Updates 2024-05-14

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for May, 2024.

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

This Month in Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now for the good news:

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

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fedora 40-1.14 is a major update, replacing BerkeleyDB with alternatives, updating libraries, and including adding new features and defaults. This should be treated as a security update.
https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

AMD Adrenalin 24.4.1 adds support for new software, performance improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

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

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

TP-Link Archer AX55 v1 240325 adds almost a dozen new features, improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/archer-ax55/v1/#Firmware

TP-Link Archer AX73 v2.0 240323 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/archer-ax73/v2.0/#Firmware

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

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email Updates

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

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

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

Thunderbird 115.10.2 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plex Media Server 1.40.2.8395 resolves several bugs, including an installation path issue. If you used a custom path you will need to uninstall and reinstall in order for future automatic updates to work correctly. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GameMaker Studio 2024.4.0.137 changes homepage. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

SteamOS SteamDeck Update 2024-05-03 is a security update.
https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1675200/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Acrobat and Reader 24.002.20759 and 20.005.30636 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb24-29.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QuickBooks Pro 2023 20240509-R12_15 updates to backend processes. This is not a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

Security Software Updates

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

Chainsaw 2.9.0 adds native rules, timezone improvements, and adds ability to change default conditional when searching. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/countercept/chainsaw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

UniFab 2.0.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WinMerge 2.16.40 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WPtouch 4.3.59 adds support for Reddit, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2024-04-09

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for April, 2024.

There were 370+ major hacks, and over 160 application updates this month. It’s a small month though, with only about 1.5 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

