Updates 2020-07-14

Welcome back, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for July 2020.

This Month in Technology

Apple has formally announced that they’ll be switching to ARM processors on their new hardware. While Apple asserts that “most apps will just work,” the truth is that if it’s not a 64-bit app or it hasn’t been updated in more than a year, chances are not only won’t work on ARM but will never work on ARM. If you were here when they switched from PowerPC to Intel you remember the issues were long and wide. You’ll likely need a VM to make many of your apps work.

Piracy doesn’t pay, except for those creating the pirated apps.

Macs are still getting infected through fake “Flash update” malware, even on Catalina. From the comments, “Which is worse, a real Flash installer or a fake one? It’s a toss-up.”

Microsoft was caught breaching user trust, again, by hijacking your data from other browsers and importing into their forced update to their new Edge browser without your permission.

Mozilla switched to a 4-week cadence for major updates in March. This has resulted in even less time for beta testing and the expected release+1 security updates.

Google Chrome is planning to hide everything in a URL other than the domain name. Google, the most popular purveyor of information and also the self-appointed gatekeeper to what is true and false, believes that having the complete URL is bad for you.

Google resolved a major email spoofing vulnerability through customer services, shortly before allowing a core domain name for their Blogger service to expire.

Slack vulnerability allowed hackers to distribute malware to victims devices.

What is it going to take before you stop copying passwords on your phone?

Everyone knows Facebook is always listening. Now the courts have finally considered their web widgets “Wiretaps.” Others are, too. They’re also designing systems to be able to trigger recording of all background noise from external queues. In states like California, Facebook is already violating the all-party consent requirements by recording audio 24/7. Maybe they’ll eventually acknowledge that it’s bad and stop? Ouch. Sorry, I hurt myself laughing there. Oh, and the Facebook Messenger app allowed you to be infected with persistent malware. If you have a website with Facebook integration, you need to take action now to comply with the CCPA.

Airlines are perfectly happy to violate the Americans with Disabilities Act – and treat you like a terrorist – if you have medical conditions.

Bitdefender Antivirus allowed any website you visited to run code on your device. Apache’s Guacamole remote support client allows attackers to take over the entire enterprise. Backdoors in operating systems, why not backdoors in encryption software?

Surprise: phishing still works. Even by text. …and launching a service that relays content to third-parties will ensure it is abused. Honeypots (systems designed to be opened for abuse to see how attacks take place) demonstrate four previously unknown zero-day vulnerabilities.

Nintendo, Plex, Honda, Samsung, Oxford University, University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center, UCSF, anyone banking with various Chinese banks, Night Lion Security, 79 different Netgear router models, hundreds of online retailers, and it won’t be long before IoT vulnerabilities can be used to provide big game hunting for rare species.

June Patch Tuesday updates from Microsoft broke Outlook and other apps for some users.

Selective enforcement means you’re a publisher, says AG Barr of Section 230 of the CDA. There’s no better way to prevent the abuse of Section 230 to censor voices you disagree with.

Now for the good news:

Starlink is coming. LEO internet access could provide up to 1 Gbps Internet access from space. Testing will begin in the next weeks and will gradually move south as satellites take place.

For now, you can cut your internet bill by taking advantage of the free Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots through the end of the year.

Let’s Get Busy

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

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

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Edge, .NET, Internet Explorer, DNS Server, Office, Servicing Stack, and MSRT (~900 MB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.403 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Google Chrome OS 83.0.4103.119 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 Catalina (10.15) means that macOS Sierra (10.12) and older are no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS High Sierra (10.13) 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 (2004) is a huge (about 25% larger than any prior build) so will take a long time to download on slower connections. Windows 10 pushes you to get the latest Windows 10 release every 6 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.

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Crucial Storage Executive 6.04 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.crucial.com/support/storage-executive

Daemon Tools Lite 10.13.0 improves activation and creation and use of bootable disk images. This is not a security update.
https://www.daemon-tools.cc/products/dtLite

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 20.7.26 adds support for new hardware and improves application detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 451.67 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Brave 1.10.97 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://brave.com/

Google Chrome 84.0.4147.89 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Microsoft Edge 83.0.478.64 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/business/download

Firefox 78.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 68.10.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.53.3 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Vivaldi 3.1.1929.45 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.

