Microsoft updates its Windows Processor Requirements page
Amidst the chaos created due to Microsoft users complaining of data loss caused by rollout of Windows 10 October 2018 update (version 1809), Microsoft has gone ahead and updated its Windows Processor Requirements page for the new version of the OS. The main modification is that it now supports Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 850 chipset.
One of the vulnerabilities patched by Microsoft with its latest Patch Tuesday updates is a Windows zero-day exploited by an advanced persistent threat (APT) group in attacks aimed at entities in the Middle East.
The flaw, tracked as CVE-2018-8453, has been described by Microsoft as a privilege escalation issue related to how the Win32k component of Windows handles objects in memory. An authenticated attacker can exploit the vulnerability to take control of an affected system.
The vulnerability was reported to Microsoft by Kaspersky Lab after one of the security firm’s systems detected an exploitation attempt. Kaspersky said it had reported the vulnerability to Microsoft on August 17 – it’s unclear why Microsoft waited so long to release a fix.
Gemalto released the latest findings of the Breach Level Index, a global database of public data breaches, revealing 945 data breaches led to 4.5 billion data records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2018.
Compared to the same period in 2017, the number of lost, stolen or compromised records increased by a staggering 133 percent, though the total number of breaches slightly decreased over the same period, signaling an increase in the severity of each incident.
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