Updates 2024-03-12

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for March, 2024.

There were 300+ major hacks, and over 175 application updates this month. It’s a small month, with about 2.3 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

Ace Air Cargo, Air Methods, Aleo, AlgoSec, Alliance Solutions Group, American Express, American Vision Partners, Android and iOS biometric information (GoldPickaxe), AnyCubic Kobra 3D printers, APK.TW, Apple Shortcuts, Assurance IQ, Auxo, Azure AD/Entra ID (Silver SAML), Baesman Group, Inc., Bangalore One, Bank of America, 61 Brazilian Banks, Bay Area Anesthesia, LLC, Benefit Design Group, Inc., Biomedical Research Institute, BlueCare Plus Tennessee, Booking.com, Bradford-Scott Data, Bright Wires, Capita, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Plan – District of Columbia, CareTree, Inc., Carnet-AMM, Casino Del Sol, Cencora, Centre Hospitalier D’Armentieres, CGM, Inc., Change Healthcare, Cheat-Database, Chunghwa Telecom, CIPC, CISA, Citrus Diagnostic Center, City of Dubuque Fire Department, City of Hamilton, Ontario, City of Oakley, CA, City of Pleasant Hill, CA, Coffee Beyers, Cogdell Memorial Hospital, Coinsquare, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing, Concord Music Group, Inc., ConnectWise Control/ScreenConnect, Continental Aerospace Technologies, Crossroads Equipment Lease & Finance, LLC, CUSO Financial Services, Cutout.Pro, CVS Pharmacy, Inc., David’s Bridal, Davlyn Investments, Denninger’s, Department of State Hospitals (DSH), DGA-Producer Pension & Health Plans, Dignity Health Welfare Benefits Plan, DiVal Safety Equipment, Inc, DJI, 8,000 major brands’ DNS, Duvel Moortgat Brewery, Eagers Automotive, East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine, Eastern Radiologists, Inc, EasyPark, EdisonLearning, Inc., Egyptian Health Department, EKEN cameras, El Al Airline, Election Commission of India, Elemetal, LLC, Empire Fidelity Investments Life Insurance Company, Employee Benefits Corporation of America, ETISALAT, Ewig Group, Facebook Marketplace, Fairway Independent Mortgage, FBI, FBinsure, fckeditor, Federal Communications Commission, Fidelity Investments Life Insurance, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), FixedFloat, Fortinet FortiOS, Fortinet FortiProxy, Framwellgate School, FullPress, Future Generations Foundation, GCA Nederland, Gilroy Gardens, Gixen, Global Tel*Link, Golden Corral, Grace Lutheran Communities, Group Health Cooperative, Grupo Bimbo, Habib’s, Haivision MCS, Hampton County School District, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Hathway Cable & Datacom Limited, HAWITA Group, Health NZ, Hessen Consumer Center, Highland Health Systems, Hochschule Kempten, Hospice of Huntington, Houser LLP, Human Affairs International of California, HWL Ebsworth, Imaging Data Commons libdicom, InfoSys McCamish, Infraestructura Portuaria Mexicana, Insomniac Games, Institute of Food Technologists, Insurance ACE/Humana Inc., INTEGRIS Health, Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine, iSoon, Ivanti Pulse Secure, Jaypee University, Jersey’s Financial Services Commission, JFSC, Joomla, Jovani Fashions, Juniper Support Portal, JVC Kenwood, Kick, Kids Care Dental & Orthodontics, KNS Bank, La Bonne Alternance, LDLC, Leicester City Council, Lena Pope Home Inc., LenDenClub, Lindsey Municipal Hospital, Liquid Environmental Solutions, Littleton Regional Healthcare, llama.cpp GGUF library, Llamaya, loanDepot.com, LLC, Loghman Pharmaceuticals, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Malawi’s passport system, Maranhao Military Police, Maryville Addiction Treatment Centers, Maryville, Inc., McKenzie County Healthcare System, Inc., MedQ, Inc., Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama, Inc., Merchant.ID, Microsoft (yet again!), Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Azure, 97,000 Microsoft Exchange servers, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Streaming Service, MicroStrategy, Ministry of Planning, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Mirtylla, Motilal Oswal Financial Services, Mr. Green Gaming, NALS Apartment Homes LLC, National Police of Peru, Netgear RAX30, NewGen Administrative Services, LLC, North Hill Employee Dental Plan, North Hill Home Health Care, Inc., North Hill Needham, Inc., Northeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, PLLC, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, NVIDIA drivers, Oculus Meta, Odette, Online Trade (Онлайн Трейд), Opensea, Orlando VA Medical Center, P-Fleet, Pakistan National Bank, Paragon Technology and Innovation, Paul Davis Restoration, Paysign, Pennsylvania’s State Courts, PetSmart, Philips Respironics, PlayDapp, PowerRail, Prague Regional Memorial Hospital, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, Prudential Financial, PSI Software SE, QEMU, QNAP NAS devices, Qualcomm Incorporated, RCI, LLC, Redis servers, Redwood Coast RC, Revolut, Richland Community College, Rio Hondo Community College, RMH Franchise, Robert Half, Roblox, Roku, Inc., Romanian medical facilities (approximately 100), Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Russian Ministry of Defense (Minoborony), SAFE Credit Union, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, Samsung Electronics, Santa Clarita Community College District, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, SCEVN, Schneider Electric, Seminole County Public Schools, Seneca, Seven Seas Group, Shein, SK Hynix, smartphone voice assistants (VoltSchemer), SolarWinds Access Rights Manager, Sony’s Insomniac Games, South Korean President, Southern Water, Spectrum Vision, SPMundi, Superior Communications, Tangerine, TeamCity, Tehachapi Unified School District, Tesla Phone Key, Texx Offroad, Thai Summit, The Biosig Project, The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (twice), ThyssenKrupp, Toner-dumping, Tornado Cash, Tracy Unified School District, Trans-Northern Pipelines, Tshwane University Of Technology, TTM Technologies, U-Haul, U.S. Department of the Interior, UAE’s IEMS, Ubiquiti Edge OS routers, UC San Diego Health Hillcrest – Hillcrest Medical Center, Ukraine’s State Environmental Inspector, UniCredit, Unisys, UNITE HERE, University of Cambridge’s Clinical School Computing Service, University of Machester, University of Wolverhampton, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, US Customs Enforcement, Valorem Reply, VARTA AG, Veeco, Vi Senior Living, Victor Valley Union High School District, Victoria Police, Virgin Hotels, Virginia Farm Bureau, VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware ESXi, VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, VSexShop, Ward Transport & Logistics, Washington County Hospital and Nursing Home, Watson Clinic, WayForward, Webber International University, WebMarketPoint, Welltok, Inc., Western National Group, Western Union, Weston Embedded, Williamson County, TX, Windows AppLocker, Windows Defender SmartScreen, WordPress Brick Builder Theme, WordPress LiteSpeed Cache, WordPress Popup Builder, WordPress Ultimate Member, WoTLabs, Wyze, Yakima Valley Radiology, PC, YX International (2FA provider for Facebook and WhatsApp, Google, TikTok, and others), Zenlayer, Zoom, Zyxel firewalls, and ​​Harvard Pilgrim Health Care​ have reported hacking or compromises this month.