OutlookAttachView 3.41 adds an option to copy the preview content and resolves a bug in the cfg switch. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 68.10.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.
https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/

Internet Updates

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

Trillian 6.3.0.6 resolves dozens of bugs, including 2FA and stability issues. This is a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Trillian Mac 6.3.0.6 resolves several stability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

curl 7.71.1 resolves several sanitation issues. This should be treated as a security update.
https://curl.haxx.se/windows/

Dropbox 101.4.434 doesn’t provide a useful changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.dropbox.com/

FileZilla Client 3.49.0 resolves a several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.25 adds support for Google Drive Shared Drives and Shortcuts, resolves several bugs, and improves user interface. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

Npcap 0.9995 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

PuTTY 0.74 is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Technitium DNS Server 5.0.1 is a major update that refactors how blocklists are stored and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Zoom 5.1.28656.0709 is a security update.
https://zoom.us/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2020.07.09 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

Office Updates

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

Adobe Camera Raw and DNG Converter 12.3 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
Mac: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6955
Win: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6957

Adobe Download Manager 2.0.0.529 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/adm/apsb20-49.html

Adobe ColdFusion 2016.16 and 2018.10 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb20-43.html

Adobe FrameMaker 2019.0.6 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
Win32: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6963
Win64: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6965

Adobe Genuine Service 7.1 is a security update. (Point this one out the next time someone says pirating Adobe software can reduce the security of your computer.)
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/integrity_service/apsb20-42.html

Adobe Media Encoder 14.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/media-encoder/apsb20-36.html

Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop Application 5.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/creative-cloud/apsb20-33.html

Magento SUPEE-11346 (for Magento v1) is a security update.
https://www.magentocommerce.com/products/downloads/magento/

Adobe Audition 13.0.7 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/audition/apsb20-40.html

Adobe Premiere Rush 1.5.16 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_rush/apsb20-39.html

Adobe Premiere Pro 14.3 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/premiere_pro/apsb20-38.html

Adobe Illustrator 2020 24.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/illustrator/apsb20-37.html

Adobe After Effects 17.1.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/after_effects/apsb20-35.html

Adobe Campaign Classic 20.2 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/campaign/apsb20-34.html

Artweaver 7.0.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

Atom 1.49.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://atom.io/

Blender 2.83.2 resolves over 1250 bugs, adds improves performance and stability across several features and adds viewport denoiser. This is not a security update.
https://www.blender.org/download/

Krita 4.3.0 adds several new watercolor effects with brush presets and gradient map and palettizer filters. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.4.5 resolves over 100 bugs. This is beta software so should be avoided in favor of the “Still” version (LibreOffice stable). This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Nextcloud Desktop 2.6.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Notepad++ 7.8.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

Adobe Reader DC 20.009.20074 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://get.adobe.com/reader

Security Software Updates

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

Bitmessage 0.6.3.2 is a security update.
https://github.com/Bitmessage/PyBitmessage/releases/latest

DrWeb CureIt! 14.07.2020 should be treated as a security update.
https://www.freedrweb.com/download+cureit+free/?lng=en

Hashcat 6.0.0 adds 51 new algorithms, CUDA support, GPU emulation, improved auto-tuning and more. This should be treated as a security update.
http://hashcat.net/hashcat/#downloadlatest

RogueKiller 14.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/download/roguekiller/

TinyWall 3.0.7 adds support for WSL, whitelisting from network shares, improves detection of short-lived processes, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://tinywall.pados.hu/

uBlock Origin 1.28.2 improves syntax highlighting in My Filters and asset viewer, resolves several bugs, and replaces the default filterlists with a new composite list.
https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/releases/latest

VT-CLI 0.8.0 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://github.com/VirusTotal/vt-cli/releases/latest

Wireless Network Watcher 2.22 updates the internal MAC database and improves the CFG switch. 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.

