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  • MS-DEFCON 3: Yep, it’s time to get patched

    Posted on November 30th, 2017 at 15:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Lots of warnings this month for odd bits and pieces, but it’s time to get everything caught up. There’s a nasty Equation Editor malware exploit making the rounds.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    With no small amount of fear and trepidation, I’m moving us to MS-DEFCON 3: Patch reliability is unclear, but widespread attacks make patching prudent. Go ahead and patch, but watch out for potential problems.

    UPDATE: You know how I said in the article….

    I’ve been waiting to see what Microsoft would do with Win10 version 1709. There was an entry in the Win10 Update History listing for a cumulative update called KB 4051963, which would bring 1709 up to build 16299.96, but that entry mysteriously disappeared yesterday.

    That was this morning. Guess what? Microsoft just released KB 4051963, which brings 1709 up to build 16299.98.

    Per SB, that new patch not only fixes the bug in this month’s Windows security updates that took out all Epson dot matrix printers (which is documented), it also fixes the bug in RDP/remote printing with certain printers (which is not documented).

    We also got KB 4054022, a new Servicing Stack update for 1709 (Servicing Stack updates are always OK to install); an improvement to “ease the upgrade and recovery experience to Windows 10 version 1709” KB 4055237; and an “update [that] changes the upgrade experience to Windows 10 Version 1709,” KB 4052342. No, I have  no idea what those last two entail.

  • In WSUS, Office 2010 update KB 4011618 and Office 2007 update KB 40144614, appearing dozens of times

    Posted on November 30th, 2017 at 15:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    @BoltsfanKevin just pointed me to an amazing thread on Spiceworks.

    Poster AB2000 has a screenshot of WSUS showing more than forty entries for Office 2010 update KB 4011618. Poster kevinhughes2 says he sees the same behavior with Office 2007 update KB 4011604.

    Anybody else see it?

    Reminder: This is the latest Equation Editor patch. As explained in my article this morning:

    Microsoft released an updated version of the Equation Editor patch. Per @abbodi86, the old versions (KB 4011276 and KB 2553204) only worked with English and Chinese versions of Office. The new patches, KB 4011604 (for Office 2007) and KB 4011618 (for Office 2010), now work with all languages.

  • Report that Win7 Monthly Rollup KB 4048957 crashes IE 11

    Posted on November 30th, 2017 at 13:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got an email from JB:

    Have you heard of or seen an issue with Internet Explorer 11 crashing when the cumulative update for the Win 7 OS KB4048957 is installed? (not the IE patch mind you – the OS cumulative patch. Weird right?)

    We are seeing this on some Windows 7 x64 machines. Uninstalling the patch appears to resolve this as an interim fix. (Obviously not a long term fix as the patch is cumulative – but helpful workaround to buy time for now.)

    Initial indicators with a case we have open with Microsoft indicates if a registry key is removed this also fixes it (ironically, the removal also causes other issues so not a vector for the fix)

    Can anybody confirm?