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Lightbulb What is the Principle of Least Privilege?
Posted by: harlan4096 - 55 minutes ago - Forum: Heimdal Security Blog Articles - No Replies

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And why failing to adopt it can create a broad attack surface for your company

The principle of least privilege (POLP), also known as the “principle of least authority” is a security concept based upon limiting access to the minimum necessary for an action to be performed. Contrary to popular belief, the least privilege concept does not only apply to users. In fact, it covers multiple areas, such as hardware, systems, process, applications, and more. However, the focus of this article is going to be the concept of least privilege applied to your employees, or in other words, how limiting your users’ rights to the lowest level possible will close security holes in your organization.

Principle of Least Privilege Definition

So, what is the principle of least privilege?

In simple terms, the concept refers to users not being able to access information or perform actions unless they absolutely must in order to do their jobs. The same applies to every single area that I’ve mentioned above and it also extends to real-life scenarios.

Think about it: why would someone from the IT department need access to your payroll reports? Or why would your entire pool of employees be able to view, download, and edit your customers’ database? Actually, does every single user really need full admin rights at all times?

Not applying the principle of least privilege is a fundamental security mistake that threatens your organization, encourages the propagation of insider threat, and puts your business’ data at high risk.

One thing you should keep in mind is that the least privilege model isn’t all about taking away admin rights from your employees. It also involves monitoring the access for the ones who do have admin rights and temporarily escalating and de-escalating users’ rights.

The principle of least privilege must be part of your cybersecurity strategy since it will lower the risks of malware infections and data breaches.

Real-life examples of organizations that failed to adopt POLP

According to research, 74% of data breaches happen due to privileged credential abuse. Yes, that many breaches could have been prevented if only the wrong users did not have the “right” privileged accounts to be abused by malicious actors.

Here are some examples of companies involved in cyberattacks because they did not follow the principle of least privilege.


After Marriot acquired the Starwood hotel chain, in 2018 they discovered that an unauthorized access incident had been occurring for four years (and started with two years prior to the acquisition). The data for 500 million customers was leaked. And for around 327 million of customers, “the information included some combination of name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest (“SPG”) account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences.” For some of these hotel guests, the data also featured encrypted payment card numbers and payment card expiration dates.

In this case, “unauthorized access” refers to the hotel chain failing to properly manage privileged access within the organization. And the worst part is that the incident occurred for four years due to poor admin rights management.


In 2016, an employee of the UK account and payroll software company Sage was arrested for an insider threat data breach. Allegedly, the employee used unauthorized access to steal the organization’s confidential information of between 200 and 300 of its customers, including addresses, insurance numbers, and bank account details.

Desjardins Group

The financial services giant based in Quebec, Canada was affected by a massive data breach caused by insider threat. The incident took place in the summer of 2019 and the personal information of more than 2.9 million members was shared with people outside of the organization. The compromised data included names, dates of birth, social insurance numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and banking details. According to the source, passwords, security questions, and PINs were not disclosed.


An attacker with insider knowledge had stolen the personal data of 2 million of Vodafone’s customers from a server located in Germany. The malicious actor worked for a company contractor and was not a direct Vodafone employee, which only emphasizes that vendor privileges should also be carefully monitored.

Korea Credit Bureau

An employee from the Korea Credit Bureau (KCB) was arrested and accused of stealing the data from customers of three credit card firms. The sources say that he was working for them as a temporary consultant. The number of affected users was at least 20 million, which makes up almost 40% of South Korea’s total population. The data included names, social security numbers, phone numbers, credit card numbers, and expiration dates. The data was sold to marketing companies, whose managers were also arrested.

This list could go on and on, but I believe you’ve learned the lesson and got an idea of what can happen if the wrong people have high levels of privileges inside your organization.
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Lightbulb Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD Review: More Layers Brings More Performance
Posted by: harlan4096 - 1 hour ago - Forum: Hardware News - No Replies

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Quote:Our Verdict

With better performance, efficiency, and lower MSRPs, Samsung’s 970 EVO Plus is a big "plus" in almost every way over its predecessor. It rivals its bigger brother, the 970 PRO, and comes with a complete software suite, making the Samsung 970 EVO Plus a great buy.


