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Patch Tuesday drops the mandatory antivirus requirement after all
2018-03-13T20:35:18+00:00 - Peter Bright / Ars Technica
This was due to the particularly invasive nature of the Meltdown fix: Microsoft found that certain antivirus products manipulated Windows' kernel memory in unsupported ways that would crash systems with the Meltdown fix applied. This put systems without any antivirus software at all in a strange position: they too lack the registry entries, so they'd be passed over for fixes, even though they don't, in fact, have any incompatible antivirus software. Windows 10 includes a compatible antivirus application as a built-in part of Windows, so there's little excuse to ever be using an incompatible product or no antivirus protection at all. A cryptographic flaw has been found in CredSSP (Credential Security Support Provider), Microsoft's protocol that provides authentication for both remote desktop (RDP) connections and Windows Remote Management (WinRM) connections. While it's not generally recommended, people often use RDP connections across insecure links to provide secure access to remote systems.

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