Updates 2024-04-09

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for April, 2024.

There were 370+ major hacks, and over 160 application updates this month. It’s a small month though, with only about 1.5 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

A5 PHARMACY INC., 6,000 ASUS routers, Ace Hardware, Acer Philippines, Activision, Acuity, Adobe Reader, Affinity Health Services, Air Europa, AirDAO, Alabama State Government, Alamo Insurance, Alsaree3, Amazon’s AWS Airflow Service, AMD Zen CPUs (ZenHammer), American Renal Associates, Apex Legends Global Series, Apotheka pharmacy, Apple Safari, Apple’s M Chips (GoFetch), Apple, Arcserve UDP, Argo, AT&T (after denying it), Aussizz Group, Aveanna Healthcare, Axis Direct, BabyTV, Bank of America, Bank of Tanzania, Bank Syariah Indonesia, Banregio, Battle Mountain General Hospital, Benetton Group, Bernalillo County, Better Accounting Solutions, BigBasket, BioLife Plasma Services, L.P., Bira91, boAt Lifestyle, Bonney Forge Corporation, Brewer & Company Of West Virginia, British Tobacco, BSR Infratech India Ltd, Bticino Club, California Correctional Health Care Services, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Carolina Foods, Carrozzeria Aretusa, CASIO India, CCM Health, Chambers Construction, ChatGPT Plugin, Cherry Health, City of Conneaut, Ohio, City of Hope Cancer Center, City of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, City of Pensacola, Florida, City of St. Cloud, Florida, ClickASnap, Colorado Public Defender, Commerce Dental Group, Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, Communications Workers Union, Cornerstone Healthcare Group Management Services LLC, Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals, Credit China, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, Curio smart contracts, CVS Group, D-Link NAS (and several router models), DBS Bank, Delhi Police, Delta Dental of California, Delta Pipeline, Inc., Dental Health Services, Designed Receivable Solutions, Inc., Diabetes WA, Docker, Doctorim, Dolomite Exchange, Domestic Violence Project, Inc, Dormakaba’s Saflok, Dr. Cafe Coffee, Dunn, Pittman, Skinner & Cushman, PLLC, Duty Free Americas, Eagle Bank, Eagle Hydraulic, EAS Change Systems, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO), Eastern Radiologists, Eastside Union School District, EBlock Corp, Ecuador’s Ministerio de Economía, Editorialist, El Salvador’s citizen database, Eland Energy, Inc., Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), Encina Wastewater Authority, England and Wales Cricket Board, EquiLend, Ernest Health, eSIMs, Ethos/Southwest Boston Senior Services, Europol, Everbrite, LLC., Exvagos, Ezras Choilim Health Center, Inc., Family Health Center, Farmacia Ettore Florio SNC, Fidelity Investments Life Insurance Company, Fiduciary Outsourcing, LLC, FileCatalyst Transfer Tool, Fire Rescue Victoria, 223 million exposed Firebase records, Five Eyes Intelligence Group, Flipkart, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Florida Pediatric Associates, FortiClient EMS, France Travail (Government Unemployment Agency), French Football Federation, Fujitsu Corporate Networks, G&S Japan, Gamooga, GardaWorld Cash, Gerson Lehrman Group, most modern CPUs (GhostRace), Giant Tiger, Gilmer County, Georgia, Google Chrome, Google DoubleClick, Google Pixel, Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), Greensboro College, Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, Gresser Inc. and Affiliates, Greylock McKinnon Associates, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, GSM Hosting, Guardian Life Insurance Company, Guy’s Floor Service Inc., HALO Branded Solutions, Hamilton, Canada, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Health Plan Intermediaries Holdings, Healthfirst Health Plan, Inc., Healthfirst Insurance Company, Inc., Healthfirst PHSP, Inc., Henry County, Illinois, High Wycombe Cressex Community School, Home Depot, Homeocan, Hot Topic, Houser LLP, Hoya Corporation, HTTP/2 “continuation” frames, Hudson Supplies Inc, Human Development Services of Westchester, Inc., Huntsville, Ontario, IATSE Staff Retirement and National Pension Funds, ICICIPruLife, ICN Assessoria, IKF Finance, Imperva WAF, Indian Defense & Energy Sectors, Indian S3WaaS website, InfoHit, INNO-SOFT Info Systems Pte Ltd, Inspection Services, Inc., Integration International Inc., INTEGRIS Health, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Irish Health Service Executive (HSE), Israeli Justice Ministry, Israeli LGBTQ App Atraf, Ivanti Connect Secure, Ivanti Policy Secure, Ivanti VPN gateways, Jackson County, Missouri, John R. Wood Properties, Johnson Matthey, Jordano’s Inc., JSC Kaluzhskoe, Kaspersky Fan Club, Keenan & Associates, KidSecurity, Kyivstar, Leicester City Council, Lewis & Clark College, Lindsay Municipal Hospital, London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, M&D Capital Premier Billing, Maccarinelli Luciano, macOS, Macuz, Madero, Magento, Magnum, Mahoney Foundries Inc., Malaysian Industrial Development Finance, MarineMax, Mary H. Makhlouf, DMD, MS, PA, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, MediaWorks, Meson, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Microsoft, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint, Midlands Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, Minecraft, Mintlify, Monmouth College, Motilal Oswal, MotorCycle Holdings, Mozilla Firefox, Multi-Fill, Munchables, Nampak, National Amusements, National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC), National Insurance Institute of Israel, National Public Data, Nations Direct Mortgage, Nationstar Mortgage, Nemesis Market, New Mexico Administrative Office of the District Attorneys, New York State Education Department, Newport Group, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, NHS Scotland, Nissan, NorthBay VacaValley Hospital, Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, Nykaa, Oak View Group, Olea Kiosks Inc., Omni Hotels & Resorts, On Q Financial, Open Automation Software OAS Engine, Oracle VirtualBox, Orange County’s Credit Union, Orsini Pharmaceutical Services, Otolaryngology Associates, OWASP, Pacific Guardian Life Insurance, Paducah Dermatology, Palau National Government, PandaBuy, Panera Bread, Paulmann, Pembina County Memorial Hospital, PGF Technology Group, Inc., Philips Respironics, Phillipine Department of Science and Technology, Plymouth Tube Company Employee Benefit Plan, Polycab, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Ponoka, Canada, Powerhost, Precision Tune Auto Care, Inc., Prisma Finance, ProcessMaker, Prudential Insurance, Punjab Police, Pakistan, Quality Education and Skills Training (QUEST) App, R1 RCM Inc., Radiant Logistics, Rairdon Automotive Group, Ray AI Framework, Redbus, Regional One Health, Rent Go, REV Drill Sales & Rentals, Risas Dental & Braces, Rockland, Roi Et Rajabhat University, Roku, Rudman Winchell Law Firm, SAC Constelacion, Saint Louis University, Santa Clarita Community College District, Saudi Arabia Railways, Scranton School District, PA, Scullion Law, Select Education Group (SEG), Services Informatiques Pour Professionnels, Shopify plugins, Simpson Strong-Tie Co. Inc., Sit ‘n Sleep, Skyway Coach Lines, South China Athletic Association, SouthState Bank, Spa Grand Prix, Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute, Spedition Langen, Stanford University, Sugargoo, Summit State Bank, Super Sushi Samurai, SurveyLama, Swiggy, SwordFantasy, Sycamore Rehabilitation Services, Inc., Targus, Tarrant Appraisal District, Tarrant County, Texas, TataMotors, Teleflora, Tesla, Tesla ECU, Tesla Model 3, The Big Issue, The Law Firm of Friedman + Bartoumian, The Pokémon Company, TIAA, Top.gg Discord bot, Torre Pacheco Town Hall, Spain, Trezor’s X Account, Tri-City Healthcare District, True Homes, Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital, Ubuntu desktop, UC San Diego Health, Ultra Intelligence & Communications, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), University of Winnipeg, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), US Department of Justice (DoJ), US Department of State, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US National Security Agency (NSA), US Vision, Inc., UT Southwestern, V12 Software, Valley Oaks Health, Venmo, Veritas Genetics, Viber, VMware Workstation, VNDirect, Void Interactive, Walmart, Washington State Food Worker Card, Weirton Medical Center, Wells Fargo, Wendy’s, WeRize, Western New York Independent Living, Inc., White Oak Partners, Windows 11, Windows SmartScreen, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., 39,000 WordPress sites, WordPress Essential Addons for Elementor plugin, WordPress LayerSlider plugin, WordPress miniOrange plugins, WordPress Rank Math SEO plugin, Wyatt Detention Facility, XpressBees, XZ Utils, Yale University, and Z Development Services have reported hacking or compromises this month.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is pretty small this month. The typical computer should see roughly 1.5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 100 vulnerabilities in .NET and Visual Studio, Azure, Azure Compute Gallery, Azure Migrate, Azure Monitor, Azure Private 5G Core, Azure SDK, Internet Shortcut Files, Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service, Microsoft Brokering File System, Microsoft Defender for IoT, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Install Service, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft WDAC ODBC Driver, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Open Management Infrastructure, Role: DNS Server, Servicing Stack Updates, SQL Server, Windows Authentication Methods, Windows BitLocker, Windows Compressed Folder, Windows Cryptographic Services, Windows Defender Credential Guard, Windows DHCP Server, Windows Distributed File System (DFS), Windows DWM Core Library, Windows File Server Resource Management Service, Windows HTTP.sys, Windows Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), Windows Kerberos, Windows Kernel, Windows Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS), Windows Message Queuing, Windows Mobile Hotspot, Windows Proxy Driver, Windows Remote Access Connection Manager, Windows Remote Procedure Call, Windows Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS), Windows Secure Boot, Windows Telephony Server, Windows Update Stack, Windows USB Print Driver, Windows Virtual Machine Bus, Windows Win32K – ICOMP, and MSRT. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for GarageBand 10.4.11, iOS 16.7.7, iOS 17.4.1, iPadOS 16.7.7, iPadOS 17.4.1, macOS Sonoma 14.4.1, macOS Ventura 13.6.6, Safari 17.4.1, and visionOS 1.1.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 16.7.7 and 17.4.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 16.7.7 and 17.4.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

visionOS 1.1.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 123.0.6312.94 is security updates. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

