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  1. Ever since XP.. i have never installed Adobe Flash.. i've always used a portable browser... with portable flash.. But Windows 8 natively comes bundled with Adobe Flash! There are tools out there for pre-mastering Windows' images... But this tutorial will focus on already installed /Online installs.. which i just uninstalled IE.. and wanted Flash gone as well.. 1. Navigate here to get your flash package: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\Packages 2. Start PowerShell. 3. enable unsigned PowerShell scripts: Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned 4. Now scroll below and verify "Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384" matches your registry key in Step 1. - if your package version is different.. edit all occurrence with your package version. 5. Now manually execute each command below.. 1 line at a time. $acl = get-acl -Path "hklm:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing"$inherit = [system.security.accesscontrol.InheritanceFlags]"ContainerInherit, ObjectInherit"$propagation = [system.security.accesscontrol.PropagationFlags]"None"$rule = new-object system.security.accesscontrol.registryaccessrule "Administrators","FullControl",$inherit,$propagation,"Allow"$acl.addaccessrule($rule)$acl | set-aclSet-ItemProperty -Path "hklm:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\Packages\Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384" -Name Visibility -Value 1New-ItemProperty -Path "hklm:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\Packages\Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384" -Name DefVis -PropertyType DWord -Value 2Remove-Item -Path "hklm:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\Packages\Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384\Owners"dism.exe /Online /Remove-Package /PackageName:Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384If you followed the tutorial to a T.. you should see something similar to my output: Note: for extreme minimalists.. this procedure could be used to remove other packages.. dism.exe /Online /Remove-Package /packagename:Microsoft-Windows-Camera-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.3.9600.16384dism.exe /Online /Remove-Package /packagename:Microsoft-Windows-FileManager-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.3.9600.16384
  2. Here is my problem: - I have dual screen enabled - open IE on monitor 2, go to netflix (or anywhere) start movie and put in fullscreen mode - click any where on other monitor 1 ... focus is lost on the fullscreen video on monitor 2 and it goes to a "window" mode This is a pain in my ass. Anyone know how to "fix" this issue? I have searchd online and found a few suggestions but so far none have helped me.
  3. Microsoft announced this afternoon that the zero-day vulnerability being exploited in a watering hole attack against an unnamed U.S.-based NGO website was already scheduled to be patched in a cumulative Internet Explorer update tomorrow. The zero-day was reported publicly on Friday by FireEye researchers and today a few more dots were connected on the attack, which is dropping a variant of the McRAT Trojan that has been used in a number of targeted espionage attacks targeting industrial secrets. Microsoft promised a relatively light Patch Tuesday tomorrow that included another IE rollup, a staple of the company’s monthly security updates in 2013. Dustin Childs, a group manager in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group, said today that the vulnerability in an IE ActiveX Control will be patched in MS13-90 tomorrow. In its advanced notification released last Thursday, Microsoft said the IE bulletin is rated critical because it involves flaws that can lead to remote code execution. The critical rating applies to IE 6-8 on Windows XP, IE7-9 on Vista, IE 8-10 on Windows 7, and IE 10 on Windows 8 and 8.1; all other versions are rated important. FireEye, today told Threatpost, that the attack is limited to a single U.S.-based website hosting domestic and international policy guidance. No details were available on how the site was compromised, only that the victims were hit by malware in drive-by download attacks targeting an information leakage vulnerability and a memory corruption issue leading to remote code execution. What differentiates this attack from other watering hole attacks is that victims are not subject to malicious iframes or traffic-redirects to attacker-controlled sites and further malware downloads. Instead, McRAT is injected directly into memory, a new twist on advanced targeted attacks. By using memory-only methods, the attack is exceptionally difficult for network defenders to detect, when trying to examine and confirm which endpoints are infected, using traditional disk-based forensics methods,” said Darien Kindlund, FireEye director of threat intelligence. Microsoft said a number of mitigations are available to IE users as a mitigation until a patch is applied, namely setting security zone settings to “High” to block ActiveX Controls and Active Scripting, though users could experience some usability issues. IE can also be configured to prompt a user before running Active Scripting. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is also a viable mitigation, Microsoft said. The IE patch is one of eight bulletins scheduled for tomorrow, three of those rated critical. The scheduled security updates, however, will not include a patch for the Windows TIFF zero day being actively exploited in attacks primarily in Pakistan. The vulnerability in several Windows and Office versions is being exploited in targeted attacks against Windows XP systems running Office 2007. Microsoft released a Fix-Ittool as a stopgap measure until a patch is released out of band or with the December security updates. Source
