| By Susan Bradley |
Reports from the small-business community describe severe installation problems with Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
With no compelling reason to install SP1, this update remains on hold.
Installation failures with Win7’s service pack
In a March 8 Windows blog, Microsoft announced the release of Windows 7 SP1 to its corporate customers via the Windows Server Update Service (WSUS). Soon after, I started seeing reports of installation problems on small-business networks — primarily when the update system was set to automatically install SP1 on networked workstations during shutdown.
On some machines, SP1 triggered a nasty failure that left a black screen and the error code: 0xc0000034. Failed systems could not be rolled back to their pre-update status, and attempts to restart the systems left SP1 half-installed.
► What to do: Delay rolling out SP1 through WSUS until this problem is better understood. Microsoft Support article 975484 describes the flaw and provides steps for correcting it, including a .vbs script. For more info, check out The Windows Servicing Guy’s March 16 blog.
Comodo compromise causes consternation
When a firm gets a security breach, it can be bad news for both the firm and its customers. But when that company is an SSL Certificate provider, it’s trouble for all of us. Comodo announced on its blog that someone had compromised one of their affiliates. The hackers were able to issue fraudulent SSL certificates in the names of heavy hitters such as Microsoft’s Live.com, Google, Skype, and others.
The fraudulent certificates have been revoked by Comodo, and both Microsoft and Firefox have released updates that ensure browsers and other Web-based apps use valid certificates.