Samsung cripples Windows Update on its PCs, putting customers at risk
Samsung has been disabling Microsoft’s Windows Update on its desktops and notebooks, leaving customers vulnerable to malware that targets already-patched vulnerabilities, a researcher reported yesterday.
Microsoft confirmed the report, and said it is talking with Samsung about the Korean company crippling the default update service for all Windows PCs.
The discovery by Patrick Barker, a crash-debugging and reverse-engineering expert — and a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) — was triggered by a report on the Sysnative discussion forum that Windows Update was being randomly disabled on a user’s PC.
After Barker and others investigated, they concluded that Samsung’s own SW Update was disabling Microsoft’s Windows Update, the patch and update service for all consumers and many businesses. Like many OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), Samsung provides a homegrown tool to keep its drivers and third-party pre-installed software up to date.