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Monthly Archives: September 2019

  • You think we’ve got it bad with Windows? How ’bout them, er, Apples?

    Posted on September 30th, 2019 at 12:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    On Friday we saw iOS 13.1.1. Today we get iOS 13.1.2:

    iOS 13.1.2 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone. This update:

    • Fixes a bug where the progress bar for iCloud Backup could continue to show after a successful backup
    • Fixes an issue where Camera may not work
    • Addresses an issue where the flashlight may not activate
    • Fixes a bug that could result in a loss of display calibration data
    • Fixes an issue where shortcuts could not be run from HomePod
    • Addresses an issue where Bluetooth may disconnect on certain vehicles

    One big advantage to Apple patches, though: At least they’re numbered so you can unKB4517211der18362.387stand them.

  • Where we stand with the September 2019 patches

    Posted on September 30th, 2019 at 07:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s a mess, folks.

    I can’t recall the last time Patch Lady Susan Bradley recommended that you pass on a zero-day patch. (A note for those of you who don’t get the AskWoody Plus Newsletter: You need to become an AskWoody Plus Member in order to receive or view the Newsletter. It’s easy, and you get to decide how much you want to donate. See the notice on the right side of this page.)

    Somebody please tell me again how Windows patching is getting better.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Here’s why we’re not patching Internet Explorer

    Posted on September 30th, 2019 at 01:05 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    PATCH WATCH

    By Susan Bradley

    There’s no way to sugar-coat this: The current Windows updating situation is a disaster.

    No, I’m not talking about the usual round of side effects in the second–Patch Tuesday updates, the lack of overall patch quality, or the known issues that impact only a small set of Windows users but that we’re still forced to track.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.35.0 (2019-09-30).

  • Freeware Spotlight — Win7 Games for Windows 10 and 8

    Posted on September 30th, 2019 at 01:00 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    BEST UTILITIES

    By Deanna McElveen

    Moving from Win7 to Win10 is somewhat like moving to a new town. Sure, many of the big stores are in both places, but what about that favorite coffee shop?

    For Windows 7 users, migrating up can mean leaving behind some familiar versions of treasured games — good ol’ FreeCell, Hearts, Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, Mahjong, Minesweeper, and others — and wandering through the MS Store maze or the silliness of Win10’s “Solitaire Collection.”

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.35.0 (2019-09-30).

  • Confusion reigns supreme for admins facing this month’s patches

    Posted on September 28th, 2019 at 06:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Site admins I know are livid about this month’s mess-ups. Read this Twitter thread from Bryan Dam:

    There are thousands of threads (especially on Reddit) from people shaking their fists at Microsoft. And these are Microsoft supporters!

  • Three known bugs in the latest build of Win10 version 1903

    Posted on September 27th, 2019 at 11:26 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft is supposed to be keeping us informed of bugs in Win10 versions, and you’d think they’d be particularly on-the-spot about following up on bug reports in the newly christened “ready for broad deployment” version of their flagship product.

    Harumph.

    I know of three bugs — all documented on this site — that bedevil both the current release of Win10 version 1903, build 18362.387, and its predecessor, the undistributed 18362.357:

    • The latest versions of Win10 1903 block installation of .NET 3.5. You may scoff that it’s an old version of .NET, but at least one large package — part of the ERP package known as SAP — requires .NET 3.5. Per Günter Born:

    [.NET 3.5] installation fails with the error:

    Microsoft-Windows-NetFx3-OnDemand-Package: 0x800f0954

    I installed the updated Sept 2019 Cumulative Update for Win10 x64 [1903] and it broke me printing to a network HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M180NW… What happens in my case is the screen will flash, I hear the printer start, but then nothing. And then Windows closes any open windows. Almost like Windows Explorer restart. Job is not being held in the queue, printer is not offline (but HP software monitor says it is), this is a network printer I am testing on.

    • The latest versions of Win10 1903 trigger black screens when running RDP. Per an anonymous poster:

    We have HP z2 g4 mini PCs – Windows 10 Pro 1903 – we have installed the updates above and we still get a black screen on remote desktop. We tried changing the systems we are remoting to to use the MS Basic Display Driver but that did not resolve the issue. Rebooting allows the system to work for an unknown amount of time before it stops working again until the next reboot.

    And confirmation, again anonymously:

    I installed KB4517211 (OS Build 18362.387) and still have the RDP black screen on HP EliteDesk 800 G5 SFF and HP 800 G3 Mini desktops. I ran HP SDM on both models to ensure all OEM drivers are current as of 9/27.

    Those last two may be driver problems — hard to say — but a “ready for broad distribution” build shouldn’t trigger new bugs in longstanding drivers, eh?

    In all cases, rolling back the latest updates fixes the problem.

  • Windows 10 version 1903 declared “ready for broad deployment”

    Posted on September 27th, 2019 at 06:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yes, you read that right.

    In spite of the horribly fumbled CVE-2019-1367 IE patch. In spite of the known bugs. Microsoft is recommending that businesses go ahead with the Win10 1903 rollout.

    The gods must be crazy.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Patch Lady – the optional 1903 that includes the IE patch is out

    Posted on September 26th, 2019 at 16:44 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    …and I’m not installing it.  Which is saying a lot since I’m an Enterprise Security MVP and normally understand why Microsoft does what they do to keep us safe even though I don’t agree with it all the time.

    Microsoft just released https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4517211/windows-10-update-kb4517211

    And released a servicing stack update https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4520390/compatibility-update-for-installing-windows-10-version-1903

    For those keeping track this is the “D” week release, meaning it’s optional…. HOWEVER…. this INCLUDES the out of band IE update released on 9/23 which was not released on Windows update or WSUS and is only available on the catalog site.  There are two side effects that have been noted and reproduced by several on the patching community (can’t install .net 3.5, and early reports of printing issues).   Support cases are still in the process of being set up so it will take a bit of time to get these documented as known issues or at least better understood if there are interactions going on with something else.

    I still can’t figure out why the out of band update is NOT on Windows update or WSUS and if Microsoft is THAT worried about it being a risk for all of us, then I’d say they need to get their act together and fix WU and WSUS as deployment mechanisms.

    This time I do not understand why Microsoft is not doing what they should do if they truly think we are at risk.  All they have done is let the attackers get the ability to understand the vulnerability and have not done their part to keep the masses safe from this risk.  Given that I do not see evidence of anything but targeted specific attacks and not rank and file mass attacks, I’m recommending that you not install anything that includes these out of band IE updates at this time.

    In the meantime, I too am starting to sound more and more like … “hey… you there.. get off my lawn”