Microsoft flubs Patch Wednesday, delays February updates

Microsoft has missed Patch Tuesday, following the discovery of a "last minute issue" in the roll-up patches it was due to introduce this month.

"After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month's updates".

The delay comes as administrators await a solution for a zero day vulnerability affecting Microsoft Windows' handling of SMB traffic, the Microsoft file-sharing protocol.

Additionally, Microsoft also separated Windows security patches from IE and Office updates, complicating this month's Patch Tuesday rollout even more. "We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan", the blog continued. However, one bad patch in a cumulative update wouldn't necessarily cause a patch Tuesday delay, according to speculation by Chris Goettl, a product manager with Ivanti (formerly known as "Shavlik)".

A monthly summary will be available within the portal and Microsoft has stressed that customers will be notified of any out-of-cycle updates. And yet, Windows 7 should be just fine for Windows Vista users, as it still gets updates until January 2020, although it's very clear that Windows 10 is the long-term solution for everyone.

However, there was no such issue for Adobe, which released three security updates.

So, again, it's possible that this ambitious rollout may have hit a snag and somehow affected the usual Patch Tuesday rollout.

The Internet Security Centre's Johannes Ulrich wrote: "Microsoft delayed the release of all bulletins scheduled for today".

If you're an IT admin patiently for Microsoft to release its patches so you can update your systems, you'll have to wait longer.

Microsoft offered no further details about the "issue" that prompted the delay, nor an estimate for when the update might ultimately be released. "There is still the unpatched SMB 3 DoS vulnerability that I hoped would be addressed in this round".

  • Carolyn Briggs