Microsoft Windows patches causing crashes, system hangs, lockups

“Two patches released in Microsoft’s April batch of security updates are causing system hangs, Windows crashes and the appearance of strange dialog boxes,” Ryan Naraine reports for eWeek. “The problems stem from a nonsecurity modification to Internet Explorer and a critical fix for a code execution hole in Windows Explorer and affect third-party programs from Google, Siebel and Microsoft’s own Windows Media Player.”

“On some consumer-facing programs running Hewlett-Packard’s Share-to-Web software and Sunbelt’s Kerio Personal Firewall, the new binary stops responding,” Naraine reports. “Windows users deploying the MS06-015 update have also complained about problems accessing special folders like ‘My Documents’ or ‘My Pictures.’ In addition, the update is causing Microsoft Office applications to stop responding when Office files are saved or opened in the “My Documents” folder; system freezes when opening a file through an application’s file/open menu; and lockups when typing a URL into IE. According to PatchLink, of Scottsdale, Ariz., the MS06-013 mega-patch, which includes a significant modification to the way IE renders certain ActiveX controls, is also causing workflow issues for its enterprise clients.”

Full article here.
Yet another one for the “Macintosh. Because life’s too short” file.

Note for Boot Campers, as Apple states on their website, “Windows running on a Mac is like Windows running on a PC. That means it’ll be subject to the same attacks that plague the Windows world. So be sure to keep it updated with the latest Microsoft Windows security fixes.”

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  1. Man, I knew it was bad, but I never fully fathomed how bad until after using Parallels Workstation to run Windows XP for only a few hours, I started noticing evidence of spyware on my Windows XP install. Downloaded Ad-Aware, a program I’ve heard my PC using friends talk about, I ran it and it found 57 critical spyware/adware/malware issues.

    God, how do Windows users put up with this? Also, is it just me, or is Windows Update ALWAYS wanting to reboot my computer because it installed some update in the background?

    Damn, I’m glad I can quickly switch to my Mac programs with a Command+Tab or a click of my mouse on the Dock…

    The only reason I am playing with these Windows options is so I can show them to my Windows using friends who are sitting on the fence about getting a Mac. Once I’ve converted them, I’m deleting my Boot Camp partition and my Parallels Windows disk image.

  2. The problem is this, third party developers have a nasty tendency to infiltrate their code as deeply into a OS as possible, using all sorts of shortcuts to get things done the way they want.

    This sort of thing happens on Mac’s as well, just not as bad usually provided you don’t give these third party softwares your administrative password to install something, use third party Os modification software, like the APE framework for instance.

    So what happens later is when Apple makes a change to Mac OS X, it sometimes breaks these third party OS modifications. Apple expresslly tells you that these OS modifications can and will cause problems with OS updates.

    On the Windows side this problem is compounded on a greater scale because there is so much third party garbage fighting for control over the PC’s.

  3. And how would one tell the difference between crashes, system hangs, and lockups caused by previous updates and those caused by this latest update? Was Microsloth good enough to provide popups?

  4. Yeah Dvorak…
    I can’t WAIT to drop a secure, WORKING, STABLE OS for one that can’t keep it’s act straight and causes me to hate computing all together…

    Sure, that’s gonna happen

    How can he think Mac users would voluntarily choose to subject themselves to that permanently… sheesh,

    I’m waiting on the 17″ Core Duo MacBook Pros before I upgrade, but even when I get one, I doubt I’ll implement ANY kind of windows compatibility options simply for the fact that they little bit that I use VPC now, I absolutely HATE it and every time I get a call from a relative with windows issues they want ME to help them fix I develop a burning hatred for all things Gates!!!! Just gotta love it.

  5. Andy C. – glad that you added Ad Aware to your Windows instal, but be sure to understand the “57” number it produces. Ad Aware counts harmless “cookies” in it’s list of “trackers” because they are, after all, trackers.

    But does my MDN cookie really deserve equal weight with the Bot.z9 virus? Only in a world ruled by Microsoft.

  6. “This is why big companies don’t apply patches immediately. My employer hasn’t installed any since February.”

    And that’s also why viruses spread so readily on the MS platform. Large blocks of machines stay unpatched and networked for months at a time.

  7. I am not sure why everyone is gloating about this. Just a few Updates ago, Mac users were losing all the data on their external FireWire drives. Was that funny too? We can all agree that Windows is garbage without losing sight of the fact that, as a general rule, updates are a good thing.

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