A5 PHARMACY INC., 6,000 ASUS routers, Ace Hardware, Acer Philippines, Activision, Acuity, Adobe Reader, Affinity Health Services, Air Europa, AirDAO, Alabama State Government, Alamo Insurance, Alsaree3, Amazon’s AWS Airflow Service, AMD Zen CPUs (ZenHammer), American Renal Associates, Apex Legends Global Series, Apotheka pharmacy, Apple Safari, Apple’s M Chips (GoFetch), Apple, Arcserve UDP, Argo, AT&T (after denying it), Aussizz Group, Aveanna Healthcare, Axis Direct, BabyTV, Bank of America, Bank of Tanzania, Bank Syariah Indonesia, Banregio, Battle Mountain General Hospital, Benetton Group, Bernalillo County, Better Accounting Solutions, BigBasket, BioLife Plasma Services, L.P., Bira91, boAt Lifestyle, Bonney Forge Corporation, Brewer & Company Of West Virginia, British Tobacco, BSR Infratech India Ltd, Bticino Club, California Correctional Health Care Services, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Carolina Foods, Carrozzeria Aretusa, CASIO India, CCM Health, Chambers Construction, ChatGPT Plugin, Cherry Health, City of Conneaut, Ohio, City of Hope Cancer Center, City of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, City of Pensacola, Florida, City of St. Cloud, Florida, ClickASnap, Colorado Public Defender, Commerce Dental Group, Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, Communications Workers Union, Cornerstone Healthcare Group Management Services LLC, Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals, Credit China, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, Curio smart contracts, CVS Group, D-Link NAS (and several router models), DBS Bank, Delhi Police, Delta Dental of California, Delta Pipeline, Inc., Dental Health Services, Designed Receivable Solutions, Inc., Diabetes WA, Docker, Doctorim, Dolomite Exchange, Domestic Violence Project, Inc, Dormakaba’s Saflok, Dr. Cafe Coffee, Dunn, Pittman, Skinner & Cushman, PLLC, Duty Free Americas, Eagle Bank, Eagle Hydraulic, EAS Change Systems, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO), Eastern Radiologists, Eastside Union School District, EBlock Corp, Ecuador’s Ministerio de Economía, Editorialist, El Salvador’s citizen database, Eland Energy, Inc., Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), Encina Wastewater Authority, England and Wales Cricket Board, EquiLend, Ernest Health, eSIMs, Ethos/Southwest Boston Senior Services, Europol, Everbrite, LLC., Exvagos, Ezras Choilim Health Center, Inc., Family Health Center, Farmacia Ettore Florio SNC, Fidelity Investments Life Insurance Company, Fiduciary Outsourcing, LLC, FileCatalyst Transfer Tool, Fire Rescue Victoria, 223 million exposed Firebase records, Five Eyes Intelligence Group, Flipkart, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Florida Pediatric Associates, FortiClient EMS, France Travail (Government Unemployment Agency), French Football Federation, Fujitsu Corporate Networks, G&S Japan, Gamooga, GardaWorld Cash, Gerson Lehrman Group, most modern CPUs (GhostRace), Giant Tiger, Gilmer County, Georgia, Google Chrome, Google DoubleClick, Google Pixel, Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), Greensboro College, Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, Gresser Inc. and Affiliates, Greylock McKinnon Associates, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, GSM Hosting, Guardian Life Insurance Company, Guy’s Floor Service Inc., HALO Branded Solutions, Hamilton, Canada, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Health Plan Intermediaries Holdings, Healthfirst Health Plan, Inc., Healthfirst Insurance Company, Inc., Healthfirst PHSP, Inc., Henry County, Illinois, High Wycombe Cressex Community School, Home Depot, Homeocan, Hot Topic, Houser LLP, Hoya Corporation, HTTP/2 “continuation” frames, Hudson Supplies Inc, Human Development Services of Westchester, Inc., Huntsville, Ontario, IATSE Staff Retirement and National Pension Funds, ICICIPruLife, ICN Assessoria, IKF Finance, Imperva WAF, Indian Defense & Energy Sectors, Indian S3WaaS website, InfoHit, INNO-SOFT Info Systems Pte Ltd, Inspection Services, Inc., Integration International Inc., INTEGRIS Health, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Irish Health Service Executive (HSE), Israeli Justice Ministry, Israeli LGBTQ App Atraf, Ivanti Connect Secure, Ivanti Policy Secure, Ivanti VPN gateways, Jackson County, Missouri, John R. Wood Properties, Johnson Matthey, Jordano’s Inc., JSC Kaluzhskoe, Kaspersky Fan Club, Keenan & Associates, KidSecurity, Kyivstar, Leicester City Council, Lewis & Clark College, Lindsay Municipal Hospital, London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, M&D Capital Premier Billing, Maccarinelli Luciano, macOS, Macuz, Madero, Magento, Magnum, Mahoney Foundries Inc., Malaysian Industrial Development Finance, MarineMax, Mary H. Makhlouf, DMD, MS, PA, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, MediaWorks, Meson, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Microsoft, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint, Midlands Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, Minecraft, Mintlify, Monmouth College, Motilal Oswal, MotorCycle Holdings, Mozilla Firefox, Multi-Fill, Munchables, Nampak, National Amusements, National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC), National Insurance Institute of Israel, National Public Data, Nations Direct Mortgage, Nationstar Mortgage, Nemesis Market, New Mexico Administrative Office of the District Attorneys, New York State Education Department, Newport Group, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, NHS Scotland, Nissan, NorthBay VacaValley Hospital, Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, Nykaa, Oak View Group, Olea Kiosks Inc., Omni Hotels & Resorts, On Q Financial, Open Automation Software OAS Engine, Oracle VirtualBox, Orange County’s Credit Union, Orsini Pharmaceutical Services, Otolaryngology Associates, OWASP, Pacific Guardian Life Insurance, Paducah Dermatology, Palau National Government, PandaBuy, Panera Bread, Paulmann, Pembina County Memorial Hospital, PGF Technology Group, Inc., Philips Respironics, Phillipine Department of Science and Technology, Plymouth Tube Company Employee Benefit Plan, Polycab, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Ponoka, Canada, Powerhost, Precision Tune Auto Care, Inc., Prisma Finance, ProcessMaker, Prudential Insurance, Punjab Police, Pakistan, Quality Education and Skills Training (QUEST) App, R1 RCM Inc., Radiant Logistics, Rairdon Automotive Group, Ray AI Framework, Redbus, Regional One Health, Rent Go, REV Drill Sales & Rentals, Risas Dental & Braces, Rockland, Roi Et Rajabhat University, Roku, Rudman Winchell Law Firm, SAC Constelacion, Saint Louis University, Santa Clarita Community College District, Saudi Arabia Railways, Scranton School District, PA, Scullion Law, Select Education Group (SEG), Services Informatiques Pour Professionnels, Shopify plugins, Simpson Strong-Tie Co. Inc., Sit ‘n Sleep, Skyway Coach Lines, South China Athletic Association, SouthState Bank, Spa Grand Prix, Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute, Spedition Langen, Stanford University, Sugargoo, Summit State Bank, Super Sushi Samurai, SurveyLama, Swiggy, SwordFantasy, Sycamore Rehabilitation Services, Inc., Targus, Tarrant Appraisal District, Tarrant County, Texas, TataMotors, Teleflora, Tesla, Tesla ECU, Tesla Model 3, The Big Issue, The Law Firm of Friedman + Bartoumian, The Pokémon Company, TIAA, Top.gg Discord bot, Torre Pacheco Town Hall, Spain, Trezor’s X Account, Tri-City Healthcare District, True Homes, Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital, Ubuntu desktop, UC San Diego Health, Ultra Intelligence & Communications, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), University of Winnipeg, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), US Department of Justice (DoJ), US Department of State, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US National Security Agency (NSA), US Vision, Inc., UT Southwestern, V12 Software, Valley Oaks Health, Venmo, Veritas Genetics, Viber, VMware Workstation, VNDirect, Void Interactive, Walmart, Washington State Food Worker Card, Weirton Medical Center, Wells Fargo, Wendy’s, WeRize, Western New York Independent Living, Inc., White Oak Partners, Windows 11, Windows SmartScreen, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., 39,000 WordPress sites, WordPress Essential Addons for Elementor plugin, WordPress LayerSlider plugin, WordPress miniOrange plugins, WordPress Rank Math SEO plugin, Wyatt Detention Facility, XpressBees, XZ Utils, Yale University, and Z Development Services have reported hacking or compromises this month.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is pretty small this month. The typical computer should see roughly 1.5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 100 vulnerabilities in .NET and Visual Studio, Azure, Azure Compute Gallery, Azure Migrate, Azure Monitor, Azure Private 5G Core, Azure SDK, Internet Shortcut Files, Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service, Microsoft Brokering File System, Microsoft Defender for IoT, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Install Service, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft WDAC ODBC Driver, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Open Management Infrastructure, Role: DNS Server, Servicing Stack Updates, SQL Server, Windows Authentication Methods, Windows BitLocker, Windows Compressed Folder, Windows Cryptographic Services, Windows Defender Credential Guard, Windows DHCP Server, Windows Distributed File System (DFS), Windows DWM Core Library, Windows File Server Resource Management Service, Windows HTTP.sys, Windows Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), Windows Kerberos, Windows Kernel, Windows Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS), Windows Message Queuing, Windows Mobile Hotspot, Windows Proxy Driver, Windows Remote Access Connection Manager, Windows Remote Procedure Call, Windows Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS), Windows Secure Boot, Windows Telephony Server, Windows Update Stack, Windows USB Print Driver, Windows Virtual Machine Bus, Windows Win32K – ICOMP, and MSRT. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for GarageBand 10.4.11, iOS 16.7.7, iOS 17.4.1, iPadOS 16.7.7, iPadOS 17.4.1, macOS Sonoma 14.4.1, macOS Ventura 13.6.6, Safari 17.4.1, and visionOS 1.1.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 16.7.7 and 17.4.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 16.7.7 and 17.4.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

