Skip to comments.Microsoft pulls security update after reports of issues affecting some PCs
Posted on 02/15/2020 7:20:59 PM PST by dayglored
A standalone security update released as part of the February Patch Tuesday cycle has created headaches for some owners of PCs running Windows 10. After investigating reports of those issues, Microsoft has yanked KB4524244 from its update servers.
Update 15-Feb-2020: The mess gets messier: Judging from a series of cryptic tweets by security experts, this update and its revocation are tied to a situation involving Kaspersky Rescue Disk and a signed bootloader that can circumvent the Secure Boot feature that is the bedrock of security on modern PCs. I'm still trying to figure out the sequence of events here. Stay tuned,
Microsoft has removed a standalone security update from its Windows Update servers and enterprise update channels after acknowledging reports of "an issue affecting a sub-set of devices." The company says it's "working on an improved version of this update in coordination with our partners and will release it in a future update."
The security update, KB4524244, was released on February 11, 2020, as part of the normal Patch Tuesday release cycle, and was targeted for all Windows 10 versions via Windows Update. It was intended to address a security vulnerability affecting third-party Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot managers.
In its documentation for the update, Microsoft says its engineers have confirmed at least two known issues:
According to reports from users on Microsoft's support forums, some users encountered problems restarting after the update attempted to install, while others were signed in using a temporary user profile.
Geez, Microsoft. As someone who has used Windows continuously for over 30 years, this is not a happy place to be.
Oh Noes! not KB534244! We’re doomed!
Warning: New Windows 10 Update Bug Is Deleting User Data And Preventing Login -- Microsoft Acknowledges Serious Windows 10 Update BugThat's about a different update: KB4532693
I’m sticking with Windows 7 until they pry it from my cold dead hands.
One of these is probably why I’ve been having to enter my password twice to boot up on my company laptop.
Nothing would surprise me any more about these updates. It's discouraging.
It’s like The Stand, better get Flu Buddy!
DAmned ol Coronavirus
Directly under that Forbes article is a link to an article “Which Linux Distro Should I Use”.
Yeah, saw that. Had to laugh... :-)
Maybe because the author is:
Jason Evangelho Senior Contributor
I cover the fascinating worlds of Linux & consumer PC hardware.
So, if youve downloaded the update but havent installed yet, what should you do?
I’ve been “test driving” different flavors of Linux on another computer here at my home desk for the last 10 years or so.
It wouldn’t take much more than a gentle nudge for me to wipe this hard drive clean and install Linux Mint on it.
My attitude toward Microsoft has been steadily going downhill ever since they decided that we no longer own our operating systems. “Windows is a service” BS.
Constant screw-ups in their patches is getting rather tiresome.
This is my last weekend with it. My company has been after me since January and I've given excuses, but now more or less I have no choice. It will be done while I'm out of the office on Tuesday so I don't know what I'll have when I return.
Windows 10, most likely. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
“Im sticking with Windows 7 until they pry it from my cold dead hands.”
Me , too . Both my desktops are Windows 7 . Curious - what browser are you using ? Also - have you ever had an issue with Nvidia ? Started a while back but getting worse recently . Every day - sometimes a few times a day , especially when watching Youtube , “ I lose vidoe and “Nvidia Windows Kernel Mode Driver Stopped Responding “message ( in Japanese ) appears . Eventually I can access the video again but it’s getting to be a pain in the a** .
One more reason I shut off my Windows Update long before they stopped supporting my Windows 7. This seems to be a regular occurrence of theirs with Windows 10.
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