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  • The new Microsoft Security Essentials, KB 3205972, fixes the right-click scan bug

    Posted on November 30th, 2016 at 05:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Short answer: The patch is completely undocumented, but in my tests the latest version, 4.10.209.0, fixes the bug introduced in Sept 28’s MSE 4.10.205.0 / KB 3193414.

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  • Messed up MSE patches KB 3193414 and KB 3188693

    Posted on September 30th, 2016 at 13:31 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    After a whole lot of fuss – and almost no documentation – it now looks like KB 3193414 is the new Microsoft Security Essentials update, to version 4.10.205.0. As best I can tell, it’s completely undocumented, but many Win7 systems show it as an optional patch.

    More info from ch100:

    Microsoft has 2 antivirus products for enterprise:

    • Forefront Endpoint Protection – now in extended support
    • System Center Endpoint Protection – current

    Both use the same engine and definitions like MSE and are very similar, only that the enterprise products can be managed via Group Policy or System Center Configuration Manager. They even had a shared user interface which is still the case, only that many of the settings have been hidden in MSE, but can still be configure in the registry. I don’t know if the Group Policies apply to the home user product.

    The URL with Group Policies and System Center templates is here https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg412501.aspx

    Here is some more info which is useful for MSE in the sense of excluding few locations containing databases which I posted in the past.
     
    After the long intro, this is what is important:
     
    What actually happened in the last 2 days?

    MSE & SCEP 4.10.205 was released and is apparently buggy.

    FEP update has not been released, it is the first time, but this may be  due to the product being in extended support and getting only definitions from now on. Current version 4.9.219.0

    SCEP – and this the interesting one. 4.10.205 was released while 4.9.219.0 was expired (pulled). See the pattern for CU/rollups?

    However, after few hours, SCEP 4.10.205 has gone missing while it is not expired. Previous version 4.8.204 has been expired for long time and pulled completely.

    So the only current version available to download (as update, but it is full as well) and working is 4.7.209 from March 2015, 3 versions behind.

    While FEP, a product few years old is current at 4.9.219.0 because this update being potentially the last for the product was not pulled.
     
    This is a side effect of the concept of rollups when things go bad. It is not catastrophic, but not professional either. 4.10.205 was not pulled either, only missing. What is going on?

    … and this one re-released yesterday https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/kb/3153224
    Revised March 2016 anti-malware platform update for Endpoint Protection clients
     
    What a mess.

  • Win 7 update KB 3143414 (KB 3193414?) brings new Microsoft Security Essentials version?

    Posted on September 28th, 2016 at 10:54 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This from poster bee:

    got a important MSE client update today on win 7

    kb3143414 new mse version being 4.10.205

    of course, absolutly no information about the kb or the client version anywhere

    I don’t see any info either. Anybody out there know anything?