Reminder: Microsoft Replaces Security Bulletins with Security Updates Guide This Month

As announced in November 2016, this month Microsoft will no longer be making security bulletins available, but instead will deliver information about security released in its new Security Updates Guide.

The new Security Updates Guide is located here: https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance

Using the new portal, you can…

  • Sort and filter security vulnerability and update content, for example, by CVE, KB number, product, or release date.
  • Filter out products that don’t apply to you, and drill down to more detailed security update information for products that do.
  • Leverage a new RESTful API to obtain Microsoft security update information.
  • Download the current list in .cvs format.

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Rolling Out Now: Windows 10 CUs KB3213986 and KB3210720

Promising that no new features will roll out as part of the regular security update Tuesday, Microsoft is now delivering new cumulative updates, KB3213986 and KB3210720, for Windows 10.

KB3213986 is for Windows 10 version 1607 and KB3210720 is for Windows 10 version 1507.


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Microsoft Fixes High DPI Scaling for Skype for Business 2016

In November, an issue with high DPI scaling was fixed for those running the Lync 2013 (Skype for Business) bits. Now, Microsoft has released a noteworthy new patch for those running Skype for Business 2016 and affected by the issue of…

When you drag the Microsoft Skype for Business 2016 client or window from one monitor to another, the UI in the client or window doesn’t scale correctly. It’s either too small or too big.

The update was made available without much fanfare, but more information is available here: Improvements on VDIv2 implementation and high DPI scaling across multiple monitors in Skype for Business 2016


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Tracking: KB3205386 Breaks the AD Administrative Center on Windows 10

According to a thread on Reddit, and reports elsewhere that are now are surfacing, a  security-only update (KB3205386) is causing the AD Administrative Center when trying to edit an object’s properties and consoles for System Center Configuration Manager users.

Uninstalling the update resolves the problem, but so far there’s no indication that Microsoft is aware of the issue or that the company is working on a full resolution. According to some, the problem affects Windows 7, Windows 10 1511, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

If you’re also experiencing this issue in production or in testing, let us know.


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Microsoft Quietly Reveals Manual Update for Windows 10 to Fix VMM Issue Introduced Last Week

Microsoft has now unveiled a new cumulative update with a December 20, 2016 time stamp. This update is available as a stand-alone package and isn’t part of the automated Windows Update mechanism.

According to the just-released KB article (KB3213522) – which includes a link to download the update…

This update fixes an issue that was introduced in the December 13, 2016 release (KB3206632) in which the Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) installation takes more time than expected, and the installation may fail on the initial attempt.

Apparently, this CU was made available only to as a hotfix for the VMM issue but due to Microsoft’s new “everything comes in a cumulative update” policy, customers will need to download the bulk file to solve an issue missed by Microsoft’s quality agents.


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MS16-135 is the Fix for the Google-outed Windows Flaw

Much to Microsoft’s chagrin, Google recently publicly outed a major Windows vulnerability just 10 days after disclosing it to Microsoft. The flaw affects all currently supported versions of Windows including Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. Amid this month’s Patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft has delivered a fix for this reported flaw.

Bulletin: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-135

KB Article: Security Update for Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers (3199135)


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Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB3200970 Fails Installation for Some

Another month of updates, another round of reported problems. Microsoft may not have set its own goal to ever deliver an error-free updates release, but customers continue to hope for it.

We told you yesterday that the latest CU for Windows 10 is available, and while the reports are few right now, there is a growing concern that the update is failing to install and sending the PC/device into a reboot/install/reoffer loop.

There are a normal set of solutions that Microsoft offers in this case, which include shutting down antivirus, rebooting first before initial installation (if possible), and clearing out Windows Update cache through repair using the Windows Update Troubleshooter.

Are you having problems? If you’re experiencing installation problems with KB3200970, let us know in the comments, in the Monthly Patching forum, or on Twitter (@myITforum).


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November 2016’s Public Update Releases Available for Office Today, Too

Its a big day for Microsoft updates and updates news…

And, now, the November 2016 Public Update releases for Office are now also available. This month’s Office release is represented by 25 security updates (1 bulletin) and 39 non-security updates.

All of the security and non-security updates for November are listed in KB article 3200802.

Additionally, expect click-to-run updates for Office 2013 (15.0.4875.1001), Office 2010 (14.0.7176.5000), and Office 365.


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Microsoft Launches Preview of Its Security Updates Guide, Replaces Bulletins in January 2017

Today Microsoft has announced a new, consolidated database served by a web site to help customers locate security vulnerability information.

…customers have asked for better access to update information, as well as easier ways to customize their view to serve a diverse set of needs.

This month we released a preview of our new single destination for security vulnerability information, the Security Updates Guide. Instead of publishing bulletins to describe related vulnerabilities, the new portal lets our customers view and search security vulnerability information in a single online database.

Using the new portal you can:

  • Sort and filter security vulnerability and update content, for example, by CVE, KB number, product, or release date.
  • Filter out products that don’t apply to you, and drill down to more detailed security update information for products that do.
  • Leverage a new RESTful API to obtain Microsoft security update information. This eliminates the need for you to employ outdated methods like screen-scraping of security bulletin web pages to assemble working databases of necessary and actionable information.

Security update information will be published as bulletins and on the Security Updates Guide until January 2017. After the January 2017 Update Tuesday release, we will only publish update information to the Security Updates Guide.

Have feedback on the new portal? Send it directly to: portalfback@microsoft.com


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