Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Firefox Version 49.0 Released with Critical Security Updates

FirefoxMozilla sent Firefox Version 49.0 to the release channel today.  The update is a major release and includes four (4) critical, ten (10) high, two (2) moderate and two (2) low security updates. 
Detailed information about the security updates is available at Security vulnerabilities fixed in Firefox 49 — 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 and has been updated to Version 45.4.0.


  • Updated Firefox Login Manager to allow HTTPS pages to use saved HTTP logins. It’s one more way Firefox is supporting Let’s Encrypt and helping users transition to a more secure web.
  • Added features to Reader Mode that make it easier on the eyes and the ears
    • Controls that allow users to adjust the width and line spacing of text
    • Narrate, which reads the content of a page out loud
  • Improved video performance for users on systems that support SSSE3 without hardware acceleration
  • Added context menu controls to HTML5 audio and video that let users loops files or play files at 1.25x speed
  • Enhancements for Mac users
    • Improved performance on OS X systems without hardware acceleration
    • Improved appearance of anti-aliased OS X fonts
  • Improvements in about:memory reports for tracking font memory usage
  • Improve performance on Windows systems without hardware acceleration


  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from updating Firefox for Mac unless they originally installed Firefox. Now, those users as well as any user with administrative credentials can update Firefox.



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...

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Microsoft Security Bulletin Release for September, 2016

    Microsoft released fourteen (14) bulletins.  Seven (7) bulletins are identified as Critical and the remaining seven (7) are rated Important in severity

    The updates address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Services and Web Apps and Microsoft Exchange.

    Addressed in the updates are Remote Code Execution, Elevation of Privilege and Information Disclosure.

    Information about the update for Windows 10 is available at Windows 10 update history.

    • MS16-104 -- Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3183038)
    • MS16-105 -- Cumulative Security Update for Microsoft Edge (3183043
    • MS16-106 -- Security Update for Microsoft Graphics Component (3185848)
    • MS16-107 -- Security Update for Microsoft Office (3185852)
    • MS16-108 -- Security Update for Microsoft Exchange Server (3185883) 
    • MS16-116 -- Security Update in OLE Automation for VBScript Scripting Engine (3188724)
    • MS16-117 -- Security Update for Adobe Flash Player (3188128)

    • MS16-109 -- Security Update for Silverlight (3182373)
    • MS16-110 -- Security Update for Windows (3178467)
    • MS16-111 -- Security Update for Windows Kernel (3186973)
    • MS16-112 -- Security Update for Windows Lock Screen (3178469)
    • MS16-113 -- Security Update for Windows Secure Kernel Mode (3185876)
    • MS16-114 -- Security Update for SMBv1 Server (3185879)
    • MS16-115 -- Security Update for Microsoft Windows PDF Library (3188733)

    Additional Update Notes

    • Adobe Flash Player -- For Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 10 Version 1511, Adobe Flash Player is now a security bulletin rather than a security advisory and is included with the updates.
    • 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. 
    • Windows 8.x and Windows 10 -- Non-security new features and improvements for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 are included with the updates.
    • Windows 10 -- A summary of important product developments included in each update, with links to more details is available at Windows 10 Update History. The page will be regularly refreshed, as new updates are released.


      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 Update Released

      Adobe Flashplayer

      Adobe has released Version of Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Windows, Macintosh and Chrome as well as Version for Linux.  The Extended Support Release for Windows and Macintosh was updated to Version 

      The updates are to address important bug fixes and critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

      Release date: September 13, 2016
      Vulnerability identifier: APSB16-29
      CVE number: CVE-2016-4182, CVE-2016-4237, CVE-2016-4238, CVE-2016-4271, CVE-2016-4272, CVE-2016-4274, CVE-2016-4275, CVE-2016-4276, CVE-2016-4277, CVE-2016-4278, CVE-2016-4279, CVE-2016-4280, CVE-2016-4281, CVE-2016-4282, CVE-2016-4283, CVE-2016-4284, CVE-2016-4285, CVE-2016-4287, CVE-2016-6921, CVE-2016-6922, CVE-2016-6923, CVE-2016-6924, CVE-2016-6925, CVE-2016-6926, CVE-2016-6927, CVE-2016-6929, CVE-2016-6930, CVE-2016-6931, CVE-2016-6932
      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...