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Latest Windows 10 updates break access to some UK Government websites

If you might have put in the latest spherical of cumulative updates for Microsoft’s Windows 10 working system, you will have observed that some official authorities websites within the UK are now not accessible in Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft released security updates for all supported variations of Windows 10 on Tuesday on the corporate’s month-to-month Patch Day. On Thursday, Microsoft added a identified difficulty to the replace KB4494441  for Windows 10 model 1809 revealing that it may install twice on some person gadgets.

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Today, one other difficulty was added to the record of identified points; this time, for all updates for Windows 10 launched on the May 2019 Patch Day.

After putting in the May 14, 2019 replace, some gov.uk websites that don’t help HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) might not be accessible by way of Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge.

The difficulty impacts connectivity to some UK authorities websites (these ending in gov.uk). Microsoft notes that the problem impacts websites that do not help HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security), and that the problem impacts Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge solely.

One of the modifications within the launched updates added gov.uk to the HTTP Strict Transport Security Top Level Domains (HSTS TLD) for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

While that improves safety when connecting to these websites, it breaks gov.uk websites that do not help HSTS.

Microsoft notes that it’s engaged on a decision for the problem and plans to launch an replace rapidly to resolve the problem in all supported variations of the working system.

Windows 10 customers who run into the issue might want to use a unique internet browser to access these authorities websites within the meantime as the problem impacts Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge solely. If that’s not attainable and access to these websites is crucial, it’s only attainable to uninstall the cumulative replace to resolve the problem.

Affected variations of Windows 10 and Windows Server:

Closing Words

The variety of damaged UK authorities websites is unknown however it is vital sufficient for Microsoft to add it to the record of identified points. The latest difficulty highlights once more that Microsoft’s strategy to testing and verifying updates wants to be improved.

Did Microsoft generate an inventory of uk.gov websites and check connectivity to these in IE and Edge?

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