Microsoft delayed the release of its new Security Updates Guide, which was supposed to replace its web-based security bulletins, a patch disclosure policy feature since 1998, PCWorld reports. The delay may have been caused by the launch, or because the company bundles all its patches together; as a result, a problem with one would delay the release of all.
The new process was set to be release on February 14, this month's Patch Tuesday. This is when Microsoft comes out with its monthly round of security updates.
"We discovered a last-minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today," Microsoft explained. "After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month's updates."
Microsoft's old update structure allowed each patch to be accessed separately. In August of last year, it switched to a cumulative update model, meaning it cannot release updates unless they're all ready. If there's a problem with one patch, none can be shared.
The company did not say when it would release its February security updates.
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