Updates 2018-08-14

Hi, Folks!

The next build of macOS, Mojave (10.14), is on the horizon. It will be released next month, and this means that devices running El Capitan (10.11) or older will no longer be supported. Your options are to either upgrade to at least Sierra (10.12) or replace your device. Mojave will not run on all Macs, just as High Sierra and even Sierra made some devices unusable. If in doubt whether your device will be able to support an operating system upgrade, be sure to perform a full disk backup prior to upgrade.

This last month has also brought an enormous increase in phishing attempts worldwide. More about phishing and what you can do to protect yourself in an article due soon.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Today is Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one.

The typical computer should see roughly 3gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, .NET, Internet Explorer, Edge, Flash, and MSRT (~3gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update for MacBook Pro. This is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 68.0.3440.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 30.0.0.154 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (1803) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it 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 at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.9.1 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 3.5 improves reliability, adds support for newer hardware and NUCs, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Logitech Gaming Software 9.00.42 adds support for newer games, adds support for newer hardware, and resovles bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/lgs

Logitech Options 6.90.138 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/options

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 68.0.3440.106 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 61.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. This build introduces automatic restore of browser tabs, which means that you will no longer be able to simply force-close Firefox to escape the trend of Fake Security Warning sites. I recommend changing this option to False (unfortunately, it defaults to False or True currently based on the whim of Mozilla). Instructions to make this change can be found here.

SeaMonkey 2.49.4 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

NK2Edit 3.37 resolves a bug with GOOG records. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

Thunderbird 60.0 is a major new update with many new features and bug fixes. This is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

DynDNS Updater 5.4.6 updates the installation signature and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dyndns.com/

FileZilla 3.35.2 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.3 improves logging, adds new macros and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201808 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

BrowsingHistoryView 2.17 adds support for using environment variables in settings. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Java 8u181 is a security update. If you actually use Java, install the update immediately. If you are unsure if you use Java (or think that Java and JavaScript are the same thing), then remove Java.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MusicBrainz Picard 2.0.3 updates libraries, resolves several bugs, and improves stability. This should be treated as a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.24.5022 resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Office Updates

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

Adobe Experience Manager (all versions) has security updates available.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb18-26.html

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Application 4.5.5.342 is a security update.
https://creative.adobe.com/products/download/creative-cloud

Adobe Reader DC 18.011.20058 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.

IcoFX 3.2 adds support for High-DPI, resolves several bugs, adds support for new formats and improves features. This is not a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

LibreOffice Still 6.0.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.5.8 resolves several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Security Software Updates

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

Avast! Home Edition 18.5.2342 resolves several bugs and improves notifications and user interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.6.2 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.71 now displays the active network adapter on the window title. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

SmartSniff 2.28 now displays the active network adapter on the window title. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html

RogueKiller 12.12.31 adds detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Intel-SA-00086 Detection Tool 1.2.007.0 improves detection of SA-00086 vulnerability. This is a security update.
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27150

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1260 improves stability, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 12.4.1 is a security update.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.4.1806.2229 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.3.1805.0406 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.07 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.2.0.7 resolves several bugs, improves reliability and performance, adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.12.3 improves support for mastering defects, adds support for new encodings, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.6.3.6400 improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

GoodSync 10.9.6 improves stability and performance, resolves several bugs, and improves licensing. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Beyond Compare 4.2.6.23150 improves cloud service reliability and stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitcoin 0.16.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

CPU-Z Installer 1.86 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 5.55 resolves several bugs and adds compatibility with the current beta of Windows 10. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

CrucialScanner 20180810 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/index.aspx

DiskMaker X 7.0.1 resolves many bugs, and improves user experience. This is not a security update.
https://diskmakerx.com/

DMDE 3.4.4.740 adds GUI versions for macOS and Linux, resolves several bugs, and improves reliability for EOF scanning. This is not a security update.
https://dmde.com/

IsMyHdOK 1.44 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NetworkTrafficView 2.15 now displays the active network adapter on the window title. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.85 adds compare mode for duplicate name search. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

OSForensics 6.0.1004 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 3.21 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

Autoruns 13.91 improves stability. This should be treated as a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

