[ SHOWGSD-L ] THE MICROSOFT PROBLEM

  • From: "Doc Zoe" <wynsum@xxxxxxx>
  • To: showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 16:31:58 -0500

The changes to some registry keys can render a PC useless, according 
to a UK security vendor that has a software fix 
{HYPERLINK "http://www.networkworld.com/subnets/microsoft/"}Microsoft's latest 
round of security patches appears to be causing some 
PCs to seize up and display a black screen, rending the computer 
useless. 
The problem affects Microsoft products including Windows 7, Vista and 
XP operating systems, said Mel Morris , the CEO and CTO for the 
U.K. security company Prevx. 
the latest patches appear to make some changes to those registry keys. 
The effect is that some installed applications aren't aware of the changes 
and don't run properly, causing a black screen, Morris said. 
Security applications seem to be particularly affected. Morris said users 
of other security products have also complained about the issue, even 
going so far as trying to reinstall the operating system to fix it. 
On Nov. 10, Microsoft released 15 patches for vulnerabilities in 
Windows, Windows Server, Excel and Word.
Morris said Microsoft was likely just trying to fortify the security of the 
operating systems when it inadvertently made the error in its patches. 
"It's one of those things that happens from time to time when you have a 
dynamic operating system," he said. 
Morris said his company hasn't contacted Microsoft yet but will send the 
company a copy of the software fix. - and it is free
http://info.prevx.com/download.asp?GRAB=blackscreenfix 

Doc Zoe
Wynsum http://wynsumgsd.com
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