This month’s security patches were fairly few in number, but bulky updates for Vista and OneCare have caused some “interesting” side effects.
For some people, it wasn’t until days after Patch Tuesday that notifications became visible that patches were ready for Vista machines.
A new patch for Internet Explorer needs to be installed quickly, in addition to more Vista patches that you need to know about.
Administrators of WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) also got yet another surprise this week — a poorly punctuated category name caused problems with the patching interface.
The tool Microsoft provides to patch entire networks, WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) ended up causing more issues than it fixed this week.
Despite the fact that many administrators had configured WSUS not to install new applications, the service silently installed Windows Desktop Search, which horribly slowed down many workstations.
Internet Explorer 7 is back, having been missing in action after the IE team announced that WGA testing was being removed from the IE 7 download.
In other post-Patch Tuesday news, Sun Java starts advertising Open Office, and I revisit my misgivings about the recent Outlook Express patch.
A pretty bumpy patch has just been released for SharePoint, but the rest of this week’s patch lineup is pretty tame.
We do have a few tricky issues to deal with, regarding updates for IE 7, Office 2003, and Vista, in addition to the other monthly security patches.
Office 2003 Service Pack 3 is out, bringing the security of Office 2007 to the 2003 platform.
But, at the same time, there are a few “gotchas” with Office 2003 SP3 that you need to look out for.
Windows Genuine Advantage: now more genuinely annoying for genuine
users of Vista.
A software failure at Microsoft over the weekend falsely branded
thousands of legitimate users’ PCs as “nongenuine” and restricted
Microsoft ranks 6 of the 9 patches released on Aug. 14 as “Critical,”
and only 3 as “Important” — but I’m rating all 9 of them as critical
if you use the platforms that are affected.
We must patch once again for three XML, GDI, and VML threats, along with the
usual Malicious Software Removal Tool updates and a new fix for 64-bit
As we start our back-to-school time of the year, many
of you are purchasing Vista machines.
Vista handles patching just a little bit differently than the older versions of
Windows, and I’ll tell you how.