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Daily Archives: August 14, 2020

  • Minor problems with this week’s Win10 versions 1903/1909 and 2004 cumulative updates

    Posted on August 14th, 2020 at 12:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Mayank Parmar reports on Windows Latest:

    When installing Windows 10 KB4565351 (v1903/1909) and KB4566782 (v2004), users are saying that they are being greeted with unhelpful error messages, including 0x800f0988, 0x800f081f, and 0x800f08a.

    The most-reported error code is 0x800f081f and it could be related to missing files in the WinSXS folder that stores different copies of DLL and system files.

    [The Win10 version 1903/1909 cumulative update] is also breaking audio for some users and there are reports of Blue Screen of Death with “SYSTEM THREAD UNHANDLED EXCEPTION” error on Feedback Hub.

    I haven’t seen a lot of reports of those problems, but they’re irritating nonetheless.

    See Parmar’s article for descriptions and workaround.

  • Patch Lady – want to know what is in those URLs?

    Posted on August 14th, 2020 at 12:03 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    https://dfir.blog/unfurl/

    Came across this in my forensic reading the other day.

    Unfurl takes a URL and expands (“unfurls”) it into a directed graph, extracting every bit of information from the URL and exposing the obscured. It does this by breaking up a URL up into components, extracting as much information as it can from each piece, and presenting it all visually. This “show your work” approach (along with embedded references and documentation) makes the analysis transparent to the user and helps them learn about (and discover) semantic and syntactical URL structures.

    If you’ve ever seen a URL and seen all that tracking stuff on the back end, this parses all that info out and lets you see how all of these browsers and vendors can track us.  Next time you have a link with unusual info on the back side, stick it in there and see what it says it’s parsed out from the link.