Saturday, October 21, 2017

Adobe Reader XI and Acrobat XI -- End-of-Life

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Adobe provides product support from the general availability date of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader for five years.  The five-year date was October 15, 2017, meaning Adobe Reader XI and Acrobat XI have reached end-of-life.  As a result, Adobe will no longer be providing technical support for those products.  This also includes both product and, more importantly, security updates.

If either or both of these programs are installed on your computer it is strongly advised that you uninstall them as soon as possible.  If you wish to stay with Adobe products, the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC can be downloaded from here.
Note: UNcheck any pre-checked additional options presented with the download. They are not part of the software and are completely optional.
If you use Windows 10, Microsoft Edge works great to read PDF documents.  In addition, new features are included in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.   See How Microsoft Edge will beat Chrome as the best PDF reader with the Fall Creators Update for additional information.

Another alternative is Sumatra PDF:
"Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) reader for Windows.
Sumatra PDF is powerful, small, portable and starts up very fast.
Simplicity of the user interface has a high priority."

h/t ky331

References

Adobe Acrobat XI and Adobe Reader XI End of Support
Adobe Support Lifecycle Policy,


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oracle Java Critical Security Updates Released

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Oracle released the scheduled critical security updates for its Java SE Runtime Environment software.  The update contains 22 new security fixes for Oracle Java SE.  Twenty-two (22) 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 8u151/ 8u152
Java™ SE Development Kit 8, Update 151 Release Notes
Java™ SE Development Kit 8, Update 152 Release Notes
Java SE Runtime Environment 8 - Downloads

Java SE 9.0.1  (x64-bit only)
Java™ SE Development Kit 9.0.1 Release Notes
Java SE Runtime Environment 9 - Downloads
Notes:
  • UNcheck any pre-checked toolbar and/or software options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.  Preferably, see the instructions below on how to handle "Unwanted Extras".  
  • Oracle does not plan to migrate desktops from Java 8 to Java 9 through the auto update feature.  Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you uninstall JRE 8 prior to updating.
  • Verify your versionhttp://www.java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp.   Note:  The Java version verification page will only work if your browser has NPAPI support.  In that case, to check the version, open a cmd window and enter the following (note the space following Java):  java -version

Critical Patch Updates

For Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Updates, the next scheduled dates are as follows:
  • 16 January 2018
  • 17 April 2018
  • 17 July 2018
  • 16 October 2018

Unwanted "Extras"

Although most people do not need Java on their computer, there are some programs and games that require Java.  In the event you need to continue using Java, How-to Geek discovered a little-known and  unpublicized option in the Java Control Panel to suppress the offers for the pre-checked unwanted extras that Oracle has long included with the updates.  Although the Ask Toolbar has been removed, tha does not preclude the pre-checked option for some other unnecessary add-on.

Do the following to suppress the sponsor offers:
  1. Launch the Windows Start menu
  2. Click on Programs
  3. Find the Java program listing
  4. Click Configure Java to launch the Java Control Panel
  5. Click the Advanced tab and go to the "Miscellaneous" section at the bottom.
  6. Check the box by the “Suppress sponsor offers when installing or updating Java” option and click OK.
Java suppress sponsor offers

Java Security Recommendations

1)  In the Java Control Panel, at minimum, set the security to high.
2)  Keep Java disabled until needed.  Uncheck the box "Enable Java content in the browser" in the Java Control Panel.

3)  Instructions on removing older (and less secure) versions of Java can be found at http://java.com/en/download/faq/remove_olderversions.xml

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Adobe Flash Player Out-of-Band Critical Security Update

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Adobe has released Version 27.0.0.170 of Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Chrome and Linux.

The critical update addresses a report that an exploit for CVE-2017-11292 exists in the wild, and is being used in limited, targeted attacks against users running Windows.

Release date:  October 16, 2017
Vulnerability identifier: APSB17-32
CVE Numbers:   CVE-2017-11292
Platform: Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS

Update:

*Important Note:  Downloading the update from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center 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 that you do not want.  They are not needed for the Flash Player update.

    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.

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