Updates 2013-06-11

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday and there are a lot of security-related updates today, so let’s get to it.

Microsoft released 14 updates today affecting Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, and .Net (~105mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates for OS X, iTunes, QuickTime, Safari, AirPort, Aperture, and Time Capsule. This includes security updates. A reboot is required. Use the Apple Updater to get the most current versions.

Adobe AIR 3.7.0.2100 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?air
For OS X:
https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 11.7.700.224 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?flash
https://12pd.com/click?flashie
For OS X (version 11.7.700.225):
https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 27.0.1453.110 is a security update. Use Menu, About to get the most current version.

HTTrack 3.47.18 is a security update.
http://www.httrack.com/page/2/en/index.html

Email Updates

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

NK2Edit 2.65 corrects several bugs and improves command line options. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 2.50 adds MRU support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

Mumble 1.2.4 adds Win8 support, various protocol improvements, improves PTT and various other changes. This is not a security update.
http://mumble.sourceforge.net/

Raid Call 7.2.4 is an incompatible feature release version. All users must upgrade.
http://www.raidcall.com/

Skype 6.5.0.158 adds video messaging, simplified contacts and several bugfixes. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

BrowsingHistoryView 1.32 adds secondary sorting. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Evernote 4.6.6.8360 is a bugfix release. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

FileZilla 3.7.0.2 is a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

WinSCP 5.1.5 provides a number of improvements, including security fixes.
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Codec Updates

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

Vista Codec Package 6.5.3 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This version works for both Windows XP and Windows Vista.
http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Win7 Codec Package 4.1.6 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 11.0.4 is a security update. Use the Apple Updater to get the most current version.

VLC Media Player 2.0.7 is a security update.
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 9.2.1.4399 adds several new social features, including in-game support for 64-bit games, improved launcher and other fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.filehippo.com/download_origin/

Office Updates

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

Adobe DNG Converter 8.1 adds newer hardware support and improves the installation and update experience.
Mac: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5596
Win: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5597

Adobe Photoshop 13.0.5 for Mac and Photoshop 13.0.1.2 for Windows are security updates.
Mac: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5578
Win: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5595

Adobe FrameMaker 11.0.2 is a security update.
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5598

Artweaver 3.1.5 improves palette handling, automatic update and various bug fixes. This is a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Blender 2.67b is a security update.
http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/

IcoFX 2.5 is a security update.
http://icofx.ro/

Lightworks NLE 11.1 adds support for newer hardware and media formats, improved indexing and other features. This version also corrects over a hundred bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.lwks.com/

Notepad++ 6.3.3 adds spell-check, improvements in session behavior, and performance improvements. You can disable the new “automatic” spell-check with Alt+A. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

SketchUp 13.0.3689 adds a handful of new features, improves overall consistency and performance. This is not a security update.
http://www.sketchup.com/

Kindle for PC 1.10.6 Build 40500 should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

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

Bitmessage 0.3.3-2 is a security update. Address spoofing was possible.
https://12pd.com/click?bitmessage

DNSQuerySniffer 1.05 adds source address and destination address columns. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

SuperAntiSpyware 5.6.1020 updates engine, heuristics and corrects various bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Wireless Network Watcher 1.60 improves broadcast protocol compatibility and now complies with empty MAC addresses. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

Wireshark 1.10.0 improves protocol support, additional capture file options, various bugfixes and improvements. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Greenshot 1.1.5.2643 corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/greenshot/

VideoCacheView 2.46 adds cosmetic changes. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Handbrake 0.9.9 adds Blu-ray subtitle support, additional framerate and remix support, broader compatibility, updates libraries and UI improvements. This should be treated as a security update.
http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php

MakeMKV 1.8.3 improves output support and performance. Corrects a crash bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.makemkv.com/download/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

LogMeIn Win 4.1.3256 and LogMeIn Mac 4.1.3257 provide several performance and stability fixes and changes the way the installer operates. This is not a security update. Right-click on the LogMeIn icon in your tray and select “Open LogMeIn”, click “About”, then “Check for Updates”. After a few minutes of downloading, the updater will start. You’ll be prompted to click “Update”, approve installation and finally “close” the installer when done.

