Microsoft is distributing security patches through insecure HTTP links

Microsoft is distributing security patches through insecure HTTP links

Stefan Kanthak, reporting on the Bugtraq mailing list, shows how Microsoft’s own security patch download links are based on HTTP, not HTTPS

02/16/18

February patches bring ominous Outlook fixes and a rebirth of KB 2952664

February patches bring ominous Outlook fixes and a rebirth of KB 2952664

Two imminent problems with Outlook haven’t been exploited yet, but they’re worrisome. Also, the new-new KB 2952664, in addition to its snooping duties, scans for Meltdown/Spectre protection – but only for those with Azure...

02/14/18

Get Windows Update locked down in preparation for this month’s problems

Get Windows Update locked down in preparation for this month’s problems

If February turns out half as bad as January, you’ll thank your lucky stars if you take a few minutes now and make sure Windows Update is turned off. Temporarily, of course.

02/12/18

Surface Pro 4 batteries and TypeCovers are dropping like flies

Surface Pro 4 batteries and TypeCovers are dropping like flies

It’s more than screen flickers, folks. Surface Pro 4 batteries are dying in droves, in many cases shortly after the warranty expires. So, too, are TypeCovers.

02/07/18

Hold your breath, avoid the snake oil, and get Windows updated

Hold your breath, avoid the snake oil, and get Windows updated

The latest Windows patches have a few identified problems, but for most people now’s the right time to get the January patches installed.

02/05/18

Perfect end to a perfect month: Yet another Win10 1709 cumulative update, KB 4058258

Perfect end to a perfect month: Yet another Win10 1709 cumulative update, KB 4058258

Today is the 15th day this month that we’ve seen Windows patches, yanked patches, patches of patches and re-re-re-patches. Welcome to the third cumulative update for Win10 Fall Creators Update this month.

01/31/18

Multiple vulnerabilities in 7-Zip. Get it updated now!

Multiple vulnerabilities in 7-Zip. Get it updated now!

The venerable, now vulnerable, zipping/unzipping utility 7-Zip needs your attention. Here’s how to see if you have a bad version, and what to do about it.

01/30/18

KBNew: Look behind the scenes at Microsoft’s changing KB articles

KBNew: Look behind the scenes at Microsoft’s changing KB articles

With the aid of a remarkable new program from @MrBrian, we now have lists of which Microsoft Knowledge Base articles have changed, and when new versions were posted. Many surprises await.

01/29/18

Windows surprise patch KB 4078130: The hard way to disable Spectre 2

Windows surprise patch KB 4078130: The hard way to disable Spectre 2

Disabling the disruptive 'Spectre 2' bugs in Intel processors has always been quite straightforward, but on Friday night Microsoft released a download-only patch that also does the job. You probably don’t want it.

01/29/18

Microsoft Patch Alert: Lots of lingering problems in a very messy month

Microsoft Patch Alert: Lots of lingering problems in a very messy month

In spite of a whiplash patch/re-patch/re-re-patch cycle earlier this month, all is not doom and gloom. There've been a few actual fixes, too.

01/25/18

Let the BIOS/UEFI firmware recall begin!

Let the BIOS/UEFI firmware recall begin!

If you own a PC from Dell, HP or Lenovo, chances are very good that the BIOS or UEFI firmware update you installed earlier this month is bad. Here’s how to dig yourself out of the Meltdown/Spectre mess.

01/24/18

When does your Surface support life cycle end? Will it get fixed?

When does your Surface support life cycle end? Will it get fixed?

Microsoft seems to have yanked all of its information about Surface device life cycles. Older Surface owners, in particular, wonder if they’ll ever see Meltdown/Spectre patches.

01/23/18

Belay that order: Intel says you should NOT install its Meltdown firmware fixes

Belay that order: Intel says you should NOT install its Meltdown firmware fixes

The warning, which encompasses just about every Intel processor out there, from all PC manufacturers, takes effect immediately. And there’s no indication when it will get fixed.

01/22/18

Win10 1709’s most irksome ‘feature’: Programs come back from the dead

Win10 1709’s most irksome ‘feature’: Programs come back from the dead

Win10 Fall Creators Update has a nasty habit of re-launching programs on reboot. In spite of repeated, pointed criticism, Microsoft is digging in its heels — or just ignoring the problem and hoping it'll go away.

01/22/18

Patching meltdown: Windows fixes, sloppy .NET, warnings about Word and Outlook

Patching meltdown: Windows fixes, sloppy .NET, warnings about Word and Outlook

If you thought this month’s Windows/Office/.NET patching debacle couldn’t get any worse, hold my beer.

01/19/18

More Windows patches, primarily previews, point to escalating problems this month

More Windows patches, primarily previews, point to escalating problems this month

Five Windows patches and nine for .NET released yesterday, Patch Wednesday “C,” leave many of us wondering what we did to deserve such abuse. Yes, there are bugs.

01/18/18

InSpectre: See whether your PC's protected from Meltdown and Spectre

InSpectre: See whether your PC's protected from Meltdown and Spectre

Security guru Steve Gibson cooks up a new, easy, no-bull utility that scans your machine and tells you, point blank, whether you’re vulnerable to Meltdown or Spectre.

01/16/18

Microsoft's mystifying Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD processors

Microsoft's mystifying Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD processors

Take a look inside the new January Security-only patches specifically for Win7 and 8.1 AMD machines that were blue-screend by the original January Security-only patches. Win10 brickees still in limbo.

01/16/18

Reports say Win10 Creators Update users are being forced to Fall Creators Update. Again.

Reports say Win10 Creators Update users are being forced to Fall Creators Update. Again.

With Microsoft’s declaration yesterday that Win10 FCU (version 1709) is ready for business, there are some reports that Pro 1703 machines with 'feature update' delays set at 365 days are getting pushed.

01/12/18

Intel says new firmware patches trigger reboots in Haswell and Broadwell systems

Intel says new firmware patches trigger reboots in Haswell and Broadwell systems

A surprising admission from Intel: New firmware is causing "higher system reboots" on Intel Haswell and Broadwell chips, which appeared from 2013 to 2016.

01/12/18

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