• Massive March Patch Tuesday relaxes antivirus restrictions, but there are problems

    With 74 separately identified plugged holes, every version of Windows and Office gets goosed. No known exploits for any “Critical” vulnerabilities, but there’s a report of more forced upgrades.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    UPDATE: Win7/Win2008 R2 Monthly Rollup KB 4088875 and Security-only KB 4088878 are causing problems on Server 2008 R2 because the updates blow away virtual Network Interface Cards (VMWare hit bad) and on Win7 because it overwrites static IP addresses. Discussion on Reddit and an apprently related post on KB 3125574.

    ANOTHER UPDATE: It looks like the Word 2016 security patch KB 4011730 causes Word 2016 to crash when you double-click on a file with a DOCX filename extension. Uninstalling the patch fixes the problem.

    ANOTHER UPDATE: We’re getting reports that the beleaguered Win7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4088875, now appears in Windows Update as unchecked. It’s still available through the Microsoft Update Catalog, however.