Windows 11 24H2: Is Microsoft planning "hotpatching" (Update installation without reboot)?

Windows[German]A small addendum from last week regarding the development of Windows 11. There are reports (rumors) that the upcoming Windows 11 version 24H2 could or should get something like "hotpatching". This would mean that updates can be installed and take effect without the need for a reboot. However, the concept, as it currently appears to me, has some limitations that you should be aware of.

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SSH snake steals SSH keys

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]Warning about the Snake worm, which is designed to steal SSH keys. The SSH-Snake malware was discovered by the Sysdig Threat Research Team (TRT). The self-modifying worm uses SSH credentials discovered on a compromised system to spread throughout the network. The worm automatically scans known locations for credentials and shell history files.

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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 ...

LockBit ransomware group back? And new findings

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]Recently, international law enforcement agencies have announced the dismantling of the LockBit ransomware group's infrastructure. However, this appears to have been only a brief success – the LockBit ransomware group has set up new servers and appears to be back in business. Meanwhile, new findings have emerged following the dismantling of the LockBit ransomware group's infrastructure by the FBI and the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA).

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Mailboxes are currently flooded by password reset, newsletter or account confirmation mails – it's an attack

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]A German blog reader contacted me this week and reported a worrying observation made by one of his customers. The customer is receiving a flood of requests to reset his passwords, to confirm a newsletter or a now user account. The messages really do come from the services in question. At the moment, it is still somewhat unclear what exactly is behind this. But my suspicion is, that this email flood shall hide a breach of an account.

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Attacks on OpenVPN servers (Synology and others) since Feb. 2024

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]It seems that products, that using OpenVPN servers, are now under (Brute Force) attacks. A blog reader contacted me by email the other day because he had observed strange behavior. His logs showed access attempts from the same IP addresses to the Synology OpenVPN server on his systems. It seems to him that the DDNS domains registered with Synology are being attacked. But I got now reports, that a other products with OpenVPN servers also see this access attempts from South Africa.

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Vulnerabilities in HP Laser printers (Feb. 2024)

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]Printer manufacturer Hewlett Packard has published security messages warning of vulnerabilities in various HP Laserjet printers. These vulnerabilities can be used to inject code. The manufacturer has provided firmware updates to close the vulnerabilities in its devices. Thanks to the reader for the tip.

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Edge 122.0.2365.52 

Edge[German]Microsoft has released another update of the Edge (Chromium) browser with version 122.0.2365.52 in the stable channel on 23 February 2024. It is a maintenance update that is intended to fix problems and bring new features. Thanks to the reader for the hint.

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Google Chrome 122.0.6261.69/.70

Chrome[German]Google has released another update of the Google Chrome browser (branch 122) in the stable channel on 22 February 2024 (one day after the release of Chrome 122.0.6261.57/.58). The Extended Stable Channel has also received an update. Both updates fix bugs. Here is an overview of these updates. Continue reading

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Upgrade to Windows 11 23H2 is forced (20 February 2024)

Windows[German]Approximately 3 months after the release of the feature update to version 23H2 for Windows 11, Microsoft is starting the final rollout phase. All Windows 11 machines that are compatible with version 23H2 will now be offered the corresponding feature update and will be forcibly updated to this version in the coming days.

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Windows Explorer issues since Adobe Sync deactivation; fixed in Feb. 2024

Windows[German]A little information for Windows 10/11 users who also use Adobe's Creative Cloud. It seems that some of these users have "recently" started to suffer from problems with Windows Explorer. It reacts extremely slowly when changing folders and file selection is hardly possible. The cause is the deactivation of Adobe synchronization with the cloud. As a result, an Adobe operating system extension for Windows no longer worked. There was a simple workaround for those affected, but Adobe has now also provided a fix.

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