[ISN] Microsoft Postpones Half Of Tuesday's Patches

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Tue Jan 09 2007 - 03:05:48 PST


By Gregg Keizer
Jan 8, 2007

Microsoft has scratched half of the security updates it announced last 
week, and will now release only four sets of patches Tuesday morning.

On Friday, the developer updated its monthly advance bulletin to say 
that it would issue just four updates Jan. 9: one for Windows and three 
for Microsoft Office. Dropped were two security updates for Windows, one 
that was to affect both Windows and Office, and another that involved 
both Windows and the Visual Studio 2005 development platform.

At least half of Tuesday's updates will be labeled "critical," 
Microsoft's highest threat ranking.

"We continue to plan to release the 4 remaining bulletins," said Mike 
Reavey, operations manager of the Microsoft Security Response Center 
(MSRC), in a message on the team's blog.

A Microsoft spokesperson would only add that "There are many factors 
that impact the release of a security update, and every vulnerability 
presents its own unique challenges," when asked to explain the update 

This is the second month in a row that Microsoft has changed its mind 
about security updates; in December 2006, it added a pair of patches for 
Windows Media Player at the last minute.

The four remaining security updates will be available for manual 
download from the Microsoft Web site Tuesday about 10 a.m. PDT. As 
usual, automatic updates to users' computers will begin shortly after 

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