Updates 2019-05-14

Hi, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for May 2019.

This month was eventful.

Mozilla resolved the catastrophic end-of-extensions bug in Firefox that disabled all extensions worldwide for all Firefox users. From the rage and fear, you’d have thought the entire Internet was broken. While this event was disastrous for everyone who relies upon browser extensions for their daily lives (such as AdBlock), it was likely the single-most effective cleanup of malware in history.

Antivirus isn’t enough. According to reputable sources, a Russian hacking collective (Fxmsp) claims to have secured access to three leading antivirus companies.

According to the hacking collective, they worked tirelessly for the first quarter of 2019 to breach these companies and finally succeeded and obtained access to the companies’ internal networks.

The collective extracted sensitive source code from antivirus software, AI, and security plugins belonging to the three companies. Fxmsp also commented on the capabilities of the different companies’ software and assessed their efficiency.

Dell SupportAssist is probably the lowest-hanging fruit on your computer. An independent researcher was able to unwrap the Dell SupportAssist service and force install arbitrary software on networked devices using no more than a single DNS hijack and publicly-available “codes” that Dell uses to authenticate actions. Their design is roughly akin to taping the keys to your house on the front door. While you should, of course, remove SupportAssist, you should also treat this as a stark reminder of why you should never use untrusted networks.

Microsoft Office changed the EULA to their software, which triggered several different issues, including previously purchased software no longer working, new data sharing prompts and an unceasing series of popups for some users. Logging out of your Microsoft Account and back in resolves the issue for many, but others required registry hacks. Smooth move, MS.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

The typical computer should see roughly 1.3 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, .NET, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, and MSRT (~850 MB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Mojave 10.14.5, Security Update 2019-003 High Sierra, Security Update 2019-003 Sierra, Safari 12.1.1, and Apple TV Software 7.3. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

iOS 12.3 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 5.2.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 12.3 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Adobe AIR 32.0.0.125 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.192 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Fedora 30-1.2 is a major update improving compatibility, performance, and more. This build adds the optional Pantheon Desktop which will ease the transition of those coming from a macOS environment. Coupled with Darling it should now be much easier to leave Apple for Linux.
https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/

Google Chrome OS 74.0.3729.125 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 now-current release of Windows 10 (1903) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 3-6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.1.3 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver & Support Assistant 19.4.18 improves detection of updates, adds support for Windows 10 LTSB, and adds notifications. This is a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 430.64 adds support for newer hardware, removes support for Kepler hardware, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Logitech SetPoint 6.69.126 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/setpoint

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 74.0.3729.157 is a security update (and adds dark mode). Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 66.0.5 resolves the catastrophic end-of-extensions bug. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 60.6.3 resolves the catastrophic end-of-extensions bug. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Iridium 2019.04.73.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.5.1525.41 resolves several bugs, adds new features, improves reliability and performance. This is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.16 adds a combobox to select folders to scan or skip. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

Skype 8.44.0.41 adds message forwarding, provides additional view options, adds optional background blur, and adds event notifications. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

DynDNS Updater 5.5.0 removes backend service reporting. This should be considered a security update.
https://www.dyndns.com/

Evernote 6.18.4.8489 adds several new shortcuts, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

FileZilla Client 3.42.1 resolves several bugs, updates libraries, improves compatibility with macOS. This is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP 201905 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Npcap 0.995 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

WinSCP 5.15.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.38.25027 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Steam 2019.05.01 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

SteamOS 2.190 is a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/steamos/download/?ver=custom

Office Updates

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

Adobe Acrobat 19.012.20034 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

LibreOffice Still 6.1.6 is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.2.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Adobe DNG Converter 11.3 adds support for newer hardware. This is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/digital-negative.html

Atom 1.37.0 improves security and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://atom.io/

Security Software Updates

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

Java 8u211 is a security update. If you are not sure you need Java (or don’t know the difference between Java and JavaScript), you’re better off removing Java than installing an update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