ScreenToGif 2.26.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/NickeManarin/ScreenToGif/releases/latest

SnagIt 2020.1.3 adds support for direct publication through TechSmith Knowmia, adds transparency support for color replacement, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://download.techsmith.com/snagit/enu/snagit.exe

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 11.0.9.7 adds support for new encodings, adds several new conversion tools, presets, and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

FFmpeg 4.3.1 updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.html

HandBrake 1.3.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://handbrake.fr/

IsoBuster 4.6 adds a bunch of new features and format supports. This is not a security update.
https://www.isobuster.com/download.php

PDF Creator 4.1 resolves several bugs and improves watermark support. This is not a security update.
https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Mac 7.6 is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/mac/

1Password for Windows 7.6.778 resolves dozens of bugs and improves reliability, adds notifications of website compromise, and improves accessibility. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

8GadgetPack 33.0 resolves several bugs, improves high-DPI support, removes defunct widgets. This is not a security update.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

AS SSD Benchmark 2.0.7316.34247 resolves a device access bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4

Autoruns 13.98 now shows the Windows Defender binary as a signed binary. This is not a security update.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns

Beyond Compare 4.3.5.24893 improves integration and compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitwarden 1.19.0 improves password concealment, adds soft delete and vault timeouts. This is not a security update.
https://bitwarden.com/

Cygwin 3.1.6 adds support for new socket options, resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://cygwin.com/

DesktopOK 7.48 adds SSL to automatic update capability. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Etcher 1.5.101 resolves several bugs, improves UI, and updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

GoodSync 11.2.5 resolves several bugs and changes licensing…again. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

MS ISO Downloader 8.38 adds support for new images. This is not a security update.
https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-and-office-iso-download-tool

NTLite 1.9.0.7539 adds controls for Target release, Store pinning, Fast Startup, Fast User Switching, Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling, Shutdown menu, Variable refresh rate, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

PowerToys 0.19.1 resolves dozens of bugs and stability issues. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/microsoft/PowerToys/releases/latest

Rufus 3.11 improves compatibility and adds several keyboard shortcuts to toggle behaviors. This should be treated as a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_IE.html

Sysmon 11.10 now captures ADS content into logs, introduces an is-any filter condition, and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Sigcheck 2.80 adds an option for specifying a trust GUID for signature verification and now shows certificate signing chains. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

SimpleWMIView 1.41 adds cell-copying and case-sensitivity filtering. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

TeamViewer 15.7.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/windows/

WifiInfoView 2.61 updates the internal MAC addresses list. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 5.81 resolves several bugs and improves rotation support. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

ADB 30.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Android Studio 4.0.1.0 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio

AutoHotkey 1.1.33.01 resolves several bugs and adds encoding, warnings, and version requirement options. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Godot 3.2.2 makes over 800 changes, adding C# support for iOS, 2D batching for GLES2, re-architecture of the Android plugin system, DRLS support and ENet integration, and better handling of Variants. This is not a security update.
https://godotengine.org/

Java 8u261 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Node.js 14.5.0 resolves dozens of bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Node.js v12 12.18.2 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.32.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

DB Browser for SQLite 3.12.0 improves table editing, conditional formatting, and multi-threading, as well as dozens of other improvements and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://sqlitebrowser.org/

Visual Studio Code 1.47.1 is a security update.
https://code.visualstudio.com/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.1.12-139181 resolves over a dozen bugs and improves hardware compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

PPSSPP 1.10.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

Web Package Updates

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

Apache Tomcat 10.0.0-M7, 9.0.37, and 8.5.57 are security updates.
https://tomcat.apache.org/

Coppermine Gallery 1.6.08 improves installation and compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://coppermine-gallery.net/

Dada Mail 11.10.3 improves AWS signature v4 support. This is not a security update.
https://dadamailproject.com/

Drupal 8.8.8 and 8.9.2 are security updates.
https://drupal.org/download

Drupal 9.0.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.9.20 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

phpList 3.5.5 is a security update.
https://www.phplist.org/

ScreenConnect 20.7.29305.7496 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.connectwise.com/software/control/download

WordPress 5.4.2 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Autoptimize 2.7.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 6.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.2 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.4.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Raw HTML 1.6.3 resolves a warning. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.1.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.14.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 4.3.0 adds template caching, PHP warnings, improves accessibility, and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 2.2.1 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2019-10-08

Hi, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday for October 2019 and it’s pretty mild for anyone not using Apple products.

The next build of Windows 10, version 1909, will be released any time. This version will be minor compared to other Windows 10 upgrades and should be nearly indistinguishable from 1903. If you’re running 1903 now installing 1909 should have no negative impact. If you’re running an older version I recommend upgrading to 1903 before switching to 1909.

