• Where we stand with the February patches

    What an odd month.

    We got a ton of bugs introduced in the Patch Tuesday patches that were — mostly, but not completely — solved by patches later in the month. Microsoft’s still holding back on Win10 1809 patches, which is good news — but 1809 isn’t “ready for business.” And the mystery update bulldozer patch KB 4023057 has come out of the closet, into the Catalog.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    We’re still at MS-DEFCON 2. As far as I know, there are no major security problems solved by the February patches, so let’s give things a rest for now. Those of you using Win10 Pro or Enterprise, who follow my recommendations, have already installed updates, and everybody else should sit back and enjoy the weekend.

    UPDATE: And, of course, just minutes after the Computerworld article hit, Microsoft released KB 4482887 – the second February cumulative update for Win10 version 1809. Except they’re calling it the March 1 update. There’s an enormous list of 36 fixes. As usual for a second “optional non-security” cumulative update, you have to manually install it or click Check for updates.