Once upon a time, the fourth Tuesday of the month was reserved by Microsoft for non-security patches. How times have changed. Yesterday, we saw a bunch of new bug warnings — including an admonition to uninstall a previous buggy .Net Preview patch — and an unexpected fourth update this month for Office 365’s reputedly stable Monthly Channel.
On the heels of the Jan. 17 release of 14 Windows and .NET patches, we now have a huge crop of new patches, revised older patches, warnings about bugs, and a bewildered ecosystem of Microsoft customers who can’t figure out what in the blue blazes is going on.
Let’s step through the, uh, offerings on Jan. 18.
Windows 10 patches
Win10 Fall Creators Update version 1709 — Cumulative update KB 4073291 brings the Meltdown/Spectre patches to 32-bit machines. What, you thought 32-bit machines already had Meltdown/Spectre patches? Silly mortal. Microsoft’s Security Advisory ADV180002 has the dirty details in the fine … Computerworld Operating Systems
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