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Daily Archives: October 22, 2018

  • Microsoft’s new Security Update Validation Program

    Posted on October 22nd, 2018 at 12:24 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Are we finally getting broad-based testing of security patches (“cumulative updates”) before the patches are released?

    That’s the hope. Dawn Thomas at Microsoft just announced something called the Security Update Validation Program.

    The Security Update Validation Program (SUVP) is a quality assurance testing program for Microsoft security updates, which are released on the second Tuesday of each month. The SUVP provides early access to Microsoft security updates—up to three weeks in advance of the official release—for the purpose of validation and interoperability testing. The program encompasses any Microsoft products for which we fix a vulnerability (e.g. Windows, Office, Exchange, or SQL Server) and is limited to trusted customers under NDA who have been nominated by a Microsoft representative.

    Sure sounds good on paper. Actually, it sounds like an old-fashioned beta testing team, drawn from corporate volunteers. Guess that’s cheaper than hiring testers.

    Wonder how it’ll work out in the cold world….

    UPDATE: Susan Bradley on Twitter

    It is an old program that looks to me to be more opened up again. It was one of the programs that I said should be beefed up again.

    ANOTHER UPDATE: The SUVP was launched in January 2005.

  • Langa: Sloppy UI design complicates Win10’s routine disk cleanups

    Posted on October 22nd, 2018 at 12:02 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Another insightful explainer from Fred:

    It’s a baffling user-interface mistake: When Microsoft spliced some functions from the classic Disk Cleanup app into Win10’s “Storage sense,” they created silliness like this: There are now two separate on-demand disk-cleanup functions, both called Free up space now, both just one level apart within the Storage sense dialogs — but they’re not at all the same, and work very, very differently!

    I’ve seen the dialogs a thousand times, but didn’t recognize the problem until just now.

  • Patch Lady – best security features of 1809

    Posted on October 22nd, 2018 at 10:50 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    1809 may have some bugs that need to be worked out, but once it is fixed up, there are some security goodnesses in it that are worth mentioning.  And in this case they are “mentioned” over on CSOOnline.

    Every release of Windows 10 I detail out the new security feature that I think are really cool.

    I am a huge fan of Windows Defender ATP a cloud based forensic review service that allows one to gain more inside into the innards of the operating system and what attackers do when they are on and in your operating system.  Unfortunately right now it’s tied to a Microsoft 365 E5 or a Windows E5 license.  My hope is that ATP will ultimately be part of the base operating system and not require the expensive E5 license.

    Keep in mind that you can these days purchase a single E5 license, the trick is to find a consultant or distributor that will sell it.

  • Latest versions of Excel, Word sporadically close files without saving changes

    Posted on October 22nd, 2018 at 06:56 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We have two reports now.

    @ITMgrGeek says:

    Excel is 1809 / Build 10827.20150. Had two files open, one stored on my One-Drive setup, the other stored on the corporate server using a VPN connection.  The file open through the VPN connection was updated but not saved.  The other One-Drive file was opened, but hadn’t made any changes.

    Went to exit out of the One-Drive Excel file, and Excel closed down it and the VPN open file, loosing my edits (2 hours worth of reviewing log entries and other mundane regular server checks).

    And an anonymous poster adds:

    Office builds in the 10827.* range have had unexplained application closes for me as well. Excel, Outlook, Word, even OneNote once

    Have you encountered something similar?