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Microsoft Kills Off Security Bulletins (computerworld.com) 89

Microsoft has officially retired the security bulletins this week, which were issued to detail "each month's slate of vulnerabilities and accompanying patches for customers -- especially administrators responsible for companies' IT operations," writes Gregg Keizer via Computerworld. "The move to a bulletin-less Patch Tuesday brought an end to months of Microsoft talk about killing the bulletins that included an aborted attempt to toss them." From the report: Microsoft announced the demise of bulletins in November, saying then that the last would be posted with January's Patch Tuesday, and that the new process would debut Feb. 14. A searchable database of support documents would replace the bulletins. Accessed through the "Security Updates Guide" (SUG) portal, the database's content can be sorted and filtered by the affected software, the patch's release date, its CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) identifier, and the numerical label of the KB, or "knowledge base" support document. SUG's forerunners were the web-based bulletins that have been part of Microsoft's patch disclosure policies since at least 1998. Microsoft did such a good job turning out those bulletins that they were considered the aspirational benchmark for all software vendors.In February Microsoft canceled that month's Patch Tuesday just hours before the security updates were to reach customers, making the bulletins' planned demise moot. Microsoft kept the bulletins the following month as well, saying it wanted to give users more time to prepare for the change to SUG. Finally, when Microsoft yesterday shipped cumulative security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, Office and other products, it omitted the usual bulletins.
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Microsoft Kills Off Security Bulletins

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  • still there (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 12, 2017 @08:23PM (#54225813)

    They're not really gone, they've just moved them into a searchable "security guidance" website. You can still find them and read through all the technical details.

  • Microsoft = Job Security
    • by stooo ( 2202012 )

      >> Microsoft = Job Security
      Nope. You never looked at Mass Layoff statistics of microsoft !

    • Microsoft = Job Security

      That formula applies to any undocumented spaghetti code.

    • Microsoft = Job Security

      Only until astroturfing no longer requires a human actor to manage all the sockpuppet accounts. Or did you mean something else?

    • by Tablizer ( 95088 )

      Microsoft = Job Security

      Also known as broken Windows economics. [wikipedia.org]

  • by Anonymous Coward

    same thing with all the patch descriptions available on the windows update client. absolutely no details. even kb articles are often lacking.

    then came "rollups" that don't say a damn thing about themselves or their contents, either, unless you go look for the info

    and now we have monthly 'catch all' updates, again NO FUCKING INFO AVAILABLE.. and more often than not, even when you go looking for the details, still nothing.

    combine that with now obscuring security announcements

    and the force feeding of updates (

  • This is why windows SUGs O.o

    • by Nethead ( 1563 )

      Hey son/daughter, as an old timer here let me clue you in a bit on how it works. If you take the time to post something like:

      This is why windows SUGs O.o

      You really should check that post as anonymous box. You don't want that type of post showing up ten years later. It's on the Internet forever, try not to look like a dork.

  • Microsoft (Score:5, Interesting)

    by JustAnotherOldGuy ( 4145623 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2017 @10:36PM (#54226397)

    Why does Microsoft hate its user base so much?

    Really, if this isn't one of the most anti-user things they've done (besides Windows 10) then I don't know what is.

    It seems like every week they find a new way to say "Fuck you!" to their users.

    • Really, if this isn't one of the most anti-user things they've done (besides Windows 10) then I don't know what is.

      Clearly you've never read a security bulletin. They were in the previous form worthless, detached from update process, difficult to understand when they did contain information, impossible to search properly, etc.

      Basically anything they do to change what they had would be an improvement in the eyes of both users and experts.

      • Really, if this isn't one of the most anti-user things they've done (besides Windows 10) then I don't know what is.

        Clearly you've never read a security bulletin. They were in the previous form worthless, detached from update process, difficult to understand when they did contain information, impossible to search properly, etc.

        Basically anything they do to change what they had would be an improvement in the eyes of both users and experts.

        Ah, I thought it as just me that had a hard time actually finding any INFORMATION in those!

        But of course, if other MS "searchable Databases" are any indication, this database will be just as inscrutable as those bulletins.

    • Why does Microsoft hate its user base so much?

      Really, if this isn't one of the most anti-user things they've done (besides Windows 10) then I don't know what is.

      It seems like every week they find a new way to say "Fuck you!" to their users.

      They are playing the copy cat game and aping Apple. But surely if you want to talk about a corporation that hates it's user base surely Oracle is the big fish & M$, Apple and the rest are just minnows.

      • Why does Microsoft hate its user base so much?

        Really, if this isn't one of the most anti-user things they've done (besides Windows 10) then I don't know what is.

        It seems like every week they find a new way to say "Fuck you!" to their users.

        They are playing the copy cat game and aping Apple. But surely if you want to talk about a corporation that hates it's user base surely Oracle is the big fish & M$, Apple and the rest are just minnows.

        You HAVE to turn this into an Apple Hate-Fest?

        Why even mention them if you then go on to say Oracle is the worst (to which I agree)?

        Makes no sense. And isn't true, besides.

    • Why does Microsoft hate its user base so much?

      Because they are so very, very stupid.

      Yes, I have a Win7 gamesmachine

      Yes, I am getting smarter: this will be my last wintendo

    • No.... it's because they fixed everything already.

    • by Tablizer ( 95088 )

      Why does Microsoft hate its user base so much?

      Because they have a near monopoly on biz IT and therefore don't give a flying fock.

      Same reason Google sold user privacy to the wolves: they have a near monopoly on searching and therefore don't give a flying fock.

      Same reason big telecoms suck in your area...

  • What's the point of this?
    To hide vulnerabilities from hackers, so that people who simply refuse to update Windows can't be targets?
    Is that it?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      After the whole Windows 10 fiasco, people who continue to update Windows are playing Russian Roulette. Or they run Windows 10, wherein they no longer have a choice. Sometimes that lack of choice is a consequence of letting updates automatically and having no idea of what they were doing, and now, their computer and data belong to Microsoft. Assuming they can boot it up, anyway, since I've seen plenty of cases where Windows updates - any version of Windows, specifically - went horribly wrong, and I'm not

  • Hooray, yet another EULA I have to sign.

  • Cue the brainless Microsoft apologists who will try to spin this into something other than yet another reason to stop using Microsoft software.

  • So you poor sheep that *still* use Windows are getting further ass-raped.. No more information as to WHAT is actually *in* the updates they force on you... Kinda like MS saying "You'll take what we send you and you'll LIKE it.. You don't NEED to know whats *in* the package we send you..."

    Soooooooooooooo damn glad I no longer deal with MS issues.. I did that for 20 years and when I retired, I decided my systems would be 100% Linux.. Couldn't be happier...

  • A searchable database is much more useful than a collection of individual bulletins that, at best, cross-reference each other.

    It looks like a some people are getting angry about the headline without realizing that it is being replaced with a modern, searchable interface.

    On a related note, the headline sucks. I guarantee 99% of people associate "killing off" with complete elimination of the functionality, compared to words like updating, reworking, or revamping---which imply the functionality remains in a ne

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