RogueKiller 13.2.0 updates engine, resolves several bugs, adds signature automatic update to free version. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Stinger 12.1.0.3168 adds support for new detections. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?stinger

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.28 adds support for new detections. This is a security update.
https://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.17 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 11.0.2.9 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

FFmpeg 4.1.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Windows 7.3.684 resolves several bugs, adds cleanup, improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Bitcoin Core 0.18.0 resolves dozens of bugs, improves performance, reliability, and privacy, updates many features, and reduces dependency on OpenSSL. This should be treated as a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

BulkFileChanger 1.61 adds new command-line option. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

ControlMyMonitor 1.15 adds an option to prevent changing a value if it is current. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

CurrPorts 2.55 adds ability to capture for an extended duration instead of capturing only a snapshot. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

Cygwin 3.0.7 adds support for a new locale and resolves a winsock bug. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 6.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

FolderChangesView 2.27 adds option to include header in output. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

GoodSync 10.9.32 resolves several bugs, updates libraries, and adds support for RealDisk. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

ImageUSB 1.4.1003 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

IsMyHdOK 1.66 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NetworkTrafficView 2.25 improves reliability and adds support for UDP. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

NirCmd 2.83 adds runinteractive options. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

NTLite 1.7.6.6912 adds support for Windows 10 v1903, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSFMount 3.0.1003 improves performance, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

PointerStick 3.52 resolves a startup bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

RegFileExport 1.11 resolves a large-value bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/registry_file_offline_export.html

SimpleWMIView 1.36 adds an option to attempt elevation. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

Synergy 1.10.2 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://symless.com/blog/synergy-1-10-2-finally-released

DebugView 4.90 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

RAMMap 1.52 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

TaskSchedulerView 1.50 adds options to control tasks from the command line. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.59 resolves a displaymode bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

WifiInfoView 2.46 adds always on top and scanning options, and updates the MAC database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 4.78 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.7 disables autorecall, updates libraries, improves detection. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Godot 3.1.1 is a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

MySQL 8.0.16 updates libraries, grant/revoke behavior, and resolves many bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Node.js 12.2.0 resolves dozens of bugs, updates libraries, and adds and improves features. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.28.0 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility, and offers new language constructs. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

StrawberryPerl 5.28.2.1 updates core, modules, and libraries. This is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.0.6-130049 resolves dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Joomla 3.9.6 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Drupal 8.7.1 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Nextcloud Server 16.0.0 adds ACL support, Talk commands, and machine learning for security and productivity. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

ScreenConnect 19.0.23665.7058 adds several new features, cosmetics, dark mode, network information, improves auditing and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

phpList 3.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.com/download

WordPress 5.2 improves self-diagnostics, accessibility, and more. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.1.2 resolves bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.5.0 adds lazyloading, and redesigns image optimization. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 4.3.0 is a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.9.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.3.1 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.1.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.33 now assigns an author to all media items. This is not a security update.

Raw HTML 1.6 improves handling of raw objects. This is not a security update.

Redirection 4.2.3 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.

Register IPs 1.8.1 is a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.6 resolves several bugs, adds location and twitter handle support. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.21 adds several new diagnostic features and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.0.14 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.7.4 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

WooCommerce 3.6.2 resolves many bugs. This is a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.37 adds SMS sharing option. 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 2019-01-08

Welcome to 2019, Folks! I’ve never been so happy to have a year behind me. 2019 is looking good even if it starts with a huge number of updates.

Today is Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one. Every major vendor has their regular updates, and it looks like every minor vendor took the holiday break to work on updates for their software, too.

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

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, .NET, Flash, and MSRT (~2 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 12.1.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

Adobe AIR 32.0.0.89 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.114 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Google Chrome OS 71.0.3578.94 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 now-current release of Windows 10 (1809) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 3-6 GB through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.0.6 resolves several bugs and adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Logitech Options 7.10.5 is a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/options

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 71.0.3578.98 is a security update.

