Microsoft Confirms February Patches Will Arrive In March

I suppose there is a first time for everything. Patch Tuesday has been delayed, and now Microsoft has confirmed that the patches that were meant for this month have been pushed to next.

The company originally decided to hold back the release of new updates because of issues that it did not actually disclose — all we know is that it was a bug that prevented the rollout of these patches for Windows 10 and other Microsoft software.

It was discovered at the eleventh hour, and Redmond opted to skip this Patch Tuesday cycle.

Now, Microsoft has updated the original post, explaining that it will release all updates on the next Patch Tuesday cycle that is on track to take place on March 14.

As noted:

“We will deliver updates as part of the planned March Update Tuesday, March 14, 2017.”

The entire update rollout is held back, then.

Without cumulative updates this month, Windows 10 users will have to wait until the middle of next month to get new improvements. Though there is always the chance that the software titan will ship other, experimental updates to Windows Insiders for testing purpose.

Though that often happens a couple of weeks before launch.

But as you can see, delaying the full rollout means that Microsoft will not be releasing a patch for a threatening new 0-day SMB vulnerability, the exploit code of which has already been posted online.

It is already being exploited by cybercriminals, and there is no effective workaround that is 100% effective against this vulnerability that affects both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 systems, allowing attackers to crash systems with a denial of service attack.

Perhaps Microsoft will release an out of band patch to fix these security issues.

Perhaps not.

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