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Microsoft Silent Update Torpedoes Windows Defender
Author: Tara Seals September 19, 2019 12:47 pm
Microsoft broke its built-in antivirus utility, thanks to a patch for a different issue.
A broken Microsoft Windows Defender signature file that was causing system file checks to fail got a patch this week – but the patch caused an even bigger issue, making Defender user-triggered antivirus scans fail altogether.
The issue was in place for about a day before Microsoft re-patched the built-in endpoint protection utility — but not before a slew of press reports and user complaints shone a bright light on the gaffe.
By way of background, the System File Checker (specifically, its administrative prompt “sfc/scannow”) had been out of commission since July. SFC is used to find corrupted files and fix them after installing updates. Since the July Patch Tuesday updates though, it had been failing.
It turns out that SFC was flagging internal Windows PowerShell files within Defender (Microsoft’s) as malformed.
The system essentially responded to this with a “does not compute” reaction, causing SFC to cancel itself. In August, the computer giant issued a notice, explaining that “the System File Checker (SFC) tool flags files that are located in the
The fix for that bug was issued on Tuesday in a silent update — but that update ended up causing manual or scheduled Defender malware scans to fail if the “Quick” or “Full” scan options were selected – causing users to take to online forums to report the bug. Real-time scanning was still enabled; and the “Custom” scan option, where users can choose the folders they want to be checked, was also still working, according to reports.
The issue caused some commentators to point out that Microsoft is building a reputation for breaking things when trying to fix them:
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Motorola Solutions Opens Innovation Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Motorola Solutions ( MSI ) today announced the opening of its first college campus innovation center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Research Park .
The innovation center will employ undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds and talents to focus on developing products, applications and services in key growth areas, including command center software and video security and analytics. Students will focus on projects for the company’s Chief Technology Office, Advanced Technology and Products organizations.
“Partnering with the University of Illinois provides access to a depth of talent across a number of disciplines, encouraging research in areas that are critical to Motorola Solutions’ future,” said Kelly Mark, executive vice president, Services & Software, Motorola Solutions and University of Illinois alumnus. “The new innovation center will provide an opportunity for the next generation of students and employees to make valuable contributions to the company and broader tech community.”
The new Motorola Solutions innovation and design center, located in the University’s Research Park, opened in the Fall 2019 semester and has capacity for up to 40 interns with an option for full-time employees in the future. Interns and employees will work directly with Motorola Solutions staff to help move ideas to test mode more quickly.
“We are excited to expand Motorola Solutions' footprint to the University of Illinois, a top-tier engineering university and my alma mater,” said John Kedzierski, senior vice president, Video Security Solutions, Motorola Solutions. “The university’s Research Park is an incubator for new ideas and technologies, and we look forward to contributing to that culture of innovation and creativity.” “We are excited to welcome Motorola Solutions to the Research Park. Their presence offers new opportunities for collaborations around some of the most critical elements of our public safety infrastructure,” said University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor Robert J. Jones. “The Motorola Solutions design center is an example of our university strategic goal of establishing ourselves as a testbed for the technologies and services that will enable the safe, healthy and sustainable communities of the future.”
The team will be managed by site director Craig Ibbotson, distinguished member of the technical staff, Motorola Solutions and computer science alumnus of the University of Illinois.
About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions is a global leader in mission-critical communications. Our technology platforms in communications, command center software, video security solutions and managed and support services make cities safer and help communities and businesses thrive. At Motorola Solutions, we are ushering in a new era in public safety and security. Learn more at www.motorolasolutions.com .
About the Research Park at the University of Illinois
The Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a technology hub for startup companies and corporate research and development operations. Within the Research Park there are 120 companies employing students and full-time technology professionals. More information at researchpark.illinois.edu . Find the Research Park on Twitter at UIResearchPark.
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iOS 13 Is Here, but the Department of Defense Is Telling People Not to Upgrade Yet. Should You?
In an email, the DOD is 'strongly encouraging' its employees and contractors to wait for iOS 13.1.
By Jason Aten, Writer and business coach
Last night, the Department of Defense (DOD) sent employees and contractors an email "strongly encouraging" them not to upgrade their iPhones to iOS 13, but rather to wait for iOS 13.1. Users in the Apple's Developer and Public Beta programs are already using 13.1, indicating that release is likely not far away. The e-mail, which I reviewed (and which was not classified), explains that iOS 13 is expected to ship with known issues that will be addressed in the upcoming 13.1 update.
