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  1. Mozilla Firefox 52.0.2 ESR RC 1 Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2esr-candidates/build1/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.2esr.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2esr-candidates/build1/win64/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.2esr.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2esr-candidates/build1/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2esr-candidates/build1/win64/ Other OS: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2esr-candidates/build1/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Mozilla Firefox 52.0.2 RC 1 Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2-candidates/build1/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.2.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2-candidates/build1/win64/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.2.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2-candidates/build1/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2-candidates/build1/win64/ Other OS: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2-candidates/build1/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Firefox for Android 52.0.2 RC: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/52.0.2-candidates/
  2. Screenshot: Changelog: Patch changed to offline patch only. no online servers for this patch. Links: ProPresenter Homepage: http://www.renewedvision.com/propresenter.php Download Page: http://www.renewedvision.com/pro_download.php Instructions: Download the bundle above, extract using WinRAR or 7zip Install ProPresenter 6 , but DO NOT launch ProPresenter 6 after install. Run Patch as Administrator Run the local webserver by running launch.bat The webserver is required for activation to work Run ProPresenter Updating your ProPresenter to the latest version: Each version will have a separate thread, as it is not encouraged here to edit threads. Modules: Modules are pre-registered with the patch. Use them in the preferences pane. DO NOT CLICK demo modules or buy. Bibles: To Install Bibles: Click the Bibles Icon on the ProPresenter Toolbar Click the GEAR icon on the Bibles Window Click the Bibles Tab Click the Free Bibles Tab Install the bible you need. Local webserver must be running if the Offline Patch is made, otherwise patch the program to download from the web. ProPresenter version 6 for Mac SEE Kataklop's Thread on MacSerialJunkie (google is your friend) He regularly updates as the Mac version also updates. His links are being removed by RenewedVision and maybe mine would be gone too Good luck getting the patch for new versions Blame those guys who post contents of this forum elsewhere.
  3. Look for this warning when opening suspicious Word docs Security company FortiGuard Labs warns that a malicious Microsoft Word document is being used these days to compromise both Windows and macOS systems using the macro feature that makes it possible to download malware on target systems. The macro feature integrated into Microsoft’s Office productivity suite has already been used by cybercriminals to infect systems and it looks like this new wave of attacks is based on a similar approach, relying on VBA (Visual basic for Applications) code to deploy malware. What’s important to note, however, is that this Word document is being used to attack both Windows and macOS, and the researchers observed that depending on the OS type, the script is trying to take a different route to make sure that it successfully compromises the system. Already blocked by some antivirus solutions FortiGuard says that once the python script in the macro is executed, the file attempts to download a file from a link we’re not going to mention here and execute it on the local machine. The script tries to connect to the host on port 443, but at the time of the research, the server was down and not answering client requests. This doesn’t necessarily mean that systems cannot be compromised, as the python process remains active on the system, retrying connections in the background until an answer is offered. The easiest way to remain secure against this new wave of attacks is to avoid Word documents coming from sources that you don’t trust. Additionally, if you do open these documents, make sure that you’re not running the macro inside as it can initiate the whole process that in the end compromises your system. Antivirus solutions are already being updated to detect the malicious documents, and FortiGurd says its antivirus flags the files as WM/Agent.7F67!tr, so make sure you’re running fully up-to-date security software, especially if you’re working with Office documents from sources you don’t necessarily trust. Source
  4. OneDrive should now be equally fast on Windows and Linux A story that made the rounds yesterday revealed that OneDrive was painfully slow when Linux users attempted to connect to the service with their browsers, and naturally, it was just a matter of time until some people accused Microsoft of throttling performance on purpose. But just like we’ve told you in our original coverage, this was all just a bug, and Microsoft confirmed in a statement we received a few minutes ago that the company investigated the issue and everything should be working correctly at this point. “Some users may have experienced difficulty accessing OneDrive for Business on Linux. This issue has been fully resolved,” a Microsoft spokesperson told us. Users were complaining that when connecting to OneDrive on Linux, it took ages for the service to open folders or to save changes to documents, while using the same connection to access the cloud storage service on Windows provided much faster performance. Not limiting performance on purpose Some users speculated that it was all just a user agent bug, as emulating a Windows browser restored normal performance, but others turned to more unlikely scenarios, accusing Microsoft of limiting the speed of its services on Linux systems just because it’s a Windows rival. Of course, this wasn’t the case and Linux users should now be able to connect to OneDrive just like any Windows user, so in case you changed the user agent in your browser to deal with the performance limitation, you can now revert to the original settings. For what it’s worth, Microsoft is very committed to making its services available on Linux with no limitation whatsoever, and the same is the case with Android and iOS, as the company is no longer trying to restrict access to its products to Windows exclusively. This is one of the reasons the software giant is investing aggressively in mobile apps for rival platforms, despite causing frustration in the Windows community who expected Microsoft to make its own operating systems a priority in the first place. Source
