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Meet & Greet! / Welcome, sunrat!
« on: November 28, 2021, 09:04:27 PM »
Welcome to LzD, sunrat!  It is great to see another SNF cohort here.

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Meet & Greet! / Happy Hanukkah!
« on: November 28, 2021, 01:57:26 PM »
To LzD friends who celebrate Hanukkah, best wishes for a bright and meaningful Hanukkah!  🕎

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Microsoft released KB5007235, the monthly “C” release preview cumulative update with non-security improvements and fixes for Windows 10 Versions 21H1, 20H2, and 2004. 

IMPORTANT:  Windows 10, version 2004 will reach end of servicing on December 14, 2021. To continue receiving security and quality updates, it is strongly recommended that you update to the latest version of Windows 10.

Note:  Due to the holidays, there will not be a "C" release preview in December.

Microsoft now combines the latest servicing stack update (SSU) for your operating system with the latest LCU. For general information about SSUs, see Servicing stack updates and Servicing Stack Updates (SSU): Frequently Asked Questions.  For information about the types of updates released by Microsoft each month see Windows 10 update servicing cadence primer.

Update: To get the update, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. The link to download and install the update can be found in the Optional updates available area. To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Windows 10 update history

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Jokes / Teacher Questions & Student Answwers
« on: November 24, 2021, 05:41:43 PM »

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Meet & Greet! / Happy Birthday, Aaron!
« on: November 24, 2021, 01:12:01 AM »
Best of wishes, Aaron, for a very Happy Birthday!

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Meet & Greet! / Welcome securitybreach!
« on: November 23, 2021, 07:12:04 PM »
Welcome to LzD! 

Yes, securitybreach is another long-time friend from SNF.  I have the feeling that Eric gave him the needed nudge to join us here.   :)

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Meet & Greet! / Welcome, V.T. Eric Layton!
« on: November 23, 2021, 05:24:37 PM »
Please join me in welcoming a long-time friend and one of the Admins at Scot's Newsletter Forum (SNF).  I met Eric at SNF 18 years ago. 

If you have Linux questions, Eric is the one to ask. 

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Microsoft released KB5007262, the monthly “C” release preview cumulative update with non-security improvements and fixes for the Windows 11 original release, Build 22000.282.

Note:  Due to the holidays, there will not be a "C" release preview in December.

See the referenced KB article for the highlighted changes as well as a long list of improvements and fixes included in the update.

Microsoft now combines the latest servicing stack update (SSU) for your operating system with the latest LCU. This update includes SSU 2200.345. 
For general information about SSUs, see Servicing stack updates and Servicing Stack Updates (SSU): Frequently Asked Questions.

For information about the types of updates released by Microsoft each month see Windows 11 life cycle and servicing update.

Update:  To get the update, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.  The link to download and install the update can be found in the Optional updates available area.  To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Windows 11 update history

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Mozilla sent Firefox Version 94.0.2 to the release channel today.

Fixed
  • Improved hangs experienced by users of assistive technology such as NVDA when installing Firefox through the Microsoft Store (bug 1736742)
  • Resolved general instability/crashes on Linux caused by a file descriptor leak when backgrounding tabs using WebGL (bug 1741997)
Changed
  • Updated preference design for Firefox Suggest for improved clarity.
Update: To get the update now, select "Help" from the Firefox menu, then pick "About Firefox." Mac users need to select "About Firefox" from the Firefox menu. If you do not use the English language version, Fully Localized Versions are available for download.

Release Notes

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Although it is being rolled out in stages, Windows 10 Version 21H2 has been released.  It is available to systems running Windows 10 Version 2004 and higher. 

It is particularly important to update Windows 10 Version 2004 as it reaches end of support on December 14, 2021.  Also note the following from the Lifecycle FAQ (which also includes the Windows 10 end of support dates.):

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"Important

Beginning with Windows 10, version 21H2 (the Windows 10 November 2021 Update), feature updates will be released annually in the second half of the year via the General Availability Channel. Go here to learn more. Microsoft will continue to support at least one Windows 10 release until October 14, 2025."

Update: To get the update, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click the button to "Check for updates".  Because the update is being rolled out stages, users of later versions of Windows 10 may not find the update available yet.

