Updates 2024-02-13

Happy Valentine’s Day, Folks!

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

This Month in Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amazon AWS is now charging for IPv4 addresses.

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

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email Updates

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

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

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

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

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

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

Office Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

Security Software Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Agent Ransack – Download

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FileLocator Pro – Download

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

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

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

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

Download

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

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

Download HWiNFO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duplicator – WordPress Migration & Backup Plugin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2023-12-12

Merry Christmas, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for December, 2023.

There were 200+ major hacks, and over 215 application updates this month. Even with all that, it’s actually a pretty small month, with only about 2.5 GB of updates for most users.

This Month in Technology

1st Source Bank, 23andMe, 4 Over LLC, Aadhaar, Acuity, Advantis Global, Inc., Alps Alpine North America, Inc., AMD & Intel CPUs, AMD CPUs, American University of Antigua College of Medicine, Americold Logistics LLC, Apache Struts 2, Ardent Health Services, Austal USA, AutoZone, Avito, Beaverton School District, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Bleach Anime Forum, Bloomberg Crypto, Blue Shield of California, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, Bluetooth 4.2 to 5.4 hardware (BLUFFS), British Library, Brodart Co, Brookfield Global Relocation Services, Butte School District, Cadence Bank, California Physicians Service, Cambridge NHS, Capital Health, CareTree, Inc., CBIZ KA, Citrix NetScaler Application Delivery Controller, Citrix NetScaler Gateway, CKF Addiction Treatment, Inc., Clark County School District, Clear Spring Life and Annuity Insurance Company, Coin Cloud, Community Health Network, Inc., Community Healthcare Network, Inc., Counter-Strike 2, CrushFTP, CTS, CVC Holding Corp, CyberLink, Deanco Healthcare LLC, Deer Oaks Behavioral Health, Delaware Life Insurance Company, DePauw University, Detroit Chassis, LLC, Dollar Tree, Dragon Touch, East River Medical Imaging, EMS Management and Consultants Inc., Endocrine and Psychiatry Center, Enstar (US) Inc., Equality Health, LLC, Erris water, Estante Virtual, Ethyrial, Experian, Fenway Community Health Center, Inc., Fidelity National Financial, Financial Risk Mitigation, Inc., FortiSIEM, Foursquare Healthcare, Ltd., Foxit Reader, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Gemplex, General Electric, Gerber Life Insurance Company, Go Ninja, Google Calendar, Gunster, Yoakley & Steward, PA, Hackensack Meridian Health, Hal Turner Radio Show, Hampton-Newport News CSB, Hendersonville, Henry Schein, Holding Slovenske Elektrarne, HSKS Greenhalgh Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, HTC Global Services, Idaho National Laboratory, IDF, Indian Hotels Company, IndiHome, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, InflateVids, Inline Plastics Corp., Intel CPUs, International Paper Company, International Paper Company Group Health and Welfare Plan, Jam Tangan, Japan’s Space Agency JAXA, JoyGames, Kaneva, Kansas state court system, KitchenPal, Koeller Nebeker Calrson & Haluk LLP, KyberSwap, Kyivstar, Leggett & Platt Incorporated Employee Benefit Fund, Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, Long Beach, California, McLaren Health Care, Medical College of Wisconsin, Medical Eye Services, Inc., MeridianLink, MGM Resorts International, Microsoft DHCP servers, Microsoft Exchange, Midwest Gaming & Entertainment, LLC, Molina Healthcare of Iowa, Inc., Montrose Behavioral Health Hospital, Inc., Morrison Community Hospital District, Movie Forums, Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa, NASCO, NEWAG trains, Nissan Australia & New Zealand, Nissan Financial Services, Nonstop Administration and Insurance Services, Inc., Norsk Hydro, Northwest Eye Care Professionals, Norton Healthcare, NSC Technologies, NXP, Oak Street Health, Okta, OMGPOP, ownCloud, Pahl & McCay, Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Inc., password managers on Android, Perry Johnson & Associates, pfSense servers, Philippine Government, Poloniex, Postmeds/Truepill, Proliance Surgeons, PruittHealth Network, Psychiatry Associates of Kansas City, Qlik Sense, RailYatri, Redcliffe Labs, Rock Valley Physical Therapy, Rosaviatsia, Rusnak, Saisystems International, Inc., Samsung Electronics, Sellafield, Serbian Civil Society, Shadowfax, Shoval, Sierra County, Sierra OT/IoT routers, SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving Services, SoarGames, Sophos Firewalls, South Korean defense companies, Southwest Behavioral Health Center, Stanley Steemer International, Inc., Staples, State of Maine, Stevedore DP World, Systems East, Inc., Taylor University, TGI Direct, Inc., The Charles Lea Center, Tipalti, Toronto Public Library, Toyota Financial Services, TransUnion, Tri Counties Bank, Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, U.S. Drug Mart, Inc., UEFI on just about every platform, Unitronics PLCs, University of Manchester, US Department of Health and Human Services, US government agencies, Valrhona Inc., Vanderbilt University Medical Center, VMware Cloud Director, Warren General Hospital, Welltok, West Central District Health Department, Weston Embedded uC-HTTP Server, Westside Community Services, Wichita Urology Group, Windows Hello fingerprint authentication, WordPress Backup Migration plugin, WordPress, WP Fastest Cache, Wyoming County Community Health System, Yakima Valley Radiology PC, Yamaha Motor’s Philippines, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, Zeroed-In Technologies, and Zyxel NAS have reported hacking or compromises this month.

ALPHV, Blender, British Library, Fidelity National Financial, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Kyivstar, Optus, Rumble, and Staples have suffered from outages this month.

Last months updates broke Google Drive, USB C compatibility, Microsoft 365 Outlook, trust in the Windows Store, Microsoft 365 authentication, and they’re installing HP Smart on millions of computers without any HP hardware.

Apple introduced a new feature (NameDrop) that allows it to easily share your contact information with someone nearby. While the feature is designed to share information only when the popup is selected, Apple has a history of weak or defective controls on new features. Apple’s AirTags can be silenced to make stalking easier.

Hackers claim they can use expired Google auth cookies to gain access to accounts. A new AI is designed to crack your password by listening to your typing.

Rumble has sued Check My Ads.

The EV death toll is rising and “green lie” is being exposed.

Now for the good news:

The FISA Reform and Reauthorization Act is due to be renewed (like, tomorrow), and information is out that exposes how it can be abused even further. There’s still time to contact your congress critters and ask them to reject it.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday is pretty small this month. The typical computer should see roughly 2.5 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to address 42 vulnerabilities in Azure Connected Machine Agent, Azure Machine Learning, Microsoft Bluetooth Driver, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Power Platform Connector, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Microsoft Windows DNS, Windows Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver, Windows Defender, Windows DHCP Server, Windows DPAPI (Data Protection Application Programming Interface), Windows Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), Windows Kernel, Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers, Windows Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS), Windows Media, Windows MSHTML Platform, Windows ODBC Driver, Windows Telephony Server, Windows USB Mass Storage Class Driver, Windows Win32K, XAML Diagnostics, AMD Chipsets, and MSRT. This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Monterey 12.7.2, macOS Sonoma 14.1.2, macOS Sonoma 14.2, macOS Ventura 13.6.3, iOS 16.7.3, iOS 17.1.2, iOS 17.2, iPadOS 16.7.3, iPadOS 17.1.2, iPadOS 17.2, Safari 17.1.2, Safari 17.2, tvOS 17.2, watchOS 10.2, and Pro Video Formats 2.3. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 16.7.3, 17.1.2 and 17.2 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 16.7.3, 17.1.2 and 17.2 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 10.2 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 17.2 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 114.0.5735.343 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

