Updates 2013-03-12

Hi, Folks!

Patch Tuesday is here again, and after the last month of weekly (or more) security updates the light update series is very welcome.  Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Oracle are still the major update sources this week.

Microsoft released 7 updates today affecting Windows, Internet Explorer, Silverlight, and Office (~75mb). This includes security updates. A reboot is required. For Windows 7, this is the first release version of Internet Explorer 10, which is tagged as an ‘important’ update, but is not automatically selected. IE10 changes some behavior, so unless you’re ready to spend a little time learning the new IE, you do not have to install it quite yet. On the other hand, it does have stronger base security than previous versions, so, especially if you’re not using IE at all, it’s best to install the update to ensure that IE is less likely to be exploited in the future.
http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates to OS X and Java. This includes security updates. Use the Apple Software Updater to get the most current versions.

Adobe AIR 3.6.0.6090 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?air

Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.180 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?flash
https://12pd.com/click?flashie
https://12pd.com/click?flashmac

Java 7u17 is a security update.
https://12pd.com/click?java
I can’t stress enough that if you don’t actually need it – remove it instead of updating!

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 anytime, 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.

WD SmartWare Software 1.6.4 corrects a stability bug. This is not a security update.
http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/wdsmartwareupdate/Step1.asp?id=wdfMB_Essential&os=win

Browser Updates

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

Firefox 19.0.2 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

Google Chrome 25.0.1364.172 is a security update. Use Menu, About to get the most current version.

SeaMonkey 2.16.1 is a security update. Use Help, About to get the most current version.

Email Updates

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

NK2Edit 2.50 adds SMTP Address for Exchange records. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html

Internet Updates

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

Evernote 4.6.3.8096 adds support for Outlook 2013, corrects several bugs related to IE clipping, reattaching files, copy & paste, drag & drop and business emails. This is not a security update.
http://www.evernote.com/
Please note that Evernote was hacked last week, so you should take the time to change your password for the Evernote service if you have an account. As always, if you’ve used the same password ANYWHERE else, take the time to change it everywhere – and NEVER reuse passwords!

Google Earth 7.0.3.8542 is a security and stability update.
http://earth.google.com/index.html

BrowsingHistoryView 1.25 adds support for all profiles of Chrome and Canary. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/browsing_history_view.html

Codec Updates

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

Win7 Codec Package 4.0.5 updates included codecs and improves DLNA and Extender playback. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Win8 Codec Package 1.4.9 updates included codecs and improves MKV playback. To install the update, you must uninstall and reinstall the application. This is not a security update.
http://shark007.net/win8codecs.html

Win x64 Codec Support 4.0.5 updates included codecs. This update applies only to 64-bit computers, and requires either the Win7 Codec Package or the Windows Vista Codec package.
http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Game Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Lego Digital Designer 4.3.6 does not provide a changelog, so it should be treated as a security update.
http://ldd.lego.com/

Office Updates

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

Blender 2.66a corrects over 80 bugs, mostly related to reliability. This is a security update.
http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/

Security Software Updates

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

Avast! Home Edition 8.0.1483 corrects application compatibility with various video players, Virtual PC, and ZoneAlarm, and corrects a bug that would consume the entire CPU. This should be treated as a security update.
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

Wireshark 1.8.6 adds seeral new protocols, corrects a couple dozen bugs, including crash and stability issues. This is a security update.
http://www.wireshark.org/

Converter Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Freemake Video Converter 4.0.0 adds new DVD menus, auto-cropping, auto-backup, custom DVD backgrounds, and improved stability. This is not a security update.
http://www.freemake.com/

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

GPU-Z 0.6.8 adds support for newer hardware and corrects a few bugs. This is not a security update.
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/SysInfo/GPU-Z/

BulkFileChanger 1.23 improves EXIF support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

DriveLetterView 1.25 adds several new detailed columns and auto-size column support. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/drive_letter_view.html

NetworkTrafficView 1.61 adds several new columns to the command-line capture mode.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_traffic_view.html

WifiInfoView 1.16 adds an option to re-sort on every update. This is not a security update.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html

Virtual Machine Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 4.2.8-83876 corrects a couple dozen bugs and improves stability and reliability. This is not a security update.
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

VMware Player 5.0.2 corrects several bugs including crash and memory leaks. This is not a security update.
http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Web Package Updates

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

Dada Mail 6.2.0 corrects a bug in subscription and unsubscription filters and two other bugs. This should be treated as a security update.
http://dadamailproject.com/download/

Anti-Splog 2.1.1 adds support for local filters, corrects a couple reliability bugs. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/anti-splog/

BuddyStream 3.0.1 adds several new controls, removes filters, sharebox, adds new icons, updates twitter API, and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddystream/

Control XML-RPC publishing 1.0 adds support for XML-RPC to WordPress Multi-Site installations.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/control-xml-rpc-publishing/

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

Regards,

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

Updates 2010-06-08

Hey folks!