  5. Adobe Creative Cloud & Acrobat DC ML [Windows-Mac] Download distributions Adobe CC 2017 ML Direct Download Links: Download Creative Cloud 2017 Apps [Download Links & Instruction ] ** Free Sign-in required** https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/kb/creative-cloud-apps-download.html ================================= Troubleshoot download and install errors https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/kb/troubleshoot-download-install-log-files.html Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool to solve installation problems [Windows-Mac] https://helpx.adobe.com/ca/creative-cloud/kb/cc-cleaner-tool-installation-problems.html Adobe CC 2017 ML Direct Download Links: CCMaker 1.2.1 - Utility for downloading and or installing products from Adobe the Creative Cloud Adobe CC 2015 ML Direct Download Links: Adobe CC 2014 ML Direct Download Links: Products not included in the CC [Captivate 8] Method To Download Adobe CC Adobe CC Useful Utility Tools Adobe CC 2015 Alternative Trials Direct Download Source - Windows Adobe CC 2014 Alternative Trials Direct Download Source - Windows ========================================================================== Product Updates Adobe CC 2015 Product Updates Direct Download Links: Adobe CC 2014 Product Updates Direct Download Links: ADOBE Update Management Tool 8.0 by PainteR WIN | MACOS Adobe Application Manager 9.0 Adobe CC 2014 Alternative Update Direct Download Source - Windows Adobe CC 2014 Alternative Update Direct Download Source - Mac OS ========================================================================== Medicines Windows: Medicine For Adobe Creative Cloud CC 2015 -2017: AMT Emulator v0.9.2 by PainteR [Support Adobe CC 2017] Adobe Universal Patcher v2.0 By Painter'S [Windows] + Instruction [Support Adobe CC 2017] ============================================= Medicine For Adobe Creative Cloud CC 2014 ADOBE CC v2015 XFORCE-KEYGEN Windows + Instruction ADOBE_TECHNICAL_COMMUNICATION_SUITE_V2015_MULTI-XFORCE ADOBE CC v2015 KEYGEN MACOSX XFORCE OR Adobe Universal Patcher v2.0 By Painter'S [Windows] + Instruction OR amtlib 2015 adobe snr patch painter fix By Painter'S ============================================= Windows XP Adobe XP Support Patch [x86] v0.8 By Painter'S - Beta ============================================= Adobe Acrobat DC ADOBE_ACROBAT_PRO_DC_V2015_MULTI-XFORCE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MAC OS X: AMT Emulator v0.8.1 for Mac by PainteR [Support Adobe CC 2017] ============================================= Medicine For Adobe Creative Cloud CC 2014 ADOBE CC v2015 XFORCE-KEYGEN [Windows - Mac OS] + Instruction ============================================= Medicine For Adobe Acrobat DC ADOBE_ACROBAT_PRO_DC_V2015_MULTI_MACOSX-XFORCE ============================================= Importand Topic Replies: Run the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool to resolve some Creative Cloud or Creative Suite installation issues. Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool for Mac ==========================================================================
  6. Cumulative updates for Windows 10 and Internet Explorer 11 aim to correct major formatting bugs introduced by last week's security patches Credit: Thinkstock Heads up, those of you who had problems with last week’s botched security patches, which clobbered Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and CRM 2013 OnPremises reports; Telerik RadListBox and RadWindow controls; and various IE compatibility modes. A slew of patches appeared late last night, but it’s still too early to tell if they’re effective in resolving all those reported ills. I counted four new patches. As of early Thursday morning, three of them are documented. KB 4016635 is a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Anniversary Update, bringing version 1607 up to build 14393.970. Yes, that’s the third cumulative update for version 1607 in the past eight days. KB 4016636 is likely a new, as-yet-undocumented cumulative update for Win10 November Update, version 1511. (I’m guessing at the KB number because it falls between the KB for 1607 and the one for 1507.) ChangeWindows doesn’t yet list a new build number. KB 4016637 is a new cumulative update for the original release of Win10, commonly called 1507. This brings the build number up to 10240.1732. KB 4016446 is a patch for Internet Explorer 11 that fixes the bugs in last week’s MS17-006/KB 4012204 security patch. The KB article for 4016446 explains: Forms in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 are not displayed correctly after KB 4013073 is installed on a Windows system that is running Internet Explorer 11… This update is required only if you are experiencing the symptoms that are described in the “Symptoms” section, and you have cumulative security update 4013073 installed on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 SP1, or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Still have your scorecards handy? The above-mentioned KB 4013073 is an umbrella patch that included—among others—KB 4012204 (the March cumulative IE update), KB 4012215 (the Win7 Security Monthly Quality Rollup), and KB 4012216 (the Win8.1 Monthly Rollup). All of those patches have been implicated in the rendering problems with Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM 2011 and CRM 2013 OnPremises reports, broken Telerik controls, IE compatibility mode problems, and heaven knows what else. A Dynamics Community thread on the subject had a post Wednesday evening that pointed to the Win10 1607 patch KB 4016635. I’ve haven’t seen any confirmation that the patch works and—perhaps more important—there’s no advice on whether users who manually altered their CSS files to dodge Microsoft’s bug need to remove the workarounds. A note from the peanut gallery: At what point do rapid-fire cumulative updates start looking like emergency hotfixes? Three cumulative updates to Microsoft’s flagship operating system in eight days doesn’t engender confidence as a service. Look for the latest on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Microsoft releases multiple fixes for CRM bugs, including Win10 emergency patch KB 4016635 (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard)