The now-current release of the Windows 11 (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 23.12.1 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Crucial Storage Executive 9.09 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.7.0 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Drivers by Seagull 2023.4 adds support for 200 new printers. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/support/downloads/drivers/

DS4Windows 3.2.21 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/Ryochan7/DS4Windows/releases/latest

Epson ET-2800 3.01 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://epson.com/Support/Printers/All-In-Ones/ET-Series/Epson-ET-2800/s/SPT_C11CJ66202

Epson ET-3760 2.68.02 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://epson.com/Support/Printers/All-In-Ones/ET-Series/Epson-ET-3760/s/SPT_C11CG20203

Epson ET-4800 3.01 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://epson.com/Support/Printers/All-In-Ones/ET-Series/Epson-ET-4800/s/SPT_C11CJ65201

Epson ET-4850 3.02.00 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://epson.com/Support/Printers/All-In-Ones/ET-Series/Epson-ET-4850/s/SPT_C11CJ60202

Epson ET-5880 3.02 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://epson.com/Support/Printers/All-In-Ones/ET-Series/Epson-ET-5880/s/SPT_C11CJ28201

Epson WF-4820 3.04.00 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://epson.com/Support/Printers/All-In-Ones/WorkForce-Series/Epson-WorkForce-Pro-WF-4820/s/SPT_C11CJ06201

TP-Link Archer AX55 v1 231130 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 231023 is a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/archer-ax73/v2.0/#Firmware

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.61.101 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Firefox 120.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.5.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Google Chrome 120.0.6099.71 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 120.0.2210.61 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

SeaMonkey 2.53.18 is a security update.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 6.4.3160.47 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.13.2 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Spark 3.10.6.61878 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.10.6.61877 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.5.2 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 (macOS) 7.3.0 resolves several bugs and improves address book. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

aria2 1.37.0 resolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

curl 8.5.0 resolves more than 180 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 188.4.6302 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 201.0.0.9.336 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Server 1.8.0 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 13.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Microsoft Teams 1.6.00.33567 is a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 28.0 resolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Omada Software Controller 5.13.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/omada-software-controller/

Pocketnet-Core 0.22.0 is a major update improving performance and optimizing storage. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

Pocketnet-GUI 0.8.74 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

Rclone 1.65.0 adds dozens of new features, resolves several bugs, and improves performance and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 6.41.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Signal (Android) 6.41.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Syncthing 1.27.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Telegram 4.12.2 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Telegram (Android) 10.3.2 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://telegram.org/apps

Wget2 2.1.0 resolves a couple dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gitlab.com/gnuwget/wget2/-/releases

Zoom 5.16.10.26186 updates the icon and adds dozens of new features. This is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 3.0.14 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Bitwig Studio 5.1 adds several new characters and dozens of new controls and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

Plex Desktop 1.83.1.4061 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.52.1.4035 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.32.8.7639 updates libraries and 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.

GameMaker Studio 2023.11.0.121 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

GDevelop 5.3.183 vastly improves startup performance and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.50.03 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

Minecraft Server (Java) 1.20.4 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server

Nintendo Switch 17.0.1 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

SteamOS SteamDeck Update 3.5.7 improves stability and USB connectivity. 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 Dimension 3.4.11 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/dimension/apsb23-71.html

Adobe Experience Manager 2023.11 and 6.5.19.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb23-72.html

Adobe Illustrator 28.1 and 27.9.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb23-68.html

Adobe InDesign 19.1 and 18.5.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb23-70.html

Adobe Prelude 22.6.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/prelude/apsb23-67.html

Adobe Reader DC Patch 23.008.20421 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to install the most current version.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe Reader DC Patch for MacOS 23.008.20423 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Check for updates to install the most current version.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe Substance3D After Effects 24.1 and 23.6.2 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb23-75.html

Adobe Substance3D Designer 13.1.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/substance3d_designer/apsb23-76.html

Adobe Substance3D Sampler 4.2.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/substance3d-sampler/apsb23-74.html

Adobe Substance3D Stager 2.1.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/substance3d_stager/apsb23-73.html

Audacity 3.4.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Calibre 7.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

ImageMagick 7.1.1-23 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://imagemagick.org/

Inkscape 1.3.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://inkscape.org/release/

Kdenlive 23.08.4 resolves a dozen stability and reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://kdenlive.org/

Kindle for PC 2.2.70623 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Krita 5.2.2 fixes more than a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice 7.5.9 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.6.4 resolves more than 150 bugs. This should be treated as a security update. Remember that the Fresh line is beta software and the “Still” line should be used by most users.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Manager 23.12.12.1221 resolves more than a dozen bugs and adds several new features, including global inventory transfer and custom depreciation and amortization fields. This is not a security update.
https://www.manager.io/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.11.0 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.6 improves multi-edit, inaccessible file access, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 5.0.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

PDF-XChange Editor 10.1.3.383 is a security update.
https://www.pdf-xchange.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

QuickBooks Pro 2022 R13_33 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2023 R9_104 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2024 R4_15 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

Security Software Updates

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

Chainsaw 2.8.1 updates dependencies and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/countercept/chainsaw

HTTP Toolkit 1.14.8 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://httptoolkit.tech/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.6.6 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

OpenSSL 3.2.0 is a security update.
https://slproweb.com/products/Win32OpenSSL.html

ProtonVPN (macOS) 4.0.1 improves the user interface. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.13.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 10.0.1260 resolves several bugs and adds a Chrome and Edge extension. This is not a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Tails 5.20 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

uBlock Origin 1.54.0 adds differential updates for filter lists and resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

VT-CLI 1.0.0 is the first official release version. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/vt-cli/releases/latest

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Open Broadcaster Software 30.0.2 resolves a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://obsproject.com/

ScreenToGif 2.40 improves theming, updates dependencies and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 24.0.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 13.0.0.7 adds support for new encodings, improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

HandBrake 1.7.1 adds support for new output formats and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

IsoBuster 5.3 adds support for new hardware, new encodings, new partition schemes, and several bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

StreamFab 6.1.5.3 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 2.0.0.6 improves compatibility and performance. 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 8.10.22 adds reminders to imported passwords and resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

Agent Ransack 2022.3418 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

AMD Ryzen Master 2.12.0.2806 adds support for new hardware and voltage reporting. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/ryzen-master

Beyond Compare 4.4.7.28397 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitwarden 2023.12.0 resolves several bugs and adds Elastic integration and CLI event logs. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CalyxOS Device Flasher 1.0.8 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://calyxos.org/install/

CCleaner 6.18.10838 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

dnGrep 4.0.151.0 adds several new features and controls. This is not a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

email-oauth2-proxy 2023-11-18 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/simonrob/email-oauth2-proxy

ExplorerPatcher 22621.2506.60.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/valinet/ExplorerPatcher/

Fido 1.53 adds new UEFI Shell and updates versions. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

FileLocator Pro 2022.3418 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Git SCM 2.43.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

Go 1.21.5 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.4.8 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

ImageUSB 1.5.1006 improves logging. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

Mac Migration Assistant 2.4.5.0 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204087

NTLite 2023.11.9515 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

PowerToys 0.76.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

ProcDump 3.0 for Linux adds memory leak reporting. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

ripgrep 14.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/BurntSushi/ripgrep/releases/latest

RoboForm 9.5.6 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

ScreenConnect 23.8.6.8735 is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Sysmon 1.3.2 for Linux is a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

