Updates 2018-09-11

Hi, Folks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

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

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

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

Browser Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internet Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Office Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Security Software Updates

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

OpenSSL 1.1.1 is a security update.

OpenSSL 1.1.0i is a security update.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

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

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

Web Package Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2018-07-10

Hi, Folks!

Today is Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one. The typical computer should see roughly 3gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

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

Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, Security Update 2018-004 Sierra, Security Update 2018-004 El Capitan, SwiftNIO 1.8.0, Safari 11.1.2, iCloud for Windows 7.6, iTunes 12.8 for Windows, and Wi-Fi Update for Boot Camp 6.4.0. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 11.4.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 4.3.2 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 11.4.1 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 67.0.3396.101 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 30.0.0.134 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

Important Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

UniFi Controller 5.8.24 resolved several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ubnt.com/download/

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.9.0 improves performance and reliability, removes dependency on Windows SC, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 3.4.1 improves reliability, adds details for more drivers and hardware, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Logitech Options 6.90.135 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/options

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 67.0.3396.99 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 61.0.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 52.9.0 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.

NK2Edit 3.36 resolves a display bug in high DPI mode. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

Thunderbird 52.9.0 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Internet Updates

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

DiscordApp 6.21.2018 resolves several bugs, improves colorblind compatibility, adds group DM invites and @everyone warnings. This is not a security update.
https://discordapp.com/download

WinSCP 5.13.3 is a security update.
https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

Evernote 6.13.14.7474 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.evernote.com/

FileZilla 3.34.0 improves focus. This is not a security update.
https://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 10.2 improves version control behavior, performance, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201807 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

BrowsingHistoryView 2.16 fixed to work with Firefox 61. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

DNSDataView 1.55 improves command-line behavior to add additional variable controls. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_records_viewer.html

Npcap 0.99-r7 improves compatibility and restores loopback capture. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.8 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.

Battle.net 20180620 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://us.battle.net/en/app/

EA Origin 10.5.21.179 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Office Updates

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

LibreOffice Fresh 6.0.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Notepad++ 7.5.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Adobe Acrobat 2017 and Reader 2017 (Acrobat 2017 Track) 2017.011.30096 are security updates. Use Help, Check for updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Acrobat DC and Reader DC (Classic Track) 2015.006.30434 are security updates. Use Help, Check for updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Acrobat DC and Reader DC (Continuous Track) 2018.011.20055 are security updates. Use Help, Check for updates to get the most current version.

Adobe DNG Converter 10.4 is a security update.
Mac: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6351
Win: https://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6353

Adobe Experience Manager cumulative fix and hotfix 24289 for all 6+ versions are security updates.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb18-23.html

Adobe Connect 9.8.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/release-note/adobe-connect-9-8-1-release-notes.html

Security Software Updates

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

Avast! Home Edition 18.5.3931 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update
https://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Gpg4win 3.1.2 removes support for old and unsupported email clients, improves usability, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

RogueKiller 12.12.26 resolves compatibility and crash bugs, and adds detections. This is not a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.4.1806.2217 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility with various hardware and services. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.06 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.1.0.0 adds support for new encodings, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

IsoBuster 4.2 adds support for several new formats, improves performance, stability, search, and adds dozens of new features. 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 8.5.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 10.9.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

Beyond Compare 4.2.5.23088 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php?zz=dl4

Bitcoin 0.16.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://bitcoin.org/en/download

NTLite 1.6.3.6240 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

DesktopOK 5.44 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

FileLocator Pro 8.4.2840 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

QuickSetDNS 1.22 adds quoting to generated command lines. This is a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/quick_set_dns.html

OSForensics 6.0.1003 improves Index controls and case management, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

PointerStick 3.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

ProduKey 1.93 adds Office Product Name Extraction Mode option to control how MS Office names are parsed. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

RapidEE 9.2 build 937 updates third-party libraries and improves compatibility. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.rapidee.com/en/download

Rufus 3.1 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.akeo.ie/

Sysmon 8.0 adds rule tagging, expands the command-line length logged, fixes a GUID printing bug, and prints friendly registry path names for rename operations. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Autoruns 13.90 adds Runonce Depend keys and GPO logon and logoff locations, as well as fixes a bug in WMI path parsing. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

TraceRouteOK 1.33 resolves a bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WinScan2PDF 4.31 improves hardware detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.25 adds CSV import, high-DPI support, performance improvements, language improvements, and resolves a crash on some 64-bit PCs. 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.