Solid overall performance
Black PCB
Excellent software package


Could use further efficiency optimization

Samsung's 970 EVO Plus replaced the ever-popular 970 EVO as its mainstream NVMe SSD for tech enthusiasts, hardcore gamers, and professionals. Samsung equipped the SSD with V5 flash, which provides a nice bump in performance up to 3.5 GB/s of sequential read throughput. The drive also boasts hardware encryption support, a five-year warranty, and up to 1,200 TBW of endurance. Overall, the 970 EVO Plus is one of the fastest SSDs we've tested, so it easily gains our recommendation.

Though at press time, the 970 EVO didn't quite outpace the competition and make our best SSDs list, it's an excellent drive and very worthy of your consideration. That's particularly true if you're looking for greater endurance than more budget-friendly competitors like the Adata XPG SX8200 Pro.

The 3D NAND craze began in 2013. Since then, it has been a race to see who can push the layers the highest, deliver the highest density, and, of course, offer the best performance. Last year, IMFT (Intel/Micron), Flash Forward (Toshiba/SanDisk), and SK Hynix all announced their 96-layer NAND that offers improved speed and density over 64-layer parts.

Unlike their competitors that have already announced 96-layer 3D NAND, Samsung hasn’t announced the exact number of layers in its V5 V-NAND. That's strange given the company's typical transparency and in-depth performance and hardware specifications.

Samsung does say that its latest 9x-layer flash operates at much faster speeds than its 64-layer predecessor and features a low 1.2V I/O rating. The new flash also supports the Toggle 4.0 interface, operates at 1.4GT/s, and comes with a 256Gb die density for the 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB 970 EVO Plus models. A 2TB model will come later, bringing with it a 512Gb die.

The new 9x-layer V-NAND, combined with the 970 EVO Plus's firmware optimizations, improves random write performance significantly and gives the SSD a slight boost in random read performance, too. Sequential write speeds also increased by 800MB/s.

Samsung’s 970 EVO Plus can dish out up to 3.5GB/s of sequential read performance and up to a staggering 3.3GB/s write. It also delivers up to 620,000/560,000 random read/write IOPS.

The 970 EVO Plus's write performance varies based on how much data lands in the TurboWrite cache, which is a small section of faster SLC-programmed flash that's used to boost performance. Samsung's EVO Plus has both a default TurboWrite cache capacity, which doesn't change regardless of conditions, and an Intelligent TurboWrite region that varies in size depending on the model and the amount of free space on the drive.

For instance, the 1TB model provides 6GB of TurboWrite capacity. Beyond that, Intelligent TurboWrite steps in and scales up to an additional 36GB if you have enough free space on the drive.

Given the limited size of the TurboWrite cache, some large file transfers and workloads will land in the slower TLC flash. Even with the new NAND interface operating 40 percent faster than it did with V4 V-NAND, direct-to-TLC writes are still slower than the Intelligent TurboWrite region. But Samsung also improved the write performance of the TLC flash, which helps reduce the impact in those conditions. Samsung provides performance specifications for both TurboWrite and "after TurboWrite" performance, as listed in the chart above.
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Information AMD Confirms Ryzen 5 3500U After Appearing in Alienware Desktop (Update)
Posted by: harlan4096 - 1 hour ago - Forum: Hardware News - No Replies

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"We are offering the AMD Ryzen 5 3500 processor to OEM partners and channels in certain regions," and AMD spokesperson told Tom's Hardware. "This processor will enable our partners to take full advantage of AMD’s most advanced CPU platform, offering powerful gaming and high-speed productivity performance, with a support of industry leading PCIe 4.0, AMD’s Precision Boost Overdrive and Ryzen Master Utility."

AMD's Ryzen 5 3500 is official. The chip is in the starting configurations of the new Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition gaming desktop and is listed on parent company Dell's website.

It is listed as being a 6-core chip with 16MB of L3 cache and a max boost clock of 4.1 GHz.

There had been a number of rumors that the chip would launch in October, but that came and went without a peep.

As of this writing, the chip still isn't listed among the Ryzen 5 lineup on AMD's own website, though a spokesperson told Tom's Hardware that "OEMs are getting ready with the part" and that the listing would be updated when AMD officially announces it.

We reviewed the Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition, but with the newly released AMD Ryzen 9 3950X CPU.

