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Information Microsoft starts force installing Windows 10 20H2 on more devices
Posted by: silversurfer - 2 hours ago - Forum: Microsoft Windows News - No Replies

Quote:Microsoft is ramping up the forced rollout of Windows 10, version 20H2 to more devices approaching end of service (EOS), as part of a new rollout phase.
 
This new automated feature update rollout phase follows the addition of Windows 10 2004 to the broad deployment channel in February, which made it available to everyone via Windows Update.
 
Windows 10 20H2 is also rolling out to users manually checking for updates (seekers) on devices running Windows 10 1903 or later starting October 2020.
 
Using the same machine learning-based rollout process, Microsoft started the forced rollout of Windows 10 2004 to devices running Windows 10 1903 and earlier during the summer of 2020.
 
This time around, computers running Windows versions nearing their end of service will be selected and forced upgraded to Windows 10 20H2.
 
"Using the machine learning-based (ML-based) training we have done so far, we are increasing the number of devices that are approaching end of service to update automatically to Windows 10, version 20H2," Microsoft says.
"We will continue to train our machine learning through all phases to intelligently roll out new versions of Windows 10 and deliver a smooth update experience. The recommended servicing status is Semi-Annual Channel."

Read more: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/mi...e-devices/

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Information Microsoft: Windows 10 'Known Issue Rollback' auto-fixes update bugs
Posted by: silversurfer - 2 hours ago - Forum: Microsoft Windows News - No Replies

Quote:Microsoft has shared details on Known Issue Rollback (KIR), a Windows 10 capability used to revert buggy non-security fixes delivered through Windows Update.
 
KIR is not used to revert problematic security updates because it would lead to older code being reintroduced, usually more vulnerable and, potentially, containing more exploitable security bugs.
 
As a Windows 10 servicing improvement, Known Issue Rollback allows Microsoft to revert single and targeted bug fixes once critical regressions are detected. [...]
Quote:More information on the Known Issue Rollback Windows 10 capability, including details on enterprise, end-user, and Microsoft managed rollback scenarios are available here.

Read more: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/mi...date-bugs/

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Information AMD RDNA Mining GPUs Could Be on the Horizon
Posted by: harlan4096 - 4 hours ago - Forum: Hardware News - No Replies

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A counter to Nvidia's Turing-based mining cards?

Patch notes from a set of fixes for the AMDGPU Linux kernel driver have revealed the possibility of AMD working on mining-specific graphics cards based on the RDNA1 architecture, as reported by Phoronix

More specifically, the kernel driver patch notes specify changes to the NV12 SKU. This SKU in particular is very interesting as it's a headless graphics card using the Navi 12 core that does not support Video Core Next (VCN). In layman's terms, this means AMD's NV12 graphics card would  not support video capabilities at the driver level.

This isn't the first time we've heard of a headless AMD graphics card. Late last year, the same AMDGPU Linux kernel had data on a Navi 10 part with its video and display outputs disabled at the driver level. 

Both of these headless graphics cards point to the possibility of AMD building a lineup of graphics cards dedicated to mining cryptocurrency. Nvidia recently announced Turing-based mining graphics cards of its own. 

AMD's GPU architectures in general have been known to provide impressive hashing rates compared to Nvidia's older counterparts, so a product like this could be huge for AMD. While Nvidia's Ampere GPUs tend to be at the top of the stack for mining, RDNA1 and RDNA2 are no slouch.

Going back to the older RDNA1 architecture could save time, resources, and development costs compared to an RDNA2 solution, especially in the midst of today's graphics card shortage. Besides which, cryptomining doesn't generally benefit from the Infinity Cache used in RDNA2, and definitely doesn't need the ray tracing hardware.

It'll be interesting to see what AMD plans to do around the current crypto craze. If AMD does re-enter the 'mining GPU' market, there could be a new level of competition in the GPU space. Or, it could end up like the Polaris GPUs in 2018, where large shipments arrived right after the bottom fell out of the mining market, leading to a glut of GPUs.
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Information Microsoft Edge 89 Stable is out
Posted by: harlan4096 - 7 hours ago - Forum: Browsers News & Tips - No Replies

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Microsoft released a new stable version of its Edge web browser to the public on March 4, 2021. Microsoft Edge 89.0.774.45 is a security and feature update that is available for all supported platforms.

The new version of Microsoft Edge patches several security issues, including a security vulnerability in Chromium, the core that Edge is based on, that is exploited in the wild according to the Chromium team.

According to Microsoft's security database, CV3-2021-21166 refers to an Object lifecycle issue in audio. The rest of the security updates is referenced on this page by Microsoft.

Microsoft Edge supports automatic updates, and the browser should be updated to version 89 automatically on most systems. Edge users may load edge://settings/help in the address bar to check the current version. The browser will run a check for updates when the page is loaded and will download and install updates that it discovers during the check.

Microsoft Edge 89: features

Microsoft lists six new features that it added or improved in Edge 89. Notable is the introduction of the Sleeping Tabs feature; its main purpose is to improve the performance of the web browser by putting inactive tabs to sleep; this has a positive effect on the browser's memory use and CPU utilization according to Microsoft.