TaskSchedulerView 1.42 now restores to the previous position and size. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TeamViewer 13.2.5287 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 4.33 improves duplex capability detection for HP and Epson scanners. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 8.0.12 is a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Web Package Updates

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

TinyMCE 4.8.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.5.6 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

MailEnable 10.18 resolves several bugs and updates third-party libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

ScreenConnect 6.7.19388.6796 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Joomla 3.8.11 resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

WordPress 4.9.8 improves privacy controls. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Contact Form 7 5.0.3 improves cosmetic behaviors and adds several new features. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.7.2 improves reliability but requires rekeying authentication for unowned Facebook pages. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.24 improves logging. This is not a security update.

Redirection 3.4 improves redirect detection and adds compatibility warnings. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.0.10 resolves several bugs including fatal PHP compatibility. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.4.4 fixes many bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2018-04-10

Hi, Folks!

It’s April 10th and the next build of Windows 10, v1803 aka “Redstone 4,” is supposed to be released today. This is a 6gb download that introduces a few new features and controls, but is not yet widely tested. Don’t be the guinea pig. For at least the next month, when you’re prompted that “the new version of Windows is ready,” just say no! I’ll report here when I believe it is safe for most users.

It’s Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one.

The typical computer should see roughly 2gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, MS Office, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, and MSRT (~1.2gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, Security Update 2018-002 Sierra, Security Update 2018-002 El Capitan, iTunes 12.7.4 for Windows, iCloud for Windows 7.4, and Xcode 9.3. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 11.3 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 4.3 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 11.3 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 65.0.3325.209 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 29.0.0.140 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

The release of the next build of Windows 10 (1803) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it 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 at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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.

Intel Driver Update 3.2 adds support for newer hardware and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.8.5 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 65.0.3325.181 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 59.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 52.7.3 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 52.7.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Trillian 6.1.0.14 resolves several bugs, and improves HiDPI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Adobe Shockwave 12.3.2.202 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

WinSCP 5.13.1 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Evernote 6.11.2.7027 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201804 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Nmap 7.70 resolves several bugs, adds fingerprints, scripts, and improved service diagnostics. This is a security update.
https://nmap.org/

Npcap 0.99-r3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.7.4 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.16.49299 resolves download manager and chat bugs, improves stability and TTS behavior. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Technic Launcher 4/360 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.technicpack.net/download

Office Updates

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

LibreOffice Fresh 6.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice 5.4.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.5.6 adds previous and next buttons to find, improves monitoring behavior, and resolves 2 crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

OpenOffice Dictionary 2018.03.01 is not a security update.
https://extensions.openoffice.org/en/project/english-dictionaries-apache-openoffice

Adobe PhoneGap Push Plugin 2.1.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/phonegap/apsb18-15.html

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.8 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/Digital-Editions/apsb18-13.html

Adobe InDesign 13.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb18-11.html

Adobe Experience Manager 6.x Cumulative Fixes are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-manager/aem-releases-updates.html

Security Software Updates

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

QubesOS 4.0 improves security, improves reliability and privacy, with new behaviors targeting imposed security by design. This is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

Avast! Home Edition 18.3.2333 improves performance, redesigns the password manager, resolves a fatal data loss bug in the virus chest and allows email on IPv6. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.4.6 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

RouterPassView 1.72 improves file type detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/router_password_recovery.html

OpenSSL 1.0.2o is a security update.
https://openssl.org/

OSFClone 1.3.1000 updates libraries, resolves checksum computation bug, and improves compatibility. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/create-disk-images.html

RogueKiller 12.12.12 adds detections. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 6.0.1258 resolves several bugs and improves engine. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.3.1803.0505 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.3.1802.1515 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.00 improves stability and compatibility with newer operating systems. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.8.8 resolves several bugs, adds support for newer encodings, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Synergy 2.0.9 adds Raspberry Pi support, improves reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://symless.com/synergy/downloads

RoboForm 8.4.8 improves extension compatibility and installation, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

1Password for Mac 6.8.8 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

1Password for Windows 6.8.534 improves two-factor authentication integration. This should be treated as a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

