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Microsoft Security Updates

14 August 2019


Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can view here and obtain via Windows Update. This includes the latest Windows 7 Rollup and Windows 8.1 Rollup updates, as well as Windows 10 Cumulative Updates.



GPU-Z 2.24.0

14 August 2019


GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 2.24.0. Changes in this version include support for new chipsets as well as bug fixes.



Site Update

13 August 2019


If the site layout looks a little bit different, it's because I'm fiddling with it to make it a bit cleaner. I've removed some borders, dropped the gradient background from the header and altered the EuroVPS logo and About box contents and positions.



Flash Player 32.0

13 August 2019


Adobe has released Version 32.0.0.238 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. To download the full offline installer, use these links depending upon your browser: Internet Explorer or Firefox or Opera. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8 and 10, and Edge under Windows 10. Update to the latest version of Chrome to update its built-in Flash Player.



Acrobat Reader DC 19

13 August 2019


Adobe has released a new Version 2019.012.20036 of its free software for viewing PDF documents, now known as Acrobat Reader DC. This update provides new features, as well as security and bug fixes. The full changelist and offline installers can be found here.



AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.8.1

13 August 2019


AMD has released the Adrenalin Edition 19.8.1 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver adds support for Microsoft PlayReady 3.0 DRM on RX 5700 GPUs, as well as providing bug fixes.



Driver Security Vulnerabilities

12 August 2019


Another day, another major security issue. This time, Eclypsium, a firm specialising in mitigating driver and firmware security issues, has discovered serious security vulnerabilities in more than 40 drivers, from at least 20 vendors, including Nvidia, Intel, AMD, ASUS, EVGA, MSI, Gigabyte and Realtek. Design flaws in the driver code can allow lower-privileged applications to execute malicious code at the Kernel level. Some vendors have already issued updates to rectify these flaws (e.g., the recent Nvidia Update further below), and Microsoft will use its Hypervisor Code Integrity (HVCI) feature to blacklist affected drivers in Windows 10. Eclypsium will be releasing a list of the affected drivers shortly, and I'll post them here.



The Next Major Windows 10 Update

10 August 2019


The next major feature update for Windows 10, currently dubbed Windows 10 20H1 due to its expected release in the first half of 2020, will contain substantial changes. Some of these changes will be under the hood, some will be noticeable interface or feature additions/removals. If you're interested in seeing precisely what these changes are shaping up to be, check out this page on Microsoft's Insider Program site. It gives you a clear run-down on every change in each insider build, straight from the horse's mouth.



Nvidia Security Update

8 August 2019


Nvidia has released a Security Update noting that all versions of their consumer-oriented GeForce graphics drivers for Windows prior to 431.60 contain vulnerabilities that may lead to local code execution, denial of service, or escalation of privileges. The solution is to update your graphics driver to the recent 431.60 version or newer, or versions 431.23, 425.85, or 412.39 from specific hardware vendors.



SWAPGS Vulnerability

7 August 2019


Another Spectre-based side-channel security vulnerability is causing concern. It's been dubbed SWAPGS, because it leverages the SWAPGS instruction to allow an attacker to potentially access sensitive data on systems running Windows. This vulnerability affects newer (post-2012) generations of both Intel and AMD CPUs, however AMD disputes this. In any case, Microsoft already released a Security Update for SWAPGS last month, so make sure you install it as soon as possible.



Chrome 76.0

7 August 2019


Google has released Version 76.0.3809.100 of the Chrome browser. This update provides security and bug fixes.



GPU-Z 2.23.0

6 August 2019


GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 2.23.0. Changes in this version include support for new chipsets and features, including improved AMD Navi and Nvidia Super support, an updated icon and splash screen, as well as bug fixes.



Site Update

6 August 2019


Slow news period, so let's take a quick look at the latest Windows 10 Update (KB4505903) from two weeks ago. A number of people report major problems with it, but it should be noted that MS quickly replaced the initial version with another one, which may have helped resolve some of these. I installed it a few days later and fortunately have had no issues. This leads me to an oft-forgotten but very useful tool: Reliability Monitor. It's hidden away under Control Panel>Security and Maintenance>Maintenance, or you can type perfmon.exe /rel in Start>Search. This tool is a great way for anyone, novice or advanced, to quickly see any critical errors, and also browse informational events. My Reliability Monitor history looks like this. There are two critical errors on 21 July, caused by my stupidly rebooting Windows while I had a Windows 10 VHDX backup image mounted. The next reliability snapshot here shows manual installation of the KB4505903 Update from the Update Catalog without issue. Note also the Windows Store app automatically updating itself, as well as some .NET updates installing silently. The last snapshot here shows, interestingly, multiple automatic installations of a built-in Windows Bluetooth driver yesterday, when I connected two Bluetooth speakers to my PC. I'd already connected and paired these devices with my system weeks ago, but for some reason, Windows felt the need to reinstall its own Serial Bluetooth driver four times, each time saying it was successful. Anyway, as you can see, this interface, though not as comprehensive as Event Viewer, can be very handy for quickly spotting significant errors and silent updates.



Intel HD Graphics 26.20

2 August 2019


Intel has released Version 26.20.100.7000 of its HD Graphics drivers for the optimal performance of Integrated Graphics Processors on Intel CPUs. This driver contains DX11 performance optimizations, as well as improved performance for Fortnite and other Unreal Engine 4 games.



AMD Chipset Driver 1.07.29

1 August 2019


AMD has released Version 1.07.29.0115 of its drivers for use on AMD chipset-based motherboards. Note: these drivers have the exact same version number as those released a short while ago to resolve the Ryzen 3000 issues.



AMD Storage Driver 9.2.0

1 August 2019


AMD has released Version 9.2.0.127 of its storage driver for optimizing RAID storage configurations on AMD chipsets.



AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.7.5

1 August 2019


AMD has released the Adrenalin Edition 19.7.5 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver fixes a Wolfenstein: Youngblood bug on RX 5700 GPUs.




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