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  8. Hijacked Norton antivirus using DoubleAgent Security company Cybellum discovered a new zero-day attack that makes it possible for hackers to take control of the antivirus software running on a Windows system using a vulnerability that exists in all Windows versions out there, starting with Windows XP and ending with the most recent build of Windows 10. The company explains in a blog published today that most major antivirus solutions are affected by this vulnerability, Including Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, Trend Micro, Comodo, ESET, F-Secure, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, McAfee, Panda, Quick Heal, and Norton. Called DoubleAgent, the exploit relies on a legitimate tool that Microsoft itself is offering in Windows and is named “Microsoft Application Verifier.” Built to help developers find bugs in their applications, this tool can be hijacked to replace the standard verifier with a custom verifier, which enables an attacker to take full control of the app. The next step is to register a compromised DLL for a process belonging to security software, which in turn opens the door to more malicious activities, such as installing backdoors, add exclusions, delete files or even encrypt them in the typical ransomware attack. Only two companies patched their antivirus software Cybellum says it has already notified the affected security companies, but until now, only Malwarebytes and AVG released a patch. “The sad, but plain fact is that the vulnerability is yet to be patched by most of the antivirus vendors and could be used in the wild to attack almost any organization that uses an antivirus. Once the attacker has gained control of the antivirus, he may command it to perform malicious operations on behalf of the attacker,” the firm says. What’s worse is that DoubleAgent has the capabilities of injecting code even after users reboot the systems or install patches and updates, making it very difficult to remove the malware. “Once a persistence technique is well-known, security products update their signatures accordingly. So once the persistence is known, it can be detected and mitigated by the security products.Being a new persistence technique, DoubleAgent bypasses AV, NGAV and other endpoint solutions, and giving an attacker ability to perform his attack undetected with no time limit,” the blog post reads. A video demonstration shows how the DoubleAgent malware works in an attack against Norton Antivirus and you can watch it in full below. Source
  9. The March 2017 preview updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 introduce Windows Update processor generation and hardware support detection. Microsoft published KB4012218 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and KB4012219 for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 yesterday evening. These previews are only available through the Microsoft Update Catalog, and only include non-security updates. They are designed to give system administrators, and interested home users, time to test cumulative updates for the operating systems they are released for before they are pushed out through Windows Update on the next Patch Day. What's particularly interesting about these two preview updates is that they introduce the detection of the device's processor generation and hardware support. Both include the following entry: Enabled detection of processor generation and hardware support when PC tries to scan or download updates through Windows Update. As you may know, Microsoft announced some time ago that it would not support the latest generation of processors on older versions of Windows. To hammer this home even more, Microsoft revealed that it will block updates on older versions of Windows if the device was powered by a processor of the latest generation. Test showed that this was not the case at the time of revelation. It appears now though, that the updates KB4012218 and KB4012219 introduce that functionality on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (and the server versions). Tests need to be conducted to find out whether this is indeed the case when the release updates are made available though. For now though, it seems like a good idea to avoid these patches if your Windows device uses a cpu of the latest generation, or if you plan to equip it with one in the future. KB4012218 List of changes: On Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 update history page. Direct downloads: on Microsoft Update Catalog. KB4012218: support article. Changelog: Enabled detection of processor generation and hardware support when PC tries to scan or download updates through Windows Update. Simplified listing of Approved Servers in the Point and Print group policies by allowing wildcards in the server name. Addressed issue that produces corrupt output when using fread() to read data from a pipe. The runtime will sometimes drop the newlines between lines. Addressed issue to update time zone information. Addressed issue with the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service process that crashes on the domain controller when making certain Lightweight Directory Access Protocol requests. KB4012219 List of changes: On Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 / 2012 R2 update history page. Direct downloads: on Microsoft Update Catalog. KB4012219: support article. Changelog: Enabled a warning message in Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) to alert administrators of a design change that may prevent the processing of a User Group after installing security update MS16-072. Addressed issue that prevents a smart card module from pairing with a contactless smart card reader. Addressed issue where a Scale-Out File Server that uses dual parity disks loses access to a disk if a disk fails while the parity log is being written. Addressed issue with the Spaceport driver that causes disks to detach after a hard restart. Addressed issue in multipath I/O when Driver Verifier is enabled. Addressed issue that causes workload disruption in Azure StorSimple appliances after installing KB3169982. Installation occurs using the KB3172614 rollup (released 2016.07). Addressed issue that causes crashes in a customer’s data path management software because of a regression in multipath I/O after installing KB3185279, KB3185331, or KB3192404. Addressed issue where installation of KB3121261 on a third-party, thinly provisioned Storage Area Network causes multipath I/O Event ID 48. This is in response to Small Computer System Interface status - 0X28 - SCSISTAT_QUEUE_FULL (SRB Status - 0X4 - SRB_STATUS_ERROR). Addressed issue to provide PowerShell cmdlets that enable and gather diagnostics for storage spaces. Addressed issue with multipath I/O failure that can lead to data corruption or application failures. Addressed issue that causes File Explorer to hang when performing a search on a network drive while connected using the Remote Desktop Protocol. Addressed issue that causes a crash when the user tries to connect to the server using WinShare and Remote Desktop Services. Stop error 0x50 at win32k!pDCIAdjClr+0x4f. Enabled detection of processor generation and hardware support when PC tries to scan or download updates through Windows Update. Improved support for networks by adding new entries to the Access Point Name (APN) database. Simplified listing of Approved Servers in the Point and Print group policies by allowing wildcards in the server name. Addressed issue to update Windows Defender on Windows 8.1. Addressed issue that prevents clients from accessing