DMUC refers to the DOD service that allows commercial devices like iPhones to access enterprise functions like Defense Department email. Granted, the Department of Defense network, in general, has some pretty important information stored on it, and it makes sense that it would be more than hyper-sensitive about the software installed on devices that connect to that network. Still, you have to at least ask yourself whether you should be upgrading your device or waiting for the next release.
Interestingly, the DOD doesn't say what specific issues it has with iOS 13, beyond an action item that says:
It's worth noting that iPadOS won't be available until the end of the month, but the fact that it is not prohibiting the update should give you some level of comfort that your iPhone isn't going to start recording your phone calls and sending them to Russia. Instead, it's more likely that the DOD is referring to the fact that some enterprise services may not be immediately compatible with the update, and that Apple appears to be holding back some features for iOS 13.1.
I reached out to the Public Affairs Office for the Defense Information Systems Agency for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.
If you're wondering whether or not you should update your phone today, I'm not aware of any major issues with iOS 13 after running the developer beta for a few months. There were bugs associated with connecting to Wi-Fi and even cellular towers, which are the type of thing you expect in a beta software release. It would be highly uncharacteristic of any software company to release a mobile operating system to the public that still had those problems.
I wrote previously about the best new features of iOS 13, but the privacy features alone--like the restriction on apps tracking your location, and the new Sign in with Apple are worth the download. That, and the increased speed benefits will make even devices as old as the iPhone 6S feel newer and faster.
There are a few features that are apparently being held back for iOS 13.1, like the ability to send an ETA of your arrival from Maps, the ability to create automations in Shortcuts, and some visual changes (like dynamic wallpapers). There was also reportedly a bug that allows users to bypass FaceID, however beta testers and developers have confirmed that the version of iOS 13 that is shipping today is stable and Apple likely already patched a flaw that severe.
If you're convinced that updating your device won't be the end of civilization as you know it, there actually is a really good reason to wait at least a few hours or even a day. While the update will likely be available around mid-day on the East Coast, you should probably just plan to wait until you get home from work. iOS downloads can be notoriously slow at launch due to the number of people trying to update at the same time.
PUBLISHED ON: SEP 19, 2019
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I would like to recommend Easy Solutions for Support of all Glenayre Paging Equipment. This Texas company is owned and operated by Vaughan Bowden. I have known Vaughan for over 35 years. Without going into a long list of his experience and qualifications, let me just say that he was the V.P. of Engineering at PageNet which was—at that time—the largest paging company in the world. So Vaughan knows Paging.
GTES is no longer offering support contracts. GTES was the original group from Vancouver that was setup to offer support to customers that wanted to continue with the legacy Glenayre support. Many U.S. customers chose not to use this service because of the price and the original requirement to upgrade to version 8.0 software (which required expensive hardware upgrades, etc.). Most contracts ended as of February 2018.
If you are at all concerned about future support of Glenayre products, especially the “king of the hill” the GL3000 paging control terminal, I encourage you to talk to Vaughan about a service contract and please tell him about my recommendation.
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Air Force Awards Iridium $738M 7-Year Contract
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Iridium Communications was awarded a $738.5 million, seven-year, fixed-price contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) through the U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSpC) to provide unlimited satellite services from its low Earth orbit (LEO) constellation.
Through the AFSpC’s Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS) program, Iridium will continue to deliver access to global secure and unsecure voice, broadcast, netted or distributed tactical communications system (DTCS) and select other services for an unlimited number of DoD and associated DoD-approved subscribers.
During the previous contract period, DoD subscribers grew from about 51,000 to more than 125,000, a 145 percent increase. This growth in adoption has also resulted in increased collaboration between the government and Iridium’s ecosystem of partners, bringing their expertise to further enhance the capabilities of the DoD’s satellite communications portfolio.
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NIST Radio Station WWV 100-year Anniversary
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Satellite Startup Says Bandwidth for 5,000 Texts = One 5-Minute Phone Call
In an effort to eradicate dead zones all around the world, a startup from Falls Church, VA called Lynk is launching satellites intended to allow cell phone users to send and receive SMS texts, according to Tysons Reporter. Lynk plans to provide secondary service from satellites when it isn’t available from towers, said CEO and Co-founder Charles Miller.
Lynk satellites can work for people within 55 degrees north or south of the equator. Miller, a former senior advisor for NASA, is confident in the capabilities of his team. “Basically people thought it was impossible and assumed it couldn’t be done because it defied conventional wisdom,” Miller said.
