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Cyber criminals adopt recently patched zero-day exploit in a flash

It only took four days for a recently patched vulnerability in Flash Player to start being used in large-scale attacks

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Cause for celebration: Microsoft managed to get recent patches relatively right

In a run unrivaled in its recent patching history, there were few botched patches from Redmond in May and June


Samsung sneakily disables Windows Update on some PCs

The switch supposedly helps maintain driver compatibility, but raises security concerns in the process

Adobe patches zero-day Flash Player flaw used in targeted attacks

The vulnerability has been exploited by a China-based cyberespionage group for several weeks, security firm FireEye says

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HP drops the hammer on unpatched IE11 vulnerability

Microsoft refuses to patch 32-bit Internet Explorer, so HP's Zero Day Initiative responds with full proof-of-concept code

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June's Patch Tuesday includes IE update, 18 nonsecurity patches

Microsoft's latest batch of updates raise new questions about returning patch KB 2952664 and missing patch MS15-058

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Microsoft reclassifies Windows 10 nagware patches, KB 2952664 and 2976978, as 'Important'

Users with Automatic Update turned on in Windows 7 or 8.1, will now get the latest Windows 10 rollout software

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HP report blames bad software patches for cyber insecurity

Up-to-date security patches could stop 85 percent of targeted cyber attacks, but with the lack of transparency by software makers, users could be less inclined to patch

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Microsoft re-re-releases KB 2952664, KB 2976978, and KB 2977759

Also rolls out three new patches -- or is KB 3068708 just a re-issue of the ill-fated and much-maligned KB 3022345?

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Microsoft confirms patch KB 3022345 breaks SFC /scannow

But reports that system files have been corrupted are wrong, even though Microsoft's own tool provides the diagnosis

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Microsoft implores enterprises to help it test optional Windows 7 updates

Microsoft asks firms running Windows 7 to accept optional updates, rollups as they come out; argues that it's the way to get ready for Windows 10

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Microsoft fingers KB 3020369 as culprit in Stage 3 of 3 reboot hangs

A week after the fact, MS says the re-issued April stack update hangs in certain installation sequences

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Microsoft updates KB 3057110, KB 3045171 cause Windows 7 PCs to crash

GDI+ updates freeze Win7 and earlier PCs when using GsDraw and other drawing tools to create text outline-based path objects

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Windows patch KB 3022345 triggers apparent sys file corruption

The problem appears to be common to versions 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the patch

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Microsoft re-re-re-issues controversial Windows 10 patch KB 3035583

Against a backdrop of increasing concern for Microsoft's patching ways, the re-appearance of KB 3035583 does not inspire confidence

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Windows Schannel patch KB 3061518 causes problems with DSLS Catia, Enovia

If you’re running the Dassault Systèmes license service for the Catia or Enovia CAD program, avoid KB 3061518

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Microsoft's latest patches leave PCs hanging in 'Stage 3 of 3'

Users with all sorts of Windows configurations report that Tuesday’s crop of patches hang PCs during reboot

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Server 2003 users get the shaft in Microsoft's latest massive round of patches

Support for Server 2003 ends July 14, but as Tuesday's patches demonstrate, Microsoft can change the rules at any time

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Microsoft confirms: Original versions of KB 3022345, KB 3048043 broke updating

Microsoft rolled out new versions of the patches last week to address an issue that prevented users from getting updates

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