Posted: 27 January 2005 at 9:28pm | IP Logged
Dealing with the death of a computer
By Susan Bradley
Microsoft may call it
Patch Tuesday, but I call it the day that I start watching for the "dead
bodies." You know what I mean, don't you? The anxiety you feel when you press
the button to reboot your computer after the security patches are applied? Will
the system arise from the reboot to compute again? Will your data survive
another trip through the patch process?
Whether you're patching a
workstation, a standalone computer, or a fleet of servers, there are tips and
tricks to help you make the journey through Patch Tuesday easier.
first bring you up to date on issues I've seen regarding the patches Microsoft
released in January. Following that, please see my Special Report on how to cope
when you have a "dead computer" thanks to a patch (and how to keep it from
keeling over in the first place).
included Internet Explorer patches. Not!
11 patches caused some confusion as to whether or not they included needed fixes
for Internet Explorer. As was previously reported, in the last Windows Patch
Watch, they did not.
The only patch that had an impact on Internet
Explorer was the MS05-001 HTML patch. However, this is not a cumulative Internet
Explorer patch to fix reported vulnerabilities. There are still several issues
that leave Internet Explorer vulnerable and subject to security issues.
still recommend that you disable ActiveX scripting, run with Internet Explorer
in high security, and/or use an alternative browser that you configure as
defensively as possible. Always "think before your click" before visiting any
There is a documented issue with MS05-001 causing problems with
HTML-based help files and Web-based applications. This can cause these to fail
if the patch is installed before a separate workaround is applied. There's
guidance on how to fix the issue in Knowledge Base article .
Windows AntiSpyware beta hoses
Media Center Extender
Microsoft's "Media Center Extender" can't establish a
remote connection after you install the Windows AntiSpyware beta on a computer
running Windows Media Center Edition 2005. There's no fix yet, except to
uninstall the AntiSpyware software, according to Microsoft KB article .