| By Susan Bradley |
The first Tuesday of two Patch Tuesdays that are happening this month suddenly hit us this week.
It’s very important that you install Microsoft’s Apr. 3 patch to correct a serious security risk in Windows’ handling of icons and other images, but there are issues you need to know about.
.Ani bug hits all Windows versions (yes, even Vista)
A threat is in the wild that affects everything from Windows 2000 all the way up to Windows Vista. In response, Microsoft released on Apr. 3 an out-of-cycle patch, MS07-017 (925902). This is an unusual patch that requires your immediate attention. (Microsoft’s usual, monthly batch of patches is expected to be released on Apr. 10, the second Tuesday of the month.)
Before you install the MS07-017 patch, be aware that Microsoft found an issue impacting Windows XP and 2003 machines. Knowledge Base article 935448 documents this issue, which prevents Realtek’s HD Audio Control Panel (see Figure 1, below) from running after the patch is installed. If this problem affects you, you’ll see the following error message after you apply the patch:
“Error on reboot: RTHDCPL.EXE IIlegal System Relocation. The System DLL user32.dll was relocated in memory. The application will not run properly. The relocation occurred because the DLL C:Windowssystem32HHCTRL.OCX occupied an address range reserved for Windows system DLLs. The vendor supplying the DLL should be contacted for a new DLL.”
Figure 1: Microsoft found an issue with patch MS07-017 that prevents Realtek’s HD Audio Control Panel (shown above) from running after the patch is installed.