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LandzDown Lounge / Re: Post your Christmas songs!
« on: Today at 07:37:55 PM »
In honor of her birthday today, Brenda Lee, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree":

The December security updates have been released and consist of 39 security patches and one advisory in which 9 are listed as Critical and 30 are rated Important in severity. One of these bugs is listed as publicly known at the time of release and one of these is reported as being actively exploited.

The updates address Remote Code Execution, Information Disclosure, Elevation of Privilege, Denial of Service and Spoofing and apply to the following: Adobe Flash Player, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Office Services and Web Apps, ChakraCore, .NET Framework, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Visual Studio and Windows Azure Pack (WAP).

See Dustin Childs review and analysis in Zero Day Initiative — The December 2018 Security Update Review

Release Notes
Windows 10 update history

Mozilla sent Firefox Version 64.0 to the release channel today.  Firefox ESR Version 60.4 has also been released.
The update included nine (9) security updates of which one is critical, five are high, two (2) moderate and one (1) is rated low.

Mozilla Firefox Release Notes
Security Updates

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and MacOS to address critical and important vulnerabilities. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user. 

Release date:  December 11, 2018
Vulnerability identifier: APSB18-41
Platform: Windows and MacOS

Update or Complete Download

Reader DC and Acrobat DC were updated to version 2019.008.20081. 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.

Security Bulletin

Jokes / Re: Computer jokes
« on: December 10, 2018, 08:28:31 PM »
Good one Frands!

Windows Insider Build 18298 (19H1) Released to Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18298 - Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog.

There a lots of changes and fixes in this build.

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Post your Christmas songs!
« on: December 08, 2018, 03:38:06 PM »
One of my favorites is still "Carol of the Bells" (Shchedryk) so adding it once again:  Merry Christmas, Ukrainian Style.

But to add something new to the mix, especially due to the latest controversy, from a 1949 musical -- long before the "me too" movement: Baby, It's Cold Outside,

Microsoft has released cumulative updates with non-security improvements and fixes for Windows 10 versions 1803 and 1709 as well as for Windows 7.  The update for both versions 1803 and 1709 and Windows 7 (Preview of Monthly Rollup) includes quality improvements with no new operating system features introduced.

The referenced KB4467682 has been removed:


After installing this optional update some users have reported getting a blue or black screen with error code, “System thread exception not handled.” As a precaution, we have removed this optional update from Windows Update and Microsoft Update Catalog to protect customers. Fixes and improvements will be available in the December 2018 security update release and will include a resolution for this issue.

Web News / Re: Microsoft Edge Being Rebuilt Using Chromium
« on: December 06, 2018, 06:00:50 PM »
Additional information from Microsoft Edge Engineering:  GitHub - MicrosoftEdge/MSEdge: Microsoft Edge

Web News / Microsoft Edge Being Rebuilt Using Chromium
« on: December 06, 2018, 04:04:56 PM »
Key aspects from Microsoft Edge: Making the web better through more open source collaboration - Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog:
    We will move to a Chromium-compatible web platform for Microsoft Edge on the desktop. Our intent is to align the Microsoft Edge web platform simultaneously (a) with web standards and (b) with other Chromium-based browsers. This will deliver improved compatibility for everyone and create a simpler test-matrix for web developers.
    Microsoft Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported versions of Windows and on a more frequent cadence. We also expect this work to enable us to bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS.

    Improving the web-platform experience for both end users and developers requires that the web platform and the browser be consistently available to as many devices as possible. To accomplish this, we will evolve the browser code more broadly, so that our distribution model offers an updated Microsoft Edge experience + platform across all supported versions of Windows, while still maintaining the benefits of the browser’s close integration with Windows.
    We will contribute web platform enhancements to make Chromium-based browsers better on Windows devices. Our philosophy of greater participation in Chromium open source will embrace contribution of beneficial new tech, consistent with some of the work we described above. We recognize that making the web better on Windows is good for our customers, partners and our business – and we intend to actively contribute to that end.

Also see Microsoft is Rebuilding Edge Browser using Chromium for Windows & macOS.

Pale Moon has been updated to version 28.2.2 to address a critical usability issue in the history and bookmarks window. The Linux versions will follow.

Release Notes

Microsoft quality improvement update released for Windows 10 version 1809December 5, 2018—KB4469342 (OS Build 17763.168).  The issue referenced earlier regarding the "seek bar" in media player apparently still exists.

Also released for all versions was the out-of-band Adobe Flash Player update.

Security Alerts & Briefings / Adobe Flash Player Critical Security Update
« on: December 05, 2018, 01:36:10 PM »
Adobe has released Version of Adobe Flash Player and AIR for Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS. one critical vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player and one important vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player installer. Successful exploitation could lead to Arbitrary Code Execution and privilege escalation in the context of the current user respectively.

Adobe is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2018-15982 exists in the wild.

Release date:  December 5, 2018
Vulnerability identifier: APSB18-42
Platform:  Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS

Security Bulletin
Release Notes

Let's hope the Troubleshooter and DISM solved the problem.  Guess we'll find out after the December 11 security updates are released.

Windows Insider Preview Build 18290 (19H1) released to Fast Ring:  Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18290 - Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog.

Note the information in the blog post about builds expiring:

As pre-release software, Insider Preview builds have a built-in expiration date that we call a “timebomb”. This has been included ever since the first Windows 10 Insider Preview build and helps ensure Insiders stay up to date with the latest features and quality updates. Once a build expires, Insiders will be provided a warning that the build has expired and will get that warning once a day. In addition to that, Insiders will also see User Access Control (UAC) warnings as well. Insiders in both the Fast and Slow rings need to make sure they are running the latest builds offered to those rings. Insiders in the Fast ring need to make sure they take the update to 19H1 Build 18290 (today’s flight) in order to avoid hitting the timebomb set to Dec. 14th . Additionally, Insiders who used ISO for Build 18272 also need to take the Build 18290 flight to avoid hitting the timebomb. We will be removing these ISOs from the download page shortly. Insiders in the Slow ring running older builds need to update to Build 17763 (the final build for the October 2018 Update) to avoid hitting the timebomb in older RS5 builds. Insiders can check their flight settings and verify they have the latest builds by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program.

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