AccessChk 5.11 now prefixes Windows 8 application container SIDs with the word “Package”, and includes several minor bug fixes. This is not a security update.
Autoruns 11.6 fixes some minor bugs and adds Authenticode SHA1 and SHA256 hash reporting to Autorunsc output. This should be treated as a security update.
Procdump 6.0 is a major upgrade that adds the ability to specify multiple filters, attach to a process by service name, and display/filter on the message text of a CLR or JScript exception. This is a security update.
Process Explorer 15.31 fixes a bug with copying text from the process properties dialog and adds an option to disable the heatmap display in the process view. This is not a security update.
Process Monitor 3.05 adds a context-menu entry that opens the filter edit dialog with contents prepopulated with the specified row and column value. This is not a security update.
RAMMap 1.22 fixes a bug that could cause a crash when accessing the cached files page when a cached file’s name exceeded a certain length. This should be treated as a security update.
Sigcheck 1.92 now includes support for Authenticode SHA256 hashes, which is the same hash type used to identify images by AppLocker. This should be treated as a security update.
Strings 2.51 fixes a signed file offset printing bug. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

CCleaner 4.02.4115 improves support for IE10, Firefox, Chrome, and various other applications. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Recuva 1.47.948 now supports file type filtering in Depp Scan, optimizes performance and memory usage, and various bugfixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?recuva

GPU-Z 0.7.1 adds newer hardware support, fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

BatteryInfoView 1.20 adds cosmetic changes. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/battery_information_view.html

BlueScreenView 1.50 corrects time bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html

DriverView 1.42 fixes a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/driverview.html

FolderChangesView 1.26 corrects a couple bugs and adds environment variable support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

MyEventViewer 1.90 adds cosmetic changes. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html

NetworkTrafficView 1.70 adds location aware grouping. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.51 now skips broadcast addresses. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WifiInfoView 1.20 adds cosmetic changes. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WirelessKeyView 1.66 adds a Last Modified column. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

TeamViewer 8.0.18930 adds several new features and minor bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows.aspx

Unlocker 1.9.2 improves the installer and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TortoiseSVN 1.7.13 corrects a continuity time-stamp bug. This is not a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 3.7.0 is a security update.
http://www.adminer.org/en/

phpMyAdmin 4.0.3 is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

SQLyog 11.1.2-1 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://code.google.com/p/sqlyog/

MailEnable 7.08 corrects a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

Coppermine Gallery 1.5.24 is a bugfix release. This is not a security update.
http://coppermine-gallery.net/

Dada Mail 6.4.2 improves performance and simplifies a number of features. This is not a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/download/

BuddyPress 1.7.2 is a maintenance and security update.

Ultimate TinyMCE 4.7 corrects several compatibility bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.2.11 corrects several bugs and provides additional features and compatibility options. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2013-04-23

Hi, Folks!

Microsoft released an out-of-cycle update today to address the incompatibility problems with one of the updates (KB2823324) from Patch Tuesday this month. This is a security update. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

BullZip PDF Printer 9.8.0.1599 improves device compatibility and preference preservation. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?bullzip

HP Universal Print Driver (PCL6) 5.6.1.15198 improves administrator controls, and Terminal Server and Citrix support. This is not a security update.
http://www.hp.com/go/upd

Internet Updates

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

BrowsingHistoryView 1.26 removes the BOM indicator injected in export files. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

IPNetInfo 1.45 improves quota exceeded detection, and various cosmetic improvements. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

Codec Updates

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

Win8 Codec Package 1.5.5 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win8codecs.html

Win7 Codec Package 4.1.1 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Win x64 Codec Support 4.1.1 updates included codecs. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDBurnerXP 4.5.1.4003 corrects several non-security bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?cdbxp

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 9.0.3.6 is the first official “release” of the DVDFab 9.x branch. This version adds a number of new features, improves compatibility with various Windows display settings, corrects several crash bugs, and various other fixes. This doesn’t appear to be a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.com/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.8.1 improves compatibility, mastering error handling, improves HiDPI support, and various bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.makemkv.com/download/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Defraggler 2.14.706 improves scheduling, performance, adds wildcard support, and other bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?defraggler

CPU-Z Installer 1.64 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

GPU-Z 0.7.0 adds support for newer hardware and corrects a couple non-security bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

WirelessKeyView 1.65 adds an option to show SSIDs without their respective keys. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.6.11 provides extensive improvements to InnoDB, various bugfixes, and improvements to replication and native apps. This is not a security update.
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Web Package Updates

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

MailEnable 7.06 is a security update (this update applies to all versions of MailEnable).
http://www.mailenable.com/

Theme My Login 6.3.6 is a stability and reliability fix. As this plugin continues to release significant security or stability updates on at least a weekly basis, I will no longer monitor it and strongly recommend that any existing users switch to *anything* else.

