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Tip: Curated List of Servicing Stack Updates

Microsoft has now produced a page that attempts to centralize communication about the most current Servicing Stack Updates. This is a list of the latest servicing stack updates for each operating system. This list will be updated whenever a new servicing stack update is released. It is important to install the latest servicing stack update. Page: Latest Servicing Stack Updates

Known Issues with March 2018 Updates for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Problems that Microsoft missed during patch QA are usually uncovered by customers. But, in some cases, Microsoft warns customers about potential issues they have uncovered prior to release, but decide to release the updates anyway while they work on a fix. This month, there’s a few issues for both the Security-only update and the Monthly Roll-up for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. After installing this update, SMB servers may leak memory. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. A Stop error occurs if this update is applied to a 32-Bit (x86) machine with the Physical Address Extension (PAE) mode disabled. Microsoft is working on fixing this issue, and this update is, therefore, currently made available to machines with the ...

Microsoft Delivers Windows Fix for Dot Matrix Printers

If you were thinking of taking off early for the Thanksgiving holiday, think again. Microsoft has delivered the fix for the problem it introduced in November updates that caused dot matrix printers to stop working (covered HERE). Release on November 21, 2017, the fix is issued as KB4055038 and solves the problem for the following previously released updates: 2017-11 Monthly Rollup – KB4048958 2017-11 Security-only update – KB4048961 2017-11 Monthly Rollup – KB4048957 2017-11 Security-only update – KB4048960 2017-11 Monthly Rollup – KB4048959 2017-11 Security-only update – KB4048962   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

US-CERT Issues Warning on Unpatched Windows ASLR Vulnerability

US-CERT today has issued a strong warning about an unpatched vulnerability for Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. The CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) has released information on a vulnerability in Windows Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) that affects Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system. According to the US-CERT vulnerability note, there is currently no practical solution to this problem available. However, mitigation suggestions are available will involves modifying the Windows registry. Full details: Vulnerability Note VU#817544 Microsoft is aware of the exploit and is working to provide an update. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, a...

Microsoft’s November Windows Updates Breaks Dot Matrix Printers

The monthly rollup for Windows 7 this month was the first update to cause a stir among those users who are still using dot matrix printers. The issue has escalated over the past few days (thread HERE), and though it effects a large majority of dot matrix printer brands, those with Epson printers seem to be impacted the most. Additionally, the issue impacts each of the following updates: Windows 7 – KB4048957 Windows 8 – KB4048958 Windows 10 – KB4048952  KB4048953  KB4048954 KB4048955   Microsoft just updated each KB article to reflect the dot matrix issue with the following: After installing this update, some Epson SIDM and Dot Matrix printers cannot print on x86 and x64-based systems. Microsoft and Epson have determined the cause of the issue and are working on a solution. This probl...

Microsoft Publishes Details on the Update that Solves KrackAttack Vulnerability for Windows

Reported earlier, there’s a severe vulnerability in the modern Wi-Fi security layer, which will require firmware updates to routers, BIOS updates to PCs, and patches for software and platforms. Microsoft has now made available details about a patch it is delivering for affected Windows systems: CVE-2017-13080 | Windows Wireless WPA Group Key Reinstallation Vulnerability Essentially, Microsoft delivered the patch for this vulnerability during the last round of Patch Tuesday updates the second week of October 2017, but waited until today to publicly announce it so the rest of the industry had time to catch up. Incidentally, the updates available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 for this particular security issue have been reported to introduce other issues. However, this security ...

NPS Authentication Still an Issue for September Updates for Windows 8.1

Last month’s security patches for Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2 introduced a problem with NPS Authentication. This month is no different, as Microsoft has altered how authentication works in this area – and the issue will probably be ongoing. This problem exists for both the monthly rollup and the security only update. If your environment is affected by this authentication problem, Microsoft has provided the following workaround: On the server, set the following DWORD registry key’s value to = 0: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasMan\PPP\EAP\13\DisableEndEntityClientCertCheck If you configured this last month, the setting should have been retained and you won’t need to reconfigure it again. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros...

Windows 10 Cumulative Updates and Windows 7/8 Rollups Delivering for September Patch Tuesday

Microsoft today is rolling out security updates for its products which includes 76 vulnerabilities with 3 public disclosures and 1 zero day. The company has rolled its security updates into cumulative updates for Windows 10 and rollups for Window 7 and Windows 8. Here’s what’s available through Windows Update now… Windows 10 1703: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4038788 1607: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4038782 1511: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4038783 RTM: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4038781   Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Monthly Rollup: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4038777/ Security Only: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4038779/   Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Monthly...

Using Offline Files Causes Applications to Freeze for Windows 7 through Windows 10

Here’s a potentially significant issue for those organizations using the Offline Files feature. Microsoft has now posted a KB Article describing the situation where the only workaround is to disable the use of Offline Files through GPO. If you must use Offline Files – well – you’re out of luck. Microsoft says no ultimate workaround (besides disabling the feature) is coming. KB4039810: Applications freeze when they concurrently try to access a file on a network drive in Windows     Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

August Rollup Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 May Break NPS Authentication

If you glance at an update information page, you might miss something important. In the known issues section of the Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 rollup for August 2017, you may have missed the following… NPS authentication may break, and wireless clients may fail to connect. Microsoft has provided the following workaround… On the server, set the following DWORD registry key’s value to = 0: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasMan\PPP\EAP\13\DisableEndEntityClientCertCheck Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Windows Rollups and Security Updates for August 2017

As noted earlier, today is Patch Tuesday. Microsoft is delivering updates for various products. Here’s what’s coming for the Windows platform: Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 2017-08 Monthly Rollup – KB4034664 2017-08 Security-only update – KB4034679 Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 2017-08 Monthly Rollup – KB4034681 2017-08 Security-only update – KB4034672 Windows 10 KB4034674 (OS Build 15063.540)     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’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 ...