Vivaldi 2.2.1388.37 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.5.5 adds preview for common attachment types and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Internet Updates

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

Skype 8.36.0.52 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

DNSDataView 1.56 adds command-line configuration syntax. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_records_viewer.html

IPNetInfo 1.80 now defaults to detecting IPv6 addresses and provides command-line configuration syntax. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ipnetinfo.html

WinSCP 5.13.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

uTorrent 3.5.5 Build 44954 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FreeFileSync 10.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Npcap 0.99-r8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201901 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC Media Player 3.0.5 resolves several bugs, updates libraries and components, and now imposes runtime hardening on macOS. This is not a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

MusicBrainz Picard 2.1 resolves many bugs, adds AAC/ADTS/MIDI/SMF support, $delete, $title, and several other improvements. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.32.18460 resolves several bugs and adds data moving. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 6.20 improves performance. This is not a security update. Note that Sony says it is important not to install this update “soon before or soon after” a power outage. If you’re planning to have a power outage, wait for well after it ends before installing the PS4 update. LOL
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 19.010.20069 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to install the most current version.

Adobe Connect 10.1 is a security update.
Win: https://www.adobe.com/go/Connectmsi
Mac: https://www.adobe.com/go/ConnectSetupMac

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.10 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html

Notepad++ 7.6.2 resolves several bugs and improves the plugin sanity…but requires that you move any plugins you put in %appdata% for 7.6 under %programdata% now with 7.6.1+, but still allows custom user-level configuration of the installed plugins through %appdata%. It’s the right way to do things and will be better for all of us once we get past this. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Krita 4.1.7 resolves several bugs, including a rather annoying wifi bug introduced by a dependency. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.1.4 resolves over a hundred bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Kindle for PC 1.25.0 Build 52064 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Security Software Updates

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

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.25 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

Wireless Network Watcher 2.19 updates the MAC addresses database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 13.0.21 resolves several bugs, adds signatures, improves high-DPI support, and updates core engine. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 8.0.1026 resolves several bugs and adds ability to disable notifications.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Avast! Home Edition 19.1.2360 resolves several bugs, improves GUI, and reduces clutter. It still doesn’t behave well with low-resolution screens.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

KeePass 1.37 adds several options including the ability to avoid storing data in the clipboard history. This should be treated as a security update.
https://keepass.info/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

AVStoDVD 2.8.8 resolves several bugs, adds several new features, and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sites.google.com/site/avstodvdmain/

DVDFab 11.0.1.2 adds several new output options, new encodings, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

IsoBuster 4.3 adds support to many new formats, resolves several new bugs, and adds syntax and command-line options, settings, performance improvements, and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.5.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

7-Zip 18.06 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.7-zip.org/

GoodSync 10.9.21 improves stability, license management, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

NTLite 1.7.2.6650 adds command-line support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Mac 7.2.4 is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 7.2.617 improves stability and compatibility. This should be considered a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

DevManView 1.56 adds command-line configuration support and now returns an error code instead of 0 on error. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

DesktopOK 5.82 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Everything 1.4.1.924 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

Sysmon 8.04 reverts a filtering change that broke existing configuration files, and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Bitcoin 0.17.1 resolves several bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

PointerStick 3.41 is a cosmetic update. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

SearchMyFiles 2.91 adds duplicate file indication. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

TaskSchedulerView 1.46 adds policy control for multiple instances and a column for network availability requirement. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.58 adds always on top support and updates internal MAC database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

WinScan2PDF 4.67 adds support for new translations and improves customization. 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.

Node.js 11.6.0 adds and improves certificate trust and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.0.0-127566 is a major update with many resolved bugs. This version adds HiDPI support, export to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, improved setup and maintenance, improved 3D support for guests, surround sound speakers, and Hyper-V as fallback core for compatibility. 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.

