Articles about Automatic Updates

The App Manager in the Device Portal, managing Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi

Windows 10 Anniversary on a Raspberry Pi: Another look at IoT Core

Hands on Microsoft has released Windows 10 Anniversary for IoT Core, a version of Windows which runs on Raspberry Pi 2 or 3, Dragonboard or Minnowboard. The company has also announced support for Intel Joule, an Internet of Things (IoT) compute module launched at the August 2016 Intel Developer Forum, though Windows software for this …
Tim Anderson, 30 Aug 2016
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3-in-4 Android phones, slabs, gizmos menaced by fresh hijack flaws

Google has today issued a bundle of 40 security patches for its Android operating system. A dozen of the fixes correct critical vulnerabilities in versions 4.4.4 of the operating system and above. About 74 per cent of in-use Android devices run Android 4.4.4 or higher. These critical bugs can be potentially exploited by …
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2016

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

Microsoft's relentless Windows 10 nagware has interrupted a live TV weather forecast, urging meteorologist Metinka Slater to upgrade. The operating system suddenly popped up a box on screen insisting the station's computer be upgraded to the latest version – while Slater was on air describing thunderstorms rolling through Iowa …
Chris Williams, 28 Apr 2016

Apple TV can p0wn you in more ways than it entertains you

Apple has patched 33 problems, collectively named in 58 CVEs, in its latest TV-enhancing computer-puck, of which 10 enable arbitrary code execution, six with system privileges. 32 of the flaws hit third-generation Apple TV devices and just one its newer, fatter, fourth-gen beast. The good news is that the changes will …
Darren Pauli, 26 Feb 2016
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Windows Mobile users suffer backup super-slurp as Redmond forgets Wi-Fi switch

Microsoft is telling Windows 10 mobile users to shut off automatic updates, because a bug is demolishing people's data allowances. The antics of the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview edition has lit up forums like Reddit and Windows Central, because it assumes users believe “back up everything to the cloud on whatever network …

Hey Mac users, want to be unpaid guinea pigs for Microsoft? Sure you do

Microsoft is extending the Office Insider early build program to users running Office for Mac. The Redmond software giant said that under the Insider program, Office 2016 for Mac users with Office 365 consumer subscriptions will be able to opt in and receive automatic updates of the test builds of Office. Users running Insider …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2016
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Att: Windows Phone owners: Win 10 Mobile has been spotted and it wants your phone

Windows Phone users beware: Microsoft has quietly begun rolling out the Windows 10 system update in various territories. Until such a time as the new software platform reaches maturity, users may experience a loss of features, diminished battery life and unexpected bugs. And it’s an irrevocable change - once you accept Windows …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2016

No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

Microsoft's relentless campaign to push Windows 10 onto every PC on the planet knows no bounds: now business desktops will be nagged to upgrade. When Redmond started quietly installing Windows 10 on computers via Windows Update, it was aimed at getting home users off Windows 7 and 8. If you were using Windows Pro or Enterprise …
Chris Williams, 14 Jan 2016
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Trend Micro AV gave any website command-line access to Windows PCs

Updated PCs running Trend Micro's Windows antivirus can be hijacked, infected with malware, or wiped clean by any website, thanks to a vulnerability in the security software. The design blunders in the consumer build of Trend's AV were discovered by Google Project Zero bod Tavis Ormandy. A patch is now available to address the remote- …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jan 2016

Microsoft takes PUPs behind the shed with gun in hand

Remond has updated its paid System Center Endpoint Protection and Forefront Endpoint Protection services with a feature to kill spammy and advertising injecting programs operating from within enterprise networks. The upgrades will help system admins to eliminate potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from networks that are not …
Darren Pauli, 30 Nov 2015

Horrid checkbox download bundlers drop patch-frozen Chrome

The public service announcement is simple: only install browsers from their vendors' sites, because software attics are planting malware. A download bundler has been caught unloading junk that will kill user's browser updates across the likes of Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. The bundler - part of what amounts …
Team Register, 13 Nov 2015
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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

Comment Microsoft's decision to push out Windows 10 upgrades as automatic Windows Update downloads is one of those ideas that sounded great in a Redmond meeting room, but will cause more problems than it solves. Right from the get-go Microsoft has made it clear that it is looking for a very fast rollout of Windows 10. The new …
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2015

