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All your Base are belong to us

18 Nov 2014

Posted by anyweb in Windows News

Microsoft has released an out of band Critical Security Update for most versions of Windows which could allow an attacker to take control, of everything.

 

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and I quote...

 

What might an attacker use the vulnerability to do? 
An attacker could use this vulnerability to elevate an unprivileged domain user account to a domain administrator account. An attacker that successfully exploited this vulnerability could impersonate any user on the domain, including domain administrators, and join any group. By impersonating the domain administrator, the attacker could install programs; view, change or delete data; or create new accounts on any domain-joined system.

 

How could an attacker exploit the vulnerability? 
An authenticated domain user could send the Kerberos KDC a forged Kerberos ticket which claims the user is a domain administrator. Kerberos KDC improperly validates the forged ticket signature when processing requests from the attacker, allowing the attacker to access any resource on the network with the identity of a domain administrator.

 

What systems are primarily at risk from the vulnerability? 
Domain controllers that are configured to act as a Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC) are primarily at risk.

 

 

This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Kerberos KDC that could allow an attacker to elevate unprivileged domain user account privileges to those of the domain administrator account.

 

An attacker could use these elevated privileges to compromise any computer in the domain, including domain controllers.

 

An attacker must have valid domain credentials to exploit this vulnerability. The affected component is available remotely to users who have standard user accounts with domain credentials; this is not the case for users with local account credentials only. When this security bulletin was issued, Microsoft was aware of limited, targeted attacks that attempt to exploit this vulnerability.

 

This security update is rated Critical for all supported editions of Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. The update is also being provided on a defense-in-depth basis for all supported editions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.

 

so without further ado, get patching !

 

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-068 - Critical

 

 

 

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New build of Windows 10 available - build 9879

12 Nov 2014

Posted by anyweb in Windows News

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 to the insiders, you can get it by updating Windows 10 by clicking on the Start menu and type Windows Update Settings which will bring up the below

 

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when Windows Update Settings opens up, click the Windows Update back arrow as shown above,

 

then select Preview Builds

 

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change from Slow to Fast to get builds quicker than normal if you don't mind more bugs

 

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then click on Check Now followed by Download Now

 

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and off it goes downloading...

 

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click on Install Now when it's finished downloading

 

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Microsoft Changes Tack, Making Office Suite Free on Mobile

07 Nov 2014

Posted by anyweb in Windows News

Few golden geese in technology have survived as long as Office has for Microsoft. The suite of applications that includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, first released in 1990, generated nearly a third of Microsoft's revenue during its last fiscal year — about $26 billion of $87 billion in total. By some estimates, the software accounted for an even higher portion of the company's gross profits.

 

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But in a sign of the seismic changes underway in the tech industry, Microsoft, the world's largest software company, said on Thursday that it would give away a comprehensive mobile edition of Office. The free software for iPads, iPhones and Android tablets will do most of the most essential things people normally do with the computer versions of the product.

 

Just a few years ago, giving away a full free version of Office would have earned a Microsoft chief executive a visit from a witch doctor. Now, the move is following through on the rallying cry coming from Satya Nadella, Microsoft's new chief executive, who has pushed cloud and mobile computing as lodestars for the company's future.

 

The old Microsoft hemmed and hawed about creating Office apps for mobile platforms from Google and Apple, pushing its Windows platform instead. But the center of gravity in the tech industry has quickly shifted to mobile and cloud computing. Power players like Apple and Google and many of the most successful new start-ups now offer free software, often with premium perks for sale.

 

read more > http://www.cnbc.com/id/102159969#.

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New Windows 10 Technical Preview build available (build 9860)

23 Oct 2014

Posted by anyweb in Windows News

There's a new build available (build 9860), and you can get it like so, click on the start icon, type in Windows Update Settings as shown below

 

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when Windows Update Settings opens up, select Preview Builds and then select Download now

 

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after it's downloaded you'll be prompted to install it,

 

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and after a short installation, you'll be prompted to restart, you can choose restart Now or delay it for up to 8 hours via the drop down menu

 

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for more info about what's new in Build 9860 see below from ZDnet

 

http://www.zdnet.com...860-7000034929/

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Windows Server Technical Preview – New/Removed Windows Server Roles and Features

02 Oct 2014

Posted by AdinE in Windows News

You all may be aware that Microsoft released the new Windows 10 Technical Preview. But what you might not know is that Microsoft also released  the Windows Server Technical Preview. There is no official version/naming that I am aware of, but for reference the build version is 6.4.9841.0.

