Microsoft seems to have issued a buggy update in this month’s Patch Tuesday update cycle that is said to have broken down several applications, both on Windows 7 and Windows XP.
The MS13-057 security update on Windows 7 (KB2803821) and Windows XP (KB2834904) breaks down a number of Windows applications, Steam games, YouTube video playback, even advanced programs like Adobe Premier Pro and more.
Redmond explained in its security advisory that this particular patch is aimed at Windows Media Format Runtime 9 and 9.5 (wmvdmod.dll), and at Windows Media Player 11 and 12 — in other words, the tricky and treacherous territory of multimedia.
Needless to say, if you are yet to apply this particular update stay put, and wait for more information to surface on this before hitting download.
In fact, several companies and software vendors have posted about this faulty update.
TechSmith, the maker of the popular Camtasia Studio warn about the bug in an advisory, while Adobe has posted a support knowledgebase article explaining that the cause is the fault update delivered by Microsoft last week.
As of right now Microsoft is yet to publicly acknowledge this issue, but as was the case in the past, the company is most likely keeping an eye on thing and trying to pinpoint the problem. Expect an official comment soon and more information to be provided on the matter in the very near future.