Updates 2024-02-13

Happy Valentine’s Day, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for February, 2024. There were 230+ major hacks and over 200 application updates this month. It’s a big month, with about 3.5 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

23andMe, Inc., Academy Mortgage Corporation, AHS Management Company, Inc., Air Methods, LLC, Alkem Laboratories, AlmerysAlpine Halo9 iLX-F509, American Meat Companies, Android TV and eCos set-top boxes, Android, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, AnyDesk, Apple iPhone, Apple Mac, Apple Vision Pro, Apple Watch, AppleTV, Ashford, Inc., Autel MaxiCharger AC Wallbox Commercial, Automotive Grade Linux, Azura Vascular Care, Azusa Unified School District, Bake ‘N Joy Foods, Inc., Bank of America, Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Blink Mobility, Bosch Thermostats, Brady Martz & Associates PC, 3 million Breathless toothbrushes, BrightStar Care, Buildkit, Burr & Forman LLP, Cadence Bank, California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), Calvià City Council, Canterbury County Council, Carnegie Mellon University, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc., ChargePoint Home Flex, a China-based financial MNC, Chuze Fitness, Citrix Netscaler, Cloudflare, CNO ACE, Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care, Coastal Plains Community Mental Health Mental Retardation Center, Colorado Ophthalmology Associates, PC, Columbus Life Insurance Company, Columbus Regional Healthcare System, Concentra Health Services, Concord Music Group, Inc., Connecticut College, Coppola Physical Therapy and Fitness Gyms, Covenant Care California, LLC, Coventry school, Crace Medical Centre, Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons, P.C., Dickinson County Health Department, Docker, Dover District Council, Dutch Ministry of Defence, ElGuindy, Meyer & Koegel, APC, Emmanuel College, EMPORIA EV Charger Level 2, EquiLend Holdings, Europcar, ExpressVPN, Family Healthcare Center, FedEx  Corporation Group Health Plan, Fidelity National Financial, First Financial Security, Inc.,
FortinetFortiOS SSL VPN, FortiSIEM, Fortra GoAnywhere MFT, Framework Computer, Freehold Township schools, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Gamma Strategies, GEICO Corporation, Georgia’s Fulton County, 5,300+ GitLab instances, Glendale Unified School District, Global Affairs CanadaGlow, Goledo Finance, Google Bazel, Google Chrome, Hair Club for Men, Ltd., Inc., Halara, Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board, Hanmi Bank, Hathway, Health Alliance Medical Plans, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Hipocrate Information System, HMG Healthcare, HopSkipDrive, HORNE, LLP, HP ink cartridges, Hyundai Motor Europe, Infosys McCamish Systems LLC, InHealth Technologies, INTEGRIS Health, Islamic Charity in Saudi Arabia, ITITAN Hosting, Ivanti Avalanche, Ivanti Connect Secure VPN, Ivanti Policy Secure Gateway, J.D. Gilmour, Jason’s Deli, 45,000+ Jenkins instances, JetBrains TeamCity, 65 job listing sites, JuiceBox 40 Smart EV Charging Station, Juniper, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Kansas State University, Keenan & Associates, Kern Regional Center, Kyocera printers, Liberty Hospital, Lineage, Inc, Livall, LoanDepot, Lutheran World Federation, Marywood Nursing Care Center, Mastodon, McCarthy & Holthus, LLP, Medical Eye Services, Inc., Mercedes-Benz, Microbe & Lab, Microsoft (again!), Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft SQL servers, Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc., Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP, MyPertamina, Nabholz Construction Company Employee Welfare Health Plan, NASCO, National Advisors Holdings, Inc., Nautic Partners, LLC, Navvis & Company, LLC, Naz.API, Oak View Group, Omaha Firefighters Healthcare Trust, Orange Spain, Orange Unified School District, OrthoArkansas, PA Employee Benefit Plan, Ozys, Parkovy, Payoneer, Pennsylvania Emergency Dispatch, Perry Johnson & Associates, Inc., Phoenix Contact CHARX SEC-3100, Pioneer DMH-WT7600NEX, Planet Home Lending, Planeta, PLUS FIVE FIVE, Prestige Care, Inc., Radiant Capital, Rajasthan government (India), Rebekah Children’s Services, Ripple, Romanian Chamber of Deputies, Roundcube email server, Saint Anthony Hospital, Schneider Electric Sustainability, SendGrid, Singing River Gulfport, Singing River Health System, SinglePoint Outsourcing, Inc., Socket, Somesing, SonicWall next-generation firewalls, Sony XAV-AX5500, Spoutible, Summit Medical Group, PLLC, Sun Pain Management, LLC, Tesla Infotainment System, Tesla Modem, Tesla, TGI Direct, Thanet District Council, The Burton Corporation, TIC Hosting, Tietoevry, Tigo, Torchbyte, TP-Link Omada, Trello, Trezor, Trinity Universal Insurance Company, TRISTAR Insurance  Group, U.S. Renal Care, Inc., Ubiquiti Connect EV Station, UEFI Firmware, United Regional Health Care System, Unitronics PLCs, US Department of Health and Human Services, US GSA, US military, Ventura County Credit Union, Veolia North America, Verizon Communications Inc., Verizon, Viamedis, VMware vCenter Server, Walker Therapeutic & Educational Programs, Washington National Insurance Company, Webber Chiropractic Sports Clinic, Inc., Weslend Financial, Windows SmartScreen, WinStar, Wise Lending, and WPS Office have reported hacking or compromises this month.

Atlassian Jira, Microsoft Teams (twice), Parkovy, Tietoevry, and T-Mobile have suffered from outages this month.

Last months updates broke spellcheck in Microsoft Teams, the ability to install updates directly for Microsoft Teams without enabling Delivery Optimization, search in OutlookGoogle Pixel phones, Outlook.com via Outlook, Windows Sysprep, Windows updates.

