Microsoft postpones four patches
Last Friday, January 5th, software vendor Microsoft revised a previous online advance notification: at the very least, four of the original eight security patches to be released next patch Tuesday, have been postponed.
Three of the four remaining updates concern holes in Office, with at least one of them being categorized as "critical". The fourth is expected to remedy a security problem in Windows that is also considered "critical".
Microsoft says that the four patches that have been postponed, after having been announced only last Thursday, will be released on a subsequent Patch Tuesday. All four of them apparently concern Windows problems. One of them also affects the Visual Studio development environment and another also relates to Office. One of the patches concerns a security hole in Windows that is considered "critical", with the others being categorized as "important". Microsoft did not say why it has postponed the patches, so close to their expected release date.
The second Tuesday in the month is Microsoft's release date for security patches; it is therefore known as "Patch Tuesday".