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Libreoffice 6.2.3 x64 installer mentions list of sensitive system files *solved*

asked 2019-04-29 09:34:29 +0200

Watski gravatar image

updated 2019-05-08 10:55:53 +0200

Edit: For anyone stumbling across this issue in the future: The list provided contatined names of processes using file(s) the LO installer needed to update. No security issue here as I initially thought.


I just tried to install LO 6.2.3 on a fresh Win 10 box and choked on my morning coffee when the installer said it needed to update the following files that are in use (list somewhat shortened):

  • Cryptographic Services
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant
  • Network List Service
  • Network Location Awareness
  • Windows Defender SmartScreen
  • Windows Push Notifications Systems Service
  • Windows Update

Did you guys get p0wned or what?

Cheers, Johan

Edit: Included screenshots.


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Did you guys get p0wned or what?

No - we are LibreOffice users like you.

Opaque gravatar imageOpaque ( 2019-04-29 09:50:44 +0200 )edit

So which "quite sensitive files" were going to be updated by installer specifically? Or did you confuse processes (that could e.g. use some common component, like VS redistributable) with files (which list you are unfortunately not shown at the dialog - because Windows Installer service doesn't provide you)?

Also some chained (previous) updates (e.g., Windows Update earlier that day) could have left your system in a "reboot needed" state, when some services (from that list) used files from those updates, and now falsely show up in this list... so trying to reboot then reattempt installation could help exclude this scenario.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-04-29 09:51:20 +0200 )edit

Thanks Mike, I will try a reboot and reinstallation. I did confuse "processes" with "files" as you mentioned. The list got me scared ;)

Watski gravatar imageWatski ( 2019-04-29 10:47:43 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-05-08 10:51:41 +0200

Watski gravatar image

Thanks Mike, a reboot solved the issue (as so often with Windows ;)

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