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Daily Archives: October 14, 2018

  • The most recent Servicing Stack Updates

    Posted on October 14th, 2018 at 06:42 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For those of you wondering whether you have the latest version of the Windows Update Servicing Stack — the part of Windows Update that actually does the update — @Karl_F1_Fan kindly sent me this list.

    (For those of you who update through Windows Update, this list is mostly educational. For those who install updates manually, remember that you need to have the latest SSU before you install a Monthly Rollup or a Cumulative Update.)

    As of Oct. 14:

    Win7 / 2008 R2: install order is important#1 KB3177467. #2 KB3172605

    Win 8.1/2012 R2: KB3173424

    Win 10

    1507: KB4132216 (only Special machines no public deploy)

    1511: KB4035632

    1607: KB4132216

    1703: KB4132649

    1709: KB4339420

    1803: KB4456655

    1809: KB4465477

    The Win7 SSU was announced to be re-released as Security update rather than previous optional update because it was a prerequisite for 09-2018, as I’ve heard. Imho the XP based terminology of “optional” updates is flawed as any update fixes either bugs or security issues.

    The Win7/2008R2 SSU patches will fix an issue that causes Windows to search for updates endlessly, back then in 2016 they needed 2-3 attempts to fix it with no side effects 🙂 same issue still persists in Vista/2008 Server and never got addressed.

    Personally, I’d take issue with the statement “any update fixes either bugs or security issues,” but that’s a nit. I guess it depends on what you mean by a “bug.” Nevermind.

    Thanks, Karl!

  • Patch Lady – 31 days of Paranoia – Day 13

    Posted on October 14th, 2018 at 02:16 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Today I want to review browsers and application safety.  On the heels of Woody’s post about the Microsoft Store offering it’s wise to add a healthy dose of paranoia when surfing and picking software to install on your system.

    The FBI put together a video to warn those running for office to not be tricked into running or installing malicious code on your system.  As noted in the video when you install your browser, you want to check it’s settings:

    Disable autofill, remembering passwords, and browsing histories.

    Do not accept cookies from third parties.

    Clear all forms of browser history when closing the browser.

    Block ad tracking.

    Enable ‘do not track’ requests to be sent to websites.

    Disable browser data collection.

    When certificates are requested, ensure the browser requests your permission to provide them.

    Disable cache (or storing) of web pages or other content, or set the cache size to zero.

    Enable browser capabilities to block malicious, deceptive or dangerous content.

    And while you are checking out your browser, there are a couple of new kids on the block that you might want to check out.  Both have a musical name…. Opera is one…. Vivaldi is the other.

    Check them out!