Microsoft Security Updates – For Windows 7 Version KB4054518

Microsoft Corporation released cumulative update KB4054518 on December twelve two thousand seventeen for Windows 7 operating system. This update includes three quality improvement fixes. This update does not include any new features.

* structured query language server reporting services drop down list scroll bar not working
* updated time zone information
* microsoft scripting engine and server security updates

If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 7 security updates, then this will become only update available for install. However, if you have gotten behind or skipped some updates, those updates will also be installed. You can obtain this update via Microsoft Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This update applies to Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 release 2 Service Pack 1. Microsoft corporation is not aware of any issues after installing this update. Also, they did NOT specify that you need to reboot your computer after this update is installed.

Microsoft Security Updates – For Windows 10 Version KB4054517

Microsoft Corporation released cumulative update KB4054517 on December twelve two thousand seventeen. This update resolves nine issues. This update does NOT include any new features.

* microsoft edge button
* windows defender device guard blocks applications
* reset programmable logic controller bit
* bluetooth devices not supporting bonding
* touch keyboard not supporting 88 standard languages
* touch keyboard has no input method editor on off switch
* updated time zone
* system center virtual machine manager "0x80070057 invalid parameter" error
* microsoft scripting engine, Edge web browser, and server security updates

If you have been keeping up to date with Microsoft Windows 10 security updates then this will become the only update available for install. However, if you have gotten behind or skipped some updates, those updates will also be installed. You can obtain this update via Microsoft Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This Microsoft update applies to Windows 10 and Windows 10 version 1709 operating system. This update does NOT replace any previous update. Your Windows 10 operating system build number will now be 16299.125 after installing this update.

Radeon HD Graphics – Drivers Adrenaline Edition 17.2.1

Advanced Micro Devices Incorporated released their new AMD video card drivers Radeon Software Adrenaline Edition version 17.12.1. These software drivers are designed for AMD's Radeon video graphics cards. These Radeon graphics drivers fix ten issues.

* overwatch hang
* rainbow six siege application hang
* netflix playback stutter
* recording causes high graphics processing unit clocks and usage
* assassins creed bright lighting
* mass effect hdr10 not enabled
* forza rocks corruption
* halo wars game relaunch crash
* radeon settings resize hang or restart

Advanced Micro Devices Radeon R9 Fury, Radeon Professional Duo, Radeon RX 400 Series, Radeon RX 500 Series and Radeon RX Vega Series are only compatible on Microsoft Windows 7 and 10 x64 64 bit operating systems. You can download Radeon HD graphics drivers for free. This software is not intended for use with Apple Boot Camp.

There are still some known issues even after installing these drivers. You will need administrator rights to install this software. You will need to have Windows 7 service pack one or Windows 10 operating system.

The following desktop video cards are compatible with this software:

* Radeon RX Vega
* Radeon RX 500
* Radeon RX 400
* Radeon Pro Duo
* Radeon R7 300
* Radeon R7 200
* Radeon R9 Fury
* Radeon R5 300
* Radeon R9 Nano
* Radeon R5 200
* Radeon R9 300
* Radeon HD 8500 to HD 8900
* Radeon R9 200
* Radeon HD 7700 to HD 7900

The following laptop video cards are compatible with this software:

* Radeon R9 M300
* Radeon R7 M200
* Radeon R7 M300
* Radeon R5 M200
* Radeon R5 M300
* Radeon HD 8500M to HD 8900M
* Radeon R9 M200
* Radeon HD 7700M to HD 7900M

The following desktop Advanced Micro Devices accelerated processing units are supported:

* A-Series accelerated processing units Radeon R4 R5 R6 or R7
* Pro A-Series accelerated processing units Radeon R5 or R7
* Athlon Series accelerated processing units Radeon R3
* Sempron Series accelerated processing units Radeon R3

The following laptop Advanced Micro Devices accelerated processing units are supported:

* A-Series accelerated processing units Radeon R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 or R8
* Pro A-Series accelerated processing units Radeon R5 R6 or R7
* FX-Series accelerated processing units Radeon R7
* AMD E-Series accelerated processing units Radeon R2
* AMD Radeon HD 8180 to HD 8400

These advanced micro devices video card drivers for Radeon video grapchis cards support Windows 7 x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit with service pack one, and Windows 10 x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit operating systems.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise – Keyboard Driver Has Keylogger

Hewlett Packard Enterprise computers have what is known as a keylogger. This keylogger can potentially store your computer activity, including everything that you type. A security researcher, Michael Ming, stumbled upon a keylogger built into Hewlett Packard Enterprise keyboard driver.

Someone had asked Michael to see if he could write some code in order to control the backlit on Hewlett Packard keyboards. Instead he stumbled upon Web Plus Project keylogger code. This computer code saved scan codes when enabled.

This keyboard keylogger was enabled by setting a registry value that required User Account Control permission. This individual contacted Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which then acknowledged this keylogger and released a patch. The keyboard driver in question is syntp.sys which stands for synaptics.

Interestingly, Hewlett Packard identified this patch as local loss of confidentiality. This patch was released on November seven two thousand seventeen. This patch can be installed on Hewlett Packard notebooks, mobile thin clients, and mobile workstations.

Administrative privileges would be needed to enable this keyboard keylogger. However, this is still a major security vulnerability. Hewlett Packard claims that no individual from their company or Synaptics has access to customer data.

You can verify whether or not their is a patch for your Hewlett Packard computer at this Hewlett Packard Enterprise web page. Each computer model has a downloadable softpaq. In order to install this patch, just download the appropriate softpaq for your computer and then install.

Error Opening File For Writing VideoLAN\VLC\libvlc.dll Fix

I recently attempted to upgrade VLC open source media player from version 2.2.6 to version 2.2.8 and received this error.

Error Opening File For Writing VideoLAN\VLC\libvlc.dll

I found a solution to my predicament. You can try to end any running instances of VLC open source media player. Also, you can stop any other applications or processes that might be using VLC open source media player.

Also, you can just reboot your computer and then attempt to upgrade VLC open source media player. In order to stop processes on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10 you open up task manager. You can press "Ctrl" "Alt" and "Delete" keys at the same time to open up task manager.

Another way to open up task manager is to right click on the Microsoft windows taskbar and then choose "Task Manager". Once task manager opens up look for any instances of VLC open source media player under "Apps" and "Background Processes". To stop a process or application, right click it and then choose "End task".

That VLC process should eventually disappear from task manager. Repeat this step for multiple instances of VLC open source media player. Once you have stopped all VLC processes then attempt to upgrade VLC media player.

You may need to wait a little while for that process or processes to stop running. You can always just reboot your computer instead.

VLC Open Source – Media Player 2.2.8 Released

VLC open source media player version 2.2.8 has been released on December fifth two thousand seventeen. This latest version of VLC open source media player includes several security and program fixes. VideoLAN VLC media player is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, and Linux operating systems.

* audio video interleave demuxer security flaw
* macos high sierra compatability
* sub station alpha macos subtitles rendering
* flac and livavcodec heap write overflow

Some Macintosh users may experience a problem with using automatic updates on older versions of VLC open source media player to 2.2.8. You can download VLC media player version 2.2.8 and install this software update manually. VLC media player is free and open source.

This software is available in both x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit versions. The current version of VLC open source media player is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP service pack 3, vista, 7, 8, and 10. There are basically three different ways to update VLC open source media player.

You can enable updates notifier. VLC open source media player will check for updates and notify you when one is available. A second way to update VLC media player is to download the most recent version from a static link at videolan.org.

Finally, you can update VLC by clicking on "Help" from top menu and then choosing "Check for Updates...". If an update is available you will be prompted to download and install it. You will need to restart VLC media player for this update to complete.

Open Source Recording Software – Audacity 2.2.1 Released

Open source recording software developer Audacity has released version 2.2.1. This Audacity 2.2.1 version includes some bug fixes, one new feature, and one change.

Waveform colorways is a new feature that allows you to configure how colorways are displayed. You have four different colorways to choose from. You browse to that tracks control panel and then select colorways from a drop down menu.

