Bonum Certa Men Certa

Microsoft Serves Patch to Windows Servers Which Can Compromise These Servers Rather Than Secure Them

Antique hammers

Summary: Latest Windows Update can actually create holes rather than close them; Vista 7 is disliked by another business, which may dump it for another operation system (or XP)

MICROSOFT IS not so good at patching those serious flaws which it deliberately hides; every now and then we find a story about Microsoft delivering bad patches that break Windows rather than fix it (sometimes even breaking mathematics in Office). Microsoft then issues a patch to fix the damage caused by the first patch, assuming that Windows can boot at all or connect to the network after the first patch.

According to this report, Microsoft has just done that again and it's retracting the patch (a little too late though).

Microsoft has withdrawn an update for Windows Server because the patch, issued eight days ago, does not treat the root cause of the problem it was meant to fix.

This is why so many users -- including businesses -- refuse to accept Windows patches, at least immediately (some take a wait-and-see approach). They have no confidence in them.

As Terry Porter put it, "Windows Server fix pulled after failing to patch flaws." He cites this interesting article which goes further than the above.

Windows Server fix pulled after failing to patch flaws.

Microsoft has taken down a recent security patch for Windows 2000 Server.

The company said that it would be working on an update for the MS10-025 patch, released last week as part of the monthly 'Patch Tuesday' update package.

The update was taken down amidst reports that the fix Microsoft had released was not properly patching vulnerabilities in the Windows Media Services component for Windows 200 Server.

The company has the vulnerabilities rated as 'critical,' and a successful update could allow an attacker to remotely execute code on a targeted system. No attacks targeting the flaw have been reported in the wild, however.

Be sure to read that last part again. It says that "a successful update could allow an attacker to remotely execute code on a targeted system."

Gotta love Windows, eh?

"Business is far too important to entrust to Windows, get a clue and look at GNU/Linux TODAY!"
      --Terry Porter
Porter has actually shared another anecdote, quoting what he titled "Windows 7 described as a disaster by small business owner, may switch to another OS!"

"This business user had Autocad," he explains, "and MS Word compatibility problems,€ € no€  printer drivers for a hp DeskJet 5850 (which is supported under Linux),€  and describes his Windows 7 purchase as a "disaster".

"Business is far too important to entrust to Windows, get a clue and look€  at GNU/Linux TODAY!"

Here is the word directly from the source:

We [purchased] a new fully loaded HP desktop (three months ago) with all€ the goodies," they wrote. "We are experiencing to many problems to list€ but here are some; video very unstable, incompatibility problems with ACAD€ 14, MS Word 2003, Macromedia drivers, Easy Innkeeper etc., etc. not€ working at all or unstable, Microsoft Outlook 8 irregular load failures€ and no drivers for hp DeskJet 5850 (it will only work as a network€ printer).

We are small business owners and this is a disaster of a purchase we€  made.

We replaced our older HP Pavilion f1905 running XP pro/service pack 3€ (hard drive problems) with an E154 running on Windows 7 Pro. They (MS)€ still do not get it - we do not have an IT department and service calls€ are getting expense. HP service technicians have been of very little€ help. We will be seriously looking at switching to brand X or go back to€ XP.

Why does Microsoft keep saying that everyone loves Vista 7 when obviously that's not true?

