No patch Tuesday this month, says Microsoft

Microsoft will not release any new security patches next Tuesday as part of its monthly scheduled patching cycle – the first time the firm has not issued any patches since September 2005.

Microsoft will not release any new security patches next Tuesday as part of its monthly scheduled patching cycle – the first time the firm has not issued any patches since September 2005.

But the decision not to issue any fixes has caused concern among some security experts, who point out there are still around five reported flaws in Microsoft software that can be exploited by remote attackers.

Microsoft itself has admitted that a Microsoft Word flaw is being actively targeted by attackers, yet there is no fix for it currently available.

There is speculation that Microsoft may be giving US IT staff a breather next week, as they are coping with changes to their IT systems to cope with new daylight saving times.

The company will be hoping its relaxed attitude to patches next week will not give attackers an open window to exploit the software holes already out there.

The next patching day after next week isn’t until Tuesday 10 April - the day after the Easter holiday ends for most UK IT departments.

Most will be hoping they don’t return to work to face a raft of new security patches.

Microsoft confirms new Microsoft Word security flaw

Microsoft’s security bulletin

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