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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Gave Their All for Their Country

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Vietnam Memorial Wall
April 30, 2005
Photograph by Luigi Masu

Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember those who have died in the service of their country.  It is also a time when I remember a very special Canadian who likely knew more about U.S. politics and history than most U.S. citizens. Memorial Day 2007 was his last blog post, reading in part:
"Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). For more history of Memorial Day visit Memorial Day History."




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



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Microsoft Security Bulletin Release for May, 2015

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Microsoft released thirteen (13) bulletins.  Three (3) bulletins are identified as Critical and the remaining ten (10) are rated Important in severity.

The updates address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft Server Software and .NET Framework.  Details about the CVEs can be found in the below-referenced TechNet Security Bulletin.

For those who have had issues with .NET Framework updates, it is suggested that MS-041 be installed separately with a shut/down restart between other updates.

Also released was one new Security Advisory:
One Security Advisory was revised:

Critical:
  • MS15-043 -- Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3049563)
  • MS15-044 -- Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Font Drivers Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3057110)
  • MS15-045-- Vulnerability in Windows Journal Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3046002) 
Important:
  • MS15-046 -- Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3057181) 
  • MS15-047 -- Vulnerabilities in Microsoft SharePoint Server Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3058083) 
  • MS15-048 -- Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3057134)
  • MS15-049 -- Vulnerability in Silverlight Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3058985)
  • MS15-050 -- Vulnerability in Service Control Manager Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3055642)
  • MS15-051 -- Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3057191) 
  • MS15-052 -- Vulnerability in Windows Kernel Could Allow Security Feature Bypass (3050514)
  • MS15-053 -- Vulnerabilities in JScript and VBScript Scripting Engines Could Allow Security Feature Bypass (3057263) 
  • MS15-054 -- Vulnerability in Microsoft Management Console File Format Could Allow Denial of Service (3051768) 
  • MS15-055 -- Vulnerability in Schannel Could Allow Information Disclosure (3061518) 

Additional Update Notes

  • MSRT -- Microsoft released an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services, and the Download Center. 

  • Internet Explorer -- For additional information about the blocking of out-of-date ActiveX controls see the TechNet article, Out-of-date ActiveX control blocking.  Additional changes introduced this month include the blocking of outdated Silverlight.  Additional information is available in the IE Blog.

  • Windows 8.x -- Non-security new features and improvements for Windows 8.1 are now included with the second Tuesday of the month updates.  Additional information about this change is available here.

  • Windows XP -- Although Microsoft has stopped providing Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP, definitions will be available until July 15, 2015.  See Microsoft antimalware support for Windows XP.  The MSRT still works on Windows XP.

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








    Adobe Flash Player and AIR Security Updates

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    Adobe Flashplayer

    Adobe has released Version 17.0.0.188 of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR 17.0.0.172 for Windows and Macintosh.  Version information for Linux and the Extended Release is available in the Release Notes.

    These updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.  Details of the vulnerabilities are included in the below-referenced Security Bulletin.

    Release date: May 12, 2015
    Vulnerability identifier: APSB15-09

    CVE number: CVE-2015-3044, CVE-2015-3077, CVE-2015-3078, CVE-2015-3079, CVE-2015-3080, CVE-2015-3081, CVE-2015-3082, CVE-2015-3083, CVE-2015-3084, CVE-2015-3085, CVE-2015-3086, CVE-2015-3087, CVE-2015-3088, CVE-2015-3089, CVE-2015-3090, CVE-2015-3091, CVE-2015-3092, CVE-2015-3093
    Platform: All Platforms
    • Users of the Adobe Flash Player desktop runtime for Windows and Macintosh should update to Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.235.
    • Users of the Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release should update to Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.259.
    • Users of Adobe Flash Player for Linux should update to Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.425.
    • Adobe Flash Player installed with Google Chrome, as well as Internet Explorer on Windows 8.x, will automatically update to the current version.

    Flash Player Update Instructions

    It is recommended that you either use the auto-update mechanism within the product when prompted or the direct download links.  The problem with the auto-update mechanism is that it can take a few days to finally provide the update and up to a week if using the "Notify me to install updates" setting.

    Flash Player Auto-Update

    The update settings for Flash Player versions 10.3 and above can found in the Advanced tab of the Flash Player Settings Manager.  The locations are as follows:
    • Windows: click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Flash Player
    • Macintosh: System Preferences (under Other) click Flash Player
    • Linux Gnome: System > Preferences > Adobe Flash Player
    • Linux KDE: System Settings > Adobe Flash Player
    Also note that the Flash Player Settings Manager is where to manage local settings.

    Flash Player Direct Download Links

    Warning:  Although Adobe suggests downloading the update from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center, that link includes a pre-checked option to install unnecessary extras, such as McAfee Scan Plus or Google Drive.  If you use the download center, uncheck any unnecessary extras.

      Notes:
      • If you use the Adobe Flash Player Download Center, be careful to uncheck any optional downloads that you do not want.  Any pre-checked option is not needed for the Flash Player update.
      • Uncheck any toolbar offered with Adobe products if not wanted.
      • If you use alternate browsers, it is necessary to install the update for both Internet Explorer as well as the update for alternate browsers.
      • The separate 32-bit and 64-bit uninstallers have been replaced with a single uninstaller.
      • Users of the Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release should update to Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.259.
      Adobe Flash Player for Android

      The latest version for Adobe Flash Player for Android is available by downloading it from the Android Marketplace by browsing to it on a mobile phone.   

      Verify Installation

      To verify the Adobe Flash Player version number installed on your computer, go to the About Flash Player page, or right-click on content running in Flash Player and select "About Adobe Flash Player" from the menu. 

      Do this for each browser installed on your computer.

      To verify the version of Adobe Flash Player for Android, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Adobe Flash Player x.x.

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