Windows 7 will fall completely out of support in only 3 months. Don’t run out the clock. If you are running a licensed version of Windows 7 you can still upgrade to Windows 10 and have a supported version of Windows for the foreseeable future. Get it done before it’s too late. Don’t want to do it yourself? Call me!
https://saferpc.info/contact/

This month we learned that sometimes the weakest link is support. ZenDesk, central to support for more than 120,000 companies from Airbnb to MailChimp to Vimeo, was hacked in 2016 and discovered it only last week. They’re doing things right: public exposure, contacting customers, describing the chain of events, getting outside help to research and resolve their issues. Unfortunately, this doesn’t eliminate the problems for the approximately 25% of their customers that were exposed in this breach.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. The typical computer should see roughly 2 GB in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows, .NET, Edge, Internet Explorer, and MSRT (~ 1.1 GB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Catalina 10.15, macOS Mojave 10.14.6 Supplemental Update 2, Security Update 2019-005 High Sierra, Security Update 2019-005 Sierra, iCloud for Windows 10.7, iCloud for Windows 7.14, iTunes for Windows 12.10.1, iOS 12.4.2, iOS 13.1.2, iPadOS 13.1.2, Safari 13.0.1, Xcode 11.0, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6.0.1. These are security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

macOS Catalina (10.15) is available! This is a large download and will take between 2 and 4 hours to install on most hardware. The release of macOS Catalina (10.15) means that macOS Sierra (10.12) is now no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS High Sierra (10.13) 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.

iOS 12.4.2 and 13.1.2 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 6.0.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 13.0 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 77.0.3865.105 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 Catalina (10.15) means that macOS Sierra (10.12) is now no longer supported. If you can not install at least macOS High Sierra (10.13) 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 (1903) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 3-6 GB through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.1.9 improves cleanup, system restore, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver and Support Assistant 19.9.38 improves device detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 436.48 adds support for newer hardware and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 77.0.3865.90 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 69.0.2 resolves several bugs, but follows shortly on the heels of 69.0.1, which was a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Vivaldi 2.8.1664.40 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Email Updates

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

Thunderbird 68.1.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

Prosody 0.11.3 resolves several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Trillian 6.2.0.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

aria2 1.35.0 updates libraries and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

BrowsingHistoryView 2.25 adds support for Waterfox. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

DNSDataView 1.60 adds TTL. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_records_viewer.html

FileZilla Client 3.45.1 resolves several bugs and adds stale version detection. This should be treated as a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

MaxMind GeoIP2 201910 is a data refresh.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

PuTTY 0.73 is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

WinSCP 5.15.4 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MusicBrainz Picard 2.2.2 resolves dozens of bugs and adds several new features. This is not a security update.

Flickr Downloadr 3.2.3.1 resolves a JSON length bug. This is not a security update.

iTunes 12.10.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Steam 2019.09.19 resolves a beta bug. This is not a security update. Use Steam to update Steam.

PlayStation PS4 7.00 is a major update that doubles the size limit of parties to 16, improves networking, adds chat transcription, improves voice audio, adds Remote Play to more devices, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

Office Updates

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

Artweaver 7.0.2 improves online update and error reporting, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Krita 4.2.7.1 resolves several bugs, improves color selector, layer controls, and adds new brushes. This is not a security update.
https://krita.org/en/download/krita-desktop/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.3.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update. (“Fresh” is the Beta version so stick with “Still” unless you don’t mind stability issues.)
https://www.libreoffice.org/

OpenOffice 4.1.7 resolves several bugs and adds support for OpenJDK. This is not a security update.
http://www.openoffice.org/download/

Paint.net 4.2.5 adds support for WebP format and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.getpaint.net/

Adobe DNG Converter 11.4.1 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
macOS: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6743
Windows: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6741

Security Software Updates

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

OpenSSL 1.0.2t is a security update.
https://indy.fulgan.com/SSL/

RogueKiller 13.5.2 resolves several bugs, improves performance for large files, and improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Wireless Network Watcher 2.21 updates the internal MAC database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

