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Updates 8/8/17 - Microsoft+Adobe+Firefox Tuesday, MVPS HOSTS

This thread is currently "under construction", and will be edited for the remainder of today.   Please excuse any blank spaces or crossed-out "placeholders" for items expected to be announced.
 
Today is Microsoft Tuesday --- the SECOND Tuesday of the month --- on which Microsoft is expected to release its monthly cycle of Windows security updates.   Based on previous history, they should become available at 1 P.M. [USA - Eastern DAYLIGHT SAVING Time]
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Please use Windows/Automatic Updates to determine which updates are applicable to your particular system.
 
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Adobe will be joining-in, with updates for Reader and Flash.
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FF will be releasing version 55.

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RE: Updates 8/8/17 - Microsoft+Adobe+Firefox Tuesday, MVPS HOSTS

https://mvpshostsnews.blogspot.com/2017/08/mvps-hosts-file-update-august-07-2017.html

MVPS HOSTS File Update August 07-2017

The MVPS HOSTS file was recently updated [August 07-2017]
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

Note: Windows 10 users ... the HOSTS file installs with no issues ...
Download: hosts.zip (129 kb)
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.zip

How To: Download and Extract the HOSTS file
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts2.htm

HOSTS File - Frequently Asked Questions
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hostsfaq.htm

Note: the "text" version (487 kb) makes a great resource for determining possible unwanted connections ...
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.txt

Get notified when the MVPS HOSTS file is updated
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/updates.htm

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RE: Updates 8/8/17 - Microsoft+Adobe+Firefox Tuesday, MVPS HOSTS

Adobe Flash Player has been updated to 26.0.0.151 has been released 

In today's scheduled release, we've updated Flash Player with important bug fixes and security updates.

These updates address a critical type confusion vulnerability that could lead to code execution and an important security bypass vulnerability that could lead to information disclosure. 

 
Direct downloads (no bundled junk) for Windows 7 and earlier emoticon.Star.title ( Revised installer links located toward bottom of:  https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/installation-problems-flash-player-windows.html )
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emoticon.Star.title Flash (ActiveX) for IE/Edge in Win8.1/10 will be updated to 26.0.0.151, via Microsoft Update:
 
Security Update for Adobe Flash Player ( 4034662 )
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RE: Updates 8/8/17 - Microsoft+Adobe+Firefox Tuesday, MVPS HOSTS

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader, for Windows.  

These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. 

 

Adobe Reader XI, sequential update (starting from any Windows 11.x version) to 11.0.21

http://supportdownloads.adobe.com/detail.jsp?ftpID=6208

 

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Remark:   For people using Reader DC (Document Cloud), or other Reader versions for Windows, you can locate your appropriate update here:  https://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Windows

 

For people using Acrobat  for Windows, you can locate your appropriate update here:  http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Windows

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Documentation has been released as https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb17-24.html 

and https://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/ReleaseNotes/11/11.0.21.html 

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RE: Updates 8/8/17 - Microsoft+Adobe+Firefox Tuesday, MVPS HOSTS

Reminder:

The Adobe Reader/Acrobat updates insist on reactivating several associated StartUp programs (registry entries) and Service that you might have previously disabled.

I've found the most effective way to stop them is to use CCleaner, select Tools / Startup , and then click-on and DISABLE each of the Adobe entries (if present):

Acrotray (Adobe Assistant)

ARM

SpeedLauncher

[ Not sure why, but CCleaner is doing a better job on these Adobe "pests" than WinPatrol.... ]

The Adobe Acrobat Update Service can be disabled via WinPatrol.

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RE: Updates 8/8/17 - Microsoft+Adobe+Firefox Tuesday, MVPS HOSTS

WARNING:   BEFORE updating to FF 55, please read http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/virus-spyware/f/3522/t/20018150 

 

Firefox 55

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/55.0/releasenotes/

Today's release brings innovative functionality, improvements to core browser performance, and more proof that we’re committed to making Firefox better than ever. New features include support for WebVR, making Firefox the first Windows desktop browser to support VR experiences. Performance changes include significantly faster startup times when restoring lots of tabs and settings that let users take greater control of our new multi-process architecture. We’ve also upgraded the address bar to make finding what you want easier, with search suggestions and the integration of our one-click search feature, and safer, by prioritizing the secure - https - version of sites when possible. Read what Nick Nguyen (VP, Firefox Product) has to say about Firefox 55, get historical perspective on the development of WebVR from Sean White (SVP, Emerging Technologies) in this Medium post, and read about all the new features for developers in Firefox 55 on Mozilla Hacks.