AT&T, Change Healthcare, Facebook, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), Instagram, LinkedIn, Microsoft Outlook Exchange via ActiveSync, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), US military pharmacies, WhatsApp, and Wyze have suffered from outages this month.

Citrix and Sophos (both companies over 29 years old) suffered from leap year bugs this year.

Microsoft has announced they’re throwing support behind the “privacy-preserving ads API” which is designed to “less uniquely” identify users. The new system is still designed to collect and share all your interests and internet activity (in fact, the one that will be used in Edge will share your desktop/mobile experience as well as activity in other applications, as Edge does now), but it will not be used to “uniquely” identify you, rather it will collect all this information about your activities and assign your profile to various collections through a process known as meta tagging, and these tags will be used to market to you.

In this way, they’ll be able to tell you’re a divorced Christian 40-something year old female with 2 children, dark hair, wears a size 3, prefers red wine, lives within a 2-block radius of Bank of America in Modesto, orders from Papa Johns once per month and only votes every other election cycle, but they won’t know it’s “you.” Please use an ad-blocker and disable all these metric and ad-measurement features.

The “new Outlook” by Microsoft is collecting logins from third-party accounts and storing them in the Microsoft Cloud without telling their users. Email, contacts and other information from third-party accounts, as well.

While I’m on the topic of Microsoft email…after pushing for better validation and spam controls among their industry partners, Microsoft Exchange is still responsible for a large amount of spam.