AMD Adrenalin 24.3.1 resolves several bugs and compatibility issues. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Crucial Storage Executive 10.01 does not provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.7.4 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

UniFi airMAX NanoStation 5AC Loco 8.7.12 is a security update.
https://www.ui.com/download/software/loco5ac

UniFi Network Server 8.1.113 resolves dozens of bugs and improves management and features. This is not a security update.
https://www.ui.com/download/releases/network-server

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.64.116 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Firefox 124.0.2 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.9.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Google Chrome 123.0.6312.86 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 123.0.2420.81 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Opera 109.0.5097.38 is a security update.
https://www.opera.com/browsers/opera

Opera GX 107.0.5045.86 is a security update.
https://www.opera.com/gx

SeaMonkey 2.53.18.2 is a security update. They’ve *finally* removed support for NPAPI plugins like Flash.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 6.6.3271.57 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

DavMail Gateway 6.2.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://davmail.sourceforge.net/

OutlookAttachView 3.52 adds a cosmetic option to align numeric columns. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Spark 3.14.5.68977 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.14.5.68976 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.9.0 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk (macOS) 8.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

curl 8.7.1 is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 196.4.6900 is a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 208.0.0.9.229 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FreeFileSync 13.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 89.0 is a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Grocy Desktop 2.10.0 updates bundled Grocy. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/grocy/grocy-desktop

MeshCentral 1.1.22 resolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://meshcentral.com/info/downloads.html

Microsoft Teams 1.7.00.7956 reduces default permissions. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 28.0.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Signal (Android) 7.2.4 takes a few more steps away from dependence on a phone number. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Signal 7.4.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Syncthing 1.27.6 resovles several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Technitium DNS Server 12.1 is a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram 4.16.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 4.0.3 resolves several compatibility and cosmetic issues. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Bitwig Studio 5.1.6 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

Plex Desktop 1.90.1.118 improves collection management. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.59.0.121 updates engine. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.40.1.8227 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.

GDevelop 5.3.198 introduces feedback rewards, updates dependencies and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.73.01 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

Nintendo Switch 18.0.0 adds a 15 minute option to sleep mode, Korean language, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

PS5 2024.315 adds brightness controls, improves mic and speaker support for DualSense controllers, and resolves several bugs. 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.

Adobe After Effects 24.2 and 23.6.5 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb24-09.html

Adobe Photoshop 24.7.3 and 25.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb24-16.html

Adobe Commerce 2.4.7, 2.4.6-p5, 2.4.5-p7, 2.4.4-p8, 2.4.3-ext-7, 2.4.2-ext-7, 2.4.1-ext-7, 2.4.0-ext-7, and 2.3.7-p4-ext-7 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb24-18.html

Adobe InDesign 19.3 and 18.5.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb24-20.html

Adobe Experience Manager 2024.03 and 6.5.20 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb24-21.html

Adobe Media Encoder 24.3 and 23.6.5 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/media-encoder/apsb24-23.html

Adobe Bridge 13.0.7 and 14.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb24-24.html

Adobe Illustrator 28.4 and 27.9.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb24-25.html

Adobe Animate 23.0.5 and 24.0.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb24-26.html

Adobe Reader DC 24.001.20643 improves GenAI stability. This is not a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Aronium 1.42 adds custom labels, database improvements and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://aronium.com/

Calibre 7.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

GnuCash 5.6 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.gnucash.org/

Kdenlive 24.02.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://kdenlive.org/

LibreOffice 7.6.6 resolves almost 40 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 24.2.2 resolves over 70 bugs. This is not a security update. The “Fresh” line is beta software so you should be avoided by most.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Manager 24.4.8.1419 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.manager.io/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.12.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.6.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

QuickBooks Pro 2022 R14_41 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2023 R11_35 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

Zotero (macOS) 6.0.37 improves Google Docs integration and improves messaging. This is not a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Zotero 6.0.36 updates digital signature. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Security Software Updates

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

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.6.10 is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

OnionShare 2.6.2 is a security update.
https://onionshare.org/

OpenSSL 3.3.0 is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/source/

ProtonVPN (macOS) 4.1.11 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

QubesOS 4.2.1 is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

Stinger 13.0.0.90 adds new detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

SuperAntiSpyware 10.0.1264 improves browser extension. This is not a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Tails 6.1 is a security update.
https://tails.net/install/download/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.57.2 resolves a bug in differential updates. This should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Open Broadcaster Software 30.1.2 adds several features and resolves a dozen bugs. This version requires NVIDIA 531.61 or newer drivers. This is not a security update.
https://obsproject.com/

ScreenToGif 2.41 updates libraries and adds click tracking. 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 13.0.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

PDF Creator 5.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

StreamFab 6.1.7.0 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 2.0.1.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password 8.10.28 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

AOMEI Partition Assistant 10.3.1 improves duplicate detection and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

Bitwarden 2024.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.22.10977 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

ControlMyMonitor 1.38 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

Cygwin 3.5.3 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 11.19 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 4.1.47.0 resolves several bugs and updates dependencies. This is a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

email-oauth2-proxy 2024-03-15 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/simonrob/email-oauth2-proxy

Everything Toolbar 1.3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

ExplorerPatcher 22621.3296.64.1 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/valinet/ExplorerPatcher/

FoneTool 2.5.2 improves licensing process. This is not a security update.
https://www.fonetool.com/download.html

Go 1.22.2 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.6.2 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

HWiNFO 8.00 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.hwinfo.com/download/

Kingston SSD Manager 1.5.4.5 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

LessMSI 1.11.0 improves GUI. This is not a security update.
https://lessmsi.activescott.com/

ManageWirelessNetworks 1.13 resolves a data export bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/manage_wireless_networks.html

NTLite 2024.4.9860 updates controls and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 11.0.1007 updates libraries and improves documentation. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 6.37 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.80.0 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

PSAppDeploy 3.10.0 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

RoboForm 9.5.7 improves defaults and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

SearchMyFiles 3.25 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

TraceRouteOK 3.35 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WinGet 1.7.10861 resolves dependency issues and a couple other bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ADB 35.0.1 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Android Studio 2023.2.1.24 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

AutoHotkey 1.1.37.02 resolves several bugs related to hotkeys and clipboard control. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

AutoHotkey 2.0.12 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

GitHub Desktop 3.3.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

NASM 2.16.02 resolves several bugs and improves dependency controls. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.nasm.us/index.php

Node.js 18.20.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.12.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 21.7.2 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Python 3.12.3 is a security updae.
https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/

Unreal Engine 5.3 adds dozens of new features and hundreds of changes. This is not a security update.
https://unrealengine.com/en-US/

Visual Studio Code 1.88 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Grocy 4.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/grocy/grocy

HumHub 1.15.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en

SpamAssassin 4.0.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://spamassassin.apache.org/downloads.cgi

WordPress 6.5 is a major update adding several new features and font controls. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 5.3.2 resolves a couple bugs and adds support for new webhooks. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/

Antispam Bee 2.11.6 resolves several bugs and updates dependencies. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antispam-bee/

BuddyPress 12.4.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.9.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Social Post Feed 4.2.3 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

Interactive World Map 3.4.4 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/interactive-world-map/

My Sticky Bar 2.6.9 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mystickymenu/

Really Simple CAPTCHA 2.3 flags compatibility requirements. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/really-simple-captcha/

Sucuri Security 1.8.43 updates license and improves notifications. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sucuri-scanner/

W3 Total Cache 2.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.7.0 resolves over a hundred bugs and almost one hundred other issues. This is not 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/

Password Advice

This is a long and extensive article covering my basic password advice and reasoning. Please take the time to read it and if you have any questions comment below and I will respond.

Assume the worst

Whenever you start dealing with password problems, it’s safest to assume all passwords and accounts are compromised. If someone had access to your device then collecting your passwords from Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari would take only seconds. Even if you don’t store your passwords within your browser then the attacker could still collect your passwords from an installed keylogger or other malware.

Do not change your passwords until each of your devices has been disinfected, of course. It doesn’t make sense to give the attackers direct access to your new logins so clean it up first.

While changing passwords is a good first step, if you do not check the filters/rules, forwarding, reply-to, and active sessions for your email accounts then any passwords you change are moot since the attacker could continue to have access to your email accounts and can simply reset any passwords you’ve changed. The “forgot password” option on most websites sends an email to reset your password and requires no additional validation.