TinyMCE 4.9.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

phpList 3.3.7 resolves a minor bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

Coppermine Gallery 1.5.48 is a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Drupal 8.6.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

YOURLS 1.7.3 resolves several bugs, adds hooks, and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://yourls.org/

WordPress 5.0.2 resolves over 70 bugs in the 5.0 branch and follows quickly on the heels of the 5.0.1 security update. This should be treated as a security update to 5.0.
https://wordpress.org/

Contact Form 7 5.1.1 improves handling of empty response. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.27 improves support for parent post detection. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.19 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.0.12 improves compatibility and reliability. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.5.3 resolves a cosmetic bug for WP5 compatibility. This is not a security update.

WP Add Custom CSS 1.1.3 improves compatibility and uninstaller. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2018-09-11

Hi, Folks!

The next builds of macOS (Mojave), iOS (12), and Win10 (1809) are all due in the next month. There’s no better time to run your backups than now. Remember: with the short release cycle of software companies today, YOU are the beta tester, so be prepared – run backups.

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

The typical computer should see roughly 3.5gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

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

Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update 2 for MacBook Pro. This is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 31.0.0.108 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

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

iOS 12 is supposed to improve performance and battery life (we all know how well that worked in the past). This version is due within the month, so be prepared for a large download for your Apple mobile device. You might want to connect it to your mac or PC and create a backup with iTunes, too.

Windows 10 1809 is due out in October. This build adds several new features, such as multiple application tab support, integrated SSH, and improved privacy controls. It’s a huge download and if you’re running a Home version you should install it a couple weeks after it’s released to ensure that you aren’t surprised (and prevented from using your computer) when it installs automatically. Again, backups are good.

The now-current release of Windows 10 (1803) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.0.0 adds support for newer hardware and resolves stability problems. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Logitech Gaming Software 9.02.61 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/lgs

Logitech Options 6.92.275 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/options

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 69.0.3497.92 is a security update. This build also significantly changes the interface. The tab bar is larger and squared and the address bar now conceals some information that would otherwise be important (such as ‘www’ and the protocol – http vs https), relying instead only on a cosmetic lock indicator. This build also adds a prefetching header to finally join other mature browsers in alerting servers whether requests are prospective or due to user action. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current release.

Firefox 62.0 is a security update. This build also significantly changes the home page, adding large blocks for history, Pocket, and highlights. This version also improves CSS support and is one step closer to completely disabling weak Symantec certificates. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current release.

Firefox ESR 60.2.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current release.

Brave 0.23.107 is a security update. Brave is the best Chrome alternative I’m currently aware of, but is still a few days behind in security patches. Brave patches for the current Chromium release within 48 hours to their dev channel, but it takes a couple more days for that to be promoted to the current release.
https://www.brave.com/

Vivaldi 1.15.1147.64 is a security update. Vivaldi is slow to patch security updates from the Chromium base, so you should still avoid using it as your primary browser or you open yourself up to targeted attacks for known vulnerabilities.
https://vivaldi.com/

Internet Updates

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

Skype 8.30.0.50 resolves several feature disappearances since the 8.x release. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Trillian 6.1.0.17 resolvs several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Trillian Mac 6.1.0.8 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.

WinSCP 5.13.4 is a security update. This build resolves several bugs and updates libraries.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

uTorrent 3.5.4 Build 44520 is a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FreeFileSync 10.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

FileZilla 3.36.0 resolves several crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201809 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC Media Player 3.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

MusicBrainz Picard 2.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://musicbrainz.org/doc/MusicBrainz_Picard

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.25.7131 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 5.56 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Photoshop CC 19.1.6 and 18.1.6 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb18-28.html

Artweaver 6.0.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Paint.net 4.1 resolves several bugs and adds many new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Kindle for PC 1.24.3.51068 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?kindle4pc

Krita 4.1.1 resolves several bugs and adds new features. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

Security Software Updates

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

OpenSSL 1.1.1 is a security update.

OpenSSL 1.1.0i is a security update.

