Friday, July 19, 2024

Oracle Java SE Update Released

 

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Oracle released the scheduled update for its Java SE Runtime Environment software.  
This is a bugfix update.

Download Information

Java SE Runtime Environment Version 8u421: https://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp.

Java Security Recommendations

1)  If Java is still installed on your computer, it is recommended that all updates be applied as soon as possible and older, less secure, versions uninstalled.  See Why should I uninstall older versions of Java from my system?.
2)  
In the Java Control Panel, at minimum, set the security to high.
3)  Keep Java disabled until needed.  Uncheck the box "Enable Java content in the browser" in the Java Control Panel.

Notes:

  • UNcheck any pre-checked toolbar and/or software options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.  Preferably, see the instructions below on how to handle "Unwanted Extras".  
  • Oracle does not plan to migrate desktops from Java 8 to Java 9 through the auto update feature.  Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you uninstall JRE 8 prior to updating.
  • Verify your version:  http://www.java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp  Note: The Java version verification page will only work if your browser has NPAPI support.  In that case, to check the version, open a cmd window and enter the following (note the space following Java):  java -version
  • Important: The Edge browser does not support plug-ins.  In the event you still have a need for Java, it will be necessary to use Firefox or open with Internet Explorer mode (See Microsoft Edge Enhancements for IE Mode).

Patch Schedule

For Oracle Java SE, the next scheduled update is September 17, 2024.  The planned release schedule is available here.

Unwanted "Extras"

Although most people do not need Java on their computer, there are some programs and games that require Java.  In the event you need to continue using Java, How-to Geek discovered a little-known and publicized option in the Java Control Panel to suppress the offers for the pre-checked unwanted extras that Oracle has long included with the updates.  Although the Ask Toolbar has been removed, that does not preclude the pre-checked option for some other unnecessary add-on.

Do the following to suppress the sponsor offers:

  1. Launch the Windows Start menu
  2. Click on Programs
  3. Find the Java program listing
  4. Click Configure Java to launch the Java Control Panel
  5. Click the Advanced tab and go to the "Miscellaneous" section at the bottom.
  6. Check the box by the “Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java” option and click OK.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Adobe Acrobat/Reader Update with Security Updates

 

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Adobe is releasing an update with bug fixes and new features for Acrobat and security updates for Acrobat and Reader. 

The security updates provide mitigations for vulnerabilities described in the security bulletin.


Update or Complete Download

Adobe Acrobat and Reader were updated to version 24.002.20933.  Updates should become available via the internal updater or checks can be manually activated by choosing Help/Check for Updates.  

Reader DC and other versions are available here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/

Note: UNcheck any pre-checked additional options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.

Release Notes

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Monday, July 15, 2024

Pale Moon Version 33.2.1 Released with Security Update

  Pale MoonPale Moon has been updated to version 33.2.1.  This is a bug fix and security update.

Changes/fixes:

  • Fixed a crash in CSS grid layout.
  • Set hidden HTML elements to actually always be hidden.
  • Updated NSS to 3.90.3.
  • Updated SQLite to 3.46.0.
  • Fixed an issue with setting of cookies.
  • Fixed an issue in Linux IPC code.
  • Fixed an issue with DNS prefetching (disabled by default).
  • Security issues addressed: CVE-2024-6611, CVE-2024-6612 DiD and several others (mostly DiD) that do not have a CVE number assigned.

Notes:

*DiD This means that a fix is "Defense-in-Depth": It is a fix that does not apply to a (potentially) actively exploitable vulnerability in Pale Moon, but prevents future vulnerabilities caused by the same code, e.g. when surrounding code changes, exposing the problem, or when new attack vectors are discovered.

Pale Moon includes both 32- and 64-bit versions for Windows: Pale Moon for Windows downloads.

Update: 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.

Release Notes
Release Cycle

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