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11 May, 2018, 01:22 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
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Microsoft has rolled out patches to Windows 10 Mobile users in the Fall Creators Update. We'll keep you updated on their status.

When is it out?

The Win32K vulnerability, which affects older OSes such as Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, enables attackers to run arbitrary code in kernel mode. We haven't been given a definitive date, but it's pretty much expected that it will launch towards the end of 2018, probably around September or October.

Microsoft lists one of them as CVE-2018-8141, impacting Windows 10 and Windows Server (version 1709). Windowing preferences have also arrived, letting users choose if apps or websites should open in new windows or tabs. The dark theme supports the File Explorer context menu too.

Redstone 5 is expected to begin rolling out to mainstream users around October 2018.

On top of this, we don't yet know whether the new behavior will be optional.




The dark theme for Windows File Explorer matches the rest of Windows's dark user experience, although the version previewed in the Insider build isn't fully featured yet. OneNote has been confirmed to be one of the first Microsoft apps to get the new layout.

Meanwhile Greg Wiseman, senior security researcher at Rapid7 noted that most of May's fixes seem to be browser related. These should make multi-tasking in Windows 10 better than ever. That's a major change for users who use Alt-Tab to switch between different program windows but it appears to be a viable solution to catch all open program windows even if they don't appear in their own window instance but as part of a set of programs in a single window.

"Not Microsoft-specific, CVE-2018-8897 is the result of almost all operating system vendors incorrectly handling debug exceptions coming from Intel architecture chips", said Wiseman. You can already try the new, denser layouts in Windows Mail, which was updated today to add these new options.

Microsoft at its Build 2018 revealed that it is working on bringing new Fluent Design elements to some of its core application in Windows 10.

The Windows 10 dark user interface has now made it to File Explorer also in this update.

It will be available on both Android and iOS devices, Microsoft said, and will offer access to photos, text messages and notifications. Hopefully, the feature gets added to a future Insider build very soon.

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