Avast! Home Edition 18.6.2349.0 removes VPN, adds TLS 1.3 scanning, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

KeePass 1.36 updates libraries, improves compatibility and ACL. This should be treated as a security update.
https://keepass.sourceforge.net/

Wireshark 2.6.3.0 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

Gpg4win 3.1.3 resolves several bugs. This Should be treated as a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

DNSQuerySniffer 1.72 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

RouterPassView 1.75 adds support for several new encryption protocols. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/router_password_recovery.html

SmartSniff 2.29 resolves a crash bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/smsniff.html

PS Pending Reboot 0.9.0.6 resolves a reliability bug. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/bcwilhite/PendingReboot

RogueKiller 12.13.0 is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.09 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.2.1.3 adds support for new encodings, resolves severa bugs, and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.5.3 should be treated as a security update. This build resolves a major risk of data loss.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 10.9.8 resolves many bugs and introduces a new GSTP version that improves performance. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

NTLite 1.7.0.6500 adds several tweaks and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Cygwin 2.11.0 is a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 5.56 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

NetworkTrafficView 2.16 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

RegFileExport 1.10 resolves an encoding bug. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/registry_file_offline_export.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.57 updates internal MAC database and resolves a positioning bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

WifiInfoView 2.40 adds option to filter by signal quality. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

SystemRescueCD 5.3.0 is a security update.
https://www.sysresccd.org/

TeamViewer 13.2.14327 resolves crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 4.41 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.26 adds color customization and improves high DPI support. This is not a security update.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

Rufus 3.2 adds application signing, improves performance, and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://rufus.akeo.ie/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DOSBox 0.74-2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dosbox.com/

VMware Player 14.1.3 is a security update.
https://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

DigiCertUtil 20180829 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.digicert.com/util/

Joomla 3.8.12 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

phpMyAdmin 4.8.3 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

phpList 3.3.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.com/download

Contact Form 7 5.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.2.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 3.4.1 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.

WooCommerce 3.4.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2018-03-13

Hi, Folks!

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

It’s Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one. Lots of small updates for almost all popular software.

The typical computer should see roughly 1.7gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, MS Office, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, .NET, and MSRT (~1gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update (again! You’d think they would eventually change the version number). This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 11.2.6 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 4.2.3 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 11.2.6 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 64.0.3282.192 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 29.0.0.113 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Adobe AIR 29.0.0.112 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

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

Important Notes

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

I’ve had a lot of calls recently from people whose computers seem unusually slow since late October. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

UniFi Controller 5.7.20 improves Neighboring, reduces log spam, improves IPv6 provisioning, and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.ubnt.com/download/

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.8.4 improves Intel cleanup and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 65.0.3325.146 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 59.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

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

Opera 51 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.49.2 is a security update. Manual update is required. If you’re using SeaMonkey, download the update here:
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.11 adds Select All and Deselect All to the Column Settings. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

Line 8.3.0 adds several features to the Friends tab, and integrates slideshows. This is not a security update.
https://line.me/update

Trillian 6.1.0.13 adds Blast Messaging, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Trillian Mac 6.1.0.6 adds Blast Messaging, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

WinSCP 5.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Evernote 6.9.7.6770 adds Spaces for Evernote Business, resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

uTorrent 3.5.3 Build 44358 resolves several bugs, improves reliability and sanity. This is a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.31.0 adds ability to trust all SANs/domains in a multi-subject certificate, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 9.9 adds high-DPI support, resolves several bugs, improves validation. This is a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201803 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Npcap 0.99-r2 improves installer behavior, hardware compatibility, and follows a major code review. This is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC 3.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 5.50 improves parental controls, PlayStation Plus integration, improves media sharing, video and music controls, and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

EA Origin 10.5.14.38647 resolves a lot of bugs, improves performance and diagnostics. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 18.011.20038 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Notepad++ 7.5.5 adds back search paddles, improves file monitoring, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Artweaver 6.0.8 reduces memory usage and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.0.2 resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

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

Tails 3.6 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/

Avast! Home Edition 18.2.2328 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 2.4.5 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

Wireless Network Watcher 2.17 updates internal MAC addresses database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.12.8 adds detections. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.3.1803.0502 adds macro support, log upload, audio track separation, and many bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.3.1802.1511 adds log upload, mixer improvements, and many bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 10.0.8.6 adds support for new encodings, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Google Chrome Dictionary 8-0 resolves the spell-check issues in Chrome.

