December 4, 2016

Microsoft patches Kernel-Mode driver after blue screen of death issues

microsoft logo(LiveHacking.Com) – Microsoft has released a new patch to replace the Kernel-Mode driver update which was released as part of April’s Patch Tuesday. Problems started to arise with the update and Microsoft had to pull the patch. Peculiar to Windows 7, the patch could put systems into a situation where they failed to recover from a reboot (as they just keep rebooting) or make certain applications (specifically from Kaspersky) fail.

According to a Microsoft knowledge base article the symptoms are either an Event ID 55 or a 0xc000021a Stop error during the boot process. The Event ID 55 will wrongly claim that file system structure on the disk is corrupt and unusable and force the run of the Chkdsk utility. The Stop error will simply say that the Session Manager Initialization system process terminated unexpectedly and the system will shutdown. Any attempt to reboot will likely results in the same stop code.

The new update, KB2840149, has been rebuilt and still addresses the Moderate security issue described in MS13-036 but without the previous problems. For those with automatic updates enabled, you won’t need to take any actions. If you are applying updates manually Microsoft recommends you apply this update as soon as possible.

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