Windows 7

Microsoft: Meltdown and Spectre Check via PowerShell

Like many folks around the world, I was wondering if this Meltdown and Spectre flaw would impact my computers and virtual machines.  Microsoft has started to release emergency fixes for Windows 10 and its been said that Windows 8 and legacy 7 will also receive patches.

Microsoft has released a PowerShell script that lets users check whether they have protection in place.

Steps to take:

  1. Open PowerShell (I like to use PowerShell ISE)
  2. Run PowerShell as as Administrator.
  3. Type Install-Module SpeculationControl and press Enter.
  4. When the installation completes, type Import-Module SpeculationControl and press Enter.
  5. Type Get-SpeculationControlSettings and press Enter.

In the list of results that’s displayed, you’re looking to see that a series of protections are enabled — this will be listed as True.  Ref: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4073119/protect-against-speculative-execution-side-channel-vulnerabilities-in

Should reassemble 

Speculation control settings for CVE-2017-5715 [branch target injection]

  • Hardware support for branch target injection mitigation is present: True
  • Windows OS support for branch target injection mitigation is present: True
  • Windows OS support for branch target injection mitigation is enabled: True

Speculation control settings for CVE-2017-5754 [rogue data cache load]

  • Hardware requires kernel VA shadowing: True
  • Windows OS support for kernel VA shadow is present: True
  • Windows OS support for kernel VA shadow is enabled: True
  • Windows OS support for PCID optimization is enabled: True

 

 

 

What is this Office11ShipAssert error?

I am looking into an error being thrown in the WER directory of several Windows 7 computers running Office 2010 SP2.

The error report was picked up by an IDS as communication to as communication going to watson.microsoft.com “Application Crash Report Sent to Microsoft” and thus the investigation has started.

The error message is located in the following location: (*jermsmit* used as example of users id)

\c$\Users\jermsmit\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportArchive\NonCritical_6xk3_cae7bb3efd629b7aa754c7bce3d3e93e0a6fd93_0c6798b3\Report.wer

Message reads:

Version=1
EventType=Office11ShipAssert
EventTime=130389317334475039
Consent=2
UploadTime=130389317334631038
ReportIdentifier=ebe44a9f-a857-11e3-aca9-001aa019fa44
WOW64=1
Response.BucketId=8096914
Response.BucketTable=21
Response.type=4
Sig[0].Name=Problem Signature 01
Sig[0].Value=6xk3
Sig[1].Name=Problem Signature 02
Sig[1].Value=14.0.7015.0
DynamicSig[1].Name=OS Version
DynamicSig[1].Value=6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.4
DynamicSig[2].Name=Locale ID
DynamicSig[2].Value=1033
UI[2]=C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\OUTLOOK.EXE
Sec[0].Key=No2nd
Sec[0].Value=2
State[0].Key=Transport.DoneStage1
State[0].Value=1
FriendlyEventName=Non-critical error
ConsentKey=Office11ShipAssert
AppName=Microsoft Outlook
AppPath=C:\Windows\SysWOW64\DWWIN.EXE

I have found several articles such as the following links:

Error Office11ShipAssert in Outlook 2010 SP2

Nagging Office11ShipAssert

Good info, but nether seems to solve the issue or indicate what the source of the problem is.

So I went the Windows updates and search to see if any of the KB’s had known issue and haven’t found anything. Latest KB’s installed on affected systems:

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Update for Microsoft InfoPath 2010 (KB2817396) 32-Bit Edition

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB2687567) 32-Bit Edition

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for x64-based Systems (KB2911501)

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (KB2775360) 32-Bit Edition

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2912390)

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Update for Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 (KB2760601) 32-Bit Edition

Installation successful and restart required for the following update: Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 for x64 (KB2898855)

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Update for Microsoft OneNote 2010 (KB2837595) 32-Bit Edition

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Update for Microsoft InfoPath 2010 (KB2817369) 32-Bit Edition

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 for x64 (KB2901110)

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2837583) 32-Bit Edition

Restart Required: To complete the installation of the following updates, the computer must be restarted. Until this computer has been restarted, Windows cannot search for or download new updates: – Update for Microsoft InfoPath 2010 (KB2817396) 32-Bit Edition – Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB2687567) 32-Bit Edition – Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for x64-based Systems (KB2911501) – Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (KB2775360) 32-Bit Edition – Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2912390) – Update for Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 (KB2760601) 32-Bit Edition – Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 for x64 (KB2898855) – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for x64-based Systems (KB2909921) – Security Update for Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2909210) – Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2862973) – Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for x64-based Systems (KB2

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for x64-based Systems (KB2901112)

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2916036)

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for x64-based Systems (KB2898857)

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2862973)

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Security Update for Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2909210)

Installation Successful: Windows successfully installed the following update: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for x64-based Systems (KB2909921)
Reboot completed.

I haven’t yet gone the to the steps of removing the most recent updates as this is marked as a Non-critical error and for the moment simply annoying.

If you know of this issue please share what you know.  I’d like to put this to rest at some point.

modern.IE updated for Internet Explorer 11

The released of Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview is out for Windows 7 its no surprise that team over at modern.IE have updated the tool sets and resources to further help with future development of web we know and have grown to love and depend on.

You can find the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) preview available on Virtual Machines. A quick way to get you up and going in no time. The new Virtual Machines included:

  • Windows 8.1 Preview with IE11
  • Windows 7 with IE11 Developer Preview

And they are available across many common virtualization platforms:

  • Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 & Windows 8 Pro w/Hyper-V
  • Virtual PC for Windows 7 (note that VPC cannot run Windows 8 VMs)
  • VirtualBox on Windows , Mac OSX and Linux
  • VMWare Player for Windows and Mac OSX

Be sure to head over to the site to start your download

 

Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Let’s fall in love with Windows 7 all over again, with Internet Explorer 11. Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview is fast and fluid, and lets your websites shine and perform just like native applications on your PC.

Highlights:

Internet Explorer 11. Fast and fluid for Windows 7.

  • Fast: Internet Explorer 11 harnesses the untapped power of your PC, delivering pages full of vivid graphics, smoother video, and interactive content.
  • Easy: Experience the web the way you want to with pinned sites, built-in Spell-check  and seamless integration with your PC running Windows 7.
  • Safer: Improved features like Smart-screen Filter and Tracking Protection let you be more aware of threats to your PC and your privacy.

Message to my developer types; get it, get it now. And make sure your awesome websites work with it.

Download it herehttp://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39677

 

Get to Network Connections UI by using “ncpa.cpl”

Looking for a quick way to get to your network connections: Control PanelNetwork and InternetNetwork Connections

From the run prompt (shortcut keys: WinKey+R) enter ncpa.cpl. You will immediately open a window that takes you to the network connections UI without traveling thought the network sharing center.

If you want to create a quick shortcut you can file this in the following location: “C:WindowsSystem32ncpa.cpl

This works in Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2008 (and R2) along with Server 2012

More info: Description of Control Panel (.cpl) Files

So go; Run, you silly boy. And remember