Microsoft is also making another push to upgrade those still on Windows 10 to Windows 11. For some devices this means they will be aggressively force-upgraded as happened to Windows 7 users win Windows 10 was released and to some Windows 10 users when Windows 11 was released.

Apple has disabled the Epic developer account, again, claiming that they can’t be trusted. Pot, kettle?

Google Pay is shutting down in the US. If you’ve stored money within this platform you need to move it out before early June. They couldn’t keep their own payment platform alive, but Google believes their AI should be trusted with direct access to information about all hacking incidents so it can be used “for defense.” Somehow I’m just not buying it.

The first publicly known AI prompt injection worm has been created and shown to self-propagate by telling the AI to send a copy of itself through to other AI nodes.

Troy Hunt has a great write-up that demonstrates why it is so easy for scammers to get away with text scams. The vendors suck.

Now for the good news:

Bitcoin broke $73,000 yesterday for the first time, which is $30,000 more than it was at the beginning of the year and $50,000 more than it was a year ago. If you’re looking to sell, don’t. But if you must, we still have about a month of growth yet before the bull run is over. I would be surprised if it doesn’t break at least $82,000 by the first week of April.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is small this month. The typical computer should see roughly 2.3 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 69 vulnerabilities in .NET, Azure Data Studio, Azure SDK, Microsoft Authenticator, Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service, Microsoft Django Backend for SQL Server, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Office Visio, Microsoft QUIC, Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft WDAC ODBC Driver, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Microsoft Windows SCSI Class System File, Open Management Infrastructure, Outlook for Android, Role: Windows Hyper-V, Servicing Stack Update, Servicing Stack Updates, Skype for Consumer, Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC), Visual Studio Code, Windows AllJoyn API, Windows Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver, Windows Composite Image File System, Windows Compressed Folder, Windows Defender, Windows Error Reporting, Windows Installer, Windows Kerberos, Windows Kernel, Windows NTFS, Windows ODBC Driver, Windows OLE, Windows Print Spooler Components, Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service, Windows Telephony Server, Windows Update Stack, Windows USB Hub Driver, Windows USB Print Driver, Windows USB Serial Driver, and MSRT. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 15.8.2, iOS 16.7.6, iOS 17.4, iPadOS 16.7.6, iPadOS 17.4, macOS Monterey 12.7.4, macOS Sonoma 14.4, macOS Ventura 13.6.5, Safari 17.4, tvOS 17.4, visionOS 1.1, and watchOS 10.4. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 15.8.2, 16.7.6 and 17.4 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 16.7.6 and 17.4 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 10.4 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 17.4 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

visionOS 1.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 120.0.6099.301, 121.0.6167.188 and 122.0.6045.214 are security updates. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Sonoma (14.x) means that macOS Big Sur (11.x) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Monterey (12) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

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

The now-current release of the Windows 11 (v23H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 11 pushes you to get the latest Windows 11 release every 12 months and only supports any consumer builds for 24 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

AMD Adrenalin 24.2.1 improves stability and resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.7.3 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Nvidia Driver 474.89 is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.63.169 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 122.0.6261.111 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 122.0.2365.80 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 123.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.8.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Opera 108.0.5067.24 is a security update.
https://www.opera.com/browsers/opera

Opera GX 107.0.5045.60 is a security update.
https://www.opera.com/gx

Vivaldi 6.6.3271.48 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Spark 3.14.3.67453 improves AI training process. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.8.1 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

Dropbox 193.4.5594 resolves stability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 206.0.0.8.218 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FreeFileSync 13.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 88.0 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

MeshCentral 1.1.21 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://meshcentral.com/info/downloads.html

Microsoft Teams 1.7.00.6058 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 28.0.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Omada Software Controller 5.13.30.8 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Rclone 1.66.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 7.1.1 is a major update, adding username support, improved privacy controls, new emoji, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Signal (Android) 7.0.2 is a major update, adding username support, improved privacy controls, new emoji and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Skype 8.113.0.210 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.27.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 4.15.1 adds Telegram Business features and adds emoji. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Telegram (Android) 10.9.1 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://telegram.org/apps

WinSCP 6.3.2 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.17.11.34827 improves AI and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 4.0.2 improves face detection, lip sync, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

darktable 4.6.1 improves performance and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.darktable.org/

Grayjay 236 adds cache support, improved performance, adds watch filters, and resolves several cosmetic bugs. This is not a security update. They also announced that Grayjay Desktop will be available in the coming months. Yay! 🙂
https://grayjay.app/index.html

