Will Microsoft stop updating its Security Essentials on Jan. 14? Are you sure?

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2019 06:52:00 -0800

You know that businesses will be able to pay for Win7 security patches after Win7 hits end-of-life on Jan. 14. Many of Microsoft’s Extended Security Update program details aren’t clear to me — How does a very small business buy ESU? Why is Microsoft releasing Edge on Win7 the day after it goes end-of-life? Will that new full-screen nag keep coming back? — but there’s one loose end that sits in the middle of my confusion.

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Patch Tuesday brings a reprise of the Autopilot debacle, now quashed, and another Win7 nag

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 07:33:00 -0800

Patch Tuesday in December rarely brings anything worthwhile — everybody’s on vacation, or wants to be on vacation — and this month’s no exception. We got patches for 36 separately identified security holes and two new advisories, full of sound and fury but covering very little.

The one “exploited” security hole — CVE-2019-1458 Win32k Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability — shouldn’t cause any heartburn. Microsoft says:

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The future of manufacturing: How Schneider and Microsoft are partnering to address the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence

Credit to Author: Alain Dedieu| Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 06:00:55 +0000

Co-authored with Jeff Bullwinkel, Associate General Counsel and Director of Corporate, External and Legal Affairs for Microsoft Europe   History teaches us that when you’re in the middle of sweeping… Read more »

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Microsoft to end updates to Windows 7's free AV software, Security Essentials

Credit to Author: Gregg Keizer| Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2019 11:05:00 -0800

Microsoft will not provide new malware signatures for its home-grown Security Essentials software after it retires Windows 7 in five weeks.

“No, your Windows 7 computer is not protected by MSE ((Microsoft Security Essentials)) after January 14, 2020,” the company said in a support document mainly concerned about the Extended Security Updates (ESU) being shilled to enterprises. “MSE is unique to Windows 7 and follows the same lifecycle dates for support.”

Security Essentials, a free antivirus (AV) program that launched in 2008, was originally limited to consumers. However, in 2010, Microsoft expanded the licensing to small businesses, defined as those with 10 or fewer PCs. Two years after that, MSE was replaced by Windows Defender with the launch of Windows 8.

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All’s clear to install Microsoft’s November patches

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2019 07:46:00 -0800

The November passel of patches didn’t include anything earth-shattering; there were no emergency security breaches storming the gates, but good patching hygiene dictates that you get your machine braced for the next round.

If you install patches manually one by one (“Group B,” which I don’t recommend for mere mortals), you need to make sure you have the proper Servicing Stack Updates in place. They’ve all changed in the past month.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: November patches behave themselves – with a few exceptions

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2019 10:29:00 -0800

What a relief. The only major patching problem for November came from Office, not Windows. We had a handful of completely inscrutable patches – including two .NET non-security previews that apparently did nothing – but that’s the worst of it.

November saw the last security patch for Win10 version 1803. Win10 version 1909 got released, gently. We also had a much-hyped “exploited” zero-day security hole in Internet Explorer (again) that didn’t amount to a hill of beans (again).

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DNS sobre HTTPS llega a Windows 10

Credit to Author: Naked Security| Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2019 16:12:05 +0000

Los fanáticos de la privacidad de DNS sobre HTTPS (DoH), deben sentirse como si un muro infranqueable comenzara a resquebrajarse. Mozilla Firefox y Cloudflare fueron los primeros en adoptar esta nueva y controvertida forma de hacer que las consultas DNS fueran privadas mediante el cifrado, seguido poco después por Google, que incorporó DoH a Chrome [&#8230;]<img src=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sophos/dgdY/~4/bIG_IIYcnxo” height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=””/>

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Microsoft starts releasing fixes for Access bugs introduced in Office security patches this month

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2019 06:09:00 -0800

Although we’ve been promised no “C” or “D” week second cumulative updates for the rest of the year — at least for Windows — Microsoft has acknowledged a bug it created in last week’s Patch Tuesday Office patches, and now promises that it’ll update the bad fixes on most machines this week or next. Those are “C” week and “D” week, respectively.

The cause du jour: a bug in all of this month’s Office security patches that throws an error in Access saying, “Query xxxx is corrupt,” when in fact the query in question is just fine. Microsoft describes the erroneous error message on its Office Support site:

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