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23 May 2007, 13:23

WSUS: Delivering patches to safeguard against svchost bug [Update]

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Microsoft has released an update for its WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) server. Administrators who operate a WSUS server in version 2.0 SP1, can now already upgrade their Windows PCs with the bug-free client software by installing an update via the administrative interface. This update is also suitable for the WSUS version 3.0. Alternatively, you can upgrade your entire server to version 3.0.

The WSUS 3.0 client fixes an annoying bug in connection with an additional Microsoft patch (KB927891), which has been bothering users and administrators for quite a while: On the affected XP PCs, the process svchost causes 100 per cent CPU loading and freezes up the desktop. Microsoft is also releasing the MSI patch KB927891 immediately for the automatic installation via WSUS.

It will still take a while until the updates also reach the end users who use the normal update mechanisms: Microsoft will distribute the MSI patch KB927891 via the conventional update servers for automatic installation from the beginning of June. By then, Microsoft also wants to have the update client 3.0 installed on all PCs willing to update.

Since yesterday Microsoft has been delivering the MSI patch KB927891 over the regular update servers for automatic installation. They also plan to install the Update client 3.0 onto the PCs of consenting users until the beginning of june. When the old Auto-Update-client contacts Microsofts servers and finds a newer version, it will update itself.


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