The calendar says we’re in the dog days of August, and Patch Tuesday this
week was crawling along pretty slow, too.
The expected patches were released, all right. But reports were soon received from
sources on the PatchManagement.org list that the
direct-download patches for Internet Explorer had faulty digital signatures. As reported the
however, the patches for Windows Update,
Microsoft Update, SUS, and WSUS were unaffected this. I cover the details of
the problems below.
I go to Windows Update or Microsoft Update and think nothing of downloading
bits and pieces of what’s there. But many folks would really like to know what is
happening to their machines.
Where has the year gone? We’re already to the first Patch Tuesday of July, which means we have half of our patches for the year under our belt
and the other half to come.
The week after Patch Tuesday typically is when more subtle issues of patches
start coming to light. This post-Patch week was no exception.
I printed out this week’s "Book-of-the-Month" — otherwise known as
Microsoft’s ten new security bulletins — with gleeful anticipation. That’s
especially because we have two new patch tools to try out on these babies.
The old saying is, "April showers bring May flowers," but in this case we got
service packs instead.
For a week that only resulted in one patch bulletin, there still seems to
be a lot for me to wade through this month.
Where has the week gone? We started with a new pope, we’re still shaking out
issues with both Windows 2003 SP1 and Microsoft’s April patches, and I’ve decided that
turning Japanese is the way to go. At least when it comes to security bulletins,
The past week brought us a passle of work. Some of it is very worthwhile, to be
sure, but all of it is a bit more effort to add to our already-overburdened
After a month with no security bulletins in March, it’s back to our normal
evaluation process. This month, in addition to eight security bulletins
available via Windows Update, we’ve got two nonsecurity patches, Windows 98 and Me re-releases — and, oh, did I happen to mention some
newfound browser insecurities?