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"Due to Covid-related impacts, NSS Labs ceased operations on October 15th."

https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/nss-labs-shuttered/d/d-id/1339220

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Windows 10 Update causes error installing third-party drivers

“This issue occurs when an improperly formatted catalog file is identified during validation by Windows. Starting with this release, Windows will require the validity of DER encoded PKCS#7 content in catalog files. Catalogs files must be signed per section 11.6 of describing DER-encoding for SET OF members in X.690,” Microsoft said.

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This update also addresses a Group Policy service issue, when a policy has been configured to delete cached profiles.

This issue might recursively delete critical files from %systemroot%\system32 and cause stop error “0x5A (CRITICAL_SERVICE_FAILED)” boot failures.



TWC link edited by winchester73

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Web News / Google may be forced to give up control of Chrome
« on: October 15, 2020, 11:15:38 AM »
Google may be forced to give up control over its Chrome web browser and parts of its Ad business, under regulatory pressure stemming from a likely antitrust legal battle against the United States Department of Justice.

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/chrome-to-suffer-forced-departure-report-103613/

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Web News / Malwarebytes problems with Windows 10 2004
« on: June 22, 2020, 09:39:47 AM »
In numerous reports to the Malwarebytes support forums since Windows 10 version 2004, the May 2020 Update, was released, users are reporting many problems with MBAM 4.1 installed.

These issues range from random freezes, general slowness, video stuttering, blue screen of death crashes (BSOD), or Windows 10 becoming unresponsive.

[Stress that] not everyone running Windows 10 2004 seems to be affected,

Malwarebytes has released a Windows Beta version 4.1.1.71 in early June that appears to resolve this issue.

Full article with more details:   https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/malwarebytes-causing-performance-issues-in-windows-10-2004/

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Adobe says that once Flash reached the EOL date, the company doesn't merely plan to stop providing updates, but they also plan to remove all Flash Player download links from their website.

This will prevent users from installing the software and continuing to use an unmaintained version.

Furthermore, Adobe also said that "Flash-based content will be blocked from running in Adobe Flash Player after the EOL Date," suggesting the company has added or plans to add a so-called "time bomb" in the Flash Player code to prevent users from using it starting next year.

Full article:  https://www.zdnet.com/article/adobe-wants-users-to-uninstall-flash-player-by-the-end-of-the-year/

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General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Open Office 4.1.7
« on: September 22, 2019, 12:59:02 AM »
21 September 2019 - Apache OpenOffice, the leading Open Source office document productivity suite, announced today Apache OpenOffice 4.1.7, as usual available in 41 languages for Windows, macOS and Linux.

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.7 is a maintenance release aimed at correcting some regressions and delivering the latest English dictionary. All users of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.6 or earlier are advised to upgrade.

Main improvements include:

* Adds support for AdoptOpenJDK as well as Oracle Java
* Possible crash in Freetype code
* Crash in Writer when linking frames on OS/2
* Apache OpenOffice TM in Splash screen has different background

 

The complete overview is available as list in Bugzilla https://bz.apache.org/ooo/buglist.cgi?list_id=233429&query_format=advanced&resolution=FIXED&resolution=FIXED_WITHOUT_CODE&target_milestone=4.1.7

Details of this release are described in the Release Notes https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OOOUSERS/AOO+4.1.7+Release+Notes

For a complete list of available languages and language packs see the download webpage https://www.openoffice.org/download/

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First off, let me stress that I do ***NOT*** advocate anyone going "back" to XP at this time... official support ended several years ago.

With that being said, for anyone who still maintains an XP system:   I just "discovered" a browser which runs on XP, and is still supported (to the extent possible, given any limitations forced upon it by the XP operating system).   It's called MyPal, and it's based on PaleMoon.

Mypal is a current and maintained Windows XP web browser. Mypal is based on Moonchild Productions' Pale Moon code, which itself was forked from Mozilla's FireFox code several years ago, but is also maintained and kept current. The goal of Mypal is to provide a current, secure, and reliable web browser for Windows XP.   Mypal operates identically to Pale Moon with some minor exceptions.

https://github.com/Feodor2/Mypal/releases

They offer both a 32-bit as well as 64-bit version.   The current version is 28.7.1.

