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 on: March 24, 2017, 05:38:23 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Security researchers have found that attackers can use Microsoft’s Application Verifier tool to take over various antivirus products.

Israel-based security firm Cybellum claims that a new attack method dubbed DoubleAgent takes advantage of Windows tools created to prevent virus attacks – including McAfee, Panda, Avast, AVG, Avira, F-Secure, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, Bitdefender, Trend Micro, Comodo, and ESET – and have them act as malware.

Cybellum says the DoubleAgent attack is also capable of compromising other antivirus products. The method works by manipulating the Microsoft Application Verifier, a runtime verification system that functions to detect bugs and boost the security of third-party Windows programs. The tool is included in Windows XP through to Windows 10.

How DoubleAgent works

Cybellum explained the way DoubleAgent works:

Our researchers discovered an undocumented ability of Application Verifier that gives an attacker the ability to replace the standard verifier with his own custom verifier. An attacker can use this ability in order to inject a custom verifier into any application. Once the custom verifier has been injected, the attacker now has full control over the application. Application Verifier was created in order to strengthen application security by discovering and fixing bugs, and ironically DoubleAgent uses this feature in order to perform malicious operations.

The problem doesn’t lie within Windows but rather in the security vendors who offer the antivirus products. Cybellum claims DoubleAgent can be used to attack organizations that use the susceptible antivirus programs. Malwarebytes, AVG, and Trend Micro are some of the vendors that fixed the issue for their respective products. Windows Defender seems to be the only antivirus product that’s immune to DoubleAgent due to its use of a Windows mechanism called Protected Processes. The mechanism secures anti-malware services that run in user mode.


Microsoft offers Protected Processes as a way to allow trusted, signed code load. Therefore, attackers cannot use DoubleAgent against the antivirus even if an attacker finds a new zero-day technique as its code.  A proof-of-concept attack code is now available on GitHub, courtesy of Cybellum.


 on: March 23, 2017, 09:39:18 PM 
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We all know that the clock is ticking for Windows Vista. Microsoft will end the support for the OS on April 11, the same day that the Creators Update OS is expected to arrive.

However, the Redmond giant hasn’t yet stricken Vista off its update list. Actually, Microsoft has recently rolled out a new update to Windows Vista. The only downside is that there is no additional information available about the exact content of this update.

More information is supposedly available on the official support page of KB3217877. However, the page is currently unavailable, as the link doesn’t bring up anything. As a result, many users prefer to wait and install the update later, when more details become available about its exact content.

Windows Vista KB3217877

I know Vista is an old OS but it is still receiving patches.

A patch for KB3217877 was recently released saying that it resolves issues in Windows with more information supposedly at Unfortunately, this link doesn’t bring up anything and I do not like installing anything without knowing what it is supposed to do.

So there is no detail in the patch itself, no corresponding KB article, and google doesn’t bring anything up about it either.

It appears that KB3217877 is actually an update for Universal C Runtime in Windows Vista. This type of updates allows Windows desktop apps that depend on the Windows 10 Universal CRT release to run on earlier Windows operating systems.

Microsoft should soon activate the official support page of KB3217877 and publish more information about this update. If you’ve already installed KB3217877 on your computer and you noticed anything particular, use the comment section below to tell us more about your experience.


 on: March 23, 2017, 05:32:00 PM 
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Corsair, the company behind some of the best mechanical keyboards and mouses on the market is launching its own PC today. Meet the new Corsair One, a gaming PC from Corsair that is supposed to redefine the PC. Corsair is touting the One as a fast, quiet and compact gaming PC that is VR-ready and starts at only $1,799.

The device sports Intel’s latest Core i7 (7700K) processor, 16GB of “Corsair’s award-winning” DDR4 RAM, and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080. The device is able to cool down with liquid cooling, and it is able to operate at “20 dBa at idle” which is pretty impressive for a gaming computer. As for the motherboard, Corsair is including the Z270 with the One. You will also get up to 960GB SSD with the One.