PureOS 9.0 is a new major release of PureOS, updates libraries, dependencies and forging the way for the final release of the Librem 5. This is a security update.
https://pureos.net/download/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MKVToolnix 38.0.0 resolves several bugs, improves immutability, adds new default output (console) to mkvextract. This is not a security update.
https://www.fosshub.com/MKVToolNix.html

DVDFab 11.0.5.3 adds support for new encodings, updates libraries, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Education updates

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

e-Sword 12.1 updates the downloader to support eStudySource. This is not a security update.
https://www.e-sword.net/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Windows 7.3.712 resolves several bugs, adds support for new features. This is a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

Agent Ransack 2019.2929 is a major update that adds high-DPI support, improves performance, improves PDF search, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/download/

BgInfo 4.28 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

Sysmon 10.41 resolves a configuration parsing bug. This is not a security update.
https://live.sysinternals.com/

DesktopOK 6.59 resolves several bugs and improves color detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Etcher 1.5.57 resolves a startup bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

FolderChangesView 2.30 adds “*.” support to include/exclude files without filenames. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

GoodSync 10.10.9 resolves several bugs and updates cipher list. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

NTLite 1.8.0.7165 adds new features, updates translations, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

OSForensics 7.0.1004 adds clipboard viewer, AmCache viewer, auto triage, VM improvements, improved indexing, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

Password Security Scanner 1.46 improves reliability and adds support for Waterfox. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/password_security_scanner.html

Recover Keys 11.0.4.233 adds support for over 1,000 new applications. This is not a security update.
https://recover-keys.com/en/download.html

RoboForm 8.6.1 impose periodic Master Password check, add difference check to Backup/Restore, add import from Sticky Password, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

Rufus 3.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.ie/en_IE.html

SearchMyFiles 3.05 adds support to specify time range in GMT. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.85 updates the internal MAC database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

WifiInfoView 2.47 updates the internal MAC database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 5.01 improves drag and drop page re-order feature, multiformat output, adds support for multiple scan operations. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WSUS Offline 11.8.1 improves detection of updates and resolves supersedence issues. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

AutoHotkey 1.1.31.00 adds Switch and InputHook, improves support for long paths, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.autohotkey.com/download/

Android Studio 3.5.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

Node.js 12.11.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

SQLite 3.30.0 adds support for aggregate filters, NULLS FIRST/NULLS LAST in order by, improves index, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PPSSPP 1.9.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

Web Package Updates

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

YOURLS 1.7.4 is a security update.
https://yourls.org/

Drupal 8.7.8 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Joomla 3.9.12 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Nextcloud Server 17.0.0 adds remote wipe, improved 2FA, secure view, one-time login tokens, secure mailbox Outlook Add-in, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

Adobe ColdFusion 2018.5 and 2016.12 are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/coldfusion/apsb19-47.html

phpList 3.4.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.phplist.com/download

phpMyAdmin 4.9.1 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

BuddyPress 5.0.0 adds BP REST API, group invites, group membership requests, improved WP integration, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Smash Balloon Social Post Feed 2.11 (was Custom Facebook Feed) adds several new options, restores FB group access, and updates FB API to v4.0. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.2.3 updates Pro features. This is not a security update.

Redirection 4.4.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2019-02-12

Happy Valentine’s Day, Folks!

Show her how much you care with a subscription to SaferPC!
https://saferpc.info/updates/

Today is Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one. Alongside every major vendor updates, nearly all mobile platforms have major updates over the last month to address security issues with WiFi and a lot of hardware has hit, or is nearing, end-of-life (EOL).

This month Nvidia drops support for the entire Fermi line of GPUs including everything from the GeForce, GT and GTX models 4xx up to 8xx. If your video card falls in line with these models you should consider replacing the card or the device. While it will continue to operate it can no longer be secured.

Windows 7 is nearing EOL. It will be supported for less than a year from this posting. If you’re still using Windows 7 you need to start actively looking for alternatives. Windows 10 is a seamless upgrade for most, but switching to Linux is also a viable option for others.

The last couple weeks has seen Firefox 65 severely stumble as a result of Avast’s poorly designed MITM “security feature,” Apple’s FaceTime being abused to listen in to call recipients, whether they answer or not, and Facebook paying children to install an “anything-but-private” VPN. While each of these is a horrible abuse of trust, their supporters quickly dismiss the severity of the issues because they’re large companies. That’s not the way it works. The larger the company, the more thought and process went into each and every decision. If anything, this demonstrates exactly why these companies should never be trusted.

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

Microsoft released updates for Windows, Flash, Edge, .NET, and MSRT (~500MB). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for iOS 12.1.4, macOS Mojave 10.14.3 Supplemental Update, Security Update 2019-001 High Sierra, Security Update 2019-001 Sierra, Shortcuts 2.1.3 for iOS, Safari 12.0.3, watchOS 5.1.3, tvOS 12.1.2, iTunes 12.8.2 for Mac, Pro Video Formats 2.1, iCloud for Windows 7.10, and iTunes 12.9.3 for Windows. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 12.1.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current update.

watchOS 5.1.3 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 12.1.2 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.142 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Google Chrome OS 72.0.3626.97 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

The now-current release of Windows 10 (1809) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 3-6 GB through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information. Windows 10 v1903 will be available within the next 6 weeks, and if you don’t have 1809 by then, it will be forced on you.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Display Driver Uninstaller 18.0.0.8 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 19.1.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

nVidia 418.81 adds support for newer hardware and benchmark testing of DLSS. This is not a security update.

Logitech SetPoint 6.69.123 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/setpoint

Browser Updates

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

Vivaldi 2.3.1440.41 adds several new features and bug fixes. This is a security update.
https://vivaldi.com/

Google Chrome 72.0.3626.96 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 65.0 is a security update, and is sadly unreliable due to several factors. The next build, due any time, will add MITM detection to resolve issues with poorly designed security products like Avast. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 60.5.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

Mailspring 1.5.6 resolves several bugs and improves mail setup for certain ISPs. This is not a security update.
https://getmailspring.com/

Thunderbird 60.5.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

NK2Edit 3.39 resolves a cosmetic bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

Internet Updates

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

Prosody 0.11.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Skype 8.37.0.98 improves notifications, keyboard shortcuts, and status controls. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Evernote 6.17.6.8292 improves templates, notebook management, and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

FileZilla Client 3.40.0 is a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.9 resolves several bugs and extends several Windows and macOS features to Linux. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP 201902 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Npcap 0.99-r9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Technitium DNS Server 2.4 resolves several bugs and adds new features, including identifying source blocklists with a TXT record and import/export. This is not a security update.
https://technitium.com/dns/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VLC Media Player 3.0.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

MusicBrainz Picard 2.1.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://picard.musicbrainz.org/

FastStone Viewer 6.9 adds support for M2TS, file properties shortcut, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.34.21025 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Steam 2018.02.01 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader DC 19.010.20091 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Artweaver 6.0.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.artweaver.de/

IcoFX 3.3 adds light and dark modes, monochrome theme, corner rounding, touch support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://icofx.ro/

LibreOffice Still 6.1.5 provides nearly 80 bug fixes and improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

LibreOffice Fresh 6.2.0 is the first release of the new Fresh line and resolves almost 250 bugs from the previous build. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.6.3 is a security update. This version reverses all of the annoying plugin changes since 7.6 and adds Markdown support.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Security Software Updates

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

QubesOS 4.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.qubes-os.org/downloads/

Java 8u201 is a security update. If you are unsure whether you need Java or think that Java and JavaScript are the same thing, you should remove Java instead.

DNSQuerySniffer 1.73 resolves a cosmetic bug and adds an option to disable header line in export data. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

Avast! Home Edition 19.2.2364 is a bug-fix release. However, I strongly advise you to consider any other AV since Avast performs MITM attacks against all secure websites. Among other things, it will inevitably result in their root certificate being exploited to infect everyone that uses Avast.

Wireshark 2.6.6 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

IISCrypto 3.0 adds support for new OS, improves controls and strict template, and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.nartac.com/Products/IISCrypto/Default.aspx

RogueKiller 13.1.4 improves stability and reliability, updates libraries, and exclusion controls. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SuperAntiSpyware 8.0.1030 doesn’t have a valid changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.26 adds new malware detection and removal. This should be treated as a security update.
https://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

Wireless Network Watcher 2.20 resolves a device association bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.14 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 11.0.1.5 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.7.2.6717 adds support for new OS, updates components and resolves several bugs.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Windows 7.3.657 resolves an upgrade bug and several crash issues. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/windows/

