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If you're using Microsoft anything you've always had the potential to be watched. Sitting there bragging about XP and admonishing win 10 is amusing, you should be on linux if you're doing illegal stuff you don't want someone to know about otherwise using microsoft you already lost the game being played.

Glad this gaming rig I purchased from Digital storm came with win 10, best version of a microsoft os yet and I've been on MS products since win 95.
Absolutely no network issues with older devices seeing win 10 which has always been MS Bane.

The simplified menu's and everything easily located on those new menu's plus you can still right click start for all the old menu's, from what I see is a bunch of lame complaints from people that have never used win 10, because once you do you won't go back to any other inferior product. And oh you turn off all that Orwellian spying stuff you're so concerned about, i'm sure the NSA and CIA are interested in your masturbation habits.
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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.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74869764


How do you display the actual changes you made using netshell commands? Will it show a list of recently closed ports?
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05/15/2017 12:37 PM
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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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ohyeah
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05/15/2017 12:38 PM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
I was hacked on my Win 10 pc & it's now in the shop being stripped down & reformatted.
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Not sure how Win 10 works but when I got hit with that money bug all I did was enter safe mode and do a basic system restore to get rid of it
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05/15/2017 12:42 PM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
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

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

[link to blogs.technet.microsoft.com (secure)]
 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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I agree
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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.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74896251


Actually, my systems are solid.

In the hands of a dumbass, any system is vulnerable.

Microsoft has given us every reason to distrust them. I haven't trusted anything from MS since about April / May 2016 when they became overtly deceptive.

Fuck Microsoft! They can no longer be trusted.

If this fiasco further damages their market share, they deserve it. Big time.
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05/15/2017 12:49 PM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
so is this Cyber-Attack still raging?
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05/15/2017 01:04 PM
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Oh this is rich, you can't make this shit up. cruise

File Name:
WindowsXP-KB4012598-x86-Embedded-Custom-ENU.exe

File Size:
666 KB

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05/15/2017 01:09 PM
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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

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

[link to blogs.technet.microsoft.com (secure)]
 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.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72222427


This.

And Microsoft probably created the ransomware to kick things off.
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05/15/2017 01:10 PM
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If you're using Microsoft anything you've always had the potential to be watched. Sitting there bragging about XP and admonishing win 10 is amusing, you should be on linux if you're doing illegal stuff you don't want someone to know about otherwise using microsoft you already lost the game being played.

Glad this gaming rig I purchased from Digital storm came with win 10, best version of a microsoft os yet and I've been on MS products since win 95.
Absolutely no network issues with older devices seeing win 10 which has always been MS Bane.

The simplified menu's and everything easily located on those new menu's plus you can still right click start for all the old menu's, from what I see is a bunch of lame complaints from people that have never used win 10, because once you do you won't go back to any other inferior product. And oh you turn off all that Orwellian spying stuff you're so concerned about, i'm sure the NSA and CIA are interested in your masturbation habits.
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Spoken like a true Microsoft employee.
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05/15/2017 01:16 PM
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UK nuclear subs are still using xp for some onboard systems...

One can only imagine how many mission critical systems out there are still using XP like atm machines, hospitals, utilities etc.

It had to be done.
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05/15/2017 01:17 PM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
I was hacked on my Win 10 pc & it's now in the shop being stripped down & reformatted.
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Not sure how Win 10 works but when I got hit with that money bug all I did was enter safe mode and do a basic system restore to get rid of it
 Quoting: Pickett





Do you have to shut down your computer to enter safe mode? I have Win7 and from what I understand, I have to start it in safemode.
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If you're using Microsoft anything you've always had the potential to be watched. Sitting there bragging about XP and admonishing win 10 is amusing, you should be on linux if you're doing illegal stuff you don't want someone to know about otherwise using microsoft you already lost the game being played.

Glad this gaming rig I purchased from Digital storm came with win 10, best version of a microsoft os yet and I've been on MS products since win 95.
Absolutely no network issues with older devices seeing win 10 which has always been MS Bane.

The simplified menu's and everything easily located on those new menu's plus you can still right click start for all the old menu's, from what I see is a bunch of lame complaints from people that have never used win 10, because once you do you won't go back to any other inferior product. And oh you turn off all that Orwellian spying stuff you're so concerned about, i'm sure the NSA and CIA are interested in your masturbation habits.
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Spoken like a true Microsoft employee.
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Reads like something straight out of big brothers MS propaganda headquarters.