Perhaps more interesting (or at least more entertaining) than the chip's specs is the fact that the marketing materials on Dell's site shows a large image of what's clearly a motherboard with an Intel socket, and a Ryzen CPU intelligently Photoshopped on top of it. (Update: November 14, 1:20 p.m. ET - Dell appears to have removed the image from its site. It is still depicted above. The Ryzen 5 3500 is still on offer.)
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Lightbulb AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Review: 16 Cores Muscles Into the Mainstream
Posted by: harlan4096 - 1 hour ago - Forum: Hardware News - No Replies

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Quote:Our Verdict

The Ryzen 9 3950X lets you jam highly threaded horsepower into an affordable motherboard, creating a new CPU class all its own. Its 16 cores and 32 threads redefines what's possible for the mainstream, and its comparatively affordable price-per-core is a great value.


Class-leading 16 cores & 32 threads
Higher boost frequencies
Reasonable price-per-core
Power efficiency
Compatible with most AM4 boards
PCIe Gen 4.0


Requires beefy cooling
Limited overclocking headroom

AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X lands today, bringing the ultimate threaded performance to the mainstream desktop with an industry-leading and unprecedented 16 cores and 32 threads, paired with the bandwidth-doubling PCIe 4.0 interface for $749. The CPU upsets Intel's positioning in mainstream desktops and disrupts it's vaunted high-end desktop (HEDT) lineup in the process.

Aside from the deep dive on the CPU that we're tackling here, we've also tested and reviewed they Ryzen 9 3950X in Alienware's redesigned Aurora R10 gaming desktop. That system trounced competing high-end gaming rigs in many productivity tests. But Dell did a questionable job on the cooling front, including a single intake fan and a small radiator with the AIO liquid cooler.

AMD's Ryzen family has completely redefined our expectations for desktop processors, and Intel has struggled to respond. The company has slowly dialed up the frequency of its aging 14nm process and added more cores, but those tweaks can't offset the reality that AMD has moved onto a denser and more efficient 7nm process that enables higher core counts. Of course, process technology doesn't solve all the challenges of fielding a competitive chip, but that advantage is hard to beat when paired with a solid microarchitecture like AMD's Zen 2.

A few months ago, AMD moved the industry again with the 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X but left us with the promise of something even more powerful: The Ryzen 9 3950X that completely upsets the paradigm with 16 cores and 32 threads, encroaching on both Intel's Skylake-X Refresh HEDT lineup and AMD's own Threadripper platform. To say this chip blurs the lines between the mainstream desktop and HEDT is an understatement: In reality, it brings HEDT-class performance to the friendlier pricing of mainstream motherboards, placing it in a class of its own.

Both companies will update their HEDT lineups later this month, with AMD plowing ahead to 32-core Threadripper 3000 chips (possibly 64 cores in the future), while Intel releases yet another iteration of its Skylake-derived 14nm silicon with its Cascade Lake-X lineup. But Intel's chips will still top out at 18 cores, only two more than AMD's 3950X, and require a pricey X299 platform that comes equipped with the PCIe 3.0 interface. Meanwhile, AMD leads the industry with PCIe 4.0.

From early indications, Intel's mainstream Comet Lake processors will arrive next year with a maximum of 10 cores, leaving AMD with the uncontested core count lead for quite some time.

Perhaps Intel tipped its hat on its perception of the 3950X and Threadripper 3000 chips when it slashed its Cascade Lake-X pricing in half before either of AMD's competing chips even came to market.

But while we await the Threadripper 3000 goodness, we have the beefiest chip to ever drop into a mainstream motherboard: The Ryzen 9 3950X that features nearly as many cores as Intel's HEDT flagship. Let's see how it stacks up.

Ryzen 9 3950X Specifications and Pricing

Ryzen's 7nm process offers density advantages that manifest as higher performance, better power efficiency, more cores, and more cache packed into a smaller area than the first-gen Ryzen models. Like the Ryzen 9 3900X, the 3950X comes packing AMD's Zen 2 microarchitecture spread across two small 7nm eight-core compute chiplets tied together with the Infinity Fabric interconnect via a larger 12nm I/O die (IOD).

