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Microsoft’s new Security Updates Guide

November 9th 2016

Microsoft have released a preview of their new single destination for security vulnerability information, the Security Updates Guide. Instead of publishing bulletins to describe related vulnerabilities, the new portal lets you view and search security vulnerability information in a single online database. I quite like the Software Update Summary. Microsoft will continue to publish bulletins while also […]

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Oracle settles with FTC over “deceptive” security updates?

January 5th 2016

https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2015/12/oracle-agrees-settle-ftc-charges-it-deceived-consumers-about-java How were Oracle deceptive? By only removing the most recent vulnerable version of Java from user’s computers, leaving older versions in situ. “In 2011, according to the FTC’s complaint, Oracle was aware of the insufficiency of its update process. Internal documents stated that the “Java update mechanism is not aggressive enough or simply not […]

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Fix for XP Microsoft Update site error code 0x80248015

March 11th 2015

Yes, I know, Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP a long time ago. However, users of XP should still go to *Microsoft Update* to check for updates to other Microsoft software on their computer. Anyway, I saw this error in a couple of XP virtual machines today. The fix is to change your computer’s clock to a […]

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