visionOS 1.1.2 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 123.0.6312.94 is 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 24.3.1 resolves several bugs and compatibility issues. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Crucial Storage Executive 10.01 does not provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.7.4 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

UniFi airMAX NanoStation 5AC Loco 8.7.12 is a security update.
https://www.ui.com/download/software/loco5ac

UniFi Network Server 8.1.113 resolves dozens of bugs and improves management and features. This is not a security update.
https://www.ui.com/download/releases/network-server

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.64.116 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Firefox 124.0.2 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.9.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Google Chrome 123.0.6312.86 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 123.0.2420.81 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Opera 109.0.5097.38 is a security update.
https://www.opera.com/browsers/opera

Opera GX 107.0.5045.86 is a security update.
https://www.opera.com/gx

SeaMonkey 2.53.18.2 is a security update. They’ve *finally* removed support for NPAPI plugins like Flash.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 6.6.3271.57 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

DavMail Gateway 6.2.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://davmail.sourceforge.net/

OutlookAttachView 3.52 adds a cosmetic option to align numeric columns. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Spark 3.14.5.68977 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.14.5.68976 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.9.0 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

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

curl 8.7.1 is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 196.4.6900 is a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 208.0.0.9.229 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FreeFileSync 13.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 89.0 is a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Grocy Desktop 2.10.0 updates bundled Grocy. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/grocy/grocy-desktop

MeshCentral 1.1.22 resolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://meshcentral.com/info/downloads.html

Microsoft Teams 1.7.00.7956 reduces default permissions. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 28.0.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Signal (Android) 7.2.4 takes a few more steps away from dependence on a phone number. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Signal 7.4.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Syncthing 1.27.6 resovles several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Technitium DNS Server 12.1 is a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram 4.16.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 4.0.3 resolves several compatibility and cosmetic issues. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Bitwig Studio 5.1.6 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

Plex Desktop 1.90.1.118 improves collection management. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.59.0.121 updates engine. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.40.1.8227 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GDevelop 5.3.198 introduces feedback rewards, updates dependencies and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.73.01 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

Nintendo Switch 18.0.0 adds a 15 minute option to sleep mode, Korean language, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

PS5 2024.315 adds brightness controls, improves mic and speaker support for DualSense controllers, and resolves several bugs. 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 After Effects 24.2 and 23.6.5 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb24-09.html

Adobe Photoshop 24.7.3 and 25.4 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb24-16.html

Adobe Commerce 2.4.7, 2.4.6-p5, 2.4.5-p7, 2.4.4-p8, 2.4.3-ext-7, 2.4.2-ext-7, 2.4.1-ext-7, 2.4.0-ext-7, and 2.3.7-p4-ext-7 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb24-18.html

Adobe InDesign 19.3 and 18.5.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb24-20.html

Adobe Experience Manager 2024.03 and 6.5.20 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb24-21.html

Adobe Media Encoder 24.3 and 23.6.5 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/media-encoder/apsb24-23.html

Adobe Bridge 13.0.7 and 14.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb24-24.html

Adobe Illustrator 28.4 and 27.9.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb24-25.html

