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Microsoft Pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update That Wipes Your Data

The company plans to investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating

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After several users complained that installing the Windows 10 October 2018 update has been wiping off their data, Microsoft on Saturday announced putting a halt to the availability of the update.

“We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating,” the tech giant posted on its Support page.

Users who have manually downloaded the update have been advised to not “install it and wait until new media is available”.

Microsoft has also provided links for people to contact the company.

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“We will provide an update when we resume rolling out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to customers,” the post added.

Users who installed the “Windows 10 October 2018” update complained that the process wiped out their user profiles, including documents and photos, the media reported.

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An alarming number of users have taken to social media forums and Microsoft’s own support website to complain about the serious issue.

Since Microsoft had not started automatically pushing this latest update out, only people who visited “Windows Update” manually and checked for updates installed the latest software version. (IANS)

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Bug Spotted in Microsoft Office 365, Outlook

Several tech companies offer bug bounty incentives. Sahad also received bug bounty from Facebook last year for discovering a bug in the social networking platform

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A Kerala-based application security engineer has won bug bounty from Microsoft for discovering a series of vulnerabilities that left over 400 million Microsoft users’ accounts — from Office 365 to Outlook emails — open to hacking.

Sahad NK, who works as a security researcher with cybersecurity portal Safetydetective.com, came across multiple vulnerabilities that, when chained together, allow an attacker to take over any Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Store, or Microsoft Sway account simply via the victim clicking on a link.

“Immediately after finding these vulnerabilities, we contacted Microsoft via their responsible disclosure programme and started working with them,” said Safetydetective on Tuesday.

The vulnerabilities were reported to Microsoft in June and fixed by November end.

“While the vulnerability proof of concept was only made for Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Sway, we expect it to affect all Microsoft accounts including Microsoft Store,” said Sahad.

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Sahad discovered that a Microsoft subdomain, “success.office.com”, had not been properly configured. He also found bug in Microsoft Office, Store and Sway products.

A string of bugs when chained together created the perfect attack to gain access to someone’s Microsoft account — simply by tricking a user into clicking a link.

“Anyone’s Office account, even enterprise and corporate accounts, including their email, documents and other files, could have been easily accessed by a malicious attacker, and it would have been near-impossible to discern from a legitimate user,” said TechCrunch.

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Sahad, with the help of fellow security researcher Paulos Yibelo, reported the bug to Microsoft, which fixed the vulnerability and gave an unspecified amount as bug bounty to Sahad.

Several tech companies offer bug bounty incentives. Sahad also received bug bounty from Facebook last year for discovering a bug in the social networking platform. (IANS)