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Patch Tuesday

The day Microsoft releases new patches (updates, fixes) for Windows and Microsoft applications. Also called "Black Tuesday," Patch Tuesday was introduced in 2003 to provide a routine schedule that network administrators could plan on.

Second and Fourth Tuesdays
On the second Tuesday of the month, Microsoft releases the most critical updates; however, updates that are not security related come out the fourth Tuesday of the month. In addition, Microsoft will release an "out-of-band" patch in between Patch Tuesdays if a very serious vulnerability has been fixed.

Over the years, some patches created problems, including causing applications or Windows itself to lock up. Pundits caution people to disable automatic Windows updating and wait a couple weeks after each announcement to learn if problems arose with the last patch. Needless to say, the vast majority of users choose automatic updating. See patch.
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lt;p>Microsoft said it may patch the problem, but didn't spell out a timetable or commit to an out-of-cycle update before the next regularly-scheduled Patch Tuesday of Dec.
The software giant's MS06-042 patch, a cumulative update for Internet Explorer, first issued as part of Redmond's regular Patch Tuesday Update cycle, unwittingly introduced new security problems.
The idea, as with Linux, is that users send feedback and, hopefully, put an end to the monthly Patch Tuesday madness we all suffer.
com/en-us/help/3141538/description-of-the-security-update-for-office-2010-april-11-2017) released a patch Tuesday that fixed a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Word that left the popular word processor susceptible to attacks.
Microsoft said on its regularly scheduled Patch Tuesday that users on Windows Vista and later -- including Windows 10 -- should patch as soon as possible to prevent attackers from exploiting a flaw in how the operating system handles media files.
Microsoft used yesterday's Patch Tuesday to fix the infamous Freak encryption Windows flaw, but also quietly slipped in a remedy for protection against the Stuxnet worm, previously thought to have been patched in 2010, The Register reported.
Following complaints from Surface 2 users regarding issues booting their tablets because of a BitLocker device encryption error, Microsoft was quick in releasing a fix outside of its monthly Patch Tuesday process, Verge reported.
Although the remaining half-dozen bulletins — Microsoft's term for its Patch Tuesday updates — were all rated as only important, some researchers spotted intriguing characteristics that they said deserve users' attention.