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Windows 10 Patch Tuesday release for October 2020 has been plagued with issues since the update became available to download a few weeks ago. Windows 10 users have reported a swathe of problems with the patch, including the download causing File Explorer glitches as well as the dreaded Blue Screen of Death error. And now Microsoft has confirmed two other issues with the Windows 10 patch.
First up is a certificate loss issue which occurs when Windows 10 users update their systems using ISO and other media installation tools.
But the other issue could be troubling for a wider sub-section of Windows 10 users, as it impacts the hugely popular Office 365 suite of apps.
After installing the latest Patch Tuesday downloads, Windows 10 users have been receiving error messages when they try and update their Office apps, according to a post by Windows Latest.
The message that has appeared to affected users reads: “Download of Office 365 file failed, error =”.
With scores of people working from home, apps such as Office 365 have become invaluable to those that are working remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic.
And any issues to productivity apps such as Office 365 can in-turn have an impact on their day-to-day job.
Microsoft engineer David James highlighted the latest Windows 10 bug in a post online, explaining how Office 365 users can get round it.
James wrote: “Windows October patches broke #configmgr/#memcm’s ability to download o365 patches. We are working on a hotfix, and KB. The break is caused when the machine doing the download (admin UI, or ADR) is patched with oct’s 10b patches; causing a cert failure.
“Only work around for now until a fix is released, is run the Admin UI on a machine that isn’t patched to 10b; and manually sync the o356 patches.”
As James explained, with no hot fix available right now the only other alternative for Office 365 users is to uninstall the patch and then update Office 365 products on an unpatched system.
In other Windows 10 news, Google earlier this week revealed a zero day Windows 10 and Windows 7 flaw that hackers have been actively exploiting.
Members of Google’s Project Zero research team discovered the threat which sees attackers managing to escape a Chrome sandbox to run malware on Windows 10 machines.
The zero day Windows vulnerability was discovered by Google’s Project Zero researchers Mateusz Jurczyk and Sergei Glazunov.
In a post online they said: “We have evidence that this bug is being used in the wild”.
After discovering the vulnerability the Project Zero team gave Microsoft a seven day deadline to fix the issue.
If a fix wasn’t revealed in that time then information on the zero day flaw would be revealed publicly.
This deadline passed without a patch addressing the flaw being pushed out, hence why it is common knowledge now.
Speaking about the issue, Microsoft said: “Microsoft has a customer commitment to investigate reported security issues and update impacted devices to protect customers.
“While we work to meet all researchers’ deadlines for disclosures, including short-term deadlines like in this scenario, developing a security update is a balance between timeliness and quality, and our ultimate goal is to help ensure maximum customer protection with minimal customer disruption.”
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