StrawberryPerl 5.28.0.1 is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Adminer 4.6.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.adminer.org/en/

Drupal 8.5.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

phpMyAdmin 4.8.2 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Joomla 3.8.10 resolves a bug on Windows servers. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

WordPress 4.9.7 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.0.8 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.2.6 resolves several bugs, improves stability and compatibility. This is not a security update.

Redirection 3.3.1 adds a PHP check for old versions. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.18 preserves settings when deactivated. This is not a security update.

Theme My Login 7.0.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.4.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 1.3.3 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as 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 2018-06-12

Hi, Folks!

If you’re running Windows 10 Home you’ve either already received v1803, or it’s been eating away at your bandwidth for the last month. It’s stable enough now to install, but you might still have issues afterwards. Need help? Call me.

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

The typical computer should see roughly 2.5gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, and MSRT (~1.2gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released macOS 10.13.5, macOS Security Update 2018-003, Safari 11.1.1, iOS 11.4, watchOS 4.3.1, tvOS 11.4, iTunes 12.7.5 for Windows, and iCloud for Windows 7.5. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 11.4 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 4.3.1 is a security update. Use the Watch app on your iPhone to install the most current version.

tvOS 11.4 is a security update. Use System, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 67.0.3396.78 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 30.0.0.113 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

Crucial Storage Executive 3.55 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/support-storage-executive

Intel Driver Update 3.4 improves compatibility, stability, and reliability. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Logitech Options 6.90.130 adds support for newer hardware and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/options

Logitech SetPoint 6.68.250 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/setpoint

Citizen Driver 2018.2 adds support for newer hardware, improves compatibility, and resolves issues when USB printer is turned off during a print job.
http://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/citizen-windows-printer-drivers/

CognitiveTPG Driver 2018.2 improves compatibility, and resolves issues when USB printer is turned off during a print job.
http://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/cognitivetpg-windows-printer-drivers/

Zebra Driver 2018.2 adds support for newer hardware, improves compatibility, and resolves issues when USB printer is turned off during a print job.
http://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/zebra-windows-printer-drivers/

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 67.0.3396.79 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox 60.0.2 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Firefox ESR 52.8.1 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Adobe AIR 30.0.0.107 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Adobe Shockwave 12.3.4.204 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Opera 53 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to get the most current version.

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.13 improves reliability and adds logging. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Thunderbird 52.8.0 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.

Skype 7.41.0.101 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Prosody 0.10.2 is a security update.
https://prosody.im/download/start

Trillian 6.1.0.16 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.trillian.im/

Connectify Hotspot 2018.4.1 is a security update.
https://www.connectify.me/

FreeFileSync 10.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201806 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

IPInfoOffline 1.47 updates internal database. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.7.5 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

VLC Media Player 3.0.3 resolves several bugs and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

PlayStation PS4 5.55 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

EA Origin 10.5.20.63112 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

Office Updates

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

LibreOffice Still 5.4.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

Security Software Updates

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

Wireshark 2.6.1 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

RogueKiller 12.12.21 adds detections. This is not a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SanDisk SecureAccess 3.02 improves performance and stability. This is not a security update.
https://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2399

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.04 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.5.0 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

GoodSync 10.9.1 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

1Password for Mac 6.8.9 restores compatibility with Opera. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

NTLite 1.6.2.6220 improves cleanup and compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

DesktopOK 5.31 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

FileLocator Pro 8.4.2831 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

WifiInfoView 2.34 adds country code column and resolves channel width bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Rufus 3.0 redesigns the interface, resolves several bugs, drops support for old operating systems, and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://rufus.akeo.ie/

RAMMap 1.51 improves compatibility with the latest build of Windows 10. This is not a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

