Category Archives: Patches and updates

Service Pack 2 for Windows 7 cancelled

With the pile of post-SP1 updates for Windows 7 growing and no end in sight (at least until 2020), Microsoft has decided to forsake IT workers by cancelling plans for SP2. This means that installing Windows 7 is going to become increasingly tedious: install Windows 7, install SP1, then install 100+ (and growing) patches.

Is this yet another attempt by Microsoft to get IT administrators to throw in the towel and upgrade to Windows 8? Maybe. Luckily, IT workers have plenty of tools available to create new, slipstreamed installation media for Windows 7. That means one unattended install for Windows 7, SP1 and all the updates available at the time the media was created. Microsoft stopped officially supporting slipstreaming in Vista and Windows 7, so the process is a bit more difficult, but it’s both possible and worth the effort.

Critical Patch Update fixes 30 Java security issues

Oracle has released updates for all of its Java packages. The updates include a variety of bug and security fixes across all the affected Java products.

You can download the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) or Java Developer Kit (JDK) appropriate for your computing environment from the Java downloads page.

Java browser plugins that are not updated as part of a JRE update will require separate updates, in some cases from the web browser developer (Chrome, Internet Explorer).

It is unclear whether these updates include fixes for the vulnerabilities reported in late September 2012. Update 2012-Oct-25: Apparently they do not, according to security researcher Adam Gowdiak.

Microsoft releases patches for Windows 8

Despite the fact that Windows 8 has not yet started appearing on store shelves, Microsoft is releasing a set of updates for the new operating system. Since Windows 8’s RTM (release to manufacturing), several new issues have been discovered, and the updates are intended to address those issues.

Anyone testing or evaluating Windows 8 should install the updates, which are available through Microsoft Update.

Anyone buying a new computer with Windows 8 installed on it should check for and install any pending updates immediately after powering up the computer for the first time. Anyone installing Windows 8 after it is released to retail should also immediately check for and install any pending updates.

More security fixes for Adobe Flash

Released yesterday, version 11.4.402.287 addresses security, performance and stability issues in the previous versions of Flash. Users are encouraged to install the new Flash as soon as possible.

Note that at the time of this post, the Flash Player Update Announcement on Adobe’s site shows the wrong version in the first paragraph. It should show the new version as 11.4.402.287 but instead shows it as 11.4.402.278.

Updates for Internet Explorer 10 and Google Chrome, containing associated fixes for Adobe Flash, were also released yesterday.