Microsoft's Surface RT tablet owners are experiencing Windows update problems after installing the latest firmware update, which was released on 8 January.
A number of users have reported the fault on the Microsoft Community support forums over the past two weeks, complaining that after they installed the patch, the Microsoft Surface RT tablet will not connect to Windows Store or Windows Update to check for or download the most recent app updates.
The bug was flagged not long after the initial release of the patch on 10 January by FrankOstrow, who posted a question to the forum's support staff.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 14:25
Microsoft Security Essentials has once again failed to make the grade for certification at AV-Test, an independent but non-required honor that most anti-virus programs enjoy. By extension, Windows 8's built-in virus protection, Windows Defender, likely suffers the same shortcomings as it is essentially a rebadged version of MSSE. The anti-virus utility marked its first failure for Sept/Oct.
Since its debut in 2009, Microsoft's no-cost anti-virus has remained free of advertisements, nagging reminders or required registration. This made MSSE an exciting alternative to long-time freebies Avira, Avast and AVG. MSSE quickly took off and gained a reputation as a top contender, once receiving excellent marks for its lightweight foot print, simple interface and detection/removal capabilities. In recent times though, MSSE has slipped -- a lot.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2013 12:56
The phrase 'Hunt for Red October' no longer refers only to the work of author Tom Clancy, or the film based on his novel.
Today, it also refers to a sophisticated cyber-espionage operation that stretches back to 2007. On the perpetrators' tails have been a team of researchers from Kaspersky Lab and Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) around the world. Now, in a detailed analysis, Kaspersky Lab has posted more information about the inner workings of an attack its researchers say rivals Flame in complexity.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2013 12:53
Earlier this week Oracle rushed out a fix for a critical bug in Java that was reportedly being widely exploited by malicious sites to remotely execute code on a victim’s machine. Well, it only took one day after the patch arrived for a different and apparently still-unpatched zero-day vulnerability to start circulating online.
According to a report on KrebsOnSecurity, a fully "weaponized" executable that exploits the bug was being advertised for $5,000 a piece in an underground Internet forum. The price included a ready to use encrypted version of the exploit as well as the source-code so that it could be folded into other types of attacks.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 January 2013 12:26
As is the way of such things, just days after one coder figured out a way around Microsoft's Windows RT controls another individual has created an easy-to-use tool based on the example.
Posted by netham45 on XDA-Developers, the RT Jailbreak tool needs only to be loaded and run on the tablet (wait a minute or two after booting up), without any need for the user to poke around in the Windows kernel themselves.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 January 2013 14:09