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    PATCH WATCH

    Record number of Windows patches released


    By Susan Bradley

    If this seems like an especially heavy patch week, you're not mistaken — this might be the largest batch of Windows patches released at one time.

    The most-critical patches address flaws in Microsoft's Internet Explorer and two Adobe products.

    The full text of this column is posted at WindowsSecrets.com/2010/08/12/06 (opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.
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    For the .NET update just a reminder that I can't guarantee you won't have issues. Microsoft *just* added a new known issues section that links to several KB articles of known issues:



    923100 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923100/ When you try to install an update for the .NET Framework 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, or 3.5, you may receive Windows Update error code "0x643" or Windows Installer error code "1603" [the dreaded rip everything out and reinstall it instructions).

    923101 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923101/ Error message when you try to install a security update for the .NET Framework 2.0 on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition: "Error 1324. The folder 'Program Files' contains an invalid character" [the dreaded remove DVD and CDrom drives just to get the dang thing installed instructions]

    2197148 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2197148/ ) A known issue with the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 updates and the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 updates [this one is just an issue with the name of the patch in add/remove -- assuming you can get it installed fine I don't care what it names itself in add/remove]

    2260913 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2260913/ ) Files in use or file locks can result in Framework Assembly files being deleted [read this one and you never want to update .net again -- checking to see how prevalent this issue is and if I should stand back from my patch recommendation]

    2263996 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2263996/ ) Patching of Microsoft Framework can fail with Access is denied or File in Use error [ditto on this one -- will report back]

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    > Adobe released critical patches for its Flash Player ...
    Maybe I'm alone, but Firefox will not install Flash updates on the 3 machines we have using either the Adobe site in a web browser or by using Firefox's Add-ons menu and searching for updates from there...once I get past the security questions I get an "update failed" message from the Adobe server.
    However, using the links in Secunia's online vulnerability reporting tool worked fine (secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/)

    S.

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    I ALWAYS appreciate your candid information AND advice as to install, wait, or do not install at this time, or wait for more info...

    and I follow your advice

    Thanks, keep it coming our way

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    Seeing a reoffering of KB981852 similar to this blog post here: http://ceekam.com/blog/?p=603

    10.078: c:\windows\system32\ntkrnlpa.exe is in the list of oem drivers...skipping copy!
    10.610: c:\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe is in the list of oem drivers...skipping copy!
    10.891: AnalyzePhaseOne: used 2453 ticks
    10.891: AnalyzeComponents: Hotpatch analysis disabled; skipping.
    10.891: AnalyzeComponents: Hotpatching is disabled.
    10.891: FindFirstFile c:\windows\$hf_mig$\*.*
    11.844: KB981852 Setup encountered an error: The update.ver file is not correct.

    ===========

    Two resolutions:

    go into msconfig and disable all third party security software/reboot
    install the update/reboot
    reenable the third party software check to see if it's reoffered

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    Or this resolution:
    Step 1: Remove KB981852 in Add or Remove Programs
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    1. Click "Start", click "Run", type: appwiz.cpl in the Open box, and then
    click "OK".

    Note: Be sure to have "Show updates" checked (if Service Pack 3 for XP is
    installed).

    2. Look for updates KB981852.
    3. Please highlight and remove it.
    4. Restart Windows as required.

    Step 2: Reinstall KB981852
    ====================
    1. Please download the file from the following link:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

    2. Save the update to C: drive. (Do not run the update directly)
    3. Click Start->Run, type: "C:\WindowsXP-KB981852-x86-ENU.exe /overwriteoem"
    (without quotations) and then press Enter to install the update.

    There is a space between "C:\WindowsXP-KB981852-x86-ENU.exe" and
    "/overwriteoem.

    After this, restart the computer and then try to visit the Windows Update
    site to check if the Update KB981852 is still listed.

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    Arrow

    Using XP-pro - I downloaded / Installed the updates as a group. Afterward I could not access internet. Initially thought it was my router or modem, it was not.
    In desperation I performed a system restore to a previous "good" date and got my system working again.
    The 2nd time, I performed a dl / install for each individual update, then checked my internet access. I had no problem until KB981852. When I rebooted there was
    a "memory error" and I selected the key to analyze the error. The system rebooted and there was no internet access.
    I uninstalled this update and was then able to access internet. I flagged this update for no further update notification. Hope this helps someone else.

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    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;981852

    What antivirus software are you running?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Woodruff View Post
    > Adobe released critical patches for its Flash Player ...
    Maybe I'm alone, but Firefox will not install Flash updates on the 3 machines we have using either the Adobe site in a web browser or by using Firefox's Add-ons menu and searching for updates from there...once I get past the security questions I get an "update failed" message from the Adobe server.
    However, using the links in Secunia's online vulnerability reporting tool worked fine (secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/)

    S.
    Try using the Adobe Flash Player Removal Tool first. The idea is to get rid of the old plug-in file, located at

    C://Windows/System32/Macromed/Flash

    for Windows XP, 32-bit. Other Windows probably is similar. The plug-in file is not a standard Firefox add-on, so it is not located within each user's Profile. This means that the removal need only be done from one location, and it is not a locked file. (The Active-X version, in the same Windows Folder, is locked, and thus needs the Adobe Removal Tool.)

    After removing both the Active-X and the Plug-in versions from this Folder, I was able to install fresh and current versions of Flash Player for IE8 and Firefox.

    Do yourself a favor, folks, and download Flash Player from Filehippo. This site does not install and run the insecure NOS/Adobe Download Manager. Secunia calls this Download Manager a security "backdoor" , and does not recommend leaving it on your computer.
    -- Bob Primak --

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