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  • Which Win10 tools do you use?

    Posted on February 17th, 2017 at 12:38 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m collecting recommendations for a roundup on Win10 tools. Do you use any that you’d recommend?

    Built-in, free, or very cheap.

    Post over on the Tools forum. @PhotoM ‘s been posting up a storm.

  • Another Windows 0day appears – gdi32.dll heap boundary error

    Posted on February 17th, 2017 at 11:13 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    As 0day bugs go, this isn’t an earth-shattering development. But it’s still enough to cause concern.

    Mateusz Jurczyk at Google Project Zero discovered a memory disclosure vulnerability and notified Microsoft on Nov. 17. Project Zero has an automatic 90-day disclosure deadline: If the vendor (in this case Microsoft) doesn’t fix the hole that’s discovered, it will be automatically disclosed 90 days later.

    Sure enough, 90 days passed and, on Feb. 14, the timer rang and the full disclosure popped out, including exploit code.

    This isn’t a huge bug. The bad guy has to get access to your computer before it can be exploited. Once logged on to your machine, the interloper can open a bad EMF file and use it to sneak a peek at system memory that isn’t theirs.

    It seems that security bulletin MS16-074 didn’t fix the problem entirely.

    Yuhong Bao (whom I’ve mentioned before, many times) sent a provocative message to the Project Zero folks. He said:

    I wonder if this was supposed to be part of the cancelled February Patch Tuesday.

    Something to ponder over the upcoming three-day US holiday.

  • Windows 10 upgrade problems – and what to do about them

    Posted on February 17th, 2017 at 09:19 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A dozen top problems, and what you can do besides assuming a fetal position.

    This guide targets two separate but intertwined groups: Those who have recently upgraded from Win7 (or, less likely, Win8.1) and those who have upgraded from an earlier version of Win10 (likely the November Update, Version 1511) to a recent version (as of this writing, probably the Anniversary Update, Version 1607).

    InfoWorld Feature.

    UPDATE: Gunter Born has an interesting revelation about error 0xC0020012 on his Born City web site.

  • Zuckerberg’s treatise: Building Global Community

    Posted on February 17th, 2017 at 08:02 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m a skeptic at heart. You know that. But this manifesto from Mark Zuckerberg really struck home.

    In times like these, the most important thing we at Facebook can do is develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.

    It’s an important statement, from a fascinating guy. I wonder how well Facebook, the company, can match Zuckerberg’s goals?