Microsoft's April 2020 Patch Tuesday arrives with fixes for 3 zero-day exploits and 15...

Humza

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Microsoft's Patch Tuesday for April 2020 comes at a crucial time for businesses and consumers, especially IT staff, who have to ensure workflow stability in the currently expanding WFH landscape.

They also have to maintain the delicate balance of protecting systems from glaring security threats like zero-day exploits and critical flaws, while making sure the available fixes don't create a ripple of new headaches, given Microsoft's sketchy track record with updates.

With that said, it's still important to remain informed on the company's latest security release, which packs a total of 113 fixes across the following software:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Edge (EdgeHTML-based)
  • Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based)
  • ChakraCore
  • Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office and Microsoft Office Services and Web Apps
  • Windows Defender
  • Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • Microsoft Apps for Android
  • Microsoft Apps for Mac

The update also includes fixes for the recently discovered zero-day vulnerabilities related to the Windows Adobe Font Manager Library. For those interested, Bleeping Computer has compiled a detailed report on all issues addressed in this security update.

Last month, Microsoft decided to suspend all optional Windows 10 updates from May 2020 onwards due to the coronavirus, in favor of prioritizing security updates like this one. The company is now also delaying its end of support deadline for older versions of Windows 10 and other products by an additional six months.

"As a member of the global community, we want to contribute to reducing the stress our customers face right now," says Microsoft and has updated the end of support timelines as follows:

  • Windows 10, version 1709 (Enterprise, Education, IoT Enterprise): Final security update will now be released on October 13, 2020, instead of April 14, 2020.
  • Windows 10, version 1809 (Home, Pro, Pro Education, Pro for Workstations, IoT Core): Final security update will now be released on October 13, 2020, instead of April 14, 2020.
  • Windows Server, version 1809 (Datacenter, Standard): Final security update will now be released on November 10, 2020, instead of May 12, 2020.
  • Configuration Manager (current branch), version 1810: End of support now extended to December 1, 2020, from May 27, 2020.
  • SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2010, and Project Server 2010: End of support now extended to April 13, 2021, from October 13, 2020.
  • Dynamics 365 cloud services: Depreciation date for the Customer Engagement legacy web client is now delayed to December 2020, from October 2020.
  • Basic Authentication: Disablement of Exchange Online's basic authentication module has been postponed until the second half of 2021.

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ScottSoapbox

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"Windows users and IT admins have their work cut out in applying Microsoft's latest security update"

Still just clicking the update button.
 

Ean Mogg

Posts: 167   +79
STILL HAVEN'T FIXED THE BLOODY ON SCREEN KEYBOARD ERRORS ARGH.... I know it's not as bad as Zero day, Security and critical updates but as the Many errors with OSK are on Tablets from all companies, they could at least attempt something as it's been going on since Windows 10 has been out as far as I know.
 

PEnnn

Posts: 611   +580
They still haven't fixed the internet / WiFi huge slowdown that came with this update, and the previous one too!!

Had to rollback this update which required a reboot....only to have Windows reinstall the same stupid update after it booted!! After 3 tries with same results (including disabling Window Update in Services) and no progress, System Restore put an end to this lunacy.

Windows Updates are now banned here or at least 6 months!
PS: Please spare me the usual "get Linux" BS.
 

Red999

Posts: 100   +37
They still haven't fixed the internet / WiFi huge slowdown that came with this update, and the previous one too!!

Had to rollback this update which required a reboot....only to have Windows reinstall the same stupid update after it booted!! After 3 tries with same results (including disabling Window Update in Services) and no progress, System Restore put an end to this lunacy.

Windows Updates are now banned here or at least 6 months!
PS: Please spare me the usual "get Linux" BS.
Downgrade to windows 8.1 if your hardware use skylake processor or older.
I know many people hates 8.1 but I found it more stable than windows 10. At least with 8.1, I don't need to worry of my haswell laptop hang when waking up from sleep.
 

Sorileus86

Posts: 35   +15
They need to focus on fixing the damn refresh rate issue in Windows 10, ever since I got my 5700XT I've had an issue where at 60hz the screen will flicker or blink literally every second, even without drivers it'll do it. But if I change to 59Hz its fine in both cases, with or without drivers.

It might be related that I'm using a TV and not a monitor, but it's never had issues before with my previous card, which was a R9-390X.