Microsoft released over a dozen updates today, addressing security issues affecting a mix of Windows, Windows Media Player, Office, Internet Explorer, Silverlight and SharePoint. You should visit Microsoft Update immediately to install those which apply to your computer. This does include security updates. A reboot is required.
  http://update.microsoft.com/

Apple released updates to Safari, Java, and Boot Camp. This includes security updates. Use the “Apple Updater” to get the most recent versions of all the affected software. A reboot is required.

Adobe released several security updates over the last week or so that include multiple security fixes. This includes Shockwave, Premiere, Bridge, PhotoShop, OnLocation, and Illustrator. This includes security updates. In affected client software (such as PhotoShop and Illustrator) use “Help, Check for updates” to upgrade to the most current version. For Shockwave, visit the following URL:
  http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/
As with all Adobe products, be sure to UNCHECK any toolbars, add-ons and other “offers” both during download and during installation.

Also be aware that there is a known security vulnerability in Flash that will be fixed “soon”. While Adobe acknowledges this to be a problem, the only current workaround is to uninstall Flash. This vulnerability is being targeted to infect computers with scareware (such as AVXP), so if you do get an unfamiliar popup saying that your security software needs updated, you’re probably *already* infected. Contact me right away. The longer these infections stay on, the worse they get.

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.

Driver Updates

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

BullZip PDF Printer 7.1.0.1195 is designed to behave better with Office 2010, and adds several compatibility options for security and network sharing. This is not a security update.
  http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php

DirectX 9.0c (9.29.1962) is a performance and reliability update. This is not a security update.
  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3b170b25-abab-4bc3-ae91-50ceb6d8fa8d

GMail Drive FS 1.0.16 fixes authentication issues under XP, adds 64-bit support, and FileOpen dialog support. This is not a security update, but the older version simply won’t work anymore. If you’re using GMail Drive, you need this update.
  http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm

Micrososft LifeCam 3.22 corrects reliability and stability issues and adds new DirectX functionality. This is not a security update.
  http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/download/download.aspx?category=ICE

Internet Updates

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

Trillian 4.2 is released, adding Windows Live “simultaneous sign-on”, instant-preview for links, assets embedding for history, retweet and more than a hundred other features. And it’s still on sale for only $15! Trillian for Mac is on the horizon, too. This is not a security update. Also note, Trillian for BlackBerry and Trillian for Mac are both in public beta now.
  http://www.trillian.im/download/

Safari 5.0 adds HTML5 support, security, performance and reliability fixes. Also included are added developer tools, better internal search functionality, and user preference controls. This is a security update. Use the Apple Updater, or download the installer directly from the URL below.  A reboot is required.
  http://www.apple.com/safari/

Pidgin 2.7.1 corrects over 2 dozen bugs, including a remote exploit through the MSN implementation, several crash bugs, and display issues. This is a security update.
  http://www.pidgin.im/

Windows Live Messenger 2009 (14.0.8117) corrects a security bug in the sending of customized smileys. This is a security update.
  http://windowslive.com/desktop/messenger

Skype 5.0.0.105 corrects a crash bug when used with some cameras, adds WiFi support, call transfer, and HD support. This is the first generally available major release of Skype 5. This is not a security update.
  http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype

Google Earth 5.1.3535 adds automatic updates, several cosmetic issues, better security handling and a crash bug. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://earth.google.com/

uTorrent 2.0.2.19648 corrects several bugs and adds various performance optimizations. This is not a security update.
  http://www.utorrent.com/download/

Codec Updates

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

Vista Codec Package 5.7.6 updates several codecs. This is not a security update.
  http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

Win x64 Codec Components Package 2.5.8 updates several codecs. This is not a security update.
  http://shark007.net/x64components.html

Win7 Codec Package 2.5.4 updates several codecs. This is not a security update.
  http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html

Education updates

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

Kodu 1.0.48.0 is a free visual programming language from Microsoft developed specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. This build significantly increases reliability of mouse and the keyboard, as well as a number of other interactive elements. This is not a security update.
  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=57a23884-9ecd-4c8a-9561-64bfd4fa2d3d

