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  • April 2019 non-Security Office Updates are available

    Posted on April 2nd, 2019 at 13:53 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The April 2019 non-Security Office updates have been released Tuesday, April 2, 2019. They are not included in the DEFCON4 approval for the March 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 KB3114559

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 KB4462203
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 KB4462200
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 KB4464507
    Update for Microsoft Project 2013 KB4462136
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2013 KB4464505
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (Lync 2013) KB4462207
    Update for Microsoft Word 2013 KB4462140

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 KB4011666
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 KB4462116
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 KB4464501
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 KB4462239
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 KB4418380
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack KB4462241
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 KB4464502
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 KB4462235
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 KB4464503
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 KB4462234
    Update for Microsoft Word 2016 KB4462240

    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).

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows. Off with their heads!

  • Patch Watch: Office 365 – The trendy new phishing target

    Posted on March 25th, 2019 at 06:48 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here phishy, phishy, phishy…..

    Attacking Windows 10 is so yesterday. Malicious hackers have known for some time that phishing is a fruitful and cheap method for stealing data. And the bigger the mark, the better the returns. So it should be no surprise that Office 365 has become a tempting target.

    Patch Lady Susan Bradley offers the first in a series of articles about Office 365’s vulnerable underbelly, and what you can to do protect yourself and your organization.

    Details in this week’s AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.11.0, out this morning to AskWoody Plus Members.

  • Details emerging on the March 2019 Patch Tuesday trove

    Posted on March 13th, 2019 at 08:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    By and large this month’s patches — so far — aren’t much to be concerned about, unless you’re worried about attacks from nation states.

    Chrome has already been patched on your machine (trust me), so the major Win7 attack vector is sealed.

    The Win10 1809 patch fixes the “crazy” performance hit on some games, but it has a strange bug that knocks out audio in weird circumstances. That bug was introduced by the 1809 patch on March 1.

    There’s confusion over two different Win7 patches that are needed to implement SHA-2 security in July, but @DrBonzo and @PKCano have figured it out.

    And Office doesn’t get much respect. Or disruption.

    Of course, you shouldn’t install any of it until we hear from the cannon fodder. We’re still at MS-DEFCON 2.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • March 2019 non-Security Office Updates have been released

    Posted on March 5th, 2019 at 13:41 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The March 2019 non-Security Office updates have been released Tuesday, March 5, 2019. They are not included in the DEFCON4 approval for the February 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 Access 2010 (KB4018363)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4461626)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2589339)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB4462229)

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4462201)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4092455)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4462206)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2013 (KB4461484)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4462192)
    Update for Microsoft Excel 2016 (KB4462212)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4461439)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4462214)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4462195)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4462118)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4032231)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4462194)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4462196)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB4462191)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4462198)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4462190)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4462193)

    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).

  • Report of a buggy MSComCTL.ocx in January’s Office patches. Again.

    Posted on February 5th, 2019 at 17:42 admin Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Günter Born just posted details (German). Quoting blogger Sam:

    Microsoft once again issues a wrong file version of the MS Common Controls (MScomctl.ocx) for the Office January 2019 updates. It affects the following file:

    18.01.2019 22:33 1’410’216 MSCOMCTL.OCX

    This is particularly stupid for Office 2019 C2R, because there is only a new build. A manual uninstall of the relevant update is not possible.

    In the other versions of Office, I have found absolutely no clues at Microsoft, with which patch in December 2018 or Jan 2019 the wrong MS Common Controls file version is delivered. MS is totally silent here.

    Any of you getting bit by a bad MSComCTL.ocx?

    UPDATE: Looks like the bad, older version is in the February non-security patches, too. Details coming on Born City.

  • February 2019 non-Security Office Updates are available

    Posted on February 5th, 2019 at 12:44 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The February 2019 non-Security Office updates have been released Tuesday, February 5, 2019. They are not included in the DEFCON4 approval for the January 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.

    Office 2010

    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4462172)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4462187)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB4462182)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2010 (KB3115314)

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Access 2013 (KB4032252)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4461550)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4461444)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4462141)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3172473)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4462135)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Access 2016 (KB4032257)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4461534)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4462114)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4461536)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4462147)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB4461599)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4462134)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4022161)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4462145)

    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).

  • Patch Watch: Green light for most patches; yellow for Win10 version 1809

    Posted on January 28th, 2019 at 03:23 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Patch Lady Susan Bradley’s latest take on patching.

    Out this morning to all AskWoody Plus members, in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.3.0, now available FREE online..

  • Microsoft yanks buggy Office 2010 non-security patches

    Posted on January 5th, 2019 at 08:20 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This just in from Günter Born...

    Microsoft has yanked all four of this month’s Office 2010 non-security patches. None of these are currently available in the Microsoft Update Catalog:

    Update for Microsoft Excel 2010 (KB4461627)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032217)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032225)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4461616)

    The KB articles are still out there, but they now say:

    After you install this update, you may experience difficulties in Microsoft Excel or other applications. To resolve this, uninstall the update by following the instructions in the “More information” section.

    This update is no longer available.

    There are instructions for manually uninstalling the patches.

    Japanese-language sites are all lit up with warnings about the patches clobbering Excel. Microsoft’s mealy-mouth “experience difficulties in Microsoft Excel” doesn’t say much, but the Japanese language posts certainly do. For example, @odsyeu on the iromame-beans.jp site says (translation by Google):

    After installation, program stop error now appears when opening the Excel file.

    You gotta wonder who tests this stuff.

    As Born says:

    This is the 3rd or 4th attempt from Microsoft to establish the Japanese calendar thing. In November 2018 Updates for Office 2010 were been pulled, and in December 2018 we also had Office 2010 updates for Japanese calendar.

    Whotta mess. But you’re OK because you haven’t installed any January patches yet, right?