Updates 2017-11-01

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Apple, Microsoft, Google and more have released updates this week.

The typical computer should see approximately 2gb of updates. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released an out-of-cycle security update for Flash Player 27.0.0.183. Use Windows Update to install the most current versions.

Apple released updates for macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, Security Update 2017-001 Sierra, Security Update 2017-004 El Capitan, iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, tvOS 11.1, Safari 11.0.1, iCloud for Windows 7.1, iTunes 12.7.1 are security updates. Use the Apple App Store or Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

iOS 11.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Software Update to install the most current version.

watchOS 4.1 is a security update. Use your updated iPhone to install the most current version through the Watch app.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204641

tvOS 11.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 62.0.3202.74 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 27.0.0.183 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.

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.

Seagull Scientific Driver collection 2017.1 improves compatibility, reliability and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.seagullscientific.com/drivers/windows-printer-drivers/

Display Driver Uninstaller 17.0.7.7 improves cleanup, compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 62.0.3202.75 is a security update.

Firefox 56.0.2 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 52.4.0 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.

Line 7.14.0 improves camera integration. This is not a security update.
https://line.me/update

aria2 1.33.0 resolves several bugs and adds a couple new features. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201711 is a data refresh.
https://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

IPInfoOffline 1.45 updates IP database and adds column autosizing. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ip_country_info_offline.html

Npcap 0.96 integrates several new Type selectors, improves memory handling, expands license. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/nmap/npcap/releases

WGet 1.19.2 is a security update.
https://eternallybored.org/misc/wget/

iCloud for Windows 7.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to get the most current version.

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.7.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to get the most current version.

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.5.5.5003 improves game management, storage options, and many cosmetic improvements. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 5.01 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.

OpenOffice 4.1.4 is a security update. You are strongly advised to REMOVE OpenOffice and switch to LibreOffice!
https://www.openoffice.org/download/

Kindle for PC 1.21.0 Build 48017 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.

Wireshark 2.4.2 is a security update.
https://www.wireshark.org/

RogueKiller 12.11.22 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 3.1.1709.1535 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.xsplit.com/get/

XSplit Gamecaster 3.1.1708.2941 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 1.93 resolves compatibility issues. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.6.4 adds support for new encodings, 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 1.4.1.5675 resolves several bugs and upgrades components. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Mac 6.8.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

GoodSync 10.6.5 resolves dozens of bugs, improves reliability and consistency, and improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

RoboForm 8.4.3 improves stability and version compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

CintaNotes 3.11 resolves several bugs and improves clicking. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

DesktopOK 4.85 resolves improves AutoHide behavior. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Easy2Boot 1.96 improves compatibility with some virtual images, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.easy2boot.com/download/

HWMonitor 1.33 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

ImageUSB 1.3.1004 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

IsMyHdOK 1.29 improves detection. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/IsMyHdOK

CurrPorts 2.36 adds auto-size columns support. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

WakeMeOnLan 1.82 removes an inactive menu item. This is not a security update.
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wake_on_lan.html

OSForensics 5.2.1001 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.osforensics.com/download.html

CCleaner 5.36.6278 improves cleanup and adds automatic updates. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

PointerStick 2.92 adds crosshair with arrows support. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

WinScan2PDF 3.71 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

WizTree 3.15 adds MFT association, and resolves several bugs. 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 11.0.3 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

.NET Framework 4.7.1 improves accessibility options, performance, reliability, and more. This is not a security update.
https://www.microsoft.com/net/

Java 8u151 is a security update. Consider removing Java instead of upgrading if you are not 100% sure you require it.
https://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MySQL 5.7.20 is a security update.
https://www.mysql.com/downloads/installer/

SQLite 3.21.0 improves performance and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.2.0-118431 is a major update with several improvements to stability, reliability, and performance. 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.

phpMyAdmin 4.7.5 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.phpmyadmin.net/news/

ScreenConnect 6.4.15083.6507 resolves dozens of bugs, improves compatibility, and adds several new features. This is not a security update.
https://www.screenconnect.com/Download

WordPress 4.8.3 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Contact Form 7 4.9.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 4.0.7 resolves a couple dozen bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.10 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Redirection 2.8.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

WooCommerce 3.2.2 resolves dozens of bugs and adds several features. This is not a security update.

WP Mail SMTP 0.11.1 improves compatibility with older versions of PHP. 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 2017-09-26

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Apple, Microsoft, Google and more have released updates this week.

