Microsoft delays February Patch Tuesday

Windows system administrators have grown to expect patches from Microsoft on the second Tuesday of each month. The software giant formalized the practice of releasing security patches at the same time each month all the way back in 2003. Microsoft Patch Tuesday was supposed to take place on Valentine's Day this month, and it was expected to contain a fix for a zero-day bug in the SMB file-sharing protocol. It looks like something broke down, though, since the February patch has been scrapped and delayed until next month, meaning the SMB bug will remain unpatched until then.

In addition to the anticipated SMB bug fix, this month's patch would also mark a step towards changing the way updates are delivered to Windows 7, 8.1, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2. Microsoft has been moving its older operating systems towards a cumulative update model similar to the one it uses for Windows 10.

Microsoft didn't release any information about the reason for the delay, but ZDNet reports that a a snafu in Microsoft's build system is responsible for the postponed update. Whatever the reason, if testing indicated that there was a problem with the patch, the decision to delay was probably the right one.

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    • TwistedKestrel
    • 3 years ago

    Is there no chance of an OOB patch for the SMB vulnerability?

    • rechicero
    • 3 years ago

    With each updated, my updated Win10 (from Win7) is slower and slower. The fresh installation is already in maximum wait for patches, but anniversary was a pain (lots of things got unconfigured). Maybe I should go back to 7 and forget these bunch of bunglers.

    • blastdoor
    • 3 years ago

    Conspiracy theory: perhaps there’s a security vulnerability that somebody doesn’t want closed just yet.

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      Then they just wouldn’t issue that particular patch, and all the rest would still go through. The worst way to do secret nefarious things is to break the lulling monotony of business as usual by doing something that draws the attention of the nutbar conspiracy theorists. The oddest thing about most conspiracy theories is how they assume the bad actor involved is both so supremely competent they can keep the hundreds of people involved silent, while simultaneously so incompetent they do things that raise the suspicions of random otherwise clueless people.

      In general Hanlon’s Razor should be your default assumption. It’s almost always correct, and it stops you from looking like a crazy person. Supervillians are found in comic books; the real world generally just stumbles over the incompetence of the ordinary.

        • blastdoor
        • 3 years ago

        Just to clarify — I wasn’t serious 🙂

        I definitely agree with your post.

          • UberGerbil
          • 3 years ago

          I figured — hope I didn’t come across as angry — just been encountering a lot of ridiculous and tiresome conspiracy theories lately

          • DrCR
          • 3 years ago

          That’s just what blastdoor now want’s us to believe. In actuality he’s a whistle blower, but they caught up with him.

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    Is it still Patch Tuesday without patches? I…I don’t know what to believe anymore.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      RIP Patches. Such a good kitty….

        • tipoo
        • 3 years ago

        RIP Patches the Spider. I said the right things to get a gesture from you, and then killed you anyways to get the rune.

        • Growler
        • 3 years ago

        Patches was the best kitty. There have been others, but Patches will always be the one I remember the fondest.

    • mkk
    • 3 years ago

    Must have been some major problem if they found it before release.

      • davidbowser
      • 3 years ago

      I am always willing to wait a few days as long as the risk is reasonable.

    • SoM
    • 3 years ago

    patch tuesday maybe went into the gears of war 4 patch LOL

    [url<]http://www.hardocp.com/news/2017/02/16/microsoft_releases_248gb_patch_for_gears_war_4_on_windows_10_pc[/url<] edit; reffering to it's size

      • K-L-Waster
      • 3 years ago

      248 GB?!? Sheesh, sounds like it got the Patch Tuesday binaries for Microsoft’s entire product portfolio….

        • CuttinHobo
        • 3 years ago

        Comcast is bribing Microsoft to push people over their monthly cap, twirling their mustaches all the way to the bank!

        • Growler
        • 3 years ago

        Uncompressed HD audio takes up a lot of space.

        • Ifalna
        • 3 years ago

        *chuckles* this is almost as funny as the Windows drive cleanup telling me it would be able to free 4TB on my 120GB system drive. 😀

          • Voldenuit
          • 3 years ago

          I recently ended up with *less* space on my c: after a disk cleanup than before it. FML Microsoft.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      He restarted it and it went to 100GB…Which is still a ridiculous patch size. Urgh. It seems like devs are using uncompressed audio to save every CPU cycle on consoles which launched with low end Jaguar parts, but we have plenty of those cycles on PC, why can’t we at least get compressed audio as default and download the uncompressed if we want.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        Unless they’re patching audio files, it still shouldn’t be that big.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Finally! Somebody actually waited for RyZen!

    Incidentally, if you are on the leading edge of OpenSSL adoption then there’s a security update for OpenSSL 1.1 out. [url<]http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OpenSSL-CVE-2017-3733[/url<] (OpenSSL 1.02 is not affected)

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    Did they ever fix the multi monitor gaming bug in that recent KB? I’ve disabled windows update until that gets fixed, but it seems to have gotten lost in hte noise.

      • LostCat
      • 3 years ago

      I think it might be fixed in the release preview, not sure though.

      [url<]https://www.onmsft.com/news/microsoft-publishes-changelog-for-windows-10-release-preview-build-14393-726[/url<]

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