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Mozilla sent Firefox Version 88.0.1 to the release channel today.  The update includes two security updates of which one (1) is rated critical and one (1) is rated high.  In addition, Firefox ESR was updated to Version 78.10.1 with one (1) security update, rated moderate.

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.

References

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Web News / Final Plan to Remove Flash Player in Windows 10
« on: May 03, 2021, 02:22:55 PM »
From Microsoft reveals final plan to remove Flash Player in Windows 10:

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Starting in June 2021, Microsoft will include it in their optional Windows 10 preview cumulative updates for Windows 10 1809 and later. These updates are released in the third and fourth weeks of the month as part of their scheduled "C" releases.

Microsoft will then include the update in the mandatory July 2021 Patch Tuesday cumulative updates for Windows 10 1507 and later, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 8.1.

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  • Starting in June 2021, the KB4577586 “Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player” will be included in the Preview Update for Windows 10, version 1809 and above platforms. It will also be included in every subsequent Latest Cumulative Update.
  • As of July 2021, the KB4577586 “Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player” will be included in the Latest Cumulative Update for Windows 10, version 1607, and Windows 10, version 1507. The KB will also be included in the Monthly Rollup, and the Security Only Update for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Embedded 8 Standard.
For those who install Windows 21H1, which will begin public preview this month, the KB4577586 update will automatically be installed and the Adobe Flash Player plugin will be removed.

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Web News / Final Build for Windows 10 May 2021 Update (version 21H1)
« on: April 28, 2021, 09:47:23 PM »
As announced in Preparing the Windows 10 May 2021 Update for Release, the Windows 10 May 2021 is in the final stages for release. 

If you are want to get a head start, it can be downloaded from here.

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Pale Moon has been updated to version 29.2.0.  This is a development and bugfix release.  Linux versions will follow soon.

Important Note
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Starting with this version, Pale Moon will no longer support unmaintained legacy Firefox extensions that are not updated for/targeting Pale Moon directly.  To check if you have extensions that are unmaintained legacy extensions, go to Tools > Add-ons > Extensions.  The extension name will be in red followed by a notification and a link to this forum post for details. 

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

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Microsoft released the monthly “C” release preview cumulative update with non-security improvements and fixes for Windows 10 Version 1909.  As described in Group configuration: news and interests on the Windows taskbar, the "News and Interests" is stating to roll out today and is included in the Cumulative Update Preview today for Version 1909.  Additional information about this addition is available n the referenced article.

In addition to improvements and fixes listed in KB5001396 highlights include the following:

  • Updates an issue that causes blank tiles to appear on the Start menu with names such as “ms-resource:AppName” or "ms-resource:appDisplayName".
  • Adds the ability to adjust the amount of idle time before a headset goes to sleep in the Settings app for Windows Mixed Reality.
  • Updates an issue that generates a stop error when you delete a file or folder from locations that sync with Microsoft OneDrive.
Prerequisite:

You must install the April 13, 2021 servicing stack update (SSU) (KB5001406) or the latest SSU (KB5003155) before installing the latest cumulative update (LCU). For additional information, see Servicing stack updates and Servicing Stack Updates (SSU): Frequently Asked Questions.

If you are using Windows Update, the latest SSU will be offered to you automatically. To get the standalone package for the latest SSU, search for it in the Microsoft Update Catalog.

To download and install the update, go to Settings -> Update and Security -> Windows Update and select Check for updates. To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

For information about the the types of updates released by Microsoft each month see Windows 10 update servicing cadence primer.

Important Note: Windows 10 1909 is reaching the end of service on May 11th, 2021, for devices running the Home, Pro, Pro for Workstation, and Server SAC editions and will no longer receive security updates.

Windows 10 update history

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Security Alerts & Briefings / Oracle Java Update Released
« on: April 20, 2021, 09:17:32 PM »
Oracle released the scheduled security updates for its Java SE Runtime Environment software. 

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 by selecting the "More Actions" option located at the top of the Edge browser and then click "Open with Internet Explorer.  (See Windows 10 and Java.)

Update:  Get Java SE Runtime Environment Version 8u291 from https://www.oracle.com/java/technologies/javase-jre8-downloads.html or https://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp.

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Mozilla sent Firefox Version 88.0 to the release channel today.  The update includes ten security updates of which five (5) are rated high, six (6) moderate and two (2) rated low.

Firefox ESR was updated to Version 78.10.

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.