The typical computer should see approximately 1gb of updates except macOS, which should have 6gb+. Let’s get started.

As expected, the first post-major upgrade to iOS 11 was released today to fix security issues. It’s time to install iOS 11.0.1 now.

Microsoft released updates for Windows and Edge. Use Windows Update to install the most current versions.

Apple released updates for iCloud 7.0, Xcode 9.0, Safari 11, and iTunes 12.7. This includes security updates. Use the Apple App Store or Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

macOS 10.13 High Sierra is the next major update to macOS/OS X. This version adds several new features and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

macOS Server 5.4 is a security update. Use the Apple App Store to install the most current version.

iOS 11.0.1 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current version. As expected, Apple released a security update to iOS 11 within three weeks of release.

watchOS 4.0.0 is a security update. Use your updated iPhone to install the most current version through the Watch app.

tvOS 11.0.0 is a security update. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 60.0.3112.114 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.

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 17.0.7.5 improves NVIDIA cleanup, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Intel Driver Update 3.0 redesigns the user interface, integrates into the Intel support website, and resolves several bugs. 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 61.0.3163.100 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Opera 47.0.2631 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.

Evernote 6.7.5.5825 does not provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FastStone Viewer 6.4 improves Video Player and Scan Tool components, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

iTunes 12.7 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.

PlayStation PS4 4.74 improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

RetroPie 4.3 improves emulation, hardware support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://retropie.org.uk/

Technic Launcher 4/353 doesn’t provide a changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.technicpack.net/download

Security Software Updates

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

Gpg4win 3.0.0 improves the GUI, adds 64-bit MSO support, improved logging and diagnostics, resolves many bugs and improves performance. This is not a security update.
https://www.gpg4win.org/download.html

RogueKiller 12.11.17 adds detections. This is not a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Capture Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Greenshot 1.2.10.6 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://github.com/greenshot/greenshot/releases

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 10.0.6.0 resolves several bugs and adds support for new encryption. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

NTLite 1.4.1.5590 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

1Password for Mac 6.8.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

GoodSync 10.6.0 adds OTP and DeviceId support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.goodsync.com/

Bitcoin 0.15.0.1 improves performance and reliability. This version uses blockchain addressing that is not compatible with older versions. This is not a security update.
http://bitcoin.org/en/download

CintaNotes 3.10 adds wildcard support, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

GSmartControl 1.1.1 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
https://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.io/home/index.php/About

FileLocator Pro 8.2.2741 resolves UNC performance and expression support and fixes a an installation bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

BulkFileChanger 1.51 adds option to display different time and date options based on user selected values. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

CurrPorts 2.35 improves GUI for IPv6 addresses. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.html

TcpLogView 1.30 improves GUI for IPv6 addresses. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/tcp_log_view.html

CCleaner 5.35.6210 is a security update. You’re better off removing CCleaner and any other registry and cookie “cleaner” applications. They often do more harm than good even when they work as intended.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Recover Keys 10.0.4.196 adds several new features, new applications, and CLI improvements. This is not a security update.
http://recover-keys.com/en/download.html

WizTree 3.11 adds zoom support and several other 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/

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DB Browser for SQLite 3.10.1 resolves several bugs, including removal of a forced reboot after installation on Windows. This is not a security update.
http://sqlitebrowser.org/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.1.28-117968 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

MailEnable 9.77 updates included libraries. This is not a security update.
https://www.mailenable.com/

TinyMCE 4.6.7 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

WordPress 4.8.2 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/

Akismet 4.0 resolves several bugs and improves compatibility with the latest version of WordPress. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.1.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

myStickymenu 2.0.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.8.8 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 2017-08-08

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday. The typical computer should see roughly 1.2gb in updates today.

In security news, NIST (United States National Institute for Standards and Technology), the US government agency responsible for developing most US scientific and technological standards, is recommending new password implementation policies that, hopefully, most of the world will adopt in short order. Sophos has a great review of what’s happening here and this quote adequately summarizes the ridiculousness of the current situation:

No composition rules. What this means is, no more rules that force you to use particular characters or combinations, like those daunting conditions on some password reset pages that say, “Your password must contain one lowercase letter, one uppercase letter, one number, four symbols but not &%#@_, and the surname of at least one astronaut.”

Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, Flash, and MSRT (~1gb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released an update for Pages EndNote Plug-in 3.1. This is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install this update. A reboot is required.

