Listing all installed updates

While researching a problem the other day I needed to list all updates that were installed on a system and get some details about why they were there. Add/Remove Programs, a.k.a. Programs and Features, is probably the worst way to do that as it is quite inefficient to go through the updates in that way, and some do not seem to appear there at all. A better way is to use wmic from a command prompt, as in:wmic qfe list full /format:htable That produces nicely formatted HTML output like this: Node Caption CSName Description FixComments HotFixID InstallDate InstalledBy InstalledOn Name … Continue reading Listing all installed updates

Using Autoplay on Vista To Stop Attacks

The January issue of TechNet Magazine has an article I wrote about how to hack a system using autoplaying USB flash drives. While it is not possible to stop all attacks from USB tokens, Vista does include some interesting protective measures. However, the autoplay decision flow in Vista is quite convoluted, so I wrote a flowchart to explain it all. Full details are in the article.

IDTheftReview.com and its ilk are unauthorized blog mirrors stealing intellectual property

Recently, a shady outfit that goes by a number of names, all of which have to do with ID Theft have been stealing the content of my blog and mirroring it on their site as their own. They take the contents, verbatim, and list it as having been written by "SecuMania staff," which I am not. I just wanted to make you aware that I have NOT authorized this theft of intellectual property, nor do I have anything whatsoever to do with any of their shady business practices or anything they advocate on their site. I am doing my best at cleaning … Continue reading IDTheftReview.com and its ilk are unauthorized blog mirrors stealing intellectual property

IDThieves.org and its ilk are unauthorized blog mirrors stealing intellectual property

Recently, a shady outfit that goes by a number of names, all of which have to do with ID Theft have been stealing the content of my blog and mirroring it on their site as their own. They take the contents, verbatim, and list it as having been written by “SecuMania staff,” which I am not. I just wanted to make you aware that I have NOT authorized this theft of intellectual property, nor do I have anything whatsoever to do with any of their shady business practices or anything they advocate on their site. I am doing my best at cleaning … Continue reading IDThieves.org and its ilk are unauthorized blog mirrors stealing intellectual property

New blog mirror

This morning it was brought to my attention that certain overzealous network managers are blocking access to msinfluentials becuase it is a "personal site." I suppose that is true since my blog is the only thing there. To solve that, Susan did some quick configuration work and produced a mirror of my blog at http://msmvps.com/blogs/jesper/Default.aspx. If you are having a problem accessing it try the mirror. It has the same content, but is a more "professional" site so it should be allowed through in more places.

IE 6 crashes after you install security update MS07-069 on a computer that is running Windows XP SP2

If you are still on Windows XP SP2 with Internet Explorer (IE) 6, and you install the security update announced in MS07-069, then you may just have lost your ability to surf much of the web with IE. Apparently that combination causes IE to crash when you go to a web site, according to Microsoft Knowledge Base article 946627 and a blog post on the IE blog. The exact cause appears to still be under investigation. The signature of the crash, however, is shown in this picture: The fix is to set a registry key. However, most home users would probably … Continue reading IE 6 crashes after you install security update MS07-069 on a computer that is running Windows XP SP2

The Best Product Review, Ever!

Community is all the world on the web these days, and everyone wants you to write your opinion about, well, pretty much anything, however insignificant. One man took this to heart in the best review, ever!