Windows 10 Update KB5036979 bug: Right-click shows 'Open With' dialog

Windows[German]A short addendum to the preview update KB5036979 from April 23, 2024 (and subsequent updates). Unfortunately, a bug has "slipped" into this update, which is eating its way through the systems of Windows 10 users. As soon as one of the updates is installed, right-clicking on certain entries in the taskbar or Start menu runs amok. An Open with dialog is displayed instead of the context menu, as Microsoft has confirmed.

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Windows 11 24H2 may break some SMB NAS connections

Windows[German]There are still a few days to go before Windows 11 24H2 is generally rolled out. However, the Windows Insider release preview builds show where there may be problems. One problem area is the SMB service or protocol, to which Microsoft has made some changes. This can lead to NAS drives no longer being accessible from Windows 11 24H2. However, there are workarounds that Microsoft has provided to those affected. Here is an addendum on the topic.

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How to find weak passwords in Active Directory and eliminate them with PowerShell

[Sponsored Post]Weak or compromised passwords are a known gateway for attackers. If you are able to identify which users in Active Directory (AD) are threatened by this, then PowerShell can help to remedy it. However, PowerShell scripts cannot eliminate basic AD deficits, other tools are needed for this. More ...

Crown Equipment Corporation victim of a Ransomware attack

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]It seems that what I suspected a week ago has been confirmed: the forklift manufacturer Crown Equipment Corporation has suffered a cyber attack. Ransomware has shut down their production and administration worldwide. In the USA, employees are up in arms because nobody knows anything and the manufacturer is not paying wages.

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Microsoft requires MFA for all Azure users; it begins in July 2024

[German]Brief information that should have been known since mid-May 2024. Microsoft wants to improve the security of Azure user accounts. Redmond is therefore making multifactor authentication (MFA) mandatory for all Azure user accounts. Implementation is set to begin in July 2024, but will be rolled out in stages.

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SoftMaker FreeOffice Version 2024 available

[German]German manufacturer SoftMaker has just released its FreeOffice 2024 as a new, completely revised version for Windows, Mac and Linux (also in English). The free office package SoftMaker FreeOffice positions itself as a fully-fledged alternative to Microsoft Office.

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Critical vulnerability CVE-2024-38428 in wget

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]There is a critical vulnerability in the command line program wget, which has a CVSS Base Score of 10.0. CERT-Bund warns of the vulnerability, which is contained in wget versions <=1.24.5. An attacker can carry out an unspecified attack. Anyone using wget under Linux or Windows should take urgent action and stop using the program. Because there is no updated version yet.

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Microsoft will better secure private Outlook mail accounts

[German]A few days ago, Microsoft made an announcement that it wants to better secure "Outlook for private users" in future. The mention of Outlook is a bit of a misnomer. The aim is to improve the security of online e-mail accounts such as Outlook.com, Hotmail.com and Live.com for private users. Authentication using a user name and password is to be replaced by two-factor authentication.

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Copilot will be rolled out for Outlook Classic under Windows (June 2024)

[German]Microsoft announced last week that the AI assistant Copilot is now available in classic Outlook for Windows. The Copilot feature in classic Outlook for Windows is already available to most Microsoft 365 customers in the Current Channel or Monthly Enterprise Channel.

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Microsoft engages in damage limitation at congressional hearing (13.6.2024): Safety takes priority over AI

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]Microsoft has had little to laugh about when it comes to security in recent months. The security disasters and the lack of a security culture have fallen on Redmond's shoulders in the form of veritable security incidents. In a hearing held by a US Congressional Homeland Security Committee on June 13, 2024, it became clear that Microsoft was responsible for a cascade of cybersecurity breaches that degenerated into cyber incidents. Microsoft's President, Brad Smith, tried to limit the damage. The statement to Congress: Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, has taken personal responsibility for cyber security at the company. And security would take priority over AI in future – a remarkable statement, given that just a short time ago it was "the end of the world if a customer wasn't fully up and running with Microsoft's AI by three".".

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Microsoft removes the falsely "Edge installed" Copilot app from Windows

Edge[German]Along the lines of "We made a mistake", Microsoft rolled out the Copilot app to Windows (Windows 10/11 clients and Windows Server 2022) in March 2024 with an "accidental" Edge update. Redmond has since "cleaned up" and gradually uninstalled the "unintentionally" installed Copilot app from all affected Windows versions.

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