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LandzDown Lounge / Visual History of Your Favorite Technology
« on: January 22, 2022, 01:09:12 PM »
I had a "walk back in time" scrolling through the Microsoft history at Version Museum: A Visual History of Your Favorite Technology that xrobwx71 posted at another forum.  I was reminded that my first home OS was Windows 3.1 and Windows for Workgroups at work.

Thanks for the trip back in time, Rob. :)

Mozilla sent Firefox Version 96.0.2 to the release channel today. 

  • Fixed an issue that caused tab height to display inconsistently on Linux when audio was played (bug 1714276)
  • Fixed an issue that caused Lastpass dropdowns to appear blank in Private Browsing mode (bug 1748158)
  • Fixed a crash encountered when resizing a Facebook app (bug 1746084)
Release Notes

Security Alerts & Briefings / Oracle Java SE Security Update Released
« on: January 19, 2022, 01:33:37 PM »
Oracle released the scheduled security update for its Java SE Runtime Environment software.  This Critical Patch Update contains eighteen (18) 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. 

Update:  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 8u321: or

Release Notes

Pale Moon has been updated to version 29.4.4.  This is a security update.

Linux versions will follow shortly.

  • Improved application library loading security. DiD
  • Fixed an issue in JavaScript serialization. DiD
  • Fixed a potential out-of-bounds issue in IndexedDB. DiD
  • Fixed a potential issue in widget data handling code. DiD
  • Fixed potentially exploitable crashes in handling truncated/corrupt media files or streams.
  • Fixed an issue in the DOM FileReader code.
  • Updated NSS to 3.52.3 to address a security issue.
  • Fixed the following security issues: CVE-2022-22736, CVE-2022-22741, CVE-2021-4140, CVE-2022-22746, CVE-2022-22744 and CVE-2022-22747.
  • Unified XUL Platform Mozilla Security Patch Summary: 8 fixed, 4 DiD, 17 not applicable.
*DiD This means that a fix is "Defense-in-Depth": It is 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.
Pale Moon includes both 32- and 64-bit versions for Windows:  Pale Moon for Windows downloads.

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
Release Cycle

Microsoft released out-of-band (OOB) updates to address issues related to VPN connectivity, Windows Server Domain Controllers restarting, Virtual Machines start failures, and ReFS-formatted removable media failing to mount.

As indicated in the Announcement at, the updates released today are available for download on the Microsoft Update Catalog. In addition, some can also be installed directly through Windows Update as optional updates. Updates for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012R2 and Windows Server 2012 can only be downloaded and installed via the Microsoft Update Catalog.

The KB numbers corresponding to your operating system can be found at the referenced Announcement,

Meet & Greet! / Welcome, colin.p!
« on: January 15, 2022, 05:44:10 PM »
It appears that we have another member from Scot's joining us at LzD.  Welcome, collin.p!

The number of malware infections targeting Linux devices rose by 35% in 2021, most commonly to recruit IoT devices for DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks.

IoTs are typically under-powered "smart" devices running various Linux distributions and are limited to specific functionality. However, when their resources are combined into large groups, they can deliver massive DDoS attacks to even well-protected infrastructure.

Besides DDoS, Linux IoT devices are recruited to mine cryptocurrency, facilitate spam mail campaigns, serve as relays, act as command and control servers, or even act as entry points into corporate networks.

More at Bleeping Computer:  Linux malware sees 35% growth during 2021.

Mozilla sent Firefox Version 96.0.1 to the release channel today. 

  • Addresses proxy rule exceptions not working on Windows systems when "Use system proxy settings" is set (bug 1749501)
  • Improvements to make the parsing of content-length headers more robust (bug 1749957)
Security Updates
Release Notes
Rapid Release Calendar

Forever In Our Hearts / We ❤️ You, Hammy
« on: January 13, 2022, 06:03:27 PM »
It is with much sadness that I learned that our long-time friend and forum Administrator GR@PH;<'S left us today.  The only consolation is that he is again with his beloved Netty

Like, Netty, Hammy will be 

From Linux Mint Announces Mozilla Partnership:

Going forward, Firefox will continue to be distributed through the official Linux Mint repositories, using .deb, but this work will be done by Mozilla. And that means there will be some changes to how the browser is configured. Instead of Mint’s highly customized install, Mint users will now get the Mozilla defaults.

And that could be controversial to some users. Now, the default start page will no longer be a Mint website; the default search engine will be Google and it will include Mozilla, not Mint, search partners; the default configuration will change to Mozilla’s defaults; and Firefox will no longer include code changes or patches from Linux Mint, Debian, or Ubuntu. It will be stock Firefox, in other words.

“For Mozilla, the goal is to make Firefox work the same way across all platforms to ease maintenance and simplify development and bug fixing,” Mint explains. “For us, this change means a tremendous simplification in terms of maintenance and development … We now package the Mozilla version of Firefox instead.”

Security Alerts & Briefings / Microsoft January 2022 Security Updates
« on: January 11, 2022, 04:55:18 PM »
The Microsoft January 2022 security updates have been released and consist of 96 CVEs. Of these CVEs, 9 are rated Critical, and 89 are rated Important severity. At the time of release, six are listed as publicly known but none are listed as under active exploit.

The updates apply to a very long list of products, available here. Additionally announced in the Release Notes is a new notification system. See Coming Soon: A Brand-New Notification System!

See the KBs listed at January 2022 Security Updates - Release Notes - Security Update Guide - Microsoft for information regarding known issues with the security updates as well as the CVEs with FAQs, Mitigations and/or Workarounds.

Recommended Reading: See Dustin Childs review and analysis in Zero Day Initiative -- The January 2022 Security Update Review.

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and macOS. These updates address multiple critical and moderate vulnerabilities. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution, memory leak, application denial of service, security feature bypass and privilege escalation
Release date:  January 11, 2022
Vulnerability identifier: APSB21-104
Platform: Windows and MacOS

Update or Complete Download

Reader DC and Acrobat DC were updated to version 21.011.20039.  Updates should become available via the internal updater or checks can be manually activated by choosing Help/Check for Updates.  Reader DC and other versions are available here:

Note: UNcheck any pre-checked additional options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.


Mozilla sent Firefox Version 96.0 to the release channel today.  The update includes eighteen security updates of which nine (9) are rated high, six (6) are rated moderate, and three (3) are rated low.

Firefox ESR was updated to Version 91.5.

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.


Meet & Greet! / Happy Birthday, icotonev!
« on: January 08, 2022, 06:50:07 PM »
Hope you've been having a great day! 

Linux Help, News and Information / Linux Mint 20.3
« on: January 07, 2022, 07:15:44 PM »
Having observed Linux Mint as a suggested distro for new Linux users, note the recent updates:
See the blog posts for new features and other information.

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