25.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb21-12.html

Adobe Photoshop 21.2.5 and 22.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb21-10.html

Magento 2.4.2, 2.4.1-p1, and 2.3.6-p1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb21-08.html

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 4.15.1 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

RogueKiller 14.8.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

uBlock Origin 1.33.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

VT-CLI 0.9.0 resolves a bug with URL parsing. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/vt-cli/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2021.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?snagit

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Windows 7.6.791 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Bitcoin 0.21.0 resolves over a dozen bugs and improves networking. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

Bitwarden 1.24.6 improves biometrics, search, and usability. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

Carbonite 6.3.8 resolves a bug with NAS backups. This is not a security update.
https://account.carbonite.com/

CCleaner 5.76.8269 improves cleaning and accessibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CPU-Z 1.95 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 8.44 improves toolset. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DriveImage XML 2.60 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

Etcher 1.5.116 updates libraries and improves cleanup of temp files. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything 1.4.1.1005 is a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Fido 1.18 adds support for the latest 20H2 refresh. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

GoodSync 11.5.6 improves stability, reliability and sync, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Homedale 1.92 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

IsMyHdOK 2.81 adds automatic update and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

LessMSI 1.8.1 resolves a display bug. This is not a security update.
https://lessmsi.activescott.com/

NTLite 2.0.0.7784 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

ProduKey 1.95 adds option to extract partial key from WMI. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

PSAppDeploy 3.8.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

RAMDisk 4.4.0.RC36 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk

RoboForm 9.1.1 updates credit card storage data, resolves several bugs, and now uses secure transmission for automatic updates. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

SimpleWMIView 1.42 adds an option to start hidden. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

TaskSchedulerView 1.66 adds pagination to the properties widow and adds Task Filename column. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TeamViewer 15.14.5 was released. The TeamViewer release notes have been unavailable for over a month, so while it might be a security update, it would be safer to remove TeamViewer until these issues are resolved.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

USB Oblivion 1.16.0.0 adds ability to preserve desktop settings and clean UserAssist keys. This is not a security update.
http://www.cherubicsoft.com/en/projects/usboblivion

WinScan2PDF 6.55 resolves several bugs and improves scanner compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 4.1.2.0 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.0.23 is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

Node.js 15.8.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.15.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.34.1 adds new features and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

StrawberryPerl 5.32.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://strawberryperl.com/

Visual Studio Code 1.53 resolves several bugs and adds several features and controls. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.10 resolves several bugs and adds new command-line switches and features. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.11 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

VirtualBox 6.1.18-142142 resolves several stability and reliability 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.

Adminer 4.7.9 is a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

Coppermine Gallery 1.6.10 improves compatibility with PHP 8.01. This is not a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Docker Desktop 3.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.0.11 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Drupal 9.1.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.7.2 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Nextcloud Server 20.0.7 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

OpenCart 3.0.3.7 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.opencart.com/

Piwigo 11.3.0 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

ScreenConnect 21.2.2159.7699 adds a security tile to configure security options and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SMF 2.0.18 is a security update.
https://www.simplemachines.org/

WordPress 5.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Social Post Feed 2.18.2 improves GDPR compatibility and resolves a deletion bug. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.6.1 resolves a path bug. This is not a security update.

Redirection 5.0.1 adds support for PHP 8 and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.20 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.25 updates the password reset process. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 2.1.0 resolves several bugs and adds cache groups. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.9.2 improves compatibility and disables untested plugins from status and plugin pages. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 2.6.0 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 2021-01-12

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for January, 2021.

This Month in Technology

By now you’re probably very aware with the SolarWinds “hack” since it was 24/7 news only a month ago, though mostly conjecture. We now know they were hacked over a year before a third-party (FireEye) pointed it out to them, and the malware remained on their servers weeks after it was identified.

