Microsoft Will Be Ending Security Bulletins In February

Posted by Megalith 1:57 PM (CST)

Thursday January 19, 2017

Security bulletins, which IT professionals have relied on for over 20 years, will be killed off next month. It will be replaced with the Security Updates Guide, a database that will supposedly provide the same information on vulnerabilities and their patches. Experts remain pessimistic, calling it a "change out of necessity" due to the newfangled patching practices brought on by Windows 10.

آ…web-based bulletins have been a feature of Microsoft's patch disclosure policies since at least 1998, and for almost as long have been considered the professional benchmark by security experts. A searchable database of support documents will replace the bulletins; that database has been available, albeit in preview, since November on the portal Microsoft dubbed the "Security Updates Guide," or SUG. The documents stored in the database are specific to a vulnerability on an edition of Windows, or a version of another Microsoft product. They 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.