The second Tuesday of every month is when Microsoft traditionally releases its security updates, affectionately known as Patch Tuesdays. Unfortunately, Microsoft is running late this month because of “last minute issues”. Here’s what you need to know.
If you're an IT admin patiently for Microsoft to release its patches so you can update your systems, you'll have to wait longer. The February 2017 security update release has been delayed.
"This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today," Microsoft said in a statement on its TechNet blog. "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."
The delay comes as a remotely exploitable zero-day memory corruption vulnerability in the Windows Server Message Block (SMB) protocol is still waiting to be patched. Microsoft had said it would be releasing the patch for the SMB bug in February's Patch Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Adobe, which pushes out patches to coincide with Patch Tuesdays, has released its security updates to address vulnerabilities in for Adobe Flash Player, Digital Editions and Campaign.