Windows 10 update history

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The "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.  Whether you call it Veteran's Day, Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, November 11th is a time to put aside politics and pay tribute to all who died for their country.  It is also a perfect time to thank the Veterans in whatever country you live in.

With thoughts of Mitch the "Phantom Phixer" and Larry, "Ghost".


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Security Alerts & Briefings / Windows 11 Security Update Released
« on: November 09, 2021, 05:45:14 PM »
Microsoft released security update KB5007215 for the Windows 11 original release, Build 22000.318.

The security update includes quality improvements.  The highlighted changes include the following:
  • Addresses an issue in which certain apps might have unexpected results when rendering some user interface elements or when drawing within the app. You might encounter this issue with apps that use GDI+ and set a zero (0) width pen object on displays with high dots per inch (DPI) or resolution, or if the app is using scaling.
  • If you installed earlier updates, only the new fixes contained in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device.
For more information about the resolved security vulnerabilities, please refer to Microsoft November 2021 Security Updates.

IMPORTANT:  Because of minimal operations during the holidays and the upcoming Western new year, there won’t be a preview release (known as a “C” release) for the month of December 2021. There will be a monthly security release (known as a “B” release) for December 2021. Normal monthly servicing for both B and C releases will resume in January 2022.

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Security Alerts & Briefings / Microsoft November 2021 Security Updates
« on: November 09, 2021, 04:53:13 PM »
The Microsoft November 2021 security updates have been released and consist of 55 CVEs.  Of these CVEs, 6 are rated Critical, and 49 are rated Important severity.  At the time of release, four listed as publicly known and two are listed as under active exploit.

The updates apply to the following long list of products:  3D Viewer, Azure, Azure RTOS, Azure Sphere, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) in IE Mode, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Access, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Windows Codecs Library, Power BI, Role: Windows Hyper-V, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Windows Active Directory, Windows COM, Windows Core Shell, Windows Cred SSProvider Protocol, Windows Defender, Windows Desktop Bridge, Windows Diagnostic Hub, Windows Fastfat Driver, Windows Feedback Hub, Windows Hello, Windows Installer, Windows Kernel, Windows NTFS, Windows RDP, Windows Scripting, and Windows Virtual Machine Bus.

See the KBs listed at November 2021 Security Updates - Release Notes - Security Update Guide - Microsoft for information regarding known issues with the security updates as well as the CVEs with FAQs, Mitigations and/or Workarounds.

Recommended Reading:   See Dustin Childs review and analysis in Zero Day Initiative -- The November 2021 Security Update Review.

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Pale Moon has been updated to version 29.4.2.  This is a security update.  Linux versions will follow shortly.

Changes/fixes:
  • Fixed a spec compliance issue with IDN that could potentially cause confusion of domain names.
  • Fixed several intermittent thread sanity issues. DiD
  • Fixed a potential UAF risk in certain situations in networking. DiD
  • Fixed a potential crash risk (not exposed). DiD
  • Fixed a potential spoofing risk using form validation. (CVE-2021-38508)
  • Fixed a script sandbox escape issue through XSLT. (CVE-2021-38503)
  • Unified XUL Platform Mozilla Security Patch Summary: 3 fixed, 1 already applied, 4 DiD, 7 not applicable.
Security notice: If you have enabled HTTP Alternative Services for Opportunistic Encryption, it is strongly recommended you disable this at this time through Preferences -> Security -> Opportunistic Encryption -> Enable HTTP Alternative Services for Opportunistic Encryption. This inherently weak transitional technology for http -> https has been compromised and can be abused (partial opt-in bypass). Note that our platform default for this setting (and any other OE) is disabled due to these kinds of inherent risks, as well as lack of transparency about the connection and server contacted. See CVE-2021-38507 for more details about this problem.

*DiD This means that a fix is "Defense-in-Depth": It 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.

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

Release Notes
Release Cycle

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Effective January 1, 2022, there will be no further updates for the OneDrive application on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.  In addition, files will stop syncing to the cloud on March 1, 2022. 

Note, however, that files on those operating systems can continue to be added to OneDrive by manually uploading them.  If you are unsure how to do this, see the first two examples in Upload photos and files to OneDrive.

As explained in Ankita Kirti's blog post, End of support for OneDrive desktop application on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, the reason for this change is "to focus resources on new technologies and operating systems, and to provide users with the most up-to-date and secure experience".

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