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    April brings showers of browser patches




    PATCH WATCH

    April brings showers of browser patches

    By Susan Bradley

    It seems like every other month is an especially large Patch Tuesday, but this week's is the largest we've ever had.

    The flood of patches — including fixes for Internet Explorer — leaves no room for the update chart in the newsletter; you'll find it in the Windows Secrets Lounge via the link at the bottom of this story.

    The full text of this column is posted at WindowsSecrets.com/2011/04/14/08 (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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    Regularly updated problem-patch chart
    This table provides the status of problem patches reported in previous Patch Watch columns. Patches listed below as safe to install will be removed from the next updated table.


    Patch
    Released
    Description
    Status
    2387530
    02-22
    Win7 hotfix for configuring Wi-Fi services (optional update)
    Skip
    2484033
    02-22
    XPS document print patch for Windows 7 (optional update)
    Skip
    2505438
    02-22
    Fixes possible performance problems running some apps
    Skip
    2487426
    02-08
    Win7 fix; running x32 apps in x64 OS (optional update)
    Hold
    976932
    02-22
    Windows 7 Service Pack 1
    Hold
    2446708
    04-12
    .NET 4 — historic patching issues
    Hold
    2446709
    04-12
    .NET 2/3.5 — historic patching issues; KB 2446710 for Win7 SP1, KB 2446704 for XP
    Hold
    2509470
    04-12
    Extended Protection for Outlook — past issues
    Hold
    2464588
    04-12
    PowerPoint 2003; KB 2464617 for 2002, 2464594 - 2007, 2519975 - 2010
    Wait
    2467023
    02-08
    Win7 fix; load/unload binaries flaw
    Wait
    2467174
    04-12
    MS11-024, Visual C++ — check line-of-business impact
    Wait
    2467175
    04-12
    MS11-025, Visual C++ 2005 — check LOB impact
    Wait
    2506014
    04-12
    Hardening the system for prevention of root kits
    Wait
    2506223
    04-12
    Windows Kernel patch
    Wait
    2508272
    04-12
    ActiveX Kill bit — wait for further testing
    Wait
    2509503
    04-12
    Office 2003; KB 2509461 for XP, 2509488 - 2007
    Wait
    2509553
    04-12
    DNS flaw — unlikely threat for home/small-biz users
    Wait
    2511250
    04-12
    Printing fix for IE9 — hold back on IE9 for now
    Wait
    971029
    02-22
    Flash-drive patch for Windows XP
    Optional
    2393802
    02-22
    Kernel patch triggered BSOD; use Symantec solution
    Install
    2412687
    04-12
    GDI+ — exploits unlikely
    Install
    2464623
    04-12
    PowerPoint viewer 2007
    Install
    2466156
    04-12
    Office Compatability Pack security update
    Install
    2485663
    04-12
    WordPad — more critical on XP
    Install
    2491683
    04-12
    Windows Fax cover-page flax; KB 2506212 for XP
    Install
    2497640
    04-12
    Internet Explorer — attacks in the wild
    Install
    2503658
    04-12
    MHTML — public exploits seen
    Install
    2507618
    04-12
    OTF Font — attacks unlikely
    Install
    2508429
    04-12
    SMB Server — not at high risk
    Install
    2508958
    04-12
    Fixes issues with Office updates
    Install
    2510531
    04-12
    JScript and VBScript — exploit unlikely
    Install
    2511455
    04-12
    SMB client — likely to see exploits
    Install

    Status recommendations: Skip — patch not needed; Hold — do not install until its problems are resolved; Wait — hold off temporarily while the patch is tested; Optional — not critical, use if wanted; Install — OK to apply.
    Last edited by Tracey Capen; 2011-04-14 at 17:12.

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    Re Patch 2393802 (Kernel patch triggered BSOD): Should I install the patch or use the Symantec solution? After reading the information on the Symantec site, I'm not even sure if the patch would be a problem for my home computer. I use Windows XP SP3 and I know what the BSOD is, but I don't really understand the rest of the issue. Thanks.

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    Any reason that 2446710 released on 4/12 is not on the list??
    Ed

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    IF you have those video cards, look for a new driver, otherwise install the update.

