Microsoft Patches 17-Year-Old Bug, But Fix May Crash Systems

A few weeks back, Microsoft confirmed the existence of a 17-year-old bug in all 32-bit versions of Windows that could, under certain circumstances, be used to gain control of a system. The flaw's usefulness was limited, since anyone with administrative access to a system probably doesn't need a hack to gain control of it, but Redmond issued a patch (KB977165) anyway.

Unfortunately, Microsoft may have traded a bit of embarassment over the continued existence of such an old problem for a full-on facepalm. After the company released its latest set of security patches on Tuesday, Windows XP users began complaining that the update crashes their systems. Attempting to boot, either normally or in safe mode, reportedly causes BSODs; the appropriate forum thread is located here.

Not pictured:  Picard's netbook.

Microsoft has already identified a potential work-around, but the fix requires that the customer have access to the Windows XP Recovery Console. This, in turn, requires a Windows XP disc, but the vast majority of netbook vendors don't actually ship XP discs with their systems. Those of you without access to this rather important bit of media will presumably need to wait for additional repair information or resign yourself to reinstalling from scratch.

We at Hot Hardware would like to note that this issue does not affect all Windows XP systems that are patched with KB977165. It just so happens that we've got a system handy with an absolutely fresh install of XP SP3 that had been fully patched as of Sunday. We downloaded KB977165, ran it, and the system rebooted with no trouble whatsoever. This may be cold comfort to anyone sitting on a useless netbook at the moment, but whatever it is that is causing the BSODs, it's not universal.
Via:  ComputerWorld
3vi1 4 years ago

gibbersome 4 years ago

LOL 3vi1, that was hilarious! Warp me to Halifax!


Except for XP, is the bug affecting other versions of Windows?

Soupstyle 4 years ago

LoL 3vi1.

digitaldd, we will have that problem again in 15~25 years about people still running 32 bit apps instead of 64 bit ones on 128 bit systems :P

digitaldd 4 years ago

[quote user="Soupstyle"]

LoL 3vi1.

digitaldd, we will have that problem again in 15~25 years about people still running 32 bit apps instead of 64 bit ones on 128 bit systems :P



And those same enterprises might finally be retiring the 16-bit apps they are still holding onto with a kung-fu grip by then. :)


rapid1 4 years ago

A 17 year old bug that in general has not been noticed is more of a iniquity is it not lol. They should donate to the Smithsonian, especially after they drop XP in what June or July.

acarzt 4 years ago

an other good reason to always have a good back up. :-)

Drago 4 years ago

Another good reason to not be the guinea pigs and only install month old updates that dont have issues, that or run Windows 98se on dialup, like who is going to bother to hack that?

M-ManLA 4 years ago

I hate when manufactures don't ship products with the OS disc. So frustrating!

3vi1 4 years ago

Don't blame the manufacturers: around the time Microsoft released Win2k, they instituted a policy where vendors who licensed Windows could only include a recovery CD and not a full install CD (was never announce publicly, but a MS rep confirmed to InfoWorld in July 2000).

The manufacturers who do include real OS install media are probably charging you wholesale for the additional copy.

Joel H 4 years ago


Which is ok by me, actually. In general, I think manufacturers should at least offer the option. If the image disc is enough for you, great. If you want the full version, also great.

bighorse 4 years ago

That was funny 3vi1. That is the Microsoft way, Look at us we fixed a problem. Then BAM! your system fails and causes all havoc. Or they used this as a ploy to get people to upgrade to Windows 7. During the reign of XP, most manufactures depended on the customer to make back up media. Most people didn't make that disc and now are having more problems. Then Microsoft flys in to say hey buy my NEW product and that will fix all your problems.

digitaldd 4 years ago

I wonder who is still running 16-bit apps though. Oh yeah enterprises that developed apps years ago that they feel it is too expensive to recode and replace with 32-bit ones. Confused

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