Tuesday, May 24, 2022

What’s not to love with this month’s Patch Tuesday?


With only 53 updates in the February Patch Tuesday collection released this week — and no updates for Microsoft browsers — you’d be forgiven for thinking we had another easy month (after a light December and January). Despite lower-than-average numbers for updates and patches, four vulnerabilities have been publicly disclosed and we are seeing a growing number of reports of exploits in the wild.

In short: this is a big, important update that will require immediate attention and a rapid response to testing and deployment.

For example, Microsoft has just released an out-of-band update to fix a Wi-Fi issue that is leading to Blue Screens of Death (BSODs). Somebody is going to run into trouble unless this gets fixed fast. We have included a helpful infographic that this month looks a little lopsided (again), as all of the attention should be on the Windows components

Key testing scenarios

Working with Microsoft, we developed a system that interrogates Microsoft updates and matches any file changes (deltas) released each month against our testing library. The result is a “hot-spot” matrix that helps drive our portfolio testing process. This month, our analysis of this Patch Tuesday release generated the following testing scenarios:

There are no high-risk functional changes expected this month, though we recommend the following testing regimes:

Known issues

Each month, Microsoft includes a list of known issues that relate to the operating system and platforms that are included in this update cycle. I have referenced a few key issues that relate to the latest builds from Microsoft, including:

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