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May 2019 updates for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 don’t play nice with McAfee or Sophos software, again

It appears that the saying “historical past repeats itself” is true, at the very least in relation to Microsoft patches. Microsoft launched updates for all supported variations of Windows — shopper and server — on the May 2019 Patch Day.

We lined the updates in our monthly security updates overview for Windows. Microsoft confirmed two concern: an update might be installed twice on affected techniques, and some UK government sites were not accessible in Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft added gov.uk to the checklist of HTTP Strict Transport Security Top Level Domains, and that prompted points for authorities websites that didn’t assist it.

Things appeared higher in comparison with final month. Several Enterprise-focused safety merchandise didn’t play properly with final month’s updates for Windows 7, Windows eight.1, Windows 10, and the Server variants.

Security corporations Sophos, Avast, Avira, ArcaBit and McAfee acknowledged points with final month’s updates. Machines wouldn’t boot into Windows anymore and appeared frozen or locked on startup.

Patch notes counsel that the problems are fastened. The month-to-month rollup patch KB4493472 for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 states that the problems with safety software program has been resolved and that Microsoft eliminated the non permanent replace block as a consequence.

Fast ahead to May 2019. If you test the identified problems with the month-to-month rollup patch KB4499164 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, you’ll have a deja vu while you undergo the identified points.

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A brand new concern, added on May 18, 2019 means that techniques with McAfee safety merchandise put in might freeze, hold or begin very slowly after replace set up.

Microsoft and McAfee have recognized a problem on units with McAfee Endpoint Security (ENS) Threat Prevention 10.x or McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention (Host IPS) eight.zero or McAfee VirusScan Enterprise (VSE) eight.eight put in. It might trigger the system to have gradual startup or change into unresponsive at restart after putting in this replace.

The identified concern and the listed merchandise are similar. McAfee up to date its data heart on May 14 (the Patch Day) and May 16 (Endpoint Security), and on May 17 (VirusScan Enterprise).

McAfee reveals that every one Microsoft updates launched in April 2019 or later are identified to trigger the problems. Workarounds ought to work for the May 2019 updates as effectively.

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Sophos shouldn’t be listed by Microsoft however Sophos printed a assist article that means that the May 2014 updates are inflicting points on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 units after set up.

We have had a rise in prospects reporting that following on from the Microsoft Windows 14th May patches they’re experiencing a hold on boot the place the machines seem to get caught on “Configuring 30%”

Both points look like restricted to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 updates. It is feasible that the merchandise of different safety corporations are affected by the problem again as effectively however that has not been confirmed.

Open questions:

  • Is the problem restricted to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2?
  • Is the security-only replace affected? Microsoft says no (McAfee), Sophos says sure for its merchandise.
  • Are all different safety merchandise unaffected by the problem?

Closing Words

The concern is restricted to Enterprise safety software program; Home customers and small companies mustn’t run into these points. It continues to be a good suggestion to create backups earlier than updates are put in, and to attend with the set up of updates till completely needed (e.g. energetic exploit of safety points or main bug fixes).

Now You: Any bets for subsequent month’s updates?

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