Corsair’s One comes in 4 different variants: the regular One, One Pro, One Pro with 960GB SSD, and One Ti. The regular One comes with the Core i7-7700, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 240GB SSD and 1TB HDD for internal storage. The regular One is the only variant where the GPU isn’t water cooled. The One Pro comes with Intel’s i7-7700K CPU, 480GB SSD, 2TB HDD and the GPU is liquid cooled, too — all of this will cost you $2,199.

With only $100 extra, you will be able to get a 960GB SSD for the storage on the One Pro, but there isn’t any HDD included on this model. And lastly, the most powerful variant of the One is essentially the One Pro but you will get the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti GPU and 960GB of SSD for $2,599.

A big disappointment for some users on the Corsair One might be the fact that it doesn’t come with Windows 10 Pro — instead, Corsair is shipping the One with Home which is probably fine for most gamers, but if you want some more controls over your PC, you would probably prefer the Pro SKU of Windows 10.

The Corsair One is available right now, and you can get it from Corsair’s official website here.


 on: March 23, 2017, 04:44:52 PM 
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Audacity is a pretty popular piece of audio software many hold in high regard as a staple in the audio business. While it has been around for a very long while, Audacity didn’t receive official support for Windows 10 from the beginning. In fact, only recently has it been updated to a newer version with Windows 10 support.

It’s a useful tool

Audacity is a helpful tool for those looking to record audio and for those looking to take their craft even further. With it, the user is free to edit audio in a number of ways according to their needs, from mixing and cutting to deleting segments and even adding special effects.

The recording of audio can happen in one of two ways. If the device running the software has a good audio card installed, users can directly record sound through that. However, if that’s not an option, users can install and use microphones that will pick up the desired audio.

It’s more than just Windows

Audacity is available on multiple platforms. Even though one of these platforms is now Windows 10, the latest version also brings modifications and new support for the macOS version too. The company holds both platforms in equal regard with both receiving nice treats with the release of this latest version. Here is what Audacity had to say about it:

(Windows) Windows 10 is now supported (there should be no “Internal PortAudio Error” or failure to find any devices as long as the built-in audio devices are enabled).

(macOS) We now support Trackpad and Magic Mouse horizontal scroll without SHIFT key and Trackpad pinch and expand to zoom at the pointer.

Download Audacity


 on: March 23, 2017, 03:45:59 PM 
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Exciting times are approaching for those that love all things Microsoft. The company is prepared to release the Creators Update for Windows 10 in the very near future. Unless something changes along the way, users should expect to receive the long anticipated update sometime during next month. In the eave of such a welcomed treat, Windows 10 users have also received the latest beta build for the Creators Update.

To be more specific, Windows 10 users that are enrolled in Microsoft’s Windows Insiders program are now able to try out build 15063 of the operating system. While this update has been pushed to the Fast Ring of the Insiders Program it is also believed to be the final build for the update.

The final build has arrived

What that means is that once the time comes, this is the build that people will be getting when downloading the Creators Update. Of course, it won’t be exactly as it is now because there are things that will be improved or fixed in terms of errors or bugs. However, those interested in what the Creators Update has to offer can be very certain that this build will give a very good feeling of what’s coming next to Microsoft’s platform.

SDK can be used today

Additionally, the SDK for the latest build has also been made available, although probably not with Microsoft’s blessing. The kit has been leaked online and it is now available for developers to play with. This will give them valuable information on what they can expect from the upcoming Creators Update and how their apps need to be adjusted or designed. The early present is more than welcomed for developers as they are looking at a huge amount of ground to cover.

It’s the biggest in a long time

The Creators Update is believed to be one of the biggest (if not the biggest) update Microsoft has ever put out, as it ranges across numerous departments and features of the OS. It even implements its fair share of new features which seek to improve and round up the existing offer of available applications.

