Updates 2024-05-14

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for May, 2024.

There were 580+ major hacks, and over 460 application updates this month. It’s an insanely big month, with about 5 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

First, let me apologize for this list. It’s 3x longer than it was only a couple months ago and that’s not really my fault. I really want to keep sharing the hacked lists but at the rate it’s going 3/4 of the newletter will just be the list by the end of Summer. I’m going to need to rework this next month when I have more time.

1+1 Media, 4LEAF, Inc, A123 Systems, Access Intelligence, Accor, ACFIN SA, Active PCB Solutions, Acurrate Lock & Hardware, ADCOM911, Advanced Business Networks, Advarra, Inc., Aero Tec Laboratories Inc, Aetna ACE, Affordable Payroll & Bookkeeping Services, Agate Construction, Agency for the Sustainable Development of the Saint Nazaire Region, France, AirAsia Group, Airsoft, Allianz Global Risks U.S. Insurance Company, Alltruck Bodies, Alrajhi Bank, Altipal S.A.S, Amazon, Amberstone Security, AMD Radeon DirectX 11 Driver, American Builders Outlet, American Renal Associates, American Renal Management, Andovers Federal Credit Union, APS – Automotive Parts Solutions, Arbitrum, Argentina’s national registry, Army Welfare Trust, Array Networks, Asantee Games, Asbury Automotive Group, Ascension healthcare, Ashley Home Stores, Aspire Health Alliance, Astra Daihatsu Motor (ID), AT&T, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), Aussizz Group, Autodesk Drive, Axip Energy Services, Ayesa, B&G Foods, Badger Tag & Label, Banco Santander, Banten Regional Development Bank Tbk, Barclays Bank, Base Network, Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center, Bağcılar Training and Research Hospital, Bega Valley Council, Belarusian KGB, Belvedere Vodka UK, BenefitsCal, Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, Best Reward Federal Credit Union, BetterHelp, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), BHF Couriers, Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc., Bira 91, Bitfinex, Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Blooms Today, Bluebonnet Trails, Bluegrass Care Navigators, BMW BANK, Bodyartforms LLC, Boeing, Bradford-Scott, Brandywine Realty Trust, BreachForums, Bridgeway Center, Inc., British Columbia, Canada, Brocade SANnav SAN Management Software, Brovedani Group, Bundeswehr, Byron council, Café Soluble, California library system, Calumet Civil Contractors, Inc, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, Canatal Industries, Canberra club, Cannes hospital, Cariboo library system, Carpetright, Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Catholic Medical Center (CMC), CCM Health, Central Bank Argentina, Central Carolina Insurance Agency Inc, Central Florida Equipment, Central Power Systems & Services, Central Virginia Federal Credit Union, Change Healthcare, Channel Logistics LLC, Chemring Group, Cherry Health, Chicony Electronics, Chirp Systems, Christie’s Auction House, Cisco Duo, Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC), City of Buckeye, AZ, City of Donges, France, City of El Cerrito, California, City of London, UK, City of Pensacola, Florida, City of Wichita, Kansas, Cleveland Catholic Diocese, Community First Credit Union, Confins Transport, Consensus Medical Group, Consol Energy, Continuum Health, Coppel, Coradix-Magnescan, CorporateStack, Costa Edutainment SPA, Council for Relationships, County of Coffee, Georgia, County of Hernando, FLCounty of Jackson, MOCounty of Los Angeles, CA, Department of Health Services, County of Robeson, NC, County of San Bernardino, CA, CrushFTP, Cushman Contracting Corporation, CyberPower UPS, D-Link Devices, Daoust, Dawson Creek, Deeside Timberframe, Delinea Secret Server, Dell, Dental Group of Amarillo, Dental Health Services, DES Architects and Engineers,
Designed Receivable Solutions, Deutsche Telekom, Digi Yatra Foundation, Dijk, Discord, District of Columbia’s Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB), DocGo, Dominican Republic vaccination data, Donco Air, Doyon Drilling, Drive Sally LLC, DRM Arby’s, Dropbox Sign, Duvel Moortgat, D’amico & Pettinicchi, LLC, E-ZPass, East Central University, OK, Eden Project, Edlong and Holstein Association USA, Educational Computer Systems, EduMarket, Efrat Airlines, Egypt Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade, El Salvador, El Salvador’s Chivo Wallet, Electric Mirror, Empath Health, Engineered Automation of Maine, Enstar, Epilepsy Foundation of Metro NY, EqualizeRCM and 1st Credentialing, Ernest Health, Eucatex, European Parliament, Europol, EvoBanco, F5 Central Manager, Feldstein & Stewart, Fic Expertise, Financial Business and Consumer Solutions (FBCS), Firstmac, FiXBET, Floirac, Footdistrict, Fort Worth, Texas, Foxit Reader, French Ministry of Agriculture, Frontier Communications, FrotCom, GBI Genios, Gerber Life Insurance Company, Giant Tiger, GitHub Search, GitLab, Glendale Unified School District, Glints, Global Tel Link, Google Chrome, Google, Graphic Solutions Group Inc, Grassroot DICOM, Great Firewall of China, Green Diamond Resource Company, Greylock McKinnon, Grindr, Grodno Azot, Group Health Cooperative of South-Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW), Guadeloupe, Canada, Guardant Health, Inc., Guardian Analytics, Hapy Bear Surgery Center, Hardeman County Community Health Center, Hedgey Finance, Helapet Ltd, Helsinki Education Division, Heritage Cooperative, High Performance Services, Hillsong Church, Hirsh Industries, Hit Promotional Products, Home Depot, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong College of Technology, Hong Kong Fire Department, Hong Kong Union Hospital, Hooker Furniture, Hosocongty, Hospital Simone Veil, 100 hotels in Japan, Houser LLP, Hoya Optics, HP, HPE ArubaOS Devices, HSBC Bank, HTW, Hub International Limited, Human Events, IBM’s Enterprise Terminal, iCabbi, ICICI Bank, IDS Michigan, Illinois State Credit Union, Illinois Tollway, In The Know, India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), India’s HRYLabour, India’s ICICI Bank, Ingo Money Inc, Inland Physicians Billing Services, Intel CPUs (Spectre v2), Intel Hardware Firmware, Interim Healthcare of Lubbock, International Baccalaureate Exam, Inventum Øst, Iranian Pipeline Company, Iress Ltd, Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), Israeli Real Estate Companies, ISTA International GmbH, It4 Solutions Robras Corp, Italian Red Cross Network, Ivanti Avalanche, J.P. Morgan Chase, JE Owens, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Kameymall, Kansas City Scout System, Keenan & Associates, Kintetsu World Express, Kisco Senior Living, KISTI SMART K2C, Kowloon Shangri-La, La Chapelle-des-marais, France, Ladakh Social Welfare Department, Lamont Hanley & Associates, Latvian TV Channels, LDLC, Le Slip Français, Leicester City Council, Lenovo Hardware Firmware, Lewis & Clark College, LG TVs, Lieberman LLP, Lilly Drogerie, Lincoln Project, LiteSpeed Cache, LivaNova, LiveHelpNow, LocalPlace JP, London Drugs, London Stock Exchange Group, Lopesan Hotels, Lotz Trucking, Lpdb Kumkm, LRB Info Tech, Lukfook Jewellery, Lumina Americas, Luxor, LYON TERMINAL, M2E Consulting Engineers, Macedonian Joint Stock Company, Madata, Magnet+, Malone & Co, Manchester’s Catholic Medical Center, Marpai Health, Mauritzon, McKinley Packing, Medequip Assistive Technology, Medical Home Network, MediExcel, Medios de Prevención Externos Sur SL, MedStar Health, Meduza, Mellitah Company, Mercedes, Merchants Benefit Administration, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Microsoft, Microsoft Azure Entra ID, Microsoft Outlook, Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Moldova Government, MoldTech, Molen & Associates, Monash Health, Monday.com, MongoDB, Monocon, Montoir-de-Bretagne, France, Moscow Moskollector, MovieBoxPro, MRA – The Management Association, Mt Hira College, Myers Automotive Group, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Nespresso, Nestle, New Boston Dental Care, New Hudson Facades, New Mexico Administrative Office of the District Attorneys, New Mexico Highlands University, New York’s state legislature, Nexperia, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, NK Parts Industries, NorthBay Health, Nota by M&T Bank and TTEC Databases, Nothing, Nova Scotia Health, NRS Healthcare, Numotion, NVIDIA, OakBend Medical, Octopharma Plasma, OE Federal Credit Union, Ogero, Ohio Lottery, Okta, Olson Steel, Olympus Group, OracleCMS, OraSure, Original Herkimer Cheese, OrthoConnecticut, Outabox, Pacific Guardian, Pak Suzuki, Palo Alto Networks PAN-OS, Panda Restaurant Group, Pandemonium Rocks, Panoramic Health, Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Parklane Group, Patricia AI, Paychex, Inc., Paytm, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Peplink Smart Reader, Persyn, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philips Respironics, Phoenix Business Consulting, PHP, Pifer’s Auction & Realty, Pilot, Pinnacle Engineering, Pinnacle Orthopaedics, Pioneer Oil Company, Inc, Piping Rock, Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Porniche, France, Pratham, Precision Fluid Controls, Premier Dermatology, Prisma Finance, Pro Metals LLC, Process Solutions, Procuraduría General de la República, Profile Products, Progress Flowmon, Promarka Peru, Pub And Club, Public service of Wallonia, PWS – The Laundry Company, Qantas, QNAP, Quebec CEGEPs, RAF El Salvador, Randolph Health, RaySharp, RB Woodcraft, Reading Electric, Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery, Recology, Redwood Coast Regional Center, Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico, Reliable Networks, Rocky Mountain Sales, Roku, Romeo Pitaro Injury and Litigation Lawyers, Rushd Bookstore, Rutgers University, Räddningstjänsten Vä stra Blekinge, Sachkhere, Sahara Bank, Saint-Nazaire, France, Sanok Rubber Company, Saudi Water Facilities, Scanda Group, Scigames, Scottish health board, Seaman’s Mechanical, SEK Studio, Seneca Nation Health System, Sentry Data Management, Servicio Móvil, Shadow, Siemens Manufacturing, Sigmund Espeland, Signature Healthcare Services LLC, SigningHub, Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC, Singapore’s Ministry of Education, Singapore’s Mobile Guardian, SinglePoint Outsourcing, Inc., SIS Automatisering, Sisense, Skanlog, Sleep Data Holdings, LLC, Sleep Management Institute, Smoke Alarm Solutions, SOA Architecture, Softura, Somerset Dental Las Vegas, Somerville, Sonadev, France, South Africa’s International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC), South Korean courts, South Korean cable & satellite, South Korean Defense Companies, South Texas Oncology and Hematology, Space X, Space-Eyes, Speedy France, Sri Lanka’s visa system, SSCL, SSS Australia, St-Jerome Company, St. Helena Public Library, Stainless Foundry & Engineering, StarWallets, States of Guernsey, Sterling Holidays, Sterling Plumbing Inc., Studio LAMBDA, Swisspro, SynLab Italia, Sysmex America, Inc, T2 Tea Australia, Tamil Nadu Police, Tappware, Targus, Tatarstan, Russia, Taxi Software, Ted Brown Music, Telecom Argentina, Telit Cinterion modems, Texas Retina Associates, The Epilepsy Institute, The Georgia Institute for Plastic Surgery, The Heritage Foundation, The Kennedy Collective, The Lagunitas Brewing Company, The Line Up, Inc, The May Institute, Inc., The Philadelphia Inquirer, PBC, The Post and Courier, The Post Millennial, The Prudential Insurance Company of America, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, The State of Kansas Office of Judicial Administration, The Tech Interactive, Theatrixx Technologies, Therapeutic Health Services, 50,000 Tinyproxy servers, Tipton Municipal Utilities, IN, Toolmarts, Toronto Transit Commission, Transamerica Life Insurance Company, Trib Total Media, True Homes, LLC, TRUE Solicitors, Trylon Srl, Tyler Technologies, UAE Government, UK Government’s System Database, UK Ministry of Defence, UK Royal Mail, 20 Ukrainian Energy and Water Sites, Ukrainian TV, United Nations Development Programme, University of Alabama, University of Alberta, University System of Georgia (USG), US Air Force Academy (USAFA), US Atlantic Fisheries, US Coast Guard Reserve, US Consumer Database, US Health and Human Services (HHS), US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), US Medicare, US Patent and Trademark Office, US Space Forces (USSF) Military Bases, USA Health Providence Hospital, Utica Mack, Valley Mountain Regional Center, Valley Veterinary Clinic, LLC, Van Gogh Museum, Varo Bank, N.A., Veeam, Velvet Capital, Verizon, Victorian Ambulance Union, Virginia Union University, VirtualBox, Visionary Integration Professionals, VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware ESXi, VMware Fusion Pro/Fusion, VMware Workstation Pro/Player, Void Interactive, Volkswagen, VPN traffic (TunnelVision), VTRP, W.I.S. Sicherheit-Service GmbH & Co. KG, Washington State’s Swinomish Casino and Lodge, WebTPA Employer Services, LLC, WEL Partners, Wells Fargo, Welsh Government, Wescom Central Credit Union, West Idaho Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Westboro Baptist Church, WhatsApp, Windows, Windows Apps, Windows Print Spooler, WOM, World Architects, World-Check, WP Forminator plugin, WP-Automatic Plugin, Xiaomi, Yale Mortgage, YRW Limited – Chartered Accountants, ZA Government Employees Pension Fund’s (GEPF), ZircoDATA, and Zscaler Inc have reported hacking or compromises this month.

