Monday, March 20, 2017

Microsoft Released Replacement Cumulative Update



Microsoft released a new cumulative update for PCs running the "Anniversary Update, Version 1607.  KB4015438 replaces KB4013429 and is a quality improvement update and does not include any new features.

Key changes include:
  • Addressed a known issue with KB4013429 that caused Windows DVD Player (and 3rd party apps that use Microsoft MPEG-2 handling libraries) to crash.

  • Addressed a known issue with KB4013429, that some customers using Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 1607 Client with Switch Embedded Teaming (SET) enabled might experience a deadlock or when changing the physical adapter’s link speed property. This issue is most commonly seen as a DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION or when verifier is enabled a VRF_STACKPTR_ERROR is seen in the Memory dump.
If you installed earlier updates, only the new fixes contained in this package will be downloaded and installed.

The update is available from Windows Update.  The standalone package is available in the Microsoft Update Catalog.




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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Pale Moon Version 27.2 Released with Security Updates


Pale Moon
Pale Moon has been updated to Version 27.2.  The update focuses on back-end improvements and security. Included in the updates are DiD* patches.
*DiD stands for "Defense-in-Depth" and is a fix that does not apply to an actively exploitable vulnerability in Pale Moon but prevents future vulnerabilities caused by the same code when surrounding code changes, exposing the problem.
Details from the Release Notes:

Security and Privacy Changes:
  • Added support for 256-bit AES-GCM encryption.
  • Added support for ChaCha20-Poly1305 encryption.
  • Removed support for Camellia-GCM since nobody seems interested in it.
    (Camellia in 128/256-bit CBC block mode is still fully supported).
  • Added support for SHA-224, SHA-256, SHA-384 and SHA-512 to Crypto utils.
  • Improved status handling of secure sites to be less sensitive to "insecure" items that are local.
  • Fixed print preview hijacking. (CVE-2017-5421)
  • Fixed a potentially exploitable crash in OnStartRequest. (CVE-2017-5416)
  • Fixed potential cross-origin content-stealing through a timing attack. (CVE-2017-5407) DiD
  • Fixed a denial-of-service problem with view-source. (CVE-2017-5422)
  • Fixed crash in directional controls. (CVE-2017-5413)
  • Fixed a perceived problem with chrome manifests. (CVE-2017-5427)
  • Fixed the use of an uninitialized value. (CVE-2017-5405)
  • Fixed a buffer overflow. (CVE-2017-5412)
  • Fixed a UAF situation. (CVE-2017-5403)
  • Fixed a potential spoofing issue with the address bar. (CVE-2017-5417)
  • Fixed a potential issue in libvpx. (CVE-2017-5402) DiD
  • Fixed a potential issue with HTTP auth. (CVE-2017-5418)
  • Fixed several memory safety hazards and potentially exploitable crashes. DiD
      Changes/fixes:
      • Updated the ICU lib to 58.2 to fix a number of issues.
      • Added proper control for the user for offline storage for web applications.
      • Added a check to prevent auto-filled URLs from copying the auto-filled selection to clipboard/primary.
      • Added the feature to pass a URL to open in a private window from the command-line.
      • Improved the display of the downloads indicator on the button in bright-text situations.
      • DOM storage now honors the "3rd party cookie" setting in that it will not allow 3rd party data to be stored if 3rd party cookies are disallowed.
      • Allowed toolbar button badges to be properly styled.
      • Updated the hunspell spellchecking library to 1.6.0 to fix a number of issues.
      • Fixed desktop notifications being off-screen if fired in rapid succession.
      • Added Element.insertAdjacentElement and Element.insertAdjacentText DOM functions.
      • Added support for JPEG-XR images.
        This makes Pale Moon have the broadest support for image formats of all web browsers.
        (enabled by default; you can disable this with media.jxr.enabled).
      • Completely removed the use of GStreamer on Linux.
      • Added support for element.innerText.
      • Custom toolbars should now properly remember their state.
      • Fixed some more playback issues with MP4/MSE videos.
        Please be aware that we are still working on further improving MSE video handling.
      • Changed media processing to reduce dangerous processing asynchronicity.
        This should also make media elements and playback more responsive.
      • Fixed a useragent string regression always displaying the minor Goanna version as .0
      • Updated NSPR to 4.13.1.
      • Updated NSS to 3.28.3-RTM.
      • Fixed unrestricted icon sizes in PMkit buttons.
      • Fixed unresponsive buttons on support page when not building the updater.
      • Fixed the use of "View image" and "Save image as" on extremely large images.
      • Changed the way "View Image" and "Save image as" work on canvas elements.
      • Made checking for dangerously large resolution PNG images smarter.
        It will now accept larger "strip"-aspect ratio images while reducing unsupported large image resolutions.
        This will e.g. fix Gmail's "emoji" window that uses a ridiculously long but very narrow single image to store all the emoticon pictures.
      • Converted several hard-coded URLs to preferences.
      • Updated the google.com override so it would not cripple services based on UA sniffing.
      • Added Inner and Outer Window ID administration.
      • Fixed the add-on discovery pane detection.
      • Added support for canvas ellipse.
      • Improved drawing of certain MathML elements at problematic zoom levels.
      • No longer building gamepad support.
      • Updated Harfbuzz font shaper to 1.4.3 to fix a number of issues.
      • Fixed a number of crashes (layout, plugins, uncommon navigation, bad URLs).
      • Aligned SVG specular filters with the spec.
      Minimum system Requirements (Windows):
      • Windows Vista/Windows 7/8/10/Server 2008 or later
      • Windows Platform Update (Vista/7) strongly recommended
      • A processor with SSE2 instruction 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:

      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.




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      Mozilla Firefox Version 52.0.1 Released with One Critical Security Update


      FirefoxMozilla sent Firefox Version 52.0.1 to the release channel. The update includes one (1) Critical security update.

      Security Fix:



      Critical

        Update

        To get the update now, select "Help" from the Firefox menu, 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.

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