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  • The May 2021 Office non-Security Updates have been published

    Posted on May 4th, 2021 at 15:10 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The May 2021 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, May 4, 2021. They are not included in the DEFCON-4 approval for the April 2021 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4462117)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4493155)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB5001921)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2010 (which reached EOS on October 13, 2020) nor for Office 2013.
    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support will end for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (perpetual). Office 365 and C2R are not included.

    Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday).

  • April 2021 Office non-Security Updates are now available

    Posted on April 6th, 2021 at 13:18 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The April 2021 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, April 6, 2021. They are not included in the DEFCON-3 approval for the March 2021 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4486672)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2010 (which reached EOS on October 13, 2020) nor for Office 2013.
    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support will end for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (perpetual). Office 365 and C2R are not included.

    Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday).

  • March 2021 Office non-Security Updates are now available

    Posted on March 2nd, 2021 at 19:11 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The March 2021 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, March 2, 2021. They are not included in the DEFCON-4 approval for the February 2021 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4493188)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4493153)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4493226)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4493191)

    Office 2013
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4493174)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2010 (which reached EOS on October 13, 2020).
    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support will end for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (perpetual). Office 365 and C2R are not included.

    Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday).

     

  • The February 2021 Office non-Security Updates have been released

    Posted on February 2nd, 2021 at 15:12 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The February 2021 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, February 2, 2021. They are not included in the DEFCON-4 approval for the January 2021 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4493189)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4493190)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB4493164)

    Office 2013
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4486684)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (KB4493169)

    Office 2010
    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4493180)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (KB4493179)

    Office 2010 reached EOS on October 13, 2020.
    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support will end for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (persistent). Office 365 and C2R are not included.

    Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday).

  • January 2021 Office non-Security Updates are available

    Posted on January 5th, 2021 at 12:14 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The January 2021 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, January 5, 2021. They are not included in the DEFCON-4 approval for the December 2020 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4484509)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4493157)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4493166)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4493159)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2010 (which reached EOS on October 13, 2020) nor for Office 2013.
    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support will end for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (persistent). Office 365 and C2R are not included.

    Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday).

  • December 2020 Office non-Security Updates have been released

    Posted on December 1st, 2020 at 14:19 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The December 2020 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, December 1, 2020. They are not included in the DEFCON-4 approval for the November 2020 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4486745)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4486746)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4486747)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4486668)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4486749)
    Update for Microsoft Publisher 2016 (KB4484334)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4486716)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2016 (KB4486709)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4486756)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2010 (which reached EOS on October 13, 2020) nor for Office 2013.
    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support will end for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (persistent). Office 365 and C2R are not included.

    Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday).

  • November 2020 Office non-Security Updates are now available

    Posted on November 3rd, 2020 at 13:02 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The November 2020 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, November 3, 2020. They are not included in the DEFCON-3 approval for the October 2020 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4486710)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4486680)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4484397)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4486720)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4486712)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2010 (which reached EOS on October 13, 2020) nor for Office 2013.
    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support will end for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (persistent). Office 365 and C2R are not included.

    Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday).

  • Microsoft has released October 2020 “C” Week Preview Updates for 1809, 1903 and 1909

    Posted on October 20th, 2020 at 13:16 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsotf has released October “C” Week Cumulative Update Previews for Win10 versions 1809, 1903 and 1909

    KB4580386 for 1903/1909
    KB4580390 for 1809

    Highlights for versions 1903/1909 include:

    • Introducing Meet Now in the Windows 10 Taskbar

      Earlier this year we introduced Meet Now in Skype. Meet Now makes it easy to connect with anyone in as little as two clicks for free and each call can last up to 24 hours. Today, we’re excited to share that we will be extending this capability in Windows 10 by bringing Meet Now right to the taskbar. In the coming weeks, you will be able to easily set up a video call and reach friends and family in an instant by clicking the Meet Now icon in the taskbar notification area. No sign ups or downloads needed.

    • Updates an issue that might prevent a Microsoft Xbox Game Pass user from playing certain games that are eligible for play.
    • Updates a reliability issue that causes the screen to flash constantly.
    • Updates an issue that causes a USB printer port to disappear after restarting when the printer device is turned power off.

    There is a substantial list of fixes for all versions but no impending need to install any of them.

    .NET updates Previews for 1809, 1903, and 1909 have also been released:
    KB4580980 for .NET 3.5/4.8 for 1903/1909
    KB4580979 for .NET 3.5/4.8 for 1809
    Thx @abbodi86

  • HP Issues Sure Click Enterprise 4.2 Patch 1 to fix Initialization Failures caused by Windows Updates (October 2020)

    Posted on October 16th, 2020 at 10:34 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Posted on October 15, 2020, HP announced the release of HP Sure Click Enterprise 4.4 Patch 1 and Bromium Secure Platform 4.1 Update 8 (Patch 5) to fix Initialization failures caused by October 2020 Windows Updates.

    Issue Description

    After installing any of the referenced Windows Update KBs below, HP Sure Click Enterprise and Bromium Secure Platform will be unable to successfully initialize. New initialization attempts will fail with error UPDATEGUEST_NETWORK_SETUP_FAIL. Your devices will continue to work until a new initialization is needed, giving you additional time to rollback the Microsoft KBs. New initialization requests would generally be caused by:

    • Upgrading supported applications to a new major version, such as Chrome, Microsoft Office or Adobe Reader.