ChromeOS 60.0.3112.80 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Adobe Flash Player 26.0.0.151 is a security update. Flash is being actively replaced with HTML5 on most sites and services, however, so unless you’re 110% positive you need it for critical functions, you should remove it instead. And, within those browsers that have it embedded (Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11+) your best option is to disable it. It’s just not worth the risk.
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.

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 17.0.7.2 improves cleanup. This is not a security update.
http://www.wagnardsoft.com/display-driver-uninstaller-ddu

Browser Updates

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

Google Chrome 60.0.3112.90 improves stability. This is not a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 55.0 changes installation options, provides improved plugin security (Flash is now click-to-activate on most sites and geolocation now requires SSL). This should be treated as a security update.

SeaMonkey 2.48 is a security update. Note that the built-in update engine does not work with this release, so manual upgrade is required. Download the update here if you have SeaMonkey installed.
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.05 adds quick-filtering support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

Java 8u144 is a security update. If you have Java installed and use it, upgrade immediately. If you do not use it, or do not know if you need it, remove it.
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Evernote 6.6.4.5512 resolves various bugs, adds image gallery feature, implements new editor, and direct (public) content sharing. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/

MaxMind GeoIP 201708 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/geolite

BrowsingHistoryView 2.10 improves reliability and adds CacheTask service management. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Nmap 7.60 adds several new scripts and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/

Npcap 0.93 improves reliability and upgrade compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

Google Earth 7.3.0 is a security update.
http://earth.google.com/index.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

FastStone Viewer 6.3 adds a video player, improved rendering quality of annotations, mp3 support, and incorporates various bug fixes. 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 10.4.16.25850 provides several cosmetic improvements, performance improvements, and adds end-of-life notification for macOS prior to 10.9/Mavericks. This is not a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PlayStation PS4 4.73 improves performance. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

SteamOS 2.121/2017-07-31 is a security update.
http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/download/?ver=custom

Office Updates

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

Adobe Reader 11.0.21 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

Adobe Reader DC 17.012.20093 is a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates to get the most current version.

LibreOffice 5.4.0 adds many new features including OpenPGP signatures, improved watermarks, styling, bullets & numbering, autocorrect, and conditional formatting. This is not a security update.
http://www.libreoffice.org/

Adobe Experience Manager 6.3.0.1 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/experience-manager/apsb17-26.html

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.6 is a security update.
https://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html

Security Software Updates

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

OSFClone 1.2.1000 adds dd/ewf write support. This is not a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/tools/create-disk-images.html

RogueKiller 12.11.9 improves detections, and resolves POST/upload bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

CDex 1.90 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.4.9 adds support for new encodings, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

1Password for Windows 6.7.454 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://1password.com/downloads/

GoodSync 10.5.5 resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

CintaNotes 3.9 adds window docking support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

DesktopOK 4.74 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

HWMonitor 1.32 adds support for newer hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

ImageUSB 1.3.1003 does not provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

FolderChangesView 2.11 adds ability to start hidden and minimized to tray, allowing it to take effect immediately upon execution. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/folder_changes_view.html

WifiInfoView 2.27 adds descriptive text to all lower-pane elements. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

PointerStick 2.88 improves Windows 10 support. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/PointerStick

Rufus 2.16 adds audiovisual feedback, nonstandard RR workaround, ISO and access error reporting, and resolves various bugs. This is not a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

OSForensics 5.1.1002 adds several new features. This is not a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

SystemRescueCD 5.0.3 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TaskSchedulerView 1.35 adds process termination support and improves quick-filtering. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/task_scheduler_view.html

WinScan2PDF 3.55 improves compatibility with certain hardware. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SQLite 3.20.0 resolves several bugs, improves reliability and performance. This is a security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 5.1.26-117224 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Web Package Updates

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

TinyMCE 4.6.5 resolves many bugs, adds local upload, and inline boundary support. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.3.6 resolves over a dozen bugs. This is not a security update.
http://drupal.org/download

WordPress 4.8.1 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/

Akismet 3.3.4 disables unrequested logging, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

BuddyPress 2.9.0 adds several new features and resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.

Email Log 2.0.2 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.8.6 improves OG metatag support and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.

Postie 1.9.3 improves error diagnostics and adds “every 2 hours” option. This is not a security update.

Redirection 2.6.6 uses React on redirects page and integrates native translate support. This is not a security update.

Sucuri Security 1.8.8 resolves several bugs, adds several features and options. This should be treated as a security update.

myStickymenu 1.9.1 corrects admin-bar and sticky-menu ordering behavior. 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 2017-06-13

Hi, Folks!