Why use a password manager?

Using the native browser password management system (such as the Google Password Manager in Google Chrome) means that if your browser or Google account are ever compromised, or if someone manages to have even brief access to your computer, or if a piece of malware steals the local password database from the browser, then your passwords are all immediately and completely compromised.

Not using a password manager means that you have to have a written record of all your passwords somewhere. I’ve seen this implemented as a wall of papers with painstakingly recorded names, username and passwords, as a “password book” where two thirds of each page is scribbled out, as drawers full of sticky notes, paper scrap or 5×7 cards each with a different account, within Notes or Contacts on iPhone & Android, and as a single monumental spreadsheet or document.

These are all bad ideas.

There isn’t any level of website trust and either the data is physically exposed to anyone who enters the room or rummages through a drawer, or the data is unencryped and accessible to anyone with momentary access to the device to access Notes or Contacts, even malware or rogue apps.

Knowing the username and password for a website is only part of safely authenticating: password managers ensure that you are using the login details ONLY on the real website that you saved it with, and warns you if you try to fill it anywhere else. This alone can prevent most phishing attacks.

The worst of these is using either the Notes or Contacts feature on smart phones because it’s not only unencrypted, but when you copy something on mobile devices the contents of your clipboard are then automatically sent to many applications on the device to see if they have any use for it. It’s announcing your password to potentially malicious or rogue applications. Why would a flashlight app need to view your clipboard? Simple answer: so it can hack your accounts.

Using a third-party password manager solves each of these potential issues by locking the password “vault” in at least 500,000 layers (really) of encryption so simply copying the vault file itself will not enable an attacker to compromise your accounts.

One other benefit of a password manager is that it will synchronize between your computers, phones and tablets so your passwords will automatically be available on each device, in every browser, and in most apps. You will still have to enter the master password, of course.

I recommend Bitwarden, which is free for most peoples needs:
https://bitwarden.com/

The basic version (all that most people require) is free, open source, cross-platform and well-maintained.

Once you have a password manager set up you can then generate new, strong, unique passwords for each of your other accounts with minimal effort.

Master Password

Before you begin using a password manager you will need to think of a master password.

All password managers operate through a “master password” mechanism. They basically use a single password that unlocks access to your “password vault” which holds all of your other passwords, so it needs to be memorable, strong, long and completely new. Something not remotely like anything you’ve ever used before.

Your master password should be a bare minimum of 24 characters. If you’re comfortable typing more, go big. I recommend using an entire phrase: something like a line from a song, a Bible verse, a quote, or something else like that which you are unlikely to forget. Just make sure you change it a little bit so that it can not be easily hacked by someone that uses these same rules for creating their password cracking database. 🙂

One note if you choose a song: make sure you don’t hum or sing the song while you are typing it. An observer would be able to use this hint to improve their chances of accessing your accounts.

It should go without saying, but I will say it anyway: do not use the same stinking password you’ve been using since you first touched a computer as your master password. Trust me when I say it’s a bad password. A very bad password.

Note: If you forget your master password you can reset it, but you will lose access to all stored passwords. Real password managers don’t keep a copy of your password so if you forget it, it’s gone. Bad password managers either allow recovery or reset, but they should be avoided since this means that it’s never really secure. Some “business”-type password managers provide recovery through the business as long as the business account is still accessible. This is okay as long as you trust the business with access to your passwords or use it only to store the business accounts.

Length and Entropy

For all passwords, I recommend using a minimum of 24 characters, randomly-generated, including mixed case + symbols + numbers. If you don’t yet have a password manager like Bitwarden or RoboForm then you should do that first. If the site won’t let you use that many characters, use as many as it will allow.

ALWAYS use a new, unique, long, random password for each and every account.

An 8-character password is a joke. There are only 96^8 possibilities in an English 8-character password, or 7,213,895,789,838,336 variations. Roughly 7 quadrillion variations. The CPU on my 2016 laptop supports 14.4 billion calculations per second so it would take only 5.8 days to traverse the entire list. This password math also assumes that only a single computer was being used and that it’s an 8+ year old laptop using only a CPU for calculation. A relatively inexpensive video card (GPU) from 2022 can process the same password list in 48 minutes. Tandem or cloud computing can reduce this numbers to tiny fractions of this based on the number of devices you throw at it. These numbers also represent the maximum amount of time to process the entire list, not the average or mean time to crack an actual password, which is significantly less.

Furthermore, this assumes that most common printable characters are available and supported by the password platform. Many aren’t. Most systems even limit entropy by requiring a number (which reduces complexity for at least one character by 90%), or symbol (65%), and usually require the first character to be a letter (46%). These rules actually reduce potential password complexity in the name of increased security. Sigh.

15 characters isn’t long, either. A 15-character password still has relatively minor entropy – depending on the specific rules a site imposes, a 15-character password has only 96^15 variations in the English language, or 542,086,379,860,909,058,354,552,242,176 possible variations. I know that looks like a long number, but in cracking terms, it’s not.

These numbers are all based on cracking based on the full scope of the potential passwords. The actual time to crack is much smaller when based on dictionary attacks. More on that later.

With today’s hardware and what’s coming soon with commercial quantum computing you shouldn’t be thinking in terms of “how long do I have to make it?” but rather “how long can I make it?” Always use the longest password you can for any given site. For example, Facebook allows you to use a password that’s 500 characters long. Use it! That changes the number of variations up to 96^500 (that’s about a thousand digits). Using a password manager makes generating, storing and filling this password a breeze.

But again, if you’re not using a random password then you’re still the “low-hanging fruit.” Instead of having to try 96^n variations for any given account, they only need to try the millions of “known” passwords, or even better, only the most popular 10, 100 or 10,000 known passwords. This tiny dictionary will often succeed since people use such weak passwords, so it minimizes the effort significantly. By using a randomly generated long password your passwords are vastly more secure.

If a password manager is not possible yet then use a long passphrase that includes MISSPELLINGS and not simply “1337 5p34k”. A passphrase is a series of words instead of simply characters. People assume this means that this alone means it is more secure. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

The potential randomness (entropy) in passwords using only dictionary words (about 175,000 variations) is less than what you could get with only 3 characters of random text (~885,000), which means that any passphrase less than 7 words is functionally as insecure as using a 12 character random password, which is pretty weak.

Yes, passphrases are better because they’re longer, but if you use each word exactly as-is then you’re just trading entropy with a weaker scope. Adding random misspellings, numbers or symbols will significantly increase the value of using a passphrase. Not because a website requires it, but because it increases entropy.

Password Hygiene: Why use random passwords?

The first thing that happens after a website is hacked is that the leaked passwords are used in “credential stuffing” attacks where the attacker tries each of your passwords on all of the most popular websites and many unpopular websites. The attacker can try thousands of websites at a time with your leaked login details within seconds after downloading the breach data. If you have been reusing passwords then this means that the password you used on a Walking Dead fan site or a CNN talkback page that gets hacked likely grants the attacker direct access to your Amazon, Facebook or even Wells Fargo account.

There are only three critical password rules to remember:

  1. Any password you can remember is not secure.
  2. Never reuse any password or any part of a password.
  3. Don’t share your passwords with anyone.

If nothing else, these rules are the best reason to use a password manager (such as Bitwarden, RoboForm, LastPass, Dashlane, or 1Password) that performs site validation (to prevent phishing) and includes a built-in random password generator.

HaveIBeenPwned (HIBP), a white-hat repository detailing hundreds of hacking events since 2007, currently has over 847 million unique passwords in their database. It also has a counter applied to each password, so you can see that 300,185 idiots all thought “P@ssw0rd” was actually a good idea. This number is vastly undercounted, too, since this number only represents the number of times that this password has appeared within these few publicly disclosed breaches, while most sites either still haven’t had their data compromised or, more likely, the compromised data is not yet public.

Every website will be hacked eventually, if it hasn’t been already. I’m seeing an average of 200+ major hacks every month, with the total number of compromised accounts in the billions. Every month.

Microsoft was hacked three times in the ten-month window between April 2023 and January 2024. Adobe has been hacked at least six times that we know about. The NSA, FBI, Department of Defense, Whitehouse, and most government agencies have been hacked at least once. Most businesses (including Microsoft) did not even know they were hacked for months or even years and take even longer before they acknowledge it publicly…if they ever acknowledge it publicly.

Looking through the HIBP breach reports I see that the typical business is hacked for just shy of a year and a half before discovering it (16.8 months on average). They just don’t know. It’s safest to assume every site is already hacked and will likely be hacked at least once per year. The best defense is to practice good security hygiene yourself to ensure that the damage any individual hacking event can cause you is minimal.

Every password will be hacked eventually. A mysterious international “state-sponsored” boogeyman isn’t necessary. Being a billionaire, politician, or other high-value target isn’t necessary, either. Any 12 year old can buy time on Amazon or other cloud providers to automate anything they want, including cracking passwords, and no human being will ever know what goes through a 12-year-old’s mind. They can even do so for free using a trial or by paying for it with stolen credit cards in order to avoid any expense at all.

