• Yet another massive mess of Windows patches

    Microsoft just released dozens of new patches — some dated July 23 in the Update Catalog, some dated July 24, some dated July 20.

    Wotta mess.

    All supported versions of Windows 10 got new patches, which are dated July 24 in the KB articles, but at this moment they’re still dated July 20 in the Update Catalog. Not clear if the patches in the Catalog are the same as the ones described in the KB articles.

    The Win10 patches still have the “known issue”:

    After you install any of the July 2018 .NET Framework Security Updates, a COM component fails to load because of “access denied,” “class not registered,” or “internal failure occurred for unknown reasons” errors. The most common failure signature is the following:

    Exception type: System.UnauthorizedAccessException

    Message: Access is denied. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED))

    Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.

    Many of the patches are Intel microcode updates, likely for Spectre 2. The MS Support page dedicated to such fixes hasn’t been changed since July 19. All of those patches, as best I can tell, are manual-install only.

    The Monthly Rollup Previews for both Win7/Server 2008 R2 and Win8.1/Server 2012 R2 were re-issued today. I don’t see any documentation about the re-issue, anywhere.

    Only a fool would tread in these waters. DON’T PATCH.