GoodSync 10.8.4 improves service compatibility, improves performance and reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

CPU-Z 1.84 adds support for Spectre detection, newer hardware support, timers and bench testing. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

NTLite 1.6.0.6122 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

DesktopOK 5.12 resolves several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

HWMonitor 1.35 adds support for newer hardware, and improves monitoring. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

ImageUSB 1.3.1006 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

SearchMyFiles 2.83 resolves a search trimming bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

OSFMount 2.0.1001 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

OSForensics 5.2.1007 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 3.03 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

SystemRescueCD 5.2.2 is a security update.
https://www.sysresccd.org/

TeamViewer 13.1.1548 resolves several bugs, improves UI, adds integration with Active Directory, and reports in servicecamp. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

Ultimate Boot CD 5.3.8 updates libraries and included applications. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html

WinScan2PDF 4.16 resolves several bugs, improves reliability, and optimizes output. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 3.1.1.0 is a major update with many new features and improvements. This should be treated as a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

SQLite 3.23.0 resolves several bugs, improves consistency, language constructs, and overloading SQL statements. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Web Package Updates

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

DigiCertUtil 20180330 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.digicert.com/util/

TinyMCE 4.7.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.5.1 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

phpMyAdmin 4.8.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

MailEnable 10.15 resolves several bugs, improves chat integration, and updates antivirus engine. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

ScreenConnect (aka ConnectWise Control) 6.6.17081.6648 adds support for Chrome OS and Android, improves keyboard controls, and resolves many bugs…but not the one that forbids you from creating custom extensions without sharing the source code with ConnectWise. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

WordPress 4.9.5 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 2.3.4 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.9.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.0.4 adds option to hide for large screens. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.2.1 resolves compatibility issue. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.19 improves paragraph detection. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.14 resolves several bugs, improves setup and authentication. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.3.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Edit 4.0.3 improves sanity checks and reduces warnings. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2017-05-09

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday.

This month brings some downright scary news in the security world.

Intel announced they made a “minor coding error” in their CPUs designed for Enterprise deployment, which allows unauthenticated third parties to control pretty much every aspect of their computers. Oops.

Microsoft released a critical out-of-band security update yesterday, the day before Patch Tuesday, due to the severity of the bug in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (a component used by Microsoft firewalls, Windows Defender, Microsoft Security Essentials and other Microsoft security products). If you’re running Windows 10 the update should be have been installed automatically for you during the definition update process. If running an older version of Windows, it’ll be installed for you today when you install the rest of Windows Updates. You are going to install updates today, right?

Have I Been Pwned announced that another billion (with a B) accounts have been released on the web. If nothing else, consider this a reminder that if you haven’t started using a password manager yet, you’re really only hurting yourself.

The Windows 10 Creators Update (aka 1703, aka TH4) has been out about a month now and is remarkably stable. This major upgrade takes a few hours to install but improves responsiveness and corrects the app reinstall bug that has plagued previous builds of Windows 10. Windows 10 version 1507 (aka 10240) is now End-of-Life, which means that it will no longer receive important security updates. If you’re still running this version of Windows you must upgrade to at least version 1511 (10586) to continue to receive security updates. Use the installer here to get the most current version:
https://12pd.com/click?win10upgrade

Like Win10 1507, Windows Vista is dead. Really. It won’t be missed. If you’re still running Vista, take the machine off the Internet (forever) or switch to Fedora or any other supported operating system:
https://getfedora.org/
If you need help, contact me.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

The typical computer should see roughly 1gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, .NET, Windows Defender, Internet Explorer, Edge, WEPOS, and MSRT (~800mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 58.0.3029.89 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 25.0.0.171 is a security update. Flash is being actively replaced with HTML5 on most sites and services, however, so unless you’re 110% positive you need it for critical functions, you should remove it instead. And, within those browsers that have it embedded (Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11+) your best option is to disable it. It’s just not worth the risk.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.6.4 improves update checking, and is now digitally signed. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 58.0.3029.96 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 53.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 52.1.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

.NET Framework 4.7 is a major feature update. This should be treated as a security update. Use Windows Update to get the most current version.

