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Microsoft Windows XP is the sixth release of the NT series of operating systems, and was the first to be marketed in a variety of editions: XP Home and XP Professional, designed for business and power users. The advanced features in XP Professional are generally disabled in Home Edition, but are there and can be activated. There were two 64-bit editions, an embedded edition and a tablet edition.

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and iVanti patches Windows XP and Windows 2003! for all those that have not migrated it yet!
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A recent post by Brian Matis motivated me to make this alternate post to see what sort of reaction others might have about these recent revelations.

A recent article on The Verge claims that "The older operating system was less vulnerable that anyone expected"

Windows XP computers were mostly immune to WannaCry

Another article from the same source claims "Windows XP was ‘insignificant,’ researchers say" with regards to helping the WannaCry outbreak spread.

"Almost all WannaCry victims were running Windows 7"

Lots of folks (from their perspective) with a genuine need to keep running on Windows XP suffered a lot of grief in Tech forums as being one of the root causes of giving WannaCry a platform to spread and thrive from, yet now it appears all the criticism may have been a little premature and unjustified.

For the record, I personally don't condone anyone using unsupported operating systems and actively encourage everyone I deal with to get themselves up to date, but I am also sympathetic to those who feel they have a genuine need to do that, so also think they shouldn't be …
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
We have too many XP computers at my institution (some with only SP2) - mostly due to budgets and instrumentation.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Hi Thomas,
Have you considered purchasing an XP Updates agreement with Microsoft? Might be an easier solution if budget restraints prevent you from upgrading? I wouldn't feel comfortable with a lot of XP machines in an environment as it would be a case of when, not if, it will come back to bite you.  Patches are available, just at a cost.

Incidentally, SP3 for XP is still provided by Microsoft - why not install it?

Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3

How to obtain Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

Cheers..
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Once again, security threats are prompting Microsoft to provide patches for Windows XP, which theoretically isn't supposed to be supported by them anymore. While it sucks to have to support old systems like this, it's a good call on their part. Security weaknesses in one version of Windows can weaken the entire ecosystem by allowing the spread of malicious software.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/13/15790030/microsoft-windows-xp-vista-security-updates-june-2017
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Just read that article and was interested to read this.. "Windows XP computers were mostly immune to WannaCry"

Not that I'm condoning folks should continue to run XP of course, but I found this very interesting "Almost all WannaCry victims were running Windows 7"

Just goes to show how slack a lot of people are with regards to downloading their updates I guess.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
although we have plenty of clients, that had missing updates since Feb 2017, and they were not caught out!

because FIREWALLs and GROUP POLICIES, and restricted Applications!

The layered approach!
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If you've ever provided Telephone or Remote support to non technically minded computer folks, I'll bet you've faced the challenge of how to get them not to type a web address you're giving them by phone into Google, Bing, Yahoo (or any other search engine they might favor) rather than enter it into a browsers address bar.

I've been using the following trick for a while and think I've managed to save some of my hair as a result!

  1. Tell them to open their favorite web browser
  2. Press CTRL + L (instruct client not to touch any other keys)
  3. Tell them to type the web address you need them to go to - like support.me

Support.me is just a web alias for the Logmein Rescue app that I subscribe to.  Do you have any favorite tricks you like using when giving telephone support? Please share them in the Comments section below.

Hit the thumbs up button if you hadn't heard of (or forgotten about) this useful shortcut :-)
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by:Kyle Santos
I'm constantly using CTRL+SHIFT+T to recover tabs I've closed recently, and CTRL+T to open new tabs.  I'm on Chrome.
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by:Kyle Santos
ddaaannnngggg
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by:Brian Matis
Huh... this reminds me that I have an old desktop in the garage that's still running 7. Good thing I haven't turned it on in months...
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"Microsoft has done the right thing by making the patch available even for older, unsupported systems. But it shouldn't proactively push out the patches, as there are usually some business reasons why companies are still running old and unpatched systems," he said.

"By forcefully pushing a patch, it could do just as much harm, causing systems and applications to become unreliable."


http://www.techrepublic.com/article/why-patching-windows-xp-forever-wont-stop-the-next-wannacrypt/
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While we're all running around getting things patched and making sure our clients know how to keep from getting ransomware, let's also take a minute to disable SMBv1 as well. Patching will help this time, but you *know* someone is going to try to find another huge hole in SMBv1 to exploit. No Windows OS after Windows XP uses SMBv1, but MS had to include it in their newer OSes for compatibility. All the OSes that only use SMBv1 have been EOL for years. Let's just get future SMBv1 exploits off the table now, shall we?

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/filecab/2016/09/16/stop-using-smb1/
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Ransomware - Wannacry/wcry and everything else ...

Ransomware in general is something none of us wish to deal with.  The latest Wannacry problem is worse.  This is not because of what it is but rather of the extent to which it has affected our users.  There have been a plethora of great suggestions all over this site.  I would add to those with the following suggestions:
•      Completely check your system for viruses with a reputable virus checker
•      Check any suspected files and or links at virustotal.com
•      Make sure you have a tested versioning backup system
•      Do a complete scan of your system
•      Updates
        o      Make sure all your programs and your operating system is up to date (even old Windows OS’s now
                have updates, like windows XP – check the Microsoft website and do a windows update)
        o      If you are unable to do updates on your own machine due to company policy, make sure that your IT
                department is doing the updates.
•      Do not, click on an attachment in your email, even if it is from someone you know – call them up and check
        that they sent it – they’ll understand.

Whenever I touch a system I do a “ransomware check” which involves the following:
•      Create a blank text file called myapp.txt in the root drive (c:\) and rename it to myapp.exe
•      Run FoolishIT’s Cryptoprevent
•      Install an anti-ransomware tool such as BD Antiransomware, MBAM Antiransomware, Kaspersky
        Antiransomware for business, etc.
•      …
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by:John Hurst
The overall advice to keep automatic updates on to keep updates current, keep Antivirus up to date and firewalls up to date is something we have said many times in here (sometimes to deaf ears).

Two really important points. Stop the excuses and dump all desktop operating system earlier than Windows 7 and all server operating systems earlier that Server 2008.

Second: get top notch spam filters. That is how this malware gets in.
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by:Natty Greg
I can not stress enough about proxy and spam filter, content filter along with gateway antivirus scanning, patching all systems and educating users.
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Microsoft release Security Patches for Windows XP and Windows 2003, against the SMBv1 Security Exploit which the NSA have been using for years!

see

http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012598
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Correct, and for good measure turn fire ON, and block port 445.
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by:Adrienne Morgan
I love you to death because of your words and sayings
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Windows XP

118K

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Microsoft Windows XP is the sixth release of the NT series of operating systems, and was the first to be marketed in a variety of editions: XP Home and XP Professional, designed for business and power users. The advanced features in XP Professional are generally disabled in Home Edition, but are there and can be activated. There were two 64-bit editions, an embedded edition and a tablet edition.