Posted on August 15th, 2012 at 20:09 5 comments
But there are several redeeming social values.
Posted on August 15th, 2012 at 07:26 3 comments
Right on cue, Susan Bradley pointed me to a problem that people are having with a “Recommended” patch issued August 14.
KB 2647753 is installing itself over and over again, according to many reports on the Microsoft Answers forum, and all over the web. Customers advize that they install the patch, reboot, and the patch is offered again – even though it shows up in the “installed patches” list. Repeatedly.
Apparently the solution is to apply an associated hotfix manually.
Life’s too short, folks. Hold off on applying those patches until they get thoroughly tested! And if you got caught with this one, and you can’t stand the idea of applying the same patch a few dozen times, go ahead and follow the steps in the MS Answers forum to rid yourself of the pesky patch prompt.
Posted on August 15th, 2012 at 07:14 No comments
Once again, Microsoft’s Black Tuesday patches cover a lot of ground, with 26 separately identified security holes getting plugged.
The SANS Internet Storm Center advises that none of the patched problems is currently being exploited, although Microsoft says there are targeted attacks for MS12-060, but nobody has yet successfully pulled off an attack using that particular vulnerability. (“Targeted” is the buzzword for “aimed at specific businesses or political organizations.”)
Time to make sure Microsoft/Windows Automatic Update is turned off.
I’m moving us up to MS-DECONF 2: Patch reliability is unclear. Unless you have an immediate, pressing need to install a specific patch, don’t do it.
Let’s let the cannon fodder see if they can flush out any problems with the patches.