WSUS errors could disrupt Microsoft patch deployments

WSUS errors could disrupt Microsoft patch deployments

Summary: Microsoft has confirmed several "unexpected UI errors" in the WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) patch management tool could disrupt the distribution of today's Patch Tuesday software fixes.

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WSUS errors could disrupt Patch Tuesday Microsoft has confirmed several "unexpected UI errors" in the WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) patch management tool could disrupt the distribution of today's Patch Tuesday software fixes.

The software maker is expected to ship two bulletins today with patches for known security problems in Windows but the WSUS problem could block some users from accessing the admin interface that handles patch distribution.

"We have confirmed the cause of this issue and fixed it on our servers, which will automatically fix the issue for most customers on their next synchronization cycle, said WSUS product manager Bobbie Hardie.

In a blog entry, Hardie said the problem occurred on Sunday evening when Microsoft renamed a product category entry for the Forefront product line.

Unfortunately the category name that was used included the word Nitrogen in double quotes (appearing as “Nitrogen”). A double quote is a restricted character within WSUS, which created an error condition on the administration console. This issue occurred on many WSUS servers that synchronized with Microsoft servers between 5 pm Sunday and 11 am Monday Pacific Time.

We renamed the category to eliminate the double quotes on Monday morning at 11am after investigating and validating the problem. This will fix the issue for any impacted WSUS server the next time it synchronizes with Microsoft’s servers. We are also improving our publishing tools to make sure that issues like this are caught during the publishing process, before they impact customers.

Hardie said that WSUS customers whose servers did not synchronize during this time, or end users connecting directly with Windows Update, Microsoft Update, or Automatic Updates are not impacted by this issue.

Topics: Servers, Microsoft

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  • More update follies

    Do they test the update packages before rolling them out? What kind of testing protocol didn't catch that? And what else is slipping through their slipshod QA? Billions in revenue and that's the best they can do.

    The last time every Windows box...including servers...got Desktop Search as a critical update. What a freaking nightmare that thing was, like Dracula. Every time you thought it was dead it would come back to life. The drive on this dev box would be chattering away...wtf? Desktop search is back. Had it set to MANUAL in the startup menu but somehow managed to turn itself back on.

    This time I tried uninstalling it. We'll see how long that lasts.
    Chad_z
  • Tisk, Tisk...

    Can you imagine having that in your employee file. "Was responsible for the 2007 WSUS double quote issue."
    netuzer
  • "Restricted Character"

    Restricted characters are often a sign that someone's decided to fix a parsing vulnerability (like the URI problem that's allegedly fixed in this deployment) the "easy" way. Reading between the lines, it seems like Microsoft's fix for said problem is similarly superficial. *sigh*

    (if you think this isn't a problem, your name doesn't have any non-alphabetic characters in it)
    Resuna
  • RE: WSUS errors could disrupt Microsoft patch deployments

    If M$ put as much effort & money into their software instead of trying to catch Google we would have better products. Notice the complete turn around since Gates has semi-retired & Ballmer has taken the reigns. His mind set is destroy Google at all costs & this is evident in the release of (Vista garbage) or what ever you want to call it.
    gdude@...