Newsletter Archives

  • When newer isn’t more secure, or better

    ON SECURITY

    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    It’s a dirty little secret in software — when new code is added to existing code, it doesn’t always result in a more secure system.

    Let me give you a specific example. Recently, Microsoft announced that there had been targeted attacks against ten organizations using fully patched Exchange servers. To gain access, the attackers needed rights on the server.

    That meant they had already employed a successful phishing attack.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.41.0, 2022-10-10).

  • November cleans up October’s mess

    PATCH WATCH

    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Could we still see printing issues?

    Even though the 55 vulnerabilities fixed in November do not include any new Print Spooler updates, we are still to some extent in clean-up mode. Microsoft is at least acknowledging that issues remain that it is trying to fix.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.44.0 (2021-11-15).

  • Time to block vNext

    PATCH WATCH

    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Not ready to move to Windows 11? PC not compatible? Block it!

    Microsoft has expanded the setting we love at AskWoody: “TRV,” or TargetReleaseVersion. Previously, we were able to set the specific feature release we wanted for Windows 10. Now we get the option to ensure that we stay on Windows 10 — and only on Windows 10.

    (Why do I always insist that we are better off holding back and not installing the latest thing? Because unless you want to be a beta tester, you shouldn’t have to become a beta tester.)

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.38.0 (2021-10-04).

  • Outlook, Windows Live Mail problems – caused by Exchange?

    Just got this interesting letter from reader LL:

    Hi Woody, I really do not like to beat a dead horse, but the problems that MS is having with their web mail service and their email client continues and has become a nightmare for many home and corporate users. Office users get hit due to the link to Outlook.com or Outlook Preview.  

    MS appears to be fiddling at the server end because Outlook has been up and down since January 18th. Users are reporting a myriad of issues, especially in the UK. 

    https://downtoday.co.uk/outlook-problems/

    I no longer user WLM/Outlook, but a friend of mine uses Hotmail and tells me that they have received emails over the past 3 days but they can not delete them after they are read,  nor can they move the ones they want to save to a storage folder. They get a popup which just states that an error has occurred. This has just happened out of the blue. 

    It may be that the MS new Exchange Protocol is the real issue (an assumption on my part – I have no proof). I say this because MS has still not been able to fix the syncing problem which they have admitted resides on their servers. 
    If there is an upside to all of this, maybe MS is putting some priority on fixing the syncing problems. The outages may be the result of them testing different fix scenarios. However, they should back them out when they do not work. Days on end of problems is just not acceptable. MS has some weird idea that negatively  impacting users has no consequences.