2 undocumented patches from Microsoft may solve the 1803 TLS 1.2 blocking problem

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:42:00 -0700

Microsoft’s KB 4458166, released on Tuesday, explains that the push to Win10 version 1803 has been halted for machines running .Net applications that use the TLS 1.2 security protocol. Presumably, effective Tuesday, if you have a Win10 1709 or 1703 machine that’s running one of those programs (including, notably, QuickBooks Desktop), Microsoft won’t try to push 1803 on it.

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IBM, Maersk launch blockchain-based shipping platform with 94 early adopters

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:51:00 -0700

After launching a proof of concept earlier this year, IBM and Maersk have unveiled TradeLens, the production version of an electronic ledger for tracking global shipments; the companies say they have 94 participants piloting the system, including more than 20 port and terminal operators.

The jointly developed electronic shipping ledger records details of cargo shipments as they leave their origin, arrive in ports, are shipped overseas and eventually received.

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Throwback Thursday: How did…er, DIDN'T he do that?

Credit to Author: Sharky| Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:00:00 -0700

It’s 1977, and this network analyst pilot fish is working at a newly constructed data center — one with a big fence.

“The company had just gotten a new sense of needing physical security, so they had included a new, state-of-the-art security system,” says fish.

“It had electronic locks at a handful of doors in the building, a 10-foot-high fence with a motorized gate, and key-card reader stations by each of the locked doors and the gate.”

One day, company needs to bring a new communications line up between the data center and an office 10 miles away. Fish’s team leader decides the best way to do this without disrupting the users is to have fish go to the remote office at 4:30 a.m., while his team leader goes to the data center.

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Patch Tuesday fallout: Bad docs, but so far no major problems

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:46:00 -0700

Microsoft may have fixed July’s horrible, no good, very bad patches. Although the initial documentation for this month’s patches included warnings about many of the bugs that persisted from July, it ends up that the docs were wrong, and most of the known problems seem to be fixed.

As of early Reboot Wednesday morning, the patches seem to be behaving themselves. Of course, it frequently takes days or even weeks for bugs to appear, so you’d be well advised to avoid jumping into the unpaid battle zone for now.

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A hidden Android Pie security setting everyone should enable

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:24:00 -0700

Google’s new Android 9 Pie release has plenty of fresh features and interface changes, but one of the software’s most significant security improvements has managed to stay mostly off the radar.

In addition to all of the oft-discussed privacy and security enhancements, y’see, Pie has an out-of-sight and semi-advanced option. It’s not something you’d use every day — or often at all, really — but if the right sort of occasion ever comes along, you’ll be glad you have it enabled.

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Patch Tuesday’s coming: Block Windows Update and pray we don’t get fooled again

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2018 06:37:00 -0700

July 2018 patches for both Windows and Office brought bugs and bugs of bugs — many of which haven’t been solved, even now. We have even reached the unprecedented stage where the .NET team openly warned people against installing buggy updates, and the Monthly Rollup previews got shoved down the Automatic Update chute to fix bugs in the primary Monthly Rollup.

July was more galling than most months because the patches caused widespread problems for many, while plugging security holes for exactly zero widespread infections.

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A word to the wise: Skip Microsoft’s July patches

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2018 05:22:00 -0700

On July 9, I recommended that you disable Windows Automatic Update and wait to see if the July Microsoft patches brought more mayhem than relief. With the August patches just a few days away, it’s time to put a nail in the July coffin. I strongly recommend that you not install any of the July patches, and pray that Microsoft treats us better in August.

It’s been a tumultuous month.

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