There is a new “flaw” in the Windows 11 installer, which allows incompatible hardware to be installed to and activated. The Microsoft ms-appinstaller protocol handler is being exploited again to install malware.

The German railway system still uses MS-DOS and Windows 3.11 to manage their displays. Wrenches and toothbrushes are the latest victims in hijacking efforts. A new study demonstrates that the new trend of using AI to write code generates less secure code. SIM swapping is still quite popular.

Google is resuming their migration to Manifest V3, which will result in many content and ad filters failing, as well as many other browser extensions, in only 5 short months.

Amazon AWS is now charging for IPv4 addresses.

While unlikely to make a difference, CA is now suing streaming media services for violating the CCPA. The UN is pushing for a “cybercrime” treaty designed to criminalize all efforts to research malware, security, and vulnerability testing, even when the target of the research has requested it. The treaty would also allow international courts to be used to target anyone using encryption for private communication channels, such as PGP, Telegram, or Signal.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is a big one this month. The typical computer should see roughly 3.5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 79 vulnerabilities in .NET, .NET Framework, ASP.NET, Azure Active Directory, Azure Connected Machine Agent, Azure DevOps, Azure File Sync, Azure Site Recovery, Azure Stack, Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), Internet Shortcut Files, Microsoft ActiveX, Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Entra Jira, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ), Microsoft ODBC Driver, Microsoft Office OneNote, Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Power Platform Connector, Microsoft SQL Data Provider, Microsoft Teams for Android, Microsoft WDAC ODBC Driver, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Microsoft Windows DNS, Microsoft Windows, Servicing Stack Update, Skype for Business, SQL Server, Trusted Compute Base, Visual Studio, Win32k, Windows AppX, Windows DNS Client, Windows DNS Server, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Kernel, Windows LDAP, Windows Network Address Translation (NAT), Windows OLE, Windows Pragmatic General Multicast (PGM), Windows Printing Service, Windows SmartScreen, Windows USB Generic Parent Driver, Windows USB Serial Driver, and MSRT (~ 2.0 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 15.8.1, iOS 16.7.5, iOS 17.3, iOS 17.3.1, iPadOS 15.8.1, iPadOS 16.7.5, iPadOS 17.3, iPadOS 17.3.1, macOS 14.3, macOS 14.3.1, macOS Monterey 12.7.3, macOS Sonoma 14.3, macOS Ventura 13.6.4, Magic Keyboard Firmware 2.0.6, Safari 17.3.1, tvOS 17.3, visionOS 1.0.3, watchOS 10.3, and watchOS 10.3.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 15.8.1, 16.7.5 and 17.3.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 15.8.1, 16.7.5 and 17.3.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 10.3.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 17.3 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

visionOS 1.0.3 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 120.0.6099.235 and 121.0.6167.159 are security updates. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS 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 24.1.1 adds support for new hardware, AFMF and upscaling improvements, and resolves several bugs. AMD Link is being discontinued with this version. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.7.2 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Wacom Driver 6.4.5-5 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.wacom.com/en-us/support/product-support/drivers

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.62.162 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Firefox 122.0.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.7.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Google Chrome 121.0.6167.160 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 121.0.2277.113 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

SeaMonkey 2.53.18.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 6.5.3206.61 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.

DavMail Gateway 6.2.1 is a security update.
https://davmail.sourceforge.net/

Spark 3.13.4.66391 adds deep link email sharing and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark for macOS 3.13.4.66401 adds deep link email sharing and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.7.0 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 8.0.8 is a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

AnyDesk 8.0.0 for macOS is a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

curl 8.6.0 resolves over 100 bugs. This is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 192.4.4605 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 205.0.0.11.228 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Client 3.66.5 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FileZilla Server 1.8.1 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Google Drive 86.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Grocy Desktop 2.9.0 updates library and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/grocy/grocy-desktop

MeshCentral 1.1.20 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://meshcentral.com/info/downloads.html

Microsoft Teams 1.7.00.1864 adds several new features, including improved domain & email integration. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 28.0.2 resolves more than 100 bugs. This is a security update.

Homepage

Npcap 1.79 resolves a couple reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Omada Software Controller 5.13.23 resolves several bugs. This is not a security udpate.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Pocketnet-Core 0.22.1 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

Pocketnet-GUI 0.8.77 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

Rclone 1.65.2 updates libraries and resolves a couple important reliability bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 6.47.0 makes several improvements to emoji and emoticon support. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Signal (Android) 6.46.7 doesn’t have a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Skype 8.110.0.218 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.27.3 resolves several bugs and improves CLI complettion. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Technitium DNS Server 12.0.1 moves to .NET 8, resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram 4.14.15 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Telegram (Android) 10.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/apps

Tigase Server 8.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/tigase/tigase-server/releases/latest

Trillian 6.5.0.38 resolves a mute bug. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Zoom 5.17.7.31859 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 4.0.1 improves tracking, compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Bitwig Studio 5.1.3 adds a few new filters and modules, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

Grayjay 233 resolves several crashes and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://grayjay.app/index.html

Kodi 20.4 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This is a security update.
https://kodi.tv/

MediaMonkey 5.2 resolves a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.mediamonkey.com/windows#download

Plex Desktop 1.86.1.4076 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.55.1.4084 updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.40.0.7998 improves native tagging, music filtering, resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GDevelop 5.3.189 resolves over 20 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.61.01 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

PS5 2024.206 is a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Steam 2024-01-13 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/593110

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 23.008.20533 is a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe Commerce 2.4.6-p4, 2.4.5-p6, 2.4.4-p7, 2.4.3-ext-6, 2.4.2-ext-6, 2.4.1-ext-6, 2.4.0-ext-6, and 2.3.7-p4-ext-6 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb24-03.html

Magento Open Source 2.4.6-p4, 2.4.5-p6, and 2.4.4-p7 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb24-03.html

Adobe Substance 3D Painter 9.1.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/substance3d_painter/apsb24-04.html

