Daily Archives: December 23, 2021

  • Zero day still unpatched

    The month of December around Microsoft typically means that not only do we not get any “C” or “D” week updates, but many in Redmond go on vacation. As a result unless there is something really bad occurs, we won’t see patches.

    OPatch blogs about a patch that didn’t fully get fixed that still has a Oday.

    Now mind you in these kind of situations I think that “patching the human” is probably just as effective. Patching the human means you don’t click and you treat every attachment as suspect.

    At any time there is always risks from clicking. Act accordingly as we enter the final week of 2021.

  • Final year for Windows 7 ESU

    Ted and Amy from Harbor Computer reminded me that we are coming up to year 3 of the Windows 7 ESU program. As a reminder, every year the price tag of ESU’s keep going up.

    If you still need to patch and protect Windows 7 you have a couple of options, some official, some not official:

    Official way – especially if you are a business/consultant and need to be official is to reach out to Harbor computer services and purchase year 3 of the ESU (you can click here to once again sign up keeping in mind that unless you’ve already purchased year 1 and 2, you’d have to purchase years 1, 2 AND 3. So I see this final year of support for only those folks that have a business need.

    For the rest remember that oPatch is still providing support.

    Continuing with Extended Security Updates. Those who wanted to keep using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 and purchased Extended Security Updates from Microsoft are now facing another doubling of the price for year 2022. For a fraction of this price0patch continues to provide critical security patches for these two Windows versions at least until 2023, and perhaps longer if there’s sufficient interest.

    As always Windows 7 is still tracked in the Askwoody forums.