Ultimate TinyMCE 4.5 provides several fixes, including stability and improved compatibility. This is not a security update. You will need to completely remove this plugin in order to upgrade!

W3 Total Cache 0.9.2.9 is a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2013-04-17

Hi, Folks!

This week we’ve got updates for Java (again!), Firefox, Apple, VLC, MBAM and a few others. Not a lot to do, but it still needs done.

Java 7u21 is a security update – this build corrects *42* security vulnerabilities. Are you really still using Java? If you do still have Java installed, update it here:
https://12pd.com/click?java
And please consider disabling it within your browser until you ‘need’ it:
https://12pd.com/click?disablejava

Microsoft broke it. Well, technically, ‘certain third party software’ (Kaspersky Anti-Virus) is incompatible with a recent security update for Windows. If you’re using KAV you’ll want to remove this update in order to ensure that your machine operates consistently. Open Uninstall a Program or Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel, find the ‘Installed Updates’ link and remove “Security Update for Microsoft Windows (KB2823324)”. If your computer won’t boot at all or isn’t stable enough to get into the Windows Intaller, there are more extensive steps at the link below.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2839011

Apple released updates to iPhoto, Java, printer drivers, Safari, Aperture, and iCloud Control Panel. This includes security updates. A reboot is required. Use the Apple Software Updater to get the most current versions.

Looking for an upgrade?

Quite a few people are looking for a replacement computer right now.

The primary considerations you need to keep in mind are the usable life of the computer, software compatibility and post-purchase costs. Windows 8, while fully supported by Microsoft, is not the same Operating System as Windows 7. If you’re forced to use it, especially in a business environment, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll go insane. Windows 8 is designed as an entertainment platform – games, media and ‘effects’. If you’re doing these – go with it. If not, stick with Windows 7. Windows 7 will be supported until at least 2020.

The other initial considerations are really overall performance. The faster you have (with as many CPUs as possible) will ultimately be the cap on your total performance. Typically upgrading the CPU is either impossible or cost prohibitive for retail desktops, so the more powerful CPU you get from go is best.

RAM, on the other hand, can be upgraded pretty inexpensively for newer computers. A machine sold with 8GB can often be upgraded later to 32 or even 64GB. Finally, the last factor is video card. Most games and powerful applications today rely heavily on the video-card (NOT the CPU) to perform most operations.

Video cards can be upgraded later, but doing so usually requires a more powerful power supply so the price can fluctuate from ‘expensive’ to ‘very expensive’ depending on the computer’s initial capabilities.

As always, the more powerful and complete the system is during purchase, the more likely it’s going to either not require upgrades later on or only require inexpensive upgrades. Any computer from the list below should last 5+ years. Choose Windows 7 for business or ‘task’ use or if you are not a gamer. If you’re a gamer, you’ll want Windows 8 and a powerful video card.

Gateway DX4380-UR308 Desktop
https://12pd.com/amazon?B009B8EAWQ
$500 – Quad-Core 3.2ghz with 8GB RAM and Windows 8.

AAC-X4S Gaming Computer
https://12pd.com/amazon?B005J0SZOO
$600 – Quad-Core 3.6GHz with 8GB RAM and Windows 7.

Gateway DX4860-UR14P Desktop
https://12pd.com/amazon?B007W11590
$660 – Quad-Core 3.1GHz with 6GB RAM, Windows 7 and built-in wifi.

ASUS Essentio CM6870-US-2AA Desktop
https://12pd.com/amazon?B007XA7A3K
$800 – Quad-Core 3.1GHz with 12GB RAM, Windows 7 and built-in wifi.

CPU Solutions AM3+ FX-4100
https://12pd.com/amazon?B009H8RES2
$730 – Quad-Core 3.6GHz with 16GB RAM, Windows 8 and an nVidia GTX650 w/2GB. By far the best all-around computer for the price.

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me anytime, 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.

