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NetFlash: Delayed patch ends Microsoft’s patch-free month early

Dec 11, 20032 mins

It certainly is an odd scenario when a company makes news for NOT doing something. But then again, Microsoft isn’t your average company.

Case in point: This week the software giant made news by saying it wouldn’t have a security patch release in December. For a company that seems to come out with a security patch at the drop of a hat – 52 so far this year – that’s news. (In fact Microsoft used to release a weekly patch update but changed it to monthly in October for fear of overload.)

Of course, no sooner had Microsoft made that proclamation did its automated patching system kick out a patch (see story below). Ironically, Microsoft said a flaw in its system delayed the delivery of the previously released patch. The company’s automated excuse making machine seems to work just fine though.

Anyway, barring any other mysterious patches in the pipeline or problems (see related story below) Microsoft said system administrators can expect a security update from Microsoft on Jan. 13, but added that doesn’t mean patch managers can sign off and hit the shopping mall or relax at home. Like they could or would.

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