Dictionary Attacks

People often assume that passwords are usually cracked using brute force: sending every possible random password combination that a site/service/app can support until the correct password is determined. However, since people almost always reuse the same passwords or the same passwords as everyone else, hackers usually perform a “dictionary” attack. This is when the attacker uses a collection of common passwords instead of randomly generating every possibility. These common passwords are usually from password dumps from previous breaches. The attackers test the most commonly used known passwords instead of wasting time & resources on less likely passwords. These lists are out there and they are huge.

Every person will be hacked eventually, but the point here is that while there are currently only 753 dumps worth of data in the HIBP database the numbers show that most people never even consider password hygiene. 753 dumps and 847 million unique passwords might sound like a lot, but remember: there are currently over 200 major hacks every month. HIBP only includes a tiny tiny fraction of the trillions of accounts that we know have been compromised. If all the data from each of these hacks were actually available the doom and gloom might be far worse. Maybe people are even worse than what the HIBP data shows? We don’t know. What we do know is the data from HIBP and the numbers below are a signal based on what we can easily observe – the HIBP data. Nevertheless, what we see is truly terrifying.

According to the HIBP dataset:

  • 22,232 passwords have each been used by over 10,000 compromised accounts.
  • 1,222 passwords have each been used by over 100,000 compromised accounts.
  • 44 passwords have each been used by over 1,000,000 compromised accounts.

The top 10 most frequently used passwords account for over 13% of all accounts within the HIBP data. The 44 passwords with over a million accounts each make up a whopping 20.8% of all accounts within the HIBP data, so it is not an exaggeration to say that 20% of the world is using absolute crap passwords. Way more than that, actually, but isn’t that enough?

Here’s where it will really blow your mind: The top 10,000 most frequently used passwords account for 89% of all accounts within the HIBP data. Eightynine percent! That means that 9 out of 10 accounts in the world are likely able to be cracked with one of these mere 10,000 passwords. Put another way, almost 90% of the world is using passwords that are functionally no more complex than a 4-digit pin number.

Targeted Dictionary Attacks

Targeted attacks are quite different. Sure, the data is already depressing, but it gets worse. The password data from HIBP is generic and broadly applicable. People tend to use the same types of information in their passwords.

If you’ve been pretty good not to use one of these weaker passwords (on its own at least) there’s still the risk of a targeted attack. Targeted attacks will build on this corpus of information as well as a background check on the target individual. A background check will include your name, initials, aliases, email addresses, phone numbers, extended family members (grandchildren, children, siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins and so on) names and birthdates, neighbors, pets, physical and mailing addresses, cities, zip codes, business records, as well as public information you’ve posted on sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

Much of this information can be generated or collected in an hour or less or bought wholesale through any of a dozen providers that charge as little as $15/month for unlimited background checks.

This information is then added to a custom “personal data dictionary” about you and used as the basis for attacking your passwords. If you are one of the 7 billion people on planet Earth using these facts as the basis for any part of your passwords then this should concern you. This reduces the effort by way of complexity from potentially trillions and quadrillions of variations to mere dozens.

When personal data dictionaries are used together with your publicly available personal data from previous password dumps, an attacker can build up an exacting profile of the specific pieces of personal information you are likely to use when you build a password and programmatically predict every likely variation in mere seconds. Once a personalized data dictionary is generated, most passwords will be compromised near-instantaneously.

All of this to make sure you understand why you need to use a new, unique, long, random password for each and every account. I don’t care how much you loved your cat, just use a random password. Please.

Password Change Order

Now that you’re getting a password manager set up you need to change every password for every account. Really. Most people have dozens or even hundreds of accounts, so this is not a minor task. If you don’t change the passwords then all you’ve done is protect yourself from phishing, while many of the accounts are already exposed or even compromised. Change each stored password to a new, unique, long, random password.

I recommend you change passwords in this order:

  1. Email (Google, Yahoo, AT&T, Hotmail/Outlook, Comcast) – reviewing filters, forwarding, reply-to, and active sessions; and enable 2FA (two-factor authentication)
  2. Banking, Finance and Investment (BofA, Wells Fargo, Vanguard); and enable 2FA (two-factor authentication)
  3. Anything with stored credit card, payment or banking information (Verizon, Costco, Amazon, Walmart, Propane); and enable 2FA (two-factor authentication)
  4. Social Media & Forums (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn); and enable 2FA (two-factor authentication)
  5. Everything else

#1 – EMAIL MUST BE DONE FIRST! Any attacker that has access to your email account can just change your passwords again after you change any other accounts.

You must check the filters, forwarding, reply-to, and active sessions for your email accounts or an attacker will be able to either recover access to your email accounts and simply reset whatever passwords you’ve changed.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

As I write this I can see your eyes glaze over. Hundreds of accounts and I just want you to change all your passwords?! Yes. Don’t be silly though: you don’t have to change every password right now. Even if you just change one or two passwords each day you will get it done before you know it. You just need to commit to actually working towards this goal.

Device Accounts

There is a gotcha when using good passwords with specific services: device accounts.

You can change almost any password for almost any account and use a password manager to fill it on your devices. Unfortunately, there are three accounts where this can actually be a problem. Apple, Google and Microsoft accounts are now often used for device-level authentication on macOS, iPhones, iPads, Android, Chromebooks, and Windows devices. That means that you will need to be able to manually enter this new, unique, long, random password every time you log in to your phone or your computer, when you make an app store purchase, or at least when initially setting up these devices. An 80+ character random password isn’t fun to type even once, and these devices require it to be entered each time certain actions occur, which could be quite frequent.

In these scenarios using a passphrase is just about the only safe option. Your passwords for these accounts (that are tied to your devices!) need to be as long as possible but memorable, since you may not be able to access another trusted device with your password manager when you are logging in to one of these devices.

If you have accounts on these services that are not used for device authentication then you can still safely generate good random passwords for these accounts.

But wait, there’s more!

In addition to a password manager, there are a couple other things you can do to minimize your risk.

  1. Set a watch on your email addresses/domains with HIBP:
    https://haveibeenpwned.com/
    This will alert you when your email address appears in breach data along with the site that it was leaked from and what other information was exposed.
  2. Check your passwords against the Pwned Passwords database.
    https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords
    If you don’t want to risk putting your password into a form on the Internet (and you shouldn’t!), then you have three options:

    1. You can use the “pwcheck” program I created for this purpose. Steps in the next section.
    2. You can create an SHA-1 hash of the password and send ONLY the first 5 characters of it to this URL:
      https://api.pwnedpasswords.com/range/00000
      Replace 00000 with the first five characters of the SHA-1 hash of your password, then compare the results.
    3. You can download and extract the 30+GB database of the entire password collection and compare it yourself offline.

Note: The HIBP Pwned Passwords service uses the k-Anonymity standard to ensure that your actual password isn’t uploaded when using pwcheck or the API URL. Now compare the return data with the actual SHA-1 hash and if it’s not there then it hasn’t (yet) appeared in a publicly disclosed data dump. More about that stuff here.

  1. Call me! When you have any security question or concern, please call me. This post covers a lot of the “why” and some of the “how” but you’re sure to have issues when you start using a password manager.

Checking a password with pwcheck

I wrote pwcheck to help test the security of passwords. Over time I’ve added more features to it, such as the ability to generate passwords and passphrases. To use it you’ll need to open a command prompt: click the Start button, type “cmd”, press Enter. A black or blue command window will appear.

To test a password, copy it to the clipboard then type this into the command prompt:

pwcheck .

You’ll get something back like:

Uh-oh. This password has been used by 10382543 compromised accounts.

Or:

Yay. This password is not known to be compromised. Yet.

You can use pwcheck to generate random passwords, too. Type one of these commands in the command prompt:

pwcheck /g1
pwcheck /g2
pwcheck /g3

You can then highlight the password and press Enter or CTRL+C to copy it to the clipboard.

/g1 creates a truly random, but relatively short password.

/g2 creates a word-based password (aka, “passphrase”). This is much longer, but doesn’t include symbols or numbers, and does include spaces, so often needs fiddling before some websites will accept it.

/g3 creates a passphrase, like /g2, but replaces the spaces with random symbols and numbers.

For each of these commands you can also add a space and number after the password type (as below) to control the length of the password. For /g1 this number sets the number of characters. For /g2 and /g3 it sets the number of words.

pwcheck /g1 112
pwcheck /g2 9
pwcheck /g3 4

Credit Freeze

Whether you’ve been hacked or not you should freeze (sometimes called a lock) your credit. Do this by creating an account at each individual reporting agency and then setting up a freeze/lock on the account. This will prevent any new lines of credit (where the creditor actually checks your rating) so it should minimize the risk of financial damage.

Here’s the specific pages for the big three credit reporting agencies:

There is NO CHARGE for the ability to freeze your credit, but each of the big three credit bureaus are businesses so they make it easy to accidentally sign up for a paid service instead of simply freezing your credit. Be careful to follow the links/buttons for Freeze your account for free or similar verbiage. Also note that each credit bureau requires that you have a cell phone in order to freeze your credit. This is absurd, especially since so much of the elder population that are the largest targets for credit fraud are also the least likely to willingly use cell phones.

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall

Updates 2023-12-12

Merry Christmas, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for December, 2023.

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

This Month in Technology

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

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

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

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

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

Rumble has sued Check My Ads.

