Last week, I covered Microsoft Patch Day and recommend you install all the latest Windows, IE, Office, and server updates. This week, I need to warn you against one of those updates.
According to recent reports, the Windows kernel-mode driver update (MS14-045) is causing some computers to have blue screens of death (BSOD). If you haven’t installed this update yet, I recommend you avoid it until further notice. If you have installed it, and have suffered issues, Microsoft has shared instructions on how to remove it.
In the past, I’ve argued that Microsoft’s QA has gotten better, with fewer crash inducing updates. I guess they’re still not perfect. In general, this is a great example of why you should always test updates before pushing them into production. You can do this by maintaining a virtual version of your infrastructure and testing updates there. — Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)
Thanks…really appreciate the heads up on this!
KB2982791 is the patch
Joe Redmon says
There are 11 of these in wsus, one for servers, one for windows 7, etc…which one should be avoided? All of them or just windows 7?
Spencer Simpson says
This one may not be very susceptible to testing, since it appears to be associated with OpenType fonts that are installed in a location other than the default fonts directory, and you may not have policy control over which of your users are allowed / able to install extra fonts.
Spencer Simpson says
At any rate, Microsoft expired the update on 8/15, so if you use Automatic Updates / WSUS, you don’t have anything to worry about.
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