    • Manually requesting a new initialization from the Desktop Console

    • Installing a new version of HP Sure Click Enterprise

    This is a list of the Windows Updates affected

    • KB4579311 – Windows 10 Version 2004 x64
    • KB4577671 – Windows 10 Version 1903 x64
    • KB4577671 – Windows 10 Version 1909 x64
    • KB4577668 – Windows 10 Version 1809 x64
    • KB4580330 – Windows 10 Version 1803 x64
    • KB4580328 – Windows 10 Version 1709 x64
    • KB4580346 – Windows 10 Version 1607 x64
    • KB4580327 – Windows 10 RTM x6

    HP Sure Click Enterprise 4.2 Patch 1 Released.

    According to Windows Central

    There’s HP Sure Click Enterprise. HP calls this the “world’s most secure endpoint application isolation and containment solution.” Supported on Windows 8 and Windows 10, Sure Click Enterprise brings enhanced run-time protection with non-persistent virtual machines. It can also protect user credentials from phishing attacks and supports large-scale deployments.

    Gunter Born has more details on Born’s Tech and Windows World.

  • October 2020 Microsoft Patch Tuesday updates are rolling out

    Posted on October 13th, 2020 at 12:06 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The patches have been released.

    There are 365 new entries for October, 2020 Patch Tuesday in the Microsoft Update Catalog.

    There are 1838 vulnerabilities listed in the Microsoft Security Response Center for October.

    Dustin Childs just posted his usual in-depth analysis on the Zero Day Initiative blog:

    • Adobe released one patch for October to fix a single vulnerability in Flash.
    • Microsoft released patches to correct 87 CVEs. Of these, 11 are Critical, 75 listed as Important, and one as Moderate.

    None of the bugs are listed as being under attack at the present, but 6 are listed as publicly known at the time of release.

    KB 4580325 — 2020-10 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player on Win8.1 and Win10. The Flash Player update for Win7 should be downloaded from Adobe.

    According to Sergiu Gatlin at BleepingComputer Windows 10 now blocks some third-party drivers from installation

    Microsoft says that Windows 10 and Windows Server users will be blocked from installing incorrectly formatted third-party drivers after deploying this month’s cumulative updates.

    “When installing a third-party driver, you might receive the error, ‘Windows can’t verify the publisher of this driver software’,” Microsoft says.

    “You might also see the error, ‘No signature was present in the subject’ when attempting to view the signature properties using Windows Explorer.”

    This issue is caused by improperly formatted driver catalog files that trigger the errors during the driver validation process as Microsoft explains.

    Starting with the October 2020 updates, Windows requires DER-encoded PKCS#7 content to be valid and correctly embedded in catalog files.

    “Catalogs files must be signed per section 11.6 of describing DER-encoding for SET OF members in X.690,” Microsoft adds.

    Users who encounter these errors while attempting to install a third-party driver are advised to ask their driver vendor or device manufacturer (OEM) for an updated and correctly signed driver.

    Affected Windows platforms include client (from Windows 8.1 up to Windows 004) and server versions (from Windows Server 2012 R2 up to Windows Server, version 2004).

    Martin Brinkman has his usual thorough rundown on Ghacks.net.

    A reminder if you are on Windows 10 v1809 or v1903. It is time to think about moving to a later version. V1809 reaches EOS on 2020-11-10 and v1903 on 2020-12-08.

  • October 2020 Office non-Security Updates have been released

    Posted on October 6th, 2020 at 12:54 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The October 2020 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, October 6, 2020. They are not included in the DEFCON-4 approval for the September 2020 patches. Unless you have a specific need to install them, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) approves them and any problems have been reported.

    Remember, Susan’s patching sequence and  recommendations are based on a business environment that has IT support and may have time constraints on the updating process. Consumer patching should be more cautious due to limited technical and mechanical resources. The latter is the reason for the AskWoody DEFCON system.

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4475584)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4484502)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2016 (KB4484333)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4486669)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2007 (which is out of support), for Office 2010 which will reach End of Support 10/13/2020, or for Office 2013 .

    Updates are for the .msi version (persistent). Office 365 and C2R are not included.

    Security updates for all supported versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday).

  • Microsoft released Sept. 2020 “C” Week Preview Updates for 1809, 1903, 1909 and .NET

    Posted on September 16th, 2020 at 13:49 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsotf has released “C” Week Cumulative Update Previews for Win10 versions 1809, 1903 and 1909 as well as a Cumulative Update Previews for .NET for those versions on Wednesday. September 16, 2020

    KB4577062 for 1903/1909
    KB4577069 for 1809:
    KB4576947 for 1903/1909
    KB4577324 for 1809 + .NET 3.5/4.72/4.8
    KB4576946 for 1809 + .NET 3.5/4.8

    Highlights for versions 1903/1909 include:

    • Adds a notification to Internet Explorer 11 that informs users about the end of support for Adobe Flash in December 2020. For more information, see KB4581051.
    • Updates an issue that causes certain apps to go into an unwanted repair cycle. As a result, a user cannot use that app during that time.
    • Updates an issue that might display 4K high dynamic range (HDR) content darker than expected when you configure certain non-HDR systems for HDR Streaming.
    • Updates an issue to reduce the likelihood of missing fonts.
    • Updates an issue that causes a device to stop responding after you have been using a pen for several hours.
    • Reduces distortions and aberrations in Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMD).

    There is a substantial list of fixes for all versions but no impending need to install any of them.