Windows Patches causing server corruption
In an earlier Oracle News alert, we noted that
Microsoft patches are very different than UNIX patches, and they
often cannot be backed-out after “automatic update” application:
I sent my PC to a
shop that specialized in such matters and I was told that many
others had experienced the same problem and they were making
significant revenue from the poorly implemented Windows patches. I
Unlike UNIX and Linux patches, there is no
mechanism to back-up and recover from “bad” patches. It’s a one-way
trip to a server outage, with no safety net.
They would not be able to salvage my Windows
registry entries or my integrations with other products, and I need
to start over, almost from scratch.
Here we see another example of a Windows patch
that crippled an Oracle database:
I have an Oracle
Database installed in a Windows 2000 server, in last days I loaded
down some patches from windows to inprove security in the server but
after this the Data base is wrong, I can´t log in at it. The nex is
the error that it generates in the log archive.
Errors in file D:\Oracle\admin\migra\bdump\migraSMON.TRC:
ORA-00600: internal error code, arguments: [ktfdfinsert1], ,
, , , , , 
SMON: terminating instance due to error 600
Instance terminated by SMON, pid = 1300
According to this ZDNet January 2005 article,
Windows patches are causing problems in all areas of IT management:
That's despite the
fact that patches have frequently caused additional problems within
corporate networks by turning off needed functions, or because the
fixes themselves have had flaws.
Back in 2004, Todd
Towles, a network systems analyst for a medium-size retail chain,
was overseeing 40 Windows NT workstations that were a low patching
priority, since most security threats focused on Windows XP 2000.
One time, he patched the systems before fully testing the fix and
immediately encountered problems.
"Five of them
blue-screened on reboot, which didn't go over well with the
professionals who were using them," Towles said.
In this February 2005 article, the author notes
that his Windows machine was “crippled” by a Microsoft patch.
Day 1: Yippee! The
download was successful. I rebooted and after a slow boot I was
informed that SP2 was now all mine and I let it get on with its
updating. After which, I rebooted, and yet again it was slow but I
put it all down to part of the updating process.
Day 2: Suspicion,
coupled with furrowed brow, was my response on the morning of day
two. My PC was really slow in booting up but again I thought it's
probably just some 'update' thing. Hell, I had a muffin, I was happy
– what the hell?
Day 3: My PC was
greeted by flying spittle and a colourful montage of expletives
involving anatomy, maternal figures and copulation.
Day 4-14: Every
day since then has been one of resignation that my PC has bypassed
middle age and gone straight to prehistoric.