Microsoft Patch day brings bug warnings, another Office CtR, and the return of KB 2952664

Microsoft Patch day brings bug warnings, another Office CtR, and the return of KB 2952664

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3258769/microsoft-windows/microsoft-patch-day-brings-bug-warnings-another-office-ctr-and-the-return-of-kb-2952664.html#tk.rss_all Once upon a time, the fourth Tuesday of the month was reserved by Microsoft for non-security patches. How times have changed. Yesterday, we saw a bunch of new bug … Read more

Microsoft Patch Alert: February’s fixes aren’t as bad as last month, but problems abound

Microsoft Patch Alert: February’s fixes aren’t as bad as last month, but problems abound

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3216425/microsoft-windows/microsoft-patch-alert-februarys-fixes-arent-as-bad-as-last-month-but-problems-abound.html#tk.rss_all The January 2018 Microsoft patching cycle may have been the worst and most invasive set of Microsoft releases in recent memory. The February updates, by marked contrast, only clobber … Read more

New non-security patches arrive for Win10 1607 and 1703; 1709 update likely soon

New non-security patches arrive for Win10 1607 and 1703; 1709 update likely soon

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3257745/microsoft-windows/new-non-security-patches-arrive-for-win10-1607-and-1703-1709-update-likely-soon.html#tk.rss_all Microsoft last night released a flood of unexpected patches. Yes, that’s a Thursday night dump. No, there weren’t any pressing security fixes – at least, none that were advertised. … Read more

Intel releases more Meltdown/Spectre firmware fixes, Microsoft feints an SP3 patch

Intel releases more Meltdown/Spectre firmware fixes, Microsoft feints an SP3 patch

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3257225/microsoft-windows/intel-releases-more-meltdownspectre-firmware-fixes-microsoft-feints-an-sp3-patch.html#tk.rss_all One month ago today, Intel told the world that their Meltdown/Spectre patches were a mess. Their advice read something like, “Ooopsie. Those extremely important BIOS/UEFI firmware updates we released … Read more

Buggy Win10 1709 cumulative update KB 4074588 redlining, bluescreening, borking USB

Buggy Win10 1709 cumulative update KB 4074588 redlining, bluescreening, borking USB

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3256218/microsoft-windows/buggy-win10-1709-cumulative-update-kb-4074588-redlining-bluescreening-borking-usb.html#tk.rss_all At least it isn’t as bad as last month’s three cumulative updates for the bestest version of Windows 10 — on Jan. 3, Jan. 18, and Jan. 31 — … Read more

Microsoft is distributing security patches through insecure HTTP links

Microsoft is distributing security patches through insecure HTTP links

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3256304/microsoft-windows/microsoft-is-distributing-security-patches-through-insecure-http-links.html#tk.rss_all The Microsoft Update Catalog uses insecure HTTP links – not HTTPS links – on the download buttons, so patches you download from the Update Catalog are subject to all … Read more

February patches bring ominous Outlook fixes and a rebirth of KB 2952664

February patches bring ominous Outlook fixes and a rebirth of KB 2952664

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3254779/microsoft-windows/february-patches-bring-ominous-outlook-fixes-and-a-rebirth-of-kb-2952664.html#tk.rss_all The very early reports are in, and it looks like this month’s monstrous panoply of patches isn’t as destructive as last month’s – so far, at least. Aside from … Read more

Get Windows Update locked down in preparation for this month’s problems

Get Windows Update locked down in preparation for this month’s problems

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3254746/microsoft-windows/get-windows-update-locked-down-in-preparation-for-this-month-s-problems.html#tk.rss_all January 2018 will go down in history as one of the worst patching months in Microsoft’s very checkered history. That isn’t an isolated muck-up. It’s a harbinger. We had … Read more

Surface Pro 4 batteries and TypeCovers are dropping like flies

Surface Pro 4 batteries and TypeCovers are dropping like flies

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3252174/mobile-wireless/surface-pro-4-batteries-and-typecovers-are-dropping-like-flies.html#tk.rss_all Many Surface Pro 4 customers are angry as hell. Not only are their screens getting the shakes; their batteries are dying prematurely and, in some cases, their TypeCovers turn … Read more

Hold your breath, avoid the snake oil, and get Windows updated

Hold your breath, avoid the snake oil, and get Windows updated

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3253293/microsoft-windows/hold-your-breath-avoid-the-snake-oil-and-get-windows-updated.html#tk.rss_all January 2018 was a month that will go down in patching infamy. Looking back on my notes, we had patches released, yanked, re-released and/or re-re-released on 15 different days … Read more

Perfect end to a perfect month: Yet another Win10 1709 cumulative update, KB 4058258

Perfect end to a perfect month: Yet another Win10 1709 cumulative update, KB 4058258

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3252808/microsoft-windows/perfect-end-to-a-perfect-month-yet-another-win10-1709-cumulative-update-kb-4058258.html#tk.rss_all Microsoft told us three weeks ago that Win10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, was ready for enterprise deployment. Since then, we’ve seen the early January patch yanked because it … Read more

Multiple vulnerabilities in 7-Zip. Get it updated now!

Multiple vulnerabilities in 7-Zip. Get it updated now!