Adobe patches Flash dirty dozen, ignores 155 in Shockwave shocker

Adobe has patched nearly two dozen vulnerabilities in its Flash player including 16 that lead to code execution but is still serving flawed versions with hundreds of holes as part of its Shockwave bundle. The Flash vulnerabilities patched yesterday affect Windows, Mac, and Linux as part of the version 19.x updates. It …
Darren Pauli, 22 Sep 2015

'I promise you I will win', says completely sane presidential candidate John McAfee

QuoTW This week new iStuffs were showcased, a scary luggage hack popped up and a gaming icon turned 30. Now for some of the best quotes from the past seven days. America's favourite gun-toting anti-virus tycoon John McAfee has thrown his hat in to the 2016 presidential race. McAfee has made himself the official cyber party …
Team Register, 13 Sep 2015
Spoon feeding

Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

Microsoft would really, really, really like you to upgrade to Windows 10. So much so that even if you've opted not to request the upgrade, you'll get it anyway, even if you never intend to install it. The software giant confirmed to The Register on Thursday that it's been pushing out the necessary files for the upgrade to …
Neil McAllister, 10 Sep 2015

Linux Foundation releases PARANOID internal infosec guide

Linux Foundation project director Konstantin Ryabitsev has publicly-released the penguinistas' internal hardening requirements to help sysadmins and other paranoid tech bods and system administrators secure their workstations. The baseline hardening recommendations are designed that balance security and convenience for its …
Darren Pauli, 31 Aug 2015

Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

Microsoft's automatic updates feature in Windows 10 has collided with Nvidia's driver system, sending the new operating system off the rails as it launches. Early adopters are experiencing glitches (particularly in multi-monitor setups), and in some cases crashes, all triggered when Windows 10 automatically updates its …
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2015

Microsoft: Hey, you. Done patching Windows this month? WRONG

Microsoft is urging everyone to install an emergency security update for all supported versions of Windows to fix a remote-code execution vulnerability. Details of the vulnerability were found and reported to Microsoft by security researchers poring over internal memos leaked online from spyware-maker Hacking Team. This …
Chris Williams, 20 Jul 2015
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Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

Comment Roll up, roll up for Windows 10, the greatest show on Earth! Forget everything you think you know or might have heard. THIS changes everything. Windows 7 and Windows 8? Pah. THIS is the one you want. Yes, the bandwagon on the Windows 10 hype machine is trundling along, and its online followers are hailing its game-changing …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2015
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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

Microsoft's licensing on the upcoming Windows 10 OS means that most users will find their systems updating on command from Redmond without any option to stop this. The Licensing Agreement for Windows 10, as found in the latest release candidate build 10240 of Windows 10 Professional, stated: The software periodically checks …
Tim Anderson, 16 Jul 2015

Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

Microsoft's Get Windows 10 app has started appearing on Windows 7 and 8 boxes, with a one-click option to upgrade free to the new OS from July 29. The company is keen to persuade users to upgrade, particularly following the lacklustre response to Windows 8. At Microsoft’s Build conference, Windows boss Terry Myerson predicted …
Tim Anderson, 01 Jun 2015
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Mozilla signing vetted add-ons as thoughts turn to security

Mozilla developer Jorge Villalobos claims the web king has begun signing vetted add-ons in a bid to improve security. The move means Mozilla-signed add-ons hosted on its servers will be maintained through automatic updates, while those lacking the signature of approval will be jettisoned into the internet ether. Villalobos …
Darren Pauli, 29 May 2015
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Apple: Those security holes we fixed last week? You're going to need to repatch

Apple has released a follow-up to last week's security update after finding a pair of flaws that are still vulnerable on patched systems. The Cupertino giant said that the 2015-003 update would address two flaws; a man-in-the-middle vulnerability and type confusion error in OS X Yosemite (10.10.2). Both of the flaws, CVE-2015- …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Mar 2015

Microsoft scrambles to kill Live.fi man-in-the-middle diddle

Microsoft is firing off updates to kill a fake certificate that can be used to create a convincing man-in-the-middle attack against its Live services. Certificate Authority Comodo has killed the bad cert, which it issued, and now Redmond is following suit by updating its revocation list for Windows platforms. "Microsoft is …
Darren Pauli, 17 Mar 2015

Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

Feature It is far more common to find routers with critical flaws than without – Craig Young It's sad that end-user education about strong passwords, password safes, and phishing can be undone by something as innocuous as the blinking box in the corner of your room. – Peter Adkins Introduction Home and small business router …
Darren Pauli, 05 Mar 2015

You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes

Security software outfit Avast are trying to figure out why the combination of recent Windows patches and updates to the latter company's software are breaking PCs. Hordes of users have found that their PCs, especially those running Windows 8 and 8.1, grind to a halt after they apply both Microsoft's recent KB3000850 update …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2014
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Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

It's getting close to security update time in Redmond yet again, and Microsoft has given notice that Windows and Office users can expect another nice, big pile of fixes on November's Patch Tuesday. The software giant gave advance notice of no less than 16 security bulletins to be addressed on November 11, five of which have …
Neil McAllister, 07 Nov 2014
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Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch

Microsoft has reissued a security patch for Windows that previously caused PCs to suffer blue screens of death. The new release comes 10 days after Redmond advised people to uninstall the dodgy update. "This month we had our first roll out with additional non-security updates. A small number of customers experienced problems …
Iain Thomson, 27 Aug 2014

Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

Microsoft has confirmed that it's ending support for old versions of Internet Explorer, and it's giving you just shy of 18 months to get up to date. Roger Capriotti, director of the IE team, blogged on Thursday that beginning on January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of IE on any supported version of Windows will …
Neil McAllister, 07 Aug 2014

Dodgy Google, Yahoo! SSL certs nuked in Windows – finally

One week after Google spotted an SSL certificate issuer dishing out certs that could be used to impersonate Google and Yahoo! websites, Microsoft has taken action to block the illicit certificates from being used on its software. The certs, issued by India's National Informatics Centre (NIC), were detected on July 2 by Google's …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2014
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TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7

Microsoft has forced Windows 7 users to apply an April update in order to receive June's patches for its Internet Explorer 11 browser. The demand does not affect users of earlier versions of its flagship browser or operating system. Microsoft did not provide reasons for the move but it appeared to have simplified its patching …
Darren Pauli, 16 Jun 2014

Redmond patches 66 flaws on Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has released updates for critical flaws in Word, Office, and Internet Explorer, along with firmware updates for its Surface 2 tablet line. Redmond said that the June edition of Patch Tuesday would address a total of 66 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE)–class vulns, most of them in Internet Explorer. In total …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2014

Office, IE and Windows in line for critical fixes from Redmond

Microsoft is planning to deliver seven bulletins next week in its scheduled monthly update. The company has posted its advance notification for the upcoming Patch Tuesday security release, which it said will consist of two critical bulletins and five others rated as important. According to Microsoft, the critical bulletins will …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jun 2014

Microsoft: You know we said NO MORE XP PATCHES? Well ...

Microsoft has released patches for the latest critical security vulnerability plaguing Internet Explorer, including for Windows XP – despite months of claiming that it would never release another patch for the outdated OS past April 8 of this year. According to a blog post by Microsoft's general manager of Trustworthy …
Neil McAllister, 01 May 2014
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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

Microsoft is urging users running Windows 8.1 to update their systems soon, since the company plans to drop patch support for early versions of the operating system. Redmond said that after May it would only issue updates for systems running the Windows 8.1 Update release and later. The move means that Windows 8.1 systems which …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2014

Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

Howto Windows XP's date with destiny has passed. As of Tuesday, Microsoft will NOT be releasing any new security updates. With one in five PCs still running Windows XP, there's a chance you are among those whose computer is now running an unsupported operating system. What now? Doing an in-place upgrade to Windows 7 isn't a good …
Liam Proven, 10 Apr 2014
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It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources

Microsoft's forthcoming wave of Windows updates will streamline the OS and will even see the return of the much-missed Start menu, according to new reports. Rumors that Redmond is planning a new round of updates to the various forms of its OS first surfaced last week, with ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reporting that Microsoft will …
Neil McAllister, 09 Dec 2013
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How to stop intruders without knocking out the workers

Sysadmin blog For a sysadmin, fighting malware feels like an uphill battle that you are never going to win. Security software vendors are in a constant catch-up game, trying to create definitions to protect their customers from the latest round of malware. Sysadmins have the tough job of using their various security software and devices, …
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Sophos pulls out spade, fills in holes in Web Appliance

