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Daily Archives: June 5, 2020

  • Patch Lady – late to the microcode party

    Posted on June 5th, 2020 at 22:53 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This occurred the other day on my Lenovo Laptop that I was seeing why I wasn’t getting 2004.  So I kicked a “seeking”… you know where you make it check for updates.  And it offered up to me https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4497165/kb4497165-intel-microcode-updates

    with the slightly confusing title of 2020-01 Update for Windows 10 Version 1909 for X64 based Systems (KB4497165).  So it appears to me that this only gets on machines that “seek”. If you never seek it never gets pushed.  Does that sound about right to everyone who has already seen this for months?

    I received the same experience tonight on another computer.  Once again I was seeking to see if I’d get 2004 and sure enough this January patch is offered up and installed.

    As someone joked … apparently it’s like the USA tax refunds – they are VERY much delayed by the lack of IRS employees able to work from home.

  • A March security patch, for CVE-2020-0796, gets a publicly available proof of concept

    Posted on June 5th, 2020 at 13:42 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you haven’t yet installed the March or April or May security patches, time to get cookin’.

    Ionut Ilascu at Bleeping Computer just reported on a publicly available exploit for the SMB security hole.

    Working exploit code that achieves remote code execution on Windows 10 machines is now publicly available for CVE-2020-0796, a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB 3.1.1)… Known by various names (SMBGhost, CoronaBlue, NexternalBlue, BluesDay), the security flaw can be leveraged by an unauthenticated attacker to spread malware from one vulnerable system to another without user interaction.

    I don’t see anything out in the wild yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

    Yes, you do need to patch sooner or later.

  • Bumps on the road to the Win10 version 2004 upgrade

    Posted on June 5th, 2020 at 11:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I see the same pattern, every time Microsoft releases a new version of Windows. This time’s even more bizarre than usual:

    • Microsoft won’t install version 2004 on any of Microsoft’s latest hardware
    • The “Update is on its way” message doesn’t make any sense
    • Intel-based machines with Optane memory are getting crushed

    And there are loads and loads (and loads!) of problem reports

    Do yourself a favor. If Windows Update gives you the opportunity to “Download and install” Win10 version 2004, say a prayer for the cannon fodder (we appreciate their problem reports!) and resist the urge to click. There’s nothing in 2004 that you need right now.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.