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Daily Archives: August 12, 2020

  • Details from Kaspersky on this month’s IE 0day, CVE-2020-1380

    Posted on August 12th, 2020 at 11:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Boris Larin at Kaspersky has published details on one of the two “OMG! It’s a ZERO-DAY!” security holes plugged yesterday, CVE-2020-1380 – “Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability”

    Looks like it’s Internet Explorer-only, JavaScript based, and used in an attack “on a South Korean company.”

    That’s pretty standard fare for Patch Tuesday zero-days. Yep, you have to patch eventually. Yep, if you’re defending state secrets you need to be aware of it. But for most of us it’s no big deal.

  • Report that this month’s Win10 version 2004 cumulative update, KB 4566782, is throwing error 0x800f0988

    Posted on August 12th, 2020 at 10:03 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Looks like the error also occurred in the preview, released July 31.

    From artins90 on Reddit:

    The update KB4566782 is not working 0x800f0988:

    Exec: Failed to pre-stage package: Microsoft-Windows-WindowsMediaPlayer-Troubleshooters-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.19041.1,
    component identity: amd64_adobe-flash-for-windows_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.19041.1_none_e190f18a08ed1a44,
    file: Flash.ocx, sandbox: \?\C:\WINDOWS\CbsTemp\30830624_112917922\,
    file format: 0 [HRESULT = 0x800f0988 – PSFX_E_INVALID_DELTA_COMBINATION]

    Anybody else see the same problem?

  • The Surface Duo is now official

    Posted on August 12th, 2020 at 09:35 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Ho hum.

    Microsoft is now taking preorders for the Surface Duo, with delivery starting September 10

    Two screens of Android phone (each screen at 1800 x 1350), a 19th-century hinge, 6 GB of RAM, and wide, fluid expanses of bezels. For a mere $1,400, you get 128 GB of storage ($1,500 for 256 GB) — and a free nano SIM card, if you go with AT&T. $75 for a pen, $200 for earbuds or $250 for headphones.

    Developers can  “optimize the layouts of their apps to really take advantage of the two displays and span across them.” I’m guessing that we’ll see maybe two developers who spend real money to make Duo screens work. “There is an algorithm in there that’s very smart and trying to be predictive. If you’re on one screen and you’re invoking a link, it will fill the other screen.”

    A worthy addition to the Surface line, eh? The Surface D.O.A.