Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Mozilla Firefox Version 79.0 Released With Security Updates


Mozilla sent Firefox Version 79.0 to the release channel today.  The update includes ten security updates of which four (4) are rated high, three (3) moderate and three (3) low.

Also released was Firefox ESR Version 68.11.



  • We’ve rolled out WebRender to more Windows users with Intel and AMD GPUs, bringing improved graphics performance to an even larger audience.
  • Firefox users in Germany will now see more Pocket recommendations in their new tab featuring some of the best stories on the web. If you don’t see them, you can turn on Pocket articles in your new tab by following these steps.
  • Several crashes while using a screen reader were fixed, including a frequently encountered crash when using the JAWS screen reader.
  • Firefox Developer Tools received significant fixes allowing screen reader users to benefit from some of the tools that were previously inaccessible.
  • SVG title and desc elements (labels and descriptions) are now correctly exposed to assistive technology products such as screen readers.


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

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Oracle Java SE JRE Security Updates


Oracle released the scheduled critical security updates for its Java SE Runtime Environment software. This Critical Patch Update contains 11 new security patches for Oracle Java SE.  All of these vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e., may be exploited over a network without requiring user credentials.


If Java is still installed on your computer, it is recommended that this update be applied as soon as possible due to the threat posed by a successful attack.

Download Information

Java SE Runtime Environment Version 8u261:  https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jre8-downloads-2133155.html


  • 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 versionhttp://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

Critical Patch Updates

For Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Updates, the next scheduled dates are as follows:
  • 20 October 2020 
  • 19 January 2021 
  • 13 April 2021 
  • 20 July 2021

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, tha 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.
Java suppress sponsor offers

Java Security Recommendations

1)  In the Java Control Panel, at minimum, set the security to high.
2)  Keep Java disabled until needed.  Uncheck the box "Enable Java content in the browser" in the Java Control Panel.
3)  Instructions on removing older (and less secure) versions of Java can be found at http://java.com/en/download/faq/remove_olderversions.xml


Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
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Microsoft July 2020 Security Updates

The Microsoft July security updates have been released and consist of 123 CVEs.  Of these 123 CVEs, 18 are rated Critical and 105 are rated Important in severity.  None are listed as being under attack at the time of release.

The Windows 10 Release Notes include the following new information:
1.  IMPORTANT Starting in July 2020, we will resume non-security releases for Windows 10 and Windows Server, version 1809 and later. There is no change to the cumulative monthly security updates (also referred to as the "B" release or Update Tuesday release). For more information, see the blog post Resuming optional Windows 10 and Windows Server non-security monthly updates 

2.  IMPORTANT Starting in July 2020, all Windows Updates will disable the RemoteFX vGPU feature because of a security vulnerability. For more information about the vulnerability, see CVE-2020-1036 and KB4570006. Once this feature is disabled, attempts to start virtual machines (VMs) will fail, and messages such as the following will appear:
  • “The virtual machine cannot be started because all the RemoteFX-capable GPUs are disabled in Hyper-V Manager.”
  • “The virtual machine cannot be started because the server has insufficient GPU resources.”
If you re-enable RemoteFX vGPU, a message similar to the following will appear:

The updates apply to the following: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Edge (EdgeHTML-based), Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) in IE Mode, Microsoft ChakraCore, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Office Services and Web Apps, Windows Defender, Skype for Business, Visual Studio, Microsoft OneDrive, Open Source Software, .NET Framework and Azure DevOps. 
KB Article Applies To
4558998 Windows 10 Version 1809, Windows Server 2019
4565483 Windows 10, version 1903, Windows Server version 1903, Windows 10, version 1909, Windows Server version 1909
4565511 Windows 10, version 1607, Windows Server 2016
4565524 Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 (Monthly Rollup)
4565529 Windows Server 2008 (Security-only update)
4565535 Windows Server 2012 (Security-only update)
4565536 Windows Server 2008 (Monthly Rollup)
4565537 Windows Server 2012 (Monthly Rollup)
4565539 Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 (Security-only update)
4565540 Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 (Security-only update)
4565541 Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 (Monthly Rollup)

Recommended Reading:  

See Dustin Childs review and analysis in Zero Day Initiative — The July Security Update Review.

For more information about the updates released today, see https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/summary.  Updates can be sorted by OS from the search box. Information about the update for Windows 10 is available at Windows 10 Update history.

Additional Update Notes:

  • Adobe Flash Player -- For Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 10, Adobe Flash Player is now a security bulletin rather than a security advisory and is included with the updates as identified above. Note, however, that there are no Adobe Flash Player security updates for Active X.
  • MSRT -- The Malicious Software Removal Tool is now run on a quarterly basis rather than monthly.  See Remove specific prevalent malware with Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.
  • Servicing Stack Updates -- A list of the latest servicing stack updates for each operating system can be found in ADV990001. This list will be updated whenever a new servicing stack update is released. It is important to install the latest servicing stack update. Learn more about SSU's in Servicing Stack Updates (SSU)
  • Windows 10 updates are cumulative. The monthly security release includes all security fixes for vulnerabilities that affect Windows 10, in addition to non-security updates. The updates are also available via the Microsoft Update Catalog.
  • For information on lifecycle and support dates for Windows 10 operating systems, please see Windows Lifecycle Facts Sheet.
  • Windows Update History:


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Adobe Flash Player Bugfix Update Released

Adobe Flashplayer

Adobe released Version of Adobe Flash Player for Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS with assorted bug fixes.

