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Web News / Microsoft Edge Beta Released
« on: August 20, 2019, 04:00:43 PM »
Work has continued regularly since Microsoft announced adopting the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge.  There are daily "canary" builds as well as weekly Dev builds.  Testing was opened to Mac as well as Windows 7.  Announced today is the release of the first Beta version which will be updated every six weeks:  Microsoft Edge Insider.

In an effort to enhance and speed up changes to Notepad on Windows 10 it will be moved to Microsoft Store.  From Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18963 | Windows Experience Blog:

Making Notepad store-updatable

Notepad has been a well-loved text editor in Windows for over 30 years. Over the last few releases, we've been making a number of small improvements to Notepad based on your feedback (including expanded line ending support, wrap around search, and indicating when there's unsaved content.) Starting with this build, we're making a change so that future Notepad updates will be automatically available via the store. This will allow us the flexibility to respond to issues and feedback outside the bounds of Windows releases. As always, if you have any feedback for Notepad, we welcome it in the Feedback Hub under Apps > Notepad.

Other changes already made to Notepad include wrap around search, text zoom, search autofill, line numbers when using word wrap. search with Bing, and better UTF-8 support.

Mozilla sent Firefox Version 68.0.2 to the release channel today. The update included one (1) security update, rated moderate.

As of the last check, no update is available for ESR.

Release Notes
Security Updates

General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Adobe Flash Player Update
« on: August 13, 2019, 08:54:50 PM »
Adobe has released Version of Adobe Flash Player for Windows 7 and earlier, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS. The update addresses bug fixes described in the Release Notes as "Assorted functional fixes".

Note that because this is not a security update, Microsoft has not released updates to Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer on 8.1/10.  The Flash Player for those browsers remains at Version, which was the security update released in June by Adobe.

Release date:  August 13, 2019
Vulnerability identifier: None
Platform:  Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS

Release Notes

Security Alerts & Briefings / Microsoft August 2019 Security Updates
« on: August 13, 2019, 04:39:53 PM »
The August security updates have been released and consist of 93 CVEs and 2 advisories. Of these 93 CVEs, 29 are rated Critical, and 64 are rated Important in severity. None are listed as publicly known or as under active attack at the time of release but multiple bugs this month fall into the wormable category.

The updates address Information Disclosure, Elevation of Privilege, Remote Code Execution, Denial of Service, Security Feature Bypass, Tampering and Spoofing. They apply to the following:  Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, ChakraCore, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Office Services and Web Apps, Visual Studio, Online Services, Active Directory, Microsoft Dynamics.

Known Issues: See the Known Issues and accompanying work-around in the KB Articles for your version of Windows in the Update History:

Recommended Reading:   See Dustin Childs review and analysis in Zero Day Initiative — The August 2019 Security Update Review.

Adobe has released important security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader addressing 47 CVE's for Windows and macOS. Successful exploitation could lead to information disclosure and arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user.

Release date:  August 13, 2019
Vulnerability identifier: APSB19-41
Platform: Windows and MacOS

Update or Complete Download

Reader DC and Acrobat DC were updated to version 2019.012.20036.

Update checks can be manually activated by choosing Help/Check for Updates.
Note: UNcheck any pre-checked additional options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.


Forever In Our Hearts / IAMSKINZ
« on: August 06, 2019, 07:09:58 PM »
I inadvertently learned that IAMSKINZ passed away in Reno, Nevada on March 2, 2018.  Long-time LzD members know the history of the forming of this forum.  We were originally all part of the Lavasoft forums, helping under the direction of Jerry/"Skinz".  Some time ago, Jerry moved on and was no longer involved in forum help.  However, one thing that was always important to him was his writing.  Below is an example:

Servicing Stack Updates (SSU) seem to cause a lot of confusion.  Users see posts mentioning a SSU update but when viewing Update History, only the latest Cumulative Update is listed.  So, what is the Servicing Stack and why are the updates important?

What is the Servicing Stack?

Simply stated, the Servicing Stack is what actually installs Windows Updates.  However, it also contains the "component-based servicing stack" (CBS).  The CBS is key to DISM, SFC, as well as changing Windows features or roles, and repairing components.

Why are the SSU Updates Important?

The Microsoft Docs article referenced below explains the importance of SSU's as follows:

"Servicing stack updates improve the reliability of the update process to mitigate potential issues while installing the latest quality updates and feature updates. If you don't install the latest servicing stack update, there's a risk that your device can't be updated with the latest Microsoft security fixes."

