We have some legacy Windows 7 machines, all with valid ESU licenses from Microsoft.
These machines have been getting and installing updates via our WSUS servers for months without issue.
Recently, we've noticed that they fail to apply OS updates, although updates to other apps (e.g. Office) install without issue.
These installations fail after the 'restarting to apply update' phase.
Uninstalling the Endpoint product allows these updates to be installed without issue.
Anyone else seen anything similar?
Thanks in advance,
Apart from uninstalling the endpoint, have you tried any other troubleshooting around this? I'd recommend you try isolating the component by following this KBA and see if switching off one of the components resolves the issue. - https://support.sophos.com/support/s/article/KB-000036572?language=en_US
In short to my below, i have tried all of these steps regardless of whether the settigs do stay off during restart (as they all appear re-enabled upon the reboot into windows) but no resolve, turning them off one at a time and trying or all off togehter..updates still fail and revert the configuration upon update restart request. Removing Sophos Central currently appears the only way to get these updates installed.
Please if you have further suggestions feel free to provide.. I have since also tried the below without result;
All W7 machines are effected that have Sophos Central installe,d but gaain this appears to have changed only recently (about a week or two ago), as before they were all updating without issue...has a recent Sophos Central agent update gone out that caused an issue (although id expect other customers to maybe also be finding this issue otherwise?) our agent details the below version numbers;
Core Agent 126.96.36.199
Endpoint Advanced 10.8.11.3
Sophos Intercept X 2.0.22
We have also tried to put one of these devices into the early access BETA group, but this didnt appear to resolve the issue either. (but the only product that appeared to be altered from the above when we added this to the BETA early access was the interept X which went to 2.0.23.
To narrow down the issue a bit further, is it possible for you to try the following steps?
- From Sophos Central go to the "Devices" page and select the check-box next to a test device- Use the "Manage Endpoint Software" button to specify to remove all protection components
Once this is completed, the device in question will only have the "Core Agent" deployed.
If possible, I recommend testing if the Windows update proceeds in this state. If you suspect the issue is specifically with Intercept X however, we can re-deploy one of the scanning engines by using the following command with an installer package.
- SophosSetup.exe --products=antivirus
If the Windows Update succeeds in this state, it would lead us to believe it is in fact Intercept X which may be causing issues.You may even want to start by deploying the "Sophos Exploit Prevention cumulative hotfix" package to find out if this will help.
Let me know what your findings are.
Hi Kushal, many thanks for your messgae, i wasnt aware of this 'Manage Endpoint software' option in the console..seems a good way to remove all protection to help narrow down. I have therefore run this and to my surprise even with just the Core Agent on only as you stated when looking at the about details on the agent...and restarting..the updates still do not apply and revert and fail.
On this basis, can i assume this potentually narrows down the idea that its therefore not anything like intercept x causing this, and only the core agent was set and the device was st to No Protection..and therefore your above two additional points regarding the intercept x redeployent (which i didnt fully underdtand) and the hotfix are therefore irrelevant and no point in testing as it appears to be something in the core agent causing an issue...
Please let me know what else you suggest..i have also run a SDU (and sent this to support, including a process monitor log they requested of me (although not sent that yet as awaiting a ftp link as to large to email)...
Thanks, await your further assistance..
I've reached out via DM to request details on the support case you have opened. I would like to add some additional notes to progress things further.
The core agent consists of only a few components, of which I would assume the 'Endpoint Defense' component would be the most likely to interfere with an OS update. Considering the initial troubleshooting you performed isolated the Endpoint Defense driver already, I'm slowly running out of ideas.
I'll try testing this out in a VM to find out more and let you know if I find anything useful.
Hi Kushal...many thanks for your message and DM..i have replied to this with our case number as you requested.
I was able to perform an upload (in the end) for the Process Monitor boot log that the case rep had requested with yet another SDU straight afterwards..and sent these yesterday..so i hope to have some more information from sophos after they look at these..although im not sure how useful they are...as you say i think this is a very strange case, and im surprised its just ourselves having this issue and not a wider scale for all W7 users using Sophos Central (although im sure this number is reducing by the day with the move to W10 etc..but im sure a lot of companies still have a subset of legacy W7 machines).
As mentioned before, we have been fine up until start of November (dont have an exact date as to when we started seeing this but recent 2-3 weeks), updates applying as usual..so ive started to wonder if the Sophos Central agent itself has had some updates recently that maybe have caused this interference between the OS w7 specific updates applying (but again id expect other people to be getting the same issue)..very strange indeed, but starting to get critical now as more and more users are getting the w7 updates prompt repeating as the updates fail and obviously not being secure as now falling out of date with the updates..your help is much appreciated.
Also i have no idea if this is relevant, but after setting this test device to No Protection from your earlier message, the device of course still shows in the About Tamper Protection disabled, but Malicious Behaviour Detection enabled...whilst waiting for further support, i thought id also just try to turn this off in the Central admin policy that this device is assigned to under Runtime Protection..and updated the devices sophos central agent via about - update but Malicious Behaviour detection still remains enabled in the settings..only this and tamper are listed left..bu this still shows as enabled when it should be disabled based on the policy de-selections made?