Microsoft Cancels Only Security Patch Planned for September

Due to quality concerns, Microsoft cancelled the release of a critical security bulletin for Windows that was supposed to be posted on Tuesday.

"Late in the testing process, we encountered a quality issue that we decided was significant enough that it required some more testing and development before releasing it," Mike Reavey, lead security program manager at Microsoft, wrote in a Microsoft Security Response Center blog entry.

The security bulletin had been the only patch planned for the month of September.

A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment Tuesday on whether Microsoft was considering releasing the patch before the next monthly patching date, which is the second Tuesday in October.

Microsoft did perform its usual monthly update of its malware removal tool on Tuesday. A new version of the tool removes Bobax, Esbot, Gael, Yaha and Zotob and is available at

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