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  • Patch Lady – Access bug will be fixed sooner versus later

    Posted on November 18th, 2019 at 15:06 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The Access bug page has been updated to reflect that they intend to fix the Access bug sooner versus later.  No longer does it say “next month”…. well at least for versions other than Access 2019… and Access 2016 has a release out already.

     

    This issue will be fixed for all versions:

    Version Build Release Date Update Link
    Access 2010 7241.5001 November 22, 2019 (estimated)
    Access 2013 5189.1002 November 22, 2019 (estimated)
    Access 2016 MSI 4927.1002 November 18, 2019 KB4484198
    Access 2019 Volume License 10352.20054 December 10, 2019
    Access for Office 365/Access 2016 C2R/Access 2019 (Version 1911) 12228.20152 November 22, 2019 (estimated)
    Access for Office 365 Semi-Annual (1901) November 25, 2019 (estimated)
  • October 2019 Office non-Security updates have been released

    Posted on October 1st, 2019 at 14:06 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The October 2019 non-Security Office updates have been released Tuesday, October 1, 2019. They will not included in any DEFCON approval for the September 2019 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 2010
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB4475604)

    Office 2013
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4484096)

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4475585)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4484114)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4475582)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4484107)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB4475578)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4484116)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4484105)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4484102)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2007 (which is out of support).

    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).

  • September 2019 Office non-Security updates are available

    Posted on September 3rd, 2019 at 12:57 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The September 2019 non-Security Office updates have been released Tuesday, September 3, 2019. They are not included in any DEFCON approval for the August 2019 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 2013
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4475562)

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3114852)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011629)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4464531)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4464584)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4475580)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4475593)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4475592)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4475577)

     

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2007 (which is out of support) or Office 2010.

    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).

  • Patch Lady – what’s this thing called Teams

    Posted on August 28th, 2019 at 13:56 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you have Office 365 pro plus you are in the group that Microsoft is your deployment admin.  And your deployment admin (Microsoft) pushed out Teams in the July release.

    If you now have clients/customers/…. uh you… asking how to turn the automatic log on … OFF… read on

    https://office365itpros.com/2019/08/27/stopping-teams-starting-automatically-windows/

    If you want to know what teams is all about… think of it as a client for SharePoint the sharing site, or Facebook for business.  Bottom line it’s a collaborative tool to help communication inside teams.  It is replacing Skype for Business.

     

  • August 2019 Office non-Security updates have been released

    Posted on August 6th, 2019 at 16:37 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The August 2019 non-Security Office updates have been released Tuesday, August 6, 2019. They are not included in the DEFCON4 approval for the July 2019 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 2013
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4475556)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4475564)

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Excel 2016 (KB4475550)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4475516)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3114528)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4475542)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3141456)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4464588)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4032254)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4475551)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4464535)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4475541)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2016 (KB4092450)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB4464577)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4475544)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4475548)

    UPDATE: Microsoft Support pages now have links to the download center 8/8/2019.

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2007 (which is out of support) or Office 2010.

    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).

  • Warning: Some July Office patches make it impossible to save DOC, XLS files on network shares

    Posted on July 17th, 2019 at 12:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    An emergency report:

    It appears that Microsoft closed off write access to the older file extensions when they are located on a network share when some of the July Office patches are installed.

    We’ve positively identified two patches that when removed we know fixes this issue:

    · KB4475513 (for Excel 2016)

    · KB4475514 (for Word 2016)

    By also analyzing their associated CVE’s and also hearing of issues with and Office 2013 as well, we’ve broadened the list to include some of their neighbors:

    · KB4464565 (for Excel 2013)

    · KB4464572 (for Office 2016)

    · KB4464558 (for Office 2013)

    Will keep you posted.

    UPDATE: Many of you have reported that you can’t reproduce this bug. Which is great! But when you post a report, could you include the version of the Server that you’re using? That may be a key difference.

  • Office non-security patches for July 2019 are out

    Posted on July 3rd, 2019 at 08:04 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The July 2019 non-Security Office updates have been released Tuesday, July 2, 2019. They are not included in the DEFCON 4 approval for the June 2019 patches (see the preceding post). 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 2010
    Update for Microsoft Filter Pack 2.0 (KB3114879)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB3114397)

    Office 2013
    Update for Microsoft Word 2013 (KB4475525)

    Office 2016
    Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4462237)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4032236)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4464582)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4464595)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4475515)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4475518)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4475521)

    There were no non-security listings for Office 2007, which is out of support. The Office 2010 patch is for, you guessed it, the Japanese date change frolic.

    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).

  • Mimecast shows yet another way to zap systems using Excel’s Power Query feature

    Posted on June 27th, 2019 at 09:56 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Early this morning, email security company Mimecast released a report detailing how malicious folks can attack by abusing the Excel feature called Power Query:

    Mimecast Threat Center found and developed a technique that uses a feature in Microsoft Excel called Power Query to dynamically launch a remote Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) attack into an Excel spreadsheet and actively control the payload Power Query.

    The threat they describe isn’t unique — if you’ve been working with Excel for any time at all, you know there are features that just beg to be abused — but it is quite clever.

    The folks at Mimecast gave Microsoft a chance to respond, but

    Mimecast worked with Microsoft as part of the Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD) process to determine if this is an intended behavior for Power Query, or if it was an issue to be addressed. Microsoft declined to release a fix at this time and instead offered a workaround to help mitigate the issue.

    Thus, we’re getting a full exposure. For more details, look at Mimecast’s report.