Microsoft Admits Windows Server Crash Chaos: Critical Fix on the Horizon

Key Takeaways

  • Microsoft acknowledges critical memory leak issue in Windows Server security update, causing widespread crashes.
  • LSASS process memory leak affects multiple Windows Server versions, prompting system failures.
  • Microsoft actively developing fix for memory leak problem, with no workaround currently available.

Microsoft has acknowledged a significant memory leak issue caused by the March 2024 Windows Server security update. The update caused widespread crashes among Windows domain controllers.

Microsoft Leak Details

Microsoft has confirmed that the problem arises from an update (OS Build 20348.2340, KB5035857) released on March 12. It impacts Windows Server 2022, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

The memory leak occurs within the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) process. As reported by affected admins, it leads to increased memory usage until system failure.

Microsoft has emphasized that only environments in organizations using specific Windows Server platforms are affected by the update, with Home devices remaining unaffected.

How Microsoft Resolves the Issue

Microsoft acknowledges the severity of the issue. However, it has assured users that it is developing a fix, which will be released in the coming days. Currently, there is no workaround for the problem, and uninstalling the problematic update from affected domain controllers is the only temporary solution.

This isn’t the first time Microsoft has had LSASS-related issues. Similar problems occurred in December 2022 and March 2022, highlighting ongoing challenges with Windows Server updates.