It’s Patch Tuesday. The typical computer should see roughly 1gb in updates today. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates to Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET, Flash, POSReady, and MSRT (~850mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required.

Apple released updates for macOS Sierra for iMacs. This includes security updates. Use Apple Software Update to install these updates. A reboot is required.

Google Chrome OS 59.0.3071.92 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version. A reboot is required.

Adobe Flash Player 26.0.0.126 is a security update. Flash is being actively replaced with HTML5 on most sites and services, however, so unless you’re 110% positive you need it for critical functions, you should remove it instead. And, within those browsers that have it embedded (Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11+) your best option is to disable it. It’s just not worth the risk.
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.

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.

Intel Driver Update 2.8 improves detection of hardware and drives, allows service behavior for automatic update checks. This is not a security update.
http://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 59.0.3071.86 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

Firefox 53.0.3 is a security update. Use Menu, Help, About to install the most current version.

HTTrack 3.49.2 is a security update.
http://www.httrack.com/page/2/en/index.html

Email Updates

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

OutlookAttachView 3.01 resolves a minor bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_attachment.html

Internet Updates

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

Shockwave Player 12.2.9.199 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?shockwave

Adobe AIR 26.0.0.118 is a security update.
Win: https://12pd.com/click?air
Mac: https://12pd.com/click?airmac

Skype 7.37.0.103 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog, so should be treated as a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

Line 7.5.0 improves Timeline posts. This is not a security update.
http://line.me/update

aria2 1.32.0 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://aria2.github.io/

uTorrent 3.5.0 Build 43804 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.utorrent.com/downloads

FileZilla 3.26.2 resolves a stability bug if using master passwords. This is not a security update.
http://filezilla-project.org/

FreeFileSync 9.1 resolves several stability and file system bugs. Improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

MaxMind GeoIP Data 201706 is a data refresh. This is not a security update.
http://dev.maxmind.com/geoip/

Npcap 0.92 improves installation behavior for version compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://nmap.org/npcap/

PuTTY 0.69 is a security update.
https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

EA Origin 10.4.12.59996 doesn’t provide a detailed changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://www.origin.com/en-us/download

PS4 4.70 improves performance and adds tournament match results for each player. This is not a security update.
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps4/pc_update/index.htm

SteamOS 2.117 is a security update with many other changes.
http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/download/?ver=custom

PPSSPP 1.4.2 resolves dozens of bugs and improves compatibility and stability. This is not a security update.
http://ppsspp.org/downloads.html

Office Updates

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

Artweaver 6.0.3 resolves several stability and reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.artweaver.de/

Notepad++ 7.3.3 is a major regression fix. Unfortunately, the stability bugs in 7.4.1 are more than a short fix away, and the safest fix is to revert to 7.3.3 for now.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Adobe Shockwave Player
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/shockwave/apsb17-18.html

Adobe Captivate 10.0.0.192 is a security update. Hotfixes are also available for previous versions.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/captivate/apsb17-19.html

Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.5 is a security update.
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/Digital-Editions/apsb17-20.html

Security Software Updates

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

OpenSSL 1.1.0f is a security update.

KeePass 1.33 updates libraries, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/

Wireshark 2.2.7 is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

DNSQuerySniffer 1.62 adds /cfg command-line option to allow multiple configuration sets. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/dns_query_sniffer.html

RogueKiller 12.11.2 adds detections, resolves bugs, and improves administration. This is a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

MSRT 5.49 is a security update.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

MakeMKV 1.10.6 improves stability and adds support for new media. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?makemkv

CDex 1.86 improves compatibility and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://cdex.mu/?q=download

DVDFab 10.0.4.0 improves support for cloud decryption and compatibility with Apple DRM video. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

RoboForm 8.3.5 resolves several bugs, improves compatibility, adds backup and restore. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?rf

CintaNotes 3.8 resolves several bugs, improves performance and automation, and adds several new features including autosave, paste as plain text, and the ability to cleanly close all instances from a command line. This is not a security update.
http://cintanotes.com/download

GoodSync 10.4.9 resolves several reliability and stability issues, and improves service compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?goodsync

NTLite 1.3.1.5060 adds several tweaks, improves unattended options, and hardware compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://www.ntlite.com/download/

8GadgetPack 23.0 resolves several bugs, improves reliability, stability and removes nonfunctional gadgets. This is not a security update.
http://8gadgetpack.net/

DesktopOK 4.71 resolves a bug in the time setting. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK

Easy2Boot 1.92 improves compatibility, resolves hidden partition bug, updates tools, and more. This is not a security update.
http://www.easy2boot.com/download/

Everything 1.4.1.877 improves detail collection, performance, stability and adds several advanced features like filtering, regex, multi-file renaming and more. This is not a security update.
http://www.voidtools.com/

FileLocator Pro 8.2.2736 adds new display options, indexing improvements, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.mythicsoft.com/filelocatorpro/download

RegFileExport 1.07 adds support for HKCU\Software\Classes. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/registry_file_offline_export.html

SimpleWMIView 1.31 adds a command-line option to load configuration profiles, and resolves a copy bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/simple_wmi_view.html

USBDeview 2.71 adds new command-line options for device information, and now displays the local computer name. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

WifiInfoView 2.25 improves detail view. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

OSForensics 5.0.1002 adds many new features, improves compatibility, and resolves several bugs. This is a security update.
http://www.osforensics.com/download.html

CCleaner 5.31.6105 improves compatibility, cleaning, SSD detection, resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

SystemRescueCD 5.0.2 is a security update.
http://www.sysresccd.org/

TeamViewer 12.0.78313 resolves several bugs, improves stability, and adds Connected Standby support. This is not a security update.
https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/download/windows/

Sysmon 6.02 resolves a bug in the named pipe monitoring logic that could cause a bluescreen crash. This is a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Sigcheck 2.55 resolves a display bug. This should be treated as a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

WinScan2PDF 3.48 adds export to PNG, improves compatibility. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

Developer Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

SQLite 3.19.3 resolves several bugs. This is security update.
https://www.sqlite.org/download.html

StrawberryPerl 5.26.0.1 updates engine and libraries. This is a security update.
http://strawberryperl.com/

Redemption 5.14.0.4798 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.dimastr.com/redemption/

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VMware Player 12.5.6 is a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

TinyMCE 4.6.4 resolves several bugs. This is not security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

Drupal 8.3.3 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not security update.
http://drupal.org/download

phpMyAdmin 4.7.1 resolves several bugs. This is not security update.
http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/news.php

Joomla 3.7.2 is a quick bugfix to a recent security update.
https://www.joomla.org/

WordPress 4.8 adds several new features, including improves photo and video editing, widgets, link boundaries, and more. This is not security update.
http://wordpress.org/

Akismet 3.3.2 doesn’t provide a changelog so should be treated as a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/

Antispam Bee 2.7.1 fixes a bug with Chrome autofill, and compatibility issues. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antispam-bee/

Contact Form 7 4.8 improves style, form tags and REST API. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Custom Facebook Feed 2.4.6 adds WordPress 4.8 compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-facebook-feed/

NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster 3.8.5 is a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/social-networks-auto-poster-facebook-twitter-g/

Postie 1.8.43 fixes two minor bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postie/

Really Simple CAPTCHA 2.0 refactored the code and update license. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/really-simple-captcha/

Redirection 2.6.2 improves CSV import and updates options page. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

Show IDs 1.1.2 adds WordPress 4.8 compatibility. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpsite-show-ids/

Theme Authenticity Checker 1.5.3 adds compatibility with WordPress 3.8 and 3.9.3.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tac/

W3 Total Cache 0.9.5.4 resolves querystring cache regression. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

Widgets on Pages 1.1.0 adds analytics — that unfortunately breaks the plugin on all sites I’ve seen it on. This is not a security update, and I strongly advise not installing it.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/widgets-on-pages/

WooCommerce 3.0.8 resolves dozens of bugs. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/woocommerce/

WPtouch 4.3.18 improves WPML compatibility and fixes a visibility bug. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

Editorial Assistant 1.3.3 changes required PHP version, resolves several bugs, and adds performance monitoring. This is not a security update.
https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/zemanta/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2017-05-16

Hi, Folks!

It’s not Patch Tuesday, but Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, Google, and more have released updates today.

If you haven’t heard of “WannaCry” then you’re living under a rock. WannaCry is the closest current equivalent to the Code Red worm in the last 15 years. This ransomware uses a known vulnerability for which a patch had been released (three months ago!), to infect computers, encrypt their contents and the contents of network locations, and sell access back to the victim – while also infecting other vulnerable network devices. If you’ve installed your updates within the last three months you’re not vulnerable to the specific network-level vulnerability in SMB that it uses to propagate, but that doesn’t mean you can safely open phishing messages, email attachments or random downloads. The UK NHS was hit hard by this malware primarily because they take almost 6 months to patch their PC hardware that they do support. Some single-purpose devices (MRI machines, for example) are simply never maintained, but are still granted network access. Sigh. Don’t do that.