What we’ve learned of it over the last month is a rich reminder of do’s and don’ts:

  • Don’t trust multi-factor authentication – it’s not nearly as effective at preventing logins as you’ve been lead to believe.
  • Don’t take over devices you can’t exploit quickly – don’t expose yourself wideband for 0.2%.
  • Do use a strong, unique password for everything – never something as absurd as “solarwinds123“.
  • Do modify your firewall to eliminate automatic whitelists for government IP addresses.
  • Do regular checkups – you never know what you’re going to find.

Don’t worry, though, they’ve hired a political hack to CYA!

Austin City, the City of CorneliaCity of EllensburgIndependence City (Kansas), Chatham County (North Carolina), Huntsville City Schools (Alabama), Jefferson County (Kentucky), Subway, Intel’s Habana LabsMicrosoftFireEye, the United NationsMaryland’s GBMC HealthCare, the US Dept of JusticeNissanLivecoinSpotifyIndiGo, various Israeli companies, the US Judiciary case file system, and many gaming companies have all been hacked.

Security issues or backdoors were found in Zyxel firewalls, Typo3Android BluetoothGlassdoorNintendo 3DSMicrosoft 365Google Titan security keys, Signal App cryptography, Starbucks mobile, and terabytes of secrets and databases have been dumped online.

Point-of-sale hardware has a “service mode” with a default password, malware is fingerprinting and mapping networks using the MAC address, Smart Doorbells are still a bad idea, Gionee has been infecting their own budget smartphones for kickbacks, and Google is still the easiest way to hack Google.

Ticketmaster hacked their competition 7 years ago and is only now paying a fine for it, Twitter is being fined almost half a million Euros for its breach handling, and Sabre Corp has now settled with 27 states over data breach.

WhatsApp won’t let you use it if you don’t want it to have your data tied to the rest of Facebook. The bigger you are, the bigger the target is on your back.

The “secure communication” tool Telegram tells everyone your precise location if you enable location support. One of my favorite browser extensions, The Great Suspender, changed hands in 2020 and the new publisher has recently been caught using it to distribute malware under the guise of analytics. Shopify, BigCommerce and other large sales platforms are being targeted with a card skimmer.

Mozilla (creator of Firefox and Thunderbird) wants the entire Internet to be used to censor certain publishers (that’s a bad thing), which is sad since they recently dropped support for PWAs (that’s a good thing).

Speaking of censorship and cancel culture, a potential new federal banking rule could put an end to the social/financial terrorism employed by cancel culture devotees. However, Big Tech censorship is at an all-time high in the wake of “riots” that were tame for the last year.

Corellium is protected by Fair Use and Tim Cook is going to have to testify more than a mere 4 hours about how his elimination of competition and closed ecosystem aren’t “really” a monopoly.

Ledger WalletT-Mobile (yet again), Amazon partner JuspayUbiquitiNintendo21 ButtonsSangoma TechnologiesDental Care AllianceKoei Tecmo, and Apex Laboratory all suffered data leaks/breaches.

Zoom, however, willingly shared their US user data with China.

Facebook’s recent Instagram hack exposed a massive click farm.

Google has had several service outages in the last month, as has Apple and even #Slack.

WinZip is vulnerable to a MitM attack (dude, no SSL, really?!).

Google broke SMS on many Android devices, your RAM can be used to exfil data from your device, Apple iPhone assembly plant Wistron in India has been suspended after a riot causes $60 million in damages. That may be a good thing, though, since the Apple MagSafe chargers can deactivate pacemakers.

macOS Preview is damaging PDFs (again).

Apple has removed the ability to download combo updates for Big Sur. This is going to cause serious security problems for the vast majority of the world that doesn’t have Bay Area bandwidth available to them.

In a good move, Apple has upset Facebooks advertising ecosystem by preventing certain data collection and use on their latest platforms, even Google is trying to figure out how to get around the new privacy requirements.

Why don’t I trust government? It’s hard to pick just one reason, but this month has many examples. Government employees tasked with preserving election data call for its mass deletion, or “accidentally” delete the security log files, while ignoring hundreds of pages of evidence and “moving the goalposts.”