With both the latest Insider build and the SDK available online, developers that choose to use these tools will have a significant head start against competing developers.


 on: March 23, 2017, 03:39:50 PM 
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Microsoft has recently rolled out a new update to patch some of the issues caused by the previous updates released on Patch Tuesday. KB4016637 is the latest Windows 10 version 1507 update and fixes the annoying form display issues triggered by KB4012606.

This update includes only quality improvements and doesn’t bring any new operating system features. Here’s how Microsoft describes the patch:

Addressed a known issue with KB4012606 that caused form display issues with CRM 2011 on Internet Explorer 11.

If you’ve already installed earlier updates, Windows 10 will download and install only the new fixes contained in this package.

How to install Windows 10 KB4016637

The update is not available through the Windows Update Center. You can download and install the stand-alone package from the Microsoft Update Catalog website. Windows 10 KB4016637 replaces the previously released update KB4012606.

As a quick reminder, Microsoft rolled out KB4012606 on March 14. The update brought a long list of bug fixes and system improvements, including:

Fixed delays while running 3D rendering apps with multiple monitors.

Improved the reliability of .NET and Internet Explorer.

Addressed issue that may cause an app or webpage to become unresponsive or sluggish if it uses the web browser functionality of Internet Explorer 11.

Addressed issue that causes high CPU usage for scheduled tasks when using devices whose daylight saving time occurs at 12 A.M.

Microsoft says its engineers are not currently aware of any issues with KB4016637.


 on: March 22, 2017, 10:27:40 PM 
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Xvirus Anti-Malware, formerly known as Xvirus Personal Guard, is a security software that promises to protect your Windows from malware. It is a secondary anti-malware software whose goal is to run alongside your main antivirus and offer an additional layer of security to block malware which your main security software may miss.

Xvirus Anti-Malware

Xvirus is designed to be a free security tool and it follows the free policy genuinely. The tool is entirely free, no limits, no ads, and adware. Although, there is a paid version available which comes with additional features which most of you may not even require.

Xvirus Anti-Malware comes with multiple shields that can simultaneously monitor file system, network, and system. The real-time protection enhances security over the conventional antivirus. The program keeps an eye and all the changes made to the computer are monitored for malicious activities. The shields can be easily enabled/disabled from the main window itself.

You can also scan your computer.  Three different types of scans available. They are ‘Quick Scan’, ‘Full Scan and a ‘Custom Scan’. You can customize your scan as per your need and the files to be covered during the scan.

The program also adds an option to quickly scan a file or folder in the right-click context menu. Any file scanned and reported by the software can be deleted directly or moved to quarantine.

You can customize all the basic as well as advanced settings. You can change the maximum file size to be scanned or setup scan scheduler. Also, you can change the action to be performed after a threat has been found.

Other protection related settings can also be changed. Heuristics on scans can be enabled/disabled. There is also an option available to enable executable-only scan. The program can monitor startup entries and detect suspicious scripts running on your computer.

Xvirus Anti-Malware claims to double up as an anti-ransomware tool. It comes with all the necessary functionality to prevent you from any ransomware attacks.

Another feature in the software is the ‘Auto Mode’. Once you’ve enabled the auto mode all you need to do is sit back and relax. The program would take care of all your decisions regarding deleting files or taking necessary actions with them.

Xvirus Anti-Malware seems to be a good tool, but there is not much else known about it or its company, except for the fact it is developed by a Portuguese company. If you would like to check it out you can get it from its home page. They also offer a free Xvirus Personal Firewall.


 on: March 22, 2017, 06:16:29 PM 
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End of fragmentation, more or less? Microsoft has struggled with software fragmentation in the past, but with Windows 10 Anniversary Update running on a substantial 91.2% of PCs, things are now fine.

As fine as they can be, ahead of the launch of the Creators Update next month.

The latest statistics from AdDuplex show that adoption of the Anniversary Update version of the OS is going strong — strong enough that 9 out of 10 Windows 10 PCs are already rocking this particular flavor of the operating system, also known as version 1607.