The vulnerability exploited by WannaCry was first divulged by Shadow Brokers when they released a trove of hacking tools created and used by the NSA. In fact, one of the tools WannaCry utilizes is the same ETERNALBLUE exploit directly from the NSA toolset. This is not a coincidence. These tools were written specifically to be universally effective and able to be repurposed at will for additional access. It should come as no surprise that when a government agency is hacked, the tools they created are released and the public suffers as a result.

If a positive side to this event can exist, it’s that Microsoft actually released a security update for Windows XP to address the vulnerability. Since XP has been End-of-Life for years, this is really surprising.

The lesson everyone should take from this event, but particularly businesses and government agencies, is that the turnaround time for malware authors is much lower than they think. Delaying or even ignoring security updates because “it won’t happen to us” is foolhardy at best and welcomes disaster. You should have sufficient skilled IT staff to be able to fully test and roll out any security updates within days, not months. If that’s not possible, you should at least hire a good PR firm and have the releases prepared in advance so you can spin your incompetence in the news when you are inevitably hacked later.

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled program.

The typical computer should see approximately 300mb of updates. Let’s get started.

Microsoft released updates for Windows and .NET, including Windows XP!

Apple released macOS 10.12.5, Security Update 2017-002, iTunes 12.6.1, Safari 10.1.1, and iCloud for Windows 6.2.1. Use the Apple App Store or Apple Software Update to install the most current versions.

Apple iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2 (and 3.2.1), and tvOS 10.2.1 are security updates. Use Settings, General, Updates to install the most current version.

Google Chrome OS 58.0.3029.112 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.

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

Internet Updates

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

Skype 7.36.0.101 improves quality and resolves several bugs. This version also imposes a requirement for a newer MSVCRT, which may trigger problems on any OS prior to the Windows 10 Creators Update (1703). If you receive an MSVCRT error upon running Skype after updating, download the current version of the MSVCRT.
https://12pd.com/click?skype

BrowsingHistoryView 2.05 adds ability to load history from remote device when full admin rights exist to remote device.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Media Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

iTunes 12.6.1 is a security update. Use Apple Software Update to install the most current version.

Office Updates

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

Notepad++ 7.4 adds document peeking, bug fixes, and reliability improvements.
https://12pd.com/click?npp

Security Software Updates

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

Wireless Network Watcher 2.12 improves reliability on devices with multiple wireless network adapters. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html

RogueKiller 12.10.9 adds detections. This is not a security update.
http://www.adlice.com/softwares/roguekiller/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 10.0.3.9 adds support for newer protections, incorporates BDInfo. This is not a security update.
http://www.dvdfab.cn/download.htm

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GSmartControl 0.9.0 resolves several bugs, improves reliability and stability, adds newer hardware support, and improves drive type detection. This is not a security update.
http://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.net/home/index.php/

Everything 1.4.1.873b resolves several bugs, and adds pause/resume capability. This is not a security update.
http://www.voidtools.com/

CCleaner 5.30.6063 improves cleaning, SSD detection, and resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?ccleaner

Rufus 2.15 improves compatibility with Windows 10 v1703, updates libraries, resolves several bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

WinScan2PDF 3.46 improves hardware support. This is not a security update.
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/WinScan2PDF

ProcDump 9.0 adds multiple dump sizes, and Kernel Dump process association. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Autoruns 13.71 adds Microsoft HTML Application Host (mshta.exe) as hosting image so it displays the hosted image details, and now doesn’t apply filters to hosting images. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

BgInfo 4.22 honors applocker policy for VB scripts specified as the source of field data. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

LiveKd 5.62 is now signed with a certificate trusted by Win7. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Process Monitor 3.33 resolves several bugs, and is now signed with certificate trusted by Win7. This is not a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Process Explorer 16.21 resolves a bug with VT support, and is now signed with a certificate trusted by Win7. This should be treated as a security update.
http://sysinternals.com/

Web Package Updates

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

SMF 2.0.14 is a security update. This version also changes PHP requirements, so if the upgrade will not complete try upgrading PHP first then upgrade SMF.
http://download.simplemachines.org/

TinyMCE 4.6.1 resolves several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.tinymce.com/download/

WordPress 4.7.5 is a security update.

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

Regards,

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