Kodi 20.5 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://kodi.tv/

Plex Desktop 1.88.1.96 improves stability and resolves a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.57.1.100 updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

TuneIn 1.28.0 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://tunein.com/radio/home/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GameMaker Studio 2024.2.0.132 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

GDevelop 5.3.194 adds notification support, QRCode support, one-click iOS export, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.71.01 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

PS3 4.91 adds support for the latest BluRay encodings and improves perofrmance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps3/system-software/

PS5 24.01-08.60.00 improves Parties, hardware support, and performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Steam 2024-03-07 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/593110

SteamOS 3.5.17 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility and stability. This is not a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1675200/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Animate 23.0.4 and 24.0.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb24-19.html

Adobe Bridge 13.0.6 and 14.0.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb24-15.html

Adobe ColdFusion 2021.13 and 2023.7 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb24-14.html

Adobe Experience Manager 2024.03 and 6.5.20.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb24-05.html

Adobe Lightroom 7.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/lightroom/apsb24-17.html

Adobe Premiere Pro 23.6.4 and 24.2.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_pro/apsb24-12.html

Calibre 7.6.0 adds profile support, merge support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Columns++ 1.0.5 resolves a tab-to-spaces bug and adds support for notifications coming in the next version of Notepad++. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Coises/ColumnsPlusPlus

Ghostscript 10.03.0 resolves several bugs and improves OCR support. This is not a security update.
https://www.ghostscript.com/releases/gsdnld.html

ImageMagick 7.1.1-29 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://imagemagick.org/

Kdenlive 24.02.0 is a major update, adding native support for DirectX, Metal and Vulkan, Apple Silicon support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://kdenlive.org/

LibreOffice 7.6.5 resolves over 90 bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 24.2.1 resolves almost 100 bugs. This is a security update. The “Fresh” line is beta software and should be avoided by most people.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Manager 24.3.10.1347 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.manager.io/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.12.1 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.6.4 resolves a focus bug. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 5.0.13 resolves a couple bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

QuickBooks Pro 2022 20231120-R13_69 no longer provides a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2023 20231107-R9_133 does not provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

Security Software Updates

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

Gpg4win 4.3.1 adds support for new smart cards, Windows root CAs, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

iOS 17.4 is a security update.
https://support.apple.com/kb/HT204204

iPadOS 17.4 is a security update.
https://support.apple.com/kb/HT204204

macOS 14.4 is a security update.
https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201541

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.6.9 prepares the software for the v5 release. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

OnionShare 2.6.1 updates dependencies, updates release process, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://onionshare.org/

ProtonVPN (macOS) 4.1.7 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.15.3 updates engine, improves exclusion and configuration controls, adds support for multiple threat names and multiple schedules. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

SanDisk PrivateAccess 6.4.10.0 does not provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://support-en.wd.com/app/answers/detailweb/a_id/48025

Stinger 13.0.0.72 adds support for new detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

Symantec Norton Removal Tool 20240303
https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/v60392881

Tails 6.0 is a major update, improving persistent storage support, external mounting, session resumption, and application and library updates. This is a security update.
https://tails.net/install/download/index.en.html

tvOS 17.4 is a security update.
https://support.apple.com/kb/HT202716

uBlock Origin 1.56.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

watchOS 10.4 is a security update.
https://support.apple.com/kb/HT204641

Wireless Network Watcher 2.41 adds option to scan IPv6 addresses. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SnagIt 24.1.1 updates libraries, improves mute detection, camera mode swapping, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 13.0.1.3 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

StreamFab 6.1.6.8 improves compabitility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 2.0.1.2 improves enlarger and upscaling, improves performance for deinterlacer and denoiser, and resolve several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.35 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility, and updates signature. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password 8.10.27 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

Agent Ransack 2022.3425 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

Bitwarden 2024.3.0 adds passkey support to self-hosted version, improved 2FA, redesigned interface. This is a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CalyxOS Device Flasher 1.0.9 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://calyxos.org/install/

CCleaner 6.21.10918 resolves several bugs and improves software udpater. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

Cygwin 3.5.1-1 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 11.17 resovles several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 4.1.27.0 improves plugin support, adds sticky scrolling, extends date filters, improves installer and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

ExplorerPatcher 22621.3007.63.2 improves compatibility, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/valinet/ExplorerPatcher/

