On February 15, the day after Microsoft’s regular Patch Tuesday was scheduled, Microsoft officials said its previously slated February patches would not arrive until Tuesday, March 14 next month.
Microsoft officials said very little yesterday about the reasons the company didn’t deliver its Patch Tuesday patches on the second Tuesday of the month, as has been the case for many years in the past. Major corporations and business deploy the released patches in the days following the released updates. In the past I worked for many major contractors for the Government and we would test and deploy them after testing the new patches on our systems.
Microsoft officials also didn’t give any comments or information for the delay.
Microsoft sources said yesterday they were having problems with its patch build system, and that those problems resulted in the company’s failure to deliver its regular February Patch Tuesday security patches.
The Microsoft blog comments were the following:
“We will deliver updates as part of the planned March Update Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
“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.”
No details have been announced about the reasons for the delay beyond what’s in the statement above.
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.
So we will have to wait till next month for the updates.