Patch Management

Outlook Woes for June, Take 3

After delivering some updates for Outlook early in the month, Microsoft offered some new ones on Tuesday in hopes of fixing issues that it erroneously introduced. If you’re new to this, catch up here: Microsoft Fixes June Outlook Woes with End of Month Patch Today, customers are reporting that there may be issues with the new patches. In one case, KB3015545 caused Outlook to crash and corrupt a user’s OST. Others have reported that the update really doesn’t seem to solve the issue – i.e., the issue still exists after installation. One person reported that just installing KB3015545 over top of the old KB3203467 did nothing. They had to uninstall KB3203467 first and then install KB3015545. We’ll keep reporting as more information rolls in, but the bottom line is...

Microsoft Releases New Azure AD Connect to Plug Security Hole

With cloud use becoming more prevalent, unknown security issues will abound. Microsoft is now warning customers using its Azure AD Connect tool should upgrade quickly to a new version it has released. The old version has a security vulnerability that allows Elevation of Privilege. Microsoft Security Advisory 4033453 The update addresses a vulnerability that could allow elevation of privilege if Azure AD Connect Password writeback is misconfigured during enablement. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could reset passwords and gain unauthorized access to arbitrary on-premises AD privileged user accounts. The issue is addressed in the latest version (1.1.553.0) of Azure AD Connect by not allowing arbitrary password reset to on-premises AD privileged user accounts. The m...

Microsoft Rolls Out Windows 10 Cumulative Update, Fixes Printing Issue

As promised, Microsoft is rolling out updates today to solve many issues left from earlier patches this month. So far… Microsoft Fixes June Outlook Woes with End of Month Patch Microsoft’s Patch for the Patch, Windows 7 Rollup Available Now Microsoft is also now delivering a cumulative update for all supported Windows 10 versions. The article assignment is KB4022716. There’s a long list of fixes in this update, including (at the very top) one most customers were waiting for. A printing problem in Internet Explorer 11 was created with the last cumulative update earlier this month. The same bug was introduced into Windows 7 and has also been fixed (according to Microsoft) in Windows 7’s rollup today.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for ...

Microsoft’s Attempt to Fix a Windows Kernel Vulnerability in June Fails, Case Reopened

A flaw reported by Google to Microsoft in Windows 7 through Windows 10 was supposedly fixed during Patch Tuesday this month (June 2017). But, according to Google and confirmed by Microsoft, the patch did not fix the open hole. As such, Google has reopened the case… Windows Kernel pool memory disclosure in nt!NtNotifyChangeDirectoryFile According to Microsoft’s confirmation, customers shouldn’t expect a fix until July or August. MSRC has indeed confirmed that the fix released on June Patch Tuesday is incorrect and doesn’t resolve the bug properly. As such, the vulnerability still reproduces on Windows 7-10 with the original proof-of-concept program. A revised fix is expected to be shipped in the July (7/11) or August (8/8) Patch Tuesday at the latest.   Looking ...

Microsoft Fixes June Outlook Woes with End of Month Patch

Microsoft is spending the month of June fixing problems brought on by updates it delivered at the beginning of the month. Earlier, the company released a rollup for Windows 7 to fix some things. Now, it is also delivering Outlook-specific updates to solve some of the other issues affecting customers…namely… When you open an attachment whose file name includes an ellipsis (…) or an exclamation point (!), the files are blocked and you receive a warning message. If an email message includes an attached email message, and the attached email message’s subject line includes an unsafe file name extension (as listed in the Blocked attachments in Outlook Office webpage), the email attachment is blocked for recipients. When you open attachments that use ShowLevel1Attach, you ...

Microsoft’s Patch for the Patch, Windows 7 Rollup Available Now

As promised, Microsoft today is delivering a new rollup for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 that is intended to fix some glaring issues brought on by the last rollup at the beginning of this month. This rollup doesn’t solve all the self-introduced problems, but does intend to solve the following… Addressed issue where users who are sharing their screen with external or internal customers see a blue screen on the display. This is caused by a Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) violation. Addressed issue where, after installing KB3177725, an Active X control stops working. Addressed an issue where Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge printing from a frame may result in 404 not found or blank page printed. Addressed issue to update time zone information. Addressed a relia...