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.8.198 is a security update. Shockwave is not required for most users, so you’re better off removing it than updating. If you find that you do require it later on, you can always install the update then.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Silverlight 5.1.50906 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx

Java 8u131 is a security update. Java is *not* JavaScript, and most computers do not require it. You’re better off removing it unless you are 100% sure you do require it. You can always install it later if you discover an application requires Java.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Skype 7.35.0.102 improves stability and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Line 7.3.0 adds Ladder Shuffle and Relay. This is not a security update.
http://line.me/update

WinSCP 5.9.5 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Evernote 6.5.4.4720 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Nmap 7.40 adds several new scripts, updates libraries, and adds new features. This is a security update.
http://nmap.org/

uTorrent 3.5.0 Build 43580 is a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.25.2 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201705 is a data refresh.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.7.6623 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

MusicBrainz Picard 1.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://musicbrainz.org/doc/MusicBrainz_Picard

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.4.9.38188 updates the interface and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Office Updates

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

Paint.net 4.0.16 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.getpaint.net/

IcoFX 3.0.3 fixes scaling issues on high-DPI displays. This is not a security update.
http://icofx.ro/

Kindle for PC 1.20.1 Build 47037 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 2.12 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Norton Power Eraser 20170412 is a security update.
https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/kb20100824120155EN_EndUserProfile_en_us

Avast! Home Edition 17.4.2294 resolves several bugs and updates the GUI. This is a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

KeePass 1.32 improves several features, fixes bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/

Wireshark 2.2.6 is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.61 adds ability to show only failed DNS queries. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

MSRT 5.48 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

Wireless Network Watcher 2.11 updates the internal MAC databae. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.10.8 is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.15 is a security update.
http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 2.9.1701.1640 improves stability on Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a securty update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.9.1701.1621 improves stability on Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a securty update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FFmpeg 3.3 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

DVDFab 10.0.3.6 improves stability and compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.3.0.5024 improves compatibility with Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

GoodSync 10.4.4 improves stability and compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

RoboForm 8.3.3 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Bitcoin 0.14.1 improves performance, fixes several bugs and stability issues. This is not a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

CintaNotes 3.7 adds drag & drop from any application, improves printing and stability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

DesktopOK 4.69 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

AS SSD Benchmark 1.9.5986 improves stability and compatibility within Windows 10. This is not a security update.
http://alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4&download_id=9

LessMSI 1.6.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://lessmsi.activescott.com/

NetworkTrafficView 2.06 adds ability to map source IP address. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.82 adds ability to exclude folders by name without path. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

USBDeview 2.66 adds the ability to start the remote registry service even if it’s disabled. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.79 adds a 64-bit version and updates the MAC address list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.48 updates the internal MAC address list. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

TaskSchedulerView 1.30 adds quick-filter capability. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

CCleaner 5.29.6033 improves compatibility and application support. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

RapidEE 9.1 build 936 updates translations. This is not a security update.
http://www.rapidee.com/en/download

TeamViewer 12.0.77242 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 3.43 improves compatibility with Windows 10 Creators Update. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Redemption 5.14.0.4776 adds several new objects, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 12.5.5 is a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.1.22-115126 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 4.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.adminer.org/en/

Piwigo 2.9.0 is a major update that adds several new features. This is not a security update.
http://piwigo.org/

TinyMCE 4.6.0 adds several features and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.3.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.org/en/download

MailEnable 9.74 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

ownCloud Client 2.3.2 resolves several stability and reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

ScreenConnect 6.2.12963.6312 resolves several bugs, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.screenconnect.com/Download

WordPress 4.7.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

YOURLS 1.7.2 improves stability and GUI, updates libraries, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://yourls.org/

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2017-03-14

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday. This month brings the Vault 7 data dump, which exposed the machinations of a state-sponsored hacking organization with access to functional exploits for over a thousand applications and every popular operating system for both desktop and mobile. It’s a big deal. Vendors are ramping up their responses to address these exposed vulnerabilities so we can expect to see several out-of-cycle updates in the near future.