WinGet 1.6.3421 updates the app installer and adds Configure command to improve consistency. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WirelessKeyView 2.23 improves QR Code generation and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

XnConvert 1.99 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.xnview.com/en/xnconvert/

ZoomText 2023 2023.2311.20.400 resolves several bugs.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

ZoomText 2024 is a new major version adding several new mouse and cursor controls, performance improvements, and improved keyboard controls. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 2023.1.1.26 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

GitHub Desktop 3.3.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Godot 4.2.1 resolves over 1,800 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Node.js 18.19.0 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.10.0 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 21.4.0 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Python 3.12.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/

SQLite 3.44.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.85 adds dozens of new features. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.36 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Web Package Updates

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

Joomla 5.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

ownCloud Client 5.2.0.12726 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/desktop-app/

Piwigo 14.0.0 improves search, index, media support, album editor and performance, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

WordPress 6.4.2 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

BuddyPress 12.0.0 is a major update, replacing the rewrite API and resolving dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.8.4 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.5.7.1 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

Postie 1.9.68 adds an option to suppress the postie div. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postie/

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.4.3 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-networks-auto-poster-facebook-twitter-g/

W3 Total Cache 2.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.3.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WPBakery 7.3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

WP Cerber Security 9.6 adds 2FA support and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wpcerber.com/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2023-11-14

Happy Thanksgiving, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for November, 2023. It’s ugly.

This month brings a new version of Windows 11 (v23H2), critical security updates for all supported Apple products, and (literally) new security updates for every browser every single week since the last update cycle on October 10th. That’s on top of the 190+ major hacks, and over 205 application updates this month. Prepare yourself, there will be about 5 GB of updates for most devices this month.

The new Windows Copilot AI feature is now enabled by default in Windows 10 and 11, but can be disabled either in the deep settings or within group policy.

This Month in Technology

1Password, 23andMe, Accenture, Ace Hardware, Advarra, Air Canada, Air Europa, Allen & Overy, Allied Pilots Association, AlohaCare, American Family Insurance, Ampersand, Android 13, AndroidLista, Apache ActiveMQ, Apple Safari, Apple “Find My”, Atlas Healthcare CT, Atlassian Confluence, Avito, BHI Energy Health and Welfare Benefits Plan, BHI Energy I Specialty Services LLC, BHS Physician Network, Inc., Boeing, British Library, Bukalapak, BulletProftLink, Bureau van Dijk, Cadence Bank, Caesars Entertainment, Inc., Casio, CCleaner, Chess, Cisco IOS XE, City of Philadelphia, City of Victorville, California, Clark County School District (CCSD), Colonial Pipeline, Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma, Crum & Forster, D-Link, Dakota Eye Institute, Deer Oaks Behavioral Health, 22 companies overseeing energy infrastructure in Denmark, District of Columbia Board of Elections, DP World Australia, Drug Free Workplaces USA, LLC, Edward C. Taylor, PhD., PL, eleHealth, Ethereum wallet system, European government email servers, F5 BIG-IP, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., Financial Asset Management Systems, First Judicial Circuit, Fitmart, Five Guys Enterprises, LLC, Frax Outsourcing, Frazier & Deeter, LLC, Fredericksburg Foot & Ankle Center, PLC, GameSprite, GamingMonk, GPD Holdings LLC (CoinFlip), Grammarly, Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association, Inc., Growers Express, LLC, Grupo GTD, Healthsoft LLC, Helping the Aging Needy and Disabled Inc, Henry Schein, Hill International, Inc, Hospital & Medical Foundation of Paris, Inc, Hospital Sisters Health System, Indian state government, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)…which paid the ransom, International Criminal Court, IPM Healthcare DBA Boomerang Healthcare, Jeffco Public Schools, Juniper devices, Jupyter Notebooks, JustSystems Corporation Ichitaro, Kansas Supreme Court, Kwik Trip, Kyocera AVX Components Corporation (KAVX), La Red Health Center, LastPass, LCS Financial Services, LDLC ASVEL, Lennar Corporation, Life Generations Healthcare LLC, Lobel Financial Corporation, Longhorn Village, macOS, Marina Bay Sands, Mattson Technology, Inc., McLaren Health Care, MemeChat, Microsoft Exchange, Morrison Community Hospital, Mozi IoT Botnet, Mr. Cooper, Napa Integrated Medicine PC, NASCO, NetScaler ADC and NetScaler Gateway appliances, New York Life Insurance Company, Northern Iowa Therapy PC, Okta (again and again), OrthoAlaska, LLC, Oscar Insurance Company of Florida, Pacific Clear Vision Institute, Pacific Union College, Peerstar LLC, Pennsylvania General Store, peplink Surf SOHO, Perry Johnson & Associates, Personify Care, Pharmacy Group of Mississippi, LLC, Phoenix, Pisenti & Brinker LLP, Postmeds, Inc./Truepill, Progress Software MOVEit, Progressive Leasing, Prolific Puma, Pypl, QNAP QTS, Radius Global Solutions, RagnarLocker ransomware, Redcliffe Labs, Refresco Beverages US Inc., Resort Data Processing, Inc., Revival Animal Health, Riverside County Office of Education, Roundcube Webmail, Royal Elementor, Samsung Galaxy S23, San Diego PACE, San Francisco Jazz Organization, Sberbank, Seiko, Shadow PC, Simpson Manufacturing, Singing River Health System, 1 million Windows and Linux hosts using SMBv1, SoftEther VPN, SolarWinds Access Rights Manager, South River Technologies Titan MFT and Titan SFTP, Sphero, Stanford University, Stars Arena, State of Maine, Sumo Logic, Sun Life Financial, Sutter Health, SysAid, Taylored Service Parent Co., TeamCity, The Chattanooga Heart Institute, The Commerce Insurance Company (MAPFRE Insurance), The Hilb Group Operating Company, LLC, The Newtron Group, LLC, Toronto Public Library, Toumei, Town of Iowa, Louisiana, Transaction Data Systems, TransForm, Tri Counties Bank, Tri-City Medical Center, Trigona ransomware gang, Trust Benefit Technologies, LLC, Tunngle, 11 Ukrainian telcos, University Federal Credit Union, University of Michigan, University of Missouri, User Submitted Posts WordPress plugin, Veeam ONE IT, Vidio, VMware vCenter Server, VMware vRealize Log Insight, WACOSA, Wescom Central Credit Union, West Texas Gas, Westat, Inc., Western Washington Medical Group, Weston Embedded uC-HTTP HTTP Server, Women Political Leaders Summit, WS_FTP, Wyze Cam v3, Yifan YF325, Zhefengle have reportedly been hacked or compromised this month.

In what should be no surprise to 40,000 people, yes, leaving the default “admin” password will get you hacked.

Cloudflare, OpenAI/ChatGPT, Outlook.com, and the Toronto Public Library have suffered from outages this month.

Last months updates broke .NET 6.0 security patches, .NET 7.0 security patches, Apple device integration with Enterprise Single Sign On, Hosted Exchange, HP motherboards, Hyper-V, Microsoft 365 admin system, Microsoft 365, MS Office, Outlook Desktop, Rivian infotainment systems, Veeam RCT, VMware ESXi, Windows desktop icons, Windows Server 2022 VMs on VMware ESXi, Windows Update, and WSUS.

Microsoft violated (again) their promise not to push bloatware on LTSC.

Microsoft also introduced over 110 security vulnerabilities (discovered so far…) to Microsoft 365 by integrating SketchUp 3D capabilities.

Sadly, Microsoft has also disabled the free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 and 8. Until about a month ago it was still possible to upgrade older machines to Windows 10 without having to purchase a license. Now it is no longer possible.