The company secured a total of $12 million in funding from 33 partners in June, including Vodafone and Telefonica. Lynk is now ready for test runs, planning to launch satellites via the International Space Station in Florida. For continued growth, Lynk is trying to secure one more investor before the end of the year.
According to Miller, the company will focus first on establishing reliable text messages before moving on to phone calls or data streaming services. He said 3,000-5,000 text messages could be sent with the same bandwidth that it takes to support one five-minute phone call.
Once Lynk raises enough capital, it will expand to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard, Miller said. As part of Lynk’s growth, the company is recruiting for eight different positions, including a vice president of business development and a telecommunications software engineer, per Tysons Reporter.
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FCC Regulatory Fees Due Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019; Be Careful in Calculating De Minimis
We would like to clarify that ALL FCC regulatory fees will be due on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) . NOTE: While the body of our wireless memorandum correctly listed the Sept. 24 deadline, the headline of that memo inadvertently had the incorrect date. Failure to pay the regulatory fee in a timely manner will result in a 25% penalty as well as other administrative actions by the FCC, including being placed in a “Red-Light” status – which means the FCC will not make USF payments that might be due to you or process any applications until the debt is cleared.
We have also learned that NECA is mailing letters to wireline carriers indicating that it is not paying wireline fees if the amount due is less than $1,000. It is important to note that if your aggregate fee for ALL activities (e.g., wireline, wireless, cable, etc.) is more than $1,000, you must still pay all fees (including that which NECA has indicated is de minimis ), since the FCC’s de minimis exemption is based upon the total fee owed by the particular regulated company.
BloostonLaw Contact: Richard Rubino.
FCC Approves First Deployments of 3.5 GHz Access Systems Needed to Coordinate Use of Band
On September 16, the FCC announced that the Spectrum Access Systems (SASs) operated by Amdocs, Inc. (Amdocs), CommScope, Federated Wireless, Inc. (Federated), Google, and Sony, Inc. (Sony) (collectively, SAS Administrators) have satisfied the FCC’s SAS laboratory testing requirements and are approved to begin their initial commercial deployments (Initial Commercial Deployment or ICD) as described in their ICD proposals in the 3550-3700 MHz band (3.5 GHz band). This is an important milestone on the path to allowing unlicensed “GAA” access to additional CBRS spectrum by users with Part 96-certified equipment.
In 2015, the FCC adopted rules for shared commercial use of the 3.5 GHz band, establishing the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and creating a three-tiered access and authorization framework to accommodate shared federal and non-federal use of the band. Access and operations are managed by an automated frequency coordinator, known as an SAS. When managing spectrum access, SASs may incorporate information from an Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC), a sensor network that detects transmissions from incumbent Department of Defense radar systems and transmits that information to the SAS. Both SASs and ESCs must be approved by the FCC. SASs will coordinate operations between and among users in three tiers of authorization in the 3.5 GHz band: Incumbent Access, Priority Access, and General Authorized Access.
After the ICD period is over, the FCC will decide whether to open up commercial use for all other companies.
BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.
House Energy and Commerce to Hold Hearing on Eliminating Huawei Products
On September 24, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a legislative hearing entitled, "Legislating to Secure America's Wireless Future." Based on a joint statement issued by Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), the purpose of the hearing is “pushing ahead with legislation to root-out suspect network equipment nationwide.”
Recently, the Senate approved S. 1625 - the United States 5G Leadership Act of 2019 - which would authorize $700 million in equipment replacement grants to help carriers “replace communications equipment and services obtained from a covered company or another entity posing a national security risk.”
In a statement to POLITICO, E&C ranking member Greg Walden (R-Ore.) reportedly said, “[t]he smaller ones are probably the ones that need the help, and how you draw that line will be a challenge.” Under the most recent version of the bill, the grants are available to carriers with less than 6 million subscribers. Several rural carriers have deployed Huawei equipment.
A list of witnesses for the hearing as well as written testimony should be available here in the coming days.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Ben Dickens and Sal Taillefer.
FCC Adopts Order on Reconsideration of CAF Satellite Performance Metrics
On September 12, the FCC adopted an Order on Reconsideration of performance testing measures required of high-latency CAF winners. Specifically, the FCC refined the requirements for Mean Opinion Score (MOS) testing and allowed for substantially equivalent testing methodologies. The FCC also rejected arguments that certain clarifications regarding testing made in a previous Order are inapplicable to CAF Phase II support recipients awarded support in conjunction with New York State through its New NY Broadband Program.
