Security

KB976323 Wipes the SMTP Configuration

May 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Windows update MS10-24 for SMTP will wipe the SMTP configuration on Windows Server 2008.  I discovered this today when we found SMTP was no longer relaying email (or accepting local connections) on a couple of servers.  One server and I was scratching my head.  The second one and [...]

Microsoft Guidance: Anti-Virus Exclusion Lists

May 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

This one comes on foot of a thread on the Minasi forum related to how AV screwed up a VM on a Hyper-V host.  My recommendation is to not put antivirus on a Hyper-V host.  Unfortunately there are times when the techies get overruled on that one.  If you have to install AV on a Hyper-V [...]

MuckAfee Update Breaks PC’s

April 21, 2010 // 2 Comments

Thanks to Tim Bolton for making me aware of this.  It appears that MuckAfee (aka McAfee) distributed a bad AV update that breaks PC’s.  The malware definition file quarantined a critical XP system file.  They admit that “The problem occurs with the 5958 virus definition file (DAT) that [...]

MS10-015 Blue Screen: Microsoft Confirms It Was Malware

February 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

As was first reported by people on SANS and the Microsoft Answers forum, the cause of the MS10-015 blue screens of death was actually malware called Alureon or TDSS, i.e. a root kit that was already on the machine and had damaged it.  The update legitimately updated the system and the root kit [...]

That Was The First Security Fix For Hyper-V

February 10, 2010 // 0 Comments

By the way, when I posted about the security fix for Hyper-V last night, I should have mentioned that it was the first such on for the hypervisor itself in the 18 or so months since it RTM’d in Windows Server 2008.  Not bad! There’s some debate about how important it is.  Basically, [...]

KB977894: VERY Important Hyper-V Security Update

February 9, 2010 // 1 Comment

One of the patches released by Microsoft is a critical security fix for Hyper-V.  It affects all installation types on both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. “This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 [...]
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