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  • August 2018 Office non-Security updates are available

    Posted on August 7th, 2018 at 14:03 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    August 2018 Office non-security updates have been released by Microsoft on August 7, 2018.

    Just a reminder – these updates are NOT covered under the July DEFCON setting. 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. They are still untried and untested. Don’t be a Guinea Pig.

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3172506)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4011155)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4022212)
    Update for Microsoft OneDrive for Business (KB4022226)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (KB4018374)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4032250)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4032234)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4032232)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2016 (KB4022216)
    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (KB4018368)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4032238)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4032258)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4032255)
    Update for Microsoft OneDrive for Business (KB4022219)

    There were no non-security listings this month for Office 2010 and no listings for Office 2007 (which is out of support).
    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 – Office 365 eula is due to update

    Posted on August 2nd, 2018 at 15:06 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you recently got that, it’s just due to click to run update as noted in an Office KB.  Bottom line, click through the accept it should be just fine afterwards.

     

    ISSUE

    You may receive an unexpected pop-up message regarding the Office license agreement and may also be unable to access Office.

    STATUS: WORKAROUND

    We’ve identified that a recent feature update has modified the storage location of the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) acceptance information and is causing users to receive a pop-up message prompting them to accept the user agreement. We’ve initiated the process of reverting this update to mitigate impact.

    In the meantime, if you receive a pop-up regarding the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA), clicking Accept should enable access to Office. Dismissing the pop-up may result in Office closing.

  • Microsoft yanks buggy Office 2016 patch KB 4018385, re-publishes all of this month’s patches

    Posted on July 13th, 2018 at 08:31 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We’re just scraping the surface of this month’s bugs.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    Thanks, Crysta! Come back to us….

  • July 2018 Office Non-security updates are available

    Posted on July 3rd, 2018 at 15:12 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    July 2018 Office non-security updates have been released by Microsoft on July 3, 2018.

    Just a reminder – these updates are NOT covered under the June DEFCON-3. 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. They are still untried and untested.

    Office 2010

    Update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (KB4022136)

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Excel 2013 (KB4022244)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4018378)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4022166)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2013 (KB4022242)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Excel 2016 (KB4022229)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3191864)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011035)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4018324)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4018385)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4022214)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4022223)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4022220)
    Update for Microsoft Outlook 2016 (KB4022230)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4022217)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2016 (KB4018325)

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

  • Hotmail/Outlook POP server switcheroo

    Posted on July 3rd, 2018 at 14:46 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got this email from an old friend. (He’s older than me, anyway.):

    Yesterday, Outlook Express could not access any of my 5 Hotmail (Outlook.com) emails. The configuration for these emails in Outlook Express hasn’t changed in years.

    I could access them using a browser and so checked whether they all had POP enabled. They did. So I Googled the problem and found this site which described how to access Outlook.com using Outlook Express.

    As the article was only a month old, I decided to try the “new” server names listed in the article: “pop-mail.outlook.com” and “smtp-mail.outlook.com”. Bingo! They all worked again.

    So yesterday I sent and received lots of emails.

    Today they all failed again. At first I thought that maybe the server names that I had entered yesterday had not been saved, but on checking in Outlook Express, they were still the new “xxxx-mail.outlook.com” names.

    So I decided to change the server names back to the old names: “pop3.live.com” and “smtp.live.com”. Bingo! They all worked again.

    I don’t think my respect for Microsoft can get any lower.

  • June 2018 Patch Tuesday is upon us

    Posted on June 12th, 2018 at 13:05 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The June Security Updates have been released for all versions of Windows, Office and various other Microsoft products.

    As usual, Martin Brinkman has his amazing overview available on the ghacks site. The updates according to operating system:

    • Windows 7: 9 vulnerabilities of which 2 are rated critical and 7 important.
    • Windows 8.1: 8 vulnerabilities of which 2 are rated critical and 6 important.
    • Windows 10 version 1607: 25 vulnerabilities of which 4 are rated critical and 21 important.
    • Windows 10 version 1703: 25 vulnerabilities of which 3 are rated critical and 22 important.
    • Windows 10 version 1709: 27 vulnerabilities of which 4 are rated critical and 23 important.
    • Windows 10 version 1803: 26 vulnerabilities of which 4 are rated critical and 22 important.

    Windows Server products

    • Windows Server 2008 R2: 9 vulnerabilities which 2 are rated critical and 7 important.
    • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2: 8 vulnerabilities which 2 are rated critical and 6 important.
    • Windows Server 2016: 24 vulnerabilities of which 4 are rated critical and 22 important.

    Other Microsoft Products

    • Internet Explorer 11: 4 vulnerabilities, 2 critical, 2 important
    • Microsoft Edge: 7 vulnerabilities, 3 critical, 4 important

    Martin also has a list of known issues for Windows 7 SP1, Windows 10 v.1607, Windows 10 v.1709, and Windows 10 v.1803 on his site.

    UPDATE: Security Updates are available for Microsoft Office 2010, 2013, and 2016. Also for the Excel Viewer 2007 and the Office Compatibility Pack SP3. These updates do not include Office 365 or C2R.

    Patch reliability is unknown at this time. Unless you have a specific reason to install updates, you should wait until Susan Bradley (Patch Lady) has had time to evaluate them and/or Woody gives the DEFCON go-ahead.

  • June 2018 Office Non-security updates have been released

    Posted on June 5th, 2018 at 15:24 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    June 2018 Office non-security Updates have been released by Microsoft on June 5, 2018.

    Just a reminder – these updates are NOT covered under May DEFCON-3. 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. They will still be here tomorrow, and next week (and next month, for that matter). Don’t be a Guinea pig!

    Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft OneDrive for Business (KB3178712)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2013 (KB4022171)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2013 (KB4022186)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4022170)

    Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4022156)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4022158)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4022159)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4022193)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB4018370)
    Update for Microsoft OneDrive for Business (KB4011100)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2016 (KB4022163)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4022164)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2016 (KB4022175)
    Update for Skype for Business 2016 (KB4022155)

    There were no non-security listings this month for Office 2010.
    There were no non-security listings this month for Office 2007, which is out of support.
    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).

  • Two more evolving threats in Office: JavaScript functions in Excel and Payment Processing in Outlook

    Posted on May 11th, 2018 at 10:48 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft’s Build 2018 was a snoozer if ever there was, but two new Office “features” stand out.

    Not because they’re good. Because they’re just begging for compromise.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.