Windows 10 build 10041 receives updates, addresses vulnerabilities, Start screen issues, and more

Kareem Anderson

Tuesday updates for Build 10041 address vulnerabilites, task view, and start screen issues

Some of you may be like me and check for an update every Tuesday for your Windows device. Usually if there are no big updates, you can at least count on a Windows Defender update. Well, today’s updates pack a few more tweaks than just updating Windows Defender.

According to Gabe Aul, the General Manager of the OSG Data and Fundamentals team over at Microsoft, there is an update waiting for Insiders running Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10041. There are three updates, addressing issues with the Start screen transparency, a fix for the Task View, and a patch for a pretty nasty vulnerability.

Update (KB3050284)

  • This update resolves a problem that may result in a transparent Start screen and Task view, transparencies when snapping or dragging windows, and can cause desktop thumbnails to appear as black squares.
  • This update resolves a problem that results in severe graphical artifacts on screen when Magnifier is launched in docked or lens mode.
  • This update contains a reliability improvement to resolve a common system crash.

Update (KB3050279)

  • Sharing the desktop in a meeting causes remote users to see a black rectangle instead of the desktop in the Lync client.
  • On Microsoft Surface Hub, selecting the I’m Done button may cause the user interface to crash, thus making the Call, Whiteboard, and Connect buttons nonfunctional.
  • If the Connect app is closed via the task switcher and then restarted, it may crash.

Patch (MS15-031)

  • This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that facilitates exploitation of the publicly disclosed FREAK technique, an industry-wide issue that is not specific to Windows operating systems. This vulnerability could allow a man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacker to force the key length of an RSA key to be downgraded to EXPORT-grade length in a TLS connection. Any Windows system that uses Schannel to connect to a remote TLS server by using an insecure cipher suite is affected.

If you’re an Insider currently running Build 10041, take out 10 minutes today and visit the Settings app to grab the new updates.