As an example of a SSU update, following are the issues addressed in the July 26, 2019 Servicing Stack Update for Windows 10, 1903 x64-based Systems:
  • Addresses an issue in which an update may not install with certain other updates and upon start up after installation of the other updates, will require a second scan of Windows Update and a second restart to complete installation.
  • Addresses an issue in which reserved disk space may not be returned to free space when installation of Language Packs or Features on Demand (FODs) fails or is canceled.  The disk space is returned to free space when Storage Sense is run.
  • Addresses an issue when Windows Update Check for updates is run during the installation or uninstallation of an update, Features on Demand (FODs) or Language packs, which may cause the installation to fail and may cause a restart to take up to an hour.
Getting the SSU:

When there is a Servicing Stack Update released with security or cumulative updates, the updates are automatically installed with Windows Update (you won't see the SSU offered in the list of updates available).  Because each Servicing Stack Update replaces the complete "stack" they do not require a restart.

If you are unsure whether you have the latest Servicing Stack Updates installed, the list of SSU's is at  Locate the update for your operating system.  Clicking the KB number will take you to the update, which includes the date of the last update.  You can now find the date of the last update on your device in the link to "View installed updates" located in Programs and Features of the Control Panel.


9 nostalgic tech sounds you (probably) haven't heard in years includes Dial-up Internet, Windows Start-up Sounds and more.

If that isn't enough for you, how about an orchestra playing Microsoft Windows™ - the waltz:

LandzDown Lounge / LzD Withdrawal?
« on: July 31, 2019, 05:00:18 PM »
Having heard from quite a few people via email, PMs at other forums and even my Security Garden Facebook page, I know I'm not the only one who was suffering from LzD withdrawal.  As it turns out, SpyDie was in an area that had no Internet access so didn't find out about the outage until making it back to civilization.  In a very short time, he got everything taken care of and we're back in business! 

Microsoft released cumulative updates with non-security improvements and fixes for Windows 10 Version 1903 today.  In addition updates were recently released for Versions 1809, 1803, 1709, 1703 and 1607.

In addition,  SSU (KB4512937) has been released for Windows 10 Version 1809 and will be offered to you automatically with Windows Update. To get the standalone package for the latest SSU, search for it in the Microsoft Update Catalog.(Service Stack Update).

To view the improvements and features as well as known issues with accompanying work-around, see the following KB articles for your version of Windows 10:To download and install the update, go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update and select Check for updates.

Pale Moon has been updated to version 28.6.1.  This is a security and bugfix update.

The update includes DiD (Defense-in-Depth) fixes.  This is a fix that does not apply to a (potentially) actively exploitable vulnerability in Pale Moon, but prevents future vulnerabilities caused by the same code, e.g. when surrounding code changes, exposing the problem, or when new attack vectors are discovered.

Implemented fixes for applicable security issues: CVE-2019-11719, CVE-2019-11711, CVE-2019-11715, CVE-2019-11717, CVE-2019-11714 (DiD), CVE-2019-11729 (DiD), CVE-2019-11727 (DiD), CVE-2019-11730 (DiD), CVE-2019-11713 (DiD) and several networking and memory-safety hazards that do not have CVE numbers.

To get the update now, select "Help" from the Pale Moon menu at the upper left of the browser window.  Click About Pale Moon and  Check for Updates.

Release Notes

Web News / Malwarebytes AdwCleaner Removes Pre-installed Programs
« on: July 24, 2019, 09:55:55 PM »
Newly updated AdwCleaner version 7.4 removes preinstalled software programs, frequently referred to as "bloatware". 

In the Bleeping Computer article at Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 7.4 Can Now Remove Bloatware From Windows about the updated AdwCleaner are examples of preinstalled software that was removed.  However, it is also important to note the following (bold added):
As some preinstalled software can be tightly integrated into the hardware, Malwarebytes will attempt to create a system restore point every time it removes one. In BleepingComputer's tests, system restore points were not created when we tested the removal feature.

After removing a program, you can always restore it from the "Preinstalled software" tab in the Quarantine.-

Even though you can restore a removed program from the "Preinstalled software" tab, it is still recommended, as always, to create a restore point when making changes to your computer

Malwarebytes announcement about the update is at Your device, your choice: AdwCleaner now detects preinstalled software.

Meet & Greet! / Happy Birthday, plodr!
« on: July 22, 2019, 12:54:00 PM »
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, plodr.  Have a great day!  🎂 

Web News / Windows Defeinder Being Renamed
« on: July 20, 2019, 01:49:20 PM »
Windows Defender Gets a New Name: Microsoft Defender

In a statement to BleepingComputer, Microsoft has stated that they are making these changes to show that their security products have become cross-platform under the umbrella name Microsoft Defender.

     “As part of our continued $1B a year investment to deliver a world class security platform for our
     customers, we are extending Windows Defender ATP capabilities beyond the Windows operating
     system. As a result, we are renaming to reflect our cross-platform approach to endpoint security”

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