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    Missed it. I'll have Tracey add it. For now hold off on ANY .net update.
    OH I see why. 2446710 is for .net on Win7 sp1. I haven't installed Win7 sp1 so that's why I didn't list it.
    Last edited by SusanBradley; 2011-04-14 at 16:31.

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    What are the video cards that would require a new driver? How do I know if I have them? If I do, how do I get the new driver? I have a Dell Dimension 8300, purchased in 2004.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusanBradley View Post
    Missed it. I'll have Tracey add it. For now hold off on ANY .net update.
    OH I see why. 2446710 is for .net on Win7 sp1. I haven't installed Win7 sp1 so that's why I didn't list it.
    Makes sense. Thanks for the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarciaG View Post
    What are the video cards that would require a new driver? How do I know if I have them? If I do, how do I get the new driver? I have a Dell Dimension 8300, purchased in 2004.
    Please post this question in the hardware forum.

    Joe

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    Is there a recommendation for KB2464583 (for Excel 2007)?
    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP517 View Post
    Please post this question in the hardware forum.

    Joe
    Sorry. I was trying to get a further explanation from Susan Bradley of how to handle KB2393802 and determine whether, as she wrote, I install the patch or use the Symantic solution and update my graphics driver. I don't know how to determine whether I have the video card that requires the Symantic solution and then, if I do, how to get the appropriate driver. Do I need to post that to the hardware forum? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarciaG View Post
    Sorry. I was trying to get a further explanation from Susan Bradley of how to handle KB2393802 and determine whether, as she wrote, I install the patch or use the Symantic solution and update my graphics driver. I don't know how to determine whether I have the video card that requires the Symantic solution and then, if I do, how to get the appropriate driver. Do I need to post that to the hardware forum? Thanks.
    All the more reason to post in the hardware forum. The folks who hang out there have lots of experience with most aspects of hardware.

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    Print issues Outlook 2007 after installing KB2509470 | HowTo-Outlook:
    http://www.howto-outlook.com/news/pr...-kb2509470.htm

    After installing KB2509470 <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2509470>, you can experience an issue with printing or previewing messages or other Outlook items in Memo style and receive the following error;

    There is a problem with the selected printer. You might need to
    reinstall this printer. Try again, or use a different printer.

    For Plain Text messages this error can be preceded by;

    Outlook has encountered a problem. You will not be able to undo this
    action once it is completed. Do you want to continue?

    After this error, Outlook could take high CPU (100% CPU for a single core).


    Workarounds

    1. Close Outlook.
    2. Locate |OutlPrnt| and rename it to .old. This will reset your
    current print settings.
    * Windows XP
    |C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Out look\|
    * Windows Vista and Windows 7
    |C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application
    Data\Microsoft\Outlook\|
    3. Restart Outlook and you should now be able to print again.

    Sadly this often only works for 1 print or preview and you’ll have to repeat the process again for your next print. In some cases, restarting Outlook is sufficient and you can print as long as you no longer use the Print Preview function.

    *Workaround 2*
    Another workaround is to save the message as a htm-file or txt-file first and then print the saved file.

    The Outlook Team is aware of this issue and is looking into it. If you need to do a lot of printing and suffer from this issue, you can safely uninstall the update for now as it is a functional update and not a security update.

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    Certain systems that have Intel integrated graphics or AMD ATI HD graphics cards may crash after this security update is installed. Microsoft has investigated this issue in partnership with both Intel and AMD. We have identified an incompatibility between this update and certain older versions of the Intel and AMD graphics drivers. Both Intel and AMD have posted updated drivers that resolve this issue.

    For more information about how to obtain updated drivers to resolve this issue, visit the following webpages:

    Intel
    http://wer.microsoft.com/responses/r....aspx?sid=3320 (http://wer.microsoft.com/responses/r....aspx?sid=3320)


    AMD
    http://wer.microsoft.com/responses/r....aspx?sid=3319 (http://wer.microsoft.com/responses/r....aspx?sid=3319)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbroers View Post
    Is there a recommendation for KB2464583 (for Excel 2007)?
    Thank you.
    Haven't seen issues with that one. I think I missed it in the chart, go ahead and deploy and I'll have Tracey update it.

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