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Microsoft confirms: We fixed Azure by turning it off and on again. PS: Office 362 is still borked

Microsoft is recovering somewhat from a bad case of the Mondays that left some of its subscribers unable to use multi-factor authentication to log into their cloud services. The Redmond giant said that around 2130 UTC today it had managed to get its Azure Cloud back up and running as per normal. Meanwhile, Office 364 is still …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Nov 2018
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It's November 2018, and Microsoft's super-secure Edge browser can be pwned eight different ways by a web page

Microsoft and Adobe have delivered the November edition of Patch Tuesday with another sizable bundle of security fixes to install as soon as you're able to. The trick is to test and deploy the fixes before exploits are developed to leverage the vulnerabilities. BitLocker bugs and TFTP troubles for Redmond This month, …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2018
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Word up: Embedded vids in Office docs can hide embedded nasties, infosec bods warn

Updated Microsoft Word documents can potentially smuggle in malicious code using embedded web videos, it is claimed. Opening a booby-trapped file, and clicking on the vid, will trigger execution of the code. Miscreants can leverage this weakness to potentially trick marks into installing malware on their PCs. It's useful for hackers …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2018
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It's October 2018, and Microsoft Exchange can be pwned by a plucky eight-year-old... bug

Microsoft has released the October edition of its monthly security update, addressing a total of 49 CVE-listed bugs. DLL bug a blast from the past Among the 49 fixes were three issues that have already been publicly disclosed and a fourth that was being targeted in the wild. On top of that, a remote code execution bug in …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Oct 2018
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It's September 2018, and Windows VMs can pwn their host servers by launching an evil app

Admins will again be working overtime as Microsoft and Adobe have posted their monthly scheduled security updates for September. This month's Patch Tuesday bundle includes critical fixes for Windows, SQL Server, and Hyper V, as well as Flash and Cold Fusion. Rude guests and ugly images menace Microsoft In total, Microsoft …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2018

Patch Tuesday heats up with pair of exploited zero-days squashed – plus 58 other vulns fixed

Microsoft and Adobe have teamed up to deliver more than 70 patches with this month's Patch Tuesday batch released today. Microsoft contributed the bulk of the fixes emitted this month, kicking out updates for 60 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its products. These should be installed as soon as you're able to test and deploy them …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Aug 2018
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If at first you, er, make things worse, you're probably Microsoft: Bug patch needed patching

A remote code execution vulnerability in the Windows VBScript engine was left open for exploitation for two months after it was supposedly patched. In fact, the fix made things even worse by introducing another remotely exploitable bug in VBScript. This is all according to researchers at Qihoo 360, who today claimed a …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jul 2018
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Bonkers Azure bookings give Microsoft a record-breaking $110bn year

Microsoft has closed out a massive fiscal 2018 that saw the Redmond giant lay claim to more than $110bn in total revenue. Azure and its cloud compute operation was singled out in Redmond's financial figures – released on Thursday – as one of Microsoft's top performers both in the full year and the past three months. Here's a …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2018
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June 2018, and Windows Server can be pwned with a DNS request

Microsoft has released its monthly security update, addressing a total of 51 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities. The June edition of Patch Tuesday includes 11 fixes for critical vulnerabilities in Windows, including Microsoft's solution for the recently-disclosed Spectre Variant 4 chip design flaw. Among the most serious …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jun 2018
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If you're looking for bad news about Microsoft, top tip: look away now

Microsoft's boss Satya Nadella march into the cloud seems to be paying off for the Windows 10 and Office 365 giant: on Thursday, the biz announced its sales for Q3 2018 jumped 16 per cent. For the quarter ending March 31, the third of Redmond's 2018 fiscal year, can be summarized thus: Revenues of $26.8bn were up 16 per cent …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2018
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It's April 2018 – and Patch Tuesday shows Windows security is still foiled by fiendish fonts

Microsoft has released the April edition of its monthly security update, this time addressing a total of 63 CVE-listed vulnerabilities. This month's update includes critical fixes for the usual suspects: Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Office, as well as one flaw Redmond previously fixed with an unscheduled update. You …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2018
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Roses are red, Windows error screens are blue. It's 2018, and an email can still pwn you

Patch Tuesday Serious security flaws in Outlook and Edge are headlining a busy Microsoft Patch Tuesday. The Redmond giant has issued the February edition of its monthly security update, addressing a total of 50 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its products. Adobe has also posted an update for flaws in Reader and Experience Manager. Microsoft, …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2018

Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead

Microsoft Equation Editor was sentenced to death on January 9, 2018 at the age of 17, when a software update from Redmond removed five files necessary for the application to function. Only a few months ago, the Windows giant thought its Equation Editor could be saved: its software engineers, lacking access to the ancient app's …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Jan 2018
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Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits Microsoft Office exam winners

Hey kids, fancy an all-inclusive break to the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida? Well, you're in luck. All students between the age of 13-22 are eligible for the once-in-a-lifetime trip. There is, however, just one catch. In order to get their hands on the top prize, they must first complete a series of soul- …
Kat Hall, 23 Nov 2017

New BFFs Salesforce and Google link arms, er, CRMs with G Suite

Salesforce.com and Google have agreed on a partnership deal that will see the former's CRM service integrated directly into G Suite's productivity apps. The two sides say the deal will see Google Cloud take the mantle of "preferred public cloud" for Salesforce as well as the cloud provider for an international expansion the …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Nov 2017
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Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft

Microsoft has lobbed its Microsoft 365 Business package for small and mid-sized companies into general availability. Companies with fewer than 300 seats to manage are being pitched on the service that wraps Windows PCs, mobile device management (MDM) tools, and Office 365 into a single offering with one management pane for …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Nov 2017
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What just counted $24bn in receipts, and rhymes with psycho loft?

Microsoft is crediting its Azure and Office cloud operations with helping to drive a better-than-expected start to its fiscal year. The Redmond giant highlighted on Thursday the growth of its cloud services, both enterprise and consumer, as it topped $24bn in the first quarter of its fiscal 2018. For the three-month period, …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Oct 2017
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It's 2017... And Windows PCs can be pwned via DNS, webpages, Office docs, fonts – and some TPM keys are fscked too

Microsoft today released patches for more than 60 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its software. Meanwhile, Adobe is skipping October's Patch Tuesday altogether. Among the latest holes that need papering over via Windows Update are three vulnerabilities already publicly disclosed – with one being exploited right now by hackers to …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Oct 2017

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