Patch Tuesday

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 Micro...

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) Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

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...

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

Its a big day for Microsoft updates and updates news… Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB3200970 Rolling Out Now 14 Security Patches Ready for Voting/Patch Tuesday Microsoft Replacing Bulletins with New Security Updates Guide in January 2017 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. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

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 ...