Microsoft rolled into 2021 with a reasonably benign replace cycle for Home windows and Microsoft Workplace methods, delivering 83 updates for January.

Yes, there’s an replace to Home windows defender (CVE-2021-1647) that has been reported as exploited. Sure, there was a publicly disclosed concern (CVE-2021-1648) within the Home windows printing subsystem. However there are not any Zero-days and no “Patch Now” suggestions for this month. There are, nonetheless, numerous function and performance teams “touched” by these updates; we suggest a complete take a look at of printing and key graphics areas earlier than basic Home windows replace deployment.

In the meantime, for Workplace we suggest sticking with a modest-paced rollout with a concentrate on Phrase and Excel testing.

Now we have included an infographic that this month seems to be slightly lopsided since the entire consideration must be on Home windows elements

Key testing eventualities

Working with Microsoft, we’ve developed a system that interrogates Microsoft updates and matches any file modifications (deltas) launched every month towards our testing library. The result’s a “hot-spot” testing matrix that helps drive our portfolio testing course of. This month, our evaluation of this Patch Tuesday launch generated the next testing eventualities:

  • The Microsoft SPLWOW64 sub-system has been up to date in the way it communicates with the GDI system. Testing eventualities are an identical to the November Microsoft replace launch cycle. We suggest that you simply run take a look at print jobs from all your browsers, Workplace, and your core line of enterprise functions. Trace: print totally different sizes of paperwork — go for the bigger ones, and check out printing to a file (PDF).

After a radical testing of your printing assets (keep in mind to incorporate distant printing by RDP), you also needs to take a look at the next areas:

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