Jul 15

High Performance power plan is missing in newer builds of Windows 10

You may have noticed that High Performance power plan is missing some versions of Windows 10 especially when running on laptops. Only the Balanced plan is shown.

This is somehow connected to the Modern Standby. I couldn’t find any official statement from Microsoft about removing High Performance power plan.

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Mar 16

A critical vulnerability in CredSSP was found that affects RDP and WinRM in all Windows versions

A remote code execution vulnerability in CredSSP provider have been found recently (CVE-2018-0886). It affects RDP and WinRM on all supported Windows versions. An attacker who successfully exploits this vulnerability could relay user credentials to execute code on the target system. Any application that depends on CredSSP for authentication may be vulnerable to this type of attack.You can find more information here:Security Advisory: Critical Vulnerability in CredSSP Allows Remote Code Execution on Servers Through MS-RDP (Video).

It requires the attacker to have access to your network first. But take it seriously – patch your systems.

The fix does not have its own but instead it was included in various KBs:

CVE-2018-0886 | CredSSP Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

The patch was included in March’s patch Tuesday so many Windows Update ready computers should be safe now.

Microsoft plans to make graceful transition from vulnerable to mitigated state of the protocol so clients have time to update and check compatibility/stability. They will release three updates to mitigate the issue:

1) First patch will fix the issueby correcting how CredSSPvalidates requests during the authentication process. The update will introduce a new registry key (and a group policy option Encryption Oracle Remediation) that will change the behavior of CredSSP clients and servers. It was already released on March 13, 2018

Administrators are encouraged toapply the policy and set it to “Force updated clients” or “Mitigated” on client and server computers as soon as possible. These changes will require a reboot of the affected systems

2) On April 17, 2018 Microsoft will release an update to RDP Client (MSTSC) that will enhance the error message that is presented when an updated client fails to connect to a server that has not been updated

3) On May 8, 2018 an update will be released to change the default setting from Vulnerable to Mitigated

The Patch Lady explains everything in details.

Go, patch and configure your systems guys 🙂

Mar 16

As of Delphi Tokyo 10.2.3 the professional edition includes mobile support

Good news for all Delphi guys – Idera added the Mobile pack add-on to Professional versions! That’s great, a step in the right direction and will be appreciated by the community. Since Embarcadero’s acquisition by Idera good things begin to happen.

Here is the official announcement:Mobile Support in Delphi and C++Builder 10.2.3 Professional Edition

The steps to add Mobile support to your installation are described here:Delphi and C++Builder 10.2.3 Professional – Mobile Pack Installation Instructions

In short – you will receive an email with a link to request your serial number. Type your existing Delphi key. You’ll receive a mail with a serial number for Mobile pack add-on. Then you need to update to version 10.2.3, go to Control Panel and from the list of programs find your Delphi 10.2.3 installation. Click Change, then Upgrade and enter the new key. The mobile pack add-on will be included in the installation.

Enjoy 🙂