Adobe Animate 23.0.5 and 24.0.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb24-26.html

Adobe Reader DC 24.001.20643 improves GenAI stability. This is not a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Aronium 1.42 adds custom labels, database improvements and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://aronium.com/

Calibre 7.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

GnuCash 5.6 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.gnucash.org/

Kdenlive 24.02.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://kdenlive.org/

LibreOffice 7.6.6 resolves almost 40 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 24.2.2 resolves over 70 bugs. This is not a security update. The “Fresh” line is beta software so you should be avoided by most.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Manager 24.4.8.1419 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.manager.io/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.12.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.6.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

QuickBooks Pro 2022 R14_41 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2023 R11_35 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

Zotero (macOS) 6.0.37 improves Google Docs integration and improves messaging. This is not a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Zotero 6.0.36 updates digital signature. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Security Software Updates

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

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.6.10 is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

OnionShare 2.6.2 is a security update.
https://onionshare.org/

OpenSSL 3.3.0 is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/source/

ProtonVPN (macOS) 4.1.11 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

QubesOS 4.2.1 is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

Stinger 13.0.0.90 adds new detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

SuperAntiSpyware 10.0.1264 improves browser extension. This is not a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Tails 6.1 is a security update.
https://tails.net/install/download/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.57.2 resolves a bug in differential updates. This should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Open Broadcaster Software 30.1.2 adds several features and resolves a dozen bugs. This version requires NVIDIA 531.61 or newer drivers. This is not a security update.
https://obsproject.com/

ScreenToGif 2.41 updates libraries and adds click tracking. 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 13.0.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

PDF Creator 5.2.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

StreamFab 6.1.7.0 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 2.0.1.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password 8.10.28 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

AOMEI Partition Assistant 10.3.1 improves duplicate detection and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

Bitwarden 2024.3.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.22.10977 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

ControlMyMonitor 1.38 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

Cygwin 3.5.3 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 11.19 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 4.1.47.0 resolves several bugs and updates dependencies. This is a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

email-oauth2-proxy 2024-03-15 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/simonrob/email-oauth2-proxy

Everything Toolbar 1.3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

ExplorerPatcher 22621.3296.64.1 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/valinet/ExplorerPatcher/

FoneTool 2.5.2 improves licensing process. This is not a security update.
https://www.fonetool.com/download.html

Go 1.22.2 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.6.2 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

HWiNFO 8.00 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.hwinfo.com/download/

Kingston SSD Manager 1.5.4.5 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/ssdmanager

LessMSI 1.11.0 improves GUI. This is not a security update.
https://lessmsi.activescott.com/

ManageWirelessNetworks 1.13 resolves a data export bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/manage_wireless_networks.html

NTLite 2024.4.9860 updates controls and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 11.0.1007 updates libraries and improves documentation. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 6.37 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.80.0 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

PSAppDeploy 3.10.0 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://psappdeploytoolkit.com/

RoboForm 9.5.7 improves defaults and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

SearchMyFiles 3.25 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

TraceRouteOK 3.35 updates language files. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WinGet 1.7.10861 resolves dependency issues and a couple other 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.

ADB 35.0.1 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Android Studio 2023.2.1.24 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

AutoHotkey 1.1.37.02 resolves several bugs related to hotkeys and clipboard control. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

AutoHotkey 2.0.12 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

GitHub Desktop 3.3.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

NASM 2.16.02 resolves several bugs and improves dependency controls. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.nasm.us/index.php

Node.js 18.20.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.12.1 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 21.7.2 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Python 3.12.3 is a security updae.
https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/

Unreal Engine 5.3 adds dozens of new features and hundreds of changes. This is not a security update.
https://unrealengine.com/en-US/

Visual Studio Code 1.88 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Grocy 4.2.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/grocy/grocy

HumHub 1.15.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en

SpamAssassin 4.0.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://spamassassin.apache.org/downloads.cgi

WordPress 6.5 is a major update adding several new features and font controls. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 5.3.2 resolves a couple bugs and adds support for new webhooks. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/

Antispam Bee 2.11.6 resolves several bugs and updates dependencies. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antispam-bee/

BuddyPress 12.4.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.9.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Social Post Feed 4.2.3 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

Interactive World Map 3.4.4 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/interactive-world-map/

My Sticky Bar 2.6.9 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mystickymenu/

Really Simple CAPTCHA 2.3 flags compatibility requirements. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/really-simple-captcha/

Sucuri Security 1.8.43 updates license and improves notifications. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sucuri-scanner/

W3 Total Cache 2.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.7.0 resolves over a hundred bugs and almost one hundred other issues. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

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

Regards,

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

Password Advice

This is a long and extensive article covering my basic password advice and reasoning. Please take the time to read it and if you have any questions comment below and I will respond.

Assume the worst

Whenever you start dealing with password problems, it’s safest to assume all passwords and accounts are compromised. If someone had access to your device then collecting your passwords from Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari would take only seconds. Even if you don’t store your passwords within your browser then the attacker could still collect your passwords from an installed keylogger or other malware.