  4. Microsoft revealed some new details today about the Internet Explorer app on Xbox One, including the extent to which your voice and hands can be used to control the experience on your television. While the Kinect is turned on, you’ll be able to use the phrase “Xbox, select” to review which verbal commands are available within Internet Explorer. A screenshot posted by Microsoft reveals eight core phrases that can be used. These are: Scroll up, scroll down, add favorite, refresh, show address bar, click on , and browse to . If you use the phrase “click on”, you can then activate any link currently shown on the page. Microsoft says that you’ll only need to utter a few words to make it work – even if the link you’re asking for is incredibly long. Meanwhile, the command “browse to” will let you request any of your favorite sites or those most-visited in your current location. It seems that the core phrases shown along the top of the screen will change depending on the content that is being shown on the webpage. Microsoft says you’ll also be able to use your voice to play back embedded media and watch videos in full-screen mode; neither of these are listed in the company’s screenshot, however. If you don’t fancy stretching your vocal cords, Kinect will also enable a number of hand gestures in the Internet Explorer app. Once you reach out and grab the current webpage, you’ll be able to move your hand up and down to scroll vertically, or forwards and backwards to zoom in and out. When you move your hand over a link (emulating a cursor), you can also imitate pressing the screen to activate it. Unlike the original Kinect for the Xbox 360, where you would hold your hand out and have to wait for the peripheral to evaluate your choice, this should be a much faster control scheme. Microsoft says that if a number of links are bunched close together, the Internet Explorer app will also zoom-in automatically. Source
  5. Does anyone here still using IE web browser? I like how IE starts, it's way too fast than any of my web browser installed in my system, however, I'd like to know if there is a great way to block those nasty ads that keeps on popping up while browsing. Do you know any adblock filters for IE? I think Adblockplusie is fake.
  6. At 10 AM Pacific time on Thursday, Microsoft will release an update to address the zero day vulnerability recently disclosed in all versions of Internet Explorer. The advance notification of the update lists Windows XP as among the affected platforms, indicating that it will be among the platforms patched, in spite of its support period ending weeks ago. Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing stated "[T]he security of our products is something we take incredibly seriously. When we saw the first reports about this vulnerability we decided to fix it, fix it fast, and fix it for all our customers." Users with Automatic Updates enabled do not have to do anything, although running Windows Update will apply the fix immediately. In a blog entry, Hall explains Microsoft's approach, which mostly is to urge users to move on from Windows XP. The company decided to move quickly when they were made aware of this vulnerability and to patch Windows XP because of the proximity to its end of support period. Further information on the update may be found at KB2964358. Among the advice there, IE will crash if you install the update on a Windows 7 system whch does not have KB2929437 installed. If you use Windows Update these determinations and appropriate installations will be made automatically. Otherwise, follow the instructions in KB2964358. Source
  7. UPDATE – Researchers at Websense said today they may have isolated two components within the VGX library that are being exploited by attackers targeting the latest Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability. By combing through millions of Windows crash reports sent via the Windows Error Reporting feature, researchers have discovered a spike in VGX.DLL crashes in two particular spots. Application crashes are indicators of exploit activity in some cases, and researchers believe that either one could be what is being exploited in the wild. Researcher Alex Watson said more details on the vulnerable components could be available soon, and would fill in some gaps left open by advisories from Microsoft and FireEye that were scant in details about the exploits. “We are searching those [two] and taking a deep look at our feeds to find other indicators of compromise,” Watson said. Watson said researchers combed through six months of crash reports, close to 20 million in total, and found fewer than 40 crashes in IE 6 through IE 11 inside VGX; 13 of those happened in February, 9 in March and 12 this month. Two stood out. The first affected IE 9 running on a Windows 7 machine, which is the same setup exploited in the attacks currently in the wild. Other matching crash reports indicate possible failed exploit activity in the U.S. between March 22 and mid-April, Websense said. The second possible vulnerability affects IE 8, the researchers said. Two different versions of IE 8 running on Windows 7 indicate a buffer overflow vulnerability is present in VGX as early as Feb. 17, Websense said. “It is somewhat unusual to see such a large percentage of application crashes being triggered via buffer overflow,” Watson said, calling it suspicious. “While it has not been