Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 12th Jan 2006 07:36 UTC, submitted by Resolution
Bugs & Viruses Users of Windows who have set the Automatic Updates option to "Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them" were surprised to find that the latest WMF patch had overridden these settings and not only installed the patch, but rebooted the machines as well.
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Maybe...
by Jarsto on Thu 12th Jan 2006 08:59 UTC
Jarsto
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2005-10-06

they used the WMF exploit to install the patch without delay.

Seriously, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't do this on purpose, but the fact that it can apparently happen by accident makes me glad I'm on Linux these days. The fact that users are (probably) given a warning when it happens does little to comfort me. I'm away from the keyboard (and the monitor) at least 50% of the time that my computer's switched on. I try not to leave anything unsaved for too long as a general rule, but it still happens regularly.

If I got a nice warning box saying "Your system will reboot in a minute, please save any unsaved data" there's a 50% I wouldn't be there to see it, and a 50% chance that there would be unsaved data. Which means a 25% chance of (some) data being lost. Not a chance I particularly want to face.

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RE: Maybe...
by Tom K on Thu 12th Jan 2006 09:09 in reply to "Maybe..."
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

Except it's all rumours.

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RE[2]: Maybe...
by Dark_Knight on Thu 12th Jan 2006 17:53 in reply to "RE: Maybe..."
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2005-07-10

Re: "Except it's all rumours."

What made you come to that conclusion? Did you even read the article which listed several reports from various users that their systems rebooted on their own after forcing the patch to be installed?

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