Do not change your passwords until each of your devices has been disinfected, of course. It doesn’t make sense to give the attackers direct access to your new logins so clean it up first.

While changing passwords is a good first step, if you do not check the filters/rules, forwarding, reply-to, and active sessions for your email accounts then any passwords you change are moot since the attacker could continue to have access to your email accounts and can simply reset any passwords you’ve changed. The “forgot password” option on most websites sends an email to reset your password and requires no additional validation.

Why use a password manager?

Using the native browser password management system (such as the Google Password Manager in Google Chrome) means that if your browser or Google account are ever compromised, or if someone manages to have even brief access to your computer, or if a piece of malware steals the local password database from the browser, then your passwords are all immediately and completely compromised.

Not using a password manager means that you have to have a written record of all your passwords somewhere. I’ve seen this implemented as a wall of papers with painstakingly recorded names, username and passwords, as a “password book” where two thirds of each page is scribbled out, as drawers full of sticky notes, paper scrap or 5×7 cards each with a different account, within Notes or Contacts on iPhone & Android, and as a single monumental spreadsheet or document.

These are all bad ideas.

There isn’t any level of website trust and either the data is physically exposed to anyone who enters the room or rummages through a drawer, or the data is unencryped and accessible to anyone with momentary access to the device to access Notes or Contacts, even malware or rogue apps.

Knowing the username and password for a website is only part of safely authenticating: password managers ensure that you are using the login details ONLY on the real website that you saved it with, and warns you if you try to fill it anywhere else. This alone can prevent most phishing attacks.

The worst of these is using either the Notes or Contacts feature on smart phones because it’s not only unencrypted, but when you copy something on mobile devices the contents of your clipboard are then automatically sent to many applications on the device to see if they have any use for it. It’s announcing your password to potentially malicious or rogue applications. Why would a flashlight app need to view your clipboard? Simple answer: so it can hack your accounts.

Using a third-party password manager solves each of these potential issues by locking the password “vault” in at least 500,000 layers (really) of encryption so simply copying the vault file itself will not enable an attacker to compromise your accounts.

One other benefit of a password manager is that it will synchronize between your computers, phones and tablets so your passwords will automatically be available on each device, in every browser, and in most apps. You will still have to enter the master password, of course.

I recommend Bitwarden, which is free for most peoples needs:
https://bitwarden.com/

The basic version (all that most people require) is free, open source, cross-platform and well-maintained.

Once you have a password manager set up you can then generate new, strong, unique passwords for each of your other accounts with minimal effort.

Master Password

Before you begin using a password manager you will need to think of a master password.

All password managers operate through a “master password” mechanism. They basically use a single password that unlocks access to your “password vault” which holds all of your other passwords, so it needs to be memorable, strong, long and completely new. Something not remotely like anything you’ve ever used before.

Your master password should be a bare minimum of 24 characters. If you’re comfortable typing more, go big. I recommend using an entire phrase: something like a line from a song, a Bible verse, a quote, or something else like that which you are unlikely to forget. Just make sure you change it a little bit so that it can not be easily hacked by someone that uses these same rules for creating their password cracking database. 🙂

One note if you choose a song: make sure you don’t hum or sing the song while you are typing it. An observer would be able to use this hint to improve their chances of accessing your accounts.

It should go without saying, but I will say it anyway: do not use the same stinking password you’ve been using since you first touched a computer as your master password. Trust me when I say it’s a bad password. A very bad password.

Note: If you forget your master password you can reset it, but you will lose access to all stored passwords. Real password managers don’t keep a copy of your password so if you forget it, it’s gone. Bad password managers either allow recovery or reset, but they should be avoided since this means that it’s never really secure. Some “business”-type password managers provide recovery through the business as long as the business account is still accessible. This is okay as long as you trust the business with access to your passwords or use it only to store the business accounts.

Length and Entropy

For all passwords, I recommend using a minimum of 24 characters, randomly-generated, including mixed case + symbols + numbers. If you don’t yet have a password manager like Bitwarden or RoboForm then you should do that first. If the site won’t let you use that many characters, use as many as it will allow.

ALWAYS use a new, unique, long, random password for each and every account.

An 8-character password is a joke. There are only 96^8 possibilities in an English 8-character password, or 7,213,895,789,838,336 variations. Roughly 7 quadrillion variations. The CPU on my 2016 laptop supports 14.4 billion calculations per second so it would take only 5.8 days to traverse the entire list. This password math also assumes that only a single computer was being used and that it’s an 8+ year old laptop using only a CPU for calculation. A relatively inexpensive video card (GPU) from 2022 can process the same password list in 48 minutes. Tandem or cloud computing can reduce this numbers to tiny fractions of this based on the number of devices you throw at it. These numbers also represent the maximum amount of time to process the entire list, not the average or mean time to crack an actual password, which is significantly less.