In version 2.2 of Audacity they added a menu under "File" called "Save Other". This has now been changed to an "Export" menu under "File". The following bugs have been resolved:

* mac finder second project opens second not accessible instance of audacity
* applying chain files crash
* selection before zero preview failure
* importing audio via "File" then "Open" causes incorrect zoom level without scroll bar

You can upgrade Audacity open source recording software by either downloading the most current version from a static link or by checking for updates. To check for updates in Audacity, click on "Help" in top menu and choose "Check for Updates". You will be taken to a web page that will notify you if your Audacity software is outdated and that a new version is available.

You will be able to download the newest version of Audacity for Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, and Linux operating systems. Currently, Audacity supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, macOS 10.6 or later, and a source code version for Linux.

Firefox Software Updater – Mozilla Version 57.0.2 Web Browser

Mozilla Corporation on December seven two thousand seventeen officially released Mozilla web browser version 57.0.2 which they have named Quantum. This latest version includes twobug fixes via Firefox software updater. There are no new features or improvements with Mozilla Firefox version 57.0.2.

* g data endpoint security causes firefox startup crash on microsoft windows only
* webgl & d3d9 regression on microsoft windows only

This version of Mozilla Firefox includes multiple operating system processes, which is supposed to increase speed of this web browser. You can install Mozilla FireFox 57.0.2 manually by selecting "Help" then select "About Firefox". In about Mozilla Firefox you will either see that your web browser is up to date or click on an "Update to 57.0.2" button.

You can download and install Mozilla FireFox version 57.0.2 Quantum. Another way to upgrade Mozilla FireFox is with automatic updates. Click on "Tools" then select "Options".

Click on "Advanced" tab. Select an "Update" tab. In update you have three options:

* Automatically install updates
* Check for updates
* Never check for updates

Ths brand new Mozilla Firefox Quantum web browser was developed for Microsoft Windows, Apple MACintosh, Linux, Google Android, and Apple iOS operating systems.

Google Chrome Support – Release Version 63.0.3239.84

Google on December six two thousand seventeen, officially released Chrome web browser version 63.0.3239.84. This latest version includes 37 google chrome security update. This security fix affects Google Chrome web browser on Linux, MAC, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

By default Chrome is supposed to automatically update. You can install Google Chrome version 63.0.3239.84 manually by selecting "Help" then select "About Google Chrome". In about Google Chrome, if an update is available, that update will begin downloading.

You will need to relaunch Chrome for that update to install. You can download instead and install Google Chrome version 63.0.3239.84. chrome://settings has a new look.

* quick udp internet connections out of bounds write
* pdfium heap overflow
* skia out of bounds write
* webassembly type confusion
* inter process communication call
* blink out of bounds read
* skia cross information disclosure
* skia uninitialized value
* blink redirect uniform resource locator leak
* omnibox uniform resource locator spoof
* intruction cache unit overflow
* boring secure sockets layer implementation
* omnibox javascript blocking

Apple Pay Cash – Available on iPad, iPhone, and iWatch

Apple Pay Cash has now been officially released. You can making payments using your Apple iPad, iPhone, and or iWatch. You can send and receive money with your family and friends.

You can even make these payments within your messages. Also, you can use Siri to assist you with making Apple pay cash payments. You will need an Apple pay account.

However, if you already have an Apple pay account, then you can use any debit and credit cards associated with that account. You do NOT need to create another Apple account. Also, you do NOT need to install any other applications.

Not only can you pay your friends and family, but you can also make payments at retail stores, applications, and websites that support Apple pay cash. In order to use Apple pay cash on your iPad or iPhone, you must install iOS 11.2 update. Apple watch OS 4.2 must be installed on your iWatch in order to make Apple pay cash payments on your iWatch.

These two Apple updates are free to download and install. You need to restart your device after these update(s) are installed. If you have not used Apple pay before you will be prompted to accept new terms and agreements.

You will NOT need to install any new applications. You can access your Apple pay cash information from within Apple Wallet. Apple pay cash payments are authenticated with face identification on the iPhone X, touch identification on other iPhone and iPad models, and via a secure passcode on Apple iWatch's.

These are the following compatible Apple pay cash devices:

* iPhone se
* iPhone 6 or later
* Apple watch
* iPad professional
* iPad fifth generation
* iPad air two
* iPad mini three or later

When you send and receive payments, this money is removed or added to your Apple pay cash card which is accessible in Apple wallet. Also, you can transfer this money to your bank account.