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Daily Archives: February 13, 2019

  • Miscellaneous, minor problems with the Patch Tuesday patches

    Posted on February 13th, 2019 at 08:30 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    So far the patching situation looks pretty good. Mind you, we’re still at MS-DEFCON 2, and unless you’re using Internet Explorer, there’s nothing lurking in the depths – so don’t patch yet. Yes, there were 20 “critical” patches. No, you don’t need to worry about them yet.

    When the patches first came out, the Knowledge Base articles had all sorts of strange omissions. They were fixed yesterday afternoon/evening US time. So now we know officially:

    • The Win10 1803 cumulative update fixed the problem where Edge was trying to get to local IP addresses – a bug most commonly reported with routers. KB 4487017 now says this cumulative update “Addresses an issue that prevents Microsoft Edge from connecting using an IP address.”
    • All of the Windows patches — Win7 thru Win10 1809 are now admitted to have yet another Japanese date bug: “previously abbreviated Japanese date and time strings no longer parse.” We’re talking a tough computer science problem here.

    The KB articles for Win10 1809, 1803 and 1709 say they have fixed the Access 97-era Jet database bug. “Addresses an issue that may prevent applications that use a Microsoft Jet database with the Microsoft Access 97 file format from opening. This issue occurs if the database has column names greater than 32 characters. The database fails to open with the error, “Unrecognized Database Format”.”

    There’s an odd report from Johnny_55 on the Microsoft Answers forum (thanks, Julia!):

    After installing KB4487044 [the Win10 1809 cumulative update], it disabled Windows Defender leaving it with the Red X, and not possible to scan. This was never an issue prior with any CU installed on Retail 17763. Putting it back online, updating and back working.

    Jack Smook, reporting on the Microsoft Answers forum, said:

    Updates (KB4487044) downloaded ok to 2 computers, but during installation, they both got an error message… We couldn’t complete the updates / Undoing changes / Don’t turn your computer off…

    Two folks who identified themselves as “Independent Advisors… here to help you with your question” gave advice. Both apparently resulted in BSODs.

    And there’s the usual expletive-laced posting of problems on Reddit.

    @abbodi86 notes that there was no Office 2010 Click-to-Run released. Likely culprit: Japanese date bugs.

    Anybody spot other notable bugs?