a file server when using Server Message Block 1.0 and NT LAN Manager authentication after installing MS16-110/KB3187754. Addressed issue that produces corrupted output when you use the fread() function to read data from a pipe. Addressed issue to set and persist the Quality of Service settings on a per-host basis. Addressed issue that breaks high-availability and fail over of a clustered virtual machine (VM). This occurs when the default data store settings for the VMs are configured inconsistently across the nodes in the cluster. For example, some data store settings are in %ProgramData%, while others use shared storage. Addressed issue where, under high load, the background tasks threads are blocked. None of the clusters that use Virtual Hard Disk Sharing can access their disks. This results in unresponsive virtual machines. Addressed issue (error 0x800b) that causes System Center Virtual Machine Manager to fail after live migrating a virtual machine between two Hyper-V clusters. Addressed issue where false file conflicts occur when Windows Server Work Folders is reinstalled after installing Azure Hybrid File Services. Addressed issue where share contents go offline if remote clients connect over slow links when encryption is enabled and offline caching is disabled for a server share. Addressed issue to generate Remote Desktop Services self-signed certificates to use SHA-2 instead of SHA-1. After this update, any existing self-signed certs in RD Session Host should be updated with SHA-2 certs. However, existing self-signed certs (if any) in Connection Broker and Gateway should be regenerated using the Remote Desktop Management Services (RDMS) UI. Addressed issue to allow a user to set the password for a virtual account. Addressed issue where IIS Automatic Certificate Rebind feature breaks client certificate mapping with active directory by disabling DS Mapper upon renewal of the server certificate. As a result, no user will be able to access the site unless an administrator manually remakes the binding and enables the DS Mapper. Addressed issue where Active Directory returns incorrect active thread count numbers for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol requests. Incorrect thread counts prevent Office 365 from load balancing correctly. Addressed issue to update time zone information. Addressed issue with random crashes on Hyper-V servers when users access Virtual Hard Disk files on Cluster Shared Volumes. Addressed issue that causes file share witnesses stored on a Scale-Out File Server cluster 2012R2 to fail. Event ID for this Error is 1562 and you will get an Error 64 in the Cluster Log for the failed Healthcheck (from RFC 7205769). Addressed issue where, after installing security update MS16-123, administrators cannot access some network drives that are mapped using the Distributed File System Namespace. This lack of accessibility occurs even though User Account Control and EnableLinkedConnections are enabled. Addressed issue where virtual Network File System (NFS) server shares intermittently fail to mount when another NFS share is assigned the same ID in a clustered environment. Addressed issue to add the LiveDump capture feature that will trigger a live kernel dump if requests are stuck for an extended period. Addressed issue where Failover Cluster Manager crashes when connecting to a cluster with a long name (15+ characters). This occurs after .NET 4.6.1 is installed. Addressed issue that crashes Exchange servers whenever a customer installs an Exchange cumulative or security update. Error code: STOP 0x3B Addressed issue that prevents the capture of network traffic when Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics starts and stops the session that monitors traffic in promiscuous mode. Addressed issue where users cannot connect to wireless, proxy, and VPN authentication. The Online Certificate Status Protocol responder service intermittently returns an IIS 500 error when processing client requests. This causes the clients to fail revocation checking and fail authentication to the required service. Addressed issue to provide a maintenance mode for Active Directory domain controllers. Addressed issue where Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) fails to authenticate external users because the ADFS proxy servers time out. Article source
  10. On March 15, the Thursday after Patch Tuesday, Microsoft re-re-released KB 3150513. It’s innocuously titled “Latest compatibility definition update for Windows,” but it’s raised a lot of suspicion for those of us who prefer our Windows snooping overt, not covert. Microsoft’s description: This update provides the latest set of definitions for compatibility diagnostics that are performed on the system. The updated definitions will help enable Microsoft and its partners to ensure compatibility for all customers who want to install the latest Windows operating system. Installing this update also makes sure that the latest Windows operating system version is correctly offered through Windows Update, based on compatibility results. Which is enough to get my tinfoil hat twitching. We had a similar not-quite-documented appearance of KB 3150513 back in September. Here’s what we know for sure: The update includes files called Appraiser.sdb and Appraiser_telemetryrunlist.xml. It was offered on just about every version of Windows you can name. The KB article lists prerequisites, but there are versions for Win10 1607, 1511, Windows 8 (!) and 8.1, and Win 7 RTM (!) and SP1. In addition @ch100 documents that a version is also available for Windows Server 2016, for the first time. When it appeared in September, poster K hid it, but it re-appeared two additional times. At the time, I documented that it appeared twice, with two different dates, May 4 and May 11, 2016. In September, @abbodi86 viewed it as a precursor to upgrading to the Win10 Anniversary Update (released July 2016): it’s an update for the system’s compatibility database, which is related the famous schedule task “Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser”. This diagnostics is required to see if the current machine is applicable for RS1 upgrade through WU. Yes, it may involves sending “telemetry” feedback but isn’t whole Windows 10 is already telemetry-connected? With regard to the March 15 release, @PKCano says: This is being offered on all versions of Windows. It is a compatibility definition update. A new release for Win10, but Win7 and Win8.1 are seeing the earlier version appear if they installed KB2952664 (Win7) or KB2976978 (Win8.1) with the recent updates. The latter are prerequisites. It is also showing up in Win10. And @abbodi86 says Appraiser KB2952664 and Telemetry DiagTrack are built-in Windows 10 since RTM. Both KB2952664/KB3150513 are only needed for upgrade they have nothing useful for current Windows 7 (well, except providing MSFT with Appraiser statistics) And @ch100: Other versions were released in the past for Windows 10 1511. To me, without having the full details, it indicates that the functionality from KB2952664 in Windows 7 is built-in at least in Windows 10 1511 and 1607. Otherwise we wouldn’t see KB3150513 being on offer for those versions of Windows 10. There was no KB3150513 release for Windows 10 1507. Does anybody else have some definitive information on this beast? Is there any reason at all to install it, unless you plan on upgrading to the Win10 Creators Update version as soon as it’s available (which is an incredibly poor choice, but more about that later)? Source: What we know about KB 3150513 (AskWoody.com) What we know about KB 3150513 (AskWoody Lounge)