FileLocator Pro 2022.3425 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

FileTypesMan 2.00 adds option to exclude loading of icons which might cause it to hang or crash. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/file_types_manager.html

Fing 3.6.2 updates signature, improves service not found page, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-windows

Git SCM 2.44.0 resolves several bugs and improves syntax. This is not a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

Go 1.22.1 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.5.8 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Hiren’s BootCD PE 1.0.8 updates drivers. This is not a security update.
https://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/

Homedale 2.11 improves channel width display. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

HWMonitor 1.53 adds hardware support. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

MobileFileSearch 1.48 resolves a bug in export content. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/mobile_device_file_search.html

NConvert 7.172 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.xnview.com/en/nconvert/

NetworkOpenedFiles 1.62 adds sort button to toolbar. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_opened_files.html

OSFMount 3.1.1003 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html

OSForensics 11.0.1006 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PowerToys 0.79.0 rsolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

ScreenConnect 23.9.10.8817 is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Starwind V2V Converter 9.413 adds support for converting VMs to and from VirtualBox. This is not a security update.
https://www.starwindsoftware.com/starwind-v2v-converter

Sysmon 15.14 resolves crash bugs. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

Unity 2023.2.12 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

WifiInfoView 2.93 adds support for 8.2.11be. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Windows Migration Assistant 3.0.0.0 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/118595

WinGet 1.7.10582 is now officially stable, updating libraries and resolve dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WinRAR 7.00 is a major version, increasing the maximum dictionary size, maximum path length, improved security tagging (MotW), and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.rarlab.com/

WinScan2PDF 8.72 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 4.19 adds quick and dirty duplicate detection (name patterns only!) and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

XnConvert 1.100.1 improves batch operation. This is not a security update.
https://www.xnview.com/en/xnconvert/

ZoomText 2022.2402.1.400 improves tracking, compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

ZoomText 2023.2402.1.400 improves tracking, compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

.NET Runtime 8.0.3 is a security update.
https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/download/dotnet

ADB 35.0.0 resolves compatibility bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Android Studio 2023.2.1.23 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

GitHub Desktop 3.3.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Node.js 18.19.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.11.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 21.7.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Rustup 1.27.0 improves compatibility, updates libraries, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.rust-lang.org/

SQLite 3.45.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.87.2 is a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Workstation Player 17.5.1 is a security update.
https://customerconnect.vmware.com/downloads/#all_products

Web Package Updates

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

Invision Community 4.7.16 is a security update.
https://invisioncommunity.com/

Joomla 5.0.3 and 4.4.3 are security updates.
https://www.joomla.org/

Piwigo 14.3.0 is a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

Autoptimize 3.1.11 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

BuddyPress 12.3.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.9.2 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

My Sticky Bar 2.6.8 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mystickymenu/

Theme My Login 7.1.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/theme-my-login/

W3 Total Cache 2.7.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.6.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WPBakery 7.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

WP Mail SMTP 4.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

WP Plugin Update Checker 5.4 improves detection and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/YahnisElsts/plugin-update-checker/releases/latest

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2024-01-09

Happy New Year, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for January, 2024.

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

This Month in Technology

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

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

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

Microsoft can’t convince Microsoft to use Microsoft services.

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

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

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

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

Now for the good news:

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

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Sonoma (14.x) means that macOS Big Sur (11.x) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Monterey (12) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

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

The now-current release of the Windows 11 (v23H2) is very large so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 11 pushes you to get the latest Windows 11 release every 12 months and only supports any consumer builds for 24 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

TuneIn 1.28.0 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://tunein.com/radio/home/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GameMaker Studio 2023.11.1.129 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

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

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

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

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

SteamOS SteamDeck Update 2024-01-03 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1675200/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Experience Manager Forms 6.5.13.0+ and 6.5.19.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/aem-forms/apsb23-77.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Security Software Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Velociraptor 0.7.1 updates notebooks, improves plugins, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Velocidex/velociraptor/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

UniFab 2.0.0.7 improves performance and stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password 8.10.23 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2023-09-12

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for September, 2023.

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

This Month in Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another ransomware key decryptor is now available.

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

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

Now for the good news:

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

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email Updates

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

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

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

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

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

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Office Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Security Software Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

Education updates

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

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

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2023-05-09

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for May, 2023.