The advertising network reveals that while the adoption of the Anniversary Update started slowly in the first couple of months of availability, the install base jumped from 35% to 80% in just 30 days.

As AdDuplex notes:

"As you can see, Anniversary Update started slowly and was installed on less than 35 percent of PCs two months in. But then floodgates opened and it jumped to close to 80 percent in a month.”

Good sign for Microsoft that an overwhelming majority of users have performed the update to the latest version of the OS that is currently on the market.

Windows 10 version 1511 is listed in second place in these charts, coming in at 6%, while the original RTM version of the operating system has 2% next to its name. The Creators Update preview builds, for those of you interested, have been deployed by 0.9% of the systems tallied.

Of course, these dynamics are sure to change after April 11, when the rollout of the Creators Update officially takes place.

As of this writing, the development of this update, also known as Redstone 2, is in the final stages, with users enrolled in the Windows Insider Program testing out the bits ahead of launch.

Roll on April!


 on: March 22, 2017, 04:41:06 PM 
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Microsoft has recently revealed more information about the upcoming Windows 8.1 Monthly Rollup release. Windows 8.1 KB4012219 brings a long list of bug fixes and system improvements that make the OS more stable and reliable.

Here are the key changes in KB4012219:

Enabled a warning message in Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) to alert administrators of a design change that may prevent the processing of a User Group after installing security update MS16-072.

Addressed issue that prevents a smart card module from pairing with a contactless smart card reader.

Addressed issue where a Scale-Out File Server that uses dual parity disks loses access to a disk if a disk fails while the parity log is being written.

Addressed issue with the Spaceport driver that causes disks to detach after a hard restart.

Addressed an issue in the multipath I/O when Driver Verifier is enabled.

Addressed issue that causes workload disruption in Azure StorSimple appliances after installing KB3169982. Installation occurs using the KB3172614 rollup (released 2016.07).

Addressed issue that causes crashes in a customer’s data path management software because of a regression in multipath I/O after installing KB3185279, KB3185331, or KB3192404.

Addressed issue where installation of KB3121261 on a third-party, thinly provisioned Storage Area Network causes multipath I/O Event ID 48. This is in response to Small Computer System Interface status – 0X28 – SCSISTAT_QUEUE_FULL (SRB Status – 0X4 – SRB_STATUS_ERROR).

Addressed issue to provide PowerShell cmdlets that enable and gather diagnostics for storage spaces.

Addressed issue with multipath I/O failure that can lead to data corruption or application failures.

Addressed issue that causes File Explorer to hang when performing a search on a network drive while connected using the Remote Desktop Protocol.

Addressed issue that causes a crash when the user tries to connect to the server using WinShare and Remote Desktop Services. Stop error 0x50 at win32k!pDCIAdjClr+0x4f.

Enabled detection of processor generation and hardware support when PC tries to scan or download updates through Windows Update.
Improved support for networks by adding new entries to the Access Point Name (APN) database.

Simplified listing of Approved Servers in the Point and Print group policies by allowing wildcards in the server name.

Addressed issue to update Windows Defender on Windows 8.1.

Addressed issue that prevents clients from accessing a file server when using Server Message Block 1.0 and NT LAN Manager authentication after installing MS16-110/KB3187754.

Addressed issue that produces corrupted output when you use the fread() function to read data from a pipe.

Addressed issue to set and persist the Quality of Service settings on a per-host basis.

Addressed issue that breaks high-availability and fail over of a clustered virtual machine (VM). This occurs when the default data store settings for the VMs are configured inconsistently across the nodes in the cluster. For example, some data store settings are in %ProgramData%, while others use shared storage.

Addressed issue where, under high load, the background tasks threads are blocked. None of the clusters that use Virtual Hard Disk Sharing can access their disks. This results in unresponsive virtual machines.

Addressed issue (error 0x800b) that causes System Center Virtual Machine Manager to fail after live migrating a virtual machine between two Hyper-V clusters.

Addressed issue where false file conflicts occur when Windows Server Work Folders is reinstalled after installing Azure Hybrid File Services.