  11. A security researcher has detailed a way to log into any account on the same computer, even without knowing its password. The trick works on all Windows versions, doesn’t require special privileges, and the researcher can’t figure out if it’s a Windows feature or security flaw. The researcher, Alexander Korznikov, calls the attack a “privilege escalation and session hijacking.” The attack can be performed using physical access to the device, but also via an RDP session on a hacked machine, escalating the attacker’s access to other (higher-privileged) accounts. Attackers can hijack active user/RDP sessions The general idea behind the attack is that any user, regardless of his role, can use CLI commands built into all Windows versions to escalate his access and switch to any other active user session on the PC. The targeted account must be logged in on the same machine, otherwise, the attack won't work. In normal conditions, this would imply the attacker having to know the account’s password. But not in Korznikov’s attack. The attacker, from his own account, can execute some cmd.exe commands and then select the active user session he wants to log into, no password required. This attack works with local user sessions, but also with RDP sessions. Attacks are trivial to execute The whole attack takes about one minute to perform and doesn’t include many steps, meaning it’s easy to memorize. Below are three videos demoing the attacks. The first shows how to take over a Windows 7 user session via the Task Manager & cmd.exe, the second only via cmd.exe, while the third shows the hijacking of a Windows Server 2012 account via service creation. Windows 7 via Task Manager: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPk5off3yUg Windows 7 via command line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VytjV2kPwSg Windows 2012 R2 via service creation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgsoIoWmhWw Below is an example of how an attacker could use this attack, as envisioned by Korznikov himself. Because the attack uses local built-in Windows tools, the attacker doesn’t have to download other malware on the target’s machine, an operation that sometimes triggers alarm bells on a company’s security systems. Korznikov discovery isn’t entirely new but appears to be an expanded version of an older attack. Back in 2011, Benjamin Delpy, a security researcher for the Bank of France, detailed the very same user session hijacking technique on his blog, albeit in French. Taking into account his blog post's age, it is highly unlikely that Microsoft didn't find out about this issue in the past six years. It's very likely that they didn't consider it a security flaw, and deemed this was how Windows was supposed to behave. Article source Other source: Feature or flaw? How to hijack a Windows account in less than a minute
  12. Old games developed for the first versions of Windows still running fine in Windows 7 Upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 is often a challenge for many users, mostly because the process experiences all kinds of roadblocks that in the end lead to app compatibility issues, stability problems, or other bugs that show up at random times across the OS. YouTuber Andrew Tait decided to try something that’s a lot more complicated than that: it’s not an upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, but an upgrade from the very first version of Windows all the way up to Windows 7 (which can then be upgraded to Windows 10 as well). MS-DOS games still running on Windows 7 The process started with MS-DOS because the very first versions of Windows required it, and was performed with virtual machine software, which made the whole process a little bit more convenient. And yet, the experiment took no less than 3 days, out of which 12 hours were used exclusively for upgrading and installing the operating systems. “The whole procedure took 3 days, of which approximately 12 hours was spent doing the actual installing - the rest of the time was spent trying to obtain valid copies of windows,” the YouTuber explains. “One of the biggest problems was that Windows 95 and 98 came in two versions - Upgrade and Full. I had old disk copies of every Full version of Windows, but they cannot upgrade earlier versions. Luckily I was able to borrow a Windows 95 upgrade disk from a friend, and 98 was installed by renaming system files to trick it into upgrading.” The most interesting thing is that some games that were installed in MS-DOS, including Doom 2 and Monkey Island, are still running correctly in Windows 7, which is impressive to say the least given how old the first version of Windows currently is. The experiment is clearly worth a view, especially because the whole thing is packed into a 9-minute video, so click the play button below and watch the transformation of Windows as it happened. Source
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  16. Microsoft showers users with patches for Office and Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 after a skipped month Credit: Thinkstock I haven't seen any explanation for last month's burp -- Microsoft isn't saying why or how it missed a month of patches. But they came rolling back with a vengeance yesterday, plugging the best-known major security holes (the SMB bug and two zero-days reported by Google's Project Zero), answering many open questions, and posing a few new ones. Among the surprises: After promising, in November, that it would discontinue the antiquated Security Bulletin system, we got a heap of new security bulletins, along with new Software Update Summary entries (the searchable database of KB numbers, with 64 new entries) and a new Security Update Guide (detailed list of KB numbers broken out by product and platform, with 230 new entries). Topping it all off, Nathan Mercer at Microsoft published details of another documentation effort called Unified Windows update history for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. That project will convert the current skeleton update listings for Win7 and 8.1 (see screenshot for the latest Win7 page) and add information about the individual KB patches. IDG Assuming Security