Security Updates
Release Notes
Rapid Release Calendar

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

Release date:  April 16, 2020
Vulnerability identifier: None
Platform: Windows and MacOS

Bug fixes

Browser

  • 4327498: Unable to open FDF from web app
Security-Signatures
  • 4327765: Acrobat and Reader generates incorrect signature data for Elliptical curve signatures when Elliptical Certificate is stored in Windows Certificate store.
Update
Reader DC was updated to version 21.001.20149.  Updates should become available via the internal updater or 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.

Release Notes

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Web News / Microsoft to use SHA-2 exclusively starting May 9, 2021
« on: April 14, 2021, 08:29:55 PM »
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As a major move to the more secure SHA-2 algorithm, Microsoft will allow the Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA-1) Trusted Root Certificate Authority to expire. Beginning May 9, 2021 at 4:00 PM Pacific Time, all major Microsoft processes and services—including TLS certificates, code signing and file hashing—will use the SHA-2 algorithm exclusively.

Additional information at the source:  Microsoft to use SHA-2 exclusively starting May 9, 2021 - Microsoft Tech Community.

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Security Alerts & Briefings / Microsoft April 2021 Security Updates
« on: April 13, 2021, 06:00:36 PM »
The Microsoft April 2021 security updates have been released and consist of 114 CVEs.  The updates apply to the long list of products, features and roles that can be found in the April Security Updates Guide.  Of these 89 CVEs, 19 are rated Critical, 89, and 1 is rated Important in severity. Six additional bugs impact Chromium-based Edge. 

According to Microsoft, one bug is currently being exploited while four others are publicly known at the time of release.  In addition, CVE-2021-28310 is listed as being actively exploited.

The  updates released today will automatically remove Edge Legacy which is out of support and replace it with the new Chromium-based Edge.  In the event you still use legacy Edge or if you have blocked the Chromium Edge update using group policies/registry hacks, those settings will be ignored and the legacy version will be removed automatically.

Important Note For Windows 10, Version 2004 and Windows 10, Version 20H2:
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Before installing this update
         
Prerequisite:
         
Microsoft now combines the latest servicing stack update (SSU) for your operating system with the latest cumulative update (LCU). If you encounter the error, 0x800f0823 – CBS_E_NEW_SERVICING_STACK_REQUIRED, close the error message and install the last standalone SSU (KB4598481) before installing this LCU. You will not need to install this SSU (KB4598481) again for future updates.
         
For general information about SSUs, see Servicing stack updates and Servicing Stack Updates (SSU): Frequently Asked Questions.

For Windows 10 Version 1909, see Microsoft April 2021 Security Updates.

See Dustin Childs review and analysis in Zero Day Initiative -- The April 2021 Security Update Review.

April Security Updates Guide

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Web News / Microsoft Edge Now Has More Users than Firefox!
« on: April 05, 2021, 07:19:53 PM »
Although the percentage is small, there are now more users of Microsoft Edge than Firefox.  From New Microsoft Edge grew 1,300% this year, overtaking Firefox:
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The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser has grown by over 1,300% in the past 12 months, while the Firefox browser is slowly losing its market share.

In January 2020, Microsoft released the first stable version of the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser and announced that they would slowly release it to Windows 10 users. Unless users created special Windows Registry values, the new Edge would replace Microsoft Edge Legacy when installed.

As the new Microsoft Edge uses the same engine as Google Chrome, the browser quickly grew in popularity as it provides excellent performance, features. and can use all of Chrome's existing extensions.

More info at the source.

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LandzDown Lounge / Happy Easter!
« on: April 04, 2021, 01:07:00 PM »

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Pale Moon has been updated to version 29.1.1.  This update is a minor security and bugfix update.  Linux versions will follow soon.

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

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Microsoft released the monthly “C” release preview cumulative update with non-security improvements and fixes for Windows 10 Versions 2004 and 20H2.  Both versions are receiving the same KB5000850 with a long list of key changes which can be viewed in the KB article.  Note, however, if you installed earlier updates, only the new fixes contained in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device. 

Prerequisite:
   
Microsoft now combines the latest servicing stack update (SSU) for your operating system with the latest cumulative update (LCU). If you encounter the error, 0x800f0823 – CBS_E_NEW_SERVICING_STACK_REQUIRED, close the error message and install the last standalone SSU (KB4598481) before installing this LCU. You will not need to install this SSU (KB4598481) again for future updates.

To download and install the update, go to Settings -> Update and Security -> Windows Update and select Check for updates. To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Note:  This update also removes the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application that is out of support and installs the new Microsoft Edge. For more information, see New Microsoft Edge to replace Microsoft Edge Legacy with April’s Windows 10 Update Tuesday release.

Windows 10 update history

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LandzDown Lounge / Passover (March 27 - April 4)
« on: March 27, 2021, 07:21:22 PM »
Warm Passover wishes to all our LzD friends.


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