Sophos has pulled out the weeds in its web-scanning software after Core Security identified multiple holes in its Web Protection Appliance versions 3.8.0, 3.8.13 and 3.7.9 and earlier. The Core Security advisory states that if a remote attacker can gain access to the appliance's web administrator interface, the attacker could …

Google tells Microsoft IE shops: We can help you with those 'legacy apps'

Google is chucking Chrome at businesses whose applications are hardwired to Internet Explorer - and coupled its offer with a snub to Redmond, claiming its once-proud browser has become "legacy". The Chocolate Factory today released the Chrome Legacy Browser Support extension that - with additional fiddling courtesy of your IT …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2013
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Microsoft ships Surface firmware fixes with April patch batch

Along with the usual Patch Tuesday fixes for Windows, Internet Explorer, and other software, Microsoft's April 9 updates also include hardware driver and firmware fixes for its Surface RT and Surface Pro fondleslabs. The releases mark the fifth time Redmond has issued fixes for hardware issues with Surface RT, which shipped in …
Neil McAllister, 09 Apr 2013
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If Google got a haircut, a tie and a suit, would it be Microsoft?

Prepare yourself. It's a new month, and that can only mean a tsunami of articles on the popularity of Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox will flood the globe's news aggregators. For non-mobile computers, March followed the trend emerging over the past 12 months: growth for Chrome, a drop in use of IE and Firefox stuck in a …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Apr 2013
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Ten pi-fect projects for your new Raspberry Pi

Feature There was an article a while back, in Scientific American I think, that posed the question: given a super-powerful computer, with infinite computing power shoe-horned into a coke can, what would you do with it?* The arrival of the Raspberry Pi (RPi) prompted a similar sort of question: given an (almost) disposable PC with late …
Richard Dyce, 14 Mar 2013
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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

Following a protracted development process, Microsoft has at last shipped the release version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7, with the new browser due to begin rolling out to customers via Windows Update within the next few weeks. In the meantime, customers who can't wait for the automatic update to arrive can download …
Neil McAllister, 26 Feb 2013
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Oracle 'fesses up: Java security flaws more than storm in teacup

Oracle has broken its silence to admit there are security issues with Java in web browsers - but it insists the tech is solid on servers and within mobile and desktop apps. In a blog post published on Friday, Oracle noted the "media firestorm" around the recent Java vulnerability, admitting users may have been left "frustrated …
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2013
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Surprise! Microsoft patches latest IE10 Flash vulns on time

Microsoft surprised Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 users on Monday by issuing a patch that fixes 25 security vulnerabilities found in the Adobe Flash Player component of Internet Explorer 10, mere hours after Adobe issued its own patch for the Flash Player plug-in used by other browsers. Unlike earlier versions of Internet …
Neil McAllister, 09 Oct 2012
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Harvester garners iFans with first UK Passbook e-voucher

Harvester, the Mitchells & Butlers-owned Berni Inn de nos jours, is offering iPhone fans a fiver off a £30 bill if they turn up at one of the branded restaurants with a handset running iOS 6 and at least one other person, and do so before 20 October. Just don't use iOS 6's Maps app to find your nearest hostelry... The offer …
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2012
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Microsoft issues IE 10 Flash flaw fix for Windows 8

Hot on the heels of an update that fixed the recent zero-day flaw discovered in Internet Explorer versions 7, 8, and 9, Microsoft has released a separate patch that solves issues related to the Adobe Flash Player component of Internet Explorer 10. The current Flash vulnerabilities only affect IE 10 running on Windows 8 and …
Neil McAllister, 22 Sep 2012
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Microsoft issues emergency IE bug patch

Microsoft has released a 26.9MB patch which fixes five vulnerabilities, including the zero day flaw that is cracking Windows systems via the most common versions of Internet Explorer. The MS12-063 update provides a fix for the flaw, which is in use by hackers against some companies. The patch also has four more flaw-fixes, which …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2012
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Thanks ever so much Java, for that biz-wide rootkit infection

Sysadmin blog Right on cue, Java has responded to my hatred in kind. Shortly after I awoke to discover my previous article denouncing the language had been published, a client called to inform me his computer had contracted some malware. Java has, if you'll forgive the anthropomorphization of a bytecode virtualization engine, decided to exact …
Trevor Pott, 03 Sep 2012