Microsoft released their delayed Windows patches, as well as more than a dozen updates to address new issues in Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, Office, Silverlight, Windows DVD Maker, Microsoft Graphics, Windows Media Player, Microsoft XML Core Services, Microsoft Uniscribe, SMB Server, Hyper-V, Internet Information Services, Active Directory Federation Services and MSRT (~1.3gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for Logic Pro X 10.3.1, GarageBand 10.1.6 and Apple Remote Desktop 3.9 Client. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

Google Chrome OS 56.0.2924.110 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 25.0.0.127 is a security update. Flash is being actively replaced with HTML5 on most sites and services, however, so unless you’re 110% positive you need it for critical functions, you should remove it instead. And, within those browsers that have it embedded (Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11+) your best option is to disable it. It’s just not worth the risk.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Adobe AIR 25.0.0.134 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Seagull Scientific printer drivers 7.4.3 resolves bugs, adds Package Aware support, and support for over 270 new models of printers. This is not a security update.
http://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/

BullZip PDF Printer 11.1.0.2600 corrects several cosmetic issues. This is not a security update.
http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.6.0 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 2.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 57.0.2987.98 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 52.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.00 adds message delivery time. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 45.8.0 is a security update.
http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/

Internet Updates

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

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.7.197 is a security update. You’re far better off removing Shockwave than updating it.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Line 7.1.0 adds mention support and 360-degree photos. This is not a security update.
http://line.me/update

Trillian 6.0.0.58 is a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

curl 7.53.1 is a security update.
http://winampplugins.co.uk/curl/

WinSCP 5.9.4 is a security update.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

uTorrent 3.4.9 Build 43388 adds Game Store. This is not a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.25.0 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP 201703 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip

PuTTY 0.68 is a security update.
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

WGet 1.19.1 is a security update.
https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FastStone Viewer 6.2 resolves several bugs, adds a couple new features. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

MPC HC 1.7.11 updates libraries, improves stability and subtitles, and adds other features. This is a security update.
https://mpc-hc.org/downloads/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.4.5.25153 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PS4 4.50 adds the ability to install or move applications from USB 3.0 storage, notification and Remote Play improvements, and more. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

Office Updates

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

Artweaver 6.0.1 adds support for high-DPI, brush, filter and tool improvements, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Notepad++ 7.3.3 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

SketchUp 17.2.2555 resolves several bugs and crashes. This is not a security update.
http://www.sketchup.com/

Kindle for PC 1.19.3 Build 46099 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 2.11 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Bitmessage 0.6.2 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?bitmessage

OpenSSL 1.1.0e is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/

Avast! Home Edition 17.2.2288 is a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.2.5 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

Hashcat 3.40 adds support for several new protocols and many bugfixes. This is not a security update.
http://hashcat.net/hashcat/#downloadlatest

MSRT 5.46 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

SmartSniff 2.27 improves GUI. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html

Wireless Network Watcher 2.10 adds export on timer support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.10.0 is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 2.9.1701.1616 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.9.1701.1610 adds several new export and streaming providers, and fixes a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.83 updates libraries. This is a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

Win32 Disk Imager 1.0.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/

DVDFab 10.0.2.8 adds support for new encodings, many bug fixes, and new features. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MKVToolNix 9.9.0 resolves several bugs and offers GUI improvements. This is not a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GoodSync2Go 10.3.8 provides service updates, stability improvements and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

RoboForm 8.3.0 improves installer, GUI, and updates XPIs. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Bitcoin 0.14.0 resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

LessMSI 1.6.0 adds OLE Streams support. This is not a security update.
http://lessmsi.activescott.com/

SimpleWMIView 1.25 adds quick-filters. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

CCleaner 5.28.6005 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

DesktopOK 4.62 adds desktop-to-foreground support and icon size support. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Kingston SSD Manager 1.0.1.8 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

Agent Ransack 2016.867 improves security and resolves bugs.
http://mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download

FileLocator Pro 8.1.2714 adds a new expression editor, improved command line support, bug resolution, and improved security.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

NTLite 1.2.1.4916 resolves crashes, reliability, new OS build support, and a few other fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

CurrPorts 2.31 adds support for closing a specific process via the command line.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

FolderChangesView 2.10 improves automatic export feature by serializing export files. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

