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11 July 2008, 11:01

Microsoft remedies yet another patch blockade

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Microsoft has released a patch to remedy the problem made public last week, related to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). Under certain circumstances, automatic updates are not distributed if Microsoft Office 2003 is installed on the client. According to the security advisory, the flaw affects WSUS 3.0 and 3.0 SP1. If WSUS is running on Windows Server 2008, the patch might have to be launched directly with administrator privileges. For reasons not explained, the patch may not correctly elevate privileges itself.

A similar patch blockade occurred in June related to System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM). Administrators were not able to distribute security updates provided by Microsoft to computers on which System Manager Server 2003 Client (SMS 2003) was installed. In both cases, Microsoft claimed the problem was not relevant to security even though the automatic distribution and installation of security updates was prevented.

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