Spectre – Vulnerabilities

Recently Google Project Zero team has identified a vulnerabilities on CPU that is affecting all AMD, Intel and ARM Processors.

The variants of the issue identified so far,

Variant 1: bounds check bypass (CVE-2017-5753)
Variant 2: branch target injection (CVE-2017-5715)
Variant 3: rogue data cache load (CVE-2017-5754)

The entire Azure / Office 365 platform from Microsoft is being patched and rebooted as a matter of priority to resolve this problem.  You might have already got notification to do a redeploy at your convenience or MS would have forced it last week.

To take care of the on-prem infrastructure, MS has released patches


No patches will be available for Windows XP, Vista, 2000, 2003 etc.

These patches only mitigate the exposure of vulnerability but not resolve.  You MUST update your infrastructure as soon as possible and also check for any manufacture update like BIOS or driver updates

*Google Chrome, IE, Firefox also got some updates last week to handle this vulnerabilities.

Hope this information was useful.


Exchange Server version numbers and Schema upgrades

Exchange Server version numbers and Schema upgrades:

Exchange Server

Version Numbers

Schema Upgrades

Exchange Server 2010 SP2  14.02.0247.005


Exchange Server 2010 SP1 14.01.0218.015


Exchange Server 2010 RTM 14.00.0639.021


Exchange Server 2007 SP3 8.3.0083.006

Exchange Server 2007 SP2 8.2.0176.002

Exchange Server 2007 SP1 8.1.0240.006


Exchange Server 2007 RTM 8.0.685.24 or 8.0.685.25


Exchange Server 2003 SP2 6.5.7638

Exchange Server 2003 SP1 6.5.7226

Exchange Server 2003 RTM 6.5.6944



Use this command to get the version number in Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2010:

Get-ExchangeServer | Format-Table Name, *Version*

For more details about the Schema Upgrades click here

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Your Mailbox Has Exceeded? – Spam

You will receive the following email,
From: xxxxxxxxx@xxx.com
Sent: Tuesday, December xx, 2010 x:xx AM
To: xxxx@xxx.com
Subject: Your Mailbox Has Exceeded?

Your Mailbox Has Exceeded It Storage Limit As Set By Your Administrator, And You Will Not Be Able To Receive New Mails Until You Re-Validate It. To Re-Validate – > Click Here: System Administrator
This is a spam. When you click on the link, then you will be directed to a website that will ask the users to enter their username and password.

As an exchange admin, make sure that your users aware of this security threat to avoid disaster

Great oppurtunity to work with an MNC as Exchange amin

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