Microsoft delays this month’s Patch Tuesday due to last minute issue – first time ever

Posted 14 February 2017 19:25 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

For years, Microsoft released security updates for Windows, Office and other software on the second Tuesday of the month, but today the software giant decided to delay the release of all planned update. Something the company hasn’t done before.

Microsoft’s decision to not release the updates was made at the last minute. On its website the company writes, “Our top priority is to provide the best possible experience for customers in maintaining and protecting their systems. 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 apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan.”

Today’s patch Tuesday would the first one where Microsoft would not publish Security Bulletins, it’s unknown if that’s related.

MyCE Resident
Posted on: 14 Feb 17 23:46
Our top priority is to provide the best possible experience for customers in maintaining and protecting their systems.
At least they are learning from making even bigger mistakes that we should all welcome with a sigh of relief.
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Posted on: 17 Feb 17 22:31
It is the very problem of the 'cumulative' update regime. I have read the excuse mentioning something about an error in the update infrastructure, but frankly I don't buy into it as it seems more of a tactic to avoid criticism for the cumulative updates they introduced last autumn.

The effect of this is that we're now left open and vulnerable to several security holes instead of just one which would have been the case with the older regime of separated updates.

It really was the glory of service packs when they worked as they saved some hours of patching hell (mind my language, but anyone who's been in this for some years will agree that it is indeed the correct wording)

In my view, 'Patch Tuesday' should be individual updates and then after the initial release, they should be put into cumulative updates come next patch Tuesday. This way we would be able to avoid 'patching hell' and receive the best of both worlds. Of course, that is from a consumer standpoint only, but it would avoid the situation we're in now
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MyCE Resident
Posted on: 18 Feb 17 08:40
Hi all, feeling a bit better, well enough to comment on this thread.

Well I might have guessed, I hate to think what vulnerabilities there are unpatched for a month? Phew, we badly need a viable alternative to Microsoft.
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