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05/15/2017 01:38 PM
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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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Lol only a dumbass would still be using XP. XP is FULL of security holes.
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05/15/2017 01:52 PM
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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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Lol only a dumbass would still be using XP. XP is FULL of security holes.
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So they would have you believe.
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05/15/2017 02:00 PM

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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.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74869764


Where do we find these ports and how do we proceed?

Check state with
netsh firewall show state... dafuqq?

Can you explain in detail?

Thank you.

abduct
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05/15/2017 02:06 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



Bitdefender was a pain to use. It hung up and crashed my computer constantly. And when I decided to cancel them and changed virus protection, they continued to charge my card! Had to call my cc company to block that shit.
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05/15/2017 02:07 PM
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
One of the machines I run is with WinXP 64bit and the last service pack for that version which is SP2.

I have never had a virus or worm on this or any other Windows machine I setup at home for 17 years and counting, and I don't run AV software.

I simply disabled everything I didn't need - most notably the Server service.

Obviously I don't store anything critical on this machine alone.

Some more info here;

"Server service
You can disable the server service unless you are sharing files on your hard drive or your printer. If you have a DSL or cable modem, stop this service. Hackers will get nowhere if you do."

[link to m.windowsnetworking.com]

There are a few articles around the web about disabling unneccessary items, but very few of them mention this service which is funny because it is the biggest single win of them all from a security perspective.

[link to www.marksanborn.net (secure)]


-something-

-mmhmm-
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05/15/2017 02:22 PM
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CAN CONFIRM XP PATCH working
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05/15/2017 02:30 PM
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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

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

[link to blogs.technet.microsoft.com (secure)]
 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.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72222427


LololoL Yeah right MS has always been able to spy on you the only difference with 10 is new cyber security laws made them have to tell you and give you the option to opt out of the more invasive ones. How the hell do you think they've gotten all the information on what to patch and update? By people volunteering the info? No your computer has always sent crash, incompatibility, and hardware conflict info. SMFH

The NSA can see everything you do with your computer, hear everything you say on your phone and read all texts and email without a warrant and you fuckers are bitching about MS collecting program and incompatibility issues.

Last Edited by Daggo on 05/15/2017 02:33 PM
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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

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

[link to blogs.technet.microsoft.com (secure)]
 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.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 72222427


LololoL Yeah right MS has always been able to spy on you the only difference with 10 is new cyber security laws made them have to tell you and give you the option to opt out of the more invasive ones. How the hell do you think they've gotten all the information on what to patch and update? By people volunteering the info? No your computer has always sent crash, incompatibility, and hardware conflict info. SMFH
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They have gone far beyond "crash, incompatibility, and hardware conflict info" I would not call that spying.

What they are doing now on the other hand is most definitely spying, and data gathering.

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i may be jinxing myself by saying this but I only run a basic firewall all the time. otherwise no security software because it slows computers down and eats system resources.

once every few months I run malewarebytes and a couple other scans. The most I end up with are unwanted tracking cookies.

I NEVER open anything I am sent in email or click links on pages that look odd. You can normally tell the real links from the ads and stuff if you pay attention.

My wife on the other-hand has to run several security software and virus protection 34/7 because she sometimes works from home. (She works for the State of Tennessee) she gets stuff on her computer I have never heard of. Once a week at minimal I will have yo take her laptop and do the best I can to clean it out so it will run fast enough for her to get he work done, she then takes it to her work and they give her a loaner and keep hers a couple days. The really bad thing is almost every employee there has the same issues and they have enough loaner systems that almost each employee has their own depending on the department, only low level entry job people use a general system that can be used by more than one person.

I am lucky enough that the head of their IT department used to be a tech where I was her immediate supervisor, I am officially authorized to troubleshoot her system if need be.
They have copies of my background checks the FBI ran on me when I was a off site tech and had to do some work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Where at the time (2004-2006) they had systems running windows 3.1

When I went on site my car was checked inside out plus dogs sniffed it, they inspected my toolbox which normally was 1 screwdriver with several bits in the end-cap and something to test power supplies.