The FBI has been hiding Seth Rich’s laptop while claiming they didn’t have it, public schools are purchasing hacking tools to get the data off student’s phones, mass data collection never ends, agencies fine you for helping during a crisis or being in a car without permission, while they hack journalist’s phones and run pedophile rings out of large white government buildings in DC. Nevertheless, you should trust the math and not look behind the curtain. Or else.

By the way, streaming content that you don’t have rights to is now a felony thanks to a nearly 6,000 page bill passed without anyone reading itHypocrisy is their bread and butter. Which is why they have such religiously held beliefs that violate all common sense.

Now for the good news:

It is now possible to integrate Everything into the Windows taskbar!

Starlink is approved for use in the UK, opening the door to true worldwide broadband.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Adobe Flash Player is finally dead! There will be no more security updates released for Flash, and it’s probably the application single-most responsible for infections world-wide over the last 20 years, so it should be removed immediately. Use the utility below to remove it.
Win: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html
Mac: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-mac-os.html

Patch Tuesday this month is pretty big. The typical computer should see roughly 2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Edge, .NET, and MSRT (~ 1.6 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Big Sur 11.1, Security Update 2020-001 Catalina, Security Update 2020-007 Mojave, Safari 14.0.2, macOS Server 5.11, macOS X Combo Update 10.15.7, Brother Printer Drivers 4.1.1 and HP Printer Drivers 5.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.3 and iOS 12.5.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.3 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 7.2 and watchOS 6.3 are security updates. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 14.3 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 87.0.4280.142 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Big Sur (11.0) means that macOS High Sierra (10.13) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Mojave (10.14) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (v2009) is huge (about 18% larger than v2004, which was 25% larger than any prior build) so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Crucial Storage Executive 6.09 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.3.5 improves removal of various artifacts. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

nVidia 461.09 is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.18.78 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 87.0.4280.141 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 87.0.664.75 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 84.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

Firefox ESR 78.6.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/

Iridium 2020.11 is a security update (but still not patched to the current Chromium security updates). Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://iridiumbrowser.de/

Vivaldi 3.5.2115.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 78.6.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

Facebook Messenger 20201207 is a security update, but is still a month behind the current chromium security level. You should remove Facebook Messenger if you have it installed.
https://www.messenger.com/download

Trillian 6.4.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

curl 7.74.0 is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 112.4.321 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.52.0.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 11.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Minds 4.7.0 improves data use and channel header, restyles posts, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.minds.com/mobile

Npcap 1.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Technitium DNS Server 5.6 adds dynamic configuration application, adds cleanup options, block list refresh intervals, forced refresh, and resolves many other bugs. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Zoom 5.4.59931.0110 adds ability to block insecure participants, force authentication, silence notifications when sharing, and management improvements. This is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Adobe FrameMaker 2020.0.1 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=7061

Adobe Bridge 11.0.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb21-07.html

Adobe Captivate 2019 11.5.1.499 hotfix 1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/captivate/apsb21-06.html

Adobe InCopy 16.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/incopy/apsb21-05.html

Adobe Campaign Classic Gold Standard 11, 20.3.3.9234, 20.2.4.9187, 20.1.4.9126, 19.2.4.9082, and 19.1.8.9039 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/campaign/apsb21-04.html

Adobe Animate 21.0.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb21-03.html

Adobe Illustrator 25.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb21-02.html

Adobe Photoshop 22.1.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb21-01.html

darktable 3.4.0 resolves over 100 issues and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.darktable.org/install/

Flickr Downloadr 3.3.3.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://flickrdownloadr.com/downloads/

Picard 2.5.6 resolves several bugs.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2020.12.21 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

PlayStation PS3 4.87 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps3/system-software/

PlayStation PS4 8.03 adds option to disable Game Chat Audio. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps4/system-software/

PlayStation PS5 20.02-02.30.00 resolves PS4 transfer bugs, text input and Wi-Fi stability issues, and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Office Updates

