Windows Update issues may be at root of February’s patch delay

Microsoft was closed-mouthed yesterday about why it postponed the month’s security updates, but a patch expert argued that it was probably due to one of more problems with the company’s update service infrastructure, not a single flawed fix.

“Something is broken in the infrastructure, in Windows Update or the [Microsoft Update] Catalog, is my guess,” said Chris Goettl, product manager at patch management vendor Ivanti, formerly Shavlik.

Goettl contended that a back-end snafu was the most likely cause for the unprecedented delay, which Microsoft announced yesterday, because other potential causes made less sense.

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