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  • Vulnerabilities everywhere

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    ISSUE 20.33 • 2023-08-14


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Another month, another series of updates for seemingly everything on the Windows platform.

    But this isn’t just any month. Patch Tuesday once again coincided with the week of the annual security conference, Black Hat. The Windows-based topics range from “Hacking (and much much more) with Azure Active Directory” to a briefing titled “Defender-Pretender: When Windows Defender Updates Become a Security Risk.”

    In addition, there is a talk called “Single Instruction Multiple Data Leaks in Cutting edge CPUs aka Downfall.” Better known as CVE-2022-40982, the flaw is a transient execution side-channel issue and impacts all processors based on Intel microarchitectures from Skylake through Ice Lake. Not to be left out, Apple and Android bugs have their own talks.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.33.0, 2023-08-14).
    This story also appears in our public Newsletter.

  • Good choices for your Windows-to-Linux transition


    Sandra Henry-Stocker

    By Sandra Henry-Stocker

    If you’re a long-standing Windows user thinking about moving to Linux, there are several distributions in particular that you ought to consider.

    In this article, we’ll take a quick look at Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Manjaro and then spend some time examining Ubuntu more closely. These three are some of the most popular Linux distributions and have a considerable user base, along with a very active support community. In fact, TechMint ranked Manjaro, Linux Mint and Ubuntu as the second, third, and fourth most popular Linux distributions of 2021, respectively.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.20.0 (2021-05-31).