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5 Companies That Had A Rough Week

For the week ending Aug. 16, CRN looks at IT companies that were unfortunate, unsuccessful, or just didn't make good decisions.

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Microsoft Offers A Software Fix For Its, Uh, Software Fix

Microsoft had to pull a critical Exchange 2013 security patch less than 12 hours after releasing it as part of this week's Patch Tuesday update.

The original patch, MS13-061 security update, was designed to fix several vulnerabilities in Exchange 2013 that could open the door for remote code execution and leave the program vulnerable to hackers. But once the patch was out it was found to corrupt the Exchange index database, causing problems for Exchange users searching for email stored on corporate networks.

Microsoft posted a workaround for anyone who had installed the server patch and was experiencing problems.

Microsoft has released a number of patches this year that have not been fully baked, Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of security and compliance software provider Qualys, Redwood City, Calif., told CRN.

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