The Fix is in for IE11 Printing Problems After June Security Update

Microsoft dug a hole for itself this month by delivering security updates that created new problems it now has to fix. There are still a litany of problems outstanding and additional fixes coming on June 27, but at least one fix has now surfaced. A week ago we told you about how KB4022719 Causes Internet Explorer to Print Blank Pages. Customers continued to heap on complaints about his one until Microsoft has now finally delivered a KB article and a fix over Windows Update. KB article: A blank page or “404” error prints when you try to print a frame in Internet Explorer 11 4032782 in the Microsoft Update Catalog:  https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=KB4032782 Keep in mind that this problem has also been reported for Windows 10. This supplied fix only supports...

Fixes to Microsoft Security Update Flubs Coming on June 27

This month has not been kind to customers of Microsoft products. The company continues to introduce new problems as it plugs security holes and customers continue to be the test subjects for patches that appear to have gone through more stringent QA. For those keeping tabs, the list of issues continues to grow. See: All the Problems KB4022719 Has Been Reported to Cause This Month In an Outlook known issues document on the Office support site, Microsoft has stated that fixes are coming… Until the Windows Update fix release on 6/27, you can… So, it appears we can expect an attempt to fix the issues introduced this month.  IT Pros can be thankful as it gives them enough time to deploy the fixes before taking off for July 4 festivities. UPDATE: An anonymous source from Microsoft ha...

Fix for Installing Network Printers on Windows 10 Version 1703 Delayed

Back in May, customers began reporting that Network printers may fail to install on Windows 10 Version 1703 on PCs with less than 4 GB of memory. Microsoft promised a fix, but the fix didn’t come this month (June 2017). A company rep has now confirmed the problem, promised that a fix will be coming in the near future, and offered a workaround. Microsoft has confirmed a known issue that may prevent network printer software from discovering and installing the network printer on systems with low memory (< 4GB).  This is due to firewall hardening rules added in Windows 10 Version 1703. A solution was planned for Windows Update KB4020102, but was not able to be included in the update, as initially reported. Microsoft is currently working to resolve the issue in a future Windows update....

Microsoft Provides Attachment Issues Workarounds for All Versions of Outlook

Microsoft introduced updates this month that have caused a myriad of issues in various areas and products. One of those is the inability to work with attachments in Microsoft Outlook. The company has now confirmed the problem and provided workarounds for each version of Outlook that is affected. See the following version specific links for workarounds: Security update for Outlook 2007: June 13, 2017 Security update for Outlook 2010: June 13, 2017 Security update for Outlook 2013: June 13, 2017 Security update for Outlook 2016: June 13, 2017 Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Microsoft Rep Says Won’t Fix IE11 Printing Problem Introduced in Security Release

UPDATE: This issue has now been resolved. See: The Fix is in for IE11 Printing Problems After June Security Update   We let you know recently about a printing bug introduced in a Microsoft security update this month: KB4022719 Causes Internet Explorer to Print Blank Pages At the time, the reports stated it was an issue with Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7. But, new reports show that the issue also exhibits itself in Windows 10. However, a thread on Microsoft’s developer site (https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/platform/issues/12349663/) takes a strange turn after a report is posted. James M from the Microsoft Edge team says this… Hello, Thank you for providing your feedback on IE11. We are not accepting feedback on Internet Explorer through this portal ...

KB4022719 Causes Internet Explorer to Print Blank Pages

UPDATE: This has now been resolved. See: The Fix is in for IE11 Printing Problems After June Security Update   This new issue is starting to track with more customers reporting the problem. Essentially, after KB4022719 is installed (the monthly rollup for Windows 7 SP1), any content that is opened in a frame in Internet Explorer fails to print. Blank pages print out when users attempt to print the content contained in the frame. Uninstalling KB4022719 solves the problems, but that shouldn’t be the ultimate solution. We’re monitoring the situation. A Microsoft answers thread has been started on the issue: Cannot print single frames, iframes, popups after KB4022719 (July 2017 update)    Additionally: Microsoft Rep Says Won’t Fix IE11 Printing Problem Introduced in Secur...