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UPDATE: Microsoft MS010-015/KB977165 triggering BSOD on Windows XP and Vista devices

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment
It appears that the "Alureon Rootkit" is the culpret.  Microsoft has a an entry with great detail on how this was discovered and suggestions on how to proceed.
 
 

Microsoft MS010-015/KB977165 triggering BSOD on Windows XP and Vista devices

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment
There are manual fixes to bring a device back from a BSOD after applying MS010-015/KB977165.  Information on this problem is found below.
 
Backdoor.Tidserv (TDL3) is a threat that uses advanced rootkit technology to hide its presence in a system by infecting low-level kernel drivers and then covering its tracks. This is the cause for the reports of MS10-015/KB977165 making Windows XP and Vista devices get the BSOD.  Symantec’s official stance is as follows:

 

"Symantec detects these infected drivers on disk as Backdoor.Tidserv!inf, but recommends that the files are replaced manually, since attempting to remove the file automatically may render the system unbootable."

 

At this point it appears that Microsoft has not found a way around this but claims that there are a limited number of systems that have experienced this.  While they have discontinued the delivery of this update via Auomatic Updates this has given the writers of this code an opportunity to make modifications.  So maybe this patch will work no matter what when they try again and we will have a threat that we cannot detect on our systems.  Time will tell.

 

Source: http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/tidserv-and-ms10-015

 

Supporting References:

http://blogs.technet.com/msrc/archive/2010/02/12/update-restart-issues-after-installing-ms10-015.aspx 

http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/article/0,289142,sid14_gci1381423,00.html

http://blogs.technet.com/msrc/archive/2010/02/12/update-restart-issues-after-installing-ms10-015.aspx

 

Manual Fix:

https://patrickwbarnes.com/blog/2010/02/microsoft-update-kb977165-triggering-widespread-bsod/ 

Project Server: “The ActiveX control on which this feature depends could not be created”

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Background

When attempting to export information from a Project Center view or other PWA page using the Grid object, the system responds with the error "The ActiveX control on which this feature depends could not be created."

Resolution

  1. Go to Tools -> Internet Options
  2. Click on the Security tab
  3. Click on Trusted Sites
  4. Drag the Allowed levels for this zone slider control to Low
  5. Click on the Custom Levels button
  6. Scroll to the Active X controls and plug-ins section
  7. Enable the option to download unsigned Active X objects
  8. Click OK and OK again
  9. Retry your Excel export

Source: http://www.projectserverexperts.com/ProjectServerFAQKnowledgeBase/The%20ActiveX%20control%20on%20which%20this%20feature%20depends%20could%20not%20be%20created.aspx

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