Microsoft has confirmed that vulnerabilities that have been affecting printing on Windows are now causing issues on Windows 11. Specifically, the patches the company has rolled out are causing compatibility issues with printing. Microsoft says there are now three new printer problems, which are also affecting Windows 11.
The company says printers may fail when installation on some networks. This seems to be happening when a printer is connecting to a network for the first time. To workaround this issue, IT admins should install printer drivers through other methods. That is because the problem only affects automatic and installation processes.
Next, Microsoft confirms some printing properties are not properly transferring to print servers. This is specific to print servers and does not stop printing operations. Admins can work around this problem by installing drivers through other methods.
Finally, Windows 11 and Windows 10 users may also see printer fail to install via Internet Printing Protocol (IPP).
Microsoft has had its share of Windows printing issues this year through the PrintNightmare problem.
PrintNightmare started as From an exploit PoC accidentally leaking online in June, to Microsoft later issuing an emergency out of band patch.
It was spotted by security researchers at Sangfor, the flaw became active when the group accidentally released the proof-of-concept (PoC). This gave attackers the knowledge of how to exploit the flaw, meaning they could conduct remote execution code attacks to gain system-level privileges.
Despite patches, PrintNightmare returned in August, prompting Microsoft to take action again. As we reported in September, those new patches also caused issues.
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