Windows 10 1607 users take note: The odd wireless-connection issue that required a system reset might be fixed.
Beyond that event, December is a typical month for Office and Windows updating. Rollups and cumulative updates are the order of the day for everyone but Vista users, who still receive separate patches.
Win10 1607’s wireless issue gets a quick patch
Microsoft took some extraordinary steps to correct a Wi-Fi flaw that cropped up in the Anniversary Update. The company not only issued a fix in cumulative update KB 3206632 (released this past Tuesday), it also posted a banner notification at the top of MS Support pages, as noted in the Dec. 13 Field Notes column. Among the fixes listed in the update’s description page, KB 3206632:
“Addressed a service crash in CDPSVC that in some situations could lead to the machine not being able to acquire an IP address.”
The Connected Devices Platform Service appears to be new in Version 1607, based on comments in a TechNet Windows forum post and other sources. Currently, there’s very little information on what the service does, but the posts do explain why the problem was seen only in the Anniversary Update release.
The Dec. 13 cumulative update also includes additional fixes:
- Better Security Support Provider Interface reliability
- Catalog-signed module installation fails on Nano Server
- Devices won’t enter power-savings mode when Hello is on
- Gl_pointSize failure in IE 11
- Azure Active Directory-joined machines can’t sync with Exchange, after upgrade to Win10 1607
- Issues with app compatibility, time-zone information, and Internet Explorer
As usual for cumulative updates released on the second Tuesday of the month, KB 3206632 includes security updates for Edge, IE, and other components listed further down the column. Those exclusive to Win10 are:
- MS16-145 – Cumulative update for MS Edge: Critical; fixes 11 vulnerabilities.
- MS16-150 – Secure Kernel Mode: Important; fixes an information-disclosure vulnerability.
- MS16-152 – Windows Kernel Mode: Important; fixes an elevation-of-privilege vulnerability.
All Win10 users should also receive a critical and separate Adobe Flash Player update, KB 3209498 (MS16-154), which fixes the usual monthly batch of Flash vulnerabilities — including one that is actively attacking PCs with 32-bit IE, as noted in Adobe Bulletin APSB16-19.