This month brings news that the current stable release of Windows 10 will be the last version released until it is end of life (EOL) in October 2025. This means it is mature and won’t have annoying operating system changes on a regular basis, unlike Windows 11. There were over 150 major hacks, and over 215 application updates this month. All in all it’s a big month, with about 3.5 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

Alto Calore Servizi, American Bar Association, Americold, Amnesty International Australia, an African telecommunications organization, Apache Superset, APC’s Easy UPS Online Monitoring Software, Apro.cl, automotive Controller Area Network, AvidXchange, Banco de Venezuela, Berkeley, Bitmarck Germany, Bitrue, Blue Shield of California, Bluefield University, Brightline, Caltech, Capita, Cementos Bio-Bio S.A, Cementos Progreso, CH Media, Cisco IOS routers, Cisco PCD, Cisco Phone Adapters, City of Dallas, Texas, Conagua, Constellation Software, 9 cryptocurrency exchange websites, Cummins Behavioral Health Systems, 13 internet domains used for DDoS-for-hire services, Delphi Drug & Alcohol Council, Diocese of Las Vegas, Elastic, Ethan Health, LLC, Eurasia Group, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fincantieri Marine Group, Fortra, FTX, Fullerton India, GDAC, Genova Burns LLC, Google Chrome, Graceworks Lutheran Services, Group Euromotors, Guam Memorial Hospital, a Haarlem (NL) company, Hardenhuish School, HealthPlan Services, Inc., Henry County Hospital, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office, Hundred Finance, Hyundai, Illumina’s Universal Copy Service, Intel Boot Guard, Intel CPUs, Intel TDX, Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, John Muir Health – Walnut Creek Medical Center, Kabarak University, Kodi Foundation, KuCoin, La Clinica de La Raza, Inc., Lake Dallas Independent School District, Latitude Financial, Level Finance, Lürssen, Mars Area School District, Medtronic, MEO, Merlin, MetaMask, Methodist Family Health, Microsoft SQL servers, MiniMed Distribution Corp., MIT, Modern Cardiology Associates, Montgomery General Hospital, Monument Inc. and Tempest, MSI OEM Signing Keys, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter, Naivas Kenya, National Smallbore Rifle Association, NationsBenefits Holdings, LLC, NCR Aloha POS, NextGen Healthcare, Northeastern University, OGUsers, One Brooklyn Health, OrangeTee & Tie, Orqa, Packagist, Papercut, Pathway Healthcare, LLC, Philippines State Agencies, Point32Health, PrestaShop, RaidForums, RentoMojo, Retina & Vitreous of Texas, PLLC, Rheinmetall, Robeson Health Care Corporation, Roskomnadzor, Ruckus Wireless, SafeMoon, Saville Row, Seguros la Occidental, St. Vincent’s Ambulatory Care, Inc., Stanford, SushiSwap, T-Mobile (again), Tasmanian Government, TBK DVR, Tencent QQ, Terravision, TP-Link Archer A21, Trust Wallet, Twitter, two critical infrastructure organizations in the energy sector, two organizations involved in financial trading, Two Rivers Public Health Department, Ukraine, Ukrainian state networks, UMass Amherst, Unique Imaging, Inc, UniSat Wallet, United HealthCare, United Steelworkers Local 286, University of California, San Francisco, University Urology, Unlimited Care, Inc., Upper Peninsula Health Plan, US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, US military “legacy weapons systems“, Valid Certifcadora, Veeam backup servers, VMware vRealize Log Insight, VMware, Western Digital, WP Advanced Custom Fields, WP Eval PHP, Yearn Finance, Yellow Pages Group, Yucatan government, and Z-Library (again) have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

1Password, Bank of Scotland, Google Search, Halifax, Lloyds Bank, Microsoft 365 and Exchange, Reddit, TSB Bank, and Twitter (twice) have suffered from outages this month.

Last months updates broke Microsoft Defender.

Google is finally adding end-to-end encryption to their security authenticator. However, they’re now weakening the security of your Google account by allowing anyone with any of your device PINs or patterns to access your account. If you’ve ever loaned your cell phone or tablet to a five year old to get them to be quiet during a conversation with family, Amazon is giving you another reason to avoid that.

Advertisements (especially via Google and Facebook) remain the #1 method of infecting victims. As if on queue, there will now be more ads in the Microsoft Windows Start Menu. Pirated software is still a very common method to hack a network. Microsoft is adding the ability to opt out of presence detection within Windows 11. 

Apple’s new “rapid security response” patching platform is failing. macOS Silicon isn’t safe from ransomware. 

QR codes are much more dangerous than you can imagine. Know the risks of reselling your used hardware.

