Microsoft – no security patches next week, but don’t relax

Microsoft will skip next week's usual Patch Tuesday security update because it has no fixes for users, the company announced today.

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Microsoft will skip next week's usual Patch Tuesday security update because it has no fixes for users, the company announced today.

In its monthly advance notification bulletin, Microsoft simply said, "No new Microsoft Security Bulletins will be released on March 13, 2007."

It marks the first time in 18 months that Microsoft has not issued at least one security update in a scheduled patch rollout. Only three times since January 2003 has the company not issued monthly security fixes.

Although no software will be patched this month, that doesn't mean Microsoft has nothing to do. According to security organisations, there are unfixed problems. eEye Digital Security's Zero-Day Tracker, for example, shows five vulnerabilities that have been reported to Microsoft but not patched. The SANS Institute's Internet Storm Centre, meanwhile, lists nine bugs on its most recent The missing Microsoft patches chart.

However, Microsoft said it will issue several unspecified non-security, high-priority updates.

Last month, Microsoft released 12 updates that fixed 20 vulnerabilities; in January, it issued four security bulletins and patched 10 bugs.

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