Each small compute chiplet, referred to as a CCD (Core Chiplet Die), comes with eight physical cores. All told, the chip sports ~9.89 billion transistors, and they are all active: Unlike the 12-core 3900X, all 16 of the 3950X's hyper-threaded cores are enabled, forging a 16-core 32-thread beast that fits inside the confines of a chip that drops into the AM4 socket on mainstream motherboards. You can learn more about the design here.

The Ryzen 9 3950X comes with AMD's highest-binned silicon to enable a 4.7 GHz boost clock, but like other Ryzen 3000 processors, it comes with a mix of faster and slower cores.

AMD weathered plenty of criticism in the immediate aftermath of its Ryzen 3000 launch because not all of its chips could hit the rated boost clocks, but a series of BIOS fixes have mostly addressed those shortcomings. The Ryzen 9 3900X seems to suffer the most from the issues, leaving some users unable to hit its 4.6 GHz boost clock. The 3950X features a 100 MHz higher boost clock than the 3900X, so naturally there has been some speculation that it, too, will not satisfy its boost specfication. We put that to the test, which we'll cover on the next page. Spoiler alert: We had no issues reaching the rated 4.7 GHz (and slightly beyond), though it isn't a sustained boost like we see with Intel's chips.

Cooling comes into play, though. The 3950X comes with an AMD-defined 105W TDP just like the 3900X, but the four extra active cores require a more robust cooling solution. As a result, the 3950X doesn't come with a bundled cooler, a first for AMD's mainstream Ryzen chips in this generation. AMD recommends a beefy 280mm AIO cooler as the entry-level solution, but as you'll see, better cooling yields better performance.

As expected with a core-heavy chip, AMD pared back the base clock to 3.5 GHz, but the chip retains the same 64MB of L3 cache as the 3900X along with access to 24 lanes of the PCIe 4.0 interface. The PCIe 4.0 interface provides twice the potential throughput from speedy SSDs and networking additives than Intel's chips, which remain mired on PCIe 3.0. The faster interface doesn't improve gaming performance, so it isn't as important for mainstream chips as it is with the Ryzen 9 3950X. Plenty of semi-professionals and creators will adopt this platform due to its HEDT-like slant, and those users will appreciate the higher throughput for productivity applications.

Like AMD's other mainstream processors, the 3950X supports dual-channel DDR4-3200 memory, but there are caveats based upon DIMM type and population.
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Lightbulb The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Review: 16 Cores on 7nm with PCIe 4.0
Posted by: harlan4096 - 1 hour ago - Forum: Hardware News - No Replies

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Deciding between building a mainstream PC and a high-end desktop has historically been very clear cut: if budget is a concern, and you're interested in gaming, then typically a user looks to the mainstream. Otherwise, if a user is looking to do more professional high-compute work, then they look at the high-end desktop. Over the course of AMD’s recent run of high-core count Ryzen processors that line has blurred. This year, that line has disappeared. Even in 2016, mainstream CPUs used to top out at four cores: today they now top out at sixteen.

Does anyone need sixteen cores? Yes.

Does everyone need sixteen cores? No.

There are two fundamental drivers for most PC builders: cost and performance. Users who want a gaming machine are going to put their dollars in what gives them the best gaming performance. Users that want to edit video are going to look at content creation focused hardware. For those in the business world, the added incentive of extra performance is being able to offset or amortize those costs with an improved work rate. For the video editor needing a week per video, if they can spend +40% to reduce the render time by half then it can pay off over a short period of time.

As we move through 2019, users are doing more with their systems. Even at the low end, users might have double monitors where they game and watch their favourite streamer at the same time. High end users might reserve certain cores for different tasks, ensuring that there’s always some horsepower for the high-throughput tasks or virtual machines. Even though processors became ‘multi-core’ over a decade ago, we all as users are only recently adjusting how we do things to be more parallel, and the hardware is coming up to match our demands.

To that end, AMD’s Ryzen processors have been timely. The first generation mainstream Ryzen hardware in 2017 was a breath of fresh air in a market that had become sufficiently stale to be unexciting. With the color drained, AMD’s Ryzen enabled up to eight cores on a single CPU, and at the time aimed to throw its weight against Intel’s hardware in the class above. The new architecture didn’t push ahead on day one clock for clock, but it enabled a different paradigm at an obscenely reasonable price point.

