eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update - Updated Engine

 
 
By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2007-09-13
 
 
 

eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update

Amid reports that Microsoft's Automatic Updates was performing unauthorized updates of itself, Microsoft Watchs Joe Wilcox asked eWEEK Labs to check to see whether the allegations were true. Combing through the Event Viewer logs on several computers I ma

eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update

eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update - Updates ?ö?ç??Denied'

Ive specifically chosen to allow Automatic Updates to download new code when available, but to wait for my approval before actually installing anything so I can review the Knowledge Base articles.

eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update - Updates ?ö?ç??Denied'

eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update - Updates Engaged

On Aug. 23, Automatic Updates engaged itself in the background on my Windows XP workstation.

eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update - Updates Engaged

eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update - Updates Installed

Automatic Updates proceeded to install a patch without my consent. Note the lack of information about the patch, as there is no associated Knowledge Base article to reference.

eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update - Updates Installed

eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update - Normal Procedure

In comparison, this recent patch provides a Knowledge Base article ID and states that it is awaiting my instructions before installation.

eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update - Normal Procedure

eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update - Updated Engine

The secretive patch updated the Automatic Updates engine to version 7.0.6000.381. Reports indicate that the patch updates a total of nine files on both Windows Vista and XP.

eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update - Updated Engine

eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update - For Updates, Visit My Blog

For updates, go to my blog, http://blogs.eweek.com/signaling_it/.

eWEEK Labs Verifies Unauthorized Windows Update - For Updates, Visit My Blog

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