Still no punishment when government violates their own rules. The EU is planning to scan all private files on personal devices in violation of privacy rights. The goal of securely classifying and validating organizational ownership of online resources is a lofty one, but this transparency – as proposed via QWACs – would put privacy at increased risk.

Now for the good news:

Apple and Google are finally taking an interest in how their platforms are abused for stalking via Bluetooth.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

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

Microsoft released updates to address 49 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Bluetooth Driver, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Access, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Windows Codecs Library, Reliable Multicast Transport Driver (RMCAST), Remote Desktop Client, SysInternals, Visual Studio Code, Windows Backup Engine, Windows Installer, Windows iSCSI Target Service, Windows Kernel, Windows LDAP – Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, Windows MSHTML Platform, Windows Network File System, Windows NFS Portmapper, Windows NTLM, Windows OLE, Windows RDP Client, Windows Remote Procedure Call Runtime, Windows Secure Boot, Windows Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP), Windows SMB, Windows Win32K, and MSRT (~2 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for AirPods and Beats. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Fedora 38-1.6 is a security update. This major version adds improved hardware support, modern security benefits, and updates libraries and resources.

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

AMD Adrenalin 23.4.3 improves performance and compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Daemon Tools Lite 11.2.0 adds VeraCrypt support, improves ARM compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtLite

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.6.3 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Drivers by Seagull 2023.2 adds another 300+ printer and device drivers, encrypted hardware and RFID support. This is a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/support/downloads/drivers/

DS4Windows 3.2.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Ryochan7/DS4Windows/releases/latest

Netgear Genie R6400 1.0.1.78 is a security update.
https://www.netgear.com/support/product/R6400.aspx#download

TP-Link Archer AX21 v1.20.230426 is a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/archer-ax21/v1.20/#Firmware

Wacom Driver 6.4.2-1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wacom.com/en-us/support/product-support/drivers

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.51.110 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Firefox 113.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Google Chrome 113.0.5672.92 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Google Chrome 109.0.5414.141 is a security update. The 109 version is now only supported on Windows Server 2012 and 2012r2.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 112.0.1722.71 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Microsoft Edge 109.0.1518.78 is a security update. The 109 version is now only supported on Windows Server 2012 and 2012r2.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Microsoft Edge WebView2 113.0.1774.35 is a security update.
https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/webview2/

Vivaldi 6.0.2979.18 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.50 adds From and To scan filtering. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

ProtonMail (Android) 3.0.14 improves stability and performance. This is not a security update.
https://proton.me/mail/download

Spark 3.4.2.48202 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.4.2.48201 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 102.10.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 7.1.11 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

AnyDesk (macOS) 7.0.2 resolves several bugs and improves integration. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

Dropbox 173.4.6706 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 186.0.0.10.221 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Client 3.64.0 updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Google Drive 74.0 is a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Microsoft Teams 1.6.00.11166 is a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 26.0.1 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Npcap 1.75 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Signal 6.16.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Signal (Android) 6.19.8 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Skype 8.96.0.403 adds several new features and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Technitium DNS Server 11.1.1 is a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram 4.8.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Telegram (Android) 9.6.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/apps

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

Zoom 5.14.7.15877 is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 3.0.7 is a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Plex Desktop 1.67.2.3705 is a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.38.2.3738 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.32.1.6999 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Winamp 5.9.1 is a security update.
https://www.winamp.com/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GameMaker Studio 2023.4.0.84 resolves dozens of bugs.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

Lego Studio 2.23.4.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

Nintendo Switch 16.0.3 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

PS5 23.01-07.20.00 improves stability and performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Steam 2023.04.26 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 23.001.20143 is a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe Substance 3D Painter 8.3.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/substance3d_painter/apsb23-29.html

Audacity 3.3.2 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Calibre 6.17.0 resolves several bugs and improves compression. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

ImageMagick 7.1.1-8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://imagemagick.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.5.3 resolves over a hundred bugs. This is a security update. The “Fresh” line is beta software. Please use the Still version which is stable software.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.8.1 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

PDF Candy Desktop 2.94 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://pdfcandy.com/

Security Software Updates

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

Cloudflare WARP 2023.04.27 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://1.1.1.1/

Cloudflare WARP (macOS) 2023.04.17 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://1.1.1.1/

HTTP Toolkit 1.12.6 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://httptoolkit.tech/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.5.27 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