For high-latency CAF winners, such as satellite providers, the FCC requires carriers to conduct a conversation-opinion test under the following conditions:
In the Order, the FCC declined to allow self-testing for MOS to avoid the possible introduction of bias into the test results. However, recognizing that there are few laboratories that specialize or are in a position to conduct such testing and that the cost of such testing may be high, the FCC decided to permit carriers to use any independent entity with telecommunications testing, polling or consumer research expertise to conduct the testing. The FCC also allowed, as an alternative to testing of actual customers, a methodology such that carriers may perform MOS testing at a centralized location using test subjects rather than customers.
BloostonLaw Contact: John Prendergast.
Comments on Tower Siting Petitions Due October 15
On September 13, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that comments are being sought on a Declaratory Ruling filed by the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) and a Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed by CTIA, asking the FCC to adopt new rules or clarify existing rules regarding approval of tower siting proposals under Section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act of 2012. Comments are due October 15, and reply comments are due October 30.
Specifically, WIA’s Petition for Rulemaking asks the FCC to amend its rules to reflect that collocations requiring an expansion of the current site—within 30 feet of a tower site—qualify for relief under Section 6409(a), and to require that fees associated with eligible facilities requests under Section 6409 be cost-based. In Section 6409(a) of the 2012 Spectrum Act, Congress mandated that state or local governments “may not deny, and shall approve, any eligible facilities request for a modification of an existing wireless tower or base station that does not substantially change the physical dimensions of such tower or base station.” WIA’s Petition for Declaratory Ruling asks the FCC to clarify: (1) that Section 6409(a) and related rules apply to all state and local authorizations; (2) when the time to decide an application begins to run; (3) what constitutes a substantial change under Section 6409(a); (4) that “conditional” approvals by localities violate Section 6409(a); and (5) that localities may not establish processes or impose conditions that effectively defeat or reduce the protections afforded under Section 6409(a).
CTIA’s Petition for Declaratory Ruling requests that the FCC take the following actions to clarify which deployments qualify for streamlined processing and the remedies available under 6409(a):
CTIA also requests that the FCC take the following actions to remove uncertainty about access to utility poles under Section 224:
Carriers interested in filing comments should contact the firm for more information.
BloostonLaw Contacts: John Prendergast and Cary Mitchell.
Law & Regulation
FCC Grants Waiver to Florida Public Service Commission of Lifeline Certification Deadline
On September 16, the FCC granted a brief, limited waiver – on its own motion – of the filing deadline for the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) to certify eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) pursuant to the FCC’s rules. Under the limited waiver granted, the FPSC must file the certification through USAC’s database by October 11, 2019. We do not believe this should have any impact on Florida carriers themselves, but they should be aware of the extension.
Typically, a state must certify annually that federal high-cost support awarded to ETCs within that state has been used and will be used “only for the provision, maintenance, and upgrading of facilities and services for which the support is intended.” In order for a carrier to be eligible for high-cost universal service support for all of calendar year 2020, section certification must be submitted to the FCC by October 1, 2019.
The FCC decided to extend the deadline for the FPSC because of Hurricane Dorian. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated all Florida counties to be eligible for individual assistance through the agency’s programs and the President of the United States declared a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida. The FPSC was set to meet on September 5, 2019, to vote on whether to certify to the FCC that federal high-cost support awarded to 11 ETCs within Florida had been properly used in anticipation of the October 1, 2019 certification deadline. The FPSC postponed this meeting until October 3, 2019 given Hurricane Dorian’s potential landfall.
BloostonLaw Contact: Ben Dickens.
Comment Sought on Changes to Administrative Hearing Process
Earlier this month, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on procedural changes to streamline many administrative hearings under the Communications Act. Comment and reply comment deadlines have not yet been established.
Specifically, if adopted, the proposals would (a) codify and expand the use of a process that would rely on written testimony and documentary evidence in lieu of live testimony and cross-examination; (b) enable FCC staff to act as a case manager that would supervise development of the written hearing record when the FCC designates itself as the presiding officer at a hearing; and (c) dispense with the preparation of an intermediate opinion whenever the record of a proceeding can be certified to the FCC for final decision. According to the FCC, the proposed procedures would expedite the FCC’s hearing processes consistent with the requirements of the Communications Act and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) while ensuring transparency and procedural fairness. The proposal is also consistent with the reduction in the FCC’s enforcement resources, and movement away from traditional trial-like hearings to adjudicate individual violations and/or disputes.
BloostonLaw Contact: John Prendergast.
