patch management

  • Patch management flubs facilitate cybercrime

    Posted March 27, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    Failures in patch management of vulnerable systems have been a key enabler of cybercrime, according to the conclusions reached in Solutionary's annual Global Threat Intelligence Report out today, saying it sees botnet attacks as the biggest single threat.
  • Web site security improves from appalling to merely bad

    Posted July 2, 2012 - 9:35 am

    Commercial web sites show impressive gains in security during recent years, but only if you compare the 1,100 serious vulnerabilities the average site suffered during 2007 compared to 79 now. That's a big change, but satisfactory only if you'd be happy with 79 holes in your boat.
  • 'Tragically comedic' flaw gives anyone root access to 900,000 Internet servers

    Posted June 12, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    It only happens about once every 256 times, and doesn't affect all the millions of MySQL and MariaDB databases that are among the most common apps on the web. 879,000 servers will let anyone log in who has a legitimate username and any password at all. 'Root' works great!
  • Patch management still big stumbling block in risk management, survey shows

    Posted May 29, 2012 - 2:45 pm

    Everyone talks about "risk and compliance" in security, but what do companies have to do to make it through audits and meet regulations related to information security? And what are the costs?
  • Microsoft goes back to blaming victims: Your malware problem is your fault

    Posted October 12, 2011 - 2:39 pm

    Though perfectly accurate and in line with the million identical studies -- making itself completely extraneous -- Microsoft's new security study spends a lot of effort establishing that few malware infections are its fault. Thanks. You still have to fix what's broke.
  • Can we get off the patch cycle merry-go-round?

    Posted February 9, 2011 - 4:07 pm

    Yesterday was Patch Tuesday for Microsoft--a busy Patch Tuesday with 12 new security bulletins addressing 22 separate vulnerabilities. It was also a big day for patching issues with Adobe software as well. As comforting as it might be to know that all of these vulnerabilities have been patched, the unfortunate truth is that we're still going to do it all over again next month. Shouldn't there be some better way than applying new Band-Aids every month?
  • Oracle quarterly patch process raises concerns

    Posted January 19, 2011 - 3:00 pm

    Oracle delivered its quarterly montage of patches and updates this week. The quarterly release cycle--like Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday--is designed to provide some stability and predictability for the IT admins who have to test and implement the patches, but at least one security expert thinks the Oracle system needs some work.
  • Fiberlink aims to cut costs with cloud patch management

    Posted June 22, 2010 - 9:23 pm

    Fiberlink Communications thinks it can cut patch management costs for IT departments with a new cloud-based service.
  • Shavlik offers 'cloud patching' with free service

    Posted May 26, 2010 - 11:06 am

    Patch management company Shavlik is offering small networks of 10 or fewer PCs access to a new online patch management service at no cost.
  • How to Compare Patch Management Software

    Posted November 13, 2009 - 5:51 pm

    Patch management software helps organizations acquire, test and install code to fix known vulnerabilities in operating systems and applications. It also helps them assess exposure and prioritize patches (given your specific environment), identify missing patches that need to be remediated and produce real-time reports for compliance and other auditing needs.
  • Microsoft cleans up bugs after biggest patch release

    Posted October 29, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    After releasing its largest-ever group of security patches two weeks ago, Microsoft has done a little cleaning up.
  • Debunking the Patch Tuesday Hype Machine

    Posted January 20, 2009 - 12:19 pm

    The e-mails I get on Patch Tuesday tend to play up the latest flaws as if the apocalypse is at hand. Patch immediately, their clients warn, or doom will almost certainly befall your company computer networks.
  • Patches -- proof that software is never finished

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 4:19 pm

    Patches are a fact of life. Staying up to date is important, even if you don't sell or support the product.
  • Study: Unpatched Web browsers prevalent on the Internet

    Posted July 1, 2008 - 3:28 pm

    Only 59.1 percent of people use up-to-date, fully patched Web browsers, putting the remainder at risk from growing threats from diligent hackers, according to a new study published by researchers in Switzerland.
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