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01 July 2008, 12:27

Microsoft security updates block security updates

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In a security update on a matter that Microsoft says has nothing to do with security, the software vendor reacts to reports that Automatic Update occasionally fails in enterprise environments. The problem concerns environments in which Windows Server Update Services 3.0 (WSUS) including Service Pack 1 is used to distribute updates to clients with Microsoft Office 2000. Occasionally, log files contain such reports as

PT WARNING: SyncUpdates failure, error = 0x8024400E, soap client error = 7, soap error code = 400, HTTP status code = 200

showing that no security updates were distributed.

The flaw was discovered in the June patches, although the patches did not contain any Office updates. Apparently, a revised version of Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2003 causes an error in patch management. Microsoft describes workarounds for the problem in its security advisory. The vendor says it will provide a proper patch as soon as its analysis has been completed. Microsoft adds that the matter is not related to the patch blockade recently caused by System Center Configuration Manager (SSCM).

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