I've only been testing/using it for a day so far, but it appears to be a welcome addition to XP, given that IE, FF, and PM are no longer supported there.

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Security Software Programs / Sandboxie
« on: September 11, 2019, 12:13:08 AM »
Apparently, Sandboxie is now owned by Sophos (perhaps this was already mentioned in another thread somewhere in this forum).

Anyway, the main download page https://www.sandboxie.com/ now includes the following announcement:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING SANDBOXIE VERSIONS

 

Sophos is excited to announce that we are making Sandboxie a free tool, with plans to transition it to an open source tool.


This new evolution of Sandboxie is one we are enthusiastic about, but that does not mean this was an easy decision to make. Sandboxie has never been a significant component of Sophos’ business, and we have been exploring options for its future for a while.

Frankly, the easiest and least costly decision for Sophos would have been to simply end of life Sandboxie. However, we love the technology too much to see it fade away. More importantly, we love the Sandboxie community too much to do that. The Sandboxie user base represents some of the most passionate, forward thinking, and knowledgeable members of the security community and we didn’t want to let you down.

After thoughtful consideration we decided that the best way to keep Sandboxie going was to give it back to its users – transitioning it to an open source tool. We will release more information about the open source project as we continue to work on the details.

Until the open source transition is completed we have decided to make all restricted features of Sandboxie completely free.

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*NEW* Instructions for filling out download request form

    In order to download there is a new process for downloading to conform to compliance requirements based on country of request.

    The information collected by the download form will not be used for any marketing purposes.

    Instructions for filling out the download form:
        All users fill out the First and Last name and your valid E-mail address.
        For business users, enter your Job Role, Company and Industry information.
        For home users, select "Home User/Student Facility" as the Job Role, then "N/A" for Company and Industry.

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Web News / Intel launches first artificial intelligence chip, Springhill
« on: August 20, 2019, 02:39:29 PM »
Intel Corp on Tuesday launched its latest processor that will be its first using artificial intelligence (AI) and is designed for large computing centers.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/intel-launches-first-artificial-intelligence-150254082.html

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Microsoft changed the name from
Definition Update for Windows Defender Antivirus to
Security Intelligence Update for Windows Defender Antivirus.

Is it a permanent change or a one-time change? We don't know, because Microsoft did not announce the change. The most likely scenario is that it is a permanent change.


https://www.ghacks.net/2019/07/31/about-security-intelligence-updates-for-microsoft-defender/

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Microsoft security chief: IE is not a browser, so stop using it as your default

 

Internet Explorer is a 'compatibility solution' for enterprise customers to deal with legacy sites and should only be used selectively, warns Microsoft exec.

 
https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-security-chief-ie-is-not-a-browser-so-stop-using-it-as-your-default/

 
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/The-perils-of-using-Internet-Explorer-as-your-default-browser/ba-p/331732

 

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Security Software Programs / MalwareBytes "Updates are not current"
« on: June 03, 2018, 12:34:24 AM »
Database Out of Date Issues

We are aware that users are getting messages that their database is out of date. We are performing maintenance on our database servers and these should be resolved in the next few hours.
This error message should resolve itself once the maintenance is complete.
 
https://forums.malwarebytes.com/topic/231004-database-out-date-issues/

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Meltdown/Spectre "fixes" on Win7x64 break Sandboxie
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The January Windows Update patches for Meltdown/Spectre on Win7x64 systems, KB4056894 (or KB4056897), have "broken" Sandboxie:

"This program is blocked due to compatibility issues".
"Sandboxie is incompatible with this version of Windows".

Sandboxie has fixed this issue in release 5.23.3 (BETA).

https://forums.sandboxie.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=25290

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https://www.cisecurity.org/advisory/multiple-vulnerabilities-in-7-zip-could-allow-for-arbitrary-code-execution_2018-009/

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in 7-Zip [a free and open-source file archiver] the most severe of which could allow for arbitrary code execution.

7-Zip versions prior to 18.00 are affected.  Users should apply appropriate updates provided by 7-Zip to vulnerable systems.

The current version is 18.01, available from http://www.7-zip.org/

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