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detsi Widows updates
Member 18th Apr, 2014 10:39
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Firstly, thank you, maurice, for your advice in the OpenVPN thread. I should explain that these queries are following a complete reinstall of Vista on my machine.

Secunia state that updates are required on these programs:

MS NET 2.X, 3.X,4.X. Vista. MSXML Core Services 3.X, 4.X, 6.X.

Yet Windows Updates tells me that I am up to date.

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Maurice Joyce RE: Widows updates
Handling Contributor 18th Apr, 2014 10:49
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Have you fixed Avast & Adobe Reader?

As for this thread perhaps best we deal with them one at a time. This should fix your MSXML issue:

MSXML ISSUES

The release note for MSXML 4 are here:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/2/D/A2D85...

Please note this SP was released before Windows 7 & 8 was produced therefore there is no mention of compatibility or support once installed - it works flawlessly with Windows 7 on both 32 & 64 Bit systems. I have NOT tested it on my Windows 8 PC because I have no old legacy programmes that require it to be installed.

Firstly, it is important to note the VERSION NUMBER currently installed which PSI gives in the vulnerability report because there are three possible solutions.

Solution 1
If PSI gives a version number starting 4.2 or 4.1 that indicates that the very old MSXML 4 SP2 or even older SP1 is installed which must be MANUALLY upgraded to MSXML 4 SP3 as follows:

Click this link: (please note that the system requirements for this download do state that Windows 7 is supported unlike the release notes)

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.as...

Once open activate the clearly marked download link called MSXML.MSI - 2.3 MB.

Once installed run & rerun Windows Update - there are some additional patches for MSXML 4 SP3.

On completion PSI will show MSXML 4 as secure with version 4.30.2117.0. like this:

https://1ncuig.bn1.livefilestore.com/y2pxjlzfYAdRa...

Solution 2
If PSI reveals the path to be 4.3 that almost certainly indicates that the latest Windows Update patch is not installed correctly. Run a Windows Update scan - if that reveals nothing try a manual update using this link:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.as...

Solution 3

If MSXML 4 SP3 BETA is installed ensure it is fully removed prior to using Solution 1. The Release Notes referred.

Hope this helps.

Revised 09:44 18/04/2014


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Maurice

Windows 7 SP1 64 Bit OS
HP Intel Pentium i7
IE 11 for Windows 7 SP1
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detsi RE: Widows updates
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Yes, the issues in my Open VPN thread are sorted. I updated both programs. Thanks.

Since my post in this thread Windows Updates has decided that there are more updates to be installed so I will run another Secunia scan when complete and get back to you. Thanks again for your advice so far.
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Maurice Joyce RE: Widows updates
Handling Contributor 18th Apr, 2014 11:23
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Thank you - Windows hopefully will keep updating your system - you may need to run a few manual Windows update to fetch them all.

You will still need to update MSMXL 4 manually as my last post suggests.

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detsi RE: Widows updates
Member 19th Apr, 2014 13:28
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Hi Maurice, Windows has finally completed its updates and I am back to green.
Once again, thanks for your help
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