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  • What happened to the February patches?

    Posted on February 15th, 2017 at 10:17 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s a lot of conjecture. I haven’t seen any Feb “Patch Tuesday” style patches. Have you?

    Hard to believe all of the patches – Vista, Win7, 8.1, various 10s, the Offices including Click-to-Run, IE, .NET, and all the weird supporting patches have all gone missing.

    Even the two odd snooping patches, KB 2952664 (for Win7) and KB 2976978 (Win 8.1), are no longer available in the Windows Update Catalog.

    The only conclusion I can draw – and it’s 100% speculation – is that Windows Update is broken. Or maybe compromised.

    Do you have any better info – or a contrary opinion?

    UPDATE: Gregg Keizer at Computerworld just posted an interview with a security expert who, amazingly, seems to say exactly what I’m saying.

  • Repost: Born: Office activation site controlled by a non-Microsoft company

    Posted on February 14th, 2017 at 09:25 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This is a repost of a blog item that got gobbled up when the site went down. Here’s the original post, but the original comments are gone.

    Yet another fascinating bit of sleuthing from Günter Born.

    Normally, when you install Office 365, Office 2016, or Office 2013, they’re activated automatically. Sometimes automatic activation fails, though, and you need to enter a product key or even contact Microsoft to activate a completely-legitimate copy.

    There’s a lengthy, detailed description of how to do that on this Microsoft Office blog page. One problem: The method described there doesn’t always work for the non-365 versions of Office. At the top of the Microsoft blog page there’s a new notice that:

    Customers report that when selecting the option to activate Office by telephone, they receive this error: Telephone activation is no longer supported for your product. This issue impacts Office non-subscribers only. We are actively working on fixing this issue. In the meantime, you can call the numbers for your specific country/region listed in this article.

    The referenced site asks you to choose your country, provides you with a telephone number. Call that phone number and you should be activated automatically.

    There’s another activation method, though, which was recommended last month in one of Born’s comment sections. That comment points to Microsoft’s Self Service for Mobile product activation page. Long story short, that activation option – which requires you to type in your Installation ID – is not on a secure page. Microsoft’s instructions direct you to a third-party web site, and tell you to type your Installation ID into that web site.

    Read Born’s exposé to see how he tracked down that page – a page requesting your Office activation details – through GoDaddy and ultimately found the owner.

    No, it isn’t Microsoft.

    Somebody’s collecting a whole lot of valid Office Installation IDs – and Microsoft’s helping them do it.

  • Additional report of KB 3141511 breaking FindTime, MeetingSquared add-ins for Outlook

    Posted on February 11th, 2017 at 06:04 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I still haven’t seen many reports, but @learnpowershell has been testing:

    Earlier report here.

    I’m still looking for corroboration – and a more detailed description of the problems.

  • Report: KB 3141511 clobbering Outlook add-ins

    Posted on February 8th, 2017 at 12:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got a tweet from Dave Ackroyd, @learnpowershell that the new KB3141511 , Feb’s non-security patch for Outlook, is breaking Outlook add-ins.

    One very short report is here on the FindTime forum.

    Can anybody corroborate?

  • Microsoft rolls out 26 non-security Office patches

    Posted on February 7th, 2017 at 13:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Feb 2017 Office non-security patches: 10 for Office 2013, 16 for Office 2016

    The 26 patches are just starting to roll out the Update chute

     

    This, being the first Tuesday of February, is designated “Office non-security patch” day. We’re just starting to see the patches appear.

    For Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3141504)

    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB3141501)

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3114389)

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3141508)

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3127991)

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3141510)

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3141513)

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3141505)

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3128048)

    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2016 (KB3141512)

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3128052)

    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB3141511)

    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB3128051)

    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB3141514)

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3141509)

    Update for Microsoft Visio 2016 (KB3141500)

    For Office 2013

    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB3161988)

    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3115489)

    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3141491)

    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3127966)

    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2013 (KB3141494)

    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3127972)

    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB3141495)

    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (KB3141461)

    Update for Microsoft Project 2013 (KB3141499)

    Update for Microsoft Visio 2013 (KB3141492)

    Oddly, the TechNet Office Updates release note says they were released “on the Download Center and Microsoft Update” yesterday, Feb. 6, but I haven’t seen any reports of the patches being available until today.

    No word on when the patches will get rolled into the most recent Click-to-Run release.

    It’s much too early to tell if there are problems with any of them, but a spot check reveals that the KB articles have been posted, and they’ve been updated for February 7, 2017. Of course, I recommend that you hold off installing them until the dust has settled.

    Thanks to PKCano!

  • MS-DEFCON 2: Time to make sure your Windows machine is locked down

    Posted on February 6th, 2017 at 14:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m anticipating non-security Office patches tomorrow. That’s the usual drop date, anyway – first Tuesday of the month. I’m not aware of any non-security Office patches that absolutely have to be installed right away, so I’m taking the MS-DEFCON level up (er, down?) a notch, as usual.

    Make sure you have Automatic Update set to “Never check for updates” or use a metered connection or “Pause updates” to keep Microsoft from forcing patches down your throat.

    If you’re using Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8.1, follow the instructions in AKB1000004: Disable Automatic Update in Vista, Win7 or 8.1

    If you’re using Windows 10, follow the instructions in AKB1000005: Disable Automatic Update in Windows 10

    Then watch here, or keep an eye out for problem reports on the web, before you re-enable Automatic Updates.

    I’m moving us to MS-DEFCON 2: Patch reliability is unclear. Unless you have an immediate, pressing need to install a specific patch, don’t do it.

  • Office December non-security updates

    Posted on December 6th, 2016 at 14:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft releases non-security patches for Office 2016, 2013, Click-to-Run

    After a bobbling start, the patches are available in Windows Update and WSUS

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows

  • Office 2016, 2013 non-security patches

    Posted on November 1st, 2016 at 17:24 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    UPDATE: Microsoft just posted the official list. There’s one Office 2010 patch (for Project).

    :::::::::::::::

    A little raw at this point, but this is what we’re looking at for Office 2016:

    November 1, 2016, update for Office 2016 (KB3115280)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 6:00 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for Office 2016 (KB3118340)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:50 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for Office 2016 (KB3127905)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:50 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for Office 2016 (KB3118336)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:50 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for OneDrive for Business for Office 2016 (KB3118341)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:50 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for Office 2016 (KB3127906)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:50 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for Office 2016 (KB3127909)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:50 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for Office 2016 (KB3118338)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:40 AM

    And for Office 2013:

    Specify the “Warn me before downloading content when editing, forwarding, or replying to e-mail” option for Outlook
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 6:00 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for Word 2013 (KB3039719)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:50 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for PowerPoint 2013 (KB3118353)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:40 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for Outlook 2013 (KB3127919)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:30 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for Office 2013 (KB3127916)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:30 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for Office 2013 (KB3127915)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:30 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for Office 2013 (KB3118343)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:30 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for Office 2013 (KB3118346)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:30 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for OneDrive for Business for Office 2013 (KB3118350)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:30 AM
    November 1, 2016, update for Office 2013 (KB3039750)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:30 AM