WD SmartWare Software 2.0.0 adds Scheduled Backups, simplified updates and a pro version with additional features, including Dropbox and third-party hardware support. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?wdsmartware

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 20.0.1 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.17.1 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

HTTrack 3.47.2 corrects several bugs, including stability and reliability. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?httrack

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 2.46 corrects a flickering while scrolling bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

DownTester 1.29 adds autosizing column support, and fixes the flickering bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/download_speed_tester.html

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 4.1.0 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Win8 Codec Package 1.5.4 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win8codecs.html

Win x64 Codec Support 4.0.9 updates included codecs. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC Media Player 2.0.6 adds Matroska v4 support, fixes issues with more than a dozen formats, improves interface on various platforms, improved performance on newer hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Security Software Updates

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

MalwareBytes’ Anti-Malware 1.75 adds compressed file support. This should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?mbam

RouterPassView 1.47 adds support for DD-WRT. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/router_password_recovery.html

Stinger 11.0.0.244 improves detection for current exploit kits. This is a security update.
http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 4.2.12-84980 corrects a couple dozen bugs primarily with respect to Multi-screen support, Linux guests and pause reliability. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Dada Mail 6.3.1 corrects several reliability issues. This should be treated as a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/download/

bbPress 2.3 adds search, improved Group Forums integration, theming, and adds more forum migration options. This is not a security update.

Email Log 1.0 adds support for Pro addons. This is not a security update.

YOURLS 1.6 is the first release after migrating to GitHub. This version adds a Translation API, custom API actions, support for URLs with common protocols, updated third-party libraries and improved sanitization and escaping. This should be treated as a security update.
http://yourls.org/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2013-04-09

Hi, Folks!

This is actually a pretty mild Patch Tuesday, all things considered, but the severity of the updates is above average. For example, while all the common security updates are here again (Flash, AIR, Shockwave, iOS, Windows, OS X, Firefox, Chrome and so on), I’m surprised to see that Picasa, Evernote, phpMyAdmin, Coldfusion and even EA’s Origin all include security updates as well. Don’t skip these updates — many of them enable drive-by downloads which are sure to be exploited in ads on the most popular sites soon (if not already).

Microsoft released 9 updates for Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, SharePoint, Groove, and Windows Defender. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates to Apple TV, Safari, and OS X. This includes security updates. Use the Apple Software Updater to get the most current versions.

iOS 6.1.3 is a security update for iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Use iTunes to install it onto your device, or on the device use Settings, General, Software Update.

Adobe AIR 3.7.0.153 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?air

Adobe Flash Player 11.7.700.169 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?flash
https://12pd.com/click?flashie
https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Adobe Shockwave 12.0.2.122 is a security update. If you do not have Shockwave already, DO NOT install it.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me anytime, 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.

nVidia 314.22 provide performance and stability improvements, fixes a problem with PhysX not allowing certain applications to load. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?nvidia

BullZip PDF Printer 9.7.0.1592 provides more robust installer that handles problem when HP drivers are not installing correctly (error 0x00000002). This is not a security update.
http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Daemon Tools Lite 4.47.1 adds quick mount of FLAC format and several minor fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.daemon-tools.cc/eng/products/dtLite

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 20.0 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.

Google Chrome 26.0.1410.64 is a security update. Use Menu, About to get the most current version.

Opera 12.15 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.17 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

Email Updates

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

NK2Edit 2.52 adds additional debugging information and fixes a flickering during scroll. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

OutlookAttachView 2.45 provides cosmetic improvements. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 17.0.5 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Skype 6.3.0.105 corrects several bugs and improves performance and stability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Evernote 4.6.4.8136 is a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Google Drive 1.8.4357.4863 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 4.0.8 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Win8 Codec Package 1.5.2 updates included codecs. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win8codecs.html

Vista Codec Package 6.5.2 fixes subtitles on Vista. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This version works for both Windows XP and Windows Vista. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Win x64 Codec Support 4.0.8 updates included codecs. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package.
http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MPC HC 1.6.6.6957 corrects a couple dozen bugs and improves OSD and LCD support, adds scale factor option. This is not a security update.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mpc-hc/

MusicBrainz Picard 1.2 improves performance, adds support for Ogg Opus, cover image downloading, improved collection management, custom tags and string safety. This is not a security update.
http://musicbrainz.org/doc/MusicBrainz_Picard

Picasa 3.9.136.17 improves Face Tagging, fixes several crash bugs, and other improvements. This is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the current version.