Central Power Systems & Services, Final Fantasy, Frontier Communications, Kansas City’s official website, Ogero, Reddit, and Telegram have suffered from outages this month.

Last months updates broke Outlook, Windows (thanks ManageEngine), and VPN connections.

An update to ManageEngine has caused thousands of Windows machines to fail to boot. I guess that’s one way to make sure that they can’t be hacked through ManageEngine vulnerabilities?

Windows has officially added advertisements to the Windows 11 Start Menu.

The PuTTY Pageant key generation weakness will require millions upon millions of certificates to be rekeyed.

The Windows Boot Manager update released in January still has no automated fix from Microsoft. Third parties have created several methods of installing the update, and the closest-to-perfect automation yet requires seven (7!) restarts.

Microsoft has announced plans to implement fully locked down DNS via a pairing of DNS and the firewall, branded Zero Trust DNS – ZTDNS.

A recent technical paper described the process of using LLM (GPT-4) to automate the process of building exploits for newly discovered vulnerabilities. Reviews of the paper tend to acknowledge that it can be used in this fashion but focus instead on the use of the word “autonomously” which they treat as sentience. No guys, the paper isn’t saying that Skynet is here, just that LLMs are getting to the point where they can build functional exploit code based on brief descriptions of vulnerabilities.

I first saw the description of “Kobold Letters” a couple months ago. While a very creative use of CSS and an interesting idea, what are the chances that this kind of thing would actually be used in real life? 100%. I’ve now seen this behavior on three different client mail accounts in Microsoft Online and Gmail.

The founder of Telegram has publicly reported that the FBI pressured an employee to build a backdoor into the system. They refused.

Thunderbird has added Microsoft Exchange support. This means you won’t be forced to use the “New Outlook” crapp to access your Microsoft Exchange accounts. 🙂

Now for the good news:

We won. Sony caved on the Helldivers 2 privacy-violating “account linking” change. 🙂

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

Microsoft released updates to address 67 vulnerabilities in .NET and Visual Studio, Azure Migrate, Microsoft Bing, Microsoft Brokering File System, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Insights, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Microsoft Windows SCSI Class System File, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Power BI, Visual Studio, Windows Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver, Windows CNG Key Isolation Service, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows Cryptographic Services, Windows Deployment Services, Windows DHCP Server, Windows DWM Core Library, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Kernel, Windows Mark of the Web (MOTW), Windows Mobile Broadband, Windows MSHTML Platform, Windows NTFS, Windows Remote Access Connection Manager, Windows Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS), Windows Task Scheduler, Windows Win32K – GRFX, Windows Win32K – ICOMP, and MSRT. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Oracle released 441 security updates this quarter to address vulnerabilities in 119 applications.
https://www.oracle.com/security-alerts/cpuapr2024.html

Apple released updates for iOS 16.7.8, iOS 17.5, iPadOS 16.7.8, iPadOS 17.5, iTunes 12.13.2 for Windows, macOS Monterey 12.7.5, macOS Sonoma 14.5, macOS Ventura 13.6.7, Safari 17.5, tvOS 17.5, and watchOS 10.5. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 16.7.8 and 17.5 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 6.7.8 and 17.5 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 10.5 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 17.5 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 124.0.6367.154 and 120.0.6099.310 are security updates. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Fedora 40-1.14 is a major update, replacing BerkeleyDB with alternatives, updating libraries, and including adding new features and defaults. 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 24.4.1 adds support for new software, performance improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Daemon Tools Lite 12.1.0 improves tooltips, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtLite

Dymo Connect for Desktop 1.3.2.18 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dymo.com/label-makers-printers/labelwriter-label-printers/dymo-labelwriter-450-duo-thermal-label-printer/SAP_1752267.html

TP-Link Archer AX55 v1 240325 adds almost a dozen new features, improves stability and 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 240323 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/archer-ax73/v2.0/#Firmware

UniFi Network Server 8.1.127 enhances firewall rules visibility, adds tunnel IP addresses, OSPF dynamic routing support, and resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ui.com/download/releases/network-server

VIISAN OfficeCam 7.1.19.0 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.viisan.com/en/download/type1.html

Wacom Driver 6.4.6-1 adds support for newer hardware, resolves several bugs and improves stability.
https://www.wacom.com/en-us/support/product-support/drivers

Xerox Smart Start 2.0.34.0 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.support.xerox.com/en-us/content/143617

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.65.133 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Firefox 126 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.11.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Google Chrome 124.0.6367.207 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 124.0.2478.97 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Vivaldi 6.7.3329.29 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Spark 3.15.5.72973 resolves several AI-related bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.15.5.72972 resolves several AI-related bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.10.2 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 8.0.10 is a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

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

Dropbox 199.4.6287 removes a cosmetic defect. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 211.0.0.18.236 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Client 3.67.0 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FileZilla Server 1.8.2 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 13.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 90.0 resolves several bugs. This is the last version to support macOS 10.15 – if your hardware can not support macOS 11 you should have already removed it from the Internet, but if not, please take this as one more signal that it’s time to replace it.
https://drive.google.com/start

Microsoft Teams 1.7.00.10152 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 29.0.0 is a major update, resolving dozens of bugs, updating libraries, and improving workflow and design. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Nmap 7.95 adds over 6,500 more fingerprints, new scripts and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://nmap.org/

PuTTY 0.81 is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html

Signal 7.8.0 adds emoji call responses and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Signal (Android) 7.6.2 adds emoji call responses, adds sent message editing, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Skype 8.116.0.213 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.27.7 resolves a potential security bug.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 5.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

USB Drive Log 1.13 adds black background support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_drive_log.html

Z-Library 1.02 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://z-library.se/z-access#desktop_app_tab

Zoom 6.0.4.38135 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 4.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Bitwig Studio 5.1.9 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

Grayjay 240 adds several new features, sources, improvements, and resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://grayjay.app/index.html

iTunes 12.13.2.3 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Plex Desktop 1.92.1.140 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.60.1.134 updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.40.2.8395 resolves several bugs, including an installation path issue. If you used a custom path you will need to uninstall and reinstall in order for future automatic updates to work correctly. 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 2024.4.0.137 changes homepage. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

