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  • Lots and lots of patches

    Posted on August 8th, 2017 at 13:31 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Martin Brinkmann at gHacks just posted his usual comprehensive list:

    • Windows 7:  9 vulnerabilities of which 2 are rated critical, 7 important
    • Windows 8.1: 11 vulnerabilities of which 4 are rated critical, 7 important
    • Windows 10 version 1703: 14 vulnerabilities of which 5 are rated critical, 9 important
    • Internet Explorer 11: 8  vulnerabilities, 7 critical, 1 important
    • Microsoft Edge: 28 vulnerabilities, 21 critical,  7 important, 1 moderate
    • And a new Security Advisory 4038556 regarding the WebBrowser Control

    The Security Portal lists 130 separate security patches issued between August 4 and 8.

    Win10 version 1703 Creators Update KB 4034674 goes up to build 15063.540. Five bug patches and a big bunch of security updates.

    Win10 version 1607 Anniversary Update KB 4034658 goes up to build 14393.1593. One bug fix, one fix to a bug introduced in the June update, and the security patches.

    Nine June 13 patches for Edge were re-released on August 4. This one, for example. No idea why.

    16 new Office patches. Haven’t yet had a chance to double-check the new list of August 1 patches with our old list (which had to be modified because the original list from Microsoft was wrong).

    As usual, I recommend that you sit and wait until the complaints start rolling in.

    UPDATE: There’s a slightly more usable aggregation of the security bulletins by Johannes Ullrich on the SANS Internet Storm Center.

    Also worth noting: There are no known exploits for any of the security patches.

  • Search engine market share – Bing and Yahoo neck-and-neck

    Posted on August 8th, 2017 at 08:02 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Add this to the long list of things I didn’t know.

    A tweet from @teroalhonnen led me to poke around the usage statistics for web search engines. Of course, Google’s far out in front. But I didn’t realize that Bing and Yahoo are neck-and-neck. Yahoo, for heaven’s sake.

    Statcounter says in July, Google ran 92% of market share, Bing was 2.55% and Yahoo 2.23%.

    The big Chinese search engine Baidu (which is probably underrepresented in the results) came in at 1.44% and Russian giant Yandex (also likely underrepresented) was 0.89%. Remember that Statcounter only tallies hits on web sites that it monitors, and, unlike Netmarketshare, doesn’t try to jiggle the figures for parts of the world that it doesn’t cover so well.

    Bing’s been on a downhill spiral for the past five years. In July 2012, its share stood at 2.96%. In July 2014, it ran all the way up to 3.84%. Last month’s 2.55% was the lowest score ever.

    This in spite of the fact that Bing’s the default search engine — and bloody difficult to change — on Edge in particular, and all versions of Windows 10 in general.

  • Patch Tuesday cumulative update for Win10 1607 has arrived early

    Posted on August 8th, 2017 at 06:57 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you’re really chomping at the bit, the Microsoft Update catalog now contains:

    2017-08 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x86-based Systems (KB4038220)

    2017-08 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB4038220)

    both of which, per WZor, knock the version number up to 14393.1537.

    Prahmad Singh on the Sihmar blog says:

    The new update will fix multiple issues including an issue in the Mobile Device Manager Enterprise feature to allow headsets to work correctly. The new patch will also fix a reliability issue when playing specific types of spatial sound content.

    No other details at this point.

    Thx to Günter Born.