Newsletter Archives

  • Master Patch List as of September 13, 2022


    I’ve updated the Master Patch List for yesterday’s releases

    Fingers crossed we will have a quieter September than August was. Apple has several fixes you’ll want, but watch out and don’t upgrade to iOS16 quite yet.

    I’ll be keeping an eye out for issues and will be updating that spreadsheet should I seen anything trending.

    Update: 9-14-2022  Business impact only:  Group policy issue after the install of KB5017308.  See master patch list page.

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  • September updates get released

    …and here we go again. Remember our mantra, if you care about your machine ensure that you have a full image backup.

    Ensure that you have deferred updates (always check the master patch page for the deferral date) and/or put your computer on “metered” network trick.

    79 vulnerabilities

    2 publicly disclosed

    5 critical

    1 exploited

    Another print spooler (ugh)

    Too soon to tell if the bugs (audio/etc) of last month are included in this update.  More as I digest the details.

    Updates to this post:

    Windows 10 patch does NOT indicate audio issues are triggered in this release.

    Other resources include Dustin Childs’ Zero day blog 

    The one critical bug in TCP/IP impacts IPv6 with IPsec configurations (translations corporations with IPsec so not home and consumer users)

  • September 2022 Office non-Security updates are now available

    The September 2022 Office non-Security updates have been released Tuesday, September 6, 2022. They are not included in the DEFCON-3 approval for the August 2022 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 2016
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB5002251)

    Office 2013
    Update for Microsoft Excel 2013 (KB5002268)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB5002252)

    On April 10, 2018, Office 2013 reached End of Mainstream Support. Extended Support ended for Office 2013 on April 11, 2023.
    Office 2016 also reached  End of Mainstream Support on October 13, 2020. EOS for Office 2016 is October 14, 2025.

    Updates are for the .msi version (perpetual). 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).