Bulletins will be discontinued at some point, the new Update History pages will give a more focused method to check the latest fixes. Those of us who follow these matters closely used to wail about the dearth of information. Now we're drowning in it -- a welcome change. Here's a breakdown of the patches on offer and what we know about them in the real world. Please realize from the outset that I don't recommend you install them yet. It's much, much too early to tell if any of the patches have unintended consequences. Windows 10 As usual for Patch Tuesday, we have three new patches for Windows 10, one each for 1507 (the original release), 1511 (the November update), and 1607 (the Anniversary Update). Here are the numbers: Win10 1607 KB 4013429 brings version 1607 up to build 14393.953. Microsoft lists many dozens of fixes in this patch, including updates to IE and Edge, the SMB fix, and all of the pertinent security fixes. The Update & Security applet now contains an admonition that the Win10 Creators Update is on its way (see the screenshot below). The advanced warning isn't as bad as the Get Windows 10 campaign urging you to "Reserve your free upgrade," but those who remember the GWX campaign may be twice shy about being one of the first to get Creators Update. IDG I'm tracking two reported problems with KB 4013429: Numerous posters on Reddit say installing the patch takes a long time. Per Apollo503, "i7/SSD laptop sitting next to me at ‘Getting Windows ready - Don't turn off your computer' for 13 minutes and still going." The usual advice applies: Wait for it. There's an apparent conflict with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. Installing the patch breaks some -- but not all -- CRM apps. Detailed description from an anonymous poster on AskWoody.com. If you have a problem with KB 4013429, please post it on the Reddit thread devoted to this update. Microsoft is actively monitoring the thread, and your report may help improve cumulative updates for all of us. Ed Bott on ZDnet has a description of a new feature called Delta Updates that are only available through the Microsoft Update Catalog. If you search the catalog for KB4013429 you see three entries for Delta Updates. Microsoft announced the arrival of Delta Updates (also called Express Updates) in a video from Win10 update guru Michael Niehaus that appeared in January. IDG Microsoft is posting only the deltas to reduce download size. Those who patch Windows through a standard Windows Update connection only have to download what's changed -- the difference between their currently installed build of Win10 and the one delivered. Windows Update handles the pruning. For those who download the cumulative updates as a whole and apply them to multiple machines, the size of the cumulative updates has grown unwieldy. The latest cumulative updates for 1607 and 1511 now run over 1GB. These new Delta Updates run about one-third the size of the full Cumulative Updates -- but they cover only one step up in patching levels. Oddly, differential updating, Express Updates, and Delta Updates aren't covered in the latest Microsoft Overview of Windows as a Service. Win10 1607 users also saw these patches: KB 4013418, the latest Servicing Stack update. Think of it as Windows Update updating itself. In the Windows Update list it only appears as "Update for Windows 10 Version 1607." KB 4014329 which is the separate security update for Flash, MS17-023. Remember that Windows 8.1 and 10 both have the Flash Player built into Internet Explorer and Edge. This patch fixes them both. As always, I recommend that you wait a week or two before installing any of them. Win10 1511 KB 4013198 brings version 1511 up to build 10586.839. There's another very long list of patches, exactly like Win10 1607 Cumulative Update. This one is also accompanied by KB 4013418, the latest Servicing Stack update, and KB 4014329 for Flash. Win10 1507 KB 4012606 runs the original Win10 to build 10240.17319. Microsoft claims it will discontinue 1507 in May, though it flinched a couple of times. Many more patches, mirroring 1511. Those of you who are using 1507 in any situation other than the Long Term Servicing Branch LTSB 2015 should abandon ship. Windows 7 and 8.1 Not to be outdone by the massiveness of Windows 10 updates, Win7 and 8.1 patches fell like snow in New York. The Security Bulletin list has 18 entries, nine deemed critical, with 136 uniquely identified exploits (CVEs). The SANS Internet Security Center says there are known exploits for three of the security holes, MS17-006 (the inevitable cumulative update for Internet Explorer), MS17-010 (an SMB vulnerability) and MS17-013 (Graphics components, which covers the Project Zero exploits). SANS ISC goes on to say that "six of the bulletins include vulnerabilities that have either already been made public or that are already being exploited." Those who are installing Security-Only patches (the folks I call "Group B") need to be aware of the fact that Internet Explorer patches arrive separately from the download-only Security-Only patches. I'll have full download and installation details later this month, when the patches have had time to stew a bit. Our old snooping friends KB 2952664 (Win7) and KB 2976978 (Win8.1) are back, as anticipated. An anonymous poster on the AskWoody Lounge says they're identical to the versions posted last week. This time they're "Recommended," so if you have "Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates" selected in Windows Update, the patches will be checked and thus installed the next time you run Windows Update -- which I don't recommend, of course. As usual, Windows 7 users need to update Flash player separately (IE in Win8.1 is updated by Microsoft). There's a compact list of patches and links on Günter Born's Borncity blog. Vista If you're still on Vista, which goes off extended support next month, you should note two oddities: MS17-006, which in the case of Vista is for the Messaging API only, contains this little gotcha: "If you are running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, install this security update (3218362) in addition to security update 4012204, in order to be fully protective from this vulnerability." Lounger EP reports that "New ‘magic' win32k.sys updates for Windows Vista SP2 to speed up Windows Update scans on Vista: KB 4012497. Replaces KB 3204723 & previous win32k.sys fixes." Office Office patches for this month are listed on KB 4013886. I count: 16 patches for Office 2016, four of which are security patches Nine patches for Office 2013, with four security patches Five patches for Office 2010, all security 10 patches for Office 2007, six security including two for the Office Compatibility Pack The nonsecurity patches were released last week, but they're repeated here for completeness. The Office TechNet post says there are new versions of Office Click-to-Run: Office 2013 Click-To-Run is available: 15.0.4911.1002 Office 2010 Click-To-Run is available: 14.0.7179.5002 In addition, the main Office 365 version 1702 current channel is now up to build 7870.2024. Discussion continues on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: In a big crop of Windows fixes, Patch Tuesday includes a few surprises (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard)
