Microsoft fixes up patch system

Wednesday, 4 June 2003, 11:17 AM EST

The company pledged Tuesday to improve its system for sending out security fixes, or patches, to existing products. Ninety-five percent of attacks happen after a patch for a known software vulnerability has been issued, said Scott Charney, chief trustworthy computing strategist at Microsoft, during a keynote speech at the software maker's TechEd conference here.

By the end of the year, the company intends to consolidate from eight to two the number of ways that patches are distributed to customers. One of the two new systems will address changes to the Windows operating system, while the other will apply to Microsoft's business applications. Eventually, Microsoft will consolidate its patch management into a single tool that can work across all the company's products, Charney said.

In addition, Microsoft plans to ensure that Windows fixes add themselves automatically to the operating system's internal registry, rather than to different parts of the system. By introducing consistency and by making sure all patches register as present within the software, there's a better chance that fixes will be implemented correctly, the company expects.

[ Read more ]


The role of the cloud in the modern security architecture

Posted on 31 July 2014.  |  Stephen Pao, General Manager, Security Business at Barracuda Networks, offers advice to CISOs concerned about moving the secure storage of their documents into the cloud and discusses how the cloud shaping the modern security architecture.

Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.

Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.


Fri, Aug 1st