Microsoft Security Updates – OCTOBER 2017

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Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/October+2017+Security+Updates/22916/ http://blog.talosintelligence.com/2017/10/ms-tuesday.html https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/summary https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2017-13080 Microsoft has released its monthly set of security advisories for vulnerabilities that have been identified and addressed in various products. This month’s advisory release addresses 63 new vulnerabilities with 28 of them rated critical and 35 rated important. These […]

Wireless Security – KRACK WPA2 Vendor Patching directories

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Below are a few additional updates from overnight security feeds: Excellent FAQ & latest info for KRACK https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/new-krack-attack-breaks-wpa2-wifi-protocol/ Vendor directory for KRACK patching  (two lists)   https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/list-of-firmware-and-driver-updates-for-krack-wpa2-vulnerability/ http://wccftech.com/keep-safe-wifi-wpa2-krack-exploit/ MICROSOFT PATCHES AVAILABLE  (OCT 10th Patch Tuesday)    https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2017-13080

Wireless Security – KRACK WPA2 proof-of-concept exploit

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Early this morning, the SANS Internet Storm Center and other security sites shared proof-of-concept information for a new Wireless Security attack called “KRACK” (Key Reinstallation Attacks).   Some early links include: https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/WPA2+KRACK+Attack/22932/ https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/10/severe-flaw-in-wpa2-protocol-leaves-wi-fi-traffic-open-to-eavesdropping/ https://www.wired.com/story/krack-wi-fi-wpa2-vulnerability/ https://www.krackattacks.com/ https://papers.mathyvanhoef.com/ccs2017.pdf Researchers have disclosed a serious weakness in the WPA2 protocol that allows attackers within range of vulnerable device or access point to […]

Mozilla Firefox 56 – New features and security release

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Firefox 56 was recently released with new  features and security improvements https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox/#firefox56 Launched Firefox Screenshots, a feature that lets users take, save, and share screenshots without leaving the browser Added support for address form autofill (en-US only) Updated Preferences Added search tool so users can find a specific setting quickly Reorganized preferences so users can more […]

RFID Technology – commentary on possible human use in future

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This PC Magazine commentary discusses possible human micro-chipping that may emerge years from now https://www.pcmag.com/commentary/355485/ready-or-not-youre-getting-microchipped Since 2016, the UK has required pet owners to microchip their dog before eight weeks or face a £500 fine. A small RFID chip is implanted just below the skin, so if a lost dog is found wandering, it can […]

FBI – October is Cyber Security month

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The FBI shares an informative post that October is designated as Cyber Security month https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/national-cyber-security-awareness-month-2017 As hacks, data breaches, and other cyber-enabled crime become increasingly commonplace, this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an important reminder of the need to take steps to protect yourself and your family when using the Internet. Launched in 2004 by […]

Windows 10 – Version 1511 end of support during OCTOBER 2017

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The following are key “end of support” dates for Windows 7-10 product releases.  Windows 10 version 1511 end of support occurs this month https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed […]


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