Adobe Acrobat 23.008.20533 and 20.005.30574 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb24-07.html

Adobe FrameMaker Publishing Server 2022.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/framemaker-publishing-server/apsb24-10.html

Adobe Audition 24.2 and 23.6.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/audition/apsb24-11.html

Adobe Substance 3D Designer 13.1.1 iis a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/substance3d_designer/apsb24-13.html

Calibre 7.5.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Columns++ 1.0.2 resolves a critical stability bug. This should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/Coises/ColumnsPlusPlus

ImageMagick 7.1.1-28 updates libraries and resolves over a dozen bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://imagemagick.org/

Kindle for PC 2.3.70682 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

LibreOffice Fresh 24.2.0 is the first version released with the new numbering scheme (year and month of release). This version resolves almost 300 bugs. This is a security update. The “Fresh” line is beta software and should be avoided by most people.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Manager 24.2.13.1295 doesn’t have any detailed changes in the changelog for the most recent several versions over the last month, so this should be treated as a security update.
https://www.manager.io/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.11.1 updates libraries and resolves over a dozen bugs. This is a security update.

Homepage

Notepad++ 8.6.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

PDF-XChange Editor 10.2.1.385 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.pdf-xchange.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

QuickBooks Pro 2022 20231120-R13_63 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2023 20231107-R9_121 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

uniCenta oPOS 5.0 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://unicenta.com/

Security Software Updates

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

Gpg4win 4.3.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

Java 8u401 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

KeePass 2.56 improves integration and search feature, resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://keepass.info/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.6.8.311 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

Microsoft Edge Policy 2024.02.06 adds blocklist for extension install types and the ability to preserve Manifest v2 availability. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/Edge-Enterprise/blob/public/edgeenterprise/microsoft-edge-policies.md

OpenSSL 3.2.1 is a security update.
https://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

ProtonVPN 3.3.5 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.14.0 is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Stinger 13.0.0.64 is a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

Symantec Norton Removal Tool 20240206 improves removal. This is not a security update.
https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/v60392881

Tails 5.22 updates libraries, included apps, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://tails.net/install/download/index.en.html

YARA 4.5.0 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/yara/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 13.0.1.1 adds support for new encodings and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

HandBrake 1.7.3 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

MakeMKV 1.17.6 improves tolerance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

StreamFab 6.1.6.5 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 2.0.1.1 adds support for denoise, improves upscaling performance, and 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 8.10.24 resolves several bugs, improves idle behavior, and improves integration. This should be treated as a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Agent Ransack 2022.3420 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Agent Ransack – Download

AMD Ryzen Master 2.13.0.2908 adds support for new hardware and improves Curve Optimizer settings. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/ryzen-master

AOMEI Partition Assistant 10.3.0 adds Bitlocker support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

Autoruns 14.11 fixes a parameter parsing bug. This is a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns

balenaEtcher 1.18.11 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://etcher.balena.io/

Bitwarden 2024.2.0 improves self-hosting controls, TOTP capture and import. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.20.10897 improves cleaning, adds bookmark backup removal, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CPU-Z Installer 2.09 adds support for new hardware and adds the ability to benchmark a single coreset/cluster. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

Cygwin 3.5.0 drops support for older Windows versions, adds several new raw maps, API calls, and mixer control. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

Dell Command Update 5.2.0 improves controls and notifications. This is not a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

DesktopOK 11.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 4.1.7.0 improves PDF search, date-time display, adds mutliple custom editor support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

email-oauth2-proxy 2024-01-20 adds support for GWS Cloud Service accounts, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://github.com/simonrob/email-oauth2-proxy

Everything CLI 1.1.0.27 improves performance and adds x64 build. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Fido 1.55 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

FileLocator Pro 2022.3420 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

FileLocator Pro – Download

Fing 3.6.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-windows

Go 1.22.0 adds several new language constructs, improved auditing and performance, adds go/version, and enhanced routing. This is not a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.5.5 improves compatibility and resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Hiren’s BootCD PE 1.0.4 adds several new utilities, updates libraries and applications, adds hundreds of new drives, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

Download

Homedale 2.10 adds support for MU-MIMO detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

HWiNFO 7.72 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.

Download HWiNFO

Inkchip WIC 1.17 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://inkchip.net/wic/

Kingston SSD Manager 1.5.3.6 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

MS Printer Metadata Troubleshooter 1.0.0.1 is a security update.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/kb5034510-microsoft-printer-metadata-troubleshooter-tool-december-2023-b3197f24-fd25-430d-96d2-70f2044ce6a1

OSForensics 11.0.1004 improves compatibility and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

osquery 5.11.0 updates libraries, adds support for new tables, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://osquery.io/downloads

PowerToys 0.78.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

Rufus 4.4 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_US/

ScreenConnect 23.9.7.8804 is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

SearchMyFiles 3.24 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

Sysmon 15.12 resolves several stability and reliability bugs. This is a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

Ventoy 1.0.97 adds support for FreeBSD 14.0 and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ventoy.net/en/index.html

WhyNotWin11 2.6.0.0 improves detection and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/rcmaehl/WhyNotWin11

WizTree 4.18 improves scan performance and filter behavior, improves Copy/Cut/Delete, progress bar and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

ZoomIt 8.01 adds DemoType (autotyping) support and fixes a crash. This is not a security update.
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/zoomit

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 2023.1.1.28 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

GitHub Desktop 3.3.8 resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Microsoft Visual C++ 2022 Redistributable 14.38.33135.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/cpp/windows/latest-supported-vc-redist

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.3.0 is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

MySQL Server 8.0.36 is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Node.js 21.6.1 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.11.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Python 3.12.2 is a security update.
https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/

SQLite 3.45.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.86.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.38 improves BOM detection and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.17.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ppsspp.org/download/

VirtualBox 7.0.14 resolves more than 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.

