Suspicious update from Microsoft

A strange – and possibly harmful – update started being delivered to Windows computers yesterday. Early speculation ranged from problems with the Windows Update infrastructure to the service being compromised by attackers.

Microsoft eventually weighed in, saying that the update was part of a test, and that it was never intended to end up on user computers.

Apparently the update was installed on some Windows 7 computers, at least one of which was rendered nearly inoperable, according to the user.

Presumably there will be additional followup from Microsoft. This is the kind of problem that makes people (including myself) justifiably nervous about the forced automatic updates in Windows 10.

Ars Technica has additional details.

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Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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