 

In addition to the similar changes previewed in the Windows 10 Technical Preview (i.e. multiple desktops, the start menu, etc.), there are some server-specific changes we can observe.

 

For reference, here is a screenshot of the Windows Server Technical Preview start menu.

 

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NEW WINDOWS SERVER ROLES AND FEATURES

 

The following is the list of server roles and features that I have observed as being new (in comparison to Windows Server 2012 R2).

 

 

SERVER ROLES

  • MultiPoint Services
  • Network Controller
  • Windows Server Update Services > WID Connectivity
  • Windows Server Update Services > SQL Server Connectivity

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SERVER FEATURES

  • Canary Network Diagnostics
  • MultiPoint Connector
  • Remote Server Administration Tools > Role Administration Tools > Network Controller Management Tools
  • Soft Restart
  • Windows Defender
  • Windows Defender > GUI for Windows Defender
  • Windows PowerShell > Windows PowerShell 5.0
  • Windows Volume Replication

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NEW WINDOWS SERVER ROLES AND FEATURES DESCRIPTIONS

So, what exactly are these new roles and features?

 

 

SERVER ROLES

  • MultiPoint Services: MultiPoint Services allows multiple users, each with their own independent and familiar Windows experience, to simultaneously share one computer.
  • Network Controller: The Network Controller provides the point of automation needed for continual configuration, monitoring and diagnostics of virtual networks, physical networks, network services, network topology, address management, etc. within a datacenter stamp.
  • Windows Server Update Services > WID Connectivity
  • Windows Server Update Services > SQL Server Connectivity

 

SERVER FEATURES

  • Canary Network Diagnostics: Canary network diagnostics enables validation of the physical network.
  • MultiPoint Connector: MultiPoint Connector enables your machine to be monitored and managed by the MultiPoint Manager and Dashboard apps.
  • Remote Server Administration Tools > Role Administration Tools > Network Controller Management Tools: Network Controller Management Tools includes Powershell tools for managing the Network Controller Role.
  • Soft Restart: SoftRestart enables the system to be restarted without undergoing firmware reset delays.
  • Windows Defender: Windows Defender helps you protect your machine from malware.
  • Windows Defender > GUI for Windows Defender: GUI for Windows Defender.
  • Windows PowerShell > Windows PowerShell 5.0: Windows PowerShell enables you to automate local and remote Windows administration. This task-based command-line shell and scripting language is built on the Microsoft .NET Framework. It includes hundreds of  built-in commands and lets you write and distribute your own commands and scripts.
  • Windows Volume Replication: Allows you to replicate data using the Windows Volume Replication (WVR) feature.

 

REMOVED WINDOWS SERVER ROLES AND FEATURES

Now by comparison, the following are server roles and features that I have observed as no longer being listed/available. I devised this list by listing what roles and features were available in each. The result is a list of roles and features that were available in Windows Server 2012 R2, but are no longer available in this version of the Windows Server Technical Preview.

 

 

SERVER ROLES

  • Application Server > .NET Framework 4.5
  • Application Server > COM+ Network Access
  • Application Server > Distributed Transactions
  • Application Server > Distributed Transactions > WS-Atomic Transactions
  • Application Server > Distributed Transactions > Incoming Network Transactions
  • Application Server > Distributed Transactions > Outgoing Network Transactions
  • Application Server > TCP Port Sharing
  • Application Server > Web Server (IIS) Support
  • Application Server > Windows Process Activation Service Support
  • Application Server > Windows Process Activation Service Support > HTTP Activation
  • Application Server > Windows Process Activation Service Support > Message Queuing Activation
  • Application Server > Windows Process Activation Service Support > Named Pipes Activation
  • Application Server > Windows Process Activation Service Support > TCP Activation
  • Windows Server Update Services
  • Windows Server Update Services > WID Database
  • Windows Server Update Services > Database

 

FEATURE ROLES

  • Remote Server Administration Tools > Role Administration Tools > AD DS and AD LDS Tools > AD DS Tools > Server for NIS Tools [DEPRECATED]
  • Telnet Server
  • Windows Feedback Forwarder
  • Windows Identity Foundation 3.5
  • Windows PowerShell > Windows PowerShell 4.0

 

So those are some of the interesting changes thus far with the new Windows Server Technical Preview.

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