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

 
Anonymous Coward
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There are still people on Windows XP? I thought they stopped supporting XP, too.
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Lots of corporations will not upgrade XP. The main reason why is because nearly all major business, finance, and corporate software was written in VB6 (Visual Basic 6). Its considered the best, safest and fastest, and simplest programming language (even today).

Windows XP was the last operating system that could successfully run programs made with VB6 without issues.

So companies dont want to fix what isnt broken.
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05/15/2017 10:43 AM
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There are still people on Windows XP? I thought they stopped supporting XP, too.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71689621


Lots of corporations will not upgrade XP. The main reason why is because nearly all major business, finance, and corporate software was written in VB6 (Visual Basic 6). Its considered the best, safest and fastest, and simplest programming language (even today).

Windows XP was the last operating system that could successfully run programs made with VB6 without issues.

So companies dont want to fix what isnt broken.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71261836


Clearly, based on the malware outbreak, you can now see how many MAJOR companies are still on Windows XP.

That was interesting to see....damage caused aside.


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05/15/2017 10:45 AM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
It adds up. Windows 10 is the most Orwellian PC OS in existence. Windows XP is on the opposite end of comparison, of which Microsoft loathes people using.

After 2 years of stopping updates people still won't let loose of XP, so along comes the 'most widespread' 'greatest in history' 'world war infection' that targets XP users.

Coincidence?
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05/15/2017 10:49 AM
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They had a fix ready to go and chose not to offer it -- presumably because that would encourage people not to upgrade.

They're culpable in all this mess.
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05/15/2017 10:51 AM
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Which they should have done in the first place.
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There are still people on Windows XP? I thought they stopped supporting XP, too.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71689621


Lots of corporations will not upgrade XP. The main reason why is because nearly all major business, finance, and corporate software was written in VB6 (Visual Basic 6). Its considered the best, safest and fastest, and simplest programming language (even today).

Windows XP was the last operating system that could successfully run programs made with VB6 without issues.

So companies dont want to fix what isnt broken.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71261836


Reality is, unless a company is forced to make updates to application, they will not add the cost overhead to do it.
Financial services, being some pretty cheap bastards, will not recode ATMs to another platform until the house of cards truly falls.
People panic in groups and recover individually.
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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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If anyone thought at first there was no conspiracy against WinXP PC's still running...ones that Microsoft/NSA can't get into easily.
...that patch file size tells you all you need to know.

Evil must always hint quietly at what it is doing.




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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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I could smell rotten fish from a distance.
Fuck Microsoft.

I came. I saw. I Concorde.

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05/15/2017 11:27 AM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
IF you are using Windows XP as an operating system your a fool for doing it.
There are NO security patches available for your protection and your machine is becoming a Hackers paradise.

If you are running it then get the current PATCH and for gosh sakes move on to another operating system

BTW I have been in Information Technology for 23 years so I know what I am talking about.
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05/15/2017 11:31 AM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
XP users
No patch needed.

close ports 137,138,139 and 445 using netsh firewall.

netsh firewall set portopening protocol = all port = 137 mode = disable profile = all
netsh firewall set portopening protocol = all port = 138 mode = disable profile = all
netsh firewall set portopening protocol = all port = 139 mode = disable profile = all
netsh firewall set portopening protocol = all port = 445 mode = disable profile = all

done.

Check state with
netsh firewall show state

No ports should be open but the regular exceptions you added via the GUI.
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05/15/2017 11:33 AM
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Is linux susceptable to wanna cry?

I wouldnt guess so because of the compartmentalized not root state of the default standing filesystem.
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05/15/2017 11:37 AM
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BTW I have been in Information Technology for 23 years so I know what I am talking about.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74896167


No you most cetainly do not.

XP can be made as safe as you want without the spying of newer versions.
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05/15/2017 11:38 AM
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Is linux susceptable to wanna cry?

I wouldnt guess so because of the compartmentalized not root state of the default standing filesystem.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72616937


No.
Anonymous Coward
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05/15/2017 11:40 AM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
Microsoft DID IT.

Who has the most to gain?

Who has motive?

Same as the viruses.
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05/15/2017 11:41 AM
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Microsoft DID IT.

Who has the most to gain?

Who has motive?

