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Ten year old Windows kernel bug lets hackers bypass protection

Researchers say that a bug in the Windows kernel could allow hackers to perform malicious actions by tricking security products blindly relying on a Windows API. The bug affects a low-level interface, known as PsSetLoadImageNotifyRoutine, that notifies when a module has been loaded into the Windows kernel. The bug can allow an attacker to forge the name of a loaded module, a method that...

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update available October 17

The next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 17. With the Fall Creators Update we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative. As part of the update we will deliver an evolution to the photos experience that will let you tell your story like never before using photos, videos, and 3D effects; enhancements in gaming,...

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Over 32TB of Windows 10 source code leak online

A massive trove of Microsoft’s internal Windows operating system builds and chunks of its core source code have leaked online. The data – some 32TB of official and non-public installation images and software blueprints that compress down to 8TB – were uploaded to betaarchive.com, the latest load of files provided just earlier this week. It is believed the confidential data in this dump was...

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Websites can crash Windows 7 and 8 PCs due to a bug

It’s been a bad month for Windows 7 users. The widespread WannaCry ransomware hit mostly Windows 7 machines, and now a new bug has been discovered that will slow down and crash Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs. Ars Technica reports that the bug allows a malicious website to try and load an image file with the “$MFT” name in the directory path. Windows...

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Microsoft issues special Windows XP patch for WannaCrypt

Last week, an unprecedented ransomware attack began locking up thousands of computers in more than 150 countries. The so-called WannaCrypt malware leverages a Windows vulnerability known as EternalBlue that leaked last month when a group known as Shadow Brokers posted a bunch of hacking tools that allegedly belonged to the NSA. Microsoft issued a patch for the flaw in March, but many organizations failed...

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Second major Windows 10 update coming later in 2017

Microsoft first revealed it was planning two big Windows 10 updates in 2017 back in August, but the company never shared timing details for its second unnamed update. While the Creators Update, which is currently being tested by Windows Insiders, is expected to debut in April, it’s not clear when the second big Windows 10 update will be made available. During a recent session...

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Details about Windows 10 Game Mode due this week

Microsoft made a big fuss out of the Windows 10 Creators Update’s gaming features, and it’s nearly ready to start delivering on them… including some that have remained mysterious. The company has revealed that it’ll start trotting out a largely unknown Windows 10 Game Mode as part of Insider previews “this week.” The improvement won’t be fully functional until later releases, but Microsoft has...

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Microsoft gives users better privacy control in Windows 10

Windows 10 has brought a number of new features and capabilities to PCs, such as a user interface that can work with both desktops and touch-centric 2-in-1 devices. While Microsoft backed off from its original plans of having a billion Windows 10 users by 2018, the company has still managed to upgrade an impressive 400 million users to its newest and most strategic operating...

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Command prompt removal has been overly exaggerated

This post is in response to a story published on December 6th 2016 by ComputerWorld titled “Say goodbye to the MS-DOS command prompt” and its follow-up article “Follow-up: MS-DOS lives on after all“. These “stories” were subsequently picked up by Business Insider and Life Hacker among others and fueled a number of concerned Tweets some of which I responded to directly, along with much...

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Windows 10 market share up 14% in 2016

Microsoft has been investing heavily in Windows 10, not only for a development point of view but also with marketing as well. The company is pushing the OS at every opportunity and occasionally crossed the boundary of forcing it on to machines even when a user does not want the OS. With 2016 now behind us, we can take a look at how far...