NTLite 1.5.0.6080 improves progress tracking, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Mac 6.8.7 improves detection and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

RoboForm 8.4.7 adds Edge integration, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 10.8.0 improves reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Bitcoin 0.16.0 updates dependencies, improves GUI, now uses a HD wallet by default, and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

DesktopOK 5.06 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Drive Snapshot 1.46 improves performance and compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/

ImageUSB 1.3.1005 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

IsMyHdOK 1.34 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

FileLocator Pro 8.2.2766 improves indexing, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

CurrPorts 2.50 adds new columns for traffic monitoring. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

DevManView 1.51 adds select all/none options. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.13 adds select all/none options. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

USBDeview 2.75 provides cosmetic changes and adds select all/none options. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.83 updates the internal MAC addresses file. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.56 updates the internal MAC addresses file, improves hardware compatibility, and adds select all/none options. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

OSFMount 2.0.1000 updates dependencies, updates requirements to Win7+, improves performance, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

OSForensics 5.2.1006 improves record tracking, stability, reliability, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 3.01 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PSAppDeploy 3.7.0 resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
http://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

Process Monitor 3.50 adds a /runtime switch to control headless capture, correctly shows picoprocesses, displays details for file system APIs introduced in Windows 10, and includes numerous minor improvements and bug fixes. This should be treated as a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Autoruns 13.82 shows Onenote addins and fixes several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Du 1.61 now handles paths greater than MAX_PATH (260 characters) in length. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

SDelete 2.01 resolves a reliability bug. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

SystemRescueCD 5.2.1 is a security update.
https://www.sysresccd.org/

TaskSchedulerView 1.40 adds an option to hide hidden tasks. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

TeamViewer 13.1.1548 introduces a single-window interface reducing clutter, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WinScan2PDF 4.04 improves preview. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.19 adds command-line exports (thanks, Dominic!), select all files of a file extension, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Redemption 5.16.0.4972 adds several new features and resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 4.6.2 provides cosmetic and performance improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

TinyMCE 4.7.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.5.0 is a security update.
https://www.drupal.org/download

MailEnable 10.14 improves notifications, diagnostics, usage reporting, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.7.9 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.5.16479.6613 breaks custom extensions by requiring a ConnectWise-approved signature on all extensions! It also improves reliability on newer operating systems, and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update UNLESS you use custom extensions.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Joomla 3.8.6 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Akismet 4.0.3 improves cleanup behavior. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.2.5 improves GUI. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.4.2 improves language, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.1.7 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.18 resolves bugs. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.12 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This should be treated as a security update.

WooCommerce 3.3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WordPress Importer 0.6.4 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Add Custom CSS 1.1.2 resolves a compatibility bug. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.27 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2018-01-09

Happy New Year, Folks!

The new year brings a lot of FUD regarding the CPU security issues Meltdown and Spectre. Yes, every CPU from the last 20 years is affected. Yes, it’s a security issue that allows evil apps to access memory they shouldn’t be allowed to. Yes, the fix is going to effectively slow down devices in order to secure them. But NO, it’s not really any more severe than any other hardware or software vulnerability. It still requires the evil app to get onto your computer, which means you either have to install it or fail to patch and secure your operating system and other applications, enabling the attacker to put evil apps on there. In other words, you’re at no significantly greater risk today than you were last week. As always, patching your operating system and applications, removing unwanted and unused applications, back up your data often, and “behaving” online remain the rule of the day.

