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Microsoft cracks open patch mega-bundles for biz admins, will separate security, stability fixes

Microsoft has added yet another option to its monthly patch jumble for IT departments. The software goliath said that beginning with the Windows 10 Creators Update (aka Version 1703), which is now rolling out, admins have the option to install performance and stability patches separate from security fixes. The new bundles …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2017
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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

A developer using the handle “Zeffy” claims to have found a way around Microsoft's ban on updates for old versions of Windows on shiny new CPUs. Microsoft flagged its new policy early last year, telling world+dog that Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel’s upcoming 7th Gen Intel Core (Kaby Lake) …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Apr 2017
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Microsoft kicks out fix for buggy Win Server 2012 WSUS updates

Microsoft has a released a fix to address problems with its Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) tool. For those not in the know, WSUS is a component of Windows Server that lets IT administrators push particular updates to users' PCs. Redmond said installing KB3159706 on Windows Server 2012 will give WSUS the ability to …
Shaun Nichols, 6 May 2016
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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

Microsoft is still trying to crush the remaining bugs in its latest and supposedly greatest operating system. Build 10240, which was released to the Windows Insider program two weeks ago, is widely considered to be the "release to manufacturing" (RTM) build, even though Redmond itself says the RTM concept doesn't apply in its …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jul 2015
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Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that...

Microsoft has shared more details about how it plans to roll out Windows 10 beginning later this month. We already knew the OS will start shipping to members of the Windows Insider program on July 29. On Thursday, however, Microsoft OS boss Terry Myerson explained in a blog post that not everyone should expect to receive their …

Samsung vows to stop knackering Windows Update on your laptops

Samsung has promised to release a patch for its computers so that they no longer kill off automatic Windows updates from Microsoft. On Wednesday, reverse-engineering specialist Patrick Barker blogged* about a program suspiciously called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe that is bundled on Sammy machines and shuts down automatic …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jun 2015
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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

Updated Samsung computer users could find themselves wide open to attack because the software the Korean giant bundles on its systems disables Windows Update. The problem was spotted by independent security researcher Patrick Barker after a Windows user complained that the Windows Update function, which automatically downloads patches …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jun 2015
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What's broken in this week's build of Windows 10? Installing it, for one

Microsoft has released ISO disc images of the latest Technical Preview build of Windows 10, but not because they think every tester should install it. Rather, it's because a bug is preventing even some of the more aggressive testers from receiving it through Windows Update. The release, known as Build 10130, was released to …
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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

Microsoft is installing an update on Windows 7 and 8 machines which will push users to upgrade to Windows 10. The update – KB 3035583 – is vague about its purpose. The official description states: This update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user. It …
Tim Anderson, 9 Apr 2015

Crypto collision used to hijack Windows Update goes mainstream

The cryptographic hash collision attack used by cyberspies to subvert Microsoft's Windows Update has gone mainstream, revealing that MD5 is hopelessly broken. Security researcher Nat McHugh created two images of different rock 'n' roll icons - James Brown and Barry White - with the same MD5 hash. "The images were just two I …
John Leyden, 5 Nov 2014

Patch looks like Microsoft FAIL, quacks like FAIL, is actually quite good

An out of band patch, from none other than Microsoft, sounds like a familiar cause of a couple of panicked late nights. Rest easy today, dear readers, for even though that combination has arrived this time there's little need for alarm. The patch in question applies to Windows Update, the bit of Windows that downloads and …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2014
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Microsoft 'hardens' Windows Update from Flame penetration

Microsoft has "hardened" its Windows Update system after researchers discovered the Flame virus can infect PCs by offering itself as an update masquerading as official Microsoft software. The sophisticated worm has been hurtling through computers in the Middle East and beyond for up to two years before being unearthed by …
Team Register, 7 Jun 2012

BT cheerfully admits snooping on customer LANs

BT reserves, and makes use of, the right to remotely detect all devices connected to LANs owned by its broadband customers – for their own good, of course. BT Broadband customers can expect to have their network checked any time the operator feels it needs to take a peek to help it provide the service, or when the safety of …
Bill Ray, 24 May 2011
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BackWeb sues Microsoft over 'push' technology

BackWeb Technologies is suing Microsoft for infringement of four of the company’s patents. The firm filed a lawsuit against the software giant on 20 March with the US District Court in San Francisco. BackWeb has accused Microsoft’s Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Windows Update and other products of infringing …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2009
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Poisoned MySpace page masquerades as Windows Update

Doom watchers at McAfee have discovered a booby-trapped MySpace page that foists malware on users by spoofing a Microsoft update down the center of the profile. The image (below) looks authentic enough to the drunk and uninformed. It is superimposed over the profile of a MySpace user who goes by the name of Rita. Clicking on …
Dan Goodin, 12 Jan 2008
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Windows XP repair disk kills automatic updates

Comment A commonly used method for repairing Windows computers can disable the automatic installation of Microsoft updates, or patches, it was revealed this week. The company is getting a kicking from critics for this - the same people who slammed the company two weeks ago when Microsoft forced a Windows patch on users who had turned …
Dan Goodin, 29 Sep 2007
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Microsoft serves light fare on Patch Tuesday

Microsoft served comparatively modest fare for its monthly patch release on Tuesday, issuing only four security-related updates, only one of which carried its top severity rating of critical. It plugged a hole in a Windows 2000 component, while the other updates fixed vulnerabilities rated as important in instant messenger …
Dan Goodin, 11 Sep 2007

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