Microsoft has also changed Authenticator behavior to suppress notifications for “risky sign-ins.” The idea is that when a login occurs from an unlikely source, somewhere you have not logged in before or a country you’re unlikely to be in, they can prevent the out-of-the-blue popup asking if you’re trying to log in. Unfortunately, if you’ve reused passwords, or used weak passwords, then this will increase the likelihood of a random calls “from microsoft” or “your IT department” asking you to “verify that you still have access to account” by opening the authenticator and actively approving the login. This kind of UI behavior teaches people to be less wary since they have to then go out of their way to “prove” themselves, which is something most humans innately want to do. It’s going to be bad. To reduce the risk please use strong, unique, random passwords to lessen the risk of successful password spraying attacks.

Microsoft extended the security update support period for Windows Server 2012 to October 2026.

LBRY, Inc is finally throwing in the towel after years of fighting the SEC. LBRY is the organization behind the best (IMHO) video and data sharing service in the world, and was targeted because the federal government chooses not to understand crypto. LBRY is dead, long live LBRY!

The US is leading an alliance to never pay ransom to cybercriminals. A US court has ruled that it is not a privacy violation for your car to harvest your contacts, texts and call logs even when you do not grant those permissions. The SEC has charged SolarWinds and their CISO with fraud over the massive hack in late 2020.

Not only is it foolhardy to assume that any automated system could prevent abuse by 100% of the advertisers, Google’s own data shows that the number of malicious ads they have detected has increased by over 50% in the last year.

The “they have detected” clause is the important takeaway from that statement. Google has over a thousand dedicated people within their ad review department whose sole purpose is to detect and block malicious advertisements, and ads that violate any other policies. Even with that, many people that interact with ads still don’t realize they’re advertisements or are taken to malicious or fraudulent sites. They simply can not detect all malicious advertisements.

Now that Google is pushing a new ad-blocker war via YouTube, it’s actually increasing the number of people that realize that they can, and should, take action to block advertisements. Is it any wonder why people are increasingly blocking ads? You should, too. Start with uBlock Origin. Blocking advertisements is not just about security, though, it could help save the planetNeed help? Ask.

Moody’s has downgraded the US financial outlook to “negative”.

Now for the good news:

According to the CDC there are now record-high childhood vaccine refusals across the country. It’s about time.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

Microsoft released updates to address 83 vulnerabilities in .NET Framework, ASP.NET, Azure, Azure DevOps, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Remote Registry Service, Microsoft WDAC OLE DB provider for SQL, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft Windows Speech, Open Management Infrastructure, Tablet Windows User Interface, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Windows Authentication Methods, Windows Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows Compressed Folder, Windows Defender, Windows Deployment Services, Windows DHCP Server, Windows Distributed File System (DFS), Windows DWM Core Library, Windows HMAC Key Derivation, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Installer, Windows Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), Windows Kernel, Windows NTFS, Windows Protected EAP (PEAP), Windows Scripting, Windows SmartScreen, Windows Storage, and MSRT (~ 2 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Monterey 12.7.1, macOS Ventura 13.6.2, macOS Sonoma 14.1.1, iOS 15.8, iOS 16.7.2, iOS 17.1.1, iPadOS 15.8, iPadOS 16.7.2, iPadOS 17.1.1, Safari 17.1, tvOS 17.1, and watchOS 10.1.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 15.8, 16.7.2, and 17.1.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 15.8, 16.7.2, and 17.1.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 10.1.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 17.1 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 118.0.5993.123/124 and 114.0.5735.339 are security updates. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Fedora 39-1.5 is a major update, adding cosmetic, networking, security and other improvements, and updates libraries. 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 23.11.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/support

Daemon Tools Lite 12.0.0 is a major update with a redesign, improves search and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtLite

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.6.9 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

DS4Windows 3.2.19 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://github.com/Ryochan7/DS4Windows/releases/latest

Nvidia Driver 474.66 is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Samsung DeX 2.4.1.22 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.samsung.com/us/apps/dex/

Wacom Driver 6.4.4-3 adds support for new hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wacom.com/en-us/support/product-support/drivers

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.60.114 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 119.0.6045.123 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 119.0.2151.58 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 119.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 115.4.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Vivaldi 6.4.3160.42 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Microsoft Edge WebView2 119.0.2151.44 is a security update.
https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/webview2/

Email Updates

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

DavMail Gateway 6.2.0 updates dependencies and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://davmail.sourceforge.net/

Spark 3.10.2 adds Spark Integrations and +AI to improve automation and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Spark (macOS) 3.10.2.61166 adds Spark Integrations and +AI to improve automation and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://sparkmailapp.com/

Thunderbird 115.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 8.0.6 adds dark mode, improves key handling, improves UI, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

AnyDesk (macOS) 7.2.3 vastly improves key handling and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

BrowsingHistoryView 2.57 improves compatibility with Opera. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

curl 8.4.0 adds support for IPFS and resolves more than 100 bugs. This is a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 186.4.6207 improved hard drive space controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

Facebook Messenger 199.0.0.9.236 is a security update.
https://www.messenger.com/download

FileZilla Client 3.66.1 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 13.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Google Drive 84.0 is a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Microsoft Teams 1.6.00.29964 adds SMS notifications, unique join links, workflows within channels and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Nextcloud Server 27.1.3 is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Npcap 1.78 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Pocketnet-GUI 0.8.67 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://pocketnet.app/

Rclone 1.64.2 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Signal 6.38.0 improves contact management, voice and video calls. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/download/windows/

Signal (Android) 6.39.3 improves contact management. This is not a security update.
https://signal.org/android/apk/

Skype 8.106.0.212 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.26.0 resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Technitium DNS Server 11.5.3 resolves several bugs. This follows shortly after a security update, so should be treated as a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram (Android) 10.2.3 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://telegram.org/apps

Telegram 4.11.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

Zoom 5.16.6.24712 is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

3tene 3.0.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

Bitwig Studio 5.0.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.bitwig.com/download/

iTunes 12.13.0.9 is a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Picard 2.10 is a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

Plex Desktop 1.81.0.4012 adds Discover Together and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Home Theater 1.50.1.4014 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.32.8.7639 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-media-server

VLC Media Player 3.0.20 is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GameMaker Studio 2023.8.2.108 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker

GDevelop 5.3.180 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://gdevelop.io/download

Lego Studio 2.23.10_1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd

Minecraft Server (Bedrock) 1.20.41.02 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/server/bedrock

Nintendo Switch 17.0.0 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

PS5 23.02-08.20.02 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

SteamOS SteamDeck Update 2023-11-13 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 DC 23.006.20380 is a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Adobe Acrobat and Reader 20.005.30539 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb23-54.html

Adobe After Effects 23.6.2 and 24.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb23-66.html

Adobe Animate 23.0.3 and 24.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb23-61.html

Adobe Audition 23.6.2 and 24.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/audition/apsb23-64.html

Adobe Bridge 13.0.5 and 14.0.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb23-57.html

Adobe ColdFusion 2021.12 and 2023.6 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb23-52.html

Adobe Dimension 3.4.10 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/dimension/apsb23-62.html

Adobe FrameMaker Publishing Server 2022.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/framemaker/apsb23-58.html

Adobe InCopy 18.5.1 and 19.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/incopy/apsb23-60.html

Adobe InDesign 18.5.1 and 19.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb23-55.html

Adobe Media Encoder 23.6.2 and 24.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/media-encoder/apsb23-63.html

Adobe Photoshop 24.7.2 and 25.1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb23-56.html