Plex Media Server 0.9.7.22.511 provides performance improvements and corrects several minor bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.plexapp.com/getplex/

Unreal Media Server 10.0 doesn’t provide a changelog, so it should be treated as a security update.
http://www.umediaserver.net/umediaserver/download.html

XBMC 12.1 provides a number of bugfixes and improved performance and stability across various platforms. This is not a security update.
http://xbmc.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 9.1.15.109 is a security update.
http://www.filehippo.com/download_origin/

Minecraft 1.5.1 adds several new commands, brick types, objects, sensors, custom names for some objects, improved texture support, improved performance and many bug fixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.minecraft.net/

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 6.3.2 provides several bugfixes and corrects a performance issue. This is not a security update.
http://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 includes bugfixes, new lens profiles, support for 25 new cameras and improved support for the X-Trans image sensor. This is not a security update.
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/new.jsp

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 7.8.8 corrects issues with search, popups, autofill, and save in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. Also corrects cosmetic and focus issues. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Goodsync 9.4.8.8 improves the Web UI for Home Folder, fixes issues with SkyDrive, GSTP and Forwarder. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

LogMeIn 4.1.2651 updates terms and conditions to limit users on ‘free’ accounts to ten devices. Note, you’ll be limited whether you update or not. 😉

CCleaner 4.00.4064 adds duplicate file finder feature, system and browser monitoring, improved registry cleaning and various other fixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Recuva 1.46.919 improves deep scan on exFAT and FAT partitions, adds context menus, improves filetype filters, and other fixes. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?recuva

BulkFileChanger 1.24 corrects a sync list bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

FolderChangesView 1.22 corrects a flickering bug under Windows 7. This is not a security update. http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

NetConnectChoose 1.00 is the initial release. It looks like it may be very promising for multihomed networks or servers.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/net_connect_choose.html

NetworkTrafficView 1.62 corrects a flickering bug under Windows 7. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

Password Security Scanner 1.16 adds support for Outlook 2013. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/password_security_scanner.html

USBDeview 2.22 adds optional header field to export file. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WirelessKeyView 1.61 reduces risk of unintended key removal. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

GPU-Z 0.6.9 adds newer hardware support, fixes bugs on various hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

Autoruns 11.5 now reports the image timestamp of executables and the last-modified timestamp of other file types and autostart locations. This should be treated as a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Disk Usage 1.5 has expanded CSV output that includes file and directory counts, as well as an option for tab-delimiting (yay!). This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

ProcDump 5.14 doesn’t report process exceptions unless the exception trigger is specified. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Process Monitor 3.04 now includes support for new Windows 8 file information query types and fixes a bug in the tooltip handling. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Registry Usage 1.0 is a new command-line utility that reports the size, value and subkey counts of registry keys. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

TortoiseSVN 1.7.12 provides a number of bugfixes. This is not a security update.
http://tortoisesvn.net/downloads

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 4.2.10-84105 provides several stability improvements and bugfixes. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

phpMyAdmin 3.5.8 is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Dada Mail 6.3.0 simplifies installation of Amazon SES, adds block CSS to inline CSS conversion, adds support for click gateways and an improved subscription confirmation process. This is not a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/download/

Drupal 7.22 corrects several non-security bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

Coldfusion 10.0.9 are 9.0.2.4 are security updates. Update instructions at the link.
http://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/kb/coldfusion-security-hotfix-apsb13-10.html

MailEnable 7.05 corrects several bugs and improves the webmail interface. This is not a security update.
http://www.mailenable.com/

SQLyog 11.1.0-2 provides several bugfixes, improved security and stability. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.webyog.com/product/downloads/

BuddyPress 1.7 (following shortly on 1.6.5) is a major update that corrects a number of bugs, provides visual improvements, compatibility with all themes and more. This is a security update. Note that for any site using a BP-provided theme you’ll need remove and then reinstall BuddyPress.

BuddyStream 3.0.3 provides fixes to Twitter import and the import queue. This is not a security update.

Cloudflare Cache Purge 1.0.0 is a new plugin that simplifies cloudflare management for your WordPress-powered site. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cloudflare-cache-purge/

Contact Form 7 3.4 provides a number of powerful improvements to the form creation functionality. This is not a security update.

Email Log 0.9.2 adds WordPress filter support. Yay! This is not a security update.

Invisible Captcha 0.6.7 corrects a serious reliability bug. This should be treated as a security update.

