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Gates spends entire first day back in office trying to install Windows 8.1

REDMOND, WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Bill Gates’s first day at work in the newly created role of technology adviser got off to a rocky start yesterday as the Microsoft founder struggled for hours to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade. The installation hit a snag early on, sources said, when Mr. Gates repeatedly received an error message …

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Microsoft’s September Patch Tuesday closes important XSS holes

h-online: On its September Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released two security updates that are rated as important and which close holes in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 (TFS) and Systems Management Server 2003 and 2007. Both updates fix cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in the web interfaces that allow attackers to execute arbitrary code in the …

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Final version of Windows 8 leaked online, No Windows Media Player yet

Ubergizmo: Good news for those looking to get their hands on Windows 8 before everyone else does, the final build of Windows 8 has just been leaked online. This news comes a day after it was announced that the final version of Windows 8 had been finished. MSDN and TechNet customers won’t be able to …

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Update for Windows Update has teething troubles

Microsoft has released an unscheduled, non-patch day update for Windows to update the Windows Update function itself. However, according to reports from readers, the Windows Update Agent update does not always run smoothly; The H’s associates at heise Security also ran into problems on their test systems. A staggered dissemination of the update has been …

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Critical holes closed in Microsoft’s June Patch Tuesday

The H-Online: Microsoft has released seven security bulletins fixing a total of 27 security holes, 13 of them in Internet Explorer. The rest of the patches affect all currently supported Windows versions, the .NET Framework, Remote Desktop, Lync and Dynamics AX. A patch that had been announced for Visual Basic for Applications has yet to …

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Microsoft revokes certificates used to sign the Flame trojan

Avira TechBlog Wrote: Microsoft released Security Advisory 2718704 which revokes some certificated which apparently were used to sign the trojan Flame. In a blog post, Microsoft explains how they discovered that some components of the malware have been signed by certificates that allow software to appear as if it was produced by Microsoft. The certificates …

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday more extensive than anticipated

The H-Online: As previously announced, Microsoft has released seven bulletins to close a total of 23 vulnerabilities on its May Patch Tuesday. The total number of bulletins belies the scope of the patches, however, as the combined update MS12-034 closes various holes in numerous products. The reason for this is a critical hole in the …

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Microsoft and Adobe to address critical vulnerabilities on Patch Tuesday

The H-Online: The Tuesday after the Easter weekend, 10 April, is set to be a busy one for system administrators as Microsoft and Adobe have sent out notifications that they will both be issuing fixes for critical vulnerabilities in their products. Microsoft’s April notification says there will be four critical advisories concerning Microsoft Windows, Internet …

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Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday will close a critical Windows vulnerability

The H-Security: Next week’s Patch Tuesday sees Microsoft planning to publish a total of six bulletins, including one that addresses a critical vulnerability in all versions of Windows from Windows XP service pack 3 to Windows 7 service pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The rating means that the hole enables attackers to infect …

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