Adobe Premiere Pro 23.6.2 and 24.0.3 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_pro/apsb23-65.html

Adobe RoboHelp Server 11.5 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/robohelp-server/apsb23-53.html

Artweaver 7.0.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Audacity 3.4.1 adds musical view, pitch controls, and resolves a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Blender 3.6.5 doesn’t provide a detailed change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Calibre 6.29.0 resolves several bugs, improves zoom control, and adds a command line option to open a new instance. This is not a security update.
https://calibre-ebook.com/

Ghostscript 10.02.1 is a security update.
https://www.ghostscript.com/releases/gsdnld.html

GIMP 2.10.36 is a security update.
https://www.gimp.org/

ImageMagick 7.1.1-21 is a security update.
https://imagemagick.org/

Kdenlive 23.08.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://kdenlive.org/

Kindle for PC 2.1.70471 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Krita 5.2.1 improves various features and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice 7.5.8 resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Manager 23.11.13.1143 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.manager.io/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.5.8 resolves more than a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 5.0.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

PDF-XChange Editor 10.1.2.382 is a security update.
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

QuickBooks Pro 2022 R13_09 improves migration assistant and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2023 R6_25 resolves resolves a major billing bug. This is not a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

QuickBooks Pro 2024 20230817-R3_61 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products

SumatraPDF 3.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sumatrapdfreader.org/download-free-pdf-viewer

Security Software Updates

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

JShelter 0.17 adds several new controls and features. This is not a security update.
https://jshelter.org/install/

KeePass 2.55 resolves more than a dozen bugs and adds several new features. This is a security update.
https://keepass.info/

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware 4.6.5 improves compatibility and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

OpenSSL 3.1.4 is a security update.
https://www.openssl.org/

ProtonVPN (macOS) 4.0.0 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://protonvpn.com/download

RogueKiller 15.13.0 is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Stinger 12.2.0.664 adds support for several new detections. This should be considered a security update.
https://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx

SuperAntiSpyware 10.0.1258 is a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Tails 5.19 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd/index.en.html

Tron 2023-10-17 is a security update.
https://www.bmrf.org/repos/tron/

uBlock Origin 1.53.4 improves stability.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Wireless Network Watcher 2.40 adds columns for IPv6 Address and Link Local IPv6 Address. 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.

Open Broadcaster Software 30.0.0 is a major update which removes support for older platforms, adds support to new features and capabilities, and resolves over 50 bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://obsproject.com/

SnagIt 24.0.1 resolves several bugs, improves performance and adds output to Teams. This is not a security update.
https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 13.0.0.4 resolves dozens of bugs and adds support for new encodings. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

FFmpeg 20231114 adds caption decoding. This is not a security update.
https://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

StreamFab 6.1.4.9 improves compatibility and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/downloader-new.htm

UniFab 2.0.0.3 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/unifab.htm

Education updates

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

Zotero 6.0.30 is a security update.
https://www.zotero.org/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

.NET Runtime 7.0.13 and 8.0.0 are security updates.
https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/download/dotnet

1Password 8.10.18 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/

Agent Ransack 2022.3416 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

AMD Ryzen Master 2.11.2.2659 is a security update.
https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/ryzen-master

AOMEI Partition Assistant 10.2.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

Beyond Compare 4.4.7.28397 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitwarden 2023.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CCleaner 6.17.10746 improves junk cleaning. This is a security update.
https://www.ccleaner.com/

CurrPorts 2.76 adds option to show only incoming TCP connections. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

Dell Command Update 5.1.0 is a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

Dell OS Recovery Tool 2.3.2.7523 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/home/uk/en/ukbsdt1/drivers/osiso/recoverytool

DesktopOK 11.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

dnGrep 4.0.129.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

email-oauth2-proxy 2023-11-01 adds support for secret rotation, resolves a couple bugs, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/simonrob/email-oauth2-proxy

Everything Toolbar 1.3.2 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

Fido 1.52 adds support for Windows 11 23H2. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/pbatard/Fido/releases

FileLocator Pro 2022.3416 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

Fing 3.5.1 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.fing.com/products/fing-desktop-download-windows

Go 1.21.4 is a security update.
https://go.dev/

GoodSync 12.4.5 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

HDD Raw Copy 1.20 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://hddguru.com/software/HDD-Raw-Copy-Tool/

HWiNFO 7.66 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.hwinfo.com/download/

Java 8u391 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

NConvert 7.163 doesn’t provide a change log so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.xnview.com/en/nconvert/

NetworkInterfacesView 1.35 adds support for IPv6 addresses and IPv6 DNS servers. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_interfaces.html

NTLite 2023.11.9477 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

osquery 5.10.2 is a security update.
https://osquery.io/downloads

PingInfoView 3.01 adds support for IPv6, sorting, reporting improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/multiple_ping_tool.html

PowerToys 0.75.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

RoboForm 9.5.4 reduces nags and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Rufus 4.3 adds support for Windows 11 23H2, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_US/

ScreenConnect 23.8.5.8707 is a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

Sysmon 15.11 improves performance and resolves a couple bugs. This is a security update.
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

TcpLogView 1.40 adds option to show only incoming connections. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

VMMap 3.4 adds support for .NET 6 and higher. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/vmmap

WinGet 1.6.3133 adds support to configure behavior and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli/releases/latest

WinScan2PDF 8.68 improves performance and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 4.16 adds several new features, cosmetic and reliability improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

ZoomIt 7.2 adds highlighter and blur and microphone selection. 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.

ADB 34.0.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Android Studio 2022.3.1.21 resolves a couple issues with Gradle. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

GitHub Desktop 3.3.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

Godot 4.1.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Microsoft Visual C++ 2022 Redistributable 14.36.33130.0 is a security update.
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/cpp/windows/latest-supported-vc-redist

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.2.0 updates libraries and resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

MySQL Server 8.0.35 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Node.js 18.18.2 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 20.9.0 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 21.2.0 resolves several bugs, updates libraries, and provides dozens of improvements. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.44.0 provides more than a dozen improvements and bug fixes. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Visual Studio Code 1.84.2 resolves several bugs. As of 1.84 Microsoft has dropped support for 32-bit versions of Visual Studio. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.34 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 1.16.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ppsspp.org/download/

VirtualBox 7.0.12 resolves dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

HumHub 1.15.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en

Invision Community 4.7.14 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://invisioncommunity.com/

Joomla 5.0.0 and 4.4.0 are both major updates with many new features, compatibility improvements, and bug fixes. These are not security updates.
https://www.joomla.org/

ownCloud Client 5.1.2 is a major update improving compatibility, performance, stability and resolving many bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/desktop-app/

ownCloud Server 10.13.2 updates depenendencies and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://owncloud.com/download-server/

WordPress 6.4.1 is the third update to WordPress in the last month, following several security issues.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 3.1.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/autoptimize/

BuddyPress 11.4.0 improves stability and compatibility. This is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress/

Contact Form 7 5.8.2 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Duplicator 1.5.7 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/#developers

My Sticky Bar (formerly myStickymenu) 2.6.5 rebrands, adds a couple features, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mystickymenu/

Postie 1.9.66 improves compatibility and resolves a notification bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postie/

Show IDs 1.1.10 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpsite-show-ids/

W3 Total Cache 2.6.0 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 8.2.2 resolves several bgus. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WP Mail SMTP 3.10.0 improves OAuth integration and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

WP Plugin Update Checker 5.3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/YahnisElsts/plugin-update-checker/releases/latest

WPBakery 7.2 adds AI support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wpbakery.com/

WPtouch 4.3.55 resolves several bgus. 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 2021-11-09

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for November, 2021.