ProtonVPN 2.4.2 provide cosmetic improvements. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

ProtonVPN (macOS) 3.1.3 improves proof of effect cosmetics and compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.9.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Stinger 12.2.0.603 adds detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

Tails 5.12 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.49.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

YARA 3.1 fixes several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/yara/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Camtasia 23.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/video-editor.html

Open Broadcaster Software 29.1.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://obsproject.com/

ScreenToGif 2.38 improves high-DPI compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 12.1.0.5 adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

iMazing HEIC Converter 2.0.7 doesn’t have a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://imazing.com/heic

PDF Creator 5.1 adds ARM64 support, improves automation, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

StreamFab 6.1.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 1.0.1.8 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.26 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 8.10.6 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 8.10.6 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Agent Ransack 2022.3389 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

Bitwarden 2023.4.0 is a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.11.10455 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

DesktopOK 10.81 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

DMDE 4.0.6.806 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dmde.com/

dnGrep 3.2.306.0 updates libraries and implements several new features. This is not a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

Everything Toolbar 1.0.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

Fido 1.45 removes Windows 7 ISO download option since it’s no longer available for download. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

FileLocator Pro 2022.3389 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Fing 3.2 no longer provides a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-windows

Git SCM 2.40.1 is a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

Go 1.20.4 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.2.2 resolves several bugs and introduces a new encrypted file system option. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

grepWin Portable 2.0.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stefankueng/grepWin/releases/latest

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

Kingston SSD Manager 1.5.2.6 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

Memtest86+ 6.20 adds support for newer hardware and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.memtest.org/

NetworkInterfacesView 1.30 adds secondary sorting and sorting by menu. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_interfaces.html

NetworkTrafficView 2.44 adds dark background option and sort by to the toolbar. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

NTLite 2023.4.9228 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 10.0.1010 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PowerToys 0.69.1 improves stability adn resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

PSAppDeploy 3.9.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

PsExec 2.43 fixes a regression with -c. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/psexec

RoboForm 9.4.7 is a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Rufus 4.0 resolves several bugs and improves stability. This version now requires Windows 8 and newer. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_US/

ScreenConnect 23.3.13.8507 resolves several bugs and breaks application compatibility with older instances. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Synergy 1.14.7 adds ability to bind client to specific network and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://symless.com/synergy/

Sysmon 14.16 adds new ArchiveDirectory system integrity controls and improves compatibility. This is a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

TCPView 4.19 fixes a bug with the 32-bit version. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/tcpview

TeamViewer 15.41.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

Unity 2022.2.18 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download/archive

WifiInfoView 2.80 adds full screen mode. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 2022.2.1.19 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

GitHub Desktop 3.2.3 resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Java 8u371 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.0.33 is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

MySQL Server 8.0.33 is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Node.js 18.16.0 adds single-file executable support, improved URL parsing, and resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 19.9.0 improves URL parsing and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.1.0 adds several new features and updates dependencies. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Rustup 1.26.0 resolves a dozen bugs and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.rust-lang.org/

VC Runtime 14.34.31938.0 is a security update.
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/cpp/windows/latest-supported-vc-redist

Visual Studio Code 1.78.1 improves accessibility, color schemes, profile templates, and other features. This is a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 7.0.8 is a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Coppermine Gallery 1.6.25 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Drupal 9.4.15 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 4.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

OpenCart 4.0.2.1 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.opencart.com/

Antispam Bee 2.11.3 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antispam-bee/

Autoptimize 3.1.7 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

Contact Form 7 5.7.6 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.5.4 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

Sucuri Security 1.8.39 resolves an API error. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sucuri-scanner/

Widgets on Pages 1.7.0 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/widgets-on-pages/

WooCommerce 7.6.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WordPress Importer 0.8.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-importer/

WP Cerber Security 9.5.4 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wpcerber.com/

WP Mail SMTP 3.8.0 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

W3 Total Cache 2.3.2 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WPBakery 6.11.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2023-04-11

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for April, 2023.

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

This Month in Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now for the good news:

 

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Google Chrome OS 112.0.5615.62 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

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

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

Nvidia Driver 474.30 is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.50.114 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email Updates

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

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

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

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

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

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

Steam 2023.03.15 resolves dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 23.001.20143 is a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PDF-XChange Editor 9.5.368.0 is a security update.
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

Security Software Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

UniFab 1.0.1.7 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WPtouch 4.3.52 resolves a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

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

Regards,

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