Patchday: Updates for Windows 7/8.1/Server Dec. 11, 2018

Windows Update[German]On December 11, 2018, Microsoft released various (security) updates for Windows 7 SP1 and other updates for Windows 8.1 as well as the corresponding server versions. Here is an overview of these updates.

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Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18290, ISO available

Microsoft has not only released the Insider Preview Build 18298 in Fast Ring (see Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18298). Today also the older Insider Preview Build 18290 of Windows 10 was released as ISO file.

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Microsoft Security Update Summary (December 11, 2018)

Windows Update[German]As of December 11, 2018, Microsoft released several security updates for Windows clients and servers, Office, etc. Below is a compact overview of these updates and some notes.

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Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18298

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18298 in Fast Ring. It is the 19H1 development branch, which will be released in spring 2019.

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Google+: Shutdown for consumer in April 2019

After Google had to admit a second security incident with its social network Google+, the management decide to shutdown Google+ for private users in April 2019 (not August 2019). Google+ will be available only internally for Google employees – as well as for companies (enterprise users). Further details may be read within Google’s blog post Expediting changes to Google+. I startet an account on mew.com, and there is also a group All about computer technology, where I will be present. I have also a Twitter channel and a Facebook profile.

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SNDBOX: AI-powered Malware analysis platform

SNDBOX is a recently launched malware analysis platform supported by artificial intelligence. The whole thing is even free of charge

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Kubernetes vulnerability CVE-2018-1002105: Proof of concept

There is a major vulnerability in Kubernetes (CVE-2018-1002105) that can be used by attackers to upgrade to cluster admin. Then it is possible to infiltrate malicious code into docker instances. Now a Proof of Concept has appeared – so patching is the order of the day.

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NTFS permission removed when deleting a subfolder

[German]It seems there is a strange issue within Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019. Sometimes NTFS permissions are getting removed for a parent folder, if a subfolder is deleted.

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Firmware update for Surface 3

Microsoft has just released a firmware update for its Surface 3. The update for the device (announced over 3 years ago) is intended to improve system security and battery life..

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Tip: Task sequences in SCCM 1810 with error handling

Windows Update[German]There is a new variable _SMSTSLastActionName in SCCM 1810, which can be used to query the name of the last action in SCCM task sequences. This can be very helpful when checking for errors.

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