This month we’ve got the new macOS (Monterey) which is bricking Macs, Windows 11 (don’t do it!), and a new build of Windows 10 (v21H2) is slated for release within the next few days. If you’re running a version of Windows 10 prior to v20H2 (v2009/19042) then you’ll want to install either Windows 10 v21H1 or prepare to install v21H2 on release, as the older versions will no longer be supported in only a month.

This Month in Technology

Acer (a couple times), American Osteopathic AssociationAnthem, Inc., Apple iCloudArgentina’s National Registry of PersonsBillQuick, Blue Cross of California, Bryan HealthbZxCalifornia Physicians’ Services (Blue Shield of California), Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador Health SystemsCentara Hotels & ResortsClinical Pathology Diagnostics, LLCCoinMarketCapColleton County School District (SC), Community Medical CentersCyberserveDeep 6 AIDiscord CDN (still), Discourse, Doctors Health Group, Inc., Domaining.comElectronic Warfare (US defense contractor), EU Digital Covid certificate system “Green Pass”Exterity IPTVFamily of WoodstockFerrara Candy CoFullerton HealthGigabyteGitLab serversGraffHariexpressHumana IncInstagram and TikTokKasperskyLas Vegas Cancer CenterLavaca Medical CenterMachon MorMaxim Healthcare GroupMediaMarkt, many more Microsoft Exchange servers, Missouri Delta Medical CenterMLBNational Iranian Oil Products Distribution CompanyNationwide Laboratory ServicesNorth American Dental Management, a bunch of NPM librariesNRAOlympusOpenSea NFTPainters District Council No. 30 Health and Welfare FundPhilips Tasy EMRPlaybookPractice MaxPremier Patient HealthcareProfessional Dental AlliancePutnam County Memorial HospitalQRS, Inc., Quest Diagnostics ReproSourceQuickfoxRobinhoodRussia’s Federal Information SystemScoolioSCUF Gaming InternationalSeneca Family of AgenciesSinclair TVSocietà Italiana degli Autori ed EditoriSurecare Specialty PharmacySyracuse ASC, LLCTescoThingiverseThrockmorton County Memorial Hospitaltribal casinosTwitchTwitterUK Councils (dude!), UK Labour PartyUNC HospitalsUniversity of Colorado BoulderUMass Memorial HealthUniversity of SunderlandThe Urology Center of ColoradoUS Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security InvestigationsUS Water and Wastewater SystemsNational Health Service of UkraineVenmo used to syphon bank accounts, VisibleVisual Tool DVRsViverant PT, LLCWashington Central Unified Union School District (VT), and, of course, more Zoho ManageEngine servers than you can shake a stick at, have been hacked this month.

Google Chromebook enrollmentMicrosoft 365KT, and Voipfone have suffered outages this month. Microsoft overlooked expired certificates again, and Microsoft is force-installing crapware again, as well.

Pwn2Own this year demonstrated over 60 hacks across dozens of devices. Default password patterns (like your phone number) are sadly and unsurprisingly insecure. Facebook will (supposedly) delete 1 billion faceprintsYahoo pulled out of China and YouTube is pushing malware. Mozilla has finally removed two malicious add-ons that have been weakening security for half a million users. macOS Monterey is bricking MacsCanon is being sued for disabling their printers. And McAfee is being purchased by an “investor consortium.”

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is very large. The typical computer should see roughly 3.0 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Edge, .NET, Servicing Stack, Internet Explorer, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, and MSRT (~2.3 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 14.8.1, iOS 15.1, iPadOS 14.8.1, iPadOS 15.1, Safari 15.1, macOS Big Sur 11.6.1, macOS Monterey 12.0.1, Security Update 2021-007 Catalina, tvOS 15.1, and watchOS 8.1. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.8.1 and 15.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.8.1 and 15.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

tvOS 15.1.1 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 8.1 is security updates. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 94.0.4606.114 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Fedora 35-1.2 is a major update, adding several new configuration and control features, and updates libraries. This is not 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 Monterey (12.x) means that macOS Mojave (10.14) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Catalina (10.15) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (v21H1) is very large, for the first time it’s actually smaller than the previous release, but it will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

Windows 11 has been released, but it has only been out a few weeks so should be considered beta software. Give it at least a couple months before you install it on your devices.

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.

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.4.6 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.31.88 is a security update.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 95.0.4638.69 is a security update.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Iridium 2021.10.95 is a security update.
https://iridiumbrowser.de/

Microsoft Edge 95.0.1020.44 is a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 94.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 91.3.0 is a security update.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

Vivaldi 4.3.2439.65 is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 91.3.0 is a security update.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

OutlookAttachView 3.44 resolves a profile selection bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk 6.3.5 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

Dropbox 134.4.4115 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.56.2 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FileZilla Server 1.1.0 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Google Drive 52.0 improves compatibility, no longer respects custom cache location mapping, forcefully overwrites the destination of any link named “Google Drive,” and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://drive.google.com/start

Rclone 1.57.0 resolves dozens of bugs and improves reliability, compatibility and stability for several platforms and protocols. This is not a secuirty update.
https://rclone.org/

Skype 8.77.0.97 adds background blurring, user pinning, Meet Now improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Syncthing 1.18.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://syncthing.net/

Technitium DNS Server 7.1 adds certificate generation, Block Page App, Drop Requests App, Query Logs App, Advanced Blocking App, improves logging, and resolves several other bugs. This is a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Telegram 3.2.3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/
This month Telegram also added advertising support – a harsh reminder that the platform is run by a Russian company.

WinSCP 5.19.4 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.8.3.1581 adds administrative controls, improvements in Meeting, webinar, chat, 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 2.0.18 improves tracking and expression matching reliability. This is not a security update.
https://en.3tene.com/

iTunes 12.12.2 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be considered a security update.
https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Plex Home Theater 1.7.0.2676 improves update check and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/#plex-app

Plex Media Server 1.24.5.5173 improves database structure, search matching, and 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.

Nintendo Switch 13.1.0 adds support for the new expansion pack. This is not a security update.
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22525/kw/system%20updates/p/989

PlayStation PS5 21.02-04.03.00 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps5/system-software/

Steam 2021.10.14 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/platform/update_history/index.php?skin=0&id=0

Office Updates

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

Audacity 3.1.0 improves usability, adds clip handle bars, smart clips, and reworks the looping feature. This is not a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

LibreOffice Still 7.1.7 resolves 27 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.2.2 resolves almost 70 bugs. This is not a security update. Be aware that the “Fresh” line is beta software and should be avoided in favor of the “Still” line.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.3.6 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.1.9 resolves several stability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Paint.net 4.3.2 improves performance of Tools and plugins, and resolves a reliability bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

PDF-XChange Editor 9.2.358.0 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

RoboHelp Server RHS2020.0.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/robohelp-server/apsb21-87.html

Adobe InCopy 17.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/incopy/apsb21-110.html

Adobe Creative Cloud 5.6 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/creative-cloud/apsb21-111.html

Adobe After Effects 18.4.2 and 22.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb21-79.html

Adobe Audition 14.4.2 and 22.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/audition/apsb21-92.html

Adobe Bridge 11.1.2 and 12.0 are security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/bridge/apsb21-94.html

Adobe Character Animator 4.4.2 and 22.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/character_animator/apsb21-95.html

Adobe Prelude 22.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/prelude/apsb21-96.html

Adobe Lightroom Classic 10.4 and 11.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/lightroom/apsb21-97.html

Adobe Illustrator 25.4.2 and 26.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb21-98.html

Adobe Media Encoder 15.4.2 and 22.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/media-encoder/apsb21-99.html

Adobe Premiere Pro 15.4.2 and 22.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_pro/apsb21-100.html

Adobe Animate 22.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/animate/apsb21-105.html

Adobe Premiere Elements 19.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_elements/apsb21-106.html

Adobe InDesign 17.0 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/indesign/apsb21-107.html

Adobe XMP Toolkit SDK 2021.08 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/xmpcore/apsb21-108.html

Adobe Photoshop 22.5.2 and 23.0 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/photoshop/apsb21-109.html

Security Software Updates

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

RogueKiller 15.1.3 updates engine and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

Tails 4.24 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

TinyWall 3.2.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

uBlock Origin 1.38.6 resolves compatibility with Twitch. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

YARA 4.1.3 should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/countercept/chainsaw

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ScreenToGif 2.34.1 replaces update engine and resolves several bugs. 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.

