MS update patches patching
A stitch in time...
Microsoft this week pushed out a patch to resolve a flaw in its patching system.
The update resolves a nagging issue that meant some PCs slowed to a crawl when either Microsoft Update or Windows Update carried out scans prior to downloads.
Systems of the problem included the process svchost consuming the majority of CPU processing power, leaving systems slow and unresponsive. Even users who haven't experienced the problem are encouraged to apply the update, which Microsoft reckons should have no ill effects.
"I want to note that this update will install correctly even if you're experiencing this issue," said Christopher Budd, Microsoft security program manager, in a posting to the software giant's Security Response Centre Blog. "However, this issue may prevent you from installing other updates (including security updates) until you apply this new update, so we encourage customers to apply this right away."
In other Microsoft-related security news, Microsoft-published technology designed to allow administrators to place restrictions on opening Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 files was recognised as malformed and therefore potentially harbouring malicious code. ®
Re: MS update patches patching (Unix Certification)
I think the best thing all the previous commenters can do is research. What you are looking for is Unix Certification. In other words I am addressing all the Microsoft cry babies. You can go through all the alternatives of the world and they are not Unix Certified - and Linux OS is one of the biggest raves around and boasting to be in competition with Windows OS and Apple/Mac. What a laugh !
Unix - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Unix Certification is the yardstick used to measure the reliability of an Operating System.
"Today, in addition to certified Unix systems, Unix-like operating systems such as Linux, Mac OS X and BSD derivatives are commonly encountered."
So that in other words without the blessing of Unix - it is considered an unstable Operating System.
"The network code found in these releases is the ancestor of much TCP/IP network code in use today, including code that was later released in AT&T System V UNIX and early versions of Microsoft Windows."
So, you appear as fools because the Microsoft Windows OS is one of the only ones in the world that is Unix Certified as meaning a real Operating System and not some project of one and is based on the origins of the computer system itself. In other words, if it ain't Microsoft - it's crap. Wonder why only 10 percent of sales go to Apple/Mac ? Now you know. And in other words Microsoft is the best money can buy - how can you argue with Unix Certification ? You can't. So quite being such an ignorant cry baby and quit crying like an idiot in your beer and know that INDEED you do have the best Operating System in the world and that money can buy if you have Windows and if that is not good enough than too bad or create your own - but quite harrassing people with ignorant and what should be libleous statements. Sickening. It is the safest and most stable Operating System in the world and of course Unix Certified.
Your alternative was... ???
Told you so
I submitted this as a WSUS v3 beta bug on 7th Sept 2006.
On 2nd March 2007 it was marked as resolved as "won't fix".
Though, sadly, the full text of the bug description is no longer avilable on their site.
Microsoft Connect: Feedback item 191976, "Client update on XP failing svchost uses 100% CPU" updated
Friday, March 02, 2007 11:40:18 PM
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Product/Technology - Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Beta SiteFeedback ID - 191976
Feedback Title - Client update on XP failing svchost uses 100% CPU
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It's a pain
I've seen quite a few of these and there seems to be no pattern. Doesn't matter if IE7 is installed or not. It renders the PC unusable in a way that resembles a v.bad spyware infection (but without the pop-ups!). Turning off the automatic updates cures the problem in most cases. The first half of the patch has helped me on 2 machines and done nothing on one more.