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April 6, 2018  12:47 PM

Intel Excludes Older CPUs from Spectre Updates

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Security

Well, we always knew that Intel wasn't going to go back to the beginning of time in crafting microcode updates to address Spectre Variant 2. Now we know more about what's in and what's out, where such coverage is concerned. On April 2, Intel updated its "

March 14, 2018  12:42 PM

MS Offers New Spectre Updates

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Firmware, Windows 10, Windows Security, Windows Update

Late yesterday, another post on the Windows Blogs for Windows 10 appeared. It offers additional news and insight, and something of a progress report, on Spectre and Meltdown issues. It's from John Cable, MS Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery. The title reads "


March 9, 2018  8:48 PM

MS Foils Coin Mining Compelling Telemetry Case

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
ai, Machine learning, Windows 10, Windows Security

OK, then. I'm back from the Microsoft MVP Summit, and still catching up from all the buzz and running around. One recurring theme from the conference that is unclassified is the enduring value of telemetry. That's the data that Windows 10 constantly ships back to HQ, to report on what systems and...


March 2, 2018  9:31 AM

MS Offers Spectre Meltdown Updates Via Catalog

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Firmware, Windows 10, Windows Security

Funny that I posted status about the Spectre Meltdown firmware updates yesterday. No sooner had I finished my post than word appeared that MS had released KB4090007. Entitled "Intel microcode updates" it provides...


March 1, 2018  1:19 PM

Firmware Update Proceeds at Glacial Pace

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Firmware, Windows 10, Windows Security

I've been blogging about firmware updates to address the Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities since early January. Today's the first of March, so it seems appropriate to report back in on what's happening. Some vendors -- most notably, Dell and Microsoft, in my case -- have been pro-active and forward...


February 14, 2018  12:32 PM

Update 7-ZIP to 18.01 NOW

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Security

You might not think that a compression tool like 7-Zip could pose security problems for Windows. If so, you'd be wrong. I just  learned -- courtesy of a January 31...

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January 5, 2018  12:38 PM

KB4056892 Fixes Critical Win10 Security Bugs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
cybersecurity, Security management, Windows 10

Over the holidays, news emerged about a horrible flaw in x86 processors. Alas, it affects Intel and AMD hardware alike. This is hardware level stuff that will change layouts for future processors, because it exposes PCs to deep security vulnerabilities. In the meantime, users must...


December 8, 2017  11:27 AM

More MEI Weirdness

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
cybersecurity, Windows 10

On November 22, I reported a security flaw for the Intel Management Engine interface (aka MEI). On Wednesday afternoon, my motherboard vendor, Asrock, posted an MEI update...


November 22, 2017  11:18 AM

Another Intel ME Security Flaw Discovered

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
cybersecurity, Windows 10

Yesterday, ZDNet reported another security hole in the Intel Management Engine (ME). It also affects Intel's Trusted Execution Engine (TXE) and Server Platform Services (SPS). ZDnet writer Liam Tung's story is entitled "


September 1, 2017  12:44 PM

LockHunter Reports Locked Windows Files

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
File locks, File management, Folder Lock, Windows 10

In my never-ending quest for good Windows utilities, I'm always on the prowl for cool tools. In trolling over TenForums recently, I came across mention of a utility called LockHunter.  As the blog post title says, LockHunter reports locked Windows...


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