That said, the updates today address some of these CPU issues. Unfortunately, there are higher-than-normal failure rates for this patch since it was rushed out. This means you should be more wary than usual about failures following Patch Tuesday this week. If you haven’t backed up your data recently or created a system restore point: NOW is the time to run backupsbefore you install updates this week. Back to our regularly scheduled program…

It’s Patch Tuesday and it’s a pretty big one. The new year has begun, and there are lots of updates for almost everything.

The typical computer should see roughly 1.5gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, .NET and MSRT (~1gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.6, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, iOS 11.2.2, Safari 11.0.2 (again! v. 11604.4.7.1.6 and 12604.4.7.1.6), Pro Video Formats 2.0.6, and tvOS 11.2.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions. A reboot is required.

Apple released security updates for AirPort Base Station 7.7.9 (wireless ac models) and 7.6.9 (wireless n models).

iOS 11.2.2 is a security update for all iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPod touch 6th generation and newer hardware. Previous generations of hardware are no longer supported. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 63.0.3239.86 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 28.0.0.137 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

I’ve had a lot of calls recently from people whose computers seem unusually slow since late October. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Crucial Storage Executive 3.5 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/support-storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.8.2 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 3.1.1 improves detection and reporting. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 63.0.3239.132 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 57.0.4 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 52.5.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

DiscordApp 21.12.2017 adds animated emojis, improves screensharing quality and adds PayPal support. This is not a security update.
https://discordapp.com/download

WinSCP 5.11.3 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Evernote 6.8.7.6387 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

uTorrent 3.5.1 Build 44332 is a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.30.0 improves logging for update failures. Since updates often include security updates, this should be treated as a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201801 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

BrowsingHistoryView 2.15 adds support for Pale Moon browser. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC 2.2.8 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 5.03 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 7.5.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

OpenOffice 4.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.openoffice.org/download/

Paint.net 4.0.20 adds a dark theme, improves high-DPI support, and resolves many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Security Software Updates

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

Norton Power Eraser 20171218 is a security update.
https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/kb20100824120155EN_EndUserProfile_en_us

Avast! Home Edition 17.9.2322 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

KeePass 1.35 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.70 adds TEXT and improves data preservation. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

RogueKiller 12.11.32 improves compatibility and adds detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.2.1711.2916 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.1.1708.2943 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.97 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.7.7 adds support for additional encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

IsoBuster 4.1 adds XML and DFXML exports, MFS, DC42, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.5.0.5855 resolves several bugs. Ths is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Windows 6.8.492 is a huge update with dozens of fixes, improvements, new features, and more. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

GoodSync 10.7.2 resolves several bugs, improves service compabitility and performance, and now provides local-device encryption (non-portable) for authentication storage.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

RoboForm 8.4.6 improves reliability and Edge support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

BFGMiner 5.5.0 updates libraries and resolves a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://github.com/luke-jr/bfgminer/

DesktopOK 4.93 adds autosave support. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

HWMonitor 1.34 adds support for newer hardware and Windows 10 1709. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

DevManView 1.50 adds quick-filter support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.12 improves detection of Microsoft services. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

USBDeview 2.73 adds port name detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WifiChannelMonitor 1.50 resolves a live detection bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_channel_monitor.html

OSForensics 5.2.1004 improves reporting, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 2.99 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

WinScan2PDF 3.81 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.1 resolves several detection issues. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Autoruns 13.81 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

BgInfo 4.24 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Handle 4.11 now exports data to %TEMP% on 64-bit machines. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 7.01 resolves reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 14.1.0 is a security update.
https://www.vmware.com/products/player/

VirtualBox 5.2.4-119785 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Drupal 8.4.4 corrects dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

MailEnable Enterprise 10.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.7.7 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.4.15787.6556 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Akismet 4.0.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.3.2 improves resolves a couple bugs and adds cache-busting. This is not a security update.

Multisite Plugin Manager 3.1.6 adds WP CLI compatibility. This is not a security update.

Register IP – Multisite 1.8.0 adds column sortability and proxy support. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.10 resolves a couple bugs and improves security handling. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.2.6 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.2.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.23 improves custom footer logic and corrects a typo. 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/