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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Pale Moon Version 25.8.0 Released

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Pale Moon

Pale Moon has been updated to version 25.8.0.  The update is described as a security, stability and usability update.

Three of the security updates are identified as DiD, "Defense-in-Depth".  These fixes do not apply to actively exploitable vulnerabilities in Pale Moon.  Rather, the purpose of the updates is to prevent future vulnerabilities caused by the same code when surrounding code changes, exposing the problem.

Security fixes:

  • Updated the libpng library to 1.5.24 to address critical security issues CVE-2015-7981 and CVE-2015-8126
  • Updated the NSPR library to 4.10.10 to address several security issues.
  • Updated the NSS library to 3.19.4 to address several security issues.
  • Fixed a memory safety hazard in SVG path code (CVE-2015-7199).
  • Fixed an issue with IP address parsing potentially allowing an attacker to bypass the Same Origin Policy (CVE-2015-7188).
  • Fixed an Add-on SDK (Jetpack) issue that would allow scripts to be executed despite being forbidden (CVE-2015-7187).
  • Fixed a crash due to a buffer underflow in libjar (CVE-2015-7194).
  • Fixed an issue for Android full screen that would potentially allow address spoofing (CVE-2015-7185).
  • Added size checks in canvas manipulations to avoid potential image encoding vulnerabilities like CVE-2015-7189. DiD
  • Fixed potential information disclosure vulnerabilities through the NTLM authentication mechanism. Insecure NTLM v1 is now disabled by default, and the workstation name is set to WORKSTATION by default (configurable with a preference for environments where identification of workstations is done by actual reported machine name). This avoids issues like CVE-2015-4515.
  • Fixed a potentially vulnerable crash from a spinning event loop during resize painting. DiD
  • Fixed several Javascript-based memory safety hazards. DiD
For information on included fixes/changes, see the Release Notes.

Minimum system Requirements (Windows):
  • Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Server 2008 or later
  • A processor with SSE2 support
  • 256 MB of free RAM (512 MB or more recommended)
  • At least 150 MB of free (uncompressed) disk space
Pale Moon includes both 32- and 64-bit versions for Windows:
Other versions:


    To get the update now, select "Help" from the Pale Moon menu at the upper left of the browser window.  Select About Pale Moon > Check for Updates.

    Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
    May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart...

    Friday, November 13, 2015

    Important Information for Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007 and 2010 Users

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    Outlook.comThe Microsoft Outlook team is notifying users via email about upcoming changes that will result in the inability to access email from, @hotmail, @live or @msn email accounts in Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007 and 2010.

    Although I may be completely wrong, the notification implies to me that the Preview is ending and the final changes outlined by the Outlook team in May (New ways to get more done in will be rolling out .

    Regardless, after the changes have been made and email is no longer appearing in the Outlook client, users of Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010 will need to follow the steps documented in the email from the Outlook team, copied below, in order to to resume receiving email from those accounts.

    In the next few weeks we’ll be making some updates that will impact your, @hotmail, @live, or @msn email account. Those changes will prevent your email from getting delivered to the Outlook desktop application you use. When you notice that you stop receiving messages, simply follow these two steps:
    For Outlook 2003 customers:
    1. Remove your email account from your Outlook 2003 desktop application
    2. Re-add your email account to your Outlook 2003 desktop application
    For Outlook 2007 customers:
    1. Remove your email account from your Outlook 2007 desktop application
    2. Re-add your email account to your Outlook 2007 desktop application
    For Outlook 2010 customers:
    1. Remove your email account from your Outlook 2010 desktop application
    2. Re-add your email account to your Outlook 2010 desktop application
    When the update happens, you may not be able to refer back to this email in your Outlook desktop application. We recommend bookmarking or saving the two links (remove and re-add) in steps 1 and 2 above that apply to the version of Outlook you’re using. Remember, you can always access this message by logging into your account at at any time.
    If you don’t know what version of Outlook you have, you can click here for instructions to find out.
    Thanks for your understanding and continued use.
    The Outlook team"

    Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
    May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart...

    Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Lest We Forget

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    Whether you call it Veteran's Day, Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, November 11th is a time to put aside politics and pay tribute to all who died for their country.  It is also a perfect time to thank the Veterans in whatever country you live in. 

    As in previous years, I am republishing my friend Canuk's last tribute and, once again, adding a special thank you to my friends "Phantom Phixer" and "Ghost".

    The comment Canuk posted provides one example of why he was a special person:
    "I too "will remember your friends who never had a full life", while thanking you and your comrades who have served with pride, honesty and honour.

    Despite anyone's thoughts of the current conflict in Iraq - opposition or agreement, we must always remember that these brave young men and women are fighting for a cause they also may or may not agree with. The huge difference between them and us is that they are putting their lives on the line 24/7 while we sit in our homes in comfort, using the freedom of speech previous warriors won for us, and for that they deserve our love, respect, and support."

    We Shall Keep the Faith by Moira Michael, November 1918
    Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields, Sleep sweet - to rise anew! We caught the torch you threw And holding high, we keep the Faith With All who died. We cherish, too, the poppy red That grows on fields where valor led; It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies, But lends a lustre to the red Of the flower that blooms above the dead In Flanders Fields. And now the Torch and Poppy Red We wear in honor of our dead. Fear not that ye have died for naught; We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought In Flanders Fields. Flags courtesy

    Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
    May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart...