February Patch Day Round-Up
February did not have a lot of issues from patches released on Patch Tuesday, but there are a couple of things that occurred that you may want to know about.
First is the update that was pulled from circulation after reports of systems hanging. An update for Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime (KB3001652) reportedly started causing issue on Patch Tuesday. It was pulled later the same day.
Second, and probably the wider impacting issue this month, was update MS15-009 breaking Cisco AnyConnect VPN clients. Microsoft has stated they will release a fix in March that should resolve the issue, but until then you have three work around options:
1. Windows 8 compatibility mode for the app
2.Customers can uninstall the KB3023607 update from Microsoft. However, this will also remove any other security fixes provided by Microsoft as part of the update. This can be removed under:
Control Panel / Programs / Programs and Features, click "View installed updates” on the left and locate and uninstall the update labeled with KB3023607. This update is not visible when you try to locate it through the Windows Update application’s history, but it is accessible via Control Panel.
3. Per Cisco: Microsoft has released a fix-it patch providing a workaround for this issue. See KB# 3023607
When you visit the KB page, it appears you have to scroll down to the “Microsoft Fix It” button and install the AppCompat shim which is Microsoft Fix it 51033. This is a bit confusing, so be sure to click that button.
You can the On Demand February Patch Tuesday webinar or download the presentation for this last months Patch Tuesday release. Also, sign up for the March Patch Tuesday webinar to discuss the updates released on Patch Tuesday, recommendations, and things to watch out for.