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

Now for the good news:

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

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email Updates

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

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

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

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

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

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Office Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Security Software Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2023-11-14

Happy Thanksgiving, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for November, 2023. It’s ugly.

This month brings a new version of Windows 11 (v23H2), critical security updates for all supported Apple products, and (literally) new security updates for every browser every single week since the last update cycle on October 10th. That’s on top of the 190+ major hacks, and over 205 application updates this month. Prepare yourself, there will be about 5 GB of updates for most devices this month.

The new Windows Copilot AI feature is now enabled by default in Windows 10 and 11, but can be disabled either in the deep settings or within group policy.

This Month in Technology

1Password, 23andMe, Accenture, Ace Hardware, Advarra, Air Canada, Air Europa, Allen & Overy, Allied Pilots Association, AlohaCare, American Family Insurance, Ampersand, Android 13, AndroidLista, Apache ActiveMQ, Apple Safari, Apple “Find My”, Atlas Healthcare CT, Atlassian Confluence, Avito, BHI Energy Health and Welfare Benefits Plan, BHI Energy I Specialty Services LLC, BHS Physician Network, Inc., Boeing, British Library, Bukalapak, BulletProftLink, Bureau van Dijk, Cadence Bank, Caesars Entertainment, Inc., Casio, CCleaner, Chess, Cisco IOS XE, City of Philadelphia, City of Victorville, California, Clark County School District (CCSD), Colonial Pipeline, Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma, Crum & Forster, D-Link, Dakota Eye Institute, Deer Oaks Behavioral Health, 22 companies overseeing energy infrastructure in Denmark, District of Columbia Board of Elections, DP World Australia, Drug Free Workplaces USA, LLC, Edward C. Taylor, PhD., PL, eleHealth, Ethereum wallet system, European government email servers, F5 BIG-IP, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., Financial Asset Management Systems, First Judicial Circuit, Fitmart, Five Guys Enterprises, LLC, Frax Outsourcing, Frazier & Deeter, LLC, Fredericksburg Foot & Ankle Center, PLC, GameSprite, GamingMonk, GPD Holdings LLC (CoinFlip), Grammarly, Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association, Inc., Growers Express, LLC, Grupo GTD, Healthsoft LLC, Helping the Aging Needy and Disabled Inc, Henry Schein, Hill International, Inc, Hospital & Medical Foundation of Paris, Inc, Hospital Sisters Health System, Indian state government, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)…which paid the ransom, International Criminal Court, IPM Healthcare DBA Boomerang Healthcare, Jeffco Public Schools, Juniper devices, Jupyter Notebooks, JustSystems Corporation Ichitaro, Kansas Supreme Court, Kwik Trip, Kyocera AVX Components Corporation (KAVX), La Red Health Center, LastPass, LCS Financial Services, LDLC ASVEL, Lennar Corporation, Life Generations Healthcare LLC, Lobel Financial Corporation, Longhorn Village, macOS, Marina Bay Sands, Mattson Technology, Inc., McLaren Health Care, MemeChat, Microsoft Exchange, Morrison Community Hospital, Mozi IoT Botnet, Mr. Cooper, Napa Integrated Medicine PC, NASCO, NetScaler ADC and NetScaler Gateway appliances, New York Life Insurance Company, Northern Iowa Therapy PC, Okta (again and again), OrthoAlaska, LLC, Oscar Insurance Company of Florida, Pacific Clear Vision Institute, Pacific Union College, Peerstar LLC, Pennsylvania General Store, peplink Surf SOHO, Perry Johnson & Associates, Personify Care, Pharmacy Group of Mississippi, LLC, Phoenix, Pisenti & Brinker LLP, Postmeds, Inc./Truepill, Progress Software MOVEit, Progressive Leasing, Prolific Puma, Pypl, QNAP QTS, Radius Global Solutions, RagnarLocker ransomware, Redcliffe Labs, Refresco Beverages US Inc., Resort Data Processing, Inc., Revival Animal Health, Riverside County Office of Education, Roundcube Webmail, Royal Elementor, Samsung Galaxy S23, San Diego PACE, San Francisco Jazz Organization, Sberbank, Seiko, Shadow PC, Simpson Manufacturing, Singing River Health System, 1 million Windows and Linux hosts using SMBv1, SoftEther VPN, SolarWinds Access Rights Manager, South River Technologies Titan MFT and Titan SFTP, Sphero, Stanford University, Stars Arena, State of Maine, Sumo Logic, Sun Life Financial, Sutter Health, SysAid, Taylored Service Parent Co., TeamCity, The Chattanooga Heart Institute, The Commerce Insurance Company (MAPFRE Insurance), The Hilb Group Operating Company, LLC, The Newtron Group, LLC, Toronto Public Library, Toumei, Town of Iowa, Louisiana, Transaction Data Systems, TransForm, Tri Counties Bank, Tri-City Medical Center, Trigona ransomware gang, Trust Benefit Technologies, LLC, Tunngle, 11 Ukrainian telcos, University Federal Credit Union, University of Michigan, University of Missouri, User Submitted Posts WordPress plugin, Veeam ONE IT, Vidio, VMware vCenter Server, VMware vRealize Log Insight, WACOSA, Wescom Central Credit Union, West Texas Gas, Westat, Inc., Western Washington Medical Group, Weston Embedded uC-HTTP HTTP Server, Women Political Leaders Summit, WS_FTP, Wyze Cam v3, Yifan YF325, Zhefengle have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

In what should be no surprise to 40,000 people, yes, leaving the default “admin” password will get you hacked.

Cloudflare, OpenAI/ChatGPT, Outlook.com, and the Toronto Public Library have suffered from outages this month.

Last months updates broke .NET 6.0 security patches, .NET 7.0 security patches, Apple device integration with Enterprise Single Sign On, Hosted Exchange, HP motherboards, Hyper-V, Microsoft 365 admin system, Microsoft 365, MS Office, Outlook Desktop, Rivian infotainment systems, Veeam RCT, VMware ESXi, Windows desktop icons, Windows Server 2022 VMs on VMware ESXi, Windows Update, and WSUS.

Microsoft violated (again) their promise not to push bloatware on LTSC.

Microsoft also introduced over 110 security vulnerabilities (discovered so far…) to Microsoft 365 by integrating SketchUp 3D capabilities.

Sadly, Microsoft has also disabled the free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 and 8. Until about a month ago it was still possible to upgrade older machines to Windows 10 without having to purchase a license. Now it is no longer possible.

Microsoft has also changed Authenticator behavior to suppress notifications for “risky sign-ins.” The idea is that when a login occurs from an unlikely source, somewhere you have not logged in before or a country you’re unlikely to be in, they can prevent the out-of-the-blue popup asking if you’re trying to log in. Unfortunately, if you’ve reused passwords, or used weak passwords, then this will increase the likelihood of a random calls “from microsoft” or “your IT department” asking you to “verify that you still have access to account” by opening the authenticator and actively approving the login. This kind of UI behavior teaches people to be less wary since they have to then go out of their way to “prove” themselves, which is something most humans innately want to do. It’s going to be bad. To reduce the risk please use strong, unique, random passwords to lessen the risk of successful password spraying attacks.

Microsoft extended the security update support period for Windows Server 2012 to October 2026.

LBRY, Inc is finally throwing in the towel after years of fighting the SEC. LBRY is the organization behind the best (IMHO) video and data sharing service in the world, and was targeted because the federal government chooses not to understand crypto. LBRY is dead, long live LBRY!

The US is leading an alliance to never pay ransom to cybercriminals. A US court has ruled that it is not a privacy violation for your car to harvest your contacts, texts and call logs even when you do not grant those permissions. The SEC has charged SolarWinds and their CISO with fraud over the massive hack in late 2020.

Not only is it foolhardy to assume that any automated system could prevent abuse by 100% of the advertisers, Google’s own data shows that the number of malicious ads they have detected has increased by over 50% in the last year.

The “they have detected” clause is the important takeaway from that statement. Google has over a thousand dedicated people within their ad review department whose sole purpose is to detect and block malicious advertisements, and ads that violate any other policies. Even with that, many people that interact with ads still don’t realize they’re advertisements or are taken to malicious or fraudulent sites. They simply can not detect all malicious advertisements.

Now that Google is pushing a new ad-blocker war via YouTube, it’s actually increasing the number of people that realize that they can, and should, take action to block advertisements. Is it any wonder why people are increasingly blocking ads? You should, too. Start with uBlock Origin. Blocking advertisements is not just about security, though, it could help save the planetNeed help? Ask.

Moody’s has downgraded the US financial outlook to “negative”.

