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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.

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