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(Ars Technica)   Those 0 day exploits we were frothing about were addressed by Microsoft last month. Quietly   ( arstechnica.com) divider line
    More: Followup, Security, Shadow Brokers, Microsoft products, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, exploits, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP  
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2017-04-16 07:01:47 PM  
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2017-04-16 08:40:16 PM  
Damn!  Now what am I going to hyperventilate about?
 
2017-04-16 09:05:17 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Damn!  Now what am I going to hyperventilate about?


Go over to the Politics tab, I'm sure you could find something.
 
2017-04-16 09:30:49 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Damn!  Now what am I going to hyperventilate about?


Your router?  Routers of websites you visit?  Your ISP's logs?

So the NSA can't get into your bathroom easily.  They're already in your house opening drawers, reading mail, seeing what you've got planned for dinner.
 
2017-04-16 09:40:13 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Damn! Now what am I going to hyperventilate about?


Hyperventilate about Microsoft/Windows anyway! It's not like something not actually being true has stopped anyone.
 
2017-04-16 10:51:18 PM  
I'd love to be in computer engineering, but I'm 99% sure it's exactly like Mechanical Engineering: a lot of manuals, minutiae and aggressive attention to detail that can make or break a career, so dive on in, there's only 17,000 pages left to read (this month).

/I build things on the side to maintain sanity.
 
2017-04-16 11:48:54 PM  
Quietly? I feel like a lot of people noticed their various Windows machines updating last week. Even my Windows 7 laptop updated. I guess I didn't know which exploits they fixed exactly before now though.
 
2017-04-17 12:31:35 AM  
That you were frothing about - I pointed that out in the friggin' thread. It's a non-issue, except for the "WHARRGARBL MICROSOFT!" folks.
 
2017-04-17 12:32:24 AM  

ajgeek: I'd love to be in computer engineering, but I'm 99% sure it's exactly like Mechanical Engineering: a lot of manuals, minutiae and aggressive attention to detail that can make or break a career, so dive on in, there's only 17,000 pages left to read (this month).

/I build things on the side to maintain sanity.


...now you know why we code things on the side. Plus, it allows us to play with the new toys, the stuff we can't use at work because it's scary-scary, even to the bleeding edge folks.
 
2017-04-17 05:05:22 AM  

Arkanaut: Quietly? I feel like a lot of people noticed their various Windows machines updating last week. Even my Windows 7 laptop updated. I guess I didn't know which exploits they fixed exactly before now though.


The patches in TFA were made last month. I think the recent updates were something else.
 
2017-04-17 09:03:07 AM  

FormlessOne: That you were frothing about - I pointed that out in the friggin' thread. It's a non-issue, except for the "WHARRGARBL MICROSOFT!" folks.

 this jackass, who shows up in every windows thread.

FTFY


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2017-04-17 09:15:41 AM  

Basily Gourt: FormlessOne: That you were frothing about - I pointed that out in the friggin' thread. It's a non-issue, except for the "WHARRGARBL MICROSOFT!" folks. this jackass, who shows up in every windows thread.

FTFY


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2017-04-17 10:38:18 AM  

Basily Gourt: FormlessOne: That you were frothing about - I pointed that out in the friggin' thread. It's a non-issue, except for the "WHARRGARBL MICROSOFT!" folks. this jackass, who shows up in every windows thread.
FTFY
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Do you really think that a platform that has a history of "execute everything it ever sees unless specifically stopped by an anti-virus program" is ever going to be remotely secure, and do you really think that every other system (including Linux) was built around that stupidity?  Microsoft has done a ton of work to secure the OS, but until they completely break with XP compatibility it will largely be a matter of plugging up the holes after an exploit has been found (and breaking whatever relied on that coding disaster).

And of *course* Mac has so little malware because the real money is to be made on Windows (and Android).  Except that MacOS (the one before OSX) had just as much virus issues as windows (because it sucked as much).  No, the reason for all that malware is that it sucks (see Android for similar issues).

