Microsoft Rolls Out Massive Security Patch After A Month’s Delay
Last month, for some unknown reason, Microsoft delayed a patch that would have fixed dozens of security issues. On Tuesday, the Windows-publisher rolled out a massive patch that fixed a total of 134 security vulnerabilities.
Microsoft generally rolls out monthly patches, but, for some reason, chose to skip the February patch all-together so it is understandable that March’s patch would be a big one. In total, it consisted of 17 security bulletins which provided fixes for 134 bugs. Half of the bulletins were marked as “critical” which means there were remote code execution issues. The other half were marked “important.”
In this latest patch, Microsoft did provide security bulletins so that users could have a better idea of what issues were being worked on. However, the company has said that they plan to phase out the bulletins in the near future. To be honest, we don’t really see Microsoft’s logic behind that move as the bulletins help users better understand what is happening with their PCs.
The Windows GDI bulletin looked to be the most important part of this patch as the exploit it fixed could have allowed attackers to hack people via a web page or even document. The Redmond-based company’s decision to delay this fix for about a month may have given hackers more time to exploit this loop-hole.
As noted above, Microsoft’s decision to skip February’s Patch Tuesday is a bit of an odd one in light of the issues that this patch fixed. However, it’s possible that Microsoft’s team found that fixing one bug could lead to problems with core Windows programs so it does make sense that the company would want to take their time.
Given the size of this patch, it will be interesting to see if it causes any unforeseen problems. As a rule, smaller patches generally make it easier to remove problematic code before it is rolled out to users. The larger the patch, the harder it is to spot those problems.
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