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  • MS-DEFCON 4: July updates should be installed

    Posted on July 27th, 2021 at 01:00 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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    ISSUE 18.28.1 • 2021-07-27

    PATCH WATCH

    MS-DEFCON 4

    By Susan Bradley

    July patches have been well behaved.

    Consumer and home users

    If you’ve used the “pause updates” methodology, now is the time to install the July updates. I’ve not seen any major printing issues introduced with these July updates. However, I still recommend that you keep the Print Spooler service disabled. If you do print, consider turning the spooler off and then back on when you need it. Microsoft fixed the issue with the Print Nightmare bug, but another Print Spooler bug has yet to be fixed and is slated to be discussed at the annual security conference in Las Vegas, better known as the Black Hat Conference.

    For Office updates, open up any installed Office application, click on File, then on Account, then on Office Updates and choose to enable updates. Then click on Update Now to trigger the installation of the updates.

    Business users

    For business users, Microsoft has described only one side effect with printers and the July updates. Printers that rely on smart-card (PIV) authentication may fail to print after the installation of the July patches. This is not a widespread problem, and there is no reason to delay installation of the patches.

    References

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Alert 18.28.1 (2021-07-27).