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Most Windows Data Centers Still Vulnerable to CryptoAPI Spoofing Bug

Researchers from Akamai say that most Windows data centers have not patched systems against a critical spoofing vulnerability in CryptoAPI. The US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC) disclosed the vulnerability to Microsoft and the issue was patched in August 2022. In the update guide for the vulnerability (CVE-2022-34689), Microsoft …

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Hackers are Exploiting an Old Intel Driver Flaw

Researchers from CrowdStrike say that hackers are actively exploiting a seven-year-old improper input validation vulnerability in the Intel Ethernet diagnostics driver for Windows. The attackers are using the flaw to deploy a malicious kernel driver. Note The exploit requires administrative access to the system, often accomplished by a combination of credential capture (to include OTP …

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Solved: Failed to migrate DHCP services from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Window Server 2019 Standard

Problem/Question We attempted to migrate DHCP services from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2019 Standard, however, the process was failed. I am successfully execute below script on Windows Server 2019 Standard: Export-Dhcp -ComputerName “server2008r2” -File “C:\dhcp\dhcpexport.xml” -ScopeId 192.168.90.0 -Leases -Verbose Upon executing the next script, it failed: Import-DhcpServer -File C:\dhcp\dhcpexport.xml -BackupPath C:\DHCPDB\ -Leases …

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Solved: Why Windows server 2008 R2 showing less Total Physical Memory compared with Installed Physical Memory?

Question I recently purchased a HP ProLiant DL380p Generation8 (Gen8) to use as a home Plex server, as I was able to get a great deal. I currently have Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) installed and plan to upgrade it in the near future. I have observed that Windows is only recognizing 32GB of memory, …

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Solved: How to enable Windows Firewall GPO on SQL Servers with named instances?

Question I have been assigned the responsibility of enabling Windows Firewall on our server infrastructure. I have already configured the necessary rules for remote management and other essential services. However, since we are a development house with approximately 45 SQL servers, each of which use named instances which necessitates dynamic ports for connections, additional measures …

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Windows Server 2012 Extended Support will End in October

Extended support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 will end in early October of this year. Microsoft discontinued general support for Windows Server 2012 in October 2018; the company offered five years of extended support to allow users ample time to migrate to newer, supported versions of Windows Server. Note Keep track …

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Microsoft Releases Emergency Fix for Hyper-V VM Problems

On Tuesday, December 20, Microsoft released an emergency patch to fix problems caused by updates released the previous week in December’s Patch Tuesday. Some users reported being unable to create virtual machines on Hyper-V hosts. Resolution: This issue was resolved in out-of-band (OOB) updates released December 20, 2022 for installation on all Hyper-V hosts in …

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday

On Tuesday, December 13, Microsoft released fixes to address more than 70 security issues, including a previously disclosed privilege elevation flaw in the Windows 11 DirectX graphics component (CVE-2022-44710) and a Windows SmartScreen security feature bypass vulnerability (CVE-2022-44698) that is being actively exploited. The bypass vulnerability has been exploited by Magniber ransomware threat actors. Seven …

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Microsoft-Signed Windows Drivers Used Maliciously

Updated on 2022-12-15 Sophos reported that the Cuba ransomware group used malicious hardware devices certified by Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Developer Program in an attempted ransomware attack. Read more: Signed driver malware moves up the software trust chain Overview: Microsoft-Signed Windows Drivers Used Maliciously In October, researchers from SentinelOne, Mandiant, and Sophos notified Microsoft “that drivers …

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MC468510: Take action: OOB update for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 now available

Note: The message below is the same as the previous out-of-band update announcement but now with update information for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Microsoft is releasing Out-of-band (OOB) updates today, November 17, 2022 and November 18, 2022 for installation on all the Domain Controllers (DCs) in affected environments. This update addresses a known issue …

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MC468482: Plan for Change: Take a Test app updates to leverage Edge Chromium browser

As mentioned in MC442477, we are making backend changes to the Take a Test app which will update the app from using legacy Edge controls and begin using the latest Edge version, utilizing the newer Chrome-based WebView2 controls. This will occur in the December 2022 security update for Windows. Message ID: MC468482 Published: 2022-11-19 Updated: …

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MC468175: Organizational messages for Windows 11 (public preview)

Organizational messages enable you to use Microsoft Intune to configure and send branded messages people in your organization. Help employees learn about your organization or ramp up for new roles. Notify people about important updates and trainings. Messages can be delivered just above the taskbar or in the Windows notifications area to keep users informed …

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MC468176: Take action: OOB update to address an issue with sign in and Kerberos authentication

Microsoft is releasing Out-of-band (OOB) security updates today, November 17, 2022. This update addresses a known issue for installation on all the Domain Controllers (DCs) in your environment. You do not need to install any update or make any changes to other servers or client devices in your environment to resolve this issue. If you …

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