New

  • Launched Windows support for WebVR, bringing immersive experiences to the web. See examples and try working demos at Mozilla VR.

  • Added options that let users optimize recent performance improvements

    • Setting to enable Hardware VP9 acceleration on Windows 10 Anniversary Edition for better battery life and lower CPU usage while watching videos
    • Setting to modify the number of concurrent content processes for faster page loading and more responsive tab switching
  • Simplified installation process with a streamlined Windows stub installer

    • Firefox for Windows 64-bit is now installed by default, when using the online STUB installer, on 64-bit systems with at least 2GB of RAM
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    • Full installers with advanced installation options are still available
  • Improved address bar functionality

    • Search with any installed one-click search engine directly from the address bar
    • Search suggestions appear by default
    • When entering a hostname (like pinterest.com) in the URL bar, Firefox resolves to the secure version of the site (https://www.pinterest.com) instead of the insecure version (http://www.pinterest.com) when possible
  • Updated Sidebar for bookmarks, history, and synced tabs so it can appear at the right edge of the window as well as the left

  • Added support for stereo microphones with WebRTC

  • Simplified printing from Reader Mode

  • Updated Firefox for OSX and macOS to allow users to assign custom keyboard shortcuts to Firefox menu items via System Preferences

  • Browsing sessions with a high number of tabs are now restored in an instant

  • Make screenshots of webpages, and save them locally or upload them to the cloud. This feature will undergo A/B testing and will not be visible for some users.

  • Added Belarusian (be) locale

Changed

  • Modernized application update UI to be less intrusive and more aligned with the rest of the browser. Only users who have not restarted their browser 8 days after downloading an update or users who opted out of automatic updates will see this change.

  • Firefox does not support downgrades, even though this may have worked in past versions. Users who install Firefox 55+ and later downgrade to an earlier version may experience issues with Firefox.

  • Made the Adobe Flash plugin click-to-activate by default and allowed only on http:// and https:// URL schemes. (This change will not be visible to all users immediately. For more information see the Firefox plugin roadmap)

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Available via internal updater, Help / About Firefox

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REMARK:   The online STUB installer is updating to the 64-bit version of FF, for users who have 64-bit systems, with at least 2 GB RAM.

FULL installers are available, with advanced options.

The internal updater is retaining 32-bit this time (FF55), but should switch to 64 bit next time (FF56), for users who have 64-bit systems, with at least 2 GB RAM.

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RE: Updates 8/8/17 - Microsoft+Adobe+Firefox Tuesday, MVPS HOSTS

After updating to FF 55, ALL of my extensions [except avast] are labled LEGACY... we'll have to investigate this later:

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RE: Updates 8/8/17 - Microsoft+Adobe+Firefox Tuesday, MVPS HOSTS

The following was copied/paste from https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-add-technology-modernizing :

Starting in Firefox 57, which will be released in November 2017, only add-ons built with this new technology will work in Firefox. These are indicated by the “Compatible with Firefox 57+” label on addons.mozilla.org (AMO).  Add-ons built with the old technology are labeled “Legacy” on the about:addons tab.

If an add-on does not have the "Compatible with 57+" label or has the "Legacy" label, the developer may be in the process of transitioning to the new technology.

We are aware that certain add-ons will not be transitioning to the new standard; we will continue to assist developers to the fullest possible extent. As we get closer to November, we will suggest suitable replacements of add-ons not making the transition.

If you are a user of Firefox Nightly, please note that Firefox 57 reaches the Nightly channel on August 2, 2017. Legacy add-ons will be disabled, but will be enabled again if the developer releases a compatible update.

In the meantime, you can check if an add-on is planned for migration (popular add-ons only), look for alternatives, or reach out to the developer to inquire if they will migrate their add-on. You may find developer contact information on the right side of the add-on listing on AMO. 

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RE: Updates 8/8/17 - Microsoft+Adobe+Firefox Tuesday, MVPS HOSTS

WARNING:  The link for this separate download of the MSRT is now pre-checking a box to also download "MSN default homepage & Bing default search engine".    Be sure to uncheck this, unless you really want it!
 
Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT, MRT) for August, version 5.51
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Reminder:   Users who are paranoid about the remote possibility of a FP can opt to run this tool from a Command Prompt, appending a   /N   parameter [for "detect only" mode].
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RE: Updates 8/8/17 - Microsoft+Adobe+Firefox Tuesday, MVPS HOSTS

Security vulnerabilities fixed in Firefox 55

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/advisories/mfsa2017-18/

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