Addressed issue where share contents go offline if remote clients connect over slow links when encryption is enabled and offline caching is disabled for a server share.

Addressed issue to generate Remote Desktop Services self-signed certificates to use SHA-2 instead of SHA-1. After this update, any existing self-signed certs in RD Session Host should be updated with SHA-2 certs. However, existing self-signed certs (if any) in Connection Broker and Gateway should be regenerated using the Remote Desktop Management Services (RDMS) UI.

Addressed issue to allow a user to set the password for a virtual account.

Addressed issue where IIS Automatic Certificate Rebind feature breaks client certificate mapping with active directory by disabling DS Mapper upon renewal of the server certificate. As a result, no user will be able to access the site unless an administrator manually remakes the binding and enables the DS Mapper.

Addressed issue where Active Directory returns incorrect active thread count numbers for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol requests. Incorrect thread counts prevent Office 365 from load balancing correctly.

Addressed issue to update time zone information.

Addressed issue with random crashes on Hyper-V servers when users access Virtual Hard Disk files on Cluster Shared Volumes.

Addressed issue that causes file share witnesses stored on a Scale-Out File Server cluster 2012R2 to fail. Event ID for this Error is 1562 and you will get an Error 64 in the Cluster Log for the failed Healthcheck (from RFC 7205769).

Addressed issue where, after installing security update MS16-123, administrators cannot access some network drives that are mapped using the Distributed File System Namespace. This lack of accessibility occurs even though User Account Control and EnableLinkedConnections are enabled.

Addressed issue where virtual Network File System (NFS) server shares intermittently fail to mount when another NFS share is assigned the same ID in a clustered environment.

Addressed issue to add the LiveDump capture feature that will trigger a live kernel dump if requests are stuck for an extended period.

Addressed issue where Failover Cluster Manager crashes when connecting to a cluster with a long name (15+ characters). This occurs after .NET 4.6.1 is installed.

Addressed issue that crashes Exchange servers whenever a customer installs an Exchange cumulative or security update. Error code: STOP 0x3B

Addressed issue that prevents the capture of network traffic when Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics starts and stops the session that monitors traffic in promiscuous mode.

Addressed issue where users cannot connect to wireless, proxy, and VPN authentication. The Online Certificate Status Protocol responder service intermittently returns an IIS 500 error when processing client requests. This causes the clients to fail revocation checking and fail authentication to the required service.

Addressed issue to provide a maintenance mode for Active Directory domain controllers.

Addressed issue where Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) fails to authenticate external users because the ADFS proxy servers time out.
Windows 8.1 KB4012219 comes as an optional update to Windows Update. You can also download the standalone package from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.


 on: March 22, 2017, 04:14:13 PM 
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Microsoft’s upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10 has been one of the most talked about and anticipated patches ever to be released by the company. This is due not only to the sheer variety of features and new additions to the existing version but also by its size.

Windows 10 Creators Update is supposedly the biggest update in size launched by the Windows creator. Those that aren’t in a rush will be able to try out all the new features in approximately one month when the release of the Creators Update is expected to take place.

However, there are other ways of enjoying the contents of this patch without having to wait one another month. Windows users that are too eager to wait any longer have two options at their disposal. While neither method is necessarily ideal, they’re the only ways in which this can happen.

Becoming an Insider

The first method requires users to register for Microsoft’s Windows Insider program. The Windows Insider program is an initiative with which Windows users test out the latest updates and OS builds ahead of their official release. This allows Microsoft to figure out bugs and deal with problems and concerns so that the mass of the Windows user community will not experience any technical difficulties.

Anyone can enroll in the Windows Insiders program which gets them access to the latest Creators Update build. The only inconvenience here is the fact that approval might take some time. Once a user is approved, though, they are free to download and check out all that the Creators Update has to offer.

Downloading the ISO file

The alternative to this is to manually download the ISO file of a Creators Update build directly from Microsoft’s  website for a fresh install of Windows.


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