Theme My Login 6.3.5 is one of a half dozen updates from the last month correcting all sorts of security and reliability problems. If you’re using this, please consider removing it and switching to WPMU DEV “Ultimate Branding” instead.
https://12pd.com/click?ultimatebranding

WordPress Importer 0.6.1 does not provide a current changelog, so it should be treated as a security update.

WP Developer 1.2 does not provide a current changelog, so it should be treated as a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2013-03-12

Hi, Folks!

Patch Tuesday is here again, and after the last month of weekly (or more) security updates the light update series is very welcome.  Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Oracle are still the major update sources this week.

Microsoft released 7 updates today affecting Windows, Internet Explorer, Silverlight, and Office (~75mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required. For Windows 7, this is the first release version of Internet Explorer 10, which is tagged as an ‘important’ update, but is not automatically selected. IE10 changes some behavior, so unless you’re ready to spend a little time learning the new IE, you do not have to install it quite yet. On the other hand, it does have stronger base security than previous versions, so, especially if you’re not using IE at all, it’s best to install the update to ensure that IE is less likely to be exploited in the future.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates to OS X and Java. This includes security updates. Use the Apple Software Updater to get the most current versions.

Adobe AIR 3.6.0.6090 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?air

Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.180 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?flash
https://12pd.com/click?flashie
https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Java 7u17 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?java
I can’t stress enough that if you don’t actually need it – remove it instead of updating!

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

Finally, if you’re sick of doing this all yourself, let me! Call or email me anytime, 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.

WD SmartWare Software 1.6.4 corrects a stability bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/wdsmartwareupdate/Step1.asp?id=wdfMB_Essential&os=win

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 19.0.2 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

Google Chrome 25.0.1364.172 is a security update. Use Menu, About to get the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.16.1 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

Email Updates

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

NK2Edit 2.50 adds SMTP Address for Exchange records. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

Internet Updates

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

Evernote 4.6.3.8096 adds support for Outlook 2013, corrects several bugs related to IE clipping, reattaching files, copy & paste, drag & drop and business emails. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/
Please note that Evernote was hacked last week, so you should take the time to change your password for the Evernote service if you have an account. As always, if you’ve used the same password ANYWHERE else, take the time to change it everywhere – and NEVER reuse passwords!

Google Earth 7.0.3.8542 is a security and stability update.
http://earth.google.com/index.html

BrowsingHistoryView 1.25 adds support for all profiles of Chrome and Canary. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 4.0.5 updates included codecs and improves DLNA and Extender playback. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Win8 Codec Package 1.4.9 updates included codecs and improves MKV playback. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win8codecs.html

Win x64 Codec Support 4.0.5 updates included codecs. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package.
http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Lego Digital Designer 4.3.6 does not provide a changelog, so it should be treated as a security update.
http://ldd.lego.com/

Office Updates

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

Blender 2.66a corrects over 80 bugs, mostly related to reliability. This is a security update.
http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/

Security Software Updates

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

Avast! Home Edition 8.0.1483 corrects application compatibility with various video players, Virtual PC, and ZoneAlarm, and corrects a bug that would consume the entire CPU. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 1.8.6 adds seeral new protocols, corrects a couple dozen bugs, including crash and stability issues. This is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Freemake Video Converter 4.0.0 adds new DVD menus, auto-cropping, auto-backup, custom DVD backgrounds, and improved stability. This is not a security update.
http://www.freemake.com/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GPU-Z 0.6.8 adds support for newer hardware and corrects a few bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

BulkFileChanger 1.23 improves EXIF support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

DriveLetterView 1.25 adds several new detailed columns and auto-size column support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/drive_letter_view.html

NetworkTrafficView 1.61 adds several new columns to the command-line capture mode.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

WifiInfoView 1.16 adds an option to re-sort on every update. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 4.2.8-83876 corrects a couple dozen bugs and improves stability and reliability. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

VMware Player 5.0.2 corrects several bugs including crash and memory leaks. This is not a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

Dada Mail 6.2.0 corrects a bug in subscription and unsubscription filters and two other bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/download/

Anti-Splog 2.1.1 adds support for local filters, corrects a couple reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/anti-splog/

BuddyStream 3.0.1 adds several new controls, removes filters, sharebox, adds new icons, updates twitter API, and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddystream/

Control XML-RPC publishing 1.0 adds support for XML-RPC to WordPress Multi-Site installations.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/control-xml-rpc-publishing/

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

Regards,

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