What you need to know
- Microsoft's patch for the PrintNightmare vulnerability is causing some printers to stop working.
- Zebra printers are among those affected by the update.
- Microsoft is aware of the issue and is working to address it within the next two business days.
A vulnerability known as PrintNightmare can be exploited to "install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights," according to Microsoft. Due to the severity of the issue, Microsoft issued an out-of-band update for several versions of Windows, including Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and even Windows 7. In addition to people reportedly finding ways around the patch, the fix also stops some printers from working.
Microsoft shared a statement with The Verge regarding the issue:
The company also explained that an updated patch that should address the issue is on the way in the next couple of days.
The PrintNightmare saga continues to evolve. While people report ways around the patch for the vulnerability, Microsoft claims that the patch works as intended, and is only ineffective when people change default registry settings.
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now MS says the printing problems with the recent KB5004945 update are "resolved" with the known issue rollback feature:
One of my Godex label printers stopped. The other didn't. The failed one has parallel to USB converter cable. The good one is USB direct. Hmmm.
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