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  • Missed the September patches – now what?

    Posted on October 8th, 2019 at 21:29 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got a message from an old friend:

    Hello Woody:

    You briefly went to DEFCON-3 last week for installing the September updates, but then shortly after that you dropped back to DEFCON-1 before I had a chance to install the September updates. I’m confused about what to do about the September updates, now that we’re past the Patch Tuesday for October. I’ve never seen you go past the Patch Tuesday without recommending we install the previous month’s updates. Should we be installing the September updates if we missed the narrow window of opportunity we had last week?

    It’s easy. Don’t do anything.

    I moved quickly to MS-DEFCON 1 when it became apparent that MS was releasing really buggy patches. Then releasing even buggier fixes to the buggy patches. Then pushing still-buggy fixes to the even buggier patches. Yep, three rounds of patches, all infested with bugs.

    If you didn’t get the September updates installed, don’t worry about it. There’s absolutely nothing in the September updates that has to be installed right away.

    That said, there is a significant looming problem. You need to make sure you don’t use Internet Explorer – and you have to disable IE as your default browser. Almost all of you have done that already, but if you haven’t, follow the detailed instructions in Monday’s AskWoody Plus Newsletter, or the original advice here.

    Then sit back and wait for the MS-DEFCON level to change to 3, 4, or 5. If you’re a Plus Member, I’ll also send out an email Alert when the change comes.