8GadgetPack 28.0 resolves several bugs and updates all included gadgets. This is not a security update.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

Beyond Compare 4.2.9.23626 resolves several OneDrive compatibility issues and resolves folder timestamp comparison bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

DesktopOK 6.03 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Everything 1.4.1.932 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.voidtools.com/

GoodSync 10.9.23 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

HWMonitor 1.39 adds support for new hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

ImageUSB 1.4.1001 resolves issues with writing to bit-locked drives and other bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

IsMyHdOK 1.64 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

SimpleWMIView 1.35 adds support for class auto-completion. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

TcpLogView 1.31 resolves a log file compatibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

USBDeview 2.79 adds always-on-top option. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WifiInfoView 2.42 updates internal MAC addresses file and resolves SSID mapping bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

WinScan2PDF 4.71 now preserves window location and adds open/edit options. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.28 resolves two filter bugs. This is not a security update.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 8.0.15 resolves over 300 bugs, adds dual-password support and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

Node.js 11.9.0 updates libraries and resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://nodejs.org/en/

Redemption 5.19.0.5248 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility with Outlook 2019. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

SQLite 3.27.1 resolves several bugs and improves security enforcement. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

DB Browser for SQLite 3.11.0 is now released in MSI format for Windows and provides dozens of other improvements and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://sqlitebrowser.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.0.4-128413 adds support for additional hardware, resolves several bugs, and improves stability. 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.

ScreenConnect 6.9.21691.6956 resolves several stability bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

Joomla 3.9.3 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

TinyMCE 5.0.0 is a major new update with dozens of new features and controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.tiny.cloud/get-tiny/

Drupal 8.6.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

Nextcloud Server 15.0.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nextcloud.com/

phpMyAdmin 4.8.5 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Adminer 4.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

WordPress 5.0.3 resolves over 40 issues, mostly with the new block editor. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.1.1 improves responsiveness. This is not a security update.

Antispam Bee 2.9.1 resolves several bugs and improves reliability. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.28 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.

Redirection 3.7.3 adds PHP warnings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.3.3 is a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.7.2 resolves many bugs and compatibility issues. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.5.4 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Add Custom CSS 1.1.4 resolves a compatibility issue. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2019-01-08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Google Chrome OS 71.0.3578.94 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 71.0.3578.98 is a security update.

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

Email Updates

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

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

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Office Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Security Software Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WinScan2PDF 4.67 adds support for new translations and improves customization. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 6.0.0-127566 is a major update with many resolved bugs. This version adds HiDPI support, export to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, improved setup and maintenance, improved 3D support for guests, surround sound speakers, and Hyper-V as fallback core for compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

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

 

Updates 2018-05-15

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but several security updates for Chrome, Firefox, Adobe Reader, and others have been released.

The typical computer should see approximately 200mb of updates. Let’s get started.

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.

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

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 66.0.3359.181 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 60.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 52.8.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.12 adds a variable to emulate the Outlook folder structure. 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.

aria2 1.34.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

WinSCP 5.13.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Dropbox 49.4.69 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?dropbox

uTorrent 3.5.3 Build 44428 is a security update.
https://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.33.0 sidesteps a bug by disabling drag and drop on v1803. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

Office Updates

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

LibreOffice Fresh 6.0.4 resolves several bugs. The “Fresh” builds are a public beta – so avoid this version if you’re still running the 5.x branch.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Adobe Reader DC 18.011.20040 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Security Software Updates

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

Wireless Network Watcher 2.18 updates the internal MAC addresses database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.12.17 adds detections. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.03 resolves compatibility and other bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.9.2 adds support for new encodings and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Sysmon 7.03 improves stability and compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

NTLite 1.6.1.6190 updates component information. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

GoodSync 10.9.0 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

DesktopOK 5.21 improves functionality by adding theme and style controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

IsMyHdOK 1.41 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

FileLocator Pro 8.4.2823 adds option to switch to Lite, adds PDF protected content search, RegEx expression naming, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

QuickSetDNS 1.20 adds new DNS options. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/quick_set_dns.html

PointerStick 3.11 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

WinScan2PDF 4.24 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Web Package Updates

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

MailEnable 10.16 improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

Custom Facebook Feed 2.6.1 updates compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 6.4.11 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/