GDevelop 5.3.201 resolves several bugs and improves interface. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.81.01 does not provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

Minecraft Server (Java) 1.20.6 does not provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server

Nintendo Switch 18.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

PS5 2024.430 resolves several bugs and improves hardware support. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Steam 2024-05-13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/593110
By the way, we won. Sony caved on the Helldivers 2 privacy-violating “account linking” change. 🙂

SteamOS SteamDeck Update 2024-05-03 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 24.002.20759 and 20.005.30636 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb24-29.html

Adobe Aero 0.24.4 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/aero/apsb24-33.html

Adobe Animate 23.0.6 and 24.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb24-36.html

Adobe Dreamweaver 21.4 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/dreamweaver/apsb24-39.html

Adobe FrameMaker 2020.6 and 2022.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/framemaker/apsb24-37.html

Adobe Illustrator 28.5 and 27.9.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb24-30.html

Adobe Substance 3D Designer 13.1.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/substance3d_designer/apsb24-35.html

Adobe Substance 3D Painter 10.0.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/substance3d_painter/apsb24-31.html

Aronium 1.43.0.2 adds dual currency and night theme, improves refund behavior, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://aronium.com/

Audacity 3.5.1 adds a bunch of new features and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Calibre 7.10.0 adds export support, spell check, color inversion and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Columns++ 1.0.6 improves wrapped line caompatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Coises/ColumnsPlusPlus

Formatta Filler 8.19.0.4 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://formatta.com/formatta-products/complete-submit/

GIMP 2.10.38 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.gimp.org/

Java 8u411 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

JShelter 0.18 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://jshelter.org/install/

Kdenlive 24.02.2 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://kdenlive.org/

Kindle for PC 2.3.70840 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

LibreOffice 7.6.7 resolves over 40 bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 24.2.3 resolves over 75 bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Manager 24.5.13.1531 adds several new features and improves email integration and display. This is not a security update.
https://www.manager.io/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.13.0 resolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.6.7 improves multiedit and language support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

PDF-XChange Editor 10.3.0.386 adds page extraction, label modification, improves sort and group behavior and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.pdf-xchange.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

QuickBooks Pro 2022 20240509-R15_25 updates to backend processes. This is not a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2023 20240509-R12_15 updates to backend processes. This is not 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 2.9.0 adds native rules, timezone improvements, and adds ability to change default conditional when searching. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/countercept/chainsaw

Microsoft Edge Policy 2024.05.07 updates policies. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/Edge-Enterprise/blob/public/edgeenterprise/microsoft-edge-policies.md

OpenSSL 3.3.0 is a security update.
https://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

ProtonVPN (macOS) 4.2.2 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.16.1 updates engine and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Stinger 13.0.0.118 adds support for more detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

SuperAntiSpyware 10.0.1266 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Tails 6.2 is a security update.
https://tails.net/install/download/index.en.html

Velociraptor 0.72 adds EWF support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Velocidex/velociraptor/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 24.1.3 improves OCR, performances, updates libraries and resovles several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 13.0.1.7 resolves several couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

StreamFab 6.1.7.7 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 2.0.2.0 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 8.10.32 improves compatibility, adds support to import from more third-party platforms, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

Agent Ransack 2022.3434 adds support for OneNote and resovles several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

AOMEI Partition Assistant 10.4.0 improves the user interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

Bitwarden 2024.4.2 improves passkeys support and secrets manager, and adds a new Authenticator app. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

BulkFileChanger 1.73 resolves a timezone-related bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

CCleaner 6.23.11010 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

DesktopOK 11.21 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 4.1.92.0 resolves a .git/.gitignore bug, updates .NET library and translations. This is a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

ExplorerPatcher 22621.3527.65.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/valinet/ExplorerPatcher/

FileLocator Pro 2022.3434 adds support for OneNote and resovles several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

FoneTool 2.6.1 adds iOS Data Recovery and resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.fonetool.com/download.html

Git SCM 2.45.0 adds dozens of new features and behaviors, and resolves over 50 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

Go 1.22.3 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.6.5 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

HWiNFO 8.02 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.hwinfo.com/download/

InstalledAppView 1.08 resolves a CLI bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/installed_app_view.html

IsMyHdOK 3.96 improves performance and testing accuracy. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

LessMSI 2.0.1 updates dependencies and build environment, and resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://lessmsi.activescott.com/

NirCmd 2.87 adds and resolves ~$ variables. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

NTLite 2024.5.9931 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

osquery 5.12.1 is a security update.
https://osquery.io/downloads

PingInfoView 3.05 adds option to map source IPv4 Address. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/multiple_ping_tool.html

PowerToys 0.80.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

PSAppDeploy 3.10.1 adds a dozen features and parameters, improves stability and reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

RoboForm 9.5.8 improves GUI. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

ScreenConnect 24.1.7.8892 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This should be treated as a security update.
https://screenconnect.connectwise.com/download

Starwind V2V Converter 9.444 adds support for new conversions. This is not a security update.
https://www.starwindsoftware.com/starwind-v2v-converter

WinGet 1.7.11261 fixes elevation issues, updates dependencies and libraries. This is a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WinScan2PDF 8.81 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WUMT 04.22.2022 improves Windows 11 compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.oldergeeks.com/downloads/file.php?id=1366

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

.NET Runtime 8.0.5 is a security update.
https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/download/dotnet

Android Studio 2023.3.1 adds device streaming for testing, integrates crashlytics, improves App Quality Insights, and adds audio redirection. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

AutoHotkey 2.0.14 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

cx_Freeze 7.0 updates dependencies and libraries and resolves hundreds of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://cx-freeze.readthedocs.io/en/latest/index.html

GitHub Desktop 3.3.17 removes support for older macOS versions, resolves a dozen bugs and improves user interface. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Godot 4.2.2 improves CLI support, resolves the audio bug, and more than 200 other issues. This is a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.4.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

MySQL Server 8.0.37 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

NASM 2.16.03 improves the build process. This is not a security update.
https://www.nasm.us/index.php

Node.js 18.20.2 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.13.1 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 21.7.3 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 22.1.0 is a major update. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Redemption 6.5.0.6294 improves integration and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Rustup 1.27.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.rust-lang.org/

SQLite 3.45.3 adds new JSON handling behaviors and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

TortoiseGit 2.16.0 resolves a dozen bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://tortoisegit.org/

TortoiseSVN 1.14.7 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

Visual Studio Code 1.89.1 adds support to exclude content from Copilot and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.40 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.

VirtualBox 7.0.18 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

HumHub 1.15.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en

Joomla 5.1.0 adds more than a dozen features and code and performance improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

MAMP 5.0.6 updates dependencies. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.mamp.info/en/mamp/windows/

phpList 3.6.15 is a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

Piwigo 14.4.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

WordPress 6.5.3 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

BuddyPress 12.4.1 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.9.4 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.5.9 improves compatibility and resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

My Sticky Bar 2.7 resolves a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mystickymenu/

Postie 1.9.69 should be treated as a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postie/

Slider Revolution 6.7 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://revolution.themepunch.com/

Social Post Feed 4.2.4 improves integration. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

Sucuri Security 1.8.44 improves API key controls. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sucuri-scanner/

W3 Total Cache 2.7.2 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.9.0 improves compatibility and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WPBakery 7.6 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

WPtouch 4.3.59 adds support for Reddit, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. 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 2023-10-10

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for October, 2023.

This month brings a new version of macOS, version 14.0/Sonoma, an impending new Windows 11 build, and several very high profile vulnerabilities in shared code that affect thousands of applications. Vendors for some will not even discover that they’re vulnerable until their applications are used in mass hacks. The next few months are going to be ugly as this plays out.

There were 153 major hacks, and over 200 application updates this month. It’s an insane month, with about 6 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

23andMe, Accusoft ImageGear, Activision, Actors Fund Home, Air Canada, Airbus, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Amazon, Amerita, Android, ApexSMS, Apple iOS/iPadOS (several times), Aretis Health LLC, Arkansas Total Care, Inc., Arm chips, Arm Mali GPU drivers, Asian National Power Grid, Atlassian Confluence Data Center and Server, Atrium Health, Auckland Transport, Bermuda, Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists LLC, Bluegrass Care Navigators, BORN Ontario, Bureau van Dijk, Caesars Entertainment, Cascade Family Dental, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Charlotte Radiology, ChildFund New Zealand, Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN Manager, Cisco Emergency Responder, Cisco IOS, Citrix NetScaler, City of Dallas, Texas, Clover Health LLC, CoinEx, Colombian Government, Community First Medical Center, Cyberport, D-Link DAP-X1860 WiFi 6 range extenders, dBforums, Delta Dental of California, District of Columbia Board of Elections, DLP Central Carolina Medical Center, Donald Trump Jr.’s X account, Dr. Patty DiBlasio, PC, Duke University Health System, ECU Health, Erlanger Health, Inc., Exim, FirstHealth, Flagstar Bank, Florida’s First Judicial Circuit Court, Founder Project Rx, Inc., GitLab, glibc ld.so – standard in all modern Linux flavors, GNOME, Google Chrome (again!), all modern GPUs, Health First, Inc., Horse Isle, hotels, booking sites, and travel agencies, hundreds of known apps using Electron due to the webp vulnerability, HWL Ebsworth, indeed.com, India’s National Logistics Portal-Marine, Indiana University Health, International Criminal Court (ICC), JetBrains’ TeamCity, Johnson Controls, Jordan Valley Community Health Center, Juniper SRX firewalls and EX switches, Just Kids Dental, LabCorp, Lakeland Community College,
Lakeview Clinic, libwebp, Linux GNU C library (Looney Tunables), Lone Star Alliance, Inc, Lyca Mobile, MalindoAir, McLaren Health Care, MGM Resorts, Microsoft AI-powered Bing Chat, Microsoft AI, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Skype, Microsoft SQL Servers, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft XboxMission Health System, Mixin Network, MNGI Digestive Health, Mosaic Mental Health, Motel One Group, MOVEit (again), Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center, Nansen, National Student Clearinghouse, Navvis & Company, LLC, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, NorthStar Anesthesia, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Novant Health, NTT Docomo, Nuance Communications, Oak Valley Hospital District, Omnicell Specialty Pharmacy Services (OSPS), Openfire messaging servers, ORBCOMM, OrthoAlaska, LLC, Parkers Chapel School District, PaySystem.tech, Peach State Health Plan, Pharm-Pacc Corporation, Physical Therapy, PLLC, Physicians Insurance Company, Physio Logic Chiropractic, Piilopuoti, Pizza Hut Australia, Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc., Qualcomm GPU and Compute DSP drivers, Retool, Rock County Health Department, Rollbar, Roseman University of Health Sciences, Ryders Health Management LLC, See Tickets, Skype for Desktop, Sony Interactive Entertainment, South Florida Behavioral Health Network, Sutter North Surgery Center, T-Mobile, multiple telecommunication service providers in the Middle East, Western Europe, and South Asia, Temple University Health System, Inc., Texas Medical Insurance Company, Texas Medical Liability Trust, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), TissuPath, TorchServe AI, TransUnion, Trend Micro Apex One, UNC Health, United Healthcare Services, Inc. Single Affiliated Covered Entity, United Kingdom’s Greater Manchester Police, VA Dept. of Medical Assistance Services, Vitalik Buterin’s X account, Wake Radiology Diagnostic Imaging, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Walmart, Inc. Associates Health and Welfare Plan, WebP, Wellstar Health System, Windows 11 Theme system, 17,000 WordPress sites, and WS_FTP Servers have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