Enter round 2, and Zen 2. Earlier this year AMD pushed again, this time putting 12 cores in the market for the same price as 8, or what had been the 4-core price point only three years prior. In three years we had triple the cores for the same price, and these cores also have more raw performance. The frequency wasn’t as high as the competition, but this was offset by that raw clock-for-clock throughput and ultimately where the competition now offered eight cores, AMD offered 12 at a much lower power consumption to boot.

Today is round 2 part 2: taking that same 12-core processor, and adding four more cores (for a 50% increase in price), and not only going after the best consumer processor Intel has to offer, but even the best high-end desktop processor. This is AMD squeezing Intel’s product portfolio like never before. What exactly is mainstream, anyway?

AMD’s new Ryzen 9 3950X has a suggested retail price of $749. For that AMD is advertising sixteen of its latest Zen 2 cores built on TSMC’s 7nm process, running at a 3.5 GHz base frequency and a 4.7 GHz single-core turbo frequency. The TDP of the chip is rated at 105 watts and it has 24 PCIe 4.0 lanes as well as dual memory channels that support up to 128 GB of DDR4-3200.

It wasn’t too long ago that this price range used to be the realm of AMD’s high-end desktop Threadripper processors, which started at 8 cores and we up to 32 cores. AMD is now shifting that paradigm as well, with this 16-core chip being at $749, and AMD’s next generation Threadripper 3000 processors starting at 24-cores at $1399. When AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su was asked earlier this year what would happen given the drive to more cores for the mainstream processors, her response was ‘as Ryzen goes up, Threadripper goes up-up’. This is the realization of that.

It is worth noting that the price is likely to be higher at retail initially, as demand is expected to be high and stock levels haven’t been defined – given the popularity of the 12-core chip, it would seem that users wanting the mainstream platform always want the best.
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Information Microsoft updates list of deprecated Windows 10 features : goodbye My People (Novembe
Posted by: harlan4096 - 1 hour ago - Forum: Windows News - No Replies

Quote:Microsoft has updated the list of features and technologies that it is no longer developing after the release of Windows 10 version 1909 in November 2019.

Windows 10 is an operating system that is constantly in development. Microsoft releases two feature updates per year and these feature updates introduce new features and may also remove or deprecate some features for a variety of reasons including security issues, better options, or a change in strategy.

You can check out our articles on removed and deprecated features in previous versions of Windows 10 here:

Windows 10 version 1903: removed and deprecated features
Windows 10 version 1809: removed and deprecated features
Windows 10 version 1803: removed or deprecated features

Windows 10 version 1909: deprecated features

The list of features that Microsoft is no longer developing was updated on November 12, 2019. The list contains five new items and the most prominent one from a user perspective is probably the deprecation of My People.

My People was introduced in Insider Builds in late 2017. Microsoft placed a new icon in the taskbar on Windows 10 devices that allowed users to pin up to three contacts to the taskbar for quick access. In late 2018, we asked whether Microsoft was about to remove My People from Windows 10 again and it appears that the rumors were true in that regard as My People has been put on the deprecation list.

It lists the following features as deprecated:

Hyper-V vSwitch on LBFO -- Microsoft recommended to bound the Hyper-V vSwitch via Switch Embedded Teaming once the feature is removed.

Language Community tab in Feedback Hub -- Users who provided language feedback are encouraged to provide feedback using the standard feedback process.

My People / People in the Shell -- No longer being developed.

TFS1/TFS2 IME -- Will be replaced by TSF3 IME in the future. TSF (Test Services Framework) enables language technologies, TSF IME can be used to type text in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean languages.

Package State Roaming (PSR) -- "PSR will be removed in a future update. PSR allows non-Microsoft developers to access roaming data on devices, enabling developers of UWP applications to write data to Windows and synchronize it to other instantiations of Windows for that user.".

