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Yesterday, 09:05 PM

Posted by raymac46 in Bruno's All Things Linux
I have a post in the Windows forum about my wife's friend Shari who borked her Win 10 installation on her Dell laptop - and how I rescued her.
Shari had an old Gateway MX2067 laptop besides her Dell so I thought it might be a good idea to see if I could fix it up as a backup for email at least.
It turned out to be a real crashbox: Celeron M 1.4 GHz, 60 GB HDD, 512 MB DDR 2700 RAM. The absolute Max RAM would be 1 GB but I didn't have any junk SODIMMS and I didn't think it was worth it to spend $30 or so on a 1GB kit. The machine ran Windows XP back in the day. Of course it's a 32 bit model.
I decided that Lubuntu would be a good choice to at least try with this memory challenged junker. The machine wouldn't boot from a USB but it did have a DVD-ROM. I burned an ISO and booted it. No wifi but hey..it's Broadcom. I plugged in an Ethernet cable and started the install.
It took FOREVER but finally I got it configured and running off the hard disk. Lubuntu's driver manager had no Broadcom drivers but after more research I installed firmware-b43-installer and this did the trick. The wifi is working.
I'll set up Chromium so Shari can go in and get her email. No YouTube though - not with this old beast.
I am quite pleased with how well it runs. At least as well as it did with XP. And it's a lot more secure.

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Microsoft December 2017 Security Updates

12 Dec 2017

Posted by Corrine in Security & Networking
The December security release consists of 32 security updates in which 20 are listed as Critical and 12 are rated Important. The release consists of security updates for the following software:

    Internet Explorer
    Microsoft Edge
    Microsoft Windows
    Microsoft Office and Microsoft Services and Web Apps
    Microsoft Exchange Server
    Microsoft Malware Protection Engine

The updates address Remote Code Execution, Information Disclosure, "Defense in Depth" (Note:  "Defense-in-Depth" is a fix that does not apply to an actively exploitable vulnerability but prevents future vulnerabilities caused by the same code when surrounding code changes expose the problem.), Security Feature Bypass, Spoofing and Denial of Service.

For more information about the updates released today, see https://portal.msrc....ary.  Updates can be sorted by OS from the search box. Information about the update for Windows 10 is available at Windows 10 Update history.

Also see this month's Zero Day Initiative — Zero Day Initiative — The December 2017 Security Update Review by Dustin Childs in which he discusses several of the patches.

Release Notes
Windows 10 Update History

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Adobe Flash Player and AIR Security Update

12 Dec 2017

Posted by Corrine in Security & Networking
Adobe has released Version of Adobe Flash Player and Version of Adobe AIR.  The update addresses CVE-2017-11305, a regression that could lead to the unintended reset of the global settings preference file.

Release date:  December 12, 2017
Vulnerability identifier: APSB17-42
Platform:  Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS

*Important Note:  Downloading the update from the Adobe  Flash Player Download Center  link includes a pre-checked option to install unnecessary extras,  such  as McAfee Scan Plus or Google Drive.  If you use the download  center,  uncheck any unnecessary extras that you do not want.  They are not  needed for the Flash Player update.

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