Auckland Transport, Bing Chat AI, Caesars, Canadian airports, Discord, Lyca Mobile, MGM, Microsoft Teams, and the Royal Family website have suffered from outages this month.

Google, Amazon, and CloudFlare have been seeing record-breaking numbers of attacks using a weakness in the HTTP/2 protocol.

Last months updates broke BitLocker, Excel, faith in Windows (forcing an incompatible application), Outlook (twice), and USB printing.

The Magecart skimming malware is now abusing online store error pages.

The UK passed the “Online Safety Bill” which, among other things, grants government (and those with an ax to grind – like LOVEINT) mandated access to all private internet conversations.

Microsoft is pushing Edge and Bing in violation of their own policies. If they treated themselves with the same rules they treat others, then microsoft.com would be blocked for distributing the BGAUpsell crapware.

PayPal is finally making news for their complicity in the latest rash of invoice scams. Netcraft is playing it off as PayPal being the victim, but they can hardly be held blameless. They’ve been supporting these scams for years.

Google will be retiring the Basic HTML view in January. Half of the ISPs in Tuolumne County will suffer as a result. Google is also now pushing Passkeys as their default authentication platform, meaning that instead of knowledge of your password, all it will take for new logins to your Google account is possession of one of your devices.

Apple iPhone 12 violates French health laws for exceeding allowable EF radiation. Apple is planning to release an update to reduce the emissions in order to comply.

Even staff in military and defense organizations can’t be trusted to use good passwords.

CISA has been slapped yet again for their government-sponsored censorship. Maybe this time it will take?

Now for the good news:

Google is now (finally!) treating unauthenticated Microsoft 365 email as spam (it is).

Google announced they’ll be supporting all Chromebooks for 10 years — twice as long as was promised before. This should massively reduce e-waste.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is huge this month. The typical computer should see roughly 6 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 105 vulnerabilities in Active Directory Domain Services, Azure, Azure DevOps, Azure Real Time Operating System, Azure SDK, Client Server Run-time Subsystem (CSRSS), HTTP/2, Microsoft Common Data Model SDK, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Office, Microsoft QUIC, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Microsoft Windows Media Foundation, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft WordPad, Skype for Business, SQL Server, Windows Active Template Library, Windows AllJoyn API, Windows Client/Server Runtime Subsystem, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows Container Manager Service, Windows Deployment Services, Windows DHCP Server, Windows Error Reporting, Windows HTML Platform, Windows IIS, Windows IKE Extension, Windows Kernel, Windows Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol, Windows Mark of the Web (MOTW), Windows Message Queuing, Windows Microsoft DirectMusic, Windows Mixed Reality Developer Tools, Windows Named Pipe File System, Windows NT OS Kernel, Windows Power Management Service, Windows RDP, Windows Remote Procedure Call, Windows Resilient File System (ReFS), Windows Runtime C++ Template Library, Windows Setup Files Cleanup, Windows TCP/IP, Windows TPM, Windows Virtual Trusted Platform Module, Windows Win32K, and MSRT (~ 1.5 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Sonoma 14.0, macOS Ventura 13.6, macOS Monterey 12.7, iOS 16.7.1, iOS 17.0.3, iPadOS 16.7.1, iPadOS 17.0.3, Safari 16.6.1, Safari 17.0, tvOS 17.0, watchOS 10.0.2, watchOS 9.6.3, Xcode 15.0, Apple Service Utility, and Pro Video Formats 2.2.7. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 16.7.1 and 17.0.3 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 16.7.1 and 17.0.3 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 9.6.3 and 10.0.2 are security updates. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 17.0 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 117.0.5938.157 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 (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 23.9.3 improves game support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.6.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

DS4Windows 3.2.17 resolves several bugs. 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/

GnuCash 5.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.gnucash.org/

TP-Link Archer AX73 v2.0 230829 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 1.58.137 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Firefox 118.0.2 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.3.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Google Chrome 109.0.5414.168 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Google Chrome 117.0.5938.149 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 117.0.2045.60 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Microsoft Edge WebView2 117.0.2045.60 is a security update.
https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/webview2/

SeaMonkey 2.53.17.1 is a security update.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 6.2.3105.58 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Spark 3.9.0.57590 adds group invitations and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.9.0.57684 adds group invitations and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.3.1 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 8.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

AnyDesk (macOS) 7.2.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

curl 8.3.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 184.4.6543 is a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 196.0.0.4.210 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

Google Drive 82.0 increases nags and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Microsoft Teams 1.6.00.27573 improves app controls. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 27.1.2 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Npcap 1.77 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Omada Software Controller 5.12.7 adds IDS/IPS, support for newer hardware, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Signal 6.33.0 adds the ability to edit messages. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Signal (Android) 6.35.3 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Skype 8.104.0.207 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.25.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 4.10.3 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Telegram (Android) 10.1.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://telegram.org/apps

Trillian 6.5.0.33 is a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

WinSCP 6.1.2 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.16.2.22807 is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Bitwig Studio 5.0.9 improves DAWproject mapping, export, and import, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

iTunes 12.12.10.1 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Plex Desktop 1.79.1.3984 is a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.48.1.3982 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.32.6.7557 resolves a dozen 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 2023.8.2.106 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

GDevelop 5.2.175 adds collaboration for Cloud projects, simplified variable syntax. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.32.03 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

Minecraft Server (Java) 1.20.2 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server

PlayStation PS4 11.00 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps4/system-software/

PlayStation PS5 2023.101 adds Dolby Atmos support, increased M.2 SSD size support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

SteamOS SteamDeck Update 2023-10-06 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1675200/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Bridge 13.0.4 and 14.0.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb23-49.html

Adobe Commerce and Magento Open Source 2.4.7-beta2, 2.4.6-p3, 2.4.5-p5, 2.4.4-p6, 2.4.3-ext-5, 2.4.2-ext-5, 2.4.1-ext-5, 2.4.0-ext-5, and 2.3.7-p4-ext-5 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb23-50.html

Adobe Photoshop 24.7.1 and 25.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb23-51.html

Blender 3.6.4 is a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Calibre 6.28.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Ghostscript 10.02.0 is a security update.
https://www.ghostscript.com/releases/gsdnld.html

IcoFX 3.9 resolves several bugs, adds support for PNG, and adds several export options. This is a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

ImageMagick 7.1.1-20 is a security update.
https://imagemagick.org/

Kdenlive 23.08.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://kdenlive.org/

Kindle for PC 2.0.70350 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

LibreOffice 7.5.7 is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.6.2 is a security update. The Fresh line is beta software so most people should avoid it in favor of the Still line.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.10.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Paint.net 5.0.10 is a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

PDF-XChange Editor 10.1.1.381 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.

Chainsaw 2.8.0 adds support for parsing ESE and SRUM databases, new rules and support for aggregated reports. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/countercept/chainsaw

JShelter 0.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://jshelter.org/install/

LibreJS 7.21.1 is a security update.
https://www.gnu.org/software/librejs/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.6.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Mac 4.21 adds support for macOS Sonoma. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

OpenSSL 3.1.3 is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/source/

ProtonVPN (macOS) 3.3.3 resolves a couple bugs and improves user interface. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.12.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Stinger 12.2.0.659 adds support for new detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

uBlock Origin 1.52.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

elementary OS 7.1 improves privacy, color blindness, and keyboard controls, personalization, sideloading, and adds new hardware support. This is not a security update.
https://elementary.io/

Tails 5.18 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.39 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 24.0.0 is a major update adding ability to combine videos, click animations, capture pinning, and updated stamps. 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.

