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  • Heads up — Bug fix for IE coming out through Win10 cumulative updates, Win7 and 8.1

    Posted on December 19th, 2018 at 12:27 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft just posted CVE-2018-8653: Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability

    A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that the scripting engine handles objects in memory in Internet Explorer. The vulnerability could corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could take control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

    Looks like a drive-by: You can get infected by simply viewing a bad site, but only if you’re using Internet Explorer.

    Which, of course, you aren’t.

    The patches:

    Win10 1809KB 4483235 – build 17763.195

    Win10 1803KB 4483234 – build 17134.472

    Win10 1709KB 4483232 – build 16299.847

    IE 11 on Win7 and 8.1 – KB 4483187

    Way-out-of-band patches like this one have a nasty history of blowing up. I strongly suggest you avoid the patch – and avoid Internet Explorer. But you’ve heard me say that a few times already, eh?

     

  • That “new” Office app? There’s less – and more – than meets the eye

    Posted on December 19th, 2018 at 11:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft blogland is abuzz with news about a new! improved! Office app for Windows 10 called, doh, Office.

    MS 365 VP Jared Spataro just posted:

    Last year, we updated Office.com with a new experience focused on two simple things: helping users get the most out of Office and getting them back into their work quickly. The streamlined site has clearly resonated with customers, and now more than 40 percent of Office 365 web users start their work by visiting Office.com.

    Starting today, we’re bringing this experience to Windows 10 in the form of an app, simply called Office. It’s now available to Windows Insiders (Fast) and will roll out to all Windows 10 users soon. The app itself is free and it can be used with any Office 365 subscription, Office 2019, Office 2016, or Office Online—the free web-based version of Office for consumers.

    The announcement goes on to say that you’ll be able to use this new app to, basically, do everything you can do right now pretty easily with OneDrive and the Office.com portal.

    But there’s one thing the announcement doesn’t mention. Mary Jo Foley explains that this new Office (there must be two dozen things running around called “Office”) is, in fact, a Progressive Web App. Which is pretty cool. Not a UWP (“Metro” “Windows Store”) app, but a real, live presumably working PWA.

    The future is coming fast.

  • Fred Langa: A reader asks “How can I reduce laptop noise?”

    Posted on December 19th, 2018 at 07:14 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    What to try, when to give up.

    More good stuff from Fred Langa.