Now for the good news:

According to the CDC there are now record-high childhood vaccine refusals across the country. It’s about time.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is huge this month. The typical computer should see roughly 5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 83 vulnerabilities in .NET Framework, ASP.NET, Azure, Azure DevOps, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Remote Registry Service, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft Windows Speech, Open Management Infrastructure, Tablet Windows User Interface, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Windows Authentication Methods, Windows Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows Compressed Folder, Windows Defender, Windows Deployment Services, Windows DHCP Server, Windows Distributed File System (DFS), Windows DWM Core Library, Windows HMAC Key Derivation, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Installer, Windows Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), Windows Kernel, Windows NTFS, Windows Protected EAP (PEAP), Windows Scripting, Windows SmartScreen, Windows Storage, and MSRT (~ 2 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Monterey 12.7.1, macOS Ventura 13.6.2, macOS Sonoma 14.1.1, iOS 15.8, iOS 16.7.2, iOS 17.1.1, iPadOS 15.8, iPadOS 16.7.2, iPadOS 17.1.1, Safari 17.1, tvOS 17.1, and watchOS 10.1.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 15.8, 16.7.2, and 17.1.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 15.8, 16.7.2, and 17.1.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 10.1.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 17.1 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 118.0.5993.123/124 and 114.0.5735.339 are security updates. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Fedora 39-1.5 is a major update, adding cosmetic, networking, security and other improvements, and updates libraries. This should be treated as 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 Sonoma (14.x) means that macOS Big Sur (11.x) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Monterey (12) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

AMD Adrenalin 23.11.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Daemon Tools Lite 12.0.0 is a major update with a redesign, improves search and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtLite

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.6.9 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

DS4Windows 3.2.19 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://github.com/Ryochan7/DS4Windows/releases/latest

Nvidia Driver 474.66 is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Samsung DeX 2.4.1.22 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.samsung.com/us/apps/dex/

Wacom Driver 6.4.4-3 adds support for new hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wacom.com/en-us/support/product-support/drivers

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.60.114 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 119.0.6045.123 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 119.0.2151.58 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 119.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.4.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Vivaldi 6.4.3160.42 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Microsoft Edge WebView2 119.0.2151.44 is a security update.
https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/webview2/

Email Updates

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

DavMail Gateway 6.2.0 updates dependencies and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://davmail.sourceforge.net/

Spark 3.10.2 adds Spark Integrations and +AI to improve automation and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.10.2.61166 adds Spark Integrations and +AI to improve automation and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 8.0.6 adds dark mode, improves key handling, improves UI, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

AnyDesk (macOS) 7.2.3 vastly improves key handling and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

BrowsingHistoryView 2.57 improves compatibility with Opera. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

curl 8.4.0 adds support for IPFS and resolves more than 100 bugs. This is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 186.4.6207 improved hard drive space controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 199.0.0.9.236 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Client 3.66.1 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 13.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 84.0 is a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Microsoft Teams 1.6.00.29964 adds SMS notifications, unique join links, workflows within channels and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 27.1.3 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Npcap 1.78 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Pocketnet-GUI 0.8.67 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

Rclone 1.64.2 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 6.38.0 improves contact management, voice and video calls. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Signal (Android) 6.39.3 improves contact management. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Skype 8.106.0.212 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.26.0 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Technitium DNS Server 11.5.3 resolves several bugs. This follows shortly after a security update, so should be treated as a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram (Android) 10.2.3 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://telegram.org/apps

Telegram 4.11.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Zoom 5.16.6.24712 is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 3.0.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Bitwig Studio 5.0.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

iTunes 12.13.0.9 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Picard 2.10 is a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Plex Desktop 1.81.0.4012 adds Discover Together and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.50.1.4014 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

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

VLC Media Player 3.0.20 is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GameMaker Studio 2023.8.2.108 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

GDevelop 5.3.180 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Lego Studio 2.23.10_1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.41.02 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

Nintendo Switch 17.0.0 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

PS5 23.02-08.20.02 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

SteamOS SteamDeck Update 2023-11-13 is a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1675200/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Acrobat and Reader DC 23.006.20380 is a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe Acrobat and Reader 20.005.30539 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb23-54.html

Adobe After Effects 23.6.2 and 24.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb23-66.html

Adobe Animate 23.0.3 and 24.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb23-61.html

Adobe Audition 23.6.2 and 24.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/audition/apsb23-64.html

Adobe Bridge 13.0.5 and 14.0.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb23-57.html

Adobe ColdFusion 2021.12 and 2023.6 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb23-52.html

Adobe Dimension 3.4.10 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/dimension/apsb23-62.html

Adobe FrameMaker Publishing Server 2022.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/framemaker/apsb23-58.html

Adobe InCopy 18.5.1 and 19.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/incopy/apsb23-60.html

Adobe InDesign 18.5.1 and 19.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb23-55.html

Adobe Media Encoder 23.6.2 and 24.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/media-encoder/apsb23-63.html

Adobe Photoshop 24.7.2 and 25.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb23-56.html

Adobe Premiere Pro 23.6.2 and 24.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_pro/apsb23-65.html

Adobe RoboHelp Server 11.5 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/robohelp-server/apsb23-53.html

Artweaver 7.0.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Audacity 3.4.1 adds musical view, pitch controls, and resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Blender 3.6.5 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Calibre 6.29.0 resolves several bugs, improves zoom control, and adds a command line option to open a new instance. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Ghostscript 10.02.1 is a security update.
https://www.ghostscript.com/releases/gsdnld.html

GIMP 2.10.36 is a security update.
https://www.gimp.org/

ImageMagick 7.1.1-21 is a security update.
https://imagemagick.org/

Kdenlive 23.08.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://kdenlive.org/

Kindle for PC 2.1.70471 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Krita 5.2.1 improves various features and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice 7.5.8 resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Manager 23.11.13.1143 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.manager.io/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.5.8 resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 5.0.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

PDF-XChange Editor 10.1.2.382 is a security update.
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

QuickBooks Pro 2022 R13_09 improves migration assistant and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2023 R6_25 resolves resolves a major billing bug. This is not a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2024 20230817-R3_61 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

SumatraPDF 3.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sumatrapdfreader.org/download-free-pdf-viewer

Security Software Updates

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

JShelter 0.17 adds several new controls and features. This is not a security update.
https://jshelter.org/install/

KeePass 2.55 resolves more than a dozen bugs and adds several new features. This is a security update.
https://keepass.info/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.6.5 improves compatibility and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

OpenSSL 3.1.4 is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/

ProtonVPN (macOS) 4.0.0 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.13.0 is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Stinger 12.2.0.664 adds support for several new detections. This should be considered a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

SuperAntiSpyware 10.0.1258 is a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Tails 5.19 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

Tron 2023-10-17 is a security update.
https://www.bmrf.org/repos/tron/

uBlock Origin 1.53.4 improves stability.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Wireless Network Watcher 2.40 adds columns for IPv6 Address and Link Local IPv6 Address. 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.

Open Broadcaster Software 30.0.0 is a major update which removes support for older platforms, adds support to new features and capabilities, and resolves over 50 bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://obsproject.com/

SnagIt 24.0.1 resolves several bugs, improves performance and adds output to Teams. This is not a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 13.0.0.4 resolves dozens of bugs and adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

FFmpeg 20231114 adds caption decoding. This is not a security update.
https://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

StreamFab 6.1.4.9 improves compatibility and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 2.0.0.3 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.30 is a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

.NET Runtime 7.0.13 and 8.0.0 are security updates.
https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/download/dotnet

1Password 8.10.18 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/

Agent Ransack 2022.3416 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

AMD Ryzen Master 2.11.2.2659 is a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/ryzen-master

AOMEI Partition Assistant 10.2.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

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

Bitwarden 2023.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.17.10746 improves junk cleaning. This is a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CurrPorts 2.76 adds option to show only incoming TCP connections. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

Dell Command Update 5.1.0 is a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

Dell OS Recovery Tool 2.3.2.7523 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/home/uk/en/ukbsdt1/drivers/osiso/recoverytool

DesktopOK 11.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 4.0.129.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

email-oauth2-proxy 2023-11-01 adds support for secret rotation, resolves a couple bugs, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/simonrob/email-oauth2-proxy

Everything Toolbar 1.3.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

Fido 1.52 adds support for Windows 11 23H2. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

FileLocator Pro 2022.3416 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Fing 3.5.1 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-windows

Go 1.21.4 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.4.5 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

HDD Raw Copy 1.20 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://hddguru.com/software/HDD-Raw-Copy-Tool/

HWiNFO 7.66 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.hwinfo.com/download/

Java 8u391 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

NConvert 7.163 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.xnview.com/en/nconvert/

NetworkInterfacesView 1.35 adds support for IPv6 addresses and IPv6 DNS servers. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_interfaces.html

NTLite 2023.11.9477 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

osquery 5.10.2 is a security update.
https://osquery.io/downloads

PingInfoView 3.01 adds support for IPv6, sorting, reporting improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/multiple_ping_tool.html

PowerToys 0.75.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

RoboForm 9.5.4 reduces nags and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Rufus 4.3 adds support for Windows 11 23H2, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_US/

ScreenConnect 23.8.5.8707 is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Sysmon 15.11 improves performance and resolves a couple bugs. This is a security update.
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

TcpLogView 1.40 adds option to show only incoming connections. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

VMMap 3.4 adds support for .NET 6 and higher. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/vmmap

WinGet 1.6.3133 adds support to configure behavior and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WinScan2PDF 8.68 improves performance and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 4.16 adds several new features, cosmetic and reliability improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

ZoomIt 7.2 adds highlighter and blur and microphone selection. This is not a security update.
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/zoomit

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ADB 34.0.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Android Studio 2022.3.1.21 resolves a couple issues with Gradle. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