Release date:  July 14, 2020
Vulnerability identifier: None
Platform:  Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS


*Important Note:  Downloading the update from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center 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 that you do not want.  They are not needed for the Flash Player update.

    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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    Pale Moon Version 28.11.0 Released With Security Updates

    Pale Moon
    Pale Moon version 28.11.0 has been released.  The update is a development, bugfix and security update.  Linux versions will follow shortly.

    The update includes DiD ("Defense-in-Depth") updates.  A DiD update is s 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.
    From the Release Notes
    • Changed storage format for certificates and passwords to SQLite.
      Please note that this is a unidirectional change, and mixing/matching versions with a shared used profile (e.g downgrading) may cause newly-added passwords being lost.
    • Added a preference (browser.tabs.insertAllAfterCurrent) to enable always adding new tabs after the current tab, whether related or not.
    • Changed the way Firefox extensions are displayed in the add-on manager (provide a clear warning).
    • Denied other types of add-ons that aren't explicitly targeting Pale Moon's ID. Time to stop using those incompatible Firefox themes etc. and properly fork them!
    • Improved the browser's DPI-awareness to be per-monitor instead of system-wide, on supported Windows operating systems.
    • Updated bookmark backups code with the other half of what should have been done way back when, so they work fully as-intended.
    • Added a preference (browser.bookmarks.editDialog.showForNewBookmarks) to enable immediately showing the edit dialog for new bookmarks.
      If set to true, clicking the star in the address bar will pop open the edit dialog immediately for changing details/sorting.
    • Fixed the useragent string in native mode, and updated UA code to properly respond to live changes to some preferences.
    • Tidied up front-end browser JavaScript.
    • Changed the way sources are compiled (on-going de-unification).
    • Improved compatibility with gcc v10
    • Removed support for the obsolete and unmaintained NVidia 3DVision stereoscopic interface.
    • Fixed some build issues in non-standard configurations.
    • Fixed wrong positions when calculating the position for position:absolute child inside a table.
    • Aligned file name extension of saved url files with other applications (lower case)
    • Fixed building with --disable-webspeech (to disable speech synthesis)
    • Added global menubar support for GTK.
    • Implemented node.getRootNode
    • Implemented AbortController (Abort API)
    • Improved the uninstaller to use elevation when prudent and actually remove program files.
    • Fixed a rare issue with editable page content.
    • Fixed a crash related to ES module scripts.
    • Aligned ES module scripting better with the current spec and removed eager instantiation.
    • Fixed a potential issue with the JPEG encoder. (CVE-2020-12422) DiD
    • Fixed a potential issue with AppCache manifests. DiD
    • Fixed a potential crash in JavaScript date parsing.
    • Fixed a problem with RSA key generation that would make it potentially vulnerable to side-channel attacks. (CVE-2020-12402)
    • Fixed a potential crash due to multithread race condition. DiD
    • Fixed a correctness issue in URL handling. (CVE-2020-12418) DiD
    • Unified XUL Platform Mozilla Security Patch Summary: 2 fixed, 4 defense-in-depth, 10 not applicable.

    UpdateTo get the update now, select "Help" from the Pale Moon menu at the upper left of the browser window.  Click About Pale Moon and  Check for Updates.

    Release Notes

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    Thursday, July 09, 2020

    Mozilla Firefox Version 78.0.2 Released with Security Update


    Mozilla sent Firefox Version 78.0.2 to the release channel today.  The update includes one security update rated moderate.

    • Fixed an accessibility regression in reader mode (bug 1650922)
    • Made the address bar more resilient to data corruption in the user profile (bug 1649981)
    • Fixed a regression opening certain external applications (bug 1650162)


    Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020

    Optional Hotfix Released for Adobe Acrobat and Reader

    Adobe has released an optional hotfix for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and macOS that addresses some important bug fixes.

    Release date:  June 6, 2020
    Vulnerability identifier: None
    Platform: Windows and MacOS

    Update or Complete Download

    Reader DC and Acrobat DC were updated to version 20.009.20074.

     Update checks can be manually activated by choosing Help/Check for Updates. 
    Note: UNcheck any pre-checked additional options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.


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

    Wednesday, July 01, 2020

    Mozilla Firefox Version 78.0.1 Released


    Mozilla sent Firefox Version 78.0.1 to the release channel today due the rollout of Version 78.0 needing to be stopped because of a bug that some users of the browser experienced after installation of the new version.

    In addition, the security updates that were included in version 78.0 were finally published.  That update included thirteen (13) security updates of which seven are high, four are moderate and two low in severity.




    • Fixed an issue which could cause installed search engines to not be visible when upgrading from a previous release.


    Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
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