Coppermine Gallery 1.6.26 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Grocy 4.1.0 updates library and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/grocy/grocy

HumHub 1.15.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Home

Invision Community 4.7.15 resolves over 50 bugs. This is a security update.
https://invisioncommunity.com/

MailEnable 10.48 resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

ownCloud Client 5.2.1.13040 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/desktop-app/

Piwigo 14.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

WordPress 6.4.3 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 5.3.1 resolves several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/

BuddyPress 12.2.0 is a minor security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.8.7 improves compatibility and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.5.8.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Duplicator – WordPress Migration & Backup Plugin

Email Log 2.4.9 adds controls to limit actions. This is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/email-log/

Redirection 5.4.2 removes Geo IP and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

Social Post Feed 4.2.2 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

Sucuri Security 1.8.41 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sucuri-scanner/

WooCommerce 8.5.2 resolves a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WordPress Importer 0.8.2 updates documentation and improves workflow. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-importer/

WP Cerber Security 9.6.2 updates design, adds event insights, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wpcerber.com/

WP Mail SMTP 3.11.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

WPBakery 7.4 adds built-in SEO toolkit and improves social media controls. This is not a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2024-01-09

Happy New Year, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for January, 2024.

There were over 200 major hacks, but only about 130 application updates this month. It’s a very light month, with about 1.3 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

360 Physical Therapy, LLC, 3CX, 70% of Iran’s gas stations, Academy Mortgage Corporation, AccessDx Laboratory, LLC, AccessOne Medcard, Inc., AI Engine plugin for WordPress, Air Albania, Albanian Parliament, Albanian telecom, Americold, Amerigroup Iowa, Inc, Amwins Group, Inc., Apache OFBiz, Apache RocketMQ, Apache Struts, Asper Biogene, Ateam, Austal USA, Barracuda ESG, Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC, Beirut Airport, BELLIN HEALTH, Bezeq, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc., Booking.com, Box.com, Brown & Streza LLP, Buckley King LPA, Bunker Hill Community College, California Northstate University, Capital Health, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons, P.A., CareTree, Inc., Cellcom, CertiK on X, Chilean Government, City of Hope, Clay County Social Services, Co-Founder of Nest Wallet, Coin Cloud, Comcast Cable Communications LLC, Comcast/Xfinity, ConsensioHealth, LLC, Cooper Aerobics Enterprises, Inc., Corewell Health, County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, Court Services Victoria, Australia, D.C. Board of Elections, defense contractors, Delta Dental of California, Downfall, Drug Emporium, Eagers Automotive, EasyPark, EMSI, Enstar (US) Inc, Erie Family Health Centers, ESO Solutions, ESSEMTEC, Estes Express Lines, Eye Physicians of Central Florida, PLLC, Eyefinity, Inc., Fallon Ambulance Services, Federal Tax Service of Russia, Fidelity National Financial, Fincantieri Marine Group, LLC, First American Financial Corporation, First Choice Dental, Flagstar Bank, N.A., Florida Water Products, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, French company, Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board, Fresno Surgical Hospital, Gallery Systems, German H-Hotels, Glendale Community College, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services, GTKWave, Healix Infusion Therapy, LLC, Health Diagnostic Management, LLC, Health Net Community Solutions, HealthEC LLP, Heart of Texas Behavioral Health Network, Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, HTC Global Service, Humana Inc, Hyundai on X, Idaho National Labs, Independent Vision Group, LTD, Insomniac Games, Insurance ACE/Humana Inc., Integris Health, Italian military gear shop, Ivanti Avalanche, Ivanti Endpoint Management, Jell-O, JetBrains TeamCity, Judiciary of Córdoba in Argentina, Katholische Hospitalvereinigung Ostwestfalen, Keenan & Associates, Kimco Staffing Services Inc., Knox Ricksen LLP, Kraft Heinz, Kyivstar, Ledger dApp, LegendasTV, LoanCare, loanDepotLone Peak Physical Therapy, Inc., Los Altos Food Products, LLC, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, ManageEngine OpManager, Mandiant, Maxco Supply, Inc., Maytronics, Mellow Massage Hollywood, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Merced City School District, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., Merrick Bank, Mexican banks, Microsoft Xamarin, Mint Mobile, Molina Healthcare of Ohio, Inc., MongoDB, Mountain Dermatology Specialists, PC, Movistar, Mr. Cooper, Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP, National Amusements, National Student Clearinghouse, Nationstar Mortgage LLC, Navvis & Company, LLC, Netgear on X, Network180, North Face, North Kansas City Hospital, Norton Healthcare, NYC Health + Hospitals, Ohio Lottery, Orange Spain, Orbit Chain, Orcutt Union School District, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Oscar Mayer, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Pandol Brothers, Inc., Perforce Helix Core Server, pfSense, Philippine credit services provider, Primary Health & Wellness Center, LLC, ProSmile Holdings, LLC, QNAP VioStor NVR, Recology Inc., Regional Family Medicine, Retina Group of Washington, PLLC, Riverside County Office Of Education, Riverside Unified School District, Rockstar Games (GTA5 + GTA6), Rush System for Health, Russian sushi restaurant, Senior Scripts, Shufersal, Sony, Southeastern Orthopaedic Specialists, PA, Supreme, Swedish fintech company, Talus Pay, TaxPlus, The Foleck Center, LTD, The Jacmar Companies, LLC, The Middlefield Banking Company, Thunder Terminal, Tigo Business, Timberland, Tipalti, Toronto Zoo, Toyota Financial Services, Transformative Healthcare, TRISTAR Insurance Group, TTM Technologies, Ubiquiti, Ubisoft, Ukrainian security cameras, University of Buenos Aires, Vans, Velveeta, VF Corp, Vi Living, Vietnamese fashion store, Viking Therapeutics, Wabtec Corporation, Wealth Network, Welltok, Inc. (and many more), WICR Waterproofing and Construction Inc., WordPress Backup Migration plugin, Xerox Business Solutions, Yakult Australia, Yorkshire Wellness Group, Corp., and ZOLL Medical Corporation have reported hacking or compromised this month.