MakeMKV 1.17.5 improves reliability and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

StreamFab 6.1.4.4 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero (macOS) 6.0.27 adds macOS Sonoma compatibility and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password 8.10.16 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

Bitwarden 2023.9.1 is a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.16.10662 changes Health Check interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CPU-Z Installer 2.08 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 11.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 4.0.115.0 adds support for Filters, including *.ignore files, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

Fing 3.4.1 is a security update.
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-windows
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-mac

FullEventLogView 1.80 adds dark background and resolves a bug with export data. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/full_event_log_view.html

Go 1.21.3 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.4.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

GUIPropView 1.26 adds a WindowsCount action and the ability to run as administrator. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/gui_prop_view.html

Homedale 2.08 adds stream count column and per-monitor DPI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

IsMyHdOK 3.93 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

Mac Migration Assistant 2.4.4.0 adds support for macOS Sonoma. This is not a security update.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204087

MobileFileSearch 1.47 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/mobile_device_file_search.html

NConvert 7.161 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.xnview.com/en/nconvert/

NTLite 2023.9.9419 adds new controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSFMount 3.1.1002 resolves network access issues. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

OSForensics 10.0.1016 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

AOMEI Partition Assistant 10.2.0 adds duplicate file finder and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

PointerStick 6.33 adds keyboard shortcuts. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.74.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

ProcDump 2.2 for Linux resolves memory leaks and adds support for Azure Linux. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

ProcessMonitor 3.96 is a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

ScreenConnect 23.7.8.8676 is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SDelete 2.05 improves command line reliability and output. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sdelete

Sysmon 1.3.1 for Linux resolves a hash bug. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Sysinternals/SysmonForLinux/releases/

TaskSchedulerView 1.74 adds dark background support and resolves a data export bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

Unity 2023.1.16 adds several new features and resolves dozens of bugs. Unity also announced that they’re changing their licensing model to charge developers for each installation, even pirated installations, so this is going to end up causing a major upset in the industry, then reversed course after the outcry. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

USBDeview 3.07 adds toolbar sorting and resolves a data export bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

Ventoy 1.0.96 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ventoy.net/en/index.html

WinGet 1.6.2771 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WinRAR 6.24 is a security update.
https://www.rarlab.com/

WinScan2PDF 8.67 resolves a couple bugs. 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.

.NET Runtime 7.0.12 is a security update.
https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/download/dotnet

AutoHotkey 2.0.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Android Studio 2022.3.1.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

GitHub Desktop 3.3.3 is a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Godot 4.1.2 resolves over a hundred bugs. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Node.js 18.18.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.8.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Python 3.12.0 is a security update.
https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/

SQLite 3.43.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

TortoiseGit 2.15.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://tortoisegit.org/

Visual Studio Code 1.83 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.16.5 resolves a crash bug. 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.

Drupal 9.5.11 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.14.4 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en

OpenCart 4.0.2.3 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.opencart.com/

ownCloud Server 10.13.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/download-server/

phpList 3.6.14 is a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

Akismet 5.3 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/

Antispam Bee 2.11.5 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antispam-bee/

Contact Form 7 5.8.1 improves validation, email templates, and adds action hooks. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.5.6 fixes a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

W3 Total Cache 2.5.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.1.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WPBakery 7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

WP Cerber Security 9.5.8 resolves a couple bugs and adds support for auditing password resets. This is not a security update.
https://wpcerber.com/

WPtouch 4.3.54 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

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

Happy Anniversary, my Love. I will miss you more than you’ll ever know.

Regards,

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

Updates 2023-02-14

Happy Valentine’s Day, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for February, 2023.

There are a whopping 150+ major hacks and 200+ application updates this month. It’s a big one, with about 6 GB of updates for most users. Microsoft is also pushing out Windows 22H2 (Win10 and Win11) for all supported devices. If you’re not already on the latest builds, expect to be “upgraded” automatically in the coming days.

This Month in Technology

1020 South Main Street Operations LLC, 1st Franklin Financial Corporation Master Welfare Benefit Plan, 225 Evergreen Road Operations LLC, 90 Degree Benefits, Inc., A10 Networks, Aflac, Alkomprar Technology, AmerisourceBergen, an unnamed medical research company, Arizona Health Advantage, Inc., Arnold Clark, Aspire Surgical, Atlassian’s Jira Service Management Server and Data Center, Audifarma, Autotrader, Bahrain’s international airport, Benefit Administrative Systems, LLC, BonqDAO, Brazilian Government, British PM Stewart McDonald, Cacti, Cardiovascular Associates, Casa Ley, Cedar Oaks Surgery Center, Centro Médico Virgen De La Caridad, CircleCi, Cisco IOx, City Council of Durango, City of London, City of Oakland, Community Health Systems, CommuteAir – exposing the TSA no-fly list, Control Web Panel, Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Court of Justice of the State of Pará, Datadog, Diligent Corp, DNV (impacting over 1000 ships worldwide), DotHouse Health Incorporated, DPP II, LLC, Dr. Keith Rundle & Dr. Herman Rundle, Edmonds School District, Eurostar, Exclu, FortiOS SSL-VPN, General Treasury of the Republic of Chile, Git, GitHub Atom, GitHub Desktop, GoAnywhere MFT, 130 organizations using GoAnywhere, Google Fi, GoTo, Grand Theft Auto (GTA) Online, Harmony Horizon, Health Plan of San Mateo, Heritage Provider Network, Hive, Home Care Providers of Texas, Howard Memorial Hospital, Indigo Books & Music, Instituto Federal Do Pará, Intelligent Business Solutions, ION Group, iOS, IT Servicios, Italy, Jackson & Joyce Family Dentistry, JD Sports, Jefferson County Health Center, KeePass, KomplettFritid, Kroger, LastPass, League of Legends, LearnPress, Lexmark firmware, LimeVPN, Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Los Angeles Unified School District, Luaces Asesores, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, macOS, MailChimp, Maternal and Family Health Services, Microsoft-Verified OAuth Apps, a Midwest specialty medical care clinic, Mindpath Health, Minuteman Senior Services, MKS Instruments, Morgan Hill Unified School District, multiple federal civilian executive branch (FCEB) agenciesNamecheap, Nantucket, Massachusetts, Nissan North America, Norton LifeLock (including their password manager), ODIN Intelligence, One Brooklyn Health System, Packman anti-cheat software, PayPal, Pennsburg Manor, PeopleConnect (TruthFinder and Instant Checkmate), Pepsi, Pharma Gestao, Pitt Meadows School District 42, Planet Ice, Politriz, Puma, QNAP NAS, Qualys, Quintana Roo Attorney General’s Office, Qulliq Energy Corporation, Reddit, Regal Medical Group, Rise Interactive Media & Analytics, LLC, Rostelecom, Royal Mail, Rundle Eye Care, Samsung Galaxy App Store, San Francisco Transit Police, Seguros Equinoccial S.A, Sharp HealthCare, Shell, Sistema Integral De Control Alimentario, Skyview Networks, Solaris, Southeast Colorado Hospital District, St. Rose Hospital, Stanford Medicine, Stroke Scan Inc, T-Mobile, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Teijin Automotive Technologies Welfare Plan, The Guardian, Ticketmaster, Toyota’s GSPIMS, Tucson, Arizona, Ukrainian Computer Emergency Response Team, Ukrinform, University of California, University of Colorado Hospital Authority, University of Colorado, University of Duisburg-Essen, University of Maryland Baltimore, University of Miami, UScellular, VMware OpenSLP, VMware vRealize Log Insight, Weee!, Yum! Brands, Zacks Investment Research, and Zurich have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

Most federal agencies ignore the GAO cybersecurity recommendations.

Bankdata, Bermuda, The FAA’s NOTAM, Instagram, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Outlook, Tor, Twitter, Verizon, YouTube, and Zelle suffered from significant outages.

Cloudflare managed to prevent an insane 71 million requests per second attack.

Last months updates broke the Windows Start menu, Windows 10 (if a 365 trial was active), and almost 300 MSI motherboard models.

A whopping 12% (minimum) of online stores expose private data or backups. A new strain of point-of-sale malware prevents contactless payments in order to ensure that the skimmer operates unhindered.

Now for the good news:

Impossible Foods are being hit with patent problems across the globe. Hopefully this will lead to a financial incentive to grow real foods again.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

Like it or not, Windows 10 and Windows 11 versions 22H2 are now being pushed out onto all supported devices, so expect it to be installed in the coming days.

Microsoft released updates to address 72 vulnerabilities in .NET and Visual Studio, .NET Framework, 3D Builder, Azure App Service, Azure Data Box Gateway, Azure DevOps, Azure Machine Learning, HoloLens, Internet Storage Name Service, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Defender for IoT, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office OneNote, Microsoft Office Publisher, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft PostScript Printer Driver, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Microsoft Windows Codecs Library, Power BI, SQL Server, Visual Studio, Windows Active Directory, Windows ALPC, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows Cryptographic Services, Windows Distributed File System (DFS), Windows Fax and Scan Service, Windows HTTP.sys, Windows Installer, Windows iSCSI, Windows Kerberos, Windows MSHTML Platform, Windows ODBC Driver, Windows Protected EAP (PEAP), Windows SChannel, Windows Win32K, and MSRT (~2 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Big Sur 11.7.3, macOS Monterey 12.6.3, macOS Ventura 13.2.1, iOS 12.5.7, iOS 15.7.3, iOS 16.3.1, iPadOS 15.7.3, iPadOS 16.3.1, Safari 16.3.1, tvOS 16.3.2 and watchOS 9.3.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 12.5.7, 15.7.3, and 16.3.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 15.7.3 and 16.3.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 9.3.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 16.3.2 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 109.0.5414.125 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

elementary OS 7.0 is a new major version of elementary OS improving app management, controls, defaults, and many other bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://elementary.io/

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 release of the Windows 10 (v22H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 12 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.6.0 updates installer, adds option to update driver source to default, and improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

DS4Windows 3.2.8 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Ryochan7/DS4Windows/releases/latest

Garmin Express 7.16.1 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.garmin.com/en-US/software/express/

JACK2 1.9.22 improves compatibility, removes example tools, updates dependencies, and resolves a couple bugs. This is a security update.
https://jackaudio.org/downloads/

NVcleanstall 1.15.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.techpowerup.com/download/techpowerup-nvcleanstall/

Drivers by Seagull 2023.1 adds support for over 200 new printer models from 20 vendors, RFID unique serial numbers (TID), and updates the license.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/support/downloads/drivers/

Wacom Driver 6.4.1-3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wacom.com/en-us/support/product-support/drivers

