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  • Microsoft pulls KB 4011039, the buggy September Word 2016 non-security patch

    Posted on September 11th, 2017 at 10:58 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    In a repeat of last month’s bug, this month we have a buggy patch for Word 2016 sent out via Automatic Update.

    It’s been pulled, but unless you know about the source of the bug and its cure, you may be shouting at the cloud. Or whatever one does when something that used to work suddenly doesn’t any more.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows

    UPDATE: Microsoft has officially acknowledged the bug. They didn’t pull the patch, but instruct those who were affected to uninstall either or both patches KB 3213656 or KB 4011039.

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    One Response to “Microsoft pulls KB 4011039, the buggy September Word 2016 non-security patch”

    1. rc primak says:

      Equifax is the only Consumer Credit Reporting Company which in a Free Annual Report request, routinely demands for me to send them enlarged, filtered copies of the front and back of my Drivers License and Social Security Card, then rejects these images as unreadable. They also demand proof of addresses for the past two years, with more documents getting into their files. This year, I called them at their (apparently new) phone number, and was challenged to identify fake and real credit information about myself. Then the report came through, with a couple of Inquiries, but nothing suspicious or wrong.

      I had one utility company challenge my identity and refuse to acknowledge a Real ID Drivers License as authentic. That took some back and forth as well before they would put my utility bill into my own name. But I was new to their Service Area, so maybe they were just being careful. Then again, Comcast seems to have no issues taking just a Credit Card, and setting up payments without automatic deductions from the account. So assuring identity and payments can be done in a way which does not treat the consumer like an International Terrorist.

      Equifax seems so reluctant to hand over information on ourselves to legitimate citizens, but they seem all too willing to leave the information we never asked them to collect and to keep, out in the open, unencrypted, unsalted, unhashed, and “protected” by open-source Java tools which even I can easily install and use on my Linux PC. Aren’t there laws and regulations in the credit reporting industry? If this were a bank like Wells Fargo, they would be paying billions in fines by now, and their top execs would be indicted for some form of fraud and/or racketeering.

      Then again, what alternative is there? A centralized credit scoring system run by the Government? States keeping credit scoring under their watchful eyes? If so, who’s watching the Watchers? Sadly, I have no answers. You can’t hand out credit to just anyone, so you have to know somehow what a person’s payment history is, in a verifiable way. But seriously, how negligent does a holder of everyone’s financial identities have to be, before someone gets brought to public trial, and the company gets meaningful (and to them, painful) fines.

      Based on a CBS 60 Minutes segment from a few years back, Equifax will most likely just pay the fines and continue to behave as badly as ever before. Financially, they can afford it. And so can their shareholders. Which may include those of us with Mutual Funds or IRAs.

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