With the use of passwords coming under increased scrutiny, Microsoft is taking steps to move beyond them in Windows 10. Its biggest move: Joining the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance and adding support for the biometrics technology in the upcoming upgrade of the OS, which has been slated to ship this year.
One of the security bulletins released by Microsoft on Tuesday fixes a privilege escalation vulnerability which, according to researchers, can be exploited by malicious actors to bypass all the security measures in Windows by modifying a single bit.
Security experts yesterday were still frustrated about Microsoft's decision last month to halt advance warnings of each month's patch slate, with one calling it a "blockade" and another arguing that it makes it difficult for IT administrators to do their job.
Microsoft today released nine update bundles to plug at least 55 distinct security vulnerabilities in its Windows operating system and other software. Three of the patches fix bugs in Windows that Microsoft considers “critical,” meaning they can be exploited remotely to compromise vulnerable systems with little or no help from users, save for perhaps clicking a link or visiting a hostile Web site.
Microsoft's smartphone platform, Windows Phone, has not lived up to the expectations that the company outlined when they dropped Windows Mobile many years ago. Windows Phone, as of right now, holds roughly 4% of the smartphone markets and for a company who owns over 90% of the desktop market, the smartphone market is a sore spot in the company's portfolio.