We reviewed Sleeping Tabs back when it was introduced in development builds of  Microsoft Edge 87.

Tip: check out our overview of tab sleeping / freezing features in web browsers.

Another useful feature is the ability to reset sync data in the cloud manually, a process that required contacting Microsoft support previously.

All that is required now is to open Settings > Sync, or load edge://settings/profiles/sync directly, and activate the "reset sync" button on the page to do so.

The remaining improvements unlock the option to autofill the date of birth field, improve text selection when viewing PDF documents in Microsoft Edge, add more lockdown options to kiosk mode, and enable the edge://compat page for managing the Enterprise Mode Site List.

Microsoft's release notes list three issues that have been fixed in Edge 89:
  • A right-click on Edge in the Start Menu will show the unpin from taskbar option.
  • Start layouts with taskbar configurations won't have a second Edge placed on the taskbar anymore.
  • Users with Windows Roaming Profiles won't see a blank icon on the taskbar anymore instead of the Edge icon.
Several policies have been updated or made obsolete. Microsoft added seven new policies in Edge 89:
  • BrowsingDataLifetime - Browsing Data Lifetime Settings
  • MAMEnabled - Mobile App Management Enabled
  • DefinePreferredLanguages - Define an ordered list of preferred languages that websites should display in if the site supports the language
  • ShowRecommendationsEnabled - Allow recommendations and promotional notifications from Edge
  • PrintingAllowedBackgroundGraphicsModes - Restrict background graphics printing mode
  • PrintingBackgroundGraphicsDefault - Default background graphics printing mode
  • SmartActionsBlockList - Block smart actions for a list of services
Now You: have you used Edge recently? What is your take on the browser's development since its initial release?
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Information CISA Orders Federal Agencies to Patch Exchange Servers
Posted by: silversurfer - 8 hours ago - Forum: Privacy & Security News - No Replies

Quote:Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s announcement about active cyber-espionage campaigns that are exploiting four serious security vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server, the U.S. government is mandating patching for the issues.
 
The news comes as security firms report escalating numbers of related campaigns led by sophisticated adversaries against a range of high-value targets, especially in the U.S.
 
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued an emergency directive, warning that its partners have observed active exploitation of the bugs in Microsoft Exchange on-premises products, which allow attackers to have “persistent system access and control of an enterprise network.”
 
“CISA has determined that this exploitation of Microsoft Exchange on-premises products poses an unacceptable risk to Federal Civilian Executive Branch agencies and requires emergency action,” reads the March 3 alert.
“This determination is based on the current exploitation of these vulnerabilities in the wild, the likelihood of the vulnerabilities being exploited, the prevalence of the affected software in the federal enterprise, the high potential for a compromise of agency information systems and the potential impact of a successful compromise.”
 
Earlier this week Microsoft said that it had spotted multiple zero-day exploits in the wild being used to attack on-premises versions of Microsoft Exchange Server, spurring it to release out-of-band patches.
 
The exploited bugs are being tracked as CVE-2021-26855, CVE-2021-26857, CVE-2021-26858 and CVE-2021-27065. When chained together, they allow remote authentication bypass and remote code execution. Adversaries have been able to access email accounts, steal a raft of data and drop malware on target machines for long-term remote access, according to the computing giant.

Read more: https://threatpost.com/cisa-federal-agen...rs/164499/

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Information Microsoft, FireEye Unmask More Malware Linked to SolarWinds Attackers
Posted by: silversurfer - 8 hours ago - Forum: Privacy & Security News - No Replies

Quote:Researchers have uncovered more custom malware that is being used by the threat group behind the SolarWinds attack.
 
Researchers with Microsoft and FireEye identified three new pieces of malware that the companies said are being used in late-stage activity by the threat actor (previously called Solarigate by Microsoft and now renamed Nobelium; and called UNC2542 by FireEye).
 
The malware families include: A backdoor that’s called GoldMax by Microsoft and called Sunshuttle by FireEye; a dual-purpose malware called Sibot discovered by Microsoft; and a malware called GoldFinder also found by Microsoft.
 
As background, adversaries were able to use SolarWinds’ Orion network management platform to infect targets by pushing out a custom backdoor called Sunburst via trojanized product updates. Sunburst was delivered to almost 18,000 organizations around the globe, starting last March, before being discovered in December. With Sunburst embedded, the attackers were then able to pick and choose which organizations to further penetrate, in a sprawling cyberespionage campaign that has hit the U.S. government, tech companies and others hard.
 
Microsoft said that it discovered these latest custom attacker tools lurking in some networks of customer compromised by the SolarWinds attackers. It observed them to be in use from August to September – however, researchers said further analysis revealed these may have been on compromised systems as early as last June.
 
“These tools are new pieces of malware that are unique to this actor,” said Ramin Nafisi and Andrea Lelli with Microsoft, in a posting on Thursday. “They are tailor-made for specific networks and are assessed to be introduced after the actor has gained access through compromised credentials or the SolarWinds binary, and after moving laterally with Teardrop and other hands-on-keyboard actions.”

