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Daily Archives: September 20, 2019

  • Worth considering: 0patch for Win7 after January 2020

    Posted on September 20th, 2019 at 16:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I just got a note from @Microfix that pointed me to an interesting discussion from Ionut Ilascu at BleepingComputer:

    After Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 on January 14, 2020, 0Patch platform will continue to ship vulnerability fixes to its agents.

    “Each Patch Tuesday we’ll review Microsoft’s security advisories to determine which of the vulnerabilities they have fixed for supported Windows versions might apply to Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 and present a high-enough risk to warrant micropatching”

    Micropatches will normally be available to paying customers (Pro – $25/agent/year – and Enterprise license holders). However, Kolsek says that there will be exceptions for high-risk issues that could help slow down a global-level spread, which will be available to non-paying customers, too.

    Many of you know that 0Patch has been issuing quick fixes for bad bugs in recent patches. In all cases, I’ve refrained from recommending them, simply because I’m concerned about applying third party patches directly to Windows binaries. That said, to date, they’ve had a very good track record. Whether they can continue that record with patches-on-patches-on-patches remains to be seen, of course.

    I fully expect Microsoft to release patches for newly discovered major security flaws, even after January 14. Whether those will step on the 0Patch patches is anybody’s guess.

    Definitely something worth considering….

  • Microsoft announces that US voting systems running Win7 will get free updates through the 2020 elections

    Posted on September 20th, 2019 at 14:24 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Per MS corporate VP Tom Burt:

    As we head into the 2020 elections, we know there is a relatively small but still significant number of certified voting machines in operation running on Windows 7. We also know that transitioning to machines running newer operating systems in time for the 2020 election may not be possible for a number of reasons, including the lengthy voting machine certification process

    Gotta wonder how small “relative” is, but it’s the right decision.

  • MS says there’s no Start/Search bug in this month’s Win10 1903 cumulative update

    Posted on September 20th, 2019 at 09:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The official Release Status Info page was recently updated to say:

    Some users report issues related to the Start menu and Windows Desktop Search

    Microsoft has received reports that a small number of users are having issues related to the Start menu and Windows Desktop Search.
    Affected platforms:

    Client: Windows 10, version 1903

    Resolution: At this time, Microsoft has not found a Search or Start issue significantly impacting users originating from KB4515384. We will continue monitoring to ensure users have a high-quality experience when interacting with these areas. If you are currently having issues, we recommend you to take a moment to report it in via the Feedback Hub (Windows + F) then try the Windows 10 Troubleshoot settings (found in Settings). If you are having an issue with search, see Fix problems in Windows Search.

    Can anybody confirm or deny?

  • iOS 13 for iPhone, watchOS 5 released, Apple Arcade launches

    Posted on September 20th, 2019 at 06:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Nathaniel Parker:

    Apple released iOS 13 for iPhone and iPod Touch on Thursday, as well as watchOS 5 for Series 3 and Series 4 Apple Watch models (older models are being delayed).

    Unless one wishes to be adventurous, my recommendation is to wait on updating Apple
    devices. I will have more details coming up this weekend, as well as AskWoody will be releasing
    a regularly updated list of Apple operating system updates with update guidance coming up.

    Apple Arcade, Apple’s $4.99/month (after one month trial) gaming service, also launched today
    (requires iOS 13). I personally don’t play games, so I’m not interested in it, but early reviews
    have been overall positive for some gamers who want the experience of playing games across
    Apple devices, as well as the unique titles and family sharing included with it.

    Lastly, iOS 13.1 and iPadOS will now be released on September 24 instead of September 30.

    From what I hear, iOS 13.1, in particular, has loads of bug fixes.

    UPDATE: From @PKCano, a pointer to a sobering article in CNN Business:

    A flaw in iOS 13, the new iPhone operating system Apple released Thursday, exposes contact details stored in iPhones without requiring a passcode or biometric identification. And Apple (AAPL) has known about the flaw since July, a person who reported the bug to Apple told CNN Business.

    A hacker would need physical access to a target’s phone to complete the hack — but once it is in their possession they could bypass Apple’s standard security features like facial I.D. Once they have done so, they can access the phone’s address book and see information for contacts stored on the phone, as well as indications of the most recent contacts with whom the phone’s owner had been communicating.

    It’s like deja vu all over again….