Don't expect to get these security patches unless you have included all the win10 spyware as well.

/knows Android is built on Linux
//not exactly built for the user/owner/admin the way Linux is
///time to root *all* my Android stuff
 
2017-04-17 10:40:34 AM  

davidphogan: [i.imgflip.com image 500x368]


I have a few HyperV servers I've let fall behind a bit in updates.  I need to remedy that this week.
 
2017-04-17 11:16:54 AM  

yet_another_wumpus: Do you really think that a platform that has a history of "execute everything it ever sees unless specifically stopped by an anti-virus program" is ever going to be remotely secure, and do you really think that every other system (including Linux) was built around that stupidity?  Microsoft has done a ton of work to secure the OS, but until they completely break with XP compatibility it will largely be a matter of plugging up the holes after an exploit has been found (and breaking whatever relied on that coding disaster).


First of all this... but equally as important there is an inherent stupidity to the kind of reporting in the article. Let me see if I understand correctly.

Last year these were zero days.
Six months ago these were zero days.
Three months ago these were zero days.
Last month they stopped being zero days.

Nothing to see here citizen because they were not zero days the exact second Shadow Brokers released their trove.

You have got to be a special kind of fool to fall for that line of thinking.
 
2017-04-17 11:36:29 AM  

worlddan: You have got to be a special kind of fool to fall for that line of thinking.


It's more the sensationalism than the sense for this one. It's the fact that the folks who originally broadcast the "OMG HUGE BROADCAST OF ZERODAY ISSUES FOR EVERY MICROSOFT PRODUCT", in a huge article that got blasted everywhere, then published a one-line update that said, "...um, yeah, but not in any supported Microsoft product - but here's what we reported, so we're running with it because we're huge attention whores that want to alarm the unwary and easily spooked...", were the problem. The fact that this article exists to try and calm the unwary and easily spooked isn't the article's fault.
 
2017-04-17 12:11:57 PM  

FormlessOne: That you were frothing about - I pointed that out in the friggin' thread. It's a non-issue, except for the "WHARRGARBL MICROSOFT!" folks.


Yup... articles like those aren't for people with a certain level of understanding in technology. They're to drive clicks and get the rubes to do their work for them.

They make an article with a "ZOMG 0 DAY! YOU WILL BE HAX0R3D!", and everyone's grandparent/parent rush to share the link on Facebook and then 30 of their friends share it on their wall, etc. Before you know it, the page has hundreds of thousands of clicks.

From what I saw the ports used were known to even first year IT students.
 
2017-04-17 12:37:54 PM  

AgentKGB: FormlessOne: That you were frothing about - I pointed that out in the friggin' thread. It's a non-issue, except for the "WHARRGARBL MICROSOFT!" folks.

Yup... articles like those aren't for people with a certain level of understanding in technology. They're to drive clicks and get the rubes to do their work for them.

They make an article with a "ZOMG 0 DAY! YOU WILL BE HAX0R3D!", and everyone's grandparent/parent rush to share the link on Facebook and then 30 of their friends share it on their wall, etc. Before you know it, the page has hundreds of thousands of clicks.

From what I saw the ports used were known to even first year IT students.


More or less. A few were ingenious - known, but neat. But none of them were surprises in any way. It was, quite actually, a huge amount of attention whoring, as the folks who published that batch knew that the holes had already been closed. That's why they were published - they weren't any good any more. You don't hand over your tools if you can still use them, after all.
 
2017-04-17 01:14:49 PM  

ajgeek: I'd love to be in computer engineering, but I'm 99% sure it's exactly like Mechanical Engineering: a lot of manuals, minutiae and aggressive attention to detail that can make or break a career, so dive on in, there's only 17,000 pages left to read (this month).

/I build things on the side to maintain sanity.


If we built buildings and cars the way we build software, you would move into a tent in the middle of a corn field for your own safety.
 
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