Read more: https://threatpost.com/microsoft-fireeye...ds/164512/

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Information Cyberattackers Target Top Russian Cybercrime Forums
Posted by: silversurfer - 8 hours ago - Forum: Privacy & Security News - No Replies

Quote:Maza, a place online for fraudsters and extorters to connect to pull off their operations, has been breached by an unknown attacker, in just the latest in a series of attacks targeting elite Russian-language cybercrime forums. Members are worried that their data is being used by researchers and law enforcement to track down their true identities, a new report from Flashpoint said.
 
These forums are where threat actors can go to access ransomware-as-a-service tools, launder stolen money and even get advice on how to improve their crimes, Flashpoint vice president Thomas Hofmann explained to Threatpost.
 
“Maza is a place where one can connect to trustworthy threat actors, who have been active in the Russian-language underground anywhere between 10 to 20 years,” Hoffman said. “Ultimately, the forum serves the role of a board where one can establish initial contact with respected and trustworthy service providers.” Membership to Maza is by invitation only and comes with a fee, he added.
 
Another Russian-language cybercrime forum called Verified was abruptly resurrected after sitting dormant for some time with unknown administrators and new domains, Flashpoint said. By Feb. 18[sup]t[/sup], the new forum’s new leadership started deanonymizing Verified’s former operators, raising suspicions among its user base.
 
Another forum, Exploit, reportedly suffered a compromise this week, and a member of the forum warned other users to “be careful with registered emails across multiple forums,” Flashpoint reported.

Read more: https://threatpost.com/cyberattackers-ta...ms/164511/

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Information National Surveillance Camera Rollout Roils Privacy Activists
Posted by: silversurfer - 8 hours ago - Forum: Privacy & Security News - No Replies

Quote:While controversy over the potential overreach of neighborhood and law-enforcement video surveillance has focused mainly on Ring, an Atlanta-based startup has quietly rolled out its own network of smart surveillance cameras across the country that is again raising questions of privacy and the ire of some advocating it, according to a published report.
 
Flock Safety promises to protect neighborhoods with smart cameras with automated license plate recognition (ALPR) technology that are sold to homeowners associations, businesses or law enforcement and are designed to automatically read vehicle license plates “up to 75 MPH, day & night, up to 75 ft. away,” according to the company’s website.
 
Ostensibly, ALPR—which has been around for years but is gaining new momentum thanks to its integration with smart cameras–is aimed at protecting citizens. However, a published report suggests that Flock may be overstretching its wings and has expanded to do much more than merely provide a virtual neighborhood watch.
 
Vice Motherboard reported Wednesday that Flock has quietly built up an extensive nationwide network of its cameras called TALON that are maintained by law-enforcement and offer up to 500 million scans of vehicles a month, according to one email of a series of Flock emails obtained by the publication. Motherboard said its reporters viewed hundreds of pages of internal police emails from nearly 20 police departments around the country obtained using public records requests.
 
Moreover, more than 500 police departments in more than 1,000 cities have access to Flock cameras, which are not only detecting license-plate information but also people, cars, animals and bicycles, according to info obtained by Motherboard.
 
The company also boasted that it’s “collecting evidence” that helps police solve four to five crimes per hour, with administrators of neighborhood camera networks able to share video data not only with law enforcement, but also the home owner association’s board, or the individual members of an entire neighborhood, according to the report.

Read more: https://threatpost.com/camera-roll-out-r...ts/164502/

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Information Emsisoft Anti-Malware 2021.3.0.10726
Posted by: harlan4096 - Today, 07:29 - Forum: EmsiSoft - No Replies

Quote:Changes in 2021.3.0.10726 :
 
Device protection (desktop)
  • Improved Emsisoft Emergency Kit with new commercial license plans.
  • New support for “allow” and “block” lists for Web Protection, managed through the main application and Management Console.
  • New support for RegEx-based rules in Web Protection.
  • New parameters in standalone Emergency Kit to download only 32- or 64-bit updates: /u32 and /u64.
  • Several minor tweaks and fixes.
Management console (web app)
  • New support for “allow” and “block” lists for Web Protection, managed through the main application and Management Console.
  • New support for RegEx-based rules in Web Protection.
  • Improved user interface for setting up new workspaces.
  • Several minor tweaks and fixes.
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Information Emsisoft Emergency Kit 2021.3.0.10718
Posted by: harlan4096 - Today, 07:28 - Forum: EmsiSoft - No Replies

Quote:Changes in 2021.3.0.10718:

Device protection (desktop)
  • Improved Emsisoft Emergency Kit with new commercial license plans.
  • New support for “allow” and “block” lists for Web Protection, managed through the main application and Management Console.
  • New support for RegEx-based rules in Web Protection.
  • New parameters in standalone Emergency Kit to download only 32- or 64-bit updates: /u32 and /u64.
  • Several minor tweaks and fixes.
Management console (web app)
  • New support for “allow” and “block” lists for Web Protection, managed through the main application and Management Console.
  • New support for RegEx-based rules in Web Protection.
  • Improved user interface for setting up new workspaces.
  • Several minor tweaks and fixes.
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