No flash drives, memory cards or hard drives of any type were allowed in, Do not even try and bring in a camera.

Inside the place was clean but looked like it had not been remolded since it was built in the 40s

On the way out I had to go through a radiation monitoring station.

The place was very secure with armed guards all around but the computer systems were very outdated. But I would say each system done only one job and nothing else.
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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.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74869764


Where do we find these ports and how do we proceed?

Check state with
netsh firewall show state... dafuqq?

Can you explain in detail?

Thank you.

abduct
 Quoting: Concorde Warrior F-BVFA


Go to your firewall.
Block the ports from there with "DENY".... if that is the way you want to go.

Be aware though, it COULD stop other legit things from working that use those ports.

headnod12
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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'...
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they are hookin u up with the latest "see through your monitor" technology .
Concorde Warrior F-BVFA

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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
One of the machines I run is with WinXP 64bit and the last service pack for that version which is SP2.

I have never had a virus or worm on this or any other Windows machine I setup at home for 17 years and counting, and I don't run AV software.

I simply disabled everything I didn't need - most notably the Server service.

Obviously I don't store anything critical on this machine alone.

Some more info here;

"Server service
You can disable the server service unless you are sharing files on your hard drive or your printer. If you have a DSL or cable modem, stop this service. Hackers will get nowhere if you do."

[link to m.windowsnetworking.com]

There are a few articles around the web about disabling unneccessary items, but very few of them mention this service which is funny because it is the biggest single win of them all from a security perspective.

[link to www.marksanborn.net (secure)]


-something-

-mmhmm-
 Quoting: Distant Echo


I am going to get back to my old computer, the one that runs XP Pro SP3 ans see how I can turn off unnecessary Windows services.

I always make sure to keep a copy of all my files on a external hard disk with frequent updates just in case.
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Re: Microsoft issues ‘highly unusual’ Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack
One of the machines I run is with WinXP 64bit and the last service pack for that version which is SP2.

I have never had a virus or worm on this or any other Windows machine I setup at home for 17 years and counting, and I don't run AV software.

I simply disabled everything I didn't need - most notably the Server service.

Obviously I don't store anything critical on this machine alone.

Some more info here;

"Server service
You can disable the server service unless you are sharing files on your hard drive or your printer. If you have a DSL or cable modem, stop this service. Hackers will get nowhere if you do."

[link to m.windowsnetworking.com]

There are a few articles around the web about disabling unneccessary items, but very few of them mention this service which is funny because it is the biggest single win of them all from a security perspective.

[link to www.marksanborn.net (secure)]


-something-

-mmhmm-
 Quoting: Distant Echo


I am going to get back to my old computer, the one that runs XP Pro SP3 ans see how I can turn off unnecessary Windows services.

I always make sure to keep a copy of all my files on a external hard disk with frequent updates just in case.
 Quoting: Concorde Warrior F-BVFA


You can block a lot of the services too with a software based firewall in Win XP.
Some you need occasionally, so you can unblock them and reblock them when you are done.
You can block them by port and/or Process.
PM me and I will send you a link on what to use.

headnod12

Last Edited by Useless Cookie Eater on 05/15/2017 02:58 PM
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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.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74869764


How do you display the actual changes you made using netshell commands? Will it show a list of recently closed ports?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 71013446


If you execute a state check before you make changes you will find that on most XP systems there are 4 ports open.

netsh firewall show state

If so proceed as initially posted and you will have closed the vunerability. The worm uses a NetBT exploit.
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Where do we find these ports and how do we proceed?

Check state with
netsh firewall show state... dafuqq?

Can you explain in detail?

Thank you.
 Quoting: Concorde Warrior F-BVFA


Windows-key+R
Run the command cmd
A new small window will open

execute

netsh firewall show state

if ports 137,138,139 and 445 appear ENABLE or open proceed with the commands I posted earlier.
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MalwareTech @MalwareTechBlog

A lot of reports that people have paid the ransom and not gotten decryption keys. The system looks manual which is impossible to scale.


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Go to your firewall.
Block the ports from there with "DENY".... if that is the way you want to go.

Be aware though, it COULD stop other legit things from working that use those ports.
 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


You cannot do that using the GUI. Only using netsh.

Or create an IPsec filter using the MMC console but that is far more complicated.





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