Xerox Smart Start 1.8.10.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.support.xerox.com/en-us/content/143617

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.48.158 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 110.0.5481.100 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 110.0.1587.41 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 110.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

SeaMonkey 2.53.15 is a security update.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 5.6.2867.62 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

ProtonMail (Android) 3.0.11 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://proton.me/mail/download

Spark 3.3.3.42970 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.3.3.42968 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 102.7.2 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 7.1.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

AnyDesk (macOS) 7.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

BrowsingHistoryView 2.54 adds whitespace around the QR codes. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Dropbox 167.4.4719 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 176.0.0.12.101 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Client 3.63.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FileZilla Server 1.6.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 12.0 is a major update and adds several new security profiles, improves timeouts, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 71.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

IPInfoOffline 1.61 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

Java 8u361 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Microsoft Teams 1.6.00.376 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 25.0.3 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Omada Software Controller 5.8.4 adds global view, mapping, and adds several other features. This is not a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Pocketnet-GUI 0.8.39 adds P2P audio and video calls, improved GUI confirmations, and resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

Signal 6.5.1 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Signal (Android) 6.10.9 improves display of activity. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Skype 8.93.0.404 improves translator, color schemes, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.23.1 resolves an upgrade bug. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 4.6.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Telegram (Android) 9.4.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://telegram.org/apps

WinSCP 5.21.7 updates Batch Rename extension and resolves a settings change bug. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.13.7.12602 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

BasicSR 1.4.2 adds torch and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/XPixelGroup/BasicSR/releases/latest

Kodi 20.0 implements over 500 changes. This is a security update.
https://kodi.tv/

Plex Desktop 1.63.3.3523 resolves audio passthrough. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.33.2.3525 resolves audio passthrough. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.31.0.6654 improves season and episode detection, end credit marker detection, scanner, and resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Real-ESRGAN-ncnn-vulkan 0.2.0 is a security update.
https://github.com/xinntao/Real-ESRGAN-ncnn-vulkan/releases/latest

TuneIn 1.26.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://tunein.com/radio/home/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GameMaker Studio 2023.1.0.58 improves installation experience, performance and image editing. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

GDevelop 5.1.157 adds new objects, improves GDevelop banner behavior, asynchronous objects, updates libraries and extensions. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Lego Studio 2.23.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

Playstation PS5 22.02-06.50.00 adds support for the DualSense Edge wireless controller and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Steam 2023.02.10 resolves dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 22.003.20314 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe After Effects 23.2 and 22.6.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb23-02.html

Adobe Connect 11.4.6 and 12.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/connect/apsb23-05.html

Adobe FrameMaker 2020.5 and 2022.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/framemaker/apsb23-06.html

Adobe Bridge 12.0.4 and 13.0.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb23-09.html

Adobe Photoshop 23.5.4 and 24.1.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb23-11.html

Adobe InDesign 18.2 and 17.4.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb23-12.html

Adobe Premiere Rush 2.7 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_rush/apsb23-14.html

Adobe Animate 22.0.9 and 23.0.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb23-15.html

Adobe Substance 3D Stager 2.0.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/substance3d_stager/apsb23-16.html

Audacity 3.2.4 resolves a functional bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

LibreOffice 7.4.5 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.5.0 resolves over 250 bugs. This is a security update. Be aware that the Fresh line is beta software and should be avoided in favor of the Still line above.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.7.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.4.9 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 5.0.1 is a major update to Paint.net, adds several features, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Calibre 6.12.0 adds read-aloud, updates libraries, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Kindle for PC 1.40.65415 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Security Software Updates

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

Chainsaw 2.3.1 resolves a panic bug. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/countercept/chainsaw

DNSQuerySniffer 1.91 resolves stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

HTTP Toolkit 1.12.3 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://httptoolkit.tech/

KeePass 2.53.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://keepass.info/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.5.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Mac 4.18.11 resolves a couple bugs and removes the built-in browser. This is a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

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

OpenSSL 3.0.8 is a security update.
https://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

ProtonVPN (macOS) 3.0.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.8.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Tails 5.9 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.47.0 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Camtasia 22.5.0 adds several new transitions, improved recorder, and several other tools. This is not a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/video-editor.html

Open Broadcaster Software 29.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://obsproject.com/

ScreenToGif 2.37.2 adds translations. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 23.0.3 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 12.0.9.9 adds support for new encodings, improves compatibility and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

HandBrake 1.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

iMazing HEIC Converter 2.0.5 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://imazing.com/heic

MakeMKV 1.17.3 adds support for new encodings and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

StreamFab 6.1.0.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 1.0.1.2 resolves a couple bugs and adds support to merge. 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 6.0.20 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Zotero (macOS) 6.0.21 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 8.9.15 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 8.9.14 adds support to import directly from LastPass. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

8GadgetPack 36.0 updates outdated gadgets. This is not a security update.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

Agent Ransack 2022.3366 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

Beyond Compare 4.4.5.27371 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitwarden 2023.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.09.10300 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CPU-Z Installer 2.04 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

CurrPorts 2.66 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

Cygwin 3.4.6 improves compatibility and stability. This should be treated as a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

Dell Command Update 4.8.0 improves BIOS update, self-update, and toast behaviors. This is a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

DesktopOK 10.66 improves auto save icons feature. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Etcher 1.14.3 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything Toolbar 1.0.2 improves performance, reliability and cosmetics. This is a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

Fido 1.43 adds BITS transfer support. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

FileLocator Pro 2022.3366 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Git SCM 2.39.1 is a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

Go 1.20.1 updates the toolchain and improves performance. This is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.1.7 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

grepWin 2.0.13 adds ability to copy column content, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stefankueng/grepWin/releases/latest

HWMonitor 1.49 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

Memtest86+ 6.10 adds support for Secure Boot signing, headless EFI, various command line options, new hardware and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.memtest.org/

NetworkTrafficView 2.43 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

NTLite 2.3.9.9039 updates components and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 10.0.1007 improves case management, VM reporting, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

AOMEI Partition Assistant 9.14.0 improves safety of move/resize, resolves several bugs, and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

PointerStick 6.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.67.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

PSAppDeploy 3.9.2 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

ScreenConnect 23.1.1.8423 improves compatibility, adds several cosmetic changes, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SearchMyFiles 3.23 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

Sysmon 14.14 resolves a timeout detected deleted files. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

TeamViewer 15.38.3 resolves a file resume bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

Unified Remote Server 3.13.0.2501 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.unifiedremote.com/

Unity 2022.2.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

Ventoy 1.0.88 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ventoy.net/en/index.html

WhyNotWin11 2.5.0.4 updates hardware compatibility lists. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/rcmaehl/WhyNotWin11

WinGet 1.4.10173 resolves over a hundred bugs and improves stability. This is a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WinRAR 6.20 resolves over 20 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.rarlab.com/

ZoomIt 6.12 resolves a cosmetic artifact bug when zooming. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/zoomit

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ADB 34.0.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Android Studio 2022.1.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

GitHub Desktop 3.1.6 updates libraries, resolves several bugs, and improves compatibility. This is a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

GitHub includefragment 6.1.1 adds refetch API. This is not a security update.
https://github.github.io/include-fragment-element/

MySQL Server 8.0.32 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.0.32 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

Node.js 19.6.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 18.14.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Redemption 6.3.0.6164 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Rustup 1.25.2 adds SHA-1 support again. This is not a security update.
https://www.rust-lang.org/

TortoiseGit 2.14.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://tortoisegit.org/

Visual Studio Code 1.75.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 7.0.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 9.4.11 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 4.2.7 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

ownCloud Client 3.1.0.9872 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/desktop-app/

phpList 3.6.12 updates dependencies and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

phpMyAdmin 5.2.1 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/

Piwigo 13.5.0 is a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

Antispam Bee 2.11.2 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antispam-bee/

Autoptimize 3.1.5 improves compatibility and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

Contact Form 7 5.7.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.5.2.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

myStickymenu 2.6.2 improves flow. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mystickymenu/

Postie 1.9.65 removes uname support. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postie/

Redirection 5.3.9 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

W3 Total Cache 2.3.0 improves compatibility and resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 7.3.0 resolves almost 100 bugs. This is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WPtouch 4.3.48 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2022-02-08

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for February, 2022.

It’s only the beginning. February tends to be “patch it once, whoops, patch it again” month most years, so expect another cycle later in the month.

This Month in Technology

Abington Memorial Hospital (dba Jefferson Abington Hospital), dozens of WordPress  Themes and Plugins by AccessPressAditya Birla Fashion and RetailAdvocates, Inc., Albany Family DentistryAlbuquerque Public SchoolsAllegheny Health Network Home Infusion, LLCArgo CDArnprior Regional HealthAWS GlueBoxBTC-AlphaCaring CommunitiesChico StateCisco StarOSColorado Department of Human ServicesCounty of Kings (CA)Crypto.comDelta ElectronicsDigital Insurance, LLC doing business as OneDigital, Evos in the NetherlandsFiondella, Milone & LaSaracina, LLPGlobal Affairs CanadaGolden State DermatologyGoodwillGreensward AcademyGriggsville-Perry School DistrictHensoldtIDEMIA biometric ID hardwareIndependence Blue Cross, International Committee of the Red CrossiRise Florida Spine and Joint Institute, LLCKP SnacksLympoMcAfee Enterprise (Trellix)various medical devicesMedical Healthcare Solutions, Inc., Medical Review Institute of AmericaMemorial Health SystemMeterMidland UniversityMillennium Eye Care LLCMonclerMotorolaMultichainNews Corp, publisher of The Wall Street JournalNobel FoundationOiltanking in GermanyOlympic Games AppOpenSubtitles, Oscar Buckeye State Insurance CorporationOscar Health Plan of CaliforniaOscar Insurance Company of FloridaOscar Insurance Corporation of OhioPace Center for GirlsPanasonicPellissippi State Community College in TennesseePennsbury School DistrictPhiladelphia FIGHT Community Health CentersPolkitPractolytics LLCPumaR.R. DonnellyRaveco MedicalRedDoorzSEA-Invest in BelgiumSecuritasSegwaySeneca Family of AgenciesSouth City HospitalSpencer Gifts LLC Health and Welfare Benefit PlanSt. Lucie County’s Drug Screening LabSwiss Federal RailwaysSwissportTaylor Regional HospitalThai University Central Admission SystemThomas Jefferson University Hospital, Inc., Ubiquiti’s UniFi NetworkUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesUpstoxVantage Holding Company, LLCVolunteers of America Southwest CaliforniaWalgreen Co., Washington Department of LicensingWormhole, and Zimbra have been hacked.