Now You: have you used any of these features in the past? Any feature that you'd like to see deprecated or brought back from deprecation?
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  Breach affecting 1 million was caught only after hacker maxed out target’s storage
Posted by: Toligo - 11 hours ago - Forum: Privacy & Security News - No Replies

Quote:The US Federal Trade Commission has sued an IT provider for failing to detect 20 hacking intrusions over a 22-month period, allowing the hacker to access the data for 1 million consumers. The provider only discovered the breach when the hacker maxed out the provider’s storage system.
Utah-based InfoTrax Systems was first breached in May 2014, when a hacker exploited vulnerabilities in the company’s network that gave remote control over its server, FTC lawyers alleged in a complaint. According to the complaint, the hacker used that control to access the system undetected 17 times over the next 21 months. Then on March 2, 2016, the intruder accessed personal information for about 1 million consumers. The data included full names, social security numbers, physical addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and usernames and passwords for accounts on the InfoTrax service.
The intruder accessed the site later that day and again on March 6, stealing 4,100 usernames, passwords stored in clear-text, and hundreds of names, addresses, social security numbers, and data for payment cards.

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  Windows 10 will soon stop support WEP WIFI encryption
Posted by: Toligo - 11 hours ago - Forum: Privacy & Security News - No Replies

Quote:Of the number of technologies Microsoft will start deprecating in Windows 10, one familiar name is WEP WIFI encryption.
Since the May 2019 Update, Windows 10 has been showing a warning when users connect to WIFI networks secured via WEP or TKIP warning users that these protocols are now easily hacked.
Microsoft warns that in future releases Windows 10 will simply refuse to connect to such networks.
Microsoft recommends users switch their legacy routers to those which support AES ciphers, available with WPA2 or WPA3.
WEP dates all the way back to 1997 and was the only encryption protocol available to 802.11a and 802.11b devices. It was fully cracked in 2001, with only 1 minute of packet collection needed to expose the encryption key.
Suffice to say if you are still using WEP its about high time that you replace your hardware, and Windows 10 will soon help nudge you along that way.

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Information Microsoft Fixes Windows 10 1809 Issue That Broke Defender ATP
Posted by: silversurfer - Yesterday, 15:36 - Forum: Windows News - No Replies

Quote:Microsoft resolved a known issue causing Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to stop running and fail to send reporting data on some Windows devices after installing the KB4520062 optional non-security update.
Some Windows 10 customers affected by the now-fixed bug also received 0xc0000409 errors in the Event Viewer on MsSense.exe according to the known issue's entry.
The optional non-security KB4520062 update behind the issue was released on October 15 and it was designed to fix a problem leading to black screens being displayed during startup on the first sign in after installing updates.
The issue was acknowledged by Redmond on October 17, 2019, and it was described as impacting Microsoft Defender ATP on both client and server Windows versions were the Windows 10 October 2018 Update was installed.
The full list of affected platforms includes Windows 10 version 1809, Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019, Windows Server version 1809, and Windows Server 2019 platforms.
As Microsoft noted on the issue's Windows 10 Health Dashboard entry, the consumer-grade Microsoft Windows Defender Antivirus was not affected by this bug.
The company addressed the Microsoft Defender ATP issue in the KB4523205 cumulative update released yesterday, as part of the November 2019 Patch Tuesday.

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Information Microsoft Fixes Windows 10 Update and Intel Driver Battery Drain
Posted by: silversurfer - Yesterday, 15:36 - Forum: Windows News - No Replies

Quote:Microsoft finally fixed two known issues acknowledged over five months ago, causing higher than normal battery drain and update installation failure issues on Windows 10 devices.
The first one affected both client and server Windows 10, version 1903 platforms, while the second addressed issue impacted Windows 10, version 1903 and  Windows 10, version 1809 client platforms.
These two known issues were resolved on the same day Windows 10 November 2019 Update started rolling out (also known as Windows 10, version 1909) with bug fixes and feature improvements.
The company also released the November 2019 security updates designed to address 74 vulnerabilities, 13 of them being classified as Critical. The November 2019 Patch Tuesday also fixed an actively exploited critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability found in Internet Explorer.
Microsoft fixed a known issue impacting a range of Intel Display Audio device drivers (versions through that was found to be causing problems leading to higher than normal battery drain on devices running Windows 10 1903 and Windows 10 1809.
"If you see an intcdaud.sys notification or 'What needs your attention' notification when trying to update to Windows 10, version 1903, you have an affected Intel Audio Display device driver installed on your machine," said Microsoft in an update acknowledging the issue on the Windows 10 Health Dashboard in May.

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