April Patch Tuesday security update could cause system errors

Microsoft has pulled a faulty security update in MS13-036, part of its April 2013 Patch Tuesday release. Those who had installed it should remove it.

Microsoft has pulled back a security update released as part of its April 2013 Patch Tuesday bulletins, saying it could cause system errors when paired with certain third-party software.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant has taken down update No. 2823324 from its download center, which was featured in security bulletin MS13-036. Users that have already downloaded that particular update are being advised to uninstall it.

MS13-036, rated "important," patches vulnerabilities that, if exploited, could lead to elevation-of-privilege attacks on affected machines. The vulnerabilities are found in the Windows file system kernel-mode driver (ntfs.sys).

In a blog post Thursday, Dustin Childs, group manager for Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, responded to reports on the various issues resulting from the faulty update, saying, "Contrary to some reports, the system errors do not result in any data loss nor affect all Windows customers."

He added that the MS13-036 bulletin remains available for customers, but the faulty update in question has been removed.

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