Box.com, Kyivstar, loanDepot, and First American have suffered from outages this month.

Last months updates broke Avira Antivirus, NPS (Radius) servers, various Tesla functions, Windows Explorer & task bar, and Windows Wi-Fi.

Microsoft can’t convince Microsoft to use Microsoft services.

Central authentication services like OAuth and SSO still cause all sorts of problems. And ads are still very very bad for you.

23andMe is blaming their users for exposing the data of almost 7 million users.

LastPass now requires slightly less horrible passwords. (They’re still not good.)

You should assume that software setting-based security will always fail you. Hardware switches are the only reliable method.

Now for the good news:

The FTC has ordered X-Mode to stop selling and preserving cell phone location data, a surprising win for privacy. If this is obeyed, only government agencies, hardware vendors, and operating system vendors will be able to trade in your location information.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is pretty small this month. The typical computer should see roughly 1.3 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 62 vulnerabilities in .NET, .NET Core, .NET Framework, Azure Storage Mover, Microsoft Bluetooth Driver, Microsoft Devices, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Identity Services, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Virtual Hard Drive, Remote Desktop Client, Servicing Stack Updates, SQL Server, SQLite, Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), Visual Studio, Windows Active Directory, Windows AllJoyn API, Windows Authentication Methods, Windows BitLocker, Windows Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver, Windows Collaborative Translation Framework, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows Cryptographic Services, Windows Group Policy, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Kernel, Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers, Windows Libarchive, Windows Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS), Windows Message Queuing, Windows Nearby Sharing, Windows ODBC Driver, Windows Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) SnapIn, Windows Scripting, Windows Server Key Distribution Service, Windows Subsystem for Linux, Windows TCP/IP, Windows Themes, Windows Win32 Kernel Subsystem, Windows Win32K, and MSRT (~1 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 16.7.4, iOS 17.2.1, iPadOS 16.7.4, Safari 17.2.1, and macOS Sonoma 14.2.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 16.7.4 and 17.2.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 16.7.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

Google Chrome OS 119.0.6045.214 and 120.0.6099.203 are security updates. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Zorin OS 17.0 is a major update, with added hardware and software compatibility, improved design and reduced hardware requirements.
https://zorin.com/os/mirrors/

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.

DS4Windows 3.3.3 resolves several bugs. This is the final version so you should consider removing it instead of updating.
https://github.com/Ryochan7/DS4Windows/releases/latest

Epson ET-5880 3.04.00 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://epson.com/Support/Printers/All-In-Ones/ET-Series/Epson-ET-5880/s/SPT_C11CJ28201

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.61.114 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Firefox 121.0.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.6.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Google Chrome 120.0.6099.200 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 120.0.2210.121 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Vivaldi 6.5.3206.50 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.13.3 resolves a couple bugs and adds a new security filter for HTML rendering. This is a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

OutlookAttachView 3.51 improves warnings. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Spark 3.12.0.63910 adds Shared Drafts and Email Labels. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.12.0.63909 adds Shared Drafts and Email Labels. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.6.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

Dropbox 189.4.8427 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 202.0.0.15.225 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Client 3.66.4 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 13.3 resolves several compatibility issues. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

jq 1.7.1 is a security update.
https://jqlang.github.io/jq/

Nextcloud Server 28.0.1 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Pocketnet-GUI 0.8.76 adds support for new video servers and a Christmas theme. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

PuTTY 0.80 is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html

Rclone 1.65.1 is a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 6.43.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/

Signal (Android) 6.42.3 updates buttons. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Syncthing 1.27.2 is a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram (Android) 10.5.0 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://telegram.org/apps

Telegram 4.14.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Trillian 6.5.0.34 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Zoom 5.17.2 is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 4.0.0 adds several new tracking features. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

darktable 4.6.0 improves performance and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.darktable.org/

Grayjay 227 improves stability and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://grayjay.app/index.html

iTunes 12.13.1.3 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Plex Desktop 1.84.1.4069 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.53.0.4063 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

TuneIn 1.28.0 doesn’t provide a change log 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 2023.11.1.129 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

GDevelop 5.3.186 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.51.01 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

PS5 2024.104 is a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Steam 2023-12-11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/593110

SteamOS SteamDeck Update 2024-01-03 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 Experience Manager Forms 6.5.13.0+ and 6.5.19.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/aem-forms/apsb23-77.html

Adobe Reader DC Patch 23.008.20458 is a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe Substance 3D Stager 2.1.4 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/substance3d_stager/apsb24-06.html

Calibre 7.3.0 adds a tag browser, OpenType improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

GnuCash 5.5 resolves over two dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.gnucash.org/

ImageMagick 7.1.1-26 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://imagemagick.org/

Kindle for PC 2.3.70673 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Manager 24.1.9.1264 adds the ability to use codes and reference numbers in batch operations. This is not a security update.
https://www.manager.io/

Notepad++ 8.6.1 updates libraries, adds a couple features, and resolves over a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

OpenOffice 4.1.15 is a security update.
http://www.openoffice.org/download/

PDF-XChange Editor 10.2.0.384 improves control for compression, comments and margins, and adds support to search within comments and open email messages in the editor. This is not a security update.
https://www.pdf-xchange.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

QuickBooks Pro 2022 20231120-R13_53 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2023 20231107-R9_116 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

Security Software Updates

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

ProtonVPN (macOS) 4.1.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

QubesOS 4.2.0 updates libraries, updates default behaviors, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

Stinger 12.2.0.709 updates detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

Tails 5.21 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.55.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Velociraptor 0.7.1 updates notebooks, improves plugins, 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.

