Windows 10: Flash update for Insider and more WSUS issues

[German]Two more brief informations about Windows 10 and WSUS. Apparently Microsoft has released a flash update for the Windows 10 Insider Preview [RS5]. And the WSUS synchronizes these updates, but seems to have more issues.


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Windows 10 1809 KB4460093 Flash Player uUpdate

I noticed at German site deskmodder.de a report about Microsoft delivered the update KB4460093 for Windows 10 Insider Previews. This is a Flash Player security update for all Windows 10 V1803 machines in Fast Ring [Redstone 5 branch].

WSUS also sync Flash updates

German blog reader Markus K. points out – in the context of the WSUS synchronization issues (see Office 2016 September 3, 2018 updates breaks WSUS sync) – that his WSUS is synchronizing ‘strange updates’ and sent me the following screenshot.

WSUS Insider Preview-Updates

So the security updates from August 2018 for the Adobe Flash Player for the upcoming Windows 10 version 1809 (October 2018 update) are already offered there. Other WSUS users has confirmed this behavior within my German blog.

More WSUS issues

Another German blog reader commented here, that his WSUS has synchronization issues since this night (September 6, 2018). He got confirmation from another consultant, that observed this behavior on 2 randomly selected custom machines with WSUS.


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WSUS error messages:
WebException: The operation has timed out.
at System.Web.Services.Protocols.WebClientProtocol.GetWebResponse
(WebRequest request) at Microsoft.UpdateServices.ServerSync.ServerSyncCompressionProxy.
GetWebResponse(WebRequest webRequest)
at System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapHttpClientProtocol.Invoke
(String methodName, Object[] parameters) at Microsoft.UpdateServices.ServerSyncWebServices.ServerSync.ServerSyncProxy.
GetRevisionIdList(Cookie cookie, ServerSyncFilter filter)
at Microsoft.UpdateServices.ServerSync.CatalogSyncAgentCore.
WebserviceGetRevisionIdList(ServerSyncFilter filter, Boolean isConfigData)
at Microsoft.UpdateServices.ServerSync.CatalogSyncAgentCore.
ExecuteSyncProtocol(Boolean allowRedirect)

So it’s not a SOAP exception as described here, instead it’s WebExeption error. Addendum: I’ve outlined this error a bit more within my German blog post Windows 10: Flash-Update für Insider – und neue WSUS-Probleme.

It’s not a single incident – I would say, that some users commenting at askwoody.com within the thread Born: September non-security Office updates blamed for WSUS synchronization failures probably have the same error (although they don’t posted the error logs). Also some postes within this Technet forum thread indicates, that a new WSUS sync error, that isn’t related to the Office 2016 sync category, has been observed since September 6, 2018.

What may help?

I searched the internet for the error string given above and found several hits, also from 2018. Within this Technet thread there is a hint that firewall settings can be the cause of the timeout.

Another starting point would be to check whether Windows 10 clients are involved in the WSUS servers that are affected. A Microsoft partner suggested something like this on one of my Facebook posts.

And I found a thread at Spiceworks community, where some hints about the WebException: Timeout error has been posted. There is also a mentions of an article series about WSUS timeout issues:

WSUS Timeout Errors – When? AND why? Eliminating and avoiding
WSUS Timeout Errors – Removing unneeded update approvals
WSUS Timeout Errors – Too many updates
WSUS Timeout Errors – Defragment the filesystem
WSUS Timeout Errors – WSUS Database Maintenance

And here (broken) are more hints – maybe it helps.

Addendum: Microsoft has re-released some Office 2016 updates – maybe it fixes some issues, see Fix for Office 2016 updates related WSUS sync issues?


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