Microsoft Freezes All Security Updates For February
In an unprecedented move, Microsoft has halted all new security patches coming out this month due to “last-minute issues.” This news came just a few hours before these updates were supposed to launch, which is likely to raise a few eyebrows with both market watchers as well as cybersecurity experts. At time of writing, the update has not yet launched, nor has Microsoft announced when it will.
In recent years, Microsoft has developed a habit of launching all its security patches in one massive package on the second Tuesday of the month and the delay has left many wondering what’s going on. As the update can include hundreds of patches, it could be either an issue large or small; either a tiny line of code that’s not working well or a fix that leaves the gates open for all manner of unpleasantness to come through, Microsoft has not yet commented on the issue.
As remarked by several observers, this situation shows the weakness of Microsoft’s system of delivering all security updates in one huge sweep: currently many Windows users are waiting for a fix for a problem with SMB, yet they are not receiving it because there’s a problem with another program entirely. Had they stuck to their old system, all other necessary patches could be installed by now, while whichever is causing the last-minute problem could be run through the motions in Microsoft’s own sweet time.
Though the current situation is highly annoying for anyone caught in it, the silver lining may be that the Redmond-based firm could reevaluate its stance on patching and may even return to the good old days of incremental updates. Until then, it seems Windows users will have to wait for the February update to roll around.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.