We have had a report of problems with MS05-051. Here is what we have received. If anyone else is experiencing problems, please let us know.We have had a report of problems with MS05-051. Here is what we have received. If anyone else is experiencing problems, please let us know.
A number of people have reported weird problems with one of the MS patches released yesterday, specifically MS05-051 Vulnerabilities in MSDTC and COM+ Could Allow Remote Code Execution (902400).
Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Inability to visit Windows Update
- Inablility to use the Search tool off the Start Menu
- blank screen (no icons) upon login
- Symantec LiveUpdate stops working
- SpySweeper stops working
- problems with Office apps
- VirtualPC becomes extremely sluggish
Lee said he had spoken to a Microsoft engineer about this. From what he could tell:
"this issue is only affecting people with very specific NTFS permissions. If the C:\Winnt\Registration\ folder is locked down and cannot be written to by COM+ you will have errors similar to those listed in your alert. All of those tasks use COM+ in one way or another."
Uninstalling patch 902400 seems to do the trick for most folks. You may need to check the "Show Updates" box under Add/Remove Programs to see the hotfixes.