May Patch Tuesday update causing boot issues for some Windows 10 PCs

Carlton Robbins
May 10, 2018

The zero-day attack targeted victims via malicious Microsoft Word documents.

Of the remaining marked "critical", a strong browser theme is apparent with an assorted dozen scripting engine memory corruption browser flaws affecting Edge and Internet Explorer, plus four more affecting Edge's Chakra JavaScript engine.

Security experts recommend all Windows users - individuals and businesses alike - patch this flaw as quickly as possible. CVE-2018-8174 affects not only IE but also any other projects that embed the IE web rendering engine. Also that the complete session will soon be posted to Microsoft Build website.

Also arriving in the preview build are some additional hints of Microsoft's Fluent Design System such as the acrylic title bar in Sets. This code can then run with the same privileges as the logged-in user on the system.

"To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would first have to log on to the system", according to Microsoft's security advisory.

"Microsoft has released patches that resolve over 60 separate vulnerabilities including an update for Flash Player that addresses a critical Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability", said Wiseman. They include both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.

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The update for the Mail app is available from the Microsoft Store now.

In addition, it fixed CVE-2018-0959, which an attacker could exploit via a guest operating system on Hyper-V, again to execute arbitrary code.

If you believe you're affected by the issue, Microsoft advises rolling back to Windows 10 version 1709 and waiting for an official resolution before reinstalling the update. The flaw in Windows 10 and Windows Server, designated CVE-2018-8170, had been publicly reported but has not yet been seen in in-the-wild attacks.

Microsoft's Tuesday security alert also references fixes from Adobe. "That would definitely make it so that the OS updates this month are a high priority". The Timeline feature - which made it to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update - has also received an expansion.

Microsoft has announced that it's blocking some systems based on Intel SSDs from receiving the Windows 10 April 2018 update. However, a large number of users on Microsoft's Answers forum say they've hit the same issue while trying to install the update.

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