MakeMKV 1.16.5 improves stability and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.makemkv.com/download/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 7.9.1 adds support for macOS Monterey, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 7.9.828 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

AccessEnum 1.33 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/accessenum

Autoruns 14.06 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns

BatteryInfoView 1.25 updates tray tooltip to display information on multiple batteries. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/battery_information_view.html

Bitwarden 1.28.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

CacheSet 1.01 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/cacheset

Contig 1.81 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/contig

ControlMyMonitor 1.30 improves error handling. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

CPU-Z 1.98 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

Cygwin 3.3.1 resolves a compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 9.31 adds option to customize DPI values. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Desktops 2.01 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/desktops

Disk2vhd 2.02 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/disk2vhd

DiskMon 2.02 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/diskmon

dnGrep 2.9.428.0 resolves cancel bug, .gitignore filtering, theme improvements, and PDF association. This is not a security update.
https://dngrep.github.io/

EFSDump 1.03 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/efsdump

Everything Toolbar 0.7.3 adds option to enable or disable thumbnails and hotkey handling. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/stnkl/EverythingToolbar/

Git SCM 2.33.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://git-scm.com/

GoodSync 11.9.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Homedale 2.00 adds new column for Station Count. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

HWMonitor 1.45 adds support for new hardware and disk read/write speeds. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

Java 8u311 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

LessMSI 1.10.0 adds support for MSP files, MSI Stream names and resolves a cache bug. This is not a security update.
https://lessmsi.activescott.com/

LoadOrder 1.02 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/loadorder

NTLite 2.3.1.8454 adds new components, settings, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Aomei Partition Assistant 9.5.0 adds SMART health checks and improves update behavior. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

PointerStick 5.55 updates languages. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

PowerToys 0.49.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

ProcessMonitor 3.86 updates icons. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon

PsShutdown 2.53 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/psshutdown

RegJump 1.11 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/regjump

RoboForm 9.2.1 improves compatibility, import, sync performance, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Rufus 3.17 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_US/

ShareEnum 1.61 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/shareenum

ShellRunas 1.02 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/shellrunas

SimpleWMIView 1.46 adds error handling and improves high-DPI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

Sysmon 13.30 resolves several bugs, improves stability, and adds user fields for events. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysmon

TCPView 4.16 updates icons. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/tcpview

WinObj 3.13 updates icons. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/tcpview

Windows 11 RCT 1.3.1 improves detection of CPU features and updates languages. This is not a security update.
https://bytejams.com/

WinScan2PDF 7.44 improves hardware compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 4.04 adds support for mobile devices and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskanalyzer.com/

ZoomText 2021.2111.2.400 resolves compatibility bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText

ZoomText 2022.2110.47.400 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.

Godot 3.4 improves user interface, input handling, adds large file support, frame delta smoothing, and dozens of other features. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

MySQL ConnectorNet 8.0.27 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/

Node.js 16.13.0 updates libraries, resolves several bugs and is promoted to LTS. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 17.0.1 is a new major version adding OpenSSL 3.0 support, updates libraries,
https://nodejs.org/en/

Visual Studio Code 1.62 resolves over 4000 issues and adds vscode.dev beta. This should be treated as a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.16 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 1.12.3 resolves a gamepad bunding bug. This is not a security update.
https://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

VirtualBox 6.1.28 resolves almost two dozen bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Dada Mail 11.17.1 resolves several bugs and improves the GUI. This is not a security update.
https://dadamailproject.com/

Docker Desktop 4.2.0 adds pause/resume, windows management, updates libraries, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.2.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.9.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

MailArchiva 8.3.14 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://mailarchiva.com/

OpenPetra 2021.10 resolves several bugs and improves automation. This is not a security update.
https://www.openpetra.org/

ownCloud Client 2.9.1.5500 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.com/desktop-app/

Piwigo 12.0.0 improves sorting, performance, maintenance, and adds bulk actions and logging. This is not a security update.
https://piwigo.org/

Contact Form 7 5.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Social Post Feed 4.0.3 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This should be treated as a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

Email Log 2.4.8 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/email-log/

Visual Composer 40.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://visualcomposer.com/

W3 Total Cache 2.1.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WooCommerce 5.9.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WordPress Zero Spam 5.1.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/zero-spam/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2021-08-10

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for August, 2021. It’s a big one. There have been a series of Apple, Microsoft, and various hardware vulnerabilities, as well as the quarterly Oracle updates that kept the industry hopping. Couple that with Black Hat 2021 last week, which kept reminding us how poorly those who design our technology have done and continue to do.

This Month in Technology

Apple devices via Pegasus, IOMobileFrameBuffer, and Wi-Fi namesAtlassianCharming Kitten (hacking group), Cloudstar, cdnjs, FortiNet FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer, HP (and Samsung and Xerox) printer driver, Illinois State Police, Linux via SequoiaPulse Connect Secure, SonicWall Secure VPN, Swisslog Healthcare’s Translogic PTSVMware ESXiWindows via a SAM security bug, Hello, PrintNightmare (x3+), and PetitPotam, and a new exploit method for wiretapping DNS.

Apple announced a new feature where they scan your content “only” for images of child exploitation provided by an unaccountable third-party, while they assure their customers’ “screeching voices” that they won’t allow governments to directly access the data or feed the database or algorithms (uh-huh), just remember that this is the same company that vowed to silence online dissent and already works with governments to expose their users’ activity. Oh, and they’re launching their own VPN service which they claim even they won’t know what you’re using it for. Wink, wink.

While I’m on the subject of VPNs, Windscribe (a “secure” VPN service) servers were seized and were discovered to not use encryption. Talk about a false promise of privacy!

Now let’s do security. If you still thought Avast (the “get hacked every year” anti-virus company) was worth anything, knowing that Norton (the “we’ll just run our own crypto mining software on your hardware and you can pay us for it” people) was in talks to buy them for about $8B should make your skin crawl. Zoom lost an $85 million class-action cybersecurity lawsuit, and Colonial Pipeline is being targeted now.

The US Federal Government received a C- grade for their IT security. Half of the agencies tested received D grades. These are the same agencies that recently made a claim about the most secure election in history. Pay no attention to the missing 95% of ballots or remote access to voting machines. Or else!

Edward Snowden has a great writeup of physical vs theoretical security concerns,
and another on how the “security” industry is failing everyone. Regular maintenance (of everything!) is critical to technology security. Stale hardware & software are responsible for nearly every security incident. This is what we do and why this newsletter is even being published.

There was a major outage at Akamai that took down a large portion of the Internet.