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  21. The man who runs Munich's central IT says there is no practical reason for the city to write off millions of euros and years of work to ditch its Linux-based OS for Windows. The city authority is widely expected to swap Linux for Windows, due to support among Munich's ruling SPD-CSU coalition for phasing out the use of open-source software. Last month, the general council backed a proposal that the administration should investigate how long it will take and how much it will cost to build a Windows 10 client. Once the details are known, the council will vote on whether Windows should replace LiMux, a custom version of the Ubuntu OS that is used by more than 15,000 staff across the authority. The changeover would take place by 2021. But now the man in charge of Munich's central IT provider, [email protected], has said there is no technical reason to switch back to Windows, expressing surprise at the decision that the city should prepare to return. "We do not see any compelling technical reasons for a change to Windows and Microsoft Office," [email protected] head Karl-Heinz Schneider told German publication Heise. Schneider said Munich had solved compatibility problems related to running line-of-business software on LiMux and swappping documents with outside organizations. These compatibility issues were cited by CSU politicians as being a key reason why Munich needs to change OS and to drop LibreOffice and other open-source software in favor of "commonly-used" alternatives. "We've solved compatibility and interoperability problems by providing MS Office, mostly virtualized, at the workstations that need to work with external organizations using Office documents," he said. In general, "[email protected] knows no major technical problems with LiMux and LibreOffice", he added. Schneider echoed the findings of an earlier report by consultants Accenture and arf, that the problems with IT at the council were related to the fragmented structure of the city's IT management, which falls under both the central [email protected] and local IT departments. According to Schneider, this disjointed setup has resulted in some municipal offices being issued slower machines and outdated software by their local IT departments. "This leads to a variety of old and ancient LiMux, Windows and Office versions," he said, adding this even included unsupported OSes, such as Windows XP and 2000. Munich still runs a minority of Windows machines, where their use is unavoidable. Where there had been IT failures within Munich in recent years, such as in the District Council (KVR), these "never had anything to do with LiMux", he said, with the department in question using only Windows clients, and Linux and Windows servers. Schneider also pointed out that in sidelining LibreOffice, the politicians' proposal was ignoring the consultants' recommendation that the open-source office suite should continue to be used "as a standard". In past employee surveys, users complained of intermittent, rather than persistent, issues, with problems cited included printing, viewing and editing documents, unstable programs, poor usability and difficulty exchanging documents with outside parties. They didn't single out LiMux or LibreOffice for criticism, although in later correspondence with the administration, some departments did blame the move to open-source software. Ahead of last month's council vote on the future of LiMux, Kristina Frank, party member with the CSU, told the meeting that operating system's continued use was no longer viable. "Most workplaces in Germany and worldwide are running other clients. Linux may be the right choice for many users but it's not for Munich," she said. "Our LiMux client fundamentally works but it's not efficient or intuitive and there are regular problems when you have to add other software, regular compatibility problems." However, Dr Florian Roth, leader of the Green Party at Munich, said LiMux was an easy scapegoat for problems stemming from organizational issues with the IT department, such as the slow rollout of new software. Björn Schießle, of the Free Software Foundation Europe, was encouraged that the SPD-CSU proposal to prepare for a return to Windows had been modified, so that the council will get to vote again on whether to switch back, once more is known about the costs. For the move to save money overall, using Windows would need to be considerably more effective as an operating system, because past estimates have put the price of Munich returning to Windows at more than €17m, not including software licensing and new infrastructure costs. However, the Green party's Roth, who is strongly opposed to returning to Windows, has said the switch back is very likely, due to support for the move among the majority of the Munich's politicians and Microsoft being incentivized to offer the city an attractive deal. At the time Munich began the move to LiMux in 2004, it was one of the largest organizations to reject Windows, and Microsoft took the city's leaving so seriously that its then CEO Steve Ballmer flew to Munich, but the mayor at the time, Christian Ude, stood firm. More recently, Microsoft last year moved its German company headquarters to Munich. Munich City Council said it had no comment in respect to Schneider's statements. Source
  22. Replacing Linux with Windows Is Just a Political Decision, Munich IT Chief Says There were no technical issues and Linux was working fine, he says adding that all complaints have already been resolved One of the main reasons invoked by Munich officials concerned Linux reliability and usability, with the mayor itself using a research performed by Microsoft-partner Accenture to highlight the main issues that the city experienced with the open-source operating system, including what it called “printing, viewing, and editing documents” by employees of various departments. But although city officials claim the switch back to Windows is necessary in order to reduce costs and address all these compatibility issues, Karl-Heinz Schneider, the chief of IT at the City of Munich's IT services provider [email protected], says the transition to Microsoft’s operating system was nothing more than a political decision and has nothing to do with technical issues. In a recent interview, Schneider explains that both Linux and LibreOffice were working fine on Munich systems and there were no compelling technical reasons to switch to Windows. “Strange decision” Furthermore, he says the majority