Samsung performs U-turn on Windows Update disabler.
Samsung Electronics on Friday announced it would release a tool to counter its own SW Update facility that was caught disabling the auto-feature on Windows Update, The Register reported.
Last week an independent security researcher investigating the random
disabling of Microsoft's automatic maintenance feature, found the culprit to be
a program called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe, which he said was bundled with SW
Update, a proprietary driver updater that ships with Samsung PCs. The researcher pointed out that disabling Windows Update could put machines at risk of cyber attack.
A Samsung technical support engineer explained to The Register
that the bloatware disabled Windows own feature to stop Microsoft automatically
patching Samsung machines with default drivers, instead of those the South
Korean firm had written to work optimally with its own hardware. However, a subsequent
official statement from Samsung said the company did not disable Windows Update
and invited customers to call an 800 number if they had any concerns.
Microsoft, meanwhile, reiterated earlier standard statements
that it "[did] not recommend disabling or modifying Windows Update in any way
as this could expose a customer to increased security risks".
Samsung's statement announcing amended updates said it the
company had "a commitment to security and we continue to value our partnership
with Microsoft". The allusion to the OEM partnership led The Register to
speculate that Microsoft may have had a hand in Samsung's rapid response. Redmond
may not only be concerned with security but with system stability on consumer
machines after the release of Windows 10, which will need frequent patching in
the early days.
"We will be issuing a patch through the Samsung
Software Update notification process to revert back to the recommended
automatic Windows Update settings within a few days," Samsung announced in its
statement. "Samsung remains committed to providing a trustworthy user
experience and we encourage customers with product questions or concerns to
contact us directly."
Samsung's U-turn mirrors a similar adjustment to
that of Lenovo, which had to release a software tool in February to
automatically remove its Superfish Visual Discovery adware from PCs, after
security specialists accused it of spying on traffic between browser and
server, and faking certificates to plant adverts in secure websites.
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