Furthermore, this assumes that most common printable characters are available and supported by the password platform. Many aren’t. Most systems even limit entropy by requiring a number (which reduces complexity for at least one character by 90%), or symbol (65%), and usually require the first character to be a letter (46%). These rules actually reduce potential password complexity in the name of increased security. Sigh.

15 characters isn’t long, either. A 15-character password still has relatively minor entropy – depending on the specific rules a site imposes, a 15-character password has only 96^15 variations in the English language, or 542,086,379,860,909,058,354,552,242,176 possible variations. I know that looks like a long number, but in cracking terms, it’s not.

These numbers are all based on cracking based on the full scope of the potential passwords. The actual time to crack is much smaller when based on dictionary attacks. More on that later.

With today’s hardware and what’s coming soon with commercial quantum computing you shouldn’t be thinking in terms of “how long do I have to make it?” but rather “how long can I make it?” Always use the longest password you can for any given site. For example, Facebook allows you to use a password that’s 500 characters long. Use it! That changes the number of variations up to 96^500 (that’s about a thousand digits). Using a password manager makes generating, storing and filling this password a breeze.

But again, if you’re not using a random password then you’re still the “low-hanging fruit.” Instead of having to try 96^n variations for any given account, they only need to try the millions of “known” passwords, or even better, only the most popular 10, 100 or 10,000 known passwords. This tiny dictionary will often succeed since people use such weak passwords, so it minimizes the effort significantly. By using a randomly generated long password your passwords are vastly more secure.

If a password manager is not possible yet then use a long passphrase that includes MISSPELLINGS and not simply “1337 5p34k”. A passphrase is a series of words instead of simply characters. People assume this means that this alone means it is more secure. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

The potential randomness (entropy) in passwords using only dictionary words (about 175,000 variations) is less than what you could get with only 3 characters of random text (~885,000), which means that any passphrase less than 7 words is functionally as insecure as using a 12 character random password, which is pretty weak.

Yes, passphrases are better because they’re longer, but if you use each word exactly as-is then you’re just trading entropy with a weaker scope. Adding random misspellings, numbers or symbols will significantly increase the value of using a passphrase. Not because a website requires it, but because it increases entropy.

Password Hygiene: Why use random passwords?

The first thing that happens after a website is hacked is that the leaked passwords are used in “credential stuffing” attacks where the attacker tries each of your passwords on all of the most popular websites and many unpopular websites. The attacker can try thousands of websites at a time with your leaked login details within seconds after downloading the breach data. If you have been reusing passwords then this means that the password you used on a Walking Dead fan site or a CNN talkback page that gets hacked likely grants the attacker direct access to your Amazon, Facebook or even Wells Fargo account.

There are only three critical password rules to remember:

  1. Any password you can remember is not secure.
  2. Never reuse any password or any part of a password.
  3. Don’t share your passwords with anyone.

If nothing else, these rules are the best reason to use a password manager (such as Bitwarden, RoboForm, LastPass, Dashlane, or 1Password) that performs site validation (to prevent phishing) and includes a built-in random password generator.

HaveIBeenPwned (HIBP), a white-hat repository detailing hundreds of hacking events since 2007, currently has over 847 million unique passwords in their database. It also has a counter applied to each password, so you can see that 300,185 idiots all thought “P@ssw0rd” was actually a good idea. This number is vastly undercounted, too, since this number only represents the number of times that this password has appeared within these few publicly disclosed breaches, while most sites either still haven’t had their data compromised or, more likely, the compromised data is not yet public.

Every website will be hacked eventually, if it hasn’t been already. I’m seeing an average of 200+ major hacks every month, with the total number of compromised accounts in the billions. Every month.

Microsoft was hacked three times in the ten-month window between April 2023 and January 2024. Adobe has been hacked at least six times that we know about. The NSA, FBI, Department of Defense, Whitehouse, and most government agencies have been hacked at least once. Most businesses (including Microsoft) did not even know they were hacked for months or even years and take even longer before they acknowledge it publicly…if they ever acknowledge it publicly.

Looking through the HIBP breach reports I see that the typical business is hacked for just shy of a year and a half before discovering it (16.8 months on average). They just don’t know. It’s safest to assume every site is already hacked and will likely be hacked at least once per year. The best defense is to practice good security hygiene yourself to ensure that the damage any individual hacking event can cause you is minimal.

Every password will be hacked eventually. A mysterious international “state-sponsored” boogeyman isn’t necessary. Being a billionaire, politician, or other high-value target isn’t necessary, either. Any 12 year old can buy time on Amazon or other cloud providers to automate anything they want, including cracking passwords, and no human being will ever know what goes through a 12-year-old’s mind. They can even do so for free using a trial or by paying for it with stolen credit cards in order to avoid any expense at all.

