Another Windows Update out of band

February 24, 2009 at 13:52:24
Specs: Vista XP Win7, NA
Is it just me? That little icon in the systray notified me that I have two high-priority updates awaiting installation. The two updates are MSKB 967715 and MSKB 961118. The first MSKB correct "disable Autorun registry key" enforcement in Windows, and the second resolve an issue in which an Inbox Printer driver may be unsigned after .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 has been installed.

So the question here is has anyone else got the same notification? If not it must be just me. And by the way this PC is fully updated as of February 10th - the traditional second Tuesday of the month update cycle.

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#1
February 24, 2009 at 15:34:22
I also received the updates. I installed it on my test computer and then checked out the add/remove and it is listed properly. I did a quick check and found this update to completely remove any auto play or auto start issues including the ones from Microsoft software packages that have seemed to auto play anyway when the installation cd is inserted in the optics drive.

I never allow auto play to work so have unchecked it in the proper places in My computer and also have checked the "Do Nothing" box in the "open with" application.
Yet there was always some microsoft applications like Office and publisher that would seem to open anyway and start the installation. This so far seems to stop that from happening.

From what I am seeing the auto update recognized the No Auto Play and sent the update to specified computers using XP. It does not show up in the vista machine update.

The other update I did not install as the printer was working properly.

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#2
February 24, 2009 at 17:37:33
I got the "disable Autorun registry key" update today.

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#3
February 25, 2009 at 04:48:23
KB961118 resolves an issue created by last month's mega-.NET update (KB951847). That update seems to have created a problem where one or more "Inbox printer drivers" (ie included with Windows) no longer appear to be signed.
We have a W2K3 box on which we use terminal services. Since the .NET update, many logins are greeted with a flurry of warnings about installing unsigned printer drivers. I presume that this is unintended and the KB961118 will fix the problem.
Incidentally, the links to the relevant KB article for this update seem to all be broken. Looks like MS haven't actually created the article yet!

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#4
February 25, 2009 at 05:00:31
Updated

M$ silently issued this fix one month after the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued this Security Alert. The alert stressed that M$ did not properly disable AutoRun on W2K, XP & Server 2003. Note to M$: If you are reading this post, shame on you.

As for KB961118 I reckon it was not really a high-priority update but rather something that M$ throw in for the heck of it.

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