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Daily Archives: April 9, 2019

  • April Patch Tuesday Windows and Office patches are out

    Posted on April 9th, 2019 at 13:13 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Martin Brinkmann has posted his synopsis on ghacks.net:

    • Microsoft released security updates for all client and server versions of Windows.
    • Other Microsoft software with security updates: Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Exchange Server, Team Foundation Server, Azure DevOps Server, Windows Admin Center, Microsoft Office
    • Microsoft fixed many long standing known issues.

    Dustin Childs’s usual pack-leading analysis on the Zero Day Initiative blog paints a tolerable picture: 74 separately identified security holes. Two actively exploited, both of which seem to be used by nation-state attackers.

    Worthy of note: Win10 1903 — which hasn’t been released yet to the hoi polloi — has its own security cumulative update.

    As expected, Win10 1607 and 1703 are getting their last patches.

    The sole new Security Advisory, ADV190011, talks about the April 2019 Adobe Flash Security Update.

    Looks like a dull one. Leave your blocks in place, there’s nothing much to see here.

    We’re staying at MS-DEFCON 2.

  • There’s a reason why your Win10 1803 machine hasn’t been pushed onto 1809

    Posted on April 9th, 2019 at 12:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft gave up.

    The 1803-to-1809 push pace has gone from slow to glacial.

    Gregg Keizer has the details on Computerworld:

    According to AdDuplex, … Windows 10 1809 powered just 26% of surveyed Windows 10 systems as of March 26. The gain from February to March, only 5 percentage points, was about half the increase from January to February, illustrating the slowing of 1809’s adoption.

    I don’t trust AdDuplex’s numbers, of course, but the trend is unmistakable. Microsoft’s pulling back on 1809.

    I would submit that, with the redirection of the Windows Insider Release Preview Ring — used to be Win10 1809 cumulative update previews and now it’s Win10 1903 beta build — we’re seeing a full-on retreat. I fully expect that Win10 1909 will be nothing more than “Win10 1903 Service Pack 1/2” in fact, if not in name.

    Which is great. Perhaps Microsoft is pulling back from its insane twice-a-year Windows update pace.