GitHubDiscord, and Telegram have suffered major outages.

Phishing is proving to be even more effective against multi-factor authentication (MFA), as I’ve warned for decades. UPnP is still the worst network design feature. Buy an expensive GPU, gift your identity. Firefox’s “private” email relay service has been added to disposable email blacklists. As expected. Target, the premier member of the “hacked every month club“, is releasing the source code for some of their security software. Google Drive is flagging files containing the number “1” as violating copyrights. VPN companies Nord and Surfshark will merge. 11th and 12th generation Intel CPUs will not be able to play Blu-ray UHD disks.

The IRS is now mandating the use of a private third-party in order to access your own IRS information online. But wait, there’s more! The company, id.me, conceals their own identity and hides their WHOIS data. Tax-filers are already being phished with a threat of refunds being cancelled. The worst news: Nvidia has called off its efforts to acquire Arm.

Now for the good news:

The US Department of Justice has indicted 6 India Call Centers for Scams Targeting Seniors. Maybe the amount of scam calls we get will decrease? I doubt it though, considering the vast increase I’ve received in the last month. 🙁

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is almost back to normal. Well, for now. The typical computer should see roughly 1.8 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for .NET, Windows, Azure Data Explorer, Kestrel Web Server, Microsoft DNS Server, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Office Visio, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Windows Codecs Library, Power BI, Roaming Security Rights Management Services, SQL Server, Visual Studio Code, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows DWM Core Library, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Kernel, Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers, Windows Named Pipe File System, Windows Print Spooler Components, Windows Remote Access Connection Manager, Windows Remote Procedure Call Runtime, Windows User Account Profile, Windows Win32K, and MSRT (~1.4 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 15.3 and 15.2.1, iPadOS 15.3 and 15.2.1, tvOS 15.3, watchOS 8.4.1, Safari 15.3, macOS Monterey 12.2, macOS Big Sur 11.6.3, and Security Update 2022-001 Catalina. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 15.3 and 15.2.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 15.3 and 15.2.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

tvOS 15.3 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 8.4.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 98.0.4758.91 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.4.8 is a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Daemon Tools Lite 11.0.0 adds new image support, DD write, and resolves several other bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtLite

Logi Bolt App 1.2.6024 adds support for the Logitech Unifying Adapter and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logi.com/hc/en-us/articles/4418089333655

Logitech Options 9.50.269 is a security update.
https://support.logi.com/hc/en-us/articles/360025297893

Nvidia 473.04 is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.35.100 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 98.0.4758.80 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 98.0.1108.43 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 97 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 91.6 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Vivaldi 5.0.2497.48 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 91.5.1 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.

Mumble 1.4.230 is a major update resolving dozens of bugs, adding many new features and introducing true plugin support. This is not a security update.
https://www.mumble.info/downloads/

Prosody 0.11.13 is a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Telegram 3.5.2 resolves several bugs and improves reactions. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Trillian Mac 6.4.0.4 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

BrowsingHistoryView 2.51 adds Visit Duration and improves Visited From. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Dropbox 141.4.3299 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FreeFileSync 11.17 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 55.0 adds integrated desktop search, resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Omada Software Controller 5.0.30 adds newer hardware support, 2FA for Cloud Access, DHCP reservations in Services, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Syncthing 1.19.0 resolves a bug and improves ignore patterns. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Zoom 5.9.3.3169 resolves several bugs, adds new features (and requirements) and controls. This is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Java 8u321 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Flickr Downloadr 3.4.5.1 only updates the packager. This is not a security update.
https://flickrdownloadr.com/downloads/

Picard 2.7.3 resolves the launcher bug. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Plex Desktop 1.40.1.2823 resolves a packaging error in the installer. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.10.0.2819 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.25.5.5492 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Epic Games 13.1.7 resolves a couple bugs and prepares for feature changes. This is not a security update.
https://www.epicgames.com/

GameMaker Studio 2022.1.1.610 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

Nintendo Switch 13.2.1 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

Steam 2022.01.20 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

Office Updates

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

Adobe After Effects 22.2 and 18.4.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb22-09.html

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop 2.7.0.15 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/creative-cloud/apsb22-11.html

Adobe Illustrator 26.0.3 and 25.4.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb22-07.html

Adobe Photoshop 22.5.5 and 23.1.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb22-08.html

Adobe Premiere Rush 2.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_rush/apsb22-06.html

Artweaver 7.0.11 is a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Atom 1.59.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Blender 3.0.1 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Inkscape 1.1.2 resolves over 40 bugs, improves stability and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://inkscape.org/release/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.3.0 resolves hundreds of bugs. This is not a security update. The “Fresh” line is beta software and should be avoided in favor of the “Still” line whenever possible.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Still 7.2.5 resolves almost a hundred bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.4.2 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.3 improves support for large files and resolves several bugs. Be aware there may be plugin stability issues for the near future. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Scribus 1.5.8 improves dark mode, import, PDF export, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scribus.net/

Calibre 5.36.0 improves metadata parsing and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Kindle for PC 1.34.63103 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Security Software Updates

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

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Mac 4.14 improves up-sell ability. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

OnionShare 2.5 is a security update.
https://onionshare.org/

RogueKiller 15.2.0 adds several new features and cosmetics. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Tails 4.27 updates components and libraries. This is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.41.0 adds dark mode and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

QubesOS 4.1.0 is a major update, with updated components, improved granular controls, new features and resolves many bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VideoCacheView 3.09 improves compatibility with new Chromium-based browsers. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 12.0.6.0 resolves several crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Agent Ransack 2022.3294 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

Autoruns 14.08 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns

ControlMyMonitor 1.35 adds display filter options. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

Cygwin 3.3.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 9.61 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 3.0.0 improves the build process and now generates signed packages, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

Everything CLI 1.1.0.23 adds support for long file names. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Everything Toolbar 0.7.4 resolves a first-boot filter bug. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

Fido 1.28 adds support for Windows 11 21H2 v1. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

FileLocator Pro 2022.3294 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Git SCM 2.35.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

GoodSync 11.10.3 resolves several compatibility bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Kingston SSD Manager 1.5.1.6 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

NTLite 2.3.3.8585 adds new settings, upgrades components, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

PowerToys 0.55.1 resolves several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

Process Monitor 3.88 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

Macrium Reflect 8.0.6525 improves media creation, compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

RoboForm 9.2.4 improves Basic Auth support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Samsung Magician 7.0.1 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/download/tools/

SmartMonTools 7.2 significantly improves field detection and reporting, offers YAML output, drive database extensions, and other fixes. This is not a security update.
https://smartmontools.org/

Sysmon 13.32 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

TCPView 4.17 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/tcpview

VMMap 3.32 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/vmmap

Windows 11 RCT 1.4.0 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://bytejams.com/

WinRAR 6.10 adds support for new formats, improved compatibility, resolves several bugs, and optimizes user interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.rarlab.com/

ZoomIt 5.0 adds support for Windows 11 and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/zoomit

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ADB 32.0.0 adds native M1 support. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Docker Desktop 4.4.4 is a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.0.28 is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

Node.js 12.22.10 upgrades libraries and time zone information. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.19.0 updates time zone information, adds Corepack and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 17.4.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

TortoiseGit 2.13.0.1 updates requirements, libraries, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tortoisegit.org/

Visual Studio Code 1.64 improves cosmetics, automation, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.32 is a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 9.2.12 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

MailArchiva 8.7.1 improves role functionality and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://mailarchiva.com/

ownCloud Client 2.10.0.6519 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/desktop-app/

ownCloud Server 10.9.1 improves stability and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

phpMyAdmin 5.1.2 and 4.9.9 are security updates.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/

ScreenConnect 21.15.6739.8073 improves automation, triggers, auditing, 2FA timeouts, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.9 resolves dozens of bugs and implements front-end editing. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.2.2 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.9.5.1 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 10.0.0 is a major update offering several new features and resolving dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.5.4 adds double opt-in support, new action and filter hooks and resolves a bug with the default contact form. This is not a security update.

Duplicator 1.4.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 5.2.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Slider Revolution 6.5.15 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://revolution.themepunch.com/

WooCommerce 6.1.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

WordPress Zero Spam 5.2.10 is a security update.

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2021-04-13

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for April, 2021. There have been over 50 major hacking incidents, many hardware devices with critical security issues (often these are responsible for the major hacking incidents), and over a hundred updates this month. Almost every browser has released weekly security updates for the last two months. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting kind of sick of it. Finally, there’s an OpenSSL security update this week, so expect many more updates throughout the next month from every vendor that rolls their own encryption.

