Microsoft Security Response Center used to publish security bulletins each second Tuesday of a month. This event was dubbed as Patch Tuesday. They bear important information regarding the digital security of their products, such as operating systems as well as other software. However, this week the tech company decided to remove this system altogether. After decades of active Tuesdays, customers will no longer receive updates for vulnerabilities.
Microsoft Had Been Deciding the Fate of Security Bulletins since November
Microsoft had been deliberating on this subject for months on end. In this time, the company has even recorded a successful abort plan. However, the next Tuesday the security bulletins went once more on their way to clients.
It was the month of November when Microsoft officially announced the plan of killing off its bulletins. Back then, the company appointed the Patch Tuesday for January as the last such update users are going to receive. Moreover, the company continued by describing the replacements that would work more seamlessly instead of Patch Tuesday.
This would be a database that guards all the support documents for updates and security issues. The content is going to be available through portals called “Security Updates Guide.” Users can sort the collection by date, the identifier of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures, and the numerical label of the original document called “knowledge base.”
However, on February 14th, users were still expecting to receive their security bulletins. In a sudden move, Microsoft informed them just hours before the event that that would be the first Patch Tuesday without the bulletins. Things seemed pretty settled in the direction of the replacement of the old system. However, the following Patch Tuesdays, users continued to receive their updates. The company explained that they intended to give clients more time to get familiar with the upcoming changes to SUG.
Administrators Find the Replacing System as More of a Time-Wasting
Eventually, this month’s special Tuesday came with security updates for Office, Windows, Internet Explorer, and other software, but no security bulletins. However, this change might relieve customers of an additional worry, but admins are not so happy about it.
Chris Goettl, the product manager at Ivanti, stated that this change burdened administrators with more tasks than usual. This is because they have to spend more time doing research in SUG than it would normally take them to do in the former database. While SUG has definitely its advantages, professionals expect Microsoft to improve their format and make it easier for them to find critical information.
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