Just One Fix For Patch Tuesday

UPDATED: Security officials at Microsoft will not be releasing a critical fix to the Windows operating system this month as previously promised, the company’s advanced notification Web site stated Friday afternoon.

“Late in the testing process, Microsoft encountered a quality issue that necessitated the update to go through additional testing and development before it is released,” officials noted on the site. “Microsoft is committed to only releasing high quality updates that fix the issue(s) in question, and therefore we feel it is in the best interest of our customers to not release this update until it undergoes further testing.”

The Redmond, Wash.-based software company routinely gives end users and systems administrators a hint of what’s on tap for security bulletins in the days leading up to Patch Tuesday, which is on the second Tuesday of the month.

The Microsoft advisory states the September security bulletin affects the Windows platform, though the bulletin itself can contain fixes for several vulnerabilities. Officials said administrators will be able to download the critical fix using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA).

Officials said they will still release an updated version of its Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which can be downloaded through Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services or the company’s download center.

Microsoft still intends to release one non-security high-priority patch for Windows.

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