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  • February’s Patch Tuesday will be in March

    Posted on February 15th, 2017 at 21:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    At least, that’s what the MSRC team notification on the TechNet blog says:

    UPDATE: 2/15/17: We will deliver updates as part of the planned March Update Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    My previous kvetch holds true. There’s no mention about whether this only applies to Windows (Vista, 7, 8.1, 1507, 1511, 1607), or if it also includes Office, .NET, IE and so on.

    There’s some concern about the SMBv3 zero-day that I mentioned on Feb. 3. It’s still out there and active. CERT has published manual steps for thwarting the vulnerability.

    I have a roundup of the history and the problems on InfoWorld.

    By the way, Gunter Born doesn’t think Windows Update is broken, and he offers some powerful arguments in that direction in his latest blog post.

  • Building out the forums

    Posted on February 15th, 2017 at 17:38 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve just brought forums on board for Office, DevOps, Admins and Developers.

    Please take a look and let me know what I screwed up!

  • New Firefox AKB article – additional security, telemetry and privacy tweaks

    Posted on February 15th, 2017 at 15:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Good AskWoody Knowledge Base stuff from @microfix – AKB3000003

  • Office 365 vs G Suite

    Posted on February 15th, 2017 at 11:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Galen Gruman has an excellent article in InfoWorld detailing the differences between Office 365 and Google’s G Suite. It’s incredibly difficult to explain the differences side-by-side, and Galen’s done it.

    Microsoft Office handily beats G Suite both on the desktop and on mobile devices. Office has long been derided for having too many features that few people use, and there’s truth to that. But for desktop users, it has the features that anyone in your company is likely to need, and they work well.

    If you’re debating about Office vs G-Suite, this is a must-read analysis. Even if you end up with G-Suite!

  • What happened to the February patches?

    Posted on February 15th, 2017 at 10:17 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s a lot of conjecture. I haven’t seen any Feb “Patch Tuesday” style patches. Have you?

    Hard to believe all of the patches – Vista, Win7, 8.1, various 10s, the Offices including Click-to-Run, IE, .NET, and all the weird supporting patches have all gone missing.

    Even the two odd snooping patches, KB 2952664 (for Win7) and KB 2976978 (Win 8.1), are no longer available in the Windows Update Catalog.

    The only conclusion I can draw – and it’s 100% speculation – is that Windows Update is broken. Or maybe compromised.

    Do you have any better info – or a contrary opinion?

    UPDATE: Gregg Keizer at Computerworld just posted an interview with a security expert who, amazingly, seems to say exactly what I’m saying.