November brings a relatively light series of updates from Microsoft. We see a return to form, with Microsoft releasing another critical update to Adobe Flash and several critical patches to Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge. Office and Windows platforms (desktop and server) have less severe reported exposures with no reported critical updates for November. Unfortunately, there are already a few reported deployment issues with the Windows updates, with the follow patch-related Knowledge Base (KB) issues reported by Microsoft:
Well, here we are. Its 2017 and we’re talking about Windows 10 compatibility issues. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
Furthermore, we’re not talking about the potential compatibility challenges when migrating from an ageing platform like Windows 7, or even moving from a more modern platform like Windows 8.x. These potential application breaking changes have been raised against the migration effort of moving from one version of Windows 10 to a later branch or release of Windows 10.
The latest Windows 10 release from Microsoft has now been “released”. I am using quotes around “released” as Microsoft now has a staged development program called the Windows Insider Program that allows testers and enthusiasts to get an early preview months before the full release of the operating system software. This means that we get more stable updates from Microsoft and better upgrade experiences for all users: developers, enthusiasts and IT pros alike.
This is an unusual October Patch Tuesday release from Microsoft. Normally, we would see a number of urgent critical updates from Microsoft for severe, massively damaging exploits in either Adobe Flash Player or several less severe but still urgent issues in both of Microsoft’s browsers. This month is different. No Adobe Flash Player updates. I repeat, no Flash updates.
September brings a relatively large patch profile for Microsoft with 76 reported vulnerabilities, three public disclosures (thank you, Google) and unfortunately one zero day exploit.