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  • HP firmware update blocks the use of non-HP cartridges

    Posted on September 13th, 2017 at 18:38 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Günter Born reports that there’s a new HP Officejet driver making the rounds today that produces a bogus front panel message:

    One or more cartridges appear to be damaged. Remove them and replace with new cartridges

    HP’s new firmware update seems to force HP’s Dynamic Security Feature to block non HP cartridges. Fortunately, there is a manual workaround.

  • Patch Alert update

    Posted on September 13th, 2017 at 13:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Computerworld Patch Alert.

    Hit any bugs in this month’s patches? Until the commenting system is working (which should happen tonight), don’t hesitate to send me email: woody@askwoody.com.

    Includes notes about the newly reported language mix-ups caused by this month’s Outlook 2007 security patch.

    UPDATE: Got this note about KB 4038777, the Win7 Monthly Rollup:

    I installed this update yesterday. It broke Internet Explorer. I restored the pc to the state it was before this update. Reinstalled the update again. Same result. All the icons on the task bar were unusable. Restored the pc a second time.

    Can anybody confirm?


    On both 1607 and 1703 slipstreamed with September cumulative updates and clean installed, Internet Explorer remains absolutely blank whatever URL I type. The only fix I could find so far was to disable protected mode.


    After Win 7  KB4038777 – IE11 has the Search box on next to the URL box with no option to hide it and set tabs to new line. If you uncheck the “Tabs on new line” they are put in the same line as the URL hiding the Search box. No option so far to have both tabs in new line and search box off. Same supposed to happen with the equivalent Win8.1 and Win10 patches.

  • Bloated Patch Tuesday brings fix for nasty Word/RTF/Net vulnerability

    Posted on September 13th, 2017 at 05:58 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For you folks guarding Russian-language espionage worthy secrets, there’s a hundred or so patches I need to tell you about.

    For the rest of you, hang tight. We’re still at MS-DEFCON 2. Let’s wait and see what problems flush out of this month’s huge round of Patch Tuesday patches.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    UPDATE: Ars Technica’s Dan Goodin just tweeted that there is now public exploit code for CVE-2017-8759 making the rounds. That steps up the pressure to patch, considerably.

    ANOTHER UPDATE: Good question from an anonymous commenter:

    does this same vuln still apply if RTF file is opened instead in Wordpad?

    Answer: No. It requires Word, and Word cannot be running in Preview Mode. If you open RTF files with Wordpad, the Word Viewer, or any of a gazillion RTF readers (including OpenOffice), the .NET bug is NOT triggered.