Can you trust Automatic Updates?

Ed Bott — Microsoft's Adrian Stone must have been reading my recent posts (here and here) about problems with Windows Update. That's the only conclusion I can draw from this comment on the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog: Speaking of downloading updates I also want to clarify some questions I have heard lately regarding why […]

Ed Bott — Microsoft's Adrian Stone must have been reading my recent posts (here and here) about problems with Windows Update. That's the only conclusion I can draw from this comment on the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:

Speaking of downloading updates I also want to clarify some questions I have heard lately regarding why some customers have seen MS06-040 downloaded or installed while some of the other updates have not appeared yet during the same interval. With Windows Update we have the ability to prioritize updates in order to ensure that we are providing the broadest customer distribution possible for a particular update or set of updates given the relative threat. Prioritizing of the updates is done taking into account the threats identified with each individual release. As we have seen and has been identified by others the threat presented by the vulnerability addressed in MS06-040 prompted us to do everything possible to ensure that customers received the update with the highest possible priority. The is a normal behavior and if you have not seen the rest of this months updates yet on your computer rest assured they are coming and this is perfectly normal. [Emphasis added] | Continue reading