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Daily Archives: September 24, 2019

  • Microsoft claims “more than 900 million devices” running Win10

    Posted on September 24th, 2019 at 14:07 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    That’s what the official By the Numbers site says. That number includes Xboxs, HoloLenses, and refrigerators — but doesn’t include virtual machines.

    Paul Thurrott has an interesting thought on the subject. He says that Win10 hit 800 million devices in March, and 825 million in May. The increase since then is about 16.7 million new devices per month.

    While Win7 ruled the roost, MS crowed about gaining about 20 million new Win7 users a month — and that number was consistent (whether the counting was or not) for many years.

  • Heads up! Many “optional non-security” updates are on the way

    Posted on September 24th, 2019 at 12:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    These aren’t the wimpy download-only IE patches from yesterday. They’re the whole nine yards.

    Here’s what I see:

    Win10 version 1809 and Server 2019 – KB 4516077 – big bunch of fixes, apparently including yesterday’s IE patch (because they’re both cumulative)

    Win10 version 1803KB 4516045 – another big bunch.

    Win10 1709, 1703, 1607/Server 2016 patches also released.

    Win7KB 4516048 – Monthly Rollup Preview. Not much:

    Addresses an issue that may cause an error when opening or using the Toshiba Qosmio AV Center. You may also receive an error in the Event Log related to cryptnet.dll.

    Win8.1KB 4516041 – Monthly Rollup Preview. Fixes the bug that prevented IE 11 from running on RT devices.

    “Group B” patchers note that the IE zero-day fix only appears in the separate IE cumulative update, KB 4522007. You’ll need to hop over to “Group A” to get the IE fix.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Patch Lady – out of band coming?

    Posted on September 24th, 2019 at 11:11 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft apparently has informed it’s Enterprise customers that the out of band Internet Explorer update will be on Microsoft update and WSUS today.  (thank you Microsoft for making me feel that you only care about Enterprises and do not inform the masses of your decisions on security).

    One thing I keep seeing said over and over again is “Oh if you don’t use IE don’t worry”.

    Uh, not so fast.  In the Security bulletin info “In a web-based attack scenario, an attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit the vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website, for example, by sending an email.

    Code can be used to specifically call one browser versus another.  Case in point, I may not have IE as my default but QuickBooks still uses it under the hood.  So the idea that you are safe just because you don’t use X… when these days MOST of our attacks are phishing/email based attacks is just not wise.

    I’m still waiting to see if the Surface RT devices will get their browser patch fix.  They have few options, are still broken, the September patch is still being pushed to them, and no one from Microsoft is giving an eta for a fix.

    Susan update:  The out of bands are included in the optional preview updates.  That’s not “out of band” in my book.  The Surface RT devices did get their fix.