Everyone gets a small holiday — from patching

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By Susan Bradley

Those of us in a holiday state of mind are lucky to have a light patching week.

If you’re feeling especially thankful — or you need a break from watching endless football — donate a little time to ensuring PCs of friends and family are up to date.

Root certificates get another revocation

On Nov. 10, we had an out-of-cycle update that revoked Digisign Server ID (Enrich) root certificates issued by Entrust.NET Certification Authority and GTE CyberTrust Global Root. The update placed these certificates in the revoked certificate store on all supported Windows operating systems.

Six days later, Microsoft rereleased KB 2641690 (via its Windows Software Update Server) to fix deployment problems on Windows XP x64 and Windows Server 2003 systems.

We’ll likely see many more of these updates — removing and blocking certificates from our systems — in the future.

What to do: If you haven’t already installed KB 2641690, do so now.

Adjusting root certificates for Windows XP

Ironically, the only official update released this week adds more root certificates to Windows XP machines.

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Susan Bradley

About Susan Bradley

Susan Bradley is a Small Business Server and Security MVP, a title awarded by Microsoft to independent experts who do not work for the company. She's also a partner in a California CPA firm.