Microsoft patches Windows zero-day found in Hacking Team’s leaked docs

21 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Microsoft issues patches for critical OpenType vulnerability affecting Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Vista, RT, Server.

It’s been another patch-heavy week, as Microsoft delivered its monthly batch, including the final set for Windows Server 2003, whose support terminated on July 16.Unnamed sources told WinBeta that “Update 3” will include a pop-up Start menu, though it’s based on a version from the early days of the Windows 10 Technical Preview. The first TV spot features children in their home countries of Morocco, Thailand, Iceland, England, and the U.S., all of whom will never know a world without the advances available in Windows 10. “Supporting our mission of empowering every person and organization to achieve more, the ads show how technology should be more natural, human and intuitive, and adapt to people’s needs,” the Windows team wrote in a blog post. “The key notion—Windows 10 delivers a more human way to do.” The cute, innocent faces hamming it up for the camera will one day be the faces behind smartphone cameras and virtual reality headsets.

That’s exactly what some PC vendors and stores appear to be doing with the release of Windows 10 just nine days away—blowing out Windows 8.1 machines at significant markdowns. While some users actually prefer the older version, it doesn’t support certain features such as resizing, drag-and-drop for programs, and Jump Lists. Security analyst Tony Bradley has had it with Flash and Java, saying in a recent blog post, “Java and Flash are like the twin harbingers of doom when it comes to computer security. They will grow up in a world very different from their parents, grandparents, and ancestors, the ad says. “Imagine: These kids won’t have to remember passwords or obsess about security. Thought-leaders from the biggest brands and most disruptive companies will share winning growth strategies on the most pressing challenges marketing leaders face today.

A Pavilion 11 with a Bay Trail-based Pentium CPU that previously sold for $399 is going for $299, and a higher-end Core i3-based Pavilion x360 is “marked down” from $529 to $499. WinBeta’s sources also claim that the Windows RT update won’t allow Windows Store apps to run in windowed mode on the desktop, nor will it support Continuum, which automatically switches between tablet and desktop interfaces when the user plugs in a keyboard. Microsoft today disclosed a security vulnerability that could lead to remote code execution — someone taking unwanted control over a PC or server — affecting several versions of Windows.

At any given point if there isn’t a zero-day flaw to exploit in Adobe Flash there’s probably one in Java—and vice versa.” He’s in favour of dumping both products. They’ll expect their devices to listen to them, talk, sing, tell a funny joke. “And as they grow and get better at things, their technology will, too,” it continues. “They’ll do things their parents never even dreamed of. Other models reported by Maximum PC this morning also feature pretty healthy mark downs, with the Envy X2 taking a cut from $1,049 all the way down to $699.

Microsoft originally saw Windows RT as a way to bring its operating system to tablets with ARM-based architecture, the same found on Apple’s iPad and most Android tablets. The tech giant is also encouraging its own employees, and folks all over Earth, to “upgrade their world” by volunteering time and energy for a good cause. But the software was severely limited by its inability to install desktop applications, and hardware vendors quickly abandoned it as better Intel tablet processors became available.

While most existing users can upgrade to Windows 10 for free, some, like PC enthusiasts, might still want to buy the boxed software, which will be available via USB. Version and earlier on Windows and Macintosh, version and earlier 11.x versions for Linux, and Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release version and earlier 13.x versions for Windows and Macintosh are vulnerable. Why this matters: Given that Windows RT is a dead platform walking, it wouldn’t be surprising if Microsoft wasn’t moving mountains to bring the best Windows 10 features over. Threatpost reports that Oracle’s critical patch update for Java and other products, including its database and middleware, fixes 193 security flaws, including a Java 0 day that is currently being actively exploited. Deals include an Acer V15 Nitro gaming laptop with a quad-core Haswell chip and GeForce GTX 960M graphics processor marked down from $1,499 to $1,269.

Still, the lack of Continuum and windowed apps would be disappointing for devices like the Surface RT and Surface 2, which Microsoft once pitched as the ultimate cross between a tablet and a laptop. The company noted in its advisory “Oracle continues to periodically receive reports of malicious exploitation of vulnerabilities for which Oracle has already released fixes. Thanks to the new Surface’s Intel Atom chip and real Windows 8.1 (with an upgrade path to Windows 10), it offers decent battery life, with a processor sufficient to handle 1080p YouTube videos, Netflix streams, or basic games without batting an eye.

The cynical part of me says these aren’t actually traditional clearance events, where you’d get a deal on a 2011 Pontiac because the ought 12’s just came in, but rather black Friday-like events designed for consumers who only shop deals. The biggest are its price—it not quite as inexpensive as it should be, for what you get; and the ergonomics, which make it less of a laptop replacement than the Surface Pro 3 clearly can be. Patches rated Important hit all supported OSes, as well as developer tools, all supported versions of SQL Server, and Microsoft Office 2007 and higher. And just last week, HP execs told me Windows 8.1 laptops are already good to go for Windows 10, so buying a Windows 8.1 laptop would be just like buying a Windows 10 laptop. The OS, released for tablets with ARM processors, has apparently faded into oblivion other than that; there will be no Windows 10 update for the few tablets running it.

To reduce the complexity involved in deploying OpenStack, Mirantis has released a portfolio of converged infrastructure appliances delivered as a flexible turnkey OpenStack deployment, pre-validated by Mirantis and pre-integrated by its Certified Rack Partners. The first in the family, Mirantis Unlocked Appliance for Cloud Native Applications, is based on hardware from Dell and Juniper Networks, and will be delivered by Certified Rack Partner Redapt.

It just announced the purchase of Mahwah, NJ-based FieldOne, an enterprise field service provider whose services include work order management, automated scheduling, asset contract, inventory and procurement management, workflow capabilities and mobile collaboration. Built on the Microsoft Dynamics xRM framework, it complements the chat, knowledge management and self-service functionality from Parature which Microsoft acquired in January of 2014. Unfortunately, like some modern phones, if you drain your Surface 3 completely you’ll be forced to charge it for a minute or two before it boots—an annoyance when you need to use the tablet right now.

The front-facing, 3.5MP camera is designed for Skype, while the rear-facing, 8MP camera is more designed for taking video of a lecture recorded as part of OneNote than anything else. The Surface 3 (like the SP3) lacks a flash, but you can now tap to focus and autoexpose a particular element of the scene, which you can’t do on the SP3.

Content creation in Word, OneNote and other Office apps is perfectly acceptable, although I did find myself squinting a bit at the small, high-resolution screen. For a few dollars more, you could have the $699 Asus ZenBook UX305, an ultrabook that’s actually a step up in terms of performance and battery life.

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