QuickSetDNS 1.21 adds ability to set connection name from command line. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/quick_set_dns.html

TraceRouteOK 1.31 improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/TraceRouteOK

WizTree 3.23 adds the ability to dump the MFT from the command line, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

WSUS Offline 11.4 includes a complete rewrite of the Linux scripts, resolves supersedence issues, and improves stability. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Redemption 5.17.0.5062 resolves several bugs and adds support for Outlook Centennial. This is not a security update.
https://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

SQLite 3.24.0 adds several new features, improves compatibility and performance, 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 1.6.3 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

VMware Player 14.1.2 is a security update.
https://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

phpList 3.3.3 adds GDPR support, user interface improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phplist.com/download

TinyMCE 4.7.13 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.5.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

phpMyAdmin 4.8.1 resolves several bugs.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Joomla 3.8.8 is a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

WordPress 4.9.6 improves GDPR support, resolves several bugs, and updates libraries. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.0.7 improves compatibility and makes several cosmetic changes. This is not a security update.

Antispam Bee 2.8.1 improves compatibility, resolves several bugs. This version removes SFS support asserting GDPR issues. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 3.1.0 improves performance and adds several new features. This is not a security update.

Contact Form 7 5.0.2 resolves bugs and improves GDPR compatibility. This is not a security update.

Custom Facebook Feed 2.7 resolves compatibility issues. This is not a security update.

FV Top Level Categories 1.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Multisite Enhancements 1.4.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.2.4 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.23 improves handling malformed attachments. This is not a security update.

Simple Lightbox 2.7.0 improves compatibility and performance. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.17 adds GDPR compliance.

Theme My Login 7.0 is a full rewrite, adding several options, and switching many features to commercial upgrades. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.4.2 resolves several bugs and adds GDPR compliance. This is not a security update.

WPtouch 4.3.28 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2018-05-08

Hi, Folks!

The next build of Windows 10 v1803 was released last week. While Microsoft has given 1803 the nod, on half the computers I’ve tested it on there are driver conflicts. Don’t be the guinea pig. For at least the next month, when you’re prompted that “the new version of Windows is ready,” just say no! I’ll report here when I believe it is safe for most users. Unfortunately, if you’re running the Home version of Windows 10, you may not be given the option to say no. Restart your computer during the 1803 download and this will buy you some time.

Note that since 1803 is now released, some older versions are EOL (end-of-life). If your version of Windows 10 is older than 1607 (build 14393), then it is no longer supported and CAN NOT be secured: Update now, or remove it from the Internet.

It’s Patch Tuesday and it’s a big one.

The typical computer should see roughly 2.6gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

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

Apple released macOS Security Update 2018-001 10.13.4, Safari 11.1 (11605.1.33.1.4, 12605.1.33.1.4, and 13605.1.33.1.4), and Security Update 2018-001 Swift 4.1.1 for Ubuntu 14.04. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

iOS 11.3.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 66.0.3359.137 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 29.0.0.171 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flash
Win: https://12pd.com/click?flashie
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Fedora 28-1.1 is a major update, adding several new features including improved battery life and security. This is 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 now-current release of the Windows 10 (1803) will cause your computer to feel unusually slow until it is installed. This is a side-effect of the Windows 10 upgrade cycle, which pushes out 6gb through Windows update to get you to the latest Windows 10 release every 6 months. If you don’t let it finish and you’re on a slow connection, it will kill your Internet performance forever. If you don’t have the bandwidth to download the bits, I’m happy to provide loaner USB drives to our local clients at The Farmory, or, if you prefer to have me mail it to you please contact me for information.