ScreenToGif 2.40.1 resolves a couple minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 24.0.4 resolves a couple crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 13.0.0.9 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

HandBrake 1.7.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

PDF Creator 5.2.0 adds Outlook Web Access support and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

StreamFab 6.1.5.8 resolves dozens of bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 2.0.0.7 improves performance and stability. 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 8.10.23 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

AOMEI Partition Assistant 10.2.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

Bitwarden 2023.12.1 improves auto-fill. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.19.10858 resolves several stability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CurrPorts 2.77 improves IPv6 compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

DesktopOK 11.15 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 4.0.189.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

email-oauth2-proxy 2023-12-19 is a security update.
https://github.com/simonrob/email-oauth2-proxy

ExplorerPatcher 22621.2861.62.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/valinet/ExplorerPatcher/

Fido 1.54 adds support for Windows 11 23H2v2. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

Fing 3.6.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-windows

GoodSync and GoodSync2Go 12.5.3 improves compatibility, stability and security. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Homedale 2.09 adds MAC grouping and improves oui.txt support. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

HWiNFO 7.68 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.hwinfo.com/download/

Kingston SSD Manager 1.5.3.4 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

Memtest86+ 7.00 adds support for new hardware, improves debugging and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.memtest.org/

NTLite 2023.12.9552 improves controls and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

PowerToys 0.77.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

ripgrep 14.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/BurntSushi/ripgrep/releases/latest

TcpLogView 1.41 adds support for setting CaptureInterval in cfg file. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

WifiInfoView 2.92 adds an option to start as hidden. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinGet 1.6.3482 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

.NET Runtime 8.0.1 is a security update. Expect well-maintained applications that package .NET Runtime with them to release new versions in the near future.
https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/download/dotnet

Android Studio 2023.1.1.27 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

AutoHotkey 2.0.11 resovles several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Node.js 21.5.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

TortoiseSVN 1.14.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tortoisesvn.net/downloads.html

Visual Studio Code 1.85.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Web Package Updates

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

HumHub 1.15.2 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en

Joomla 5.0.2 and 4.4.2 resolve several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Piwigo 14.1.0 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

Contact Form 7 5.8.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

My Sticky Bar 2.6.7 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mystickymenu/

Redirection 5.4.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

Social Post Feed 4.2.1 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

Sucuri Security 1.8.40 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sucuri-scanner/

WooCommerce 8.4.0 resolves dozens of bugs and provides almost 100 improvements. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WP Cerber Security 9.6.1 fixes a 2FA bug and a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://wpcerber.com/

WP Mail SMTP 3.11.0 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

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 2023-09-12

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for September, 2023.

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

This Month in Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another ransomware key decryptor is now available.

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

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

Now for the good news:

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

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email Updates

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

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

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

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

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

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

PlayStation PS5 23.01-07.61.00 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Office Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Security Software Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Velociraptor 0.7.0 adds several new features and many bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Velocidex/velociraptor/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.27 resolves several bugs and adds support for macOS Sonoma. This is not a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RoboForm 9.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

ScreenConnect 23.6.8.8644 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

TraceRouteOK 3.33 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

Unity 2023.1.12 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

Ventoy 1.0.95 resolves a couple bugs and adds new distros. This is not a security update.
https://www.ventoy.net/en/index.html

WifiInfoView 2.91 resolves a detection bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinGet 1.5.2201 resolves a couple bugs and is now available through the PowerShell Gallery. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WizTree 4.15 improves deletion detection and display, TSV support, and updates translations. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 2022.3.1.19 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

AutoHotkey 2.0.8 resolves several parsing and key mapping bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

GitHub Desktop 3.3.1 adds support for commit signing, repository rules, fixes several bugs and improves output, contrast, and accessibility. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Node.js 16.20.2 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 18.17.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.6.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Python 3.11.5 is a security update.
https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/

SQLite 3.43.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.82.1 adds several new features and improves accessibility. This is a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.16 adds support for new backends, resolves dozens of bugs, and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.ppsspp.org/download/

Web Package Updates

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

Grocy 4.0.3 is a major update improving compatibility, adds several new features, improved calculations and field support, and dozens of bug fixes. This should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/grocy/grocy

Invision Community 4.7.13 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://invisioncommunity.com/

Joomla 3 is now end of life (EOL). *Please* upgrade to Joomla 4 as soon as possible.
https://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5894

Joomla 4.3.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

jQuery 3.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.jquery.com/

ownCloud Server 10.13.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/download-server/

WordPress 6.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

BuddyPress 11.3.1 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Idea Publisher 1.0.9 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/idea-publisher/

Social Post Feed 4.2 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

W3 Total Cache 2.4.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WP Cerber Security 9.5.7 adds and extends 2FA support. This is not a security update.
https://wpcerber.com/

WP Mail SMTP 3.9.0 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

WP Plugin Update Checker 5.2 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/YahnisElsts/plugin-update-checker/releases/latest

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2023-04-11

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for April, 2023.

This month brings over 160 significant hacks, and over 170 application updates. This is pretty normal these days, and the updates will weigh in at a little over 2.5 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