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3252031/microsoft-windows/multiple-vulnerabilities-in-7-zip-get-it-updated-now.html#tk.rss_all Late last year, landave, a self-described “Computer Science student enjoying cryptography, reverse engineering, and other information security topics,” discovered two startling security holes in 7-Zip, a free zip program … Read more

KBNew: Look behind the scenes at Microsoft’s changing KB articles

KBNew: Look behind the scenes at Microsoft’s changing KB articles

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3252027/microsoft-windows/kbnew-look-behind-the-scenes-at-microsofts-changing-kb-articles.html#tk.rss_all If you’ve been playing the cat-and-mouse Microsoft patching game for a while, you know that Microsoft changes its Knowledge Base articles from time to time, without warning and at … Read more

Windows surprise patch KB 4078130: The hard way to disable Spectre 2

Windows surprise patch KB 4078130: The hard way to disable Spectre 2

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3252025/microsoft-windows/windows-surprise-patch-kb-4078130-the-hard-way-to-disable-spectre-2.html#tk.rss_all As we crawl deeper down the Meltdown/Spectre bunny hole, Microsoft released on Friday night a weird, download-only patch that disables the “fix” that’s supposed to protect you against one … Read more

Microsoft Patch Alert: Lots of lingering problems in a very messy month

Microsoft Patch Alert: Lots of lingering problems in a very messy month

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3216425/microsoft-windows/microsoft-patch-alert-lots-of-lingering-problems-in-a-very-messy-month.html#tk.rss_all On the heels of a relatively benevolent December Patch Tuesday, the stream of patches pouring out of Microsoft (and Intel!) in January reached epic proportions. To be fair, it … Read more

Let the BIOS/UEFI firmware recall begin!

Let the BIOS/UEFI firmware recall begin!

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3250297/microsoft-windows/let-the-biosuefi-firmware-recall-begin.html#tk.rss_all With Intel announcing a massive “Oops! Belay that order!” mea culpa earlier this week for its Meltdown/Spectre-related firmware updates, it didn’t take long for hardware manufacturers to announce their … Read more

When does your Surface support life cycle end? Will it get fixed?

When does your Surface support life cycle end? Will it get fixed?

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3250691/microsoft-windows/when-does-your-surface-support-life-cycle-end-will-it-get-fixed.html#tk.rss_all Time was you could go to Microsoft’s website and get a definitive answer as to when your Surface machine’s support life cycle would end. For reasons unknown, that information … Read more

Belay that order: Intel says you should NOT install its Meltdown firmware fixes

Belay that order: Intel says you should NOT install its Meltdown firmware fixes

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3250250/malware-vulnerabilities/belay-that-order-intel-says-you-should-not-install-its-meltdown-firmware-fixes.html#tk.rss_all You know how you’re supposed to flash the BIOS or update the UEFI on all of your Intel machines, to guard against Meltdown/Spectre? Well, belay that order, private! Intel … Read more

Win10 1709’s most irksome ‘feature’: Programs come back from the dead

Win10 1709’s most irksome ‘feature’: Programs come back from the dead

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3250485/microsoft-windows/win10-1709-s-most-irksome-feature-programs-come-back-from-the-dead.html#tk.rss_all Here’s a quick question. In Windows, if you have a program running when you reboot your machine, does Windows: Start up clean, regardless of what was running at the … Read more

Patching meltdown: Windows fixes, sloppy .NET, warnings about Word and Outlook

Patching meltdown: Windows fixes, sloppy .NET, warnings about Word and Outlook

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3249767/microsoft-windows/patching-meltdown-windows-fixes-sloppy-net-warnings-about-word-and-outlook.html#tk.rss_all On the heels of the Jan. 17 release of 14 Windows and .NET patches, we now have a huge crop of new patches, revised older patches, warnings about bugs, … Read more

More Windows patches, primarily previews, point to escalating problems this month

More Windows patches, primarily previews, point to escalating problems this month

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3249275/microsoft-windows/more-windows-patches-primarily-previews-point-to-escalating-problems-this-month.html#tk.rss_all Never give a sucker an even break. Yesterday, on a very out-of-band Wednesday, Microsoft released preview patches for Windows 8.1 (but not 7!), Server 2012, and Windows 10 1709 … Read more

InSpectre: See whether your PC’s protected from Meltdown and Spectre

InSpectre: See whether your PC’s protected from Meltdown and Spectre

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3248730/microsoft-windows/inspectre-see-whether-your-pcs-protected-from-meltdown-and-spectre.html#tk.rss_all If you’re wondering whether your computer is susceptible to the latest bête noir, Meltdown and Spectre, you can take the official Microsoft patch and, after a suitable amount of … Read more

Microsoft’s mystifying Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD processors

Microsoft’s mystifying Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD processors

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3247676/microsoft-windows/microsofts-mystifying-meltdownspectre-patches-for-amd-processors.html#tk.rss_all I’ve seen a lot of bizarre Microsoft patches-of-patches, but the new patches for AMD processors are in a world of their own. The security-only, manually downloadable patches appear to … Read more

Reports say Win10 Creators Update users are being forced to Fall Creators Update. Again.

Reports say Win10 Creators Update users are being forced to Fall Creators Update. Again.

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3247754/microsoft-windows/reports-say-win10-creators-update-users-are-being-forced-to-fall-creators-update-again.html#tk.rss_all Microsoft’s documentation runs all over the place, but yesterday an announcement from ‘Softie John Cable is widely interpreted as saying that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, is … Read more

Intel says new firmware patches trigger reboots in Haswell and Broadwell systems

Intel says new firmware patches trigger reboots in Haswell and Broadwell systems

Full Article : Computerworld – https://www.computerworld.com/article/3247788/computer-hardware/intel-says-new-firmware-patches-trigger-reboots-in-haswell-and-broadwell-systems.html#tk.rss_all The headlong race to cover the Meltdown/Spectre debacle has claimed another victim. In a surprising move, Intel has raised a red flag about some of its firmware patches. What … Read more