Dictionary Attacks

People often assume that passwords are usually cracked using brute force: sending every possible random password combination that a site/service/app can support until the correct password is determined. However, since people almost always reuse the same passwords or the same passwords as everyone else, hackers usually perform a “dictionary” attack. This is when the attacker uses a collection of common passwords instead of randomly generating every possibility. These common passwords are usually from password dumps from previous breaches. The attackers test the most commonly used known passwords instead of wasting time & resources on less likely passwords. These lists are out there and they are huge.

Every person will be hacked eventually, but the point here is that while there are currently only 753 dumps worth of data in the HIBP database the numbers show that most people never even consider password hygiene. 753 dumps and 847 million unique passwords might sound like a lot, but remember: there are currently over 200 major hacks every month. HIBP only includes a tiny tiny fraction of the trillions of accounts that we know have been compromised. If all the data from each of these hacks were actually available the doom and gloom might be far worse. Maybe people are even worse than what the HIBP data shows? We don’t know. What we do know is the data from HIBP and the numbers below are a signal based on what we can easily observe – the HIBP data. Nevertheless, what we see is truly terrifying.

According to the HIBP dataset:

  • 22,232 passwords have each been used by over 10,000 compromised accounts.
  • 1,222 passwords have each been used by over 100,000 compromised accounts.
  • 44 passwords have each been used by over 1,000,000 compromised accounts.

The top 10 most frequently used passwords account for over 13% of all accounts within the HIBP data. The 44 passwords with over a million accounts each make up a whopping 20.8% of all accounts within the HIBP data, so it is not an exaggeration to say that 20% of the world is using absolute crap passwords. Way more than that, actually, but isn’t that enough?

Here’s where it will really blow your mind: The top 10,000 most frequently used passwords account for 89% of all accounts within the HIBP data. Eightynine percent! That means that 9 out of 10 accounts in the world are likely able to be cracked with one of these mere 10,000 passwords. Put another way, almost 90% of the world is using passwords that are functionally no more complex than a 4-digit pin number.

Targeted Dictionary Attacks

Targeted attacks are quite different. Sure, the data is already depressing, but it gets worse. The password data from HIBP is generic and broadly applicable. People tend to use the same types of information in their passwords.

If you’ve been pretty good not to use one of these weaker passwords (on its own at least) there’s still the risk of a targeted attack. Targeted attacks will build on this corpus of information as well as a background check on the target individual. A background check will include your name, initials, aliases, email addresses, phone numbers, extended family members (grandchildren, children, siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins and so on) names and birthdates, neighbors, pets, physical and mailing addresses, cities, zip codes, business records, as well as public information you’ve posted on sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

Much of this information can be generated or collected in an hour or less or bought wholesale through any of a dozen providers that charge as little as $15/month for unlimited background checks.

This information is then added to a custom “personal data dictionary” about you and used as the basis for attacking your passwords. If you are one of the 7 billion people on planet Earth using these facts as the basis for any part of your passwords then this should concern you. This reduces the effort by way of complexity from potentially trillions and quadrillions of variations to mere dozens.

When personal data dictionaries are used together with your publicly available personal data from previous password dumps, an attacker can build up an exacting profile of the specific pieces of personal information you are likely to use when you build a password and programmatically predict every likely variation in mere seconds. Once a personalized data dictionary is generated, most passwords will be compromised near-instantaneously.

All of this to make sure you understand why you need to use a new, unique, long, random password for each and every account. I don’t care how much you loved your cat, just use a random password. Please.

Password Change Order

Now that you’re getting a password manager set up you need to change every password for every account. Really. Most people have dozens or even hundreds of accounts, so this is not a minor task. If you don’t change the passwords then all you’ve done is protect yourself from phishing, while many of the accounts are already exposed or even compromised. Change each stored password to a new, unique, long, random password.

I recommend you change passwords in this order:

  1. Email (Google, Yahoo, AT&T, Hotmail/Outlook, Comcast) – reviewing filters, forwarding, reply-to, and active sessions; and enable 2FA (two-factor authentication)
  2. Banking, Finance and Investment (BofA, Wells Fargo, Vanguard); and enable 2FA (two-factor authentication)
  3. Anything with stored credit card, payment or banking information (Verizon, Costco, Amazon, Walmart, Propane); and enable 2FA (two-factor authentication)
  4. Social Media & Forums (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn); and enable 2FA (two-factor authentication)
  5. Everything else

#1 – EMAIL MUST BE DONE FIRST! Any attacker that has access to your email account can just change your passwords again after you change any other accounts.

You must check the filters, forwarding, reply-to, and active sessions for your email accounts or an attacker will be able to either recover access to your email accounts and simply reset whatever passwords you’ve changed.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

As I write this I can see your eyes glaze over. Hundreds of accounts and I just want you to change all your passwords?! Yes. Don’t be silly though: you don’t have to change every password right now. Even if you just change one or two passwords each day you will get it done before you know it. You just need to commit to actually working towards this goal.

Device Accounts

There is a gotcha when using good passwords with specific services: device accounts.