3CX, 51,000 websites, Ace Nursing, Activision, Adobe ColdFusion, Alivia Health, AllCare Plus Pharmacy, Inc, Allied Benefit, American Pain and Wellness, PLLC, an “East Asian company that develops data-loss prevention software for government and military,” Apple Safari, Aspire Public Schools, Associates in Dermatology, Atlantic Dialysis Management Services, Atlantic General Hospital, Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, Bing.com search (via Azure AD), BitGo, BitKeep, Bitzlato, Black & McDonald, Blue Shield of California, Breached, Brooks Rehabilitation, Capita, ChatGPT, Chippewa County, CHU University hospitals, City of Oakland, City of Toronto, CloudPanel, Community Health Systems, Crown Resorts, Dole Food Company, a Dutch maritime logistics company, eFile-com, El Camino Health, El Consejo Nacional de Supervisión del Sistema Financiero, Elementor Pro WordPress plugin, Elmbrook School District, Essendant, Eye4Fraud, Fabrega Molino, Federal Law Enforcement Database, Ferrari, Florida-based community healthcare system, Frideres Dental LLC, Gala Games, General Bytes, 130+ organizations using GoAnywhere MFT, Guam Memorial Hospital, Hatch Bank, Hawaiian death registry, HDB Financial Services, Health Plan of San Mateo, Hitachi Energy, Homewood Health, HP LaserJet printers, Independent Living Systems, India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, Indian health system, Instituto De Educación Secundaria Ies Emilio Canalejo Olmeda, Integrated Supports for Living, Inc, Killer Instinct, Latitude Financial Services, Leaked Reality, LinusTechTips, Lionsgate, Long Son Petrochemicals, Lumen, Majestic Care Middletown Assisted Living LLC, McDonald’s, Medellin government, MedEx, Medminder, Merritt Healthcare Advisors, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Mozilla Firefox, MSI, National Basketball Association, NCB Management Services, Nebu, Netgear Orbi, New Medical Healthcare, New York City public school special education students, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, NewBridge Services, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Nexx smart devices, NHS Highland, Nonstop Administration and Insurance Services, Inc, NorthStar Emergency Medical Services, NS, Open University of Cyprus, Oracle VirtualBox, ParaSpace, Pension Protection Fund, PetroVietnam, Poolz Finance, POSCO Engineering & Construction, Postal Prescription Services – Kroger, Procter & Gamble, Proskauer Rose, QNAP, Rio Tinto, Rochester Public Schools, Rubrik, SafeMoon, Saks Fifth Avenue, Samsung, SD Worx, Shopper+, South Texas Health System, Sundry Files, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Inc, Tasmanian Education Department, Telegram, Tesla Model 3, the WiFi protocol (this is big), TheGradCafe, Throne, TMX Finance (TitleMax, TitleBucks, InstaLoan), Top of the World Ranch Treatment Center, Toyota Italy, Tusla, Twitter, Uber, Ubuntu Desktop, UC San Diego Health, UHS of Delaware, Inc, UK’s Criminal Records Office, UK’s Virgin Red, Ukrainian utility company, US Congress, US Department of DefenseUS Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Marshals Service, US Special Operations Command, US Wellness Inc, US Wellness, Vazquez Nava Consultores y Abogados, Veeam’s Backup & Replication, Veritas Backup Exec, VM2, VMware Workstation, WellBe, Wells Fargo, West Virginia hospital, Western Digital, Wilkes-Barre Career and Technical Center, WinRAR SFX, WooCommerce, Yardley Dermatology Associates, PC, Yucatan government, Yum! Brands (Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut), Z2U, ZenGo, Zimbra Collaboration Suite, and Zoll have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

Amazon has pulled the plug on their most successful charitable endeavor, AmazonSmile.

According to the FBI, 860 “critical” infrastructure organizations were hit with ransomware in 2022. Shouldn’t they just stop if they’re so concerned, since they’re usually the ones behind most terrorists?

It should come as no surprise that the recent spate of train derailments comes not long after a manager at one of the largest rail companies told inspectors to stop marking rail cars that needed repairs.

Apple Weather, Microsoft Defender, Reddit, and WD My Cloud suffered from outages this month.

Last months updates broke Red Dead Redemption 2, and caused problems for many printers by replacing the vendor print drivers with Microsoft’s incompatible drivers. But at least Microsoft is now inserting ads in the Start menu, right? Grrr.

Here’s yet another demonstration of how your “smart device” can be exploited without your knowledge. GM’s Cruise robotaxis have been recalled after they caused an accident in San Francisco. 

Now for the good news:

 

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

Windows 10 and Windows 11 22H2 should now be installed. Sadly, the new “Moments” features on Windows 11 will insert advertisements in the Start menu and Control Panel. Just another sign of the continuing decline of Windows.

Microsoft released updates to address 93 vulnerabilities in .NET Core, Azure Machine Learning, Azure Service Connector, Microsoft Bluetooth Driver, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Voice, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Message Queuing, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Publisher, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft PostScript Printer Driver, Microsoft Printer Drivers, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Microsoft Windows DNS, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Windows Active Directory, Windows ALPC, Windows Ancillary Function Driver for WinSock, Windows Boot Manager, Windows Clip Service, Windows CNG Key Isolation Service, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows DHCP Server, Windows Enroll Engine, Windows Error Reporting, Windows Group Policy, Windows Internet Key Exchange (IKE) Protocol, Windows Kerberos, Windows Kernel, Windows Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol, Windows Lock Screen, Windows Netlogon, Windows Network Address Translation (NAT), Windows Network File System, Windows Network Load Balancing, Windows NTLM, Windows PGM, Windows Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE), Windows Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol, Windows Raw Image Extension, Windows RDP Client, Windows Registry, Windows RPC API, Windows Secure Boot, Windows Secure Channel, Windows Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP), Windows Transport Security Layer (TLS), Windows Win32K and MSRT (~
GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 15.7.5 and 16.4.1, iPadOS 15.7.5 and 16.4.1, macOS Big Sur 11.7.6, macOS Monterey 12.6.5, macOS Ventura 13.3.1, Safari 16.4.1, Studio Display Firmware Update 16.4, tvOS 16.4, and watchOS 9.4. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 16.4.1 and 15.7.5 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 16.4.1 and 15.7.5 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 9.4 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 16.4 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 112.0.5615.62 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 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.

