Patch Management: Q&A with Thom Bailey
Source: IT Observer - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Server Security Patches are small, sometimes temporary “quick fixes� that address often critical software flaws. Patches are usually made available by software vendors in between service packs or version upgrades upon confirmation that a software flaw affects a large number of users with usually serious consequences. More often than not, patches address vulnerabilities impacting security. These patches are therefore referred to as security patches. Typically, patches are made available for download from the software vendor’s support Web site.

Patch management deals with all aspects of patching—from scanning computer systems for existing or missing patches, identifying the availability of new patches, downloading patches, deploying and installing new patches, to validating patches for confirmation that the patched systems are working properly and that the patch is successfully installed across the entire domain.

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