This Month in Technology

Acer, Apperta FoundationAzureBIG-IP, the Blender websiteBoggi Milano MenswearBooking.comBroward County (FL) Public SchoolsBrown UniversityBuffalo SchoolsCalifornia State Controller’s OfficeClubhouseCNA FinancialCrash 4 (within a day of release!), Facebook (which had the audacity to blame it’s users), Gigaset Android Update Server (preinstalled, too), Harvard Business SchoolHaverhill Public SchoolsIdaho Central Credit Union, the Indian governmentiOS, iPhones, iPads and Apple WatchesKentucky unemployment insurance systemMaricopa (AZ) Community Colleges, Michigan-based Flagstar BankMillersville UniversityMobiKwikMultiCareNetgear switches, the Netmask libraryParkMobilePeakTPA/Carolina SeniorCarePHPRollSAPSchneider Electric Smart MetersShellShopifySierra WirelessStanford MedicineSwarmShopUbiquiti (even if they won’t admit it), Union Bank of NigeriaUniversity Of CaliforniaUniversity Of ColoradoUniversity of MiamiUniversity of WisconsinUPMCVerkada, various VPN devices, Wake Forest Baptist-Lexington Medical CenterWeLeakInfo (ironic), Yeshiva University, and Zoom (more than once) have each been hacked.

There’s still fallout from the Exchange vulnerabilities for which Microsoft released patches in March, but with today’s release there are newly discovered vulnerabilities and patches, too. Even so, about 8% of Exchange servers still aren’t patched with the March fixes.

Newly discovered vulnerabilities allow bypass of Spectre mitigations on Linux, and on other platforms via JavaScriptAMD Zen 3 CPUs, Cisco SOHO Routers, and QNAP NAS devices are just a small sampling of hardware devices with serious security problems this month. 80% of global enterprises report firmware cyberattacks, while the other 20% probably just don’t have sufficient training or equipment to be able to detect them.

Major Google Android WebView problems have been notable this month and banking malware have been found in ten apps on the Google Play store. And Apple’s macOS Mail App can be hacked simply by receiving an email (again).

Azure AD/Microsoft 365, Azure DNS, Facebook, and Google have suffered recent outages.

T-Mobile is the latest to convert their customers into products. TikTok and Facebook tracking is worse than you imagine.

From the “I’m glad it didn’t happen to me” file we have an example of an aggressive space saving measure gone horribly wrong. There’s a growing trend of targeting the customers of ransomware victims to convince them to pay and another new cross-platform cryptomining worm.

Mobile privacy is a myth as both Google and Apple collect telemetry even when telemetry is disabled, but at least they’ve finally closed one of the more significant SIM-jacking holes.

Big Tech gets to make their own rules. They’re so aggressive about it that their own security staff sometimes can’t tell if they’ve been hacked. Google is being sued in France for violation of privacy. Apple has banned an accessibility keyboard from their AppStore in an effort to force them to into a buyout. Hopefully Epic will be able to use this and Apple’s hypocritical statements in Australia in their antitrust suit.

As with all disasters and government programs (but I repeat myself), the “American Rescue Act” is being trolled by malware authors to infect unsuspecting users. LinkedIn users are also being targeted thanks to the LinkedIn hack.

Not all of those Norton Antivirus renewal messages are scams (just most of them), and the UK is now suing Norton for failing to comply with their investigation into their “Dark Pattern” subscription model.

If Big Tech, Big Government, and the MSM didn’t censor Presidents (even Venezuela’s),
representatives, doctors, Christians, students, and even knitters, push false narratives, and tolerate terror, child abuse, racism, and sexism, while providing security only to one side of the aisle and targeting the other, I suspect there would be much more peace. Virginia Tech is being sued for banning the amorphously definedhate speech“, while once more college racism turns out to be a hoax. It shouldn’t be any surprise to anyone that victimhood itself is a disease.

A single death is a tragedy but killing small businesses was always part of the plan. The lockdowns were never about a virus. They were about pushing compliance with masks and experimental (lethal and anything butsafe and effective“) mRNA treatments onto an unwilling public, to “hack the software of life” preventing the ability to survive and dismantling every freedom unless you accept the jab. A surge is happening, not just at the border, but in post-jab death rates. All of this to ensure that their slush funds would be financed and elections could never be honest again.

There have been tens of thousands of fraudulent ballots in Michigan Georgia, and New Hampshire. In Georgia, one county ordered voter registration applications for 25 times the population. At least we can all agree on some common sense election reform. Or can we? The same businesses that require an ID to use their services are attacking new laws that require the same scrutiny for elections.

Now for the good news:

After more than a decade the US Supreme Court has finally ruled in favor of Google.
It’s about time. While I have no love for Google, the idea that you can’t develop code that uses the same parameters or names as Oracle code is sickening. How many of you have have written functions to format a date or number? It’s not like granular coding styles leave much to the imagination. This would be like an author suing another author because the chapters of their book were named “Chapter 1”, “Chapter 2” and so on. Good decision.

As long as I have my soapbox: Save Crypto!

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

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

Apple released updates for GarageBand 10.4.3, iOS 14.4.2, iOS 12.5.2,, iPadOS 14.4.2, and watchOS 7.3.3. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.4.2 and 12.5.2 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.4.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 7.3.3 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 89.0.4389.95 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Drivers by Seagull 2021.1 adds hardware support, improves response time, and adds features to certain models. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/support/downloads/drivers/

Crucial Storage Executive 7.01 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.3.8 improves AMD removal and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Logitech Options (macOS) 8.50.210 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/options

NVidia 465.89 adds new profiles, improves compatibility with various games and newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.22.71 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 89.0.4389.128 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 89.0.774.76 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 87.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 78.9.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

SeaMonkey 2.53.7 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 3.7.2218.52 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 78.9.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

BrowsingHistoryView 2.47 adds high-DPI support and an option to copy URL QR Code to the clipboard. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

curl 7.76.0 is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 119.4.1772 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.53.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 11.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

IPInfoOffline 1.60 adds CIDR and Duplicate Count columns, and updates internal IP database.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

Npcap 1.30 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Technitium DNS Server 6.2 is a major update. The 6.0 branch adds DNS Application support, more options, and improved compatibility. This is not a security update. Be aware that the current version chokes during updates because it stalls on removal of the previous version.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram 2.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

WGet 1.21.1 is a security update.
https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/

Zoom 5.6.1.617 is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 2.0.14 resolves several bugs and adds new positions and motions. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

FastStone Viewer 7.5 adds dark theme, support for audio formats, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

Picard 2.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Photoshop 21.2.7 and 22.3.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb21-28.html

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.11.187606 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/Digital-Editions/apsb21-26.html

Adobe Bridge 10.1.2 and 11.0.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb21-23.html

Atom 1.56.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

RoboHelp RH2020.0.4 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/robohelp/apsb21-20.html

Krita 4.4.3 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.1.2 resolves over 60 bugs. This is not a security update, but the “Fresh” line is beta, so should be avoided by most users.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Still 7.0.5 resolves over 100 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.2.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 7.9.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 4.17 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

ClamWin Portable 0.99.4.103 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://portableapps.com/apps/security/clamwin_portable

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

RogueKiller 14.8.6 is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

uBlock Origin 1.34.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

VT-CLI 0.9.2 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/vt-cli/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 2021.3.0 resolves several bugs and improves toolset. This is not a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.16.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Education updates

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

e-Sword 13.0 adds Audio Bible support. This is not a security update.
https://www.e-sword.net/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Windows 7.6.797 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Bitwarden 1.25.1 resolves installation issues, adds support for Safari 13 and updates electron. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 5.78.8558 improves cleaning options and behavior. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

Cygwin 3.2.0 is a major update, improving threading and symlink support, and resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 8.77 improves translations and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dupeGuru 4.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dupeguru.voltaicideas.net/

Etcher 1.5.117 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

Everything Toolbar 0.6.3 resolves a user-mode compatibility problem, requiring uninstallation of previous versions before upgrade. All future builds will be machine-level only. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

GoodSync 11.6.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Homedale 1.95 adds translation. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

IsMyHdOK 3.13 improves SSD/SSHD detection and benchmark testing. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NTLite 2.1.0.7845 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

osquery 4.7.0 adds several new tables, concat* functions, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://osquery.io/downloads

ProduKey 1.96 improves high-DPI compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

PsExec 2.33 is a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

RoboForm 9.1.2 adds website problem reporting and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Samsung Magician 6.3.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/download/tools/

SimpleWMIView 1.43 improves high-DPI compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

System Monitor 13.02 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

TaskSchedulerView 1.67 improves high-DPI compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TcpLogView 1.35 adds Process User column and improves high-DPI compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

TCPView 4.0 adds flexible filtering, search, and display of the Windows service that owns an endpoint. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

WifiInfoView 2.68 improves high-DPI compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinObj 3.02 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

WinScan2PDF 7.01 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WirelessKeyView 2.22 adds an option to copy QR Code of the selected item. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

AutoHotkey 1.1.33.06 resolves a hotkey bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Android Studio 4.1.3.0 resolves a stable/beta channel bug. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

Node.js 12.22.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.16.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 15.14.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Redemption 5.27.0.5916 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

SQLite 3.35.4 is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

TortoiseGit 2.12.0 updates libraries, resolves more than a dozen bugs, and improves consistency. This is not a security update.
https://tortoisegit.org/

Unreal Engine 4.26 adds many new features. This is not a security update.
https://unrealengine.com/en-US/

Visual Studio Code 1.55.2 is a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Coppermine Gallery 1.6.11 adds a method to enable 2FA. This is not a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Docker Desktop 3.3.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.1.6 resolves over 50 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.8.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

Joomla 3.9.26 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

MailEnable 10.34 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

Nextcloud Server 21.0.1 resolves over 70 bugs, updates libraries, and improves reliability and compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpList 3.6.2 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

Piwigo 11.4.0 is a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

ScreenConnect 21.4.2767.7752 makes several cosmetic changes and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SpamAssassin 3.4.6 is a security update.
https://spamassassin.apache.org/downloads.cgi

Antispam Bee 2.9.4 adds support for ajax calls. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.8.3 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 7.2.1 is a security update.

Social Post Feed 2.19.1 improves compatibility and reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.4.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 5.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.26 is an SJW release. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.1.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 2.1.2 resolves several bugs and adds AWS regions, new MIME types and pagination links. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 5.2.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 2.7.0 changes PHP requirements (5.5+) and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WordPress Zero Spam 5.0.12 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/