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Security notifications

Serious error after Microsoft Update fixed

After January's MS-Update databases may not be opened or deliver inconsistent data. With a current update, this fault is fixed.

The January 8, 2019, Windows security update restricted access to databases in the Access-97 format. In the simplest case, this results in error messages when opening the Unrecognized Database Format database. In some cases, it has been reported that individual values from the configuration are no longer present, causing the application to become inconsistent and unusable.

Microsoft has released updates for W7/Server2008/W10 on February 12th, by restoring access to Access97. Following our checks, access to the databases is restored. We therefore recommend that you install at least a current update since 12. Feb19 corresponding to your windows installation (or equivalent country dependant variants) such as:

Windows 10 1809:
Windows 7 /Server2008:

Additional measures

  • One option is to uninstall the last update/patch. This restores the previous file access, but unfortunately the vulnerabilities closed by the patch are no longer protected, so there is an increasing security risk over time.
    Microsoft has at least recognized the case, but has not yet made a statement about a correction. When the function will be made available again in a new patch is therefore not published, but it is one of the possibilities to wait for it.

Recommendation for setIT

  • The new database format .sdbx uses new access techniques and does not know the problem. Our recommendation is therefore to save the project in .sdbx format; advantage: besides the more modern access, the database can be stored encrypted. The format .sdbx is available from setIT V5.003.05 on. In order to make the change, a trustworthy computer without the patch from January '19 must be used; in case of doubt, the update must be uninstalled once.

Recommendation for connectIT

  • If possible, you should switch to the citx format to pass the setIT parameters (connectIT from version and setIT from version 5.004.00B69); however, this only makes sense if no encryption is used.
  • We are working on a setIT version in which the citx file is always generated unencrypted; then you can switch to the transfer with citx independently of the encryption.

Recommendation for createIT

  • Unfortunately we cannot recommend creatIT. The development was completed many years ago.

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