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Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack

 
Anonymous Coward
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05/15/2017 08:13 AM
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I have windows 8 version and I downloaded updates (I had shut off updates years ago) but they will not install until I shut down laptop.

I am unsure of what to do.

Anybody?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72985360


Uh..im pretty sure you should RESTART your laptop...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72775181


I mostly just put in sleep mode.
If I restart, the updates will be installed.
I don't know much, that's why I ask.

Anyone else?
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bump
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05/15/2017 08:17 AM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
There are still people on Windows XP? I thought they stopped supporting XP, too.
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only a complete dumbass would be on anything higher than XP
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I have often thought this too....
I cannot believe people even use any iOS whether it be pc, tablet, or iphone. I do use windows 8.1 on my personal laptop, but I have it locked down in a way that I haven't downloaded ANY UPDATES. My laptop doesn't even know about updates. I just have the install with several programs to block all the 'tethering' back to microsoft. I also made sure to delete anything and stop anything that would have any way to download or install anything to do with windoze10 which is malware in its own right.
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
There are still people on Windows XP? I thought they stopped supporting XP, too.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71689621


only a complete dumbass would be on anything higher than XP
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 49432502


I have often thought this too....
I cannot believe people even use any iOS whether it be pc, tablet, or iphone. I do use windows 8.1 on my personal laptop, but I have it locked down in a way that I haven't downloaded ANY UPDATES. My laptop doesn't even know about updates. I just have the install with several programs to block all the 'tethering' back to microsoft. I also made sure to delete anything and stop anything that would have any way to download or install anything to do with windoze10 which is malware in its own right.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74391785


I could probably make more money at work if I learned the finer points of securing theirs and other companies servers. This will become very valuable knowledge in the aftermath of this ransomware exploit. I understand the concepts behind security just not the actual steps it would take to provide much needed security.
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05/15/2017 09:06 AM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
should I not download it?
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obviously
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05/15/2017 09:26 AM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
What do you bet Microsoft itself was behind the attacks in order to force massive system upgrades.

I had automatic updates shut off on my 8.1 system and they still managed to put updates onto my system. I uninstalled them one by one and they were put back on.

My next computer will be linux. That is it, I am done with those cunts.
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05/15/2017 09:27 AM
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There are still people on Windows XP? I thought they stopped supporting XP, too.
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only a complete dumbass would be on anything higher than XP
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 49432502


I have often thought this too....
I cannot believe people even use any iOS whether it be pc, tablet, or iphone. I do use windows 8.1 on my personal laptop, but I have it locked down in a way that I haven't downloaded ANY UPDATES. My laptop doesn't even know about updates. I just have the install with several programs to block all the 'tethering' back to microsoft. I also made sure to delete anything and stop anything that would have any way to download or install anything to do with windoze10 which is malware in its own right.
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What do you use?
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05/15/2017 09:29 AM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
There are still people on Windows XP? I thought they stopped supporting XP, too.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71689621


stopping support doesnt mean people would stop using it...

i run xp on 2 machines, it works fine and faster than any of the newer shit.

so fuck you microsoft i aint getting no patch!
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This is strange. Maybe XP can't be monitored like new operating systems. So all this is a big false flag to get ms spy ware into millions of XP machines.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72222427


Exactly what I was thinking, too.
I can't imagine that Microsoft suddenly started giving a shit.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74661623


This makes no sense, what do you think this whole WannaCry thing is about? Windows XP being TOO secure that it has a massive vulnerability that takes down countless systems across the globe? So TPTB install a patch to uh.. make it easier to hack? What are you smoking.
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To make it easier for THEM to hack and then force in new O/S updates like the Windows 10 crap that infested anyone with a Windows 7 or 8.1 PC until Microsoft was forced to back down.
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should I not download it?
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I have the same question.

Maybe this is a trap.

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05/15/2017 09:34 AM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
should I not download it?
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I have the same question.

Maybe this is a trap.

Idol1
 Quoting: Concorde Warrior F-BVFA



Security Update for Windows XP SP3 (KB4012598)

Version:

4012598
File Name:

WindowsXP-KB4012598-x86-Embedded-Custom-ENU.exe
Date Published: 5/13/2017
File Size: 666 KB

[link to www.microsoft.com (secure)]


pl0t-thickens
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05/15/2017 09:38 AM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
should I not download it?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74654083


I have the same question.

Maybe this is a trap.

Idol1
 Quoting: Concorde Warrior F-BVFA


Microsoft is never to be trusted, any time nor for any reason.
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
should I not download it?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74654083


I have the same question.

Maybe this is a trap.

Idol1
 Quoting: Concorde Warrior F-BVFA



Security Update for Windows XP SP3 (KB4012598)

Version:

4012598
File Name:

WindowsXP-KB4012598-x86-Embedded-Custom-ENU.exe
Date Published: 5/13/2017
File Size: 666 KB

[link to www.microsoft.com (secure)]


pl0t-thickens
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is this for real?!!
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05/15/2017 09:50 AM

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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
There are still people on Windows XP? I thought they stopped supporting XP, too.
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Exactly, this is why issuing a patch for XP is 'highly unusual'...
 Quoting: Armchair General


You would think that this XP patch would be used more for businesses that still use XP software...

This XP software is still used in cash registers, scan guns, and inventory management...
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05/15/2017 09:51 AM
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The "patch" is no doubt to enable their spyware for those using older versions who haven't been forced onto Windows 8 or 10 yet. They know people are refusing them because they are very intrusive and loaded with spy shit....so they gotta get you to download this "patch" ...you know to "help" you
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05/15/2017 09:54 AM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
should I not download it?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74654083


I have the same question.

