Windows 10 – Microsoft Paint to remain base part of OS

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This popular utility will remain a base part of WIN10 O/S, rather than an optional download as noted below https://www.pcmag.com/news/367923/microsoft-paint-to-remain-a-part-of-windows-10 Microsoft Paint lovers will be happy to hear the simple graphics editor has been granted a reprieve and won’t be removed as a standard feature of Windows 10.   Microsoft announced in July last year that MS Paint […]

INTEL – 9th Generation CPUs coming to laptops

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Intel’s 9th generation of CPU technology used in desktop & tower units will be adapted for laptops in the near future. https://www.pcmag.com/news/367905/powerful-9th-generation-intel-core-cpus-are-coming-to-laptop Intel announced its latest line of H-series Core processors, which will appear in new gaming laptops and power notebooks. To cater to PC builders, Intel is also releasing more 9th Generation chips for […]

Microsoft Edge – New Chromium-Based version available for Testing

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https://redmondmag.com/articles/2019/04/08/microsoft-edge-chromium-testing.aspx Microsoft on Monday announced that early versions of its new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser for Windows 10 are now available for testing as part of the Microsoft Edge Insider testing program.   Microsoft will have four separate “channel” releases of the new Edge browser that testers can follow, although two are available now. The Canary Channel gets updated […]

Windows Admin Center – version 1904 available

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Microsoft’s Windows Admin Center v1904 has reached general availability status as documented below https://redmondmag.com/articles/2019/04/15/windows-admin-center-1904-ga.aspx Microsoft on Friday announced that Windows Admin Center version 1904 had reached the “general availability“ (GA) milestone.  The Web portal for carrying out management tasks is now deemed as being ready for use in production environments by Microsoft, although some of […]

Malware – RAR files may contain new ACE based exploit

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https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/rar+Files+and+ACE+Exploit+CVE201820250/24864/ Reader Carlos submitted an email with attached RAR file.  In the past, when you received a RAR file as attachment in an unexpected email, it often contained a single malicious Windows executable. For the infection to occur, one would have to open the attachment and double-click the executable.   Nowadays, a RAR file can also […]

Microsoft – EMAIL service breach of account info during Q1 2019

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Microsoft reports a breach of  EMAIL service breach of account info during 1st quarter of 2019 as noted below.  While email content were not accessed, confidential info found stored for account management could be viewed for Hotmail, outlook, & MSN accounts https://www.pcmag.com/news/367780/microsofts-web-based-email-services-breached https://redmondmag.com/articles/2019/04/15/microsoft-consumer-email-breach.aspx Between Jan. 1 and March 28, Microsoft’s email services including Hotmail, Outlook, […]

Microsoft Security Updates – APRIL 2019

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Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Microsoft+April+2019+Patch+Tuesday/24826/ https://blog.talosintelligence.com/2019/04/microsoft-patch-tuesday-april-2019.html https://patchtuesdaydashboard.com/ https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/summary This month we got patches for 74 vulnerabilities total. From those, 16 are critical and 2 have been exploited in the wild.  Both exploited vulnerabilities (CVE-2019-0859 and CVE-2019-0803) are related to Win32k component which fails to properly handle objects […]

Malware – Vimditator Trojan poses as ESET NOD32 Anti-virus

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The Internet Storm Center shares excellent analysis of Vimditator Trojan that poses as 1 year free subscription of ESET’s NOD32 Anti-virus.  The actual malware downloaded is a Swiss army knife of tools including password brute force crackers & mining tools that can create compromise user safety. https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Fake+AV+is+Back+LaCie+Network+Drives+Used+to+Spread+Malware/24802/ I have not seen much Fake AntiVirus lately.  […]

Security – Apache Server v2.4.39 fixes key vulnerability

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Apache HTTP Server version 2.4.39 fixes a serious issue, where root access might be achieved with a special future exploit as described below.  Webmasters should patch this issue promptly as noted below: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/04/serious-apache-server-bug-gives-root-to-baddies-in-shared-host-environments/ The Apache HTTP Server, the Internet’s most widely used Web server, just fixed a serious vulnerability that makes it possible for untrusted […]

Windows 10 – v1903 offers improved Windows update options

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Windows 10 version 1903 with be offered in late spring & it offers improved Windows update options https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/04/microsoft-windows-10-may-update-control/ The next major Windows 10 update is scheduled for late May, and with it, Microsoft is giving you more control over how you install updates. You’ll be able to pause them for up to 35 days (in […]


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