• October Patch Day – MS DEFCON 2 – here comes Win 11

    Dustin Childs is first of the block with his October 2021 security update review.

    And yes Virginia, we have security updates for Windows 11.

    There is one bug that is reported as being used in targeted attacks, however it did not impact Windows 11.

    Microsoft is already fixing some bugs in Windows 11:

    “Compatibility issues have been found between some Intel “Killer” and “SmartByte” networking software and Windows 11. Devices with the affected software might drop User Datagram Protocol (UDP) packets under certain conditions. This creates performance and other problems for protocols based on UDP. For example, some websites might load slower than others in affected devices, with videos streaming slower in certain resolutions. VPN solutions based on UDP might also be slower.”

    That should be fixed in today’s release.

    As usual – we are at MS DEFCON – 2 – meaning that “Patch reliability is unclear. Unless you have an immediate, pressing need to install a specific patch, don’t do it”.  We’ll be watching for side effects in the meantime.

    Edit 10-12-2021:  Starting to see smatterings of printer issues again. One thing to keep in mind, make sure all servers and workstations get updates and are rebooted at the same time.

    Edit: 10-15-2021:  Seeing more than “smatterings” of issues with printers.  <sigh> Hang loose as we figure out workarounds.

    A reminder — You can be alerted automatically when the MS-DEFCON level changes, in one of two ways.

    Twitter:  Sign up for Twitter and follow the defconpatch account. Then set up notifications in your Twitter app so that you get alerted when the account tweets a change.

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