Microsoft Windows Zero-Day Vulnerability Disclosed Through Twitter

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Microsoft Windows Zero-Day Vulnerability Disclosed Through Twitter
ZDNet | Microsoft has quickly reacted to the disclosure of a previously unknown zero-day vulnerability in the Windows operating system. Yesterday, Twitter user SandboxEscaper revealed the existence of the bug. Following the disclosure, Will Dormann, vulnerability analyst at CERT/CC verified the bug, adding that the zero-day flaw works "well in a fully-patched 64-bit Windows 10 system." The Windows vulnerability is described as a local privilege escalation security flaw in the Microsoft Windows task scheduler caused by errors in the handling of Advanced Local Procedure Call (ALPC) systems. There are no known workarounds for the vulnerability, which has been awarded a CVSS score of 6.4 - 6.8.
You Can Now Sign into a Microsoft Account with an Apple Watch, No Password Required
The Verge | Microsoft first introduced password-free sign-ins to its accounts with an Authenticator app for iOS and Android last year. The app lets you approve requests to sign into a Microsoft Account without a password. Microsoft is now extending this same functionality to a new Apple Watch app so you can approve sign-ins straight from your wrist.
A Gmail-Style Side Panel Is Coming to Google Docs and Google Calendar
How-To Geek | Google plans to add a sidebar to Google Calendar, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Users will be able to create notes, tasks, and calendar appointments while editing documents. The sidebar is one of the best features in the new Gmail, so it makes sense for Google to roll it out to other applications.
Windows on Chromebooks? Stay Tuned.
Computerworld | "Windows 10 on Chromebooks? At first, it sounds downright stupid. You can already do just about everything on a Chromebook with Chrome OS, including running a ton of Windows apps. Why bother? I have some ideas," writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. Here's his take.
Tips & Tricks for the Digital Workplace
How to Get the Most Out of Gmail’s New Features
Wired | Once the shock and indignation wear off, you may find that Gmail’s redesign is… actually kind of nice. The update highlights new security measures and smoother integration with the Google tools you’re probably already using. Wired shows you how to take advantage of all the new tricks and features in the revamped Gmail.
Windows 10 Tip: Turn Your Paid Wi-Fi Connection into a Shared Hotspot
ZDNet | If your Windows 10 PC has a network connection, you can share it with up to eight nearby devices using the Mobile Hotspot feature.
IT Leadership & Strategy
Report: IT Is 'Keeping the Lights On,' But CIOs Must Be Freed Up to Innovate
TechRepublic | The majority of IT leaders (56%) agree that more energy and attention is directed to maintaining strong operations rather than innovative business initiatives (33%), according to a survey by IDG Connect, commissioned by Ivanti. The more than 300 IT decision makers surveyed all agreed that innovation was on the backburner. Respondents reported tasks like lowering IT spending (50%) and supporting business processes (41%) took priority over strategic innovation (28%) and training staff on IT security (23%).
Long Reads
‘Reattaching for Convenience’: Nine Passive-Aggressive Email Phrases That Must End Now
The Guardian | A poll has uncovered the most irksome phrases colleagues write in emails. But what do they actually mean? (My favorite line from this article is about the awful phrase "per my last email": "I use the word 'per' now, because I want my vaguely legal-sounding vocabulary to create fear deep in your stupid bovine heart.")
Increased Visibility into Rate-Limiting in Gmail
G Suite Updates | A malicious attack or misconfiguration can contribute to an unusually high rate of incoming email. To protect your users, Gmail monitors this incoming email rate and, when it reaches certain email receiving limits, automatically rejects messages to impacted accounts.
React with Emojis in Hangouts Chat
G Suite Updates | You can now use emoji reactions to respond to any Hangouts Chat message. Reactions allow you to quickly and creatively react to any message to show support, humor, or empathy.
Google Lets You Create a Sticker Version of Yourself with Selfies
The feature uses a combination of machine learning, neural networks, and artist illustrations to come up with cartoon emoji.

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