Google broke ChromeOS twice this month for many users, once by preventing users from being able to login due to a single character coding error. I’m reminded of a Mark Twain quote: “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”

The thing about someone willing to buy your ransomware: when they feel wronged they’re likely to betray your ransomware gang.

Amazon is losing employees while CNN is firing them. Property owners are being ripped off by the state, and their tenants. There are child predators at Disney World.

There’s now a lawsuit over CDC under-counting vaccine deaths, meanwhile they’re over-counting infectionsignoring the risks, downplaying the ineffectiveness of the vaccine-induced herd immunity, and mandating cancer in children. Multiple pharmaceutical giants neglected to keep records of which “vaccines” were placebos and the European Parliament is being held liable for vaccine injuries and deaths. At least there has been victory in Alberta. It’s hard to take them seriously when they’re demonizing free will, treating dictates as law, government agencies are concealing their own violations of international lawmandating doctors violate their medical licenses in order to keep them, while flip-flopping like fish, and imposing prison time for unlawful parading. Would you trust someone with your life who thinks you should be in prison for disagreeing with them? It’s not enough for government to take 13%+ of what you pay at the pump (most gas stations profit is 1% or less) and force you into electric vehicles that they can pull the plug on anytime, they want to charge you for every mile you travel, too, personal or business.

Now for the good news:

Andy’s Mountain Grill & Deli is coming back! Starlink is growing fast and improving reliability and environmental tolerances.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Patch Tuesday this month is huge. The typical computer should see roughly 3.0 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Edge, .NET, Servicing Stack, Internet Explorer, and MSRT (~1.5 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1, macOS Big Sur 11.5.1, Security Update 2021-004 Catalina, Security Update 2021-005 Mojave, watchOS 7.6.1, tvOS 14.7, Safari 14.1.2, and iTunes 12.11.4. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 14.7.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

iPadOS 14.7.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 7.6.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 14.7 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 92.0.4515.130 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The release of macOS Big Sur (11.x) means that macOS High Sierra (10.13) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS Mojave (10.14) on your Mac then you should immediately remove it from the Internet and use it offline only. It will no longer receive patches or updates and can now no longer be secured.

The now-current release of the Windows 10 (v21H1) is very large, for the first time it’s actually smaller than the previous release, but it will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months and only supports any consumer builds for 18 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, this process kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

Nvidia 471.68 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Xerox Smart Start 1.6.25.0 doesn’t provide a changelog 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 1.27.111 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 92.0.4515.131 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.google.com/chrome/

Microsoft Edge 92.0.902.67 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 91.0 is a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Firefox ESR 78.13.0 is a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to install the most current version.
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

SeaMonkey 2.53.8.1 is a security update.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 4.1.2369.16 is a security update. Use Help, About to install the most current version.
https://vivaldi.com/

Internet Updates

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

AnyDesk for macOS 6.3.0 improves scam handling, adds PKG release, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://anydesk.com/en/downloads

curl 7.78.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 128.4.2870 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.55.1 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Google Earth 7.3.4 is a security update.
https://earth.google.com/

Java 8u301 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Nmap 7.92 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/

Prosody 0.11.10 is a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

PuTTY 0.76 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Rclone 1.56.0 adds many new features, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rclone.org/

Skype 8.73.0.124 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.skype.com/

Telegram 2.9.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://telegram.org/

WinSCP 5.19.2 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Zoom 5.7.4.804 improves notifications and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Email updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Thunderbird 78.13.0 is a security update. Use Help, Check for updates to get the most current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Flickr Downloadr 3.4.1.1 updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://flickrdownloadr.com/downloads/

iTunes 12.11.4 is a security update.
https://apple.com/itunes

Plex Media Server 1.23.6.4881 resolves several bugs and improves scanner. 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.

Epic Games 12.2.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.epicgames.com/

Nintendo Switch 12.1.0 improves stability. This is not a security update.

Steam 2021.07.21 resolves a path bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.steampowered.com/

Office Updates

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

Adobe Connect 11.2.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/connect/apsb21-66.html

Adobe Magento Commerce 2.4.3, 2.4.2-p2, and 2.3.7-p1 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/magento/apsb21-64.html

Adobe Reader DC 21.005.20060 improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Atom 1.58.0 improves cosmetics and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Audacity 3.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/

Blender 2.93.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Krita 4.4.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 7.1.5 resolves over 50 bugs. This is not a security update. The “Fresh” line is beta software and should be avoided for the stable release.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 3.3.0 resolves over 50 bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 8.1.2 improves dark mode. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Security Software Updates

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

DNSQuerySniffer 1.85 adds sort menu options and improves high DPI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

elementary OS 6 is a major update that integrates several new features and controls and a simplified installer. This is not a security update.
https://elementary.io/

RogueKiller 15.0.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

uBlock Origin 1.37.2 resolves several books. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

Tails 4.21 is a security update.
https://tails.boum.org/install/dvd-download/index.en.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Elgato Game Capture HD 3.70.51 adds PS5 and Xbox Series X/S to input and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.elgato.com/en/game-capture-software

ScreenToGif 2.33.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 2021.4.3 is a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

HandBrake 1.4.0 adds several new filters, improves hardware encoding, resolves several bugs, and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Dell Command Update 4.3 is a security update.
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln311129/dell-command-update?lang=en

DesktopOK 9.15 improves compatibility with Windows 11 and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

GoodSync 11.8.0 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Homedale 1.98 improves CLI support. This is not a security update.
https://www.the-sz.com/products/homedale/

IsMyHdOK 3.33 improves compatibility with Windows 11 and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

NTLite 2.2.0.8152 adds several new features, improves performance, updates libraries and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

Aomei Partition Assistant 9.4 adds Disk Defrag and resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.diskpart.com/

ProcDump 10.1 adds an option to specify a dumpfile comment and supports triage dumps. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

PowerToys 0.43.0 improves stability and accessibility, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

RDCMan 2.82 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

RoboForm 9.1.9 resolves several bugs. This follows shortly after a security update.
https://www.roboform.com/

Rufus 3.15 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en/

Sigcheck 2.82 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Synergy 1.14.0 is a security update.
https://symless.com/synergy/

Sysmon 13.23 resolves a stability bug. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

ZoomText 2021 2021.2107.13.400 adds support for new hardware 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.

Node.js 16.6.1 resolves several bugs. This build closely follow 16.6.0, which was a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 14.17.4 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js 12.22.4 is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Visual Studio Code 1.59 improves extensions, finalizes the Testing API, adds Remote Containers, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

WinMerge 2.16.14 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winmerge.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.26-145957 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

Dada Mail 11.14.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://dadamailproject.com/

Docker Desktop 3.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.docker.com/products/docker-desktop

Drupal 9.2.3 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

HumHub 1.9.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.humhub.com/en/download

MailArchiva 8.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://mailarchiva.com/

Nextcloud Server 22.1.0 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

ownCloud Server 10.8 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://owncloud.org/install/

phpList 3.6.4 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

ScreenConnect 21.10.4238.7885 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.8 integrates Blocks into Widget logic, adds new patterns, and styles. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Antispam Bee 2.10.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Autoptimize 2.9.0 improves customization and controls. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 9.0.0 improves compatibility, block support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Interactive World Map 3.1.9.1 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.5.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.56 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 5.1.3 resolves a couple bugs. This is not a security update.

Slider Revolution 6.5.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://revolution.themepunch.com/

Social Post Feed 2.19.3 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.27 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Visual Composer 38.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://visualcomposer.com/

W3 Total Cache 2.1.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 5.5.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WordPress Zero Spam 5.0.13 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 3.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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