Microsoft resurrects Windows XP patches for second month straight

 

Concerns of a 'WannaCry' repeat prompt company to again push security updates to obsolete operating systems

Microsoft today followed May's unprecedented release of security updates for expired operating systems, including Windows XP, by issuing another dozen patches for the aged OS.

The Redmond, Wash. company cited fears of possible attacks by "nation-states," a label for government-sponsored hackers or foreign intelligence services, for the updates' release. "In reviewing the updates for this month, some vulnerabilities were identified that pose elevated risk of cyberattacks by government organizations, sometimes referred to as nation-state actors, or other copycat organizations," said Adrianne Hall, general manager, issues and crisis management, for Microsoft.

The updates for Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003 -- which were retired from support in April 2014, June 2016, and July 2015, respectively -- made it two months running that Microsoft has delivered fixes for bugs in obsolete software.

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http://www.computerworld.com/article/3200791/windows-pcs/mic...?

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Thanks Barney.

Looks like I need to update my old Vista 64.

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Thanks. Unfortunately this

Thanks. Unfortunately this isn't an automatic update.

Microsoft security advisory 4025685: Guidance for older platforms: June 13, 2017

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4025687/microsoft-s...

Yup.

No auto updates on old OS's. I had to do it with the standalone installer ... one update at a time with a reboot on each. I had upgraded my Vista 64 laptop in late March, just before Microsoft ended support for Vista, so for me it was only 5 separate patches. It still was a PITA doing the separate installs and reboots. But that said, I am thankful that Microsoft did the right thing and made these critical updates available to those of us with old machines.

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Thanks for the info!

Thanks for the info!

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Cool...I still have an old laptop

Thanks

Wow, ain't that something.

Wow, ain't that something.

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alandb wrote:

No auto updates on old OS's. I had to do it with the standalone installer ... one update at a time with a reboot on each. I had upgraded my Vista 64 laptop in late March, just before Microsoft ended support for Vista, so for me it was only 5 separate patches. It still was a PITA doing the separate installs and reboots. But that said, I am thankful that Microsoft did the right thing and made these critical updates available to those of us with old machines.

Can you ignore the prompt to restart after installing 1 patch and continue on installing the next patch? That's what I would do.

At the office, all I have to do is manually import (or add) those patches into WSUS (Windows Server Update Services). All my XP machines automatically patch themselves just like when XP was still supported. I'd be really unhappy if I have to install those patches manually by visiting every XP machine we have (and we still have 20+ XPs).

I can't believe...

I can't believed that they are still some people uses the Windows XP.

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it's been my experience

chewbacca wrote:

Can you ignore the prompt to restart after installing 1 patch and continue on installing the next patch? That's what I would do.

This isn't an advised procedure. There are some fixes that need to be in place before others are installed and in some cases, a reboot is the thing that puts the prerequisite code in place.

But I'm sure someone else will have an alternative perception.

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BarneyBadass wrote:
chewbacca wrote:

Can you ignore the prompt to restart after installing 1 patch and continue on installing the next patch? That's what I would do.

This isn't an advised procedure. There are some fixes that need to be in place before others are installed and in some cases, a reboot is the thing that puts the prerequisite code in place.

But I'm sure someone else will have an alternative perception.

How do you explain automatic update? It doesn't restart 10 times if you install 10 patches.

Witht the automatic updates...

chewbacca wrote:
BarneyBadass wrote:
chewbacca wrote:

Can you ignore the prompt to restart after installing 1 patch and continue on installing the next patch? That's what I would do.

This isn't an advised procedure. There are some fixes that need to be in place before others are installed and in some cases, a reboot is the thing that puts the prerequisite code in place.

But I'm sure someone else will have an alternative perception.

How do you explain automatic update? It doesn't restart 10 times if you install 10 patches.

It will sequence the patches that can be installed together that have no prerequisites.

If there's a prerequisite, it will install the prerequisite software, either tell you to reboot or perform the reboot, then check for additional updates and install the patches that are dependent on other patches being installed first.

So, that being said, when one gets outside the automated update process and starts applying patches manually, a restart after each manually installed restart is likely the best course of action.

Of course, having a good backup not a restore point, but a way to restore the disk prior the patch update is always a recommended activity.

But then again, I wouldn't know anything about this since I just pulled the process out of the air... shock

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BarneyBadass wrote:

It will sequence the patches that can be installed together that have no prerequisites.

If there's a prerequisite, it will install the prerequisite software, either tell you to reboot or perform the reboot, then check for additional updates and install the patches that are dependent on other patches being installed first.

So, that being said, when one gets outside the automated update process and starts applying patches manually, a restart after each manually installed restart is likely the best course of action.

Of course, having a good backup not a restore point, but a way to restore the disk prior the patch update is always a recommended activity.

But then again, I wouldn't know anything about this since I just pulled the process out of the air... shock

Microsoft isn't dumb. Manual patches do the same requirements validation. It won't install if they aren't there.