AMD Adrenalin 23.4.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.6.2 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Nvidia Driver 474.30 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 1.50.114 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 112.0.5615.49 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 112.0.1722.34 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Microsoft Edge 109.0.1518.78 is a security update. This version should be used only on devices where the current stable release is not available.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 112.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

SeaMonkey 2.53.16 is a security update.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 5.7.2921.65 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.48 adds sort-by to the toolbar. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Spark 3.3.6.46134 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.3.6.46132 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 102.9.1 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 7.1.11 is a bug fix for a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

BrowsingHistoryView 2.55 adds sort-by to the toolbar. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

curl 8.0.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 171.4.6182 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FreeFileSync 12.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 73.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Microsoft Teams 1.6.00.6754 is a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 26.0.0 is a major update with improvements across a dozens features and many bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Npcap 1.73 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Omada Software Controller 5.9.31 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Rclone 1.62.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal (Android) 6.16.2 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Signal 6.13.0 improves dark mode and cosmetics. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Syncthing 1.23.4 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 4.7.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Trillian 6.5.0.28 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

WinSCP 5.21.8 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.14.2.14578 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Bitwig Studio 4.4.10 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

iTunes 12.12.8.1 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Plex Desktop 1.67.1.3665 fixes the subtitle render/crash issue. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.37.2.3674 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.32.0.6918 resolves a font bug and a certificate installation bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GameMaker Studio 2023.2.1.75 adds a new particle editor to the IDE and reworks some of the interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

GDevelop 5.1.160 resolves several bugs and adds more than a dozen new assets and feature improvements. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Lego Studio 2.23.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

Nintendo Switch 16.0.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

PS5 23.01-07.01.01 resolves a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Steam 2023.03.15 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 23.001.20143 is a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.11.187658 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html

Adobe InCopy 18.2 and 17.4.1 are security updates. Use Creative Cloud to install the update.

Adobe Acrobat and Reader 23.001.20143 and 20.005.30467 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb23-24.html

Adobe Substance 3D Stager 2.0.2 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/products/substance3d-stager.html

Adobe Dimension 3.4.9 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/products/dimension.html

Adobe Substance 3D Designer 12.4.1 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/products/substance3d-designer.html

Artweaver 7.0.15 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Calibre 6.15.1 resolves several bugs and improves document compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

ImageMagick 7.1.1-6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://imagemagick.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.5.2 resolves over 90 bugs. This is a security update. The “Fresh” line is beta software and should be avoided by most users.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.8.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.5.2 resolves several context menu and cosmetic bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 5.0.3 adds center-point shape drawing and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

PDF-XChange Editor 9.5.368.0 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.

Caine 13.0 is a security update.
https://www.caine-live.net/

Chainsaw 2.6.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/countercept/chainsaw

FSS 2023.3.19 updates service list. This is not a security update.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/farbar-service-scanner/dl/62/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.5.26 improves reporting and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

ProtonVPN 2.4.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

ProtonVPN (macOS) 3.0.15 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

QubesOS 4.1.2 is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

RogueKiller 15.8.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Stinger 12.2.0.570 improves detections. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

SuperAntiSpyware 10.0.1250 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Tails 5.11 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.48.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Velociraptor 0.6.8 integrates several net
https://github.com/Velocidex/velociraptor/releases/latest

Wireless Network Watcher 2.31 adds a dark mode option and updates internal MAC address database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

YARA 4.3.0 resolves several bugs and adds new functions and behaviors. This should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/yara/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Camtasia 22.5.3 resolves several crash bugs, installation issues and improves the UI. This is not a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/video-editor.html

SnagIt 23.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 12.1.0.3 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

StreamFab 6.1.1.6 improves compatibility and provides new output options. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 1.0.1.7 improves compatibility. 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 for Mac 8.10.4 fixes of a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 8.10.4 fixes over a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

AstroGrep 4.4.9 updates libraries, adds dark theme, improves filters and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
http://astrogrep.sourceforge.net/

Bitwarden 2023.3.3 adds domain verification, improved browser security, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CalyxOS Device Flasher 1.0.7 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://calyxos.org/install/

Carbonite 6.4.6 is a security update.
https://account.carbonite.com/

CCleaner 6.10.10347 improves cleaning and adds to the their driver update solution. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CrucialScan 20230308 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/store/systemscanner

CurrPorts 2.71 adds full screen display option. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

DesktopOK 10.77 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DMDE 4.0.6.806 fixes several bugs. This is a security update.
https://dmde.com/

Everything Toolbar 1.0.5 improves stability and compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

FolderChangesView 2.35 adds dark mode support and sort-by to the toolbar. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

Go 1.20.3 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

IsMyHdOK 3.88 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NTLite 2023.4.9191 adds components, new settings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

osquery 5.8.2 is a security update.
https://osquery.io/downloads

PowerToys 0.69.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

Process Explorer 17.04 is a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/process-explorer

PsExec 2.42 adds support for long paths. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/psexec

Regedix 2.0.0.0 adds registry scan and resolves paste bug. This is not a security update.
https://regedix.webrox.fr/

RoboForm 9.4.6 is a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Rufus 3.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_US/

ScreenConnect 23.2.9.8466 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

TCPView 4.18 resolves a crash bug and improves dark mode. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/tcpview

TeamViewer 15.40.8 resolves a LAN bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

Unity 2022.2.14 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

Ventoy 1.0.91 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ventoy.net/en/index.html

WifiInfoView 2.79 resolves a display bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 8.55 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 4.13 adds regexp search, search history, command line options, virtual drives, sorting options, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

XnConvert 1.98 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.xnview.com/en/xnconvert/

ZoomText 2023 2023.2303.77.400 adds tethered view. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ADB 34.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

GitHub Desktop 3.2.1 resolves a dozen bugs and provides several improvements. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Node.js 16.20.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 19.9.0 adds a new tracing feature, URL parser improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.41.2 resolves several bugs and improves several features. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.77.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Coppermine Gallery 1.6.24 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Drupal 9.4.12 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Drupal 9.5.7 resolves a bug in the editor. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

WordPress 6.2 adds several new native features – custom CSS, sticky positions, new site editor, block management, Openverse media access, and more. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 5.1 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/

Autoptimize 3.1.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

Contact Form 7 5.7.5.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.5.3.1 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/

Limit Login Attempts 1.7.2 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/limit-login-attempts/

Redirection 5.3.10 resolves a save bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

W3 Total Cache 2.3.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 7.5.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WP Cerber Security 9.5.3 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wpcerber.com/

WPtouch 4.3.52 resolves a cosmetic bug. 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/