Microsoft Freezes All Security Updates For February

Yolanda Curtis
February 17, 2017

The problem is compounded because Microsoft has now changed the way it releases updates, meaning individual patches are no longer available. But Microsoft Edge only gets updated by its normally regular Patch Tuesday.

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

Microsoft's Windows Insider Program was announced in September 2014 and the first testing build was shipped to Insiders a few weeks later. This opens the door for speculation, and suggestions ranged from "what Microsoft said" to Windows Update servers may have been compromised.

Many were expecting Microsoft to provide a remedy for the unpatched Windows SMB bug which has public exploit code in the February bunch of updates. "We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan", the blog continued.

Known as WIP4Biz for short, the project was revealed at the Ignite Australia conference, with Bill Karagounis - Director of Program Management OS Fundamentals and Insider Program/Technologies at Microsoft - saying that the broad aim was to make Insider builds a better fit and easier to deploy in corporate environments.

"Something is broken in the infrastructure, in Windows Update or the [Microsoft Update] Catalog, is my guess", said Chris Goettl, product manager at patch management vendor Ivanti, formerly Shavlik.

The company recently started bundling security patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, as well.

No date has been given for when the delayed update will be delivered.

Secondly, it could create exactly the same type of issue the company may be experiencing now. So if there is an issue with one fix then it holds all the others up too. Instead, they'll be rolled into March's update, which should arrive on March 14th. As soon as new information about when Microsoft's security patch update, you will find it here at Hitechgazette. In one of its notices, issued by a third-party PR firm, the company claimed using Windows 10 could keep users safe.

Now You: What do you think happened that forced Microsoft to postpone the February 2017 Patch Day?

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