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Microsoft Encounters Problems Pushing Out Oct. Patches

Microsoft released 10 patches, but many organizations didn't get the patches until hours after they were released due to a glitch in Redmond's automatic distribution system.

As expected, Microsoft released 10 patches today covering a variety of Windows and Office flaws; however, many organizations didn't get the patches until hours after they were released due to a glitch in Redmond's automatic distribution system.

According to a Microsoft Security Response Center Blog post made today by Craig Gehre, Microsoft experienced a "delay in [its] release process" due to "unexpected issues" -- meaning that the patches were not instantly distributed via WSUS, Automatic Updates, Windows Update and Microsoft Update.

"To be clear, it's a delay due to the networking for these systems," Gehre wrote. "There are no issues with the security updates themselves. Also, this issue doesn't affect customers using Software Update Services (SUS), Windows Update v4 or Office Update."

Gehre posted an update later in the day saying that the issue had been fixed.

The patches -- six of which are rated "critical" -- are part of Redmond's regularly scheduled "Patch Tuesday" update.

Two of the critical patches are related to Windows, one to Office in general and one each to Excel, Word and PowerPoint. If left unpatched, all "could allow remote code execution," as the company likes to say.

The Word patch actually addresses several vulnerabilities -- including the previously unpatched zero-day flaw discovered in early September.

The one patch rated "important" relates to a denial of service flaw in Server Service. The two "moderate" patches fix problems with the Windows .NET Framework and Windows' Object Packager.

The patch rated "low" deals with a TCP/IP flaw.

For full details on all of these patches, go here.

About the Author

Becky Nagel is the executive editor of the 1105 Redmond Media Group's Web sites, including Redmondmag.com, RCPmag.com, RedDevNews.com and VisualStudioMagazine.com, among others.

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