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

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

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

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

Driver Updates

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

UniFi Controller 5.7.23 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ubnt.com/download/

BullZip PDF Printer 11.7.0.2716 resolves setup issues, 64-bit compatibility improvements, and bug fixes. This is not a security update.
https://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php#download

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.8.6 adds support for the latest release of Windows 10, and removal improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Dymo Label 8.7.1 resolves performance issues. This is not a security update.
https://dls.dymo.com/en-US/Pages/DLS8Download.aspx

Intel Driver Update 3.3.1 adds support for newer hardware, improves reliability, and resolves upgrade bug. This is not a security update.
https://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 66.0.3359.139 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 59.0.3 improves stability. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox ESR 52.7.4 improves stability. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.49.3 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Email Updates

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

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

Internet Updates

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

FreeFileSync 10.0 removes installer ads, adds parallel sync support, GUI improvements, and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201805 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Npcap 0.99-r5 is a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Java 8u171 is a security update.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FastStone Viewer 6.5 improves Import and Video Player, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

VLC Media Player 3.0.2 resolves dozens of bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.18.58059 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 5.53-01 improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/

RetroPie 4.4 adds support for newer hardware, and updates libraries. This is a security update.
https://retropie.org.uk/

Office Updates

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

Scribus 1.4.7 improves stability. This is not a security update.
https://www.scribus.net/

Kindle for PC 1.23.1 Build 50133 does not provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Security Software Updates

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

Wireshark 2.6.0 adds several new features, updates libraries, adds support for new protocols and capture formats. This is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

Gpg4win 3.1.1 is a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

RogueKiller 12.12.16 adds detections. This is a security update.
https://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

SanDisk SecureAccess 3.01 improves performance and start-up, support file streaming, adds automatic logout on time-out. This should be treated as a security update.
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2399

TDSSKiller 3.1.0.17 is a security update.
https://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/utility#TDSSKiller

Fedora Security 28-1.1 is a security update.
https://labs.fedoraproject.org/security/download/index.html

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

XSplit Broadcaster 3.3.1805.0302 resolves several bugs, including crash issues. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.3.1805.0401 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 2.02 improves reliability and resolves several bugs.
https://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.9.0 adds support for new encodings and resolves bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

MakeMKV 1.12.2 adds support for new encodings, improves reliability and stability. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

7-Zip 18.05 is a security update.
https://www.7-zip.org/

NTLite 1.6.0.6174 improves integration and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

8GadgetPack 26.0 adds support for the next release of Windows 10. This is not a security update.
https://8gadgetpack.net/

GoodSync 10.8.9 improves performance and resolves bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

RoboForm 8.4.9 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

CPU-Z Installer 1.85 adds support for newer hardware, adds Spectre detection, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

DesktopOK 5.18 resolves a detection bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

CurrPorts 2.51 adds creation timestamp column. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

WifiInfoView 2.32 adds option to save to JSON. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Sysmon 7.02 resolves a memory leak. This should be treated as a security update.
https://sysinternals.com/

TaskSchedulerView 1.41 resolves command line option bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WinScan2PDF 4.22 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.21 resolves several bugs, improves performance and stability, and extends export options. This is not a security update.
http://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wiztree-finds-the-files-and-folders-using-the-most-disk-space-on-your-hard-drive/

WSUS Offline 11.3 removes support for 1511, resolves several bugs, including the removal of UPX packing to reduce false detections.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Android Studio 3.1.2.0 resolves several bugs. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.
https://developer.android.com/studio/index.html

GitHub Desktop 3.3.6 updates libraries. This should be treated as a security update.
https://desktop.github.com/

MySQL 8.0.11 resolves dozens of bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

SQLite 3.23.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

StrawberryPerl 5.26.2.1 is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Web Package Updates

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

Joomla 3.8.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

Drupal 8.5.3 is a security update.
https://drupal.org/download

phpList 3.3.2 is a security update.
https://www.phplist.com/download

TinyMCE 4.7.12 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.tinymce.com/download/

phpMyAdmin 4.8.0.1 is a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

ScreenConnect 6.6.18120.669 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

myStickymenu 2.0.5 cleans up admin code. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.2.3 adds support for Facebook profiles and pages, improves security and resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.

Postie 1.9.21 resolves compatibility with older versions of PHP.

Sucuri Security 1.8.15 adds filtering for options, improved controls. This is not a security update.

W3 Total Cache 0.9.7 resolves several bugs, improves several options, including default behavior and configuration improvements.

WooCommerce 3.3.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

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

Regards,

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