SearchMyFiles 2.81 resolves global search bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

WifiInfoView 2.20 adds indicator for connected status. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Sysmon 6.0 adds event schema, event monitoring for configuration changes, native registry paths, and additional named pipe events. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Autoruns 13.7 adds several new locations to tracking details and improved high-DPI support. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

AccessChk 6.1 adds process trust access control entries and token security attributes. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Process Monitor 3.32 improves high-DPI support, and re-signs libraries. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Process Explorer 16.2 fixes a Wow64 bug, improves high-DPI support, and re-signs libraries. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

LiveKd 5.61 re-signs libraries. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

BgInfo 4.21 fixes 64-bit support. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

SystemRescueCD 4.9.3 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

WinScan2PDF 3.39 improves reliability with certain hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.1.16-113841 resolves a couple dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

VMware Player 12.5.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

Coppermine Gallery 1.5.46 is a security update.
http://coppermine-gallery.net/

ownCloud Client 2.3.0 upgrades libraries, resolves dozens of bugs, improves security. This is a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

TinyMCE 4.5.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

MailEnable 9.62 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

WordPress 4.7.3 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

Akismet 3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Anti-Splog 2.2.1 updates Recaptcha support. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.8.2 is a security update.

Contact Form 7 4.7 adds new hooks and events. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.3.8 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.7.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.8.33 is a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.9 resolves stability bug. This is not a security update.

WP Add Custom CSS 1.0.1 resolves an SSL bug. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.13.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2017-02-14

Hi, Folks!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Patch Tuesday – and a weird one. Both Adobe and Microsoft have self-imposed delays on their staged updates this month. Instead of installing those updates anyway, I strongly suggest you wait for the “all clear” — there’s no telling just how serious the problems are until they are resolved. Installing them anyway could leave your device even less secure or potentially unbootable.

Everything else should be safe, though, so let’s get started. The typical computer should see roughly 800mb in updates today.

Apple released updates for iOS 10.2.1, macOS Update 10.12.3, Safari 10.0.3, GarageBand 10.1.6, watchOS 3.1.3, iTunes 12.5.5, iCloud for Windows 6.1.1, tvOS 10.1.1, Logic Pro X 10.3 and Security Update 2016-003 Supplemental. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

Google Chrome OS 56.0.2924.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 24.0.0.221 is a security update. Flash is being actively replaced with HTML5 on most sites and services, however, so unless you’re 110% positive you need it for critical functions, you should remove it instead. And, within those browsers that have it embedded (Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11+) your best option is to disable it. It’s just not worth the risk.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

BullZip PDF Printer 11.0.0.2588 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.5.3 improves cleanup, and fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 56.0.2924.87 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 51.0.3 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

NK2Edit 3.27 adds column auto-sizing. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 2.98 fixes a serious key binding bug that could result in lost data. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 45.7.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

OutlookTools 3.0.0 is a complete redesign and adds support for newer Office releases. This is not a security update.
http://www.howto-outlook.com/products/outlooktools.htm

Internet Updates

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

DiscordApp 31.1.2017 adds search (with filters). This is not a security update.

Skype 7.32.0.104 improves performance and stability, adds several new GUI features including camera switching, touch-friendly popups, and customizable keyboard shortcuts. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Mumble 1.2.19 is a security update.
http://wiki.mumble.info/wiki/Main_Page

aria2 1.31.0 improves logging detail, resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

uTorrent 3.4.9 Build 43295 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.24.0 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP 201702 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip

BrowsingHistoryView 1.95 adds quick filtering. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

DNSDataView 1.50 adds command-line options for export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_records_viewer.html

Google Earth 7.1.8.3036 is a security update.
http://earth.google.com/index.html

Adobe Shockwave 12.2.5.196 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update. Unless you are 110% sure you need this, you’re better off uninstalling it.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.5.5 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.7.6521 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdburnerxp.se/

MusicBrainz Picard 1.4 is the first update in years – and it adds more than a hundred bug fixes, features and improvements. This is not a security update.
http://musicbrainz.org/doc/MusicBrainz_Picard

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.4.3.15631 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Office Updates

