It seems Microsoft is still trying to get right a Windows Media update first released in July.
Plus, ongoing issues with a Windows-kernel update reveal operating-system piracy, and some side effects from a Windows 8 rollup update.
MS13-057 (2803821, 2834902, 4834903, 2834904, 2834905)
Windows Media update released a second time
It’s never good when a Windows-related update needs to be re-released. Last month, we received do-overs for some .NET Framework patches. But it seems Microsoft is having more difficulty than usual with a security fix for its Windows Media Format Runtime component. The vulnerability could allow a remote attack if a user opens a malicious media file.
Microsoft released a fix in July, but — unfortunately — the update caused problems with the numerous video-editing apps listed below. So in August, Microsoft re-sent KB 2803821 for current versions of Windows. Now, XP platforms are getting updated updates for all five patches in MS13-057. Vista users will also see KB 2803821 again. Admins for Windows Server 2003 and 2008 will also see re-released updates.
The video-editing and gaming software affected by this update includes:
- Adobe Prelude
- Camtasia Studio
- Kandoukantan! Photomovie
- Rome: Total War
- Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion
- Serif MoviePlus
- SKYMENU Pro
- YouTube Movie Maker
What to do: Install KBs 2803821, 2834902, 4834903, 2834904, and 2834905 if offered. See MS13-057 for more information.
Still no all-clear on a Windows kernel update
As I’ve noted numerous times, kernel updates are notorious for causing problems with third-party software that hooks deep into Windows. Antivirus apps are the classic example. Oddly, kernel update KB 2859537 also inadvertently revealed Microsoft’s large piracy problem. Many Windows users who received application error 0xc0000005 after adding this update had — unbeknownst to them — pirated versions of the operating system.