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Samsung To Issue Windows Update Patch

Samsung promises a patch to restore Windows Update to its recommended settings after messing with the update process.

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Samsung is in the spotlight – and not in a good way. Reports surfaced last week claiming that the company was automatically killing the Windows Update process on its Windows PCs.

Suspicion first arose when Microsoft researcher Patrick Barker discovered a program called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe. The program, embedded in Samsung's software update process, was intended to prevent Windows Update from automatically installing feature upgrades and security fixes (Microsoft's recommended method).

Customers using Samsung PCs could manually update their devices to receive new security fixes. They could have also switched Windows Update back on, but Samsung's program was designed to disable it again after a reboot.

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Microsoft was, understandably, less than pleased and reported that it does not advise tampering with the Windows Update process. Doing so, it said, could expose customers to security risk.

Samsung initially denied all accusations of fishy business. "It is not true that we are blocking a Windows 8.1 operating system update on our computers," officials wrote. This sparked confusion, as Windows 8.1 updates had not specifically been mentioned in Barker's original complaint.

"I never implied [Samsung] specifically blocked a 'Windows 8.1 OS system update'," he claimed, "just that their SW Update software is preventing Windows Update from automatically installing updates."

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(Image: AndreyPopov/iStockPhoto)

Now it seems the two companies have had a chance to talk things over, and Samsung has had a change of heart. It provided an update in a statement to VentureBeat late last week:

"Samsung has a commitment to security and we continue to value our partnership with Microsoft," a spokesperson stated. "We will be issuing a patch through the Samsung Software Update notification process to revert back to the recommended automatic Windows Update settings within a few days."

Windows 10, which Microsoft will launch later this summer, won't give consumers the option of selecting the updates they want to install on their PCs. Rather, the new system will automatically download and install all updates and fixes by default.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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6/30/2015 | 9:55:10 AM
Re: Why?
I wonder why Samsung would take such a decision and how Microsoft would react to it. 
Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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6/30/2015 | 9:41:56 AM
Re: Why?
Thomas,

The Answer is basically that Samsung was too busy trying to protect and Holdonto their Bloatware which just makes PCs go slower and is basically still incompatible with Windows 8.1

More from Graham Cluley-grahamcluley.com/2015/06/samsung-disabled-windows-update

Really,really foolish move on Samsung's part ;especially when one realizes that Zero-day bugs are happily tracked and hunted in the Wild on the Internet today.Any move to REDUCE basic Software protection is really,really dumb.

Regards

Ashish.

 
Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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6/30/2015 | 9:35:13 AM
Re: Why?
Gary,

I don't think this was the only reason why Samsung blocked Windows Updates.

They did because(atleast initially);they wanted to give Consumers more Control over when they can update their Systems-www.bbc.com/news/technology-33269868

To me (personally) it just feels like a case of one Company trying to gain an ego-boost over the other.

I think it was really-really foolish on Samsung's part to think that they can give Consumers control over such a critical issue(especially at a time when Zero-Day Vulnerabilities are getting targetted like theirs no tommorow;Check out the latest Adobe Flash Player zero-day bug hackers for starters).

But then,I am a security Guy and look at everything from that Angle only.

What do Marketers and Company Execs feel about this issue?

I daresay the feeling might be a little more different.

 

 

 

 
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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6/29/2015 | 7:26:04 PM
Re: Why?
I read earlier, on this same website, that the reason was that Microsoft Update would automatically update a driver for Samsung's USB 3.0 port. The peculiarities of that port were incompatible with with the Microsoft driver. I wonder how they got around that issue?
Thomas Claburn
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6/29/2015 | 6:52:30 PM
Why?
What would Samsung gain by blocking updates?
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