Feeds

Microsoft silently kills silent, automatic Skype install via Updates

Skype me! What? I think you'll find you do have it

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Microsoft has pulled the plug on a Windows update that snuck Skype onto business PCs.

Corporate admins got a nasty surprise on Wednesday when Skype 5.9 was automatically and silently installed on work machines via Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) - including PCs that did not have the voice chat software previously installed.

IT bods on this microsoft.com forum complained of hundreds of computers infected by the update and scrambled to remove the VoIP client centrally from PCs.

One admin blasted:

I administer several banks that belong to a holding company. I had to dispatch techs immediately to remove the software from appx 25 machines first thing this morning because they are in the middle of an IT audit and Skype is definitely not going to pass.

Another wrote:

I have hundreds of computers this morning with Skype 5.9 installed because WSUS pushed the update to the clients. WSUS will install Skype 5.9 on clients that have never had Skype installed if install Important Updates is enabled on the client.

Microsoft blessed this command-line magic to remove the unwanted Skype from machines, while also “expiring” the update – meaning it has been withdrawn.

The Windows software giant bought loss-making Skype in May 2011 for $8.5bn. In May Microsoft delivered tools for OEMs to install the VoIP client on consumers' PCs. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really
Windows NEIN skipped, tech preview due out on Wednesday
Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9
Forget touchscreen millennials, Microsoft goes for mouse crowd
Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR
Apple kills 'upgrade'. Hey, Microsoft. You sure you want to be like these guys?
ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7
32-bit core packs some DSP for VIP IoT CPU LOL
Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week
Rebranded OS reportedly set to be flung open by Redmond
Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone
Imagine that. Startup floats with voice collab app for Win iPhone
'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'
Plus: 'Pretty sure iOS 8.0.2 will just turn the iPhone into a fax machine'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.