GitHub Desktop 3.3.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Godot 4.1.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Microsoft Visual C++ 2022 Redistributable 14.36.33130.0 is a security update.
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/cpp/windows/latest-supported-vc-redist

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.2.0 updates libraries and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

MySQL Server 8.0.35 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Node.js 18.18.2 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.9.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 21.2.0 resolves several bugs, updates libraries, and provides dozens of improvements. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.44.0 provides more than a dozen improvements and bug fixes. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.84.2 resolves several bugs. As of 1.84 Microsoft has dropped support for 32-bit versions of Visual Studio. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.34 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.16.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ppsspp.org/download/

VirtualBox 7.0.12 resolves dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

HumHub 1.15.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en

Invision Community 4.7.14 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://invisioncommunity.com/

Joomla 5.0.0 and 4.4.0 are both major updates with many new features, compatibility improvements, and bug fixes. These are not security updates.
https://www.joomla.org/

ownCloud Client 5.1.2 is a major update improving compatibility, performance, stability and resolving many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/desktop-app/

ownCloud Server 10.13.2 updates depenendencies and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://owncloud.com/download-server/

WordPress 6.4.1 is the third update to WordPress in the last month, following several security issues.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 3.1.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

BuddyPress 11.4.0 improves stability and compatibility. This is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.8.2 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.5.7 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

My Sticky Bar (formerly myStickymenu) 2.6.5 rebrands, adds a couple features, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mystickymenu/

Postie 1.9.66 improves compatibility and resolves a notification bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postie/

Show IDs 1.1.10 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpsite-show-ids/

W3 Total Cache 2.6.0 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.2.2 resolves several bgus. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WP Mail SMTP 3.10.0 improves OAuth integration and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

WP Plugin Update Checker 5.3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/YahnisElsts/plugin-update-checker/releases/latest

WPBakery 7.2 adds AI support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

WPtouch 4.3.55 resolves several bgus. This is not 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 2023-09-12

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for September, 2023.

This month has been insane. There were 223 major hacks, and over 170 application updates this month. Each browser and several other apps released at least weekly security updates. It’s a very big month, with about 5 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

16shop, A-Family Dental Care Center PC, Absolute Dental Services, Adobe Acrobat & Reader, Alberta Dental Services Corporation, Allison Transmission Inc., AMD CPUs, AmeriBen, American National Group, LLC, Android TV, Anonfiles, Apache’s RocketMQ, Asian national electricity grid, The Associated Press Stylebook, Associates in Pediatric Dentistry, ASUS routers, Atlas VPN, Atmeltomo, a major auction house, Avada WordPress Theme and Plugin, Ayush Jharkhand, AzeroCloud, Baesman Group, Inc., Balancer, Barracuda Email Security Gateway (ESG), Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Binance, Bloom Health Centers, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Byju’s, CareSource, CentroMed, CERT Poland, Chicago IVF, Church of England Debenham High School, Church of England St. Augustine Academy, Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), Cisco BroadWorks, Cisco Firepower Threat Defense (FTD), Cisco VPN, Citrix NetScaler, Citrix ShareFile, Cleveland City Schools, Clorox, CloudNordic, Coastal Orthopedics, Cobra DocGuard, CODESYS V3, Coffee Meets Bagel, Coinbase, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing, CraftRise, Cummins Behavioral Health Systems, CyberPower PowerPanel, Cypher, Data Media Associates, Dataprobe iBoot, Dell Compellent, Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Discord, Discord.io, DuoLingo, Dymocks Booksellers, El Salvadoran government, a south African electrical utility, EMS Management and Consultants Inc, Energy One Limited, Enzo Clinical Labs, Inc., Exactly Protocol, Florida Healthy Kids, Ford SYNC3, Forever 21, France’s Pôle emploi, Free Download Manager, Freecycle, Geico, Gemini North Observatory, GitLab, Google Chrome, Google Looker Studio, Harbor Protocol, Harris Center for Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Health Care Service Corporation, Health Employers Association of BC, Highgate Wood School, Illinois Department of Public Health, iMenu360, Indiana University Health, Intel CPUs, iPhone iMessage, Israel’s Mayanei Hayeshua hospital, iTrust Wellness Group, Ivacy VPN, Ivanti Avalanche, Ivanti MobileIron, Ivanti Sentry, IXPERTA, Japan’s Cybersecurity Agency (NISC), Jefferson Health, Jobzone, Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, Juniper EX switches, Juniper SRX firewalls, Jupiter X Core, Just Kids Dental, Kroll (that’s appropriate), Leaseweb, Libbitcoin, Lifeline Health Systems, Lincoln SYNC3, LinkedIn, LogicMonitor, Lolek Bulletproof Hosting, MacOS, Madera County, Magellan Rx Management, Maiden Erlegh Trust, Manipulated Caiman, Maximus Health Services Inc, McAlester Regional Health Center, Mend.io, MGM Resorts International, Microsoft 365 corporate accounts, Microsoft Azure Active Directory, Microsoft’s PowerShell Gallery, Milan Eye Center, MinIO, Missouri Department of Social Services, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers, Mountain View Family Practice, PC, Nice Pak Products Inc., Norfolk and Suffolk police, Nova Scotia government, NPO Mashinostroyeniya, NVIDIA D3D10 Driver, NXP, O’Neil Digital Solutions, LLC, OAS Engine, Openfire, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Pampling, Paramount Global, PCC Pediatric EHR Solutions, Performance Health Technology, PHPFusion, Pizza Hut Australia, PlayCyberGames, Poland’s PKP railway, Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) —  twice, Prime Therapeutics, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Prospect Medical Group, Prospect Medical Holdings, PurFoods/Mom’s Meals, QakBot, Radius Global Solutions, Ranhill Utilities Berhad, Rapattoni, Resort Data Processing, Respublikinė Vilniaus Psichiatrijos Ligoninė, Rightbiz, Rite Aid, Roberto Polizzi, RocketSwap, Sabre, Schneck Medical Center, See Tickets, Seiko, Serco, Inc., SevenRooms, Seville, Spain, Singing River Health System, Sourcegraph, South African National Defence Force, SouthCoast Medical Group, LLC, Sovos Compliance LLC, Spring WebFlux, Sri Lankan Government, St. Paul Public Schools, Stake.com, Starmount Life Insurance Co, SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, SysInformation Healthcare Services, LLC, Terra, Tesla, Three Crowns Park, Tift Regional Medical Center, TitleMax, Topgolf Callaway, TP-Link Tapo, TRACT Radiology, TTEC Healthcare Solutions, a UK internet backbone infrastructure provider, UK Metropolitan Police, UK Ministry of Defence, Ukrainian Military, United Bankshares, Inc., United Healthcare Services, Inc., UnitedHealthcare, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, University of Michigan, University of Sydney, University of Utah, UofL Health, US Department of Defense (DoD), US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), US energy company, US Government email servers, Vecino Health Centers, Venus Protocol, Virginia Dept. of Medical Assistance Services, Viva Air, VMware’s Aria Operations for Networks, VNS Health Plans, WebDetetive, WinRAR, Zaun, Zengo, Zimbra Collaboration Suite, Zoom ZTP, and Zunami have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

Coffee Meets Bagel, German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), Hotmail, Midwest Hospital Group, Rogers, Square, and Toyota have suffered from outages this month.

Last months updates broke Microsoft Exchange, MSI BIOS compatibility, Windows drive partitions, Windows EFI boot loader, Windows Group Policy, Windows LAPS, Windows Search, Windows Time service, and Windows Update for Business.

The new Microsoft Edge for Business release was such a disaster that enterprise customers are moving to Chrome and Firefox.

Facebook Messenger has become a major target of phishing. Again. So is Microsoft Teams.

The fallout from the LastPass hack last year is still coming to light, including repeated hijacks of large cryptocurrency accountsAt the time we were assured that since the data was “strongly encrypted” that there was no chance of accounts being exposed. It seems that faith was misplaced. 

Microsoft will finally be eliminating WordPad. This isn’t really that surprising since all supported versions of Windows are now born with MS Office already installed.
What is less surprising is that they’re also killing off Visual Studio for Mac and disabling support for older TLS versions in the next few months, which is likely to prevent many network and automation apps from working. 

Another ransomware key decryptor is now available.

The Taliban is working with Huawei to install facial detection cameras. Experian Consumer Services has been caught spamming, to the tune of $650k. The Federal Trade Commission has publicly named 130 healthcare firms sharing user information with third parties through web trackers.

Google has added a new feature in Chrome, “Privacy Sandbox,” to use your browsing history to show ads. Turn it all off.

