Vulnerability title (Microsoft): Trusted Boot Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability

Vulnerability title (Microsoft): Trusted Boot Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability CVE: CVE-2015-2552 Vendor: Microsoft Product: Windows NT series 8.0+ Affected versions: See “systems affected”. Reported by: “Myria” Vulnerability Summary: ===================== An attacker with administrative access to a Windows machine with UEFI Secure Boot enabled may bypass code signing policy checks by putting intentionally- malformed configuration options in the boot configuration database (BCD). Vulnerability Details: ===================== On a Windows system with Secure Boot enabled, Windows doesn’t correctly protect against attempts to enable features that are prohibited while UEFI Secure Boot is enabled, such as “test-signing” and the local kernel debugger.  This allows …

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Certain Windows updates in Windows 10 deliver extra “options” for telemetry on your machine.

For a guide on how to disable several telemetry options already, visit this website: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/windows-10-doesnt-offer-much-privacy-by-default-heres-how-to-fix-it/ Another resource is available at: https://fix10.isleaked.com/ Certain Windows updates in Windows 10 deliver extra “options” for telemetry on your machine. It is advisable to uninstall them: https://www.kernelmode.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4001 For additional privacy, you can add these entries to your hosts file, which is located in: C:Windowssystem32driversetc You can edit and save the file by opening Notepad as Administrator (Press Windows key (“flag” icon), in the search bar enter “notepad”, right-click on notepad and choose Run as Administrator – then browse to the hosts file location). Note: this …

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Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is Microsoft’s free anti-virus software. It is designed to protect against malware and viruses on Windows XP, Vista, and 7, but in Windows 8 it has been discontinued and merged with Windows Defender. In truth MSE has never been a robust anti-virus, receiving widespread criticism for covering the basics of malware protection and nothing more; we have always recommended that you should replace MSE with a more effective antivirus. Sadly, Windows Defender does not fare much better than its forerunner. It looks and feels almost exactly like MSE, and like its predecessor offers little more than …

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Is Your Windows 8 Computer Having Trouble Keeping the Correct Time?

Right click on the clock icon in the bottom right corner of your Windows 8 screen. When the options menu pops up, select ‘Adjust date / time.’ A new window will then appear. Click on the ‘Internet Time’ tab and then click ‘Change settings.’ From the next screen you can select the option ‘Synchronize with an Internet time server.’ Once the drop-down menu appears you can select the option ‘time.windows.com.’ After that’s complete, simply tell the system to ‘Update now.’

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Lock The Screen Image

If you share a Windows 8 PC with others and don’t want them messing with the lock screen image, you can lock it so that it can’t be changed. To do it, though, you’re going to have to get down and dirty by editing the Registry. When you’re on the Start screen, type REGEDIT, click Apps on the right-hand side of the screen, then click the regedit.exe icon that appears on the left side of the screen. A security window appears asking if you want to allow the Registry Editor to make changes to your PC. Click Yes, and the …

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