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

Interactive Calendar 2.2 adds color schemes, resolves search issues, improves stability & performance, and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.csoftlab.com/calendar

LibreOffice 7.0.4 resolves over a hundred bugs and is now the new general release. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.1.1 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 7.9.2 resolves over three dozen issues including performance and stability. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 4.14 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

Gpg4win 3.1.15 improves AD support and resolves a random security key selection bug. This is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

KeePass 2.47 resolves several bugs, improves search and options. This is not a security update.
https://keepass.info/

NSudo 8.0.1 updates libraries and adds translations. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/M2Team/NSudo/releases/latest

RogueKiller 14.8.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

uBlock Origin 1.32.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Wireless Network Watcher 2.23 updates internal MAC addresses database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2021.1.0 improves transparency handling, scaling improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?snagit

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 12.0.1.5 adds new models and profiles, improved Enlarger AI handling. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

IsoBuster 4.7 adds an option to import and export templates, improved reliability, scanning, and read handling, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

MakeMKV 1.15.4 improves compatibility, implements seamless join of TrueHD streams, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

BulkFileChanger 1.72 adds “Photo – Date Taken” option. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

CCleaner 5.75.8238 adds import for “Cookies to Keep” option, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

ControlMyMonitor 1.27 adds switches for turning on, off, and toggling on/off state. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

Dell Command Update 4.0 adds support for DCH drivers, adds a filter for Security updates, and improves user interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

DesktopOK 8.38 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dupeGuru 4.1.0 now uses tabs instead of windows, adds cosmetic fixes and options, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dupeguru.voltaicideas.net/

Etcher 1.5.113 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything 1.4.1.1003 resolves issues with the exit switch, improves shortcuts and autofocus. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

GoodSync 11.5.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

IsMyHdOK 2.71 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

LessMSI 1.8.0 improves usability. This is not a security update.
https://lessmsi.activescott.com/

MS ISO Downloader 8.46 adds new builds for Office 2019 for Mac, more Dell models and ISO Tools hash improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

NTLite 2.0.0.7756 resolves several bugs and improves controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Aomei Partition Assistant 9.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

PointerStick 5.01 improves rendering. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

Process Monitor 3.61 adds monitoring for various registry APIs and resolves a query output bug. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

PsExec 2.21 is a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 13.00 adds image tampering events and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

TaskSchedulerView 1.65 adds columns for Task File Created/Modified. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TeamViewer 15.13.6 is released – but their changelog is on their community site (forum) which is currently down and redirecting to a third-party site. The new build may be a security update, but I recommend disabling TeamViewer completely for the near future just to be safe.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

TraceRouteOK 2.31 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WakeMeOnLan 1.87 updates the internal MAC addresses database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.66 adds option to copy clicked cell and updates MAC addresses file. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

WifiInfoView 2.67 adds window resizing and pagination to the properties window, and adds wildcard filter support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 6.41 improves duplex support. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WirelessKeyView 2.21 improves display and adds QR Code view (F2). This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Node.js 12.20.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.15.4 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 15.5.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Redemption 5.26.0.5872 adds ability to remember SMTP passwords, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Visual Studio Code 1.52.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Docker Desktop 3.0.4 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.1.2 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.9.24 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Nextcloud Server 20.0.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

OpenPetra 2020.12 removes support for SQLite, improves Find, Type Ahead, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.openpetra.org/

phpList 3.6.0 adds blacklisting hook, and counter limits. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

phpMyAdmin 5.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/

ConnectWise Control 21.1.2009.7678 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.6 improves layout flexibility, adds new block patterns, captions, new default theme, and improved auto-update capabilities. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.1.8 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.8.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 7.1.0 resolves two bugs. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.3.2 is a security update.

Social Post Feed 2.18.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Interactive World Map 3.1.9 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.4.9 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 2.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Widgets on Pages 1.5.0 is a security update.

WooCommerce 4.9.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

Show IDs 1.1.6 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/