Edge 109.0.1518.69

Edge[German]Microsoft has updated the Edge browser in the stable channel to version 109.0.1518.69 on January 25, 2023 (thanks to the reader for the tip). Microsoft did not reveal too much about this maintenance update.

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Exchange 2019: Does the January 2023 SU with CU 12 trigger the index problem again?

Exchange Logo[German]Quick question in the round, aimed at Microsoft Exchange Server administrators. Have you guys encountered any major issues (aside from services not starting automatically) when installing the January 2023 security updates? I have feedback from a service provider that the latest CU triggers the "index issue" again with Microsoft Exchange 2019. Here's a brief outline of what it's all about.

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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 ...

OTORIO DCOM Hardening Toolkit for Windows for OT systems released

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]There was a vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows DCOM implementation that allows security features to be bypassed. Microsoft has documented and patched this, and plans to release a final one in March 2023, however. Security vendor OTORIO has released an open source DCOM hardening toolkit for OT systems in advance, which companies can use to analyze their DCOM environments and harden them if necessary.

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Microsoft services (Outlook, OneDrive, Teams etc. has been down (Jan. 25, 2023)

Stop - Pixabay[German]Short remark for the morning (here in Europe) of January 25, 2023: As it looks right now (09:00 UTC), Microsoft is experiencing a major disruption to its online services such as Outlook, OneDrive, Teams, LinkedIn, etc., which have been unavailable or poorly accessible. Several German blog readers have just pointed this out to me (thanks for that) or are asking about a disruption.

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Google Chrome Version 109.0.5414.119/.120 and 108.0.5359.215

Chrome[German]Google has released updates to Google Chrome browser 109 in the Stable Channel for Mac, Linux and Windows as of January 24, 2023. Furthermore, there are updates for Chrome 108 released in the Extended Stable Channel for Mac and Windows. Thanks to Gerald M. for pointing this out.

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Windows 10/11: Microsoft confirms Taskbar issues with Barco ClickShare app calendar integration

Windows[German]Small addendum to a problem of the last 14 days. Users of Windows 10 and Windows 11 may suffer from the fact that the taskbar does not work anymore. Especially from the business sector I know of some reports. Cause can be among other things the application ClickShare from Barco – I had reported about it. Now Microsoft has confirmed the problem and given some hints.

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Windows Server 2012 / R2: Edge gets support until October 10, 2023

Edge[German]A few weeks ago, it was announced that Microsoft had discontinued support for the Edge browser as of January 2023 for Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 and actually Windows Server 2012 / R2 (Edge version 109 is the last supported version). Now Microsoft has announced that support for the Edge browser on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 will continue until October 10, 2023 (thanks to blog readers for the tip).

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Does the Microsoft Edge 109.x crash the Application Guard?

Edge[German]Does Microsoft Edge browser version 109.x crash Microsoft's Application Guard security feature on Windows? That is the statement of a user in blog comments. After the person concerned provided me with some information, I am taking up the topic in the blog to find out if there are any other affected persons who can confirm this.

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Office trouble: Excel calculation issues, and Outlook starts in safe mode (January 2023)

[German]In this post I would like to put online a small collection of problems or inconsistencies around Microsoft Office. The problems have come to my attention through the readership in the last few days. Possibly they are isolated cases, but there could be others affected.

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Windows 11 21H2 dynamic update KB5022370 (Jan. 19, 2023)

Windows[German]Small addendum from this week: Microsoft has released the dynamic update KB5022370 for Windows 11 21H2 on January 19, 2023. The goal of this update is to improve setup errors and the installation process.  Dynamic update KB5022370 replaces version KB5020379, which was released on November 15, 2022. Here is a brief overview of what there is to know.

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