Now for the good news:

There may finally be a good reason to use Microsoft Paint. It will soon have the ability to remove photo backgrounds. And — this is hard for me to believe — Apple, yes that Apple, is supporting the California State “Right to Repair” bill.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is huge this month. The typical computer should see roughly 5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 73 vulnerabilities in .NET, .NET Core, .NET Framework, 3D Builder, 3D Viewer, AMD CPU Branch, Azure DevOps, Azure HDInsights, Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Dynamics Finance & Operations, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Identity Linux Broker, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft PostScript Printer Driver, Microsoft Streaming Service, Microsoft Windows Codecs Library, Servicing Stack Update, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Windows Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows Defender, Windows DHCP Server, Windows GDI, Windows Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), Windows Kernel, Windows Photo Import API, Windows Scripting, Windows TCP/IP, Windows Themes, and MSRT (~1.5 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Ventura 13.5.2, macOS Monterey 12.6.9, macOS Big Sur 11.7.10, iOS 16.6.1 and 15.7.9, iPadOS 16.6.1 and 15.7.9, watchOS 9.6.2, and tvOS 16.6. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 16.6.1 and 15.7.9 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 16.6.1 and 15.7.9 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 9.6.2 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 16.6 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 115.0.5790.182 and 108.0.5359.242 are security updates. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Ventura (13.x) means that macOS Catalina (10.15) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Big Sur (11) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

AMD Adrenalin 23.9.1 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

BullZip PDF Printer 14.4.0.2963 updates translations. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Crucial Storage Executive 9.07 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.6.7 improves cleanup and resolves a couple bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

DS4Windows 3.2.14 adds several new controls and translations. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Ryochan7/DS4Windows/releases/latest

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

GSLite 20230809 is a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/download.php

TP-Link Archer A6 v3 230828 is a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/archer-a6/v3/#Firmware

TP-Link Archer AX21 v1.20 230829 is a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/archer-ax21/v1.20/#Firmware

Wacom Driver 6.4.3-1 adds support for newer hardware and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wacom.com/en-us/support/product-support/drivers

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.57.62 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Firefox 117.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.2.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Google Chrome 116.0.5845.187 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Iridium 2023.09.116 is a security update.
https://iridiumbrowser.de/

Microsoft Edge 116.0.1938.81 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Vivaldi 6.2.3105.48 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

NK2Edit 3.46 adds the icon to dialogs and resolves an empty field bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

ProtonMail (Android) 3.0.16 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://proton.me/mail/download

Spark 3.8.3 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.2.1 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 7.1.16 improves localization. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

BrowsingHistoryView 2.56 improves cosmetics. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Dropbox 182.4.6427 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 195.0.0.4.225 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Server 1.7.3 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 13.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 80.0 improves performance, installation size and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. Note that Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and 32-bit Windows of all flavors are no longer supported — you can still access your files through Firefox on these devices.
https://drive.google.com/start

Grocy 4.0.3 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://grocy.info/

Grocy Desktop 2.7.0 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/grocy/grocy-desktop

IPInfoOffline 1.70 adds support for sapics IP-Location. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

jq 1.7 is the first update in 5 years and doesn’t disappoint. This build adds several new functions, logical structures, stability, output formats, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://jqlang.github.io/jq/

Microsoft Teams 1.6.00.22378 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 27.0.2 updates dependencies and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

PuTTY 0.79 resolves a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html

Rclone 1.64.0 adds new backends, multithreaded transfers, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 6.30.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Signal (Android) 6.31.2 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Skype 8.102.0.211 expands AI integration and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.24.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Technitium DNS Server 11.4.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram 4.9.5 ads several new bot web-app features and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Telegram (Android) 10.0.1 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://telegram.org/apps

Trillian 6.5.0.31 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Wget2 2.1.0 adds support for sitemaps, certificate validation, improves recursion, and resolves a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://gitlab.com/gnuwget/wget2/-/releases

Zoom 5.15.12.21574 adds several new features (and the ability to disable!) to their integrated AI Companion offering. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 3.0.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Picard 2.9.2 resolves a dozen bugs and improves update detection behavior. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Plex Desktop 1.78.2.3975 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.47.1.3971 resolves a couple networking bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GameMaker Studio 2023.8.0.98 updates libraries and runtimes, improves debugging capabilities, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

GDevelop 5.2.172 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Lego Studio 2.23.8.1 resolves several bugs and adds new palette controls, tagging and GUI elements. This is not a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.15.01 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

Nintendo Switch 16.1.0 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

PlayStation PS5 23.01-07.61.00 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.

Adobe Connect 12.4.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/connect/apsb23-33.html

Adobe Experience Manager 6.5.18.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb23-43.html

Adobe Reader DC 23.006.20320 and 20.005.30524 are security updates.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Blender 3.6.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Calibre 6.26.0 adds support for new hardware, new stylization options, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Ghostscript 10.01.2 is a security update.
https://www.ghostscript.com/releases/gsdnld.html

Kdenlive 23.08.0 adds support for several new formats, improved hardware support and performance, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://kdenlive.org/

Kindle for PC 2.0.70301 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

LibreOffice 7.5.6 resolves over 50 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.6.1 provides over 400 new features and bug fixes. This is not a security update. Remember that the “Fresh” line is beta software and the “Still” line should be used wherever possible.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.9.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.5.7 is a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 5.0.9 resolves several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

PDF-XChange Editor 10.1.0.380 is a security update.
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

Security Software Updates

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

.NET Runtime 7.0.11 is a security update.
https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/download/dotnet

Chainsaw 2.7.3 updates dependencies, adds new rules, and resolves export data issues. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/countercept/chainsaw

DNSQuerySniffer 1.95 adds support for sapics IP geolocation. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

JShelter 0.14 improves performance, internationalization, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://jshelter.org/install/

Kaspersky Removal Tool 20.0.6.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.6.2 improves detection, internationalization, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

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

ProtonVPN (macOS) 3.3.2 resolves several bugs and adds B2B WPN support. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.12.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Tails 5.17 is a short follow-on to a critical security update in 5.16.1. This version adds new printer drivers and enables all drivers by default (which I personally think is a horrible idea) and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.52.0 improves performance and stability, adds new operators, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Velociraptor 0.7.0 adds several new features and many bug fixes. 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.

SnagIt 23.2.1 updates libraries, improves output options, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 12.1.1.5 adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

PDF Creator 5.1.2 is a security update.
https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

StreamFab 6.1.4.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 1.0.3.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.27 resolves several bugs and adds support for macOS Sonoma. 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 8.10.13 resolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 8.10.13 resolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Agent Ransack 2022.3406 resolves a compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

Bitwarden 2023.8.3 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.15.10623 adds and updates cleaning rules. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CintaNotes 3.14 is *finally* released. This version resolves several stability and reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cintanotes.com/download

CPU-Z Installer 2.07 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

Cygwin 3.4.9 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 11.08 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DevManView 1.80 adds high DPI support, ability to run unelevated, an elevation switch, and a dark background option. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

dnGrep 4.0.69.0 adds pause/resume support, improved print output, and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

email-oauth2-proxy 2023-09-06 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is a security update.
https://github.com/simonrob/email-oauth2-proxy

ESEDatabaseView 1.74 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ese_database_view.html

Fido 1.51 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

FileLocator Pro 2022.3406 resolves a compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

FileTypesMan 1.98 adds sort menus and buttons. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/file_types_manager.html

Git SCM 2.42.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

Go 1.21.1 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.3.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

HWiNFO 7.62 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.hwinfo.com/download/

HWMonitor 1.52 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

IsMyHdOK 3.91 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

Kingston SSD Manager 1.5.3.3 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

NConvert 7.155 improves HEIC and TIFF support. This is not a security update.
https://www.xnview.com/en/nconvert/

NTLite 2023.8.9408 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Open-Shell 4.4.191 resolves over a dozen bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu

PointerStick 6.31 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.73.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

QuickSetDNS 1.35 improves high DPI support, adds menu and toolbar controls, and keyboard support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/quick_set_dns.html

RoboForm 9.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

ScreenConnect 23.6.8.8644 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

TraceRouteOK 3.33 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

Unity 2023.1.12 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

Ventoy 1.0.95 resolves a couple bugs and adds new distros. This is not a security update.
https://www.ventoy.net/en/index.html

WifiInfoView 2.91 resolves a detection bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinGet 1.5.2201 resolves a couple bugs and is now available through the PowerShell Gallery. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WizTree 4.15 improves deletion detection and display, TSV support, and updates translations. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 2022.3.1.19 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

AutoHotkey 2.0.8 resolves several parsing and key mapping bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

GitHub Desktop 3.3.1 adds support for commit signing, repository rules, fixes several bugs and improves output, contrast, and accessibility. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Node.js 16.20.2 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 18.17.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.6.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Python 3.11.5 is a security update.
https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/

SQLite 3.43.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.82.1 adds several new features and improves accessibility. This is a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.16 adds support for new backends, resolves dozens of bugs, and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.ppsspp.org/download/

Web Package Updates

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

Grocy 4.0.3 is a major update improving compatibility, adds several new features, improved calculations and field support, and dozens of bug fixes. This should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/grocy/grocy

Invision Community 4.7.13 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://invisioncommunity.com/

Joomla 3 is now end of life (EOL). *Please* upgrade to Joomla 4 as soon as possible.
https://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5894

Joomla 4.3.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

jQuery 3.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.jquery.com/

ownCloud Server 10.13.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/download-server/

WordPress 6.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

BuddyPress 11.3.1 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Idea Publisher 1.0.9 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/idea-publisher/

Social Post Feed 4.2 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

W3 Total Cache 2.4.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WP Cerber Security 9.5.7 adds and extends 2FA support. This is not a security update.
https://wpcerber.com/

WP Mail SMTP 3.9.0 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

WP Plugin Update Checker 5.2 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/YahnisElsts/plugin-update-checker/releases/latest

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

Regards,

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