Microsoft has delayed its February Patch Tuesday release due to unspecified issues, leaving some customers potentially open to an exploit the firm was first warned about three months ago.
Microsoft announced the delay via a vague post on its TechNet blog, 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 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 have been a big deal for a lot of users, and many may have been waiting for this Patch Tuesday release to fix it, but clearly now will have to wait a little longer.
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.
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