Hey, Microsoft! The World Is Watching This Patch Tuesday

Microsoft’s patching capability is on the forefront of everyone’s minds after last month’s trouble regarding the Windows 10 forced patching attempt. This patch cast doubt on the company’s ongoing ability to release reliable updates — and testing against its own Forefront Endpoint Protection did not help.

Questions are being raised by its partners and customers alike as to why Microsoft released MS15-084, which breaks third-party vendor software. Symptoms for some affected products are pretty serious.For the Attachmate Secure IT File Transfer, the client does not load; for the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, the backup services may fail or freeze, and the user logon freezes after providing valid user credentials; for Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP), the server and applications have a tendency to freeze; with the Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition (hosted only, on-premises is not affected), the policies are not updated, the client UI may not open, and the portal is not updated with the status of the client. View all of the MS15-084 symptoms here.

This month’s baseline of updates consists of 12 patch bulletins (five critical and seven important covering 55 CVEs) and includes the agonizingly frequent IE Cumulative Update.

The new Microsoft Edge browser is also becoming a regular addition, affecting Windows 10 OSes.

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