reported that IE 8 has been targeted via CVE-2014-1776 in the wild, errors like this are consistent with exploits that corrupt and overwrite memory.” The IE zero day set off alarm bells since it can be exploited all the way back to versions of IE compatible with Windows XP, which is no longer supported by Microsoft as of April 8. Microsoft issued an advisory and warned users that hackers were actively exploiting the use-after-free vulnerability in limited targeted attacks, although only in IE 9 through IE 11. Researchers at FireEye also shared details on the exploit and said that it is used in conjunction with an Adobe Flash exploit to cause memory corruption and allow an attacker to run code remotely on the compromised computer. The vulnerability in IE is specific to the browser’s handling of the Vector Markup Language and vector graphics rendering. Microsoft advised as a temporary mitigation that admins disable the VGX.DLL; the library is crucial for proper graphics rendering and is used by IE as well as Office applications. “When we looked at this DLL, we found it is not used often and likely shouldn’t be used at all,” Watson said. “It’s a deprecated vector processing library.” Watson said researchers were prompted by news of the active exploits and started searching crash reports for evidence of exploit activity in the VGX library. Starting in February, spikes in crashes in IE 8 and IE 9 began, in particular from targets in the U.S., U.K., and Brazil, including telecoms, financial services organizations and municipal governments, Websense said. Websense researchers use application crash reports from computers running Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 sent through the Windows Error Reporting framework to investigate the possibility of advanced attacks against organizations. Exploits often cause applications to crash and these reports, also known as Dr. Watson reports, are sent in the clear to Microsoft so that bugs can be prioritized and addressed, as well as user experience issues. The reports are triggered not only by crashes, but also when applications fail to update or when hardware changes are detected on a network. This article was updated at 4 p.m. with clarifications throughout. Source
  8. One week after releasing an out-of-band patch for an Internet Explorer zero day, Microsoft has provided a head’s up that next week’s Patch Tuesday security updateswill include another critical patch for the browser. The IE roll-up is one of two critical bulletins expected next week; interestingly enough it rolls back to Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 and IE 6, which also ran on Windows XP. Last week’s out-of-band patch, MS14-021, was also made available for XP systems despite Microsoft ending support for the OS on April 8. Microsoft said next week’s patch will not be for XP machines. “Our existing policy remains in place, and as such, Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP. We continue to encourage customers to migrate to a modern operating system, such as Windows 7 or 8.1,” a Microsoft spokesman said. Qualys CTO Wolfgang Kandek said the IE fix should also patch vulnerabilities disclosed during the year’s Pwn2Own competition at CanSecWest. ”This update should be high on your list,” he said. Pwn2Own, held in March, produced three new IE vulnerabilities, two of them sandbox bypasses developed by vulnerability vendor VUPEN of France. Researchers Sebastian Apelt and Andreas Schmidt, meanwhile, chained two use-after-free vulnerabilities in the browser and a kernel bug to hack the underlying system. Last week’s XP patch was a surprise, but was likely prompted by an uptick in attacks specifically targeting XP users. The zero day exploit targeted IE 9 through IE 11 users initially and was used alongside an Adobe Flash exploit to compromise computers. Researchers at FireEye then reported additional attacks against IE 8 running on XP systems. Kaspersky Lab principal researcher Kurt Baumgartner said the exploits in the wild were dropping versions of the Pirpi remote access Trojan in order to steal data from hacked computers. The second critical bulletin affects SharePoint Server 2007 SP 3, SharePoint Server 2010 and 2013 as well as Office Web Apps 2010 and 2013. The remaining six bulletins are rated Important by Microsoft and affect a number of products from Office, to Windows, to .NET. The most serious could be a remote code execution bug in Office 2007, 2010 and 2013. Microsoft is also patching a security feature bypass in Office. “It is rated important and provides RCE to the attacker, indicating that the attacker vector is a malicious document that the target has to open in order to trigger the attack,” Kandek said. “Attackers would use a document like that in a social engineering attack, which aims at convincing the user to open the document, for example by making it appear as coming from the user’s HR department or promising information about a subject of interest to the user.” The four bulletins addressing Windows and .NET patch elevation of privilege and denial of service vulnerabilities all the way back to Windows Server 2003. Adobe to Patch Reader and Acrobat Adobe, meanwhile, also plans to release a patch for a vulnerability in the Windows and Mac OS X versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Adobe said it is not aware of active exploits against the vulnerability, which is in versions 10.1.9 and 11.0.06 and earlier of both products. Adobe has given the vulnerability its highest criticality rating, indicating the bugs are remotely exploitable. Source
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