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 Post subject: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Wed 15, 2019 4:36 pm 
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I know some of us still run XP and 7. Those who do and have their PC(s) connected to the internet need to download an update provided this week, especially if you have a LAN with multiple vulnerable PCs, or use VM.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2019/05/14/prevent-a-worm-by-updating-remote-desktop-services-cve-2019-0708/

The vulnerability is similar to the bug that allowed WannaCry to propagate. Microsoft thinks that no one has yet released an exploit, but now that the bug and the program it is in are known, there are a lot of miscreants looking for it.

Microsoft has released a fix for XP, even though it is no longer supported. Windows 7 support ends for most of us in a few months.

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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Wed 15, 2019 4:48 pm 
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Will this work for Vista?


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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Wed 15, 2019 5:25 pm 
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Ars Technica has an article explaining the problem: https://bit.ly/2HouzfX

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What versions are vulnerable?

Besides Windows 2003 and XP, CVE-2019-0708 also affects Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008. In a testament to Microsoft’s steadily improving security, later versions of Windows aren’t at risk.

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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Wed 15, 2019 5:37 pm 
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J. Hill wrote:
Will this work for Vista?


Vista !! LoL really?

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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Wed 15, 2019 6:01 pm 
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It's part of the monthly security rollup - if you have Win7 setup for automatic updates, it'll install with the monthly update.

For XP, Server and Embedded, you'll probably need to install manually.

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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Wed 15, 2019 6:16 pm 
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Vista? Nothing works for Vista. ;-).....

but seriously, I'd check the Microsoft website. It's possible that Vista isn't compromised with this exploit.

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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Wed 15, 2019 7:29 pm 
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The Vista answer should be here:

https://support.microsoft.com/help/4500705

The problem is in Remote Desktop Services, which is in Vista but may be a different version. In case Vista isn't patched and you don't need remote services, go to this form:

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Turn off Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop


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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Wed 15, 2019 8:02 pm 
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Will it work on Windows 7 Professional ?

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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Wed 15, 2019 8:09 pm 
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RadioNut39 wrote:
Will it work on Windows 7 Professional ?


Yes - security updates are segregated by version and 32/64 bit versions only. Pro/Home means little.

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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Wed 15, 2019 8:26 pm 
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Findm-Keepm wrote:
RadioNut39 wrote:
Will it work on Windows 7 Professional ?

Yes - security updates are segregated by version and 32/64 bit
versions only. Pro/Home means little.

Ahhh....of course! Thanks! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Wed 15, 2019 8:45 pm 
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According to this site: https://borncity.com/win/2019/05/15/cri ... -may-2019/ updates for Windows Server 2008 from the Update Catalog can be manually applied on Vista.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Wed 15, 2019 11:39 pm 
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Why in the world would anyone activate Remote Assistance? Just disable it.

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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Thu 16, 2019 1:58 am 
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Windows 7 is nothing more than Vista service pack 3--same o/s with some tweaks. So theoretically it should work, unless MS was feeling evil that day and decided not to include it. Just try it--either it will work or it won't.

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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Thu 16, 2019 2:00 am 
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Done, thanks John, would otherwise have escaped me. Heartening show of corp responsibility on the part of MS. Also that I'm not the only XP dinosaur on the savannah.

At Dell, word was that major clients [retail POS and the G-word] don't bed-hop operating systems like the feature-hungry consumer sector does. Thus a 'huge' installed base of XP in what might be called critical applications. I'll take stability over gizmo-laden [burdened] any time it's offered.

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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
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I run Vista and all my "remote" settings were already set to off. This is the first time I've ever checked those settings and I've never touched them. They must have been set to off by default.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Thu 16, 2019 7:52 am 
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Only took them 2 years to reveal this vulnerability. Refreshing to know that Windows has my back.

Next up: CDC announces cholera might be a threat.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 10:50 am 
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rocketeer wrote:
Why in the world would anyone activate Remote Assistance? Just disable it.

Larry

My suspicion would be that microsoft could avtivate remote assistance, through the use of remote assistance.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows XP and 7 vulnerability
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 12:11 pm 
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COM-NAV-ECM wrote:
rocketeer wrote:
Why in the world would anyone activate Remote Assistance? Just disable it.

Larry

My suspicion would be that microsoft could avtivate remote assistance, through the use of remote assistance.

Nope. The end user must activate it before a remote can connect. I am a computer specialist dating back to 1979 and in the course of setting up secure networks I have worked with MS to see if Remote Assistance could be turned on remotely. They failed in every instance even if I provided the IP address but if you're really that paranoid perhaps you should consider Linux or Apple.

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