Thursday, October 27, 2016

Microsoft "C Week" Monthly Quality Rollup Updates Released

As described in More on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 servicing changes – Windows for IT Pros, the "C Week" updates have been released.

Although C week updates are described as new non-security fixes, please note the out-of-band critical Flash Player update released by Adobe is included with the release.

October Quality Rollup Details:


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    Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Adobe Flash Player Out-of-Band Critical Security Update

    Adobe Flashplayer

    Adobe has released Version of Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Windows, Macintosh and Chrome as well as Version for Linux.

    The update addresses an exploit for CVE-2016-7855 exists in the wild, and is being used in limited, targeted attacks against users running Windows versions 7, 8.1 and 10.

    Release date: October 26, 2016
    Vulnerability identifier: APSB16-36
    CVE number: CVE-2016-7855
    Platform: Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS

    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. 

      • 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.

      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.


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

      Thursday, October 20, 2016

      Firefox Version 49.0.2 Released with Security Updates

      FirefoxMozilla sent Firefox Version 49.0.2 to the release channel today.  The update includes two (2) high security updates and a number of changes and fixes.

      The security fixes are for CVE-2016-5287 and CVE-2016-5287.  Detailed information about the security updates is available at Security vulnerabilities fixed in Firefox 49.0.2 — Mozilla.

      The next scheduled release is November 8, 2016.

      Firefox ESR will continue to ship point releases on the same day that Firefox ships and can be downloaded from here. The ESR version remains at 45.4.0.


      • Asynchronous rendering of the Flash plugins is now enabled by default. This should improve performance and reduce crashes for sites that use the Flash plugin. (Bug 1307108)


        • Change D3D9 default fallback preference to prevent graphical artifacts (Bug 1306465)
        • Network issue prevents some users from seeing the Firefox UI on startup (Bug 1305436)
        • Web compatibility issue with Array.prototype.values (Bug 1299593)
        • Various security fixes
        • Web compatibility issue with file uploads (Bug 1306472)



          To get the update now, select "Help" from the Firefox menu at the upper left of the browser window, then pick "About Firefox."  Mac users need to select "About Firefox" from the Firefox menu. If you do not use the English language version, Fully Localized Versions are available for download.


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