You can change almost any password for almost any account and use a password manager to fill it on your devices. Unfortunately, there are three accounts where this can actually be a problem. Apple, Google and Microsoft accounts are now often used for device-level authentication on macOS, iPhones, iPads, Android, Chromebooks, and Windows devices. That means that you will need to be able to manually enter this new, unique, long, random password every time you log in to your phone or your computer, when you make an app store purchase, or at least when initially setting up these devices. An 80+ character random password isn’t fun to type even once, and these devices require it to be entered each time certain actions occur, which could be quite frequent.

In these scenarios using a passphrase is just about the only safe option. Your passwords for these accounts (that are tied to your devices!) need to be as long as possible but memorable, since you may not be able to access another trusted device with your password manager when you are logging in to one of these devices.

If you have accounts on these services that are not used for device authentication then you can still safely generate good random passwords for these accounts.

But wait, there’s more!

In addition to a password manager, there are a couple other things you can do to minimize your risk.

  1. Set a watch on your email addresses/domains with HIBP:
    https://haveibeenpwned.com/
    This will alert you when your email address appears in breach data along with the site that it was leaked from and what other information was exposed.
  2. Check your passwords against the Pwned Passwords database.
    https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords
    If you don’t want to risk putting your password into a form on the Internet (and you shouldn’t!), then you have three options:

    1. You can use the “pwcheck” program I created for this purpose. Steps in the next section.
    2. You can create an SHA-1 hash of the password and send ONLY the first 5 characters of it to this URL:
      https://api.pwnedpasswords.com/range/00000
      Replace 00000 with the first five characters of the SHA-1 hash of your password, then compare the results.
    3. You can download and extract the 30+GB database of the entire password collection and compare it yourself offline.

Note: The HIBP Pwned Passwords service uses the k-Anonymity standard to ensure that your actual password isn’t uploaded when using pwcheck or the API URL. Now compare the return data with the actual SHA-1 hash and if it’s not there then it hasn’t (yet) appeared in a publicly disclosed data dump. More about that stuff here.

  1. Call me! When you have any security question or concern, please call me. This post covers a lot of the “why” and some of the “how” but you’re sure to have issues when you start using a password manager.

Checking a password with pwcheck

I wrote pwcheck to help test the security of passwords. Over time I’ve added more features to it, such as the ability to generate passwords and passphrases. To use it you’ll need to open a command prompt: click the Start button, type “cmd”, press Enter. A black or blue command window will appear.

To test a password, copy it to the clipboard then type this into the command prompt:

pwcheck .

You’ll get something back like:

Uh-oh. This password has been used by 10382543 compromised accounts.

Or:

Yay. This password is not known to be compromised. Yet.

You can use pwcheck to generate random passwords, too. Type one of these commands in the command prompt:

pwcheck /g1
pwcheck /g2
pwcheck /g3

You can then highlight the password and press Enter or CTRL+C to copy it to the clipboard.

/g1 creates a truly random, but relatively short password.

/g2 creates a word-based password (aka, “passphrase”). This is much longer, but doesn’t include symbols or numbers, and does include spaces, so often needs fiddling before some websites will accept it.

/g3 creates a passphrase, like /g2, but replaces the spaces with random symbols and numbers.

For each of these commands you can also add a space and number after the password type (as below) to control the length of the password. For /g1 this number sets the number of characters. For /g2 and /g3 it sets the number of words.

pwcheck /g1 112
pwcheck /g2 9
pwcheck /g3 4

Credit Freeze

Whether you’ve been hacked or not you should freeze (sometimes called a lock) your credit. Do this by creating an account at each individual reporting agency and then setting up a freeze/lock on the account. This will prevent any new lines of credit (where the creditor actually checks your rating) so it should minimize the risk of financial damage.

Here’s the specific pages for the big three credit reporting agencies:

There is NO CHARGE for the ability to freeze your credit, but each of the big three credit bureaus are businesses so they make it easy to accidentally sign up for a paid service instead of simply freezing your credit. Be careful to follow the links/buttons for Freeze your account for free or similar verbiage. Also note that each credit bureau requires that you have a cell phone in order to freeze your credit. This is absurd, especially since so much of the elder population that are the largest targets for credit fraud are also the least likely to willingly use cell phones.

Regards,

Shawn K. Hall

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 2024-02-13

Happy Valentine’s Day, Folks!

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

This Month in Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amazon AWS is now charging for IPv4 addresses.

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

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vivaldi 6.5.3206.61 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

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

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

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

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

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zoom 5.17.7.31859 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

Office Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

Security Software Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

UniFab 2.0.1.1 adds support for denoise, improves upscaling performance, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password 8.10.24 resolves several bugs, improves idle behavior, and improves integration. This should be treated as a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

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

Agent Ransack – Download

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FileLocator Pro – Download

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

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

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

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

Download

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

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

Download HWiNFO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

VirtualBox 7.0.14 resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duplicator – WordPress Migration & Backup Plugin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

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