Same as the viruses.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6410930


If the XP patch introduces logging to external servers I might believe you.
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05/15/2017 11:51 AM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
Could the "patch" contain stealth forced OS "upgrade" code?

This leads to more questions about this situation...
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05/15/2017 11:51 AM
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They just want you to upgrade to Windows10.

For the first time ever, I am getting a "Sorry to interrupt, but this is Important" full-screen message telling me I NEED to upgrade to 10 "FOR MY SECURITY!!!"

Hell, I'm waaaay back there... lol

Norton & Malwarebytes detects everything. Fecka buncha Windows10.

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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
Norton & Malwarebytes detects everything.
 Quoting: DeadManWalkin'


I'm afraid not.

You might want to look into the latest Bitdefender suite.
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05/15/2017 11:58 AM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
The military still uses XP and pays Microsoft millions a year for updates but the public gets none. Wanting them to upgrade to 10...
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05/15/2017 12:00 PM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
XP is quick and lean, not bloated with an over complicated nanny interface that is every subsequent version.

Ports are closed and 3rd party protections updated. I'll use XP until flash stops supporting, with my middle finger pointed at Windows 10 - the most intrusive, data logging, slave submitting operating system known to man.
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05/15/2017 12:04 PM
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XP is quick and lean, not bloated with an over complicated nanny interface that is every subsequent version.

Ports are closed and 3rd party protections updated. I'll use XP until flash stops supporting, with my middle finger pointed at Windows 10 - the most intrusive, data logging, slave submitting operating system known to man.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74825130


That about sums it up.

Well done.
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You want a computer that is easy to use, reliable and safe: Get a Mac

Honestly, I buy a new iMac every 3 years and say what you want about their prices ... it works.


You want a computer to nerd, play around with , .. get Linux

You want a computer to emulate old systems .. get Linux

You want a computer for web, python, sql .. get Linux









You want a computer to play .. get an PS4 tounge
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05/15/2017 12:09 PM
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Is linux susceptable to wanna cry?

I wouldnt guess so because of the compartmentalized not root state of the default standing filesystem.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72616937


No.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74869764


Gotta love the penguin man. Linux is the sheeeeiiiit
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05/15/2017 12:11 PM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
Norton & Malwarebytes detects everything.
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I'm afraid not.

You might want to look into the latest Bitdefender suite.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74869764


Will do, thanks.

Norton sent me a msg saying I'm secure from this specific threat, tho.

I don't keep anything on this old device that isn't backed up, anyway.

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05/15/2017 12:18 PM
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"Beware of geeks bearing gifts."
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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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Fuck No!

No way would I install that.

666
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05/15/2017 12:24 PM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
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.

[link to distrowatch.com (secure)]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74851374


I don't know how to do much, so I don't do much.

I noticed that when I downloaded the updates, my laptop got warm and started making a noise, like it was straining.

Yeah, I'm an amateur, that's why all I can do is describe and ask.

Thanks for replies.
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05/15/2017 12:24 PM
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Honesty I buy a new iMac every 3 years and say what you want about their prices ... it works.
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Still running a Toshiba Satellite laptop I got in 2007 has windows vista and never lets me down
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05/15/2017 12:30 PM
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I've seen threads where idiots here bragged about disabling Windows update cause they think somehow that will keep Microsoft from spying on them. Only thing their dumbasses are doing is making their computers vulnerable to attack.
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05/15/2017 12:32 PM

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You want a computer that is easy to use, reliable and safe: Get a Mac

Honestly, I buy a new iMac every 3 years and say what you want about their prices ... it works.


You want a computer to nerd, play around with , .. get Linux

You want a computer to emulate old systems .. get Linux

You want a computer for web, python, sql .. get Linux


You want a computer to play .. get an PS4 tounge
 Quoting: ThePaleOne


what's the difference between a Mac & an Apple?? I'm so sick of these virus with Microsoft pc.

I was hacked on my Win 10 pc & it's now in the shop being stripped down & reformatted. The hackers wanted $182USD & I refused to pay it & disconnected my pc from the modum. They did say that if I did not pay it, my files would be deleted in 7days. I just listened to a vid with Paul Begley where he is talking about this & he also said the hackers talked about the 7 day window to their other victims.





GLP