Deja vu: Microsoft pulls 2 updates

Seems some things don’t change. Microsoft quickly [within 24 hours], pulled 2 updates released yesterday.

KB3013455 [MS15-010] has been pulled because of font corruption. This affects clients and servers.

KB3001652 has been pulled as systems hang during installation. To apply this hotfix, you must have Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 installed. So, it won’t apply to many. This one is still in the download section and the knowledge base page is still live.

Stay tuned for when replacements will be updates.

[Update 2015/02/11:] That was fast. KB3001652 is back with a revised version.

[Update 2015/02/12:] You are not going to believe this. Another patch issue. This time it is KB2920732 for PowerPoint 2013. after updating, many Office 2013 users are being confronted with a bunch of error messages and then nothing. PowerPoint will simply not start.

[Update 2015/02/12:] Seems the KB3013455 issue only affects Windows Vista with SP2, Windows Server 2008 with SP2 and Windows Server 2003 with SP3.

[Update 2015/02/13:] And the “hits” keep on coming. With Internet Explorer, there are up to 4 updates needed. If you allow Windows Update [or via WSUS] to install them, you will just see one. Otherwise you will see 2 or 3 [as one may or may not be needed]. Very weird.

Anyways, one of the ‘hidden” updates, KB3023607 is causing problems. It was designed to do away with Transport Security Layer (TLS) 3.0 but instead breaks Cisco’s AnyConnect VPN application. For a workaround [which may work] you will probably need to drop the compatibility. Close the Cisco AnyConnect Window and the icon in the taskbar. Right click VPNUI.EXE and VPNAGENT.EXE in “C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client” and select Properties. Click on the Compatibility tab and drop the level to a previous version of Windows.

Cisco has opened a priority case with Microsoft to fix the issue.

[Update: 2015/02/16:] OK. Microsoft claims the issue affects only Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 [which Cisco wouldn’t support anyways]. They released a “fix it” [ KB3023607 ] which will give a temporary fix by placing the executables in question in compatibility mode.

Microsoft claims that there is no issue with other supported version of Windows. I use the Cisco AnyConnect client for work. I received a message that a service related to the Cisco AnyConnect  client didn’t start but after doing it myself, I was able to connect with no issues. Could be just a coincidence. I’m using Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise.

An update for the PowerPoint 2013 issue has been release late in the day. See KB2956149.

Still no revised updates for the KB3013455 issue.



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