TuxType 1.8.1 TuxTyping is an educational typing tutor for kids starring Tux, the Linux penguin. This educational game comes with two different games for practicing your typing, and having a great time doing it. This is not a security update.
  http://tux4kids.alioth.debian.org/tuxtype/download.php

Media updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

DVDFab 7.0.7.0 corrects an aspect ratio issue, fixes several bugs, including several responsible for crashing the application in certain circumstances, improves support for batch conversion and subtitles, and adds iPhone 4 output support. This is not a security update, but the crash fixes justify an immediate upgrade.
  http://www.dvdfab.com/

Picasa 3.6.105.67 improves name tags, geotagging, import/upload/share, and global tagging features. This version also fixes icon issues and a crash on certain QuickTime files. This should be considered a security update. Use Help, Check for Updates, or download the updated installer from:
  http://picasa.google.com/

Office Updates

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

OpenOffice.org 3.2.1 corrects over a dozen issues, including crash bugs, but mostly cosmetic/branding or related to translations. This is not a security update.
  http://download.openoffice.org/

Kindle for PC 1.1.1 enables you to access your Amazon digital content directly on any PC you use. This is not a security update.
  http://www.amazon.com/kindleforpc

Security Software Updates

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

ZoneAlarm Free 9.2.039.000 now touts it’s “quieter” behavior, automatically adjusting settings for millions of programs to ease the struggles associated with setting up a firewall for the typical user. This is a security update.
  http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/home.htm

SuperAntiSpyware 4.38.1004 adds native 64-bit support, safe-mode installation, and faster load and processing time. For 64-bit users, this should be considered a security update, and removal of the old version is necessary to successfully upgrade.
  http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Utility Updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

Goodsync & Goodsync2Go 8.2.7.7 adds a delay option, support for symbolic links, and fixes several bugs. This is not a security update.
  http://www.goodsync.com/download/affs/goodsync-x12pd.exe

LogMeIn Win 4.1.1310 and LogMeIn Web Components were updated. This should be considered a security update. Right-click on the LogMeIn icon in your tray and select “Open LogMeIn”, click “About”, then “Check for Updates”. After a few minutes of downloading, the updater will start. You’ll be prompted to click “Update”, approve installation and finally
“close” the installer when done. Alternatively, you can download the full installer from:
  https://secure.logmein.com/logmein.msi

CCleaner 2.32.1165 adds support for MS Office 2010 and several other applications, and corrects several non-security bugs. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Defraggler 1.19.192 adds queue functionality, and several other atability and performance updates. This is not a security update.
  http://www.piriform.com/defraggler

MyDefrag 4.3.1 provides several stability fixes. This is not a security update, but using previous versions on some systems may render the machine unbootable.
  http://www.mydefrag.com/

Universal Extractor 1.6.1 adds a bunch of new features, like support for environment variables, MSM files, and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
  http://www.legroom.net/software/uniextract

IsoBuster 2.8 adds additional file types, command-line parameters and CUE queueing, and corrects several bugs. This is not a security update.
  http://www.smart-projects.net/isobusterdownload.php

GPU-Z 0.4.3 adds support for newer hardware and improves monitoring functionality for older cards. Also adds support for detection of very large RAM (4gb+), as well as several bugfixes. This is not a security update.
  http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/

SysInternals has released updates to Coreinfo, ProcMon, and Disk Usage, and released a new application, RAMMap, which can be used to analyze physical memory. This is not a security update.
  http://sysinternals.com/

Developer updates

These are unlikely to be of interest to most people.

VirtualBox 3.2.2.62321 adds experimental support for Mac OSX guests (yay!), CPU hot-plugging, additional hypervisor features, multi-monitor guests, and dynamically adjustable RAM for running guests on 64-bit hosts – in addition to several dozen other feature changes and bugfixes. This is huge update, and I, for one, am thrilled to see that Oracle is
actually continuing to support and develop VirtualBox after taking over Sun. This should be treated as a security update.
  http://www.virtualbox.org/

VMware Player 3.1.0 adds automatic updates for VMware Tools, OVF, automatic login, direct startup shortcuts, and better memory handling. This is not a security update.
  http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

MySQL 5.1.47 corrects several issues with replication, paths, and foreign keys, as well as several dozen bugfixes. This is a security update.
  http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/

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

Regards,

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