of issues reported by employees have already been fixed, and for compatibility reasons, IT experts in charge of the Linux systems put in place a virtualized infrastructure to access Microsoft solutions should they need to work with certain documents. “We do not see any compelling technical reasons for a change to Windows and Microsoft Office. We solved compatibility and interoperability problems by providing MS Office, mostly virtualized, at workplaces that need to work together with external offices on Office documents,” he says. Schneider explains that all the problems that have been reported by Munich officials “have nothing to do with Linux,” adding that they were caused mostly because of unqualified staff who made bad decisions. In the end, the IT expert believes that it was “very strange that these decisions are not made on the basis of facts, but emotions and political interests,” emphasizing that the Accenture study was presented in such a way that Linux would be put in a bad light. He says that even Accenture recommended sticking with LibreOffice, but the public opinion was easily influenced by comments that criticized the performance of Linux systems. Source
  23. Mozilla Firefox 53.0 Beta 2 Firefox is the award winning next generation browser from Mozilla. Firefox empowers you to browse faster, more safely, and more efficiently than with any other browser. Make the switch today - Firefox imports your Favorites, settings and other information, so you have nothing to lose. Stop annoying popup ads in their tracks with Firefox's built in popup blocker. View more than one web page in a single window with this time saving feature. Open links in the background so that they're ready for viewing when you're ready to read them. Built with your security in mind, Firefox keeps your computer safe from malicious spyware by not loading harmful ActiveX controls. A comprehensive set of privacy tools keep your online activity your business. Homepage Changelog Download | 32-bit | Download | 64-bit - Windows en-US Download | 32-bit | Download | 64-bit - Windows All Languages Download - Other OS Download - Android Official Download Page-Beta: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/all/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/53.0b2-candidates/build1/ Android beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/53.0b2-candidates/build1/
  24. CCleaner in Windows 8.1 If you’re into system optimization software that can help keep your computer in tip-top shape, you certainly know that CCleaner is one of top solutions available at this point, as it comes with an impressive list of features that include browser cleaning and support for Windows 10. And it’s these two features the ones that received the most attention in the latest update, with CCleaner 5.28 now available for download with lots of improvements. First and foremost, let’s talk browsers. CCleaner is capable of cleaning browser sessions and removing traces that could be left behind by a number of browsers, including the most popular ones, such as Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. So starting with this version, CCleaner features improved Chrome and Opera history cleaning, as well as better Firefox session and cache cleaning. This means all three major browsers are getting something with this update, which makes CCleaner a worthy update for the majority of users. Windows goodies Then, it’s the Windows part of the story. CCleaner 5.28 also includes updated Windows Explorer (also known as File Explorer) most recently used cache cleaning, as well as improved 64-bit build architecture on Windows 10 to make installing, cleaning, and pretty much everything work smoother on the operating system launched by Microsoft in July 2015. It goes without saying that CCleaner fully supports Windows 10 and it works smoothly on all versions of the OS, including the Anniversary Update that landed in August 2016. We’ve also tested it on Windows 10 Creators Update builds and everything seems to work flawlessly. And last but not least, the update also brings optimized auto-update process in the professional version, updated ZoneAlarm cleaning, minor GUI improvements, and other bug fixes that are supposed to contribute to generally refined experience on Windows systems. If you’re already an existing user of the app, there’s no doubt that you have to update, while those who are curious to see it at work can download CCleaner using this link. It supports all Windows versions that are still being used out there. Source
  25. Bitdefender 2017 Build 21.0.24.54 Overview: The Bitdefender proprietary technologies, based on innovative ideas and leading trends in the information security industry, continue to be internationally recognized as the best Internet security software. The independent organizations which reward BitDefender outstanding results through numerous prizes and certifications are: Av-Test.org, Virus Bulletin, ICSA Lab, Checkmark, PC World Top 100, just to name but a few. Homepage: https://www.bitdefender.com/ Changelog: Yet to be Updated KB is unavailable at this time. Downloads: Online Installers: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 21.0.24.54 Online: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/bitdefender_antivirus.exe XP | Vista: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/xp-vista/bitdefender_antivirus.exe Bitdefender Internet Security 2017 21.0.24.54 Online: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/bitdefender_isecurity.exe XP | Vista: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/xp-vista/bitdefender_isecurity.exe Bitdefender Total Security 2017 21.0.24.54 Online: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/bitdefender_tsecurity.exe XP | Vista: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/xp-vista/bitdefender_tsecurity.exe Offline Installers and Install Guide: Checksum - 10 Mar 2017 Offline Installer Update: bitdefender_ts_21_32b.exe (application/octet-stream) - 391676120 bytes MD5: a66d418e7b88e99e16a6e0e4d6b39344 SHA-1: 7c0fc6a890d533a2ca1280afe748458d5fc409f1 SHA-256: 2b7b052f3f94f6172176d53c2d1ec58ab5f82d0170bbb722ff407f34860d8c3a SHA-384: 79cc8deb7b4756bfe37e692bcc44a3721a0391dac0e51146ff201c6bfa1b23ed649d5a6fd7849b65a9f2c04b4ec2b517 SHA-512: 06acde22d638d1effeda481c4808839fcc629bef6db71ee6f9ae2da1370e89fc895e1b31f7251f07b3e09ee1e4ae320494fff82d3b221baaea1fd95664aa59a1 bitdefender_ts_21_64b.exe (application/octet-stream) - 433246512 bytes MD5: 9591493ba9892384737795c8740ef668 SHA-1: 2339248747187c83401865dfd4a8f70783044b23 SHA-256: e3fead4b4b98819ed1ad71de046b6bd91ca3677c2fc5229bf00911727cd20b3e SHA-384: f0cf9c8ea055f1402225be630b25fdf113a1ec556eb102999be0d46d2339cac7fb0fc15780efb2364258e14664a01066 SHA-512: 346e3b2b8d213df5cfd822dae2fc564bf8f40b6d2ac5f72fd9a43efcd7f97da93f65bbebafad55c559d4d6bdd88e012d466317842739e90006cff6a85008cecd Bitdefender 2017 Offline Installation Guide: