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Patch Tuesday

Microsoft Skips February’s Patch Tuesday Altogether

Just a couple days after announcing it was going to delay its regularly scheduled security patch day, Microsoft has updated the original announcement to now say…

UPDATE: 2/15/17: We will deliver updates as part of the planned March Update Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

Rumors swirl. Some have suggested that the reason is due to infrastructure problems. Others, say its because of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update and that the March schedule coincides better with the big release. Still others are concerned that Microsoft’s big shift into differential updates is causing some last minute problems.

Its interesting, to say the least. Microsoft has rarely (if ever) been one to delay patches even when a patch or two cause customer pains, but its new patching policy built around its new Windows 10 servicing model seems to be putting customers at risk. In the new model, Microsoft will not ship single updates, but instead deliver any update as part of a larger, cumulative update.  This means that even if a single, critical security flaw exists, Microsoft will wait until a full package has been created and ready to ship. A recently disclosed flaw in SMB is still an open and critical issue and there’s Flash vulnerabilities this month that need patches.  With this latest patch announcement update, Microsoft is saying it will delay fixing the flaws for at least a month. A mitigation is available for the zero-day SMB flaw but that involves blocking all SMB traffic within the organization.

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