March 2019 Windows and Office patches poke a few interesting places

March 2019 Windows and Office patches poke a few interesting places

Although it’s much too early to draw any definitive conclusions, initial reports are that the March 2019 Patch Tuesday rollout hasn’t hit any major bumps. There are a few odd nuances, though, that warrant your consideration.

03/13/2019

With Windows 10 version 1903 imminent, it’s more important than ever to lock down Windows updates

With Windows 10 version 1903 imminent, it’s more important than ever to lock down Windows updates

This month's Patch Tuesday will likely include the usual swamp of buggy patches – we’ve seen it over and over again for most of the past year. Now, though, you should be extra careful to block the new Win10 version 1903 in case it...

03/11/2019

February's Windows and Office patches look ripe, but look out for Win 8.1

February's Windows and Office patches look ripe, but look out for Win 8.1

With a few lingering holes plugged in the past couple of days, it looks like the coast is clear for applying the February 2019 Windows, Office and Net patches. But there are some troubling reports of bluescreens with the Win 8.1...

03/04/2019

Microsoft Patch Alert: After a serene February, Microsoft plops KB 4023057 into the Update Catalog

Microsoft Patch Alert: After a serene February, Microsoft plops KB 4023057 into the Update Catalog

The biggest surprise in the February patching lineup is one that didn’t appear: the 'optional non-security' cumulative update for Win10 version 1809. Most – but not all -- bugs introduced by earlier patches are now fixed.

03/01/2019

New non-security Win10 patches fix numerous bugs, but where’s version 1809?

New non-security Win10 patches fix numerous bugs, but where’s version 1809?

On Tuesday, Microsoft released cumulative updates for Win10 versions 1803, 1709, 1703 and 1607 that address all of the acknowledged bugs (there were many) in those versions of Windoews 10. Usual Seeker of Queensbury rules apply: You...

02/20/2019

Microsoft dismantles its update naming scheme again, leaves unanswered questions

Microsoft dismantles its update naming scheme again, leaves unanswered questions

With the announcement Thursday that Microsoft will no longer use the “Semi-Annual Channel Targeted” mumbo-jumbo, we’re left with dozens of key questions, terminology be damned. Just when are we supposed to believe a new version of...

02/15/2019

It's time to block Windows Automatic Updating

It's time to block Windows Automatic Updating

Patch Tuesday’s tomorrow, which means today offers an excellent opportunity to make sure your machine is braced for impact. Here’s your step-by-step guide to blocking patches as they come out the chute, so you can install them...

02/11/2019

Microsoft: Watch out for zero days; deferred patches, not so much

Microsoft: Watch out for zero days; deferred patches, not so much

Yesterday’s Blue Hat IL presentation from MSRC shows that, in 2017-18, the threat from zero days far exceeds the threat of delaying patches by 30 days. Moreover, the vast majority of zero days are used in targeted attacks, not in...

02/08/2019

The January Windows and Office patches are good to go

The January Windows and Office patches are good to go

There are some rather obscure issues, but by and large, now’s a very good time to get Windows and Office caught up on patching. If you want to avoid Win10 1809 for now, block it. Watch out for the, uh, edge cases, and patch away.

02/01/2019

There’s a newly acknowledged Edge local IP networking bug in Win10

There’s a newly acknowledged Edge local IP networking bug in Win10

Responding to complaints, Microsoft acknowledges that all of this month’s Win10 Patch Tuesday cumulative updates make it impossible to access certain local pages from Edge.

01/18/2019

Microsoft starts its 'phased rollout' of Win10 1809, now controlled by a next-generation machine-learning model

Microsoft starts its 'phased rollout' of Win10 1809, now controlled by a next-generation machine-learning model

It’s official. In the mind-bending (and internally inconsistent) quagmire that has become Windows updating terminology, Win10 version 1809 is now in 'phased rollout' but not yet in 'Semi-Annual Channel (not Targeted).' If you don’t...

01/17/2019

MS releases KB 4476976, a test Win10 1809 cumulative update, to the Insider Preview Ring. Bravo!

MS releases KB 4476976, a test Win10 1809 cumulative update, to the Insider Preview Ring. Bravo!

In the three years since Microsoft defined its Insider Rings, we’d seen it use them in the way they were intended only once. Now we’re up to twice. At last, more signs of intelligence in Redmond.

01/11/2019

Microsoft is yanking patches already. Make sure automatic update is disabled.

Microsoft is yanking patches already. Make sure automatic update is disabled.

The year is yet young, and Microsoft has already issued, then plucked, four bad patches. Do yourself a favor and let the cannon fodder test the patches before you put them on your machine.

01/07/2019

Be of good cheer: The Windows/Office December patching minefield looks clear

Be of good cheer: The Windows/Office December patching minefield looks clear

There’s still a great deal of uncertainty about the way-out-of-band “emergency” Internet Explorer patch last week and its changing workaround instructions. Server 2016’s known bugs list runs more than a page. Still, now’s a reasonably...

12/24/2018

It’s official: Win10 ‘seekers’ will get the ill-fated version 1809. You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.

It’s official: Win10 ‘seekers’ will get the ill-fated version 1809. You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.

Yesterday Microsoft announced that, with a few notable exceptions, anyone running Windows 10 who clicks “Check for updates” may well end up with the new Win10 September-October-November-December 2018 Update, version 1809.

12/18/2018

Patch Tuesday breaks records — some good, most bad — and ‘Check for Updates’ still stings

Patch Tuesday breaks records — some good, most bad — and ‘Check for Updates’ still stings

A rather light Patch Tuesday this month brought security fixes for every version of Windows and every version of Office. Edge’s ChakraCore takes another one on the chin. Only one known zero-day, and it’s not directed at garden-variety...

12/12/2018

Patch Tuesday’s coming; make sure you have Windows Update shut off and stop seeking!

Patch Tuesday’s coming; make sure you have Windows Update shut off and stop seeking!

If you enjoy drinking out of a toxic fire hydrant, by all means, keep Windows Update enabled. But if you’re a bit skeptical about Windows patches, here are the easy steps to set and verify that the wolves are barred from the door....

12/10/2018

Patching waters finally look calm; now is a good time to install the November Windows and Office patches

Patching waters finally look calm; now is a good time to install the November Windows and Office patches

With the buggy Win10 version 1803 cumulative update officially yanked, two bad Office patches pulled, and the Win10 1809 forced upgrade momentarily defanged, the coast is clear to install November’s patches. Here’s what you need to...

12/07/2018

Nine weeks later, Microsoft resumes its ill-fated Win10 1809 rollout — but only for seekers

Nine weeks later, Microsoft resumes its ill-fated Win10 1809 rollout — but only for seekers

The worst version of Windows in recent memory, Windows 10 SOND 2018 Update, just received its first cumulative update in more than three weeks. The fifth version of the “non-security” update, KB 4469342, was released late yesterday....

12/06/2018

Microsoft, acknowledging Win10 1803 update blue screens, offers limited remediation

Microsoft, acknowledging Win10 1803 update blue screens, offers limited remediation

The cumulative update turns the Surface Book 2 into a quivering pile of blue screen mush. A week after pushing the patch, Microsoft acknowledges the problem, tells blue screen beneficiaries to pull the patch, and promises it won't...

12/05/2018

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