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Current News / Re: Key Reinstallation Attack
« Last post by Bugbatter on October 17, 2017, 02:09:49 PM »
General Computer Issues / Re: MS Update keeps failing
« Last post by Bugbatter on October 17, 2017, 11:25:11 AM »
Have you tried the offline installer? That seems to work for others with the same problem.
General Computer Issues / MS Update keeps failing
« Last post by bohackyj on October 17, 2017, 05:55:41 AM »
I just discovered that since August 23, an automatic update from Microsoft keeps failing:
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7 for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64 (KB3186568)

It tries to update on an almost daily basis, sometimes twice in one day.

How can I resolve this.

Last week for Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released cumulative updates for all versions of Windows 10. Shortly after, users on the Anniversary Update and Creators Update - the two newest feature updates for the OS - found that they were unable to boot up their PCs, getting an INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE error.
Current News / Chrome smoked by Edge in browser phishing test
« Last post by Bugbatter on October 16, 2017, 08:48:58 AM »

At last some good news for Microsoft’s ignored Edge browser: new tests by NSS Labs have found that it beats Chrome and Firefox hands down at blocking malware downloads and phishing attacks.

After 23 days of continuous tests between 23 August and 15 September this year, Edge version 38 blocked 96% of the socially-engineered malware (SEM) samples thrown against it in the form of malicious links and pop-ups, compared to 88% for Chrome version 60 and 70% for Firefox version 55. (The researchers describe SEM attacks as “a dynamic combination of social media, hijacked email accounts, false notification of computer problems, and other deceptions to encourage users to download malware”.)
Current News / Key Reinstallation Attack
« Last post by Bugbatter on October 15, 2017, 11:54:44 PM »
A promo for the upcoming Association for Computing Machinery security conference has set infosec types all a-Twitter over the apparent cryptographic death of the WPA2 authentication scheme widely used to secure WiFi connections.

The authors of the paper have everything ready except the details of their disclosure: acceptance at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) for their paper Key Reinstallation Attacks: Forcing Nonce Reuse in WPA2, a timeslot (during the afternoon of Wednesday, November 1), a so-far-empty GitHub repository, and a placeholder Website at

The President of Microsoft says the government of North Korea was responsible for the WannaCry cyber attack which affected 47 NHS trusts earlier this year.

Brad Smith said he believed "with great confidence" that Pyongyang was behind for the hack which impacted 200,000 computers in 150 countries around the world.

In an interview with ITV News at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond Smith said: "I think at this point that all observers in the know have concluded that WannaCry was caused by North Korea using cyber tools or weapons that were stolen from the National Security Agency in the United States".
Current News / Google embarrassed by fake adblocker that served ads
« Last post by Bugbatter on October 13, 2017, 08:46:49 AM »
Google just can’t seem to shake the problem of malicious Chrome extensions that find their way past its security checks and onto its Web Store.

The latest example should have been easy to spot as it was masquerading as the popular Adblock Plus adblocker, the legitimate version of which has been downloaded over 100 million times.

Or perhaps not: borrowing an almost identical name to the genuine extension (the capitalised B in “block” being a small difference), only users who studied the application pane and string of negative user reviews might have twigged that something wasn’t right.

By the time it was reported by anonymous Twitter user @SwiftOnSecurity on October 9, the fake extension had been on the Chrome Store for weeks during which it had been downloaded 37,000 times.
Current News / Install Issues With KB4041676
« Last post by Bugbatter on October 11, 2017, 08:46:47 AM »

Yesterday Microsoft released  62 security updates.
27 are listed as Critical and 35 are rated Important.

A few users have had a problem with Windows 10 V1703 Update KB4041676 installation.

Current News / The era of Windows Mixed Reality begins October 17
« Last post by Bugbatter on October 11, 2017, 08:20:12 AM »

With Windows Mixed Reality, you can escape the everyday into a world of imagination. Personalize your virtual home with great content—travel, sports, culture, live concerts, games like Minecraft, and more. Surround yourself with apps from 20K available titles: Run movies in your virtual theater, open a browser on a second screen. It's your own multiplex of multiple apps and you're at the center of every adventure.

Have you been thinking of buying a cool mixed reality accessory for the family this holiday season?
Be sure to check to see if your PC is compatible with Windows Mixed Reality. This app will help you answer that question.

Windows Mixed Reality PC Check

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