FCC Postpones Filing Deadline for Form 323 and 323-E
On September 17, the FCC released an Order postponing, on its own motion, the opening of the 2019 biennial filing window for the submission of broadcast ownership reports on FCC Form 323 and 323-E from October 1, 2019 to November 1, 2019, and extends the filing deadline from December 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020.
Pursuant to the FCC’s rules, all licensees of commercial and noncommercial AM, FM, TV, Class A, and Low Power Television (LPTV) stations, as well as entities with attributable interests in such stations, are required to file ownership reports on Form 323/323-E every two years. The rules require that these biennial ownership reports normally be filed by December 1 in all odd-numbered years.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and John Prendergast.
Comments on Carriage Election FNPRM Due September 30
On August 30, the FCC published in the Federal Register its Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in MB Docket Nos. 17-105 and 17-317, in which it sought comment on how best to modernize the carriage election notice process for entities that do not have a public file and do not use the Cable Operations and Licensing System (COALS). Accordingly, comments must be submitted no later than September 30, 2019. Reply comments must be submitted no later than October 15, 2019.
As we reported in a previous edition of the BloostonLaw Telecom Update, the FCC adopted a Report and Order in July to update its carriage election notice rules. At the same time, it also adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking asking whether and how the modernized framework described in the Report and Order should be extended to certain broadcasters and MVPDs that do not use the FCC databases referenced in this therein.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.
FCC Grants Approval of Nexstar-Tribune Merger
On September 16, the FCC issued a Press Release announcing the approval of the sale of Tribune Media Company broadcast stations to Nexstar Media Group, Inc. In connection with this transaction, the FCC also approved the divestiture to Scripps Broadcast Holdings, LLC; TEGNA Broadcast Holdings, LLC; and CCB License, LLC of broadcast stations in certain markets necessary for Nexstar to come into compliance with the FCC’s local and national television ownership rules. In the Indianapolis and Norfolk markets, the FCC found that the transfer of preexisting combinations of two top-four ranked broadcast television stations to Nexstar and Scripps, respectively, would be in the public interest.
The FCC found that the proposed merger would provide several public interest benefits to viewers of current Tribune and Nexstar stations. For example, the FCC found that viewers would benefit from their local stations having increased access to Nexstar’s Washington, DC, news bureau and state news bureaus. Additionally, the FCC found that Nexstar demonstrated that it would invest savings resulting from the merger into its stations, including investments in ATSC 3.0, the next-generation television broadcast standard.
SEPTEMBER 30: FCC FORM 396-C, MVPD EEO PROGRAM REPORTING FORM. Each year on September 30, multi-channel video program distributors (“MVPDs”) must file with the FCC an FCC Form 396-C, Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor EEO Program Annual Report, for employment units with six or more full-time employees. Users must access the FCC’s electronic filing system via the Internet in order to submit the form; it will not be accepted if filed on paper unless accompanied by an appropriate request for waiver of the electronic filing requirement. Certain MVPDs also will be required to complete portions of the Supplemental Investigation Sheet (“SIS”) located at the end of the Form. These MVPDs are specifically identified in a Public Notice each year by the FCC.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.
OCTOBER 15: 911 RELIABILITY CERTIFICATION. Covered 911 Service Providers, which are defined as entities that “[p]rovide 911, E911, or NG911 capabilities such as call routing, automatic location information (ALI), automatic number identification (ANI), or the functional equivalent of those capabilities, directly to a public safety answering point (PSAP), statewide default answering point, or appropriate local emergency authority,” or that “[o]perate one or more central offices that directly serve a PSAP,” are required certify that they have taken reasonable measures to provide reliable 911 service with respect to three substantive requirements: (i) 911 circuit diversity; (ii) central office backup power; and (iii) diverse network monitoring by October 15. Certifications must be made through the FCC’s portal.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.
NOVEMBER 1: FCC FORM 499-Q, TELECOMMUNICATIONS REPORTING WORKSHEET. All telecommunications common carriers that expect to contribute more than $10,000 to federal Universal Service Fund (USF) support mechanisms must file this quarterly form. The FCC has modified this form in light of its decision to establish interim measures for USF contribution assessments. The form contains revenue information from the prior quarter plus projections for the next quarter. Form 499-Q relates only to USF contributions. It does not relate to the cost recovery mechanisms for the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), and the shared costs of local number portability (LNP), which are covered in the annual Form 499-A that is due April 1.
BloostonLaw Contacts: Gerry Duffy and Sal Taillefer.
Sep. 16 – Comments are due on NCIC USF Contribution Forbearance Petition
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