FEBRUARY'S PATCH TUESDAY, that second Tuesday of the month tradition in which Windows receives its security patches, has been delayed
Microsoft announced the delay via a vague post on its TechNet blog, with the firm stating: "This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today".
"After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month's updates. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan," the blog continued.
The hold up could be related to a Windows Server SMB zero-day exploit, which the company apparently knew about for three months, failed to fix and got released into the wild a couple of weeks back.
This could be a big huge problem for a lot of users, and Patch Tuesday would have been the event many were hanging on to see it resolved. Instead, perhaps Microsoft is still working on this clearly challenging fix and has delayed Patch Tuesday for just that reason.
There are also theories that Patch Tuesday may be being skipped for now to better align it with Microsoft's new "Monthly Rollup" update scheme, which the company laid out plans for last year.
Here, Windows 7, 8.1, and Server editions get two updates a month as a "Monthly Rollup" and a "Security Only" set of updates, the latter of which will contain non-Internet Explorer patches from February 2017 to keep the file size down.
So, again, it's possible that this ambitious rollout may have hit a snag and somehow affected the usual Patch Tuesday rollout. Perceivably, users could end up with the wrong kind of patches in the wrong bundles if something isn't configured correctly.
It's probably best to sit tight for both the SMB fix and Patch Tuesday, as Microsoft is saying nothing about either for now. µ
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