Next Tuesday is both Microsoft's Patch Tuesday for April, and Adobe's quarterly patch release. Combined, there are a total of 27 vulnerabilities being patched in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and the Acrobat Reader application. It will be a busy day for IT administrators and information security professionals to analyze and prioritize the deluge of updates.
It seems a little odd to have a Patch Tuesday so far into the month, but when the first of the month falls on a Thursday it takes longer to get to the second Tuesday of the month. Things also seem a little out of whack in terms of timing due to the out-of-band update Microsoft issued for Internet Explorer on March 30.
3:57 am on Apr 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
They're here now. I got 13 patches for my Vista machine, 10 for XP, 8 for Windows 2003...I guess Windows 7 will be similar. Check Microsoft Update [update.microsoft.com] if you haven't already!
Also, open any Adobe software you might have and manually check for updates (in the Help menu).
5:44 pm on Apr 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
6 on Win 7. Required restart, which promptly locked my machine up during "logging off" ... once again. Arrgh.
5:54 pm on Apr 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
All went smoothly, so far, on my XP machines.
1:53 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
Two XP laptops and a 7 laptop all experiencing wireless connectivity problems. The 7 seems to have healed itself the two XPs are now useless however do connect with an ethernet cable...wonderful, have a laptop and be tied to a cable!
Looks like system restores coming up...thanks a bunch.
2:23 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
Correction - 7 laptop is unable to connect wirelessly!
What the hell have they done?
2:53 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
Problem seemingly solved...rebooted wireless modem router and everything's come back therefore the update must have done something to each machine's IP address since all three updated wirelessly and the problems only occurred after restarting.
3:00 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
XP required two reboots for some reason. I didn't pay attention, but I had a large number the first time, then two more were loaded and required a second boot.
I'm surprised the Windows 7 machine required a reboot. My Vista machine loaded the patches (I looked) and didn't ask for a reboot.
3:04 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
I wrote too soon...all three machines down again! Thanks M$$$$$
3:50 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
Interestingly, one XP machine indicated a second download and update today. Strange!
I took a different machine (already updated automatically) direct to the Microsoft Update center and there were no updates to be had.
4:27 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm beginning to suspect something wrong with my router or Zone Alarm Security Suite!
All hard-wired machines are working ok and the laptops hard-wired are ok, another XP laptop I have I have not allowed to download the MS updates. I downloaded the ZASS updates now that machine is not working as well!
I'm going to disappear to my local pub which has a wifi network and see if any of the laptops work there!
7:25 pm on Apr 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
Updates came through and I lost all of my wireless connections from notebooks to printers. I was getting a message that it was having a problem with the Intel wireless connection installed in my Dell notebook and running with Vista. After several reboots of the Belkin N1 router and cable modem the system error message advised to plug in a hardwired connection and it would attempt to diagnose the problem.
It was magic, I suddenly had a wireless connection to the notebook and the printers started working.
I tried another reboot just to ensure it would work next time I turned it on. The sun is shining and all is still well.
8:48 pm on Apr 17, 2010 (gmt 0)
Fortunately for MS and ZA, but unfortunately for me, the only solution I could find was to buy a new router and everything's working fine now.
Interestingly the router I replaced is a Belkin N1 therefore I'll strike it up again Sunday and give it several reboots to see if it "repairs" itself.