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Windows patch cripples XP with blue screen


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#1 tork

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 02:31 PM

Windows patch cripples XP with blue screen, users claim

Tuesday's security updates from Microsoft have crippled Windows XP PCs with the notorious Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), users have reported on the company's support forum....Several users tentatively identified the MS10-015 update as the one which triggered the BSOD, and claimed that uninstalling that security fix -- which was labeled as KB977165 -- returned their PC to working condition.

Windows patch cripples XP with blue screen, users claim...


If you use Windows XP and havenít yet updated your system with the applicable security updates that Microsoft issued Tuesday , you might want to hold off for a bit. Turns out, a non-trivial number of XP users are reporting that their systems suffer from the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) and fall into an interminable reboot loop after installing the latest batch of patches from Redmond.

The problem seems to be affecting only some XP systems. This thread on a Microsoft.com answers forum seems to include a fix that works. However, the fix requires users to have their XP install CD handy (in a practice that should be outlawed, many computer makers get away with shipping systems without an install/reinstall disc)...

New Patches Cause BSOD

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 12:42 AM

Microsoft Says Malware Causing Blue Screen Crashes

http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20100212/t...uescreencrashes

A hard-to-detect rootkit may be causing Windows XP systems to crash following Microsoft's latest security updates.

Windows users began flooding Windows support forums this week, saying that their computers had been rendered unusable with a blue-screen-of-death (BSOD) error after installing Microsoft's February security updates, released Tuesday. On Thursday, Microsoft stopped shipping the MS10-015 update, which had been linked to the issue, and said it was investigating.

On Friday, Microsoft offered a preliminary conclusion, saying that malicious software may be to blame. "Malware on the system can cause the behavior," wrote Microsoft spokesman Jerry Bryant on a company blog. "We are not yet ruling out other potential causes at this time and are still investigating."

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Because TDSS uses crafty techniques to hide itself on the operating system, many antivirus programs have a hard time detecting it, said Roel Schouwenberg, a Kaspersky antivirus researcher. "The more I look into it, the more plausible it becomes that this is indeed the (main) issue behind the BSOD. MS10-015 is a kernel update with atapi.sys containing the extremely advanced TDSS kernel rootkit," he said via instant message. "Microsoft pulling the patch obviously says something about how widespread this thing is."

Barnes' repair instructions "make sense," Schouwenberg said. "Given the nature of the BSOD I doubt there's an easier way."

Microsoft has said that the issue affects a "limited number" of customers.


I am running XP Home SP3 and had no trouble after installing the updates.

Edited by Union_Thug, 14 February 2010 - 12:43 AM.


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Posted 16 February 2010 - 03:27 AM

same here, with DELL workstations. as per other post it cause by malware infections.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 08:54 AM

From an enterprise systems POV, is it better to BSOD these devices, or leave them infected and undetected?

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 09:21 AM

From an enterprise systems POV, is it better to BSOD these devices, or leave them infected and undetected?


I read that the BSOD's due to the Micro$oft patch affected mainly XP users. I wonder how many will say "my 'old skool' computer has done broked, I needz to git a new one".....

and they will go out and buy a Win7 64-bit PC.

Problem solved.

Good job Micro$haft!


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Posted 16 February 2010 - 09:29 AM

On last November we've blogged about a new rootkit spreading around the net. That rootkit, called TDL3 or TDSS or Tidserv (there are many different names for the same malware, as often happens between various security companies) was pretty scaring because of the new way it compromised the system, by using both improved and new tricks. ...On last Tuesday Microsoft released a number of Windows updates, some of them critical because they fixed a 17 years old bug. After some users updated their Windows operating systems, they got a scaring and really annoying blue screen of death...

Most of those users were angry with Microsoft, but the problem this time is not related to Microsoft. Indeed a number of the users affected by this BSOD was infected by TDL3/TDSS rootkit....

More exactly, TDL3 rootkit looks incompatible with MS10-015 update. This is the cause of the BSOD. Problem resides in the lazyness of rootkit writers when writing the driver infection routine. ...Sadly the number of users affected by this BSOD is quite high and this means the rootkit infection is quickly spreading....

BSOD after MS10-015? TDL3 authors "apologize"

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 06:26 PM

Rootkit Authors Issue Patch For Critical Bug

Hackers update rootkit causing Windows blue screens

Resolve conflict with Microsoft update so users don't notice infection.

Hackers behind the rootkit responsible for crippling Windows machines after users installed a Microsoft security patch have updated their malware so that it no longer crashes systems, researchers confirmed today...


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Posted 03 March 2010 - 07:06 AM

Microsoft again pushes patch linked to Windows blue screens

Adds rootkit detection so patch isn't installed on infected PCs.

Microsoft today said it had restarted distribution of a security update that had crippled some Windows PCs last month with reboot problems and Blue Screen of Death error screens.


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