Battery icon


Recent Techrights' Posts

Why We're Revealing the Ugly Story of What Happened at Libre-SOC
Aside from the fact that some details are public already
Links 25/07/2024: YouTube's Financial Problem (Even After Mass Layoffs), Journalists Bemoan Bogus YouTube Takedown Demands
Links for the day
Gemini Now 70 Capsules Short of 4,000 and Let's Encrypt Sinks Below 100 (Capsules) as Self-Signed Leaps to 91%
The "gopher with encryption" protocol is getting more widely used and more independent from GAFAM
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, July 24, 2024
IRC logs for Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Techrights Statement on YouTube
YouTube is a dying platform
[Video] Julian Assange on the Right to Know
Publishing facts is spun as "espionage" by the US government and "treason" by the Russian government, to give two notable examples
Links 25/07/2024: Tesla's 45% Profit Drop, Humble Games Employees All Laid Off
Links for the day
Gemini Links 25/07/2024: Losing Grip and collapseOS
Links for the day
LWN (Earlier This Week) is GAFAM Openwashing Amplified
Such propaganda and openwashing make one wonder...
Open Source Initiative (OSI) Blog: Microsoft Operatives Promoting Proprietary Software for Microsoft
This is corruption
Libre-SOC Insiders Explain How Libre-SOC and Funding for Libre-SOC (From NLNet) Got 'Hijacked' or Seized
One worked alongside my colleagues and I in 2011
Removing the Lid Off of 'Cancel Culture' (in Tech) and Shutting It Down by Illuminating the Tactics and Key Perpetrators
Corporate militants disguised as "good manners"
FSF, Which Pioneered GNU/Linux Development, Needs 32 More New Members in 2.5 Days
To meet the goal of a roughly month-long campaign
Lupa Statistics, Based on Crawling Geminispace, Will Soon Exceed Scope of 4,000 Capsules
Capsules or unique capsules or online capsules are in the thousands and growing
Links 24/07/2024: Many New Attacks on Journalists, "Private Companies Own The Law"
Links for the day
Gemini Links 24/07/2024: Face à Gaïa, Emacs Timers for Weekly Event, Chromebook Survives Water Torture
Links for the day
Why Virtually All the Wikileaks Copycats, Forks, and Rivals Basically Perished
Cryptome is like the "grandpa" of them all
A Total Lack of Transparency: Open and Free Technology Community (OFTC) Fails to Explain Why Over 60% of Users Are Gone (Since a Week Ago)
IRC giants have fallen
In the United Kingdom Google Search Rises to All-Time High, Microsoft Fell Nearly 1.5% Since the LLM Hype Began
Microsoft is going to need actual products or it will gradually vanish from the market
Trying to Put Out the Fire at Microsoft
Microsoft is drowning in debt while laying off loads of staff, hoping it can turn things around
GNU/Linux Growing at Vista 11's Expense
it's tempting to deduce many people who got PCs with Vista 11 preinstalled are deleting it, only to replace it with GNU/Linux
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, July 23, 2024
IRC logs for Tuesday, July 23, 2024
[Meme] Was He So Productive He Had to be Expelled Somehow? (After He Was Elected and Had Given Many Years of Work to Earn a Board Seat)
Things like these seem to lessen the incentive to devote one's life to Free software projects
GNOME Foundation is Causing Itself More Embarrassment With Secrecy Than With Full Transparency
It also arouses suspicion and hostility towards Codes of Conduct, which gave rise to 'secret courts' governed by large corporations
Links 23/07/2024: NetherRealm Layoffs and Illegitimate Patent 'Courts' (Illegal)
Links for the day
Gemini Links 23/07/2024: AM Radio, ngIRCd, and Munin
Links for the day
A Lot of GNU/Linux Growth on the Client Side is Owing to India (Where GNU/Linux Has Reached 16%)
A lot of this happened in recent years
Insulting Free Software Users in Social Control Media (Proprietary, Bloated With Opaque JavaScript) is Like Insulting Amish on TV
Why bother? Don't take the bait.
When Wikileaks Sources Were Actually Murdered and Wikileaks Was Still a Wiki
when Wikileaks was a young site and still an actual wiki
statCounter: Dutch GNU/Linux Usage Surged 1% in Summer
Microsoft is running out of things to actually sell
Microsoft's "Results" Next Week Will be Ugly (But It'll Lie About Them, as Usual)
Where can Microsoft find income rather than losses as its debt continues to grow and layoffs accelerate?
Julian Assange is Still Being Dehumanised in Media Whose Owners Wikileaks Berated (With Underlying Facts or Leaks)
Wikileaks and Free software aren't the same thing. Nevertheless, the tactics used to infiltrate or discredit both ought to be understood.
A Month Later
We're optimistic on many fronts
Links 23/07/2024: Downsizing and Microsoft and Still Damage Control
Links for the day
Gemini Links 23/07/2024: Friends and Solitaire
Links for the day
Why the Media is Dying (It Sucks, No Mentally Healthy People Will Tolerate This for Long)
linking to actual news articles helps fuel the spam, too
Censorship in Eklektix's Linux Weekly News (LWN)
Medieval system of speech, where the monarchs (Linux Foundation) dictate what's permissible to say
10 Years of In-Depth EPO Coverage at Techrights (Many Others Have Abandoned the Topic)
Listen to staff
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Monday, July 22, 2024
IRC logs for Monday, July 22, 2024