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

LibreOffice 5.2.5 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.3.2 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Kindle for PC 1.19.2 Build 46095 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 2.10 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

Avast! Home Edition 17.1.2286 improves UI, stability, and apples new defaults. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.2.4 is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Junkware Removal Tool 8.1.0 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/junkwareremovaltool/

Wireless Network Watcher 2.05 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

OpenSSL Binaries 1.1.0d is a security update.
http://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

RogueKiller 12.9.7 adds detections. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Greenshot 1.2.9.129 fixes several bugs and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/greenshot/greenshot/releases

XSplit Broadcaster 2.9.1701.1615 improves plugns for FTL. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 2.9.1701.1609 fixes a dozen bugs and adds support for several new services. This is not a security update.
http://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FFmpeg 3.2.2 updates components, fixes bugs and adds features. This is not a security update.
http://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

DVDFab 10.0.2.2 adds support for new encodings, newer hardware, and bug fixes. Thsi is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Handbrake 1.0.2 fixes several bugs and improves quality and reliability of exports. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

MKVToolNix 9.8.0 fixes several bugs, and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
http://www.videohelp.com/software/MKVtoolnix

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.2.9 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 10.3.3 fixes several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

NTLite 1.2.0.4830 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

CGMiner 4.10.0 fixes quite a few bugs and style changes. This is a security update.
https://github.com/ckolivas/cgminer

Cygwin 2.7.0 improves randomization, entropy and locale detection. This is not a security update.
http://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 4.55 improves reliability in Windows 8 and Windows 10. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Easy2Boot 1.89 adds trial keys, updates libraries, and improves menu customization. This is not a security update.
http://www.easy2boot.com/download/

FilExile 3.00 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/filexile/files/

IsMyHdOK 1.26 improves reliability on Windows 10 and Windows 8. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

Kingston SSD Manager 1.0.1.7 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

FileLocator Pro 8.1.2702 fixes several bugs, improves search speed for indexed content, adds exclusions for type. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

FolderChangesView 2.05 adds entry modification timestamps. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

MyEventViewer 2.25 adds time range settings. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html

SearchMyFiles 2.80 adds time range settings and fixes a bug in export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

SimpleWMIView 1.22 fixes a bug in export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

TcpLogView 1.27 fixes a bug in export. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

WifiInfoView 2.15 adds more display information. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

CCleaner 5.27.5976 improves cleaning, adds new software, fixes bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

PointerStick 2.79 improves reliability in Windows 10 and Windows 8. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

ProduKey 1.88 adds “Save All Items” option. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

RapidEE 9.1 build 932 updates language support. This is not a security update.
http://www.rapidee.com/en/download

Rufus 2.12 updates components and adds several fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

SystemRescueCD 4.9.2 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TaskSchedulerView 1.25 improves the display. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WSUS Offline 10.9.1 adds support for new software, updates components and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

PSAppDeploy 3.6.9 fixes several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

WinScan2PDF 3.25 improves the GUI. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GitHub Desktop 3.3.4 updates components, fixes hang bug. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

SQLite 3.17.0 improves performance, reliability, security and stability. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

StrawberryPerl 5.24.1.1 includes new core perl version 5.24.1, updates libraries and included modules. This is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Expresso 3.1.6224 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.ultrapico.com/expressodownload.htm

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.1.14-112924 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

WordPress 4.7.2 is a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

phpList 3.3.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

Piwigo 2.8.6 is a security update.
http://piwigo.org/

Plupload 2.3.1 updates components and fixes several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.plupload.com/

TinyMCE 4.5.3 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.2.6 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

MailEnable 9.61 fixes several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.6.6 is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.1.12292.6236 fixes several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
http://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Antispam Bee 2.7.0 fixes several bugs, restores country-level checking, adds several other features. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 4.6.1 fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.7.15 fixes several bugs. this is not a security update.

Postie 1.8.31 fixes bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.5.2 is a security update.

WooCommerce 2.6.14 fixes several bugs. Thsi isnot a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.11 improves SSL support. This should be treated as a security update.
While that’s all for now – you can safely expect an out-of-cycle update in the coming days.

Keep it clean out there. 😉

Regards,

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