Maybe this is a trap.

Idol1
 Quoting: Concorde Warrior F-BVFA



Security Update for Windows XP SP3 (KB4012598)

Version:

4012598
File Name:

WindowsXP-KB4012598-x86-Embedded-Custom-ENU.exe
Date Published: 5/13/2017
File Size: 666 KB

[link to www.microsoft.com (secure)]


pl0t-thickens
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WOW

You can't make this shit up.
WOW
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05/15/2017 09:56 AM

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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
The "patch" is no doubt to enable their spyware for those using older versions who haven't been forced onto Windows 8 or 10 yet. They know people are refusing them because they are very intrusive and loaded with spy shit....so they gotta get you to download this "patch" ...you know to "help" you
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30520157


No reason to get the patch, just have your back-ups up to date. Then if you get infected, just go back to vanilla settings and re-install all your data. It's also a good idea to have a hard copy of the XP Operating system with updated drivers....

Last Edited by DuckNCover on 05/15/2017 09:56 AM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
There are still people on Windows XP? I thought they stopped supporting XP, too.
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only a complete dumbass would be on anything higher than XP
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 49432502


There are plenty of PCs still using XP - you wouldn't believe how many businesses, universities and hospitals still have PCs running XP
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05/15/2017 09:58 AM
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should I not download it?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74654083


I have the same question.

Maybe this is a trap.

Idol1
 Quoting: Concorde Warrior F-BVFA



Security Update for Windows XP SP3 (KB4012598)

Version:

4012598
File Name:

WindowsXP-KB4012598-x86-Embedded-Custom-ENU.exe
Date Published: 5/13/2017
File Size: 666 KB

[link to www.microsoft.com (secure)]


pl0t-thickens
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is this for real?!!
 Quoting: CarimboHanky


Yep....confirmed.

FILE SIZE = 666KB for the Windows XP SP3 patch.

[link to www.microsoft.com (secure)]

Coincidence?....or warning?

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05/15/2017 10:03 AM
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There are still people on Windows XP? I thought they stopped supporting XP, too.
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The company I work for still has a machine that runs on Windows 95 and this company is nationwide.
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05/15/2017 10:04 AM
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windows xp can be hacked by the subseven Trojan

let that sink in
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05/15/2017 10:07 AM
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windows xp can be hacked by the subseven Trojan

let that sink in
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Anything can be "hacked".
In fact Windows 10 is built as virus itself....by the very definition of what a virus/malware does.

Go back to sleep and let that sink in.

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05/15/2017 10:09 AM
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There are still people on Windows XP? I thought they stopped supporting XP, too.
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If it works for you, why upgrade?
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
windows xp can be hacked by the subseven Trojan

let that sink in
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Anything can be "hacked".
In fact Windows 10 is built as virus itself....by the very definition of what a virus/malware does.

Go back to sleep and let that sink in.

catfilenails
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That reminds me of things that are piggy backed and made off of viruses like GMO's and Vaccines, just to name a few...
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
The XP patch has been available to those on extended support.
They just made it publicly available now, too.
With up to 140,000,000 million XP workstations still running, it is the right thing to do (in their mind mostly for PR purposes).

If you are running XP and worried about this single patch being the one that spies on you... think of the hundreds you have not had installed since support ended.
That is a large number of vulnerabilities with countless exploits.

I do not expect the next ransomware attack to be as nice.
Expect an 0-Day to appear at some point that gets used for the same purpose.
This is still the same poorly-coded operating system that has been down this road many times.
People panic in groups and recover individually.
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I have windows 8 version and I downloaded updates (I had shut off updates years ago) but they will not install until I shut down laptop.

I am unsure of what to do.

Anybody?
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Click the link, look at the list to the right and pick one.

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05/15/2017 10:14 AM
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I have windows 8 version and I downloaded updates (I had shut off updates years ago) but they will not install until I shut down laptop.

I am unsure of what to do.

Anybody?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72985360


Get malwarebytes, fuck microsoft patches
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There are still people on Windows XP? I thought they stopped supporting XP, too.
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If it works for you, why upgrade?
 Quoting: TheToolMan


The issue over time with XP becomes lack of drivers.
Companies stop writing the driver to work with XP peripherals.

At some point, a 3rd party will need to create adaptive links via Win 7 driver packs....or people will have to move to WIN 7.

The other issue is most of Windows XP O/S's are 32bit.
A big problem for memory adressing on everything from USB to on board memory.
There are work-arounds at times, but it's adding layers of complexity, and software adaptations, just to make it work.

Still, WinXP is still good enough for MANY people and their basic computing needs even with the limitations.

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Well, get the patch if you are running XP to protect your machine from the wannacry worm.


Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13127957


This is strange. Maybe XP can't be monitored like new operating systems. So all this is a big false flag to get ms spy ware into millions of XP machines.
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
What if its NOT a Patch?

Its a scheme to force XP-Tards to buy / upgrade to new OS?

It will crash all XP-Tards and wipe their data?
?

There is billions in it for them...
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
windows xp can be hacked by the subseven Trojan

let that sink in
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 67089381


Anything can be "hacked".
In fact Windows 10 is built as virus itself....by the very definition of what a virus/malware does.

Go back to sleep and let that sink in.

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That reminds me of things that are piggy backed and made off of viruses like GMO's and Vaccines, just to name a few...
 Quoting: DuckNCover


Win 10 is even worse.
In your analogy, it would be the equivalent of injecting yourself with AIDS.

It's TERMINAL to your privacy and freedom.


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