A patch is small program that updates another program, usually to fix a specific issue. Patches are also often called fixes.

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Are staggered roll outs of security patches bad?

Many Android devices, including the Google Nexus line, are now receiving monthly security patches via OTA updates, accompanied by the Android Security Bulletins. However, these updates are often ...
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Are Windows Superseding Patches not fully securing my systems?

I have completed a Nessus vulnerability scan of a Windows system. The scan is indicating that some windows patches are missing, but the patches are superseded patches and the most recent version of ...
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How to identify and patch a hardware vulnerability?

Software and systems vulnerabilities are often patched with updates, or by avoiding the use of some OS or softwares that have multiple flaws. Regarding hardware vulnerabilities, I do not have a lot of ...
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Do IIS / ASP.NET / MVC version headers reveal patch presence?

Quick question: does anyone know whether the IIS / ASP.NET / MVC version headers, like this: Server: Microsoft-IIS/8.5 X-AspNetMvc-Version: 5.2 X-AspNet-Version: 4.0.30319 can be used to determine ...
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How can I inspect/audit an Android phone if it's vulnerable to CVE-2012-4221 (or any other?)

I want to create a guide (or app) to audit devices and determine if the hardware or software is vulnerable to attack. Given an arbitrary phone, what process should I do to determine if outstanding ...
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Do major linux distributions differ with regard to releasing security patches? [closed]

For a non-commercial user, is there any difference between major distributions regarding the time needed for security patches to be available? Does the "enough eyeballs effect" takes places in this ...
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Java with LIS system

I'm not well versed in technology but have a problem that maybe you experts could answer. We have a software application that supports our laboratory - obviously must be secure. We want to be able to ...
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Why Can't Google Just Switch to Pushing Android Security Updates Directly to Users?

Okay, I'll just begin with the question and then elaborate a bit below. It is: Why has the world's dominant maker of non-Apple smartphone operating systems, Google, still not adopted a ...
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Does the Java version matter when compiling an Android, Amazon, or Blackberry app? (for security reasons)

I need to compile an app that will run on an Android, or Android compatible system (Android, Amazon Fire, or Blackberry). The developer documentation says that JDK 7 is needed, however there are ...
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Is the 'SUIDGuard' patch safe to implement?

Can someone who really knows what they're looking at advise whether the patch published here by Stefan Esser is in fact safe to install? While I'm very concerned that Apple haven't published an ...
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Where to check if a specific OS / service is vulnerable despite being patched, because of a vendor's decision?

I need to discuss how to mitigate the risk of services which are vulnerable despite being patched (typically because they are not maintained by the vendor anymore, or because the vendor does not want ...
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Is a newly installed server with no services running (but connected to the web) at risk?

A new server has just been installed but literally has nothing else running on it, no services setup to SSH in or anything yet (it's a Linux server). However, it is hooked up to the web so I can ...
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At what criteria should an unpatched machine be considered hacked? [closed]

Since every machine connected to the Internet requires security patches, there is a window of time in which those updates have been released and those machines haven't yet been patched. It is ...
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Should I update my openSSL package? [closed]

This link talks about the new patches to be released by OpenSSL Foundation very soon. It says: In a mailing list note published last night, Matt Caswell of the OpenSSL Project Team announced ...
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How frequently install patches in an enterprise environment?

We're trying to implement a patch schedule in our environment for both linux and windows systems. I'm curious to hear how often other enterprise companies are patching their servers so we can get an ...
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Is it possible to “fingerprint” the “patches” applied to a Windows system?

Two situations with a similar goal: 1) You have access to a target network, and you a Windows host. Is it possible to remotely finger print which (operating system security) patches are applied to ...
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RC4 and Crypto Ransomware [closed]

If we allow no RC4 support on any devices, will Crypto Ransomware be slowed down or eliminated? Is this a patching and not a malware problem? Can we block this threat at the packet level?
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Microsoft recommended patching period - Security Patch release and updates

Ideally a security patch released by a vendor such as Microsoft for the Windows OS is required to be patched immediately. What would be the recommended patching period that Microsoft or best practices ...
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What account should be used to install SQL Server 2008 patches?

The company I work for is currently going undertaking a project to remediate (among other things) a pen-test finding that a privileged domain-level account (which was compromised by the pen-testers ...
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Beyond patching, how can I reduce the risk of browser exploits?

Keeping web browsers on the most up to date version and also the plugins that are used is pretty much all we do. Is there anything I else I can do to reduce the risk of browser exploits? The only ...
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How do I view a list of known unpatched windows xp arbitrary code execution vulnerabilities? [duplicate]

I know there is secunia and cve.mitre and ms kb database but I could not find a way to filter results only for operating system "windows xp" (or 2003 server, they share about the same code) with ...
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Is openVZ patched against all exploits for its current kernel version?

I am looking for a container vitalization software that will allow me to create containers that will house specific software/jobs/tasks which I can start stop at will (and bind to interface aliases). ...
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What questions should be asked when joining a new security team? [closed]

I've accepted a position at a different company working on their security team and have been mentally putting together a list of questions to ask so I can rapidly get up to speed in the environment ...
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How do to keep programs updated

We all know we should keep our programs up to date, after all each of them could have an unlatched security hole that was fixed in the latest update. However the average computer easily contains 200+ ...
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Does using a non Nexus/Google Play Editon Android device have a higher security risk? [closed]

The fact that carriers deploy the latest security updates to Android devices much later than Google does to Google Play Edition and Nexus devices, should we avoid using those devices altogether?
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Security of a Windows XP system after April 8th when running the latest Firefox or Chrome

As we all know, Microsoft stops developing security patches for Windows XP very soon. If a bug in the kernel was to be found that would allow an attacker to take control by, say, sending a specially ...
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How could someone exploit the OS an ATM is running?

As I'm sure many of you have heard, the end of support for Windows XP is the supposed apocalypse for ATM's worldwide. I am cognizant of the fact that this ensures that no more patches are issued, and ...
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Is there a place where we can see which Microsoft's KB replaces which Microsoft's KB?

Do you If there is a simple listing of which KB replaces which KB in Microsoft development because every report from Microsoft explain one by one which KB replaces which KB, but I can't find a place ...
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Security risks if a server in not supported anymore

I have an SQL 2000 database server which is not supported by Microsoft anymore. We have our information security policy applied and even PCI requirements. What are the security risks that we might ...
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What is a good way to be alerted of major security patches for software I use? [duplicate]

I maintain a few webservers running ubuntu, apache, mysql, and python/django. I update all the libraries quarterly, but I'd like to update more often when a patch for a major vulnerability is ...
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Securing an automatic updater

Scenario You have a launcher for some software, it allows you to execute the software but it will also allow you to switch versions and upgrade to newer versions. When the launcher is executed, it ...
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Is it ever safe to install patches in parallel on a Windows OS? When must I reboot after each patch?

It comes to my attention that not all installers are aware of each other (Windows Update, vs some hotfix and service pack installers) and block concurrent execution. For example, I'm able to run ...
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Notification or report for security problem of unix systems? [duplicate]

I have unix systems(Solaris,Oracle,Redhat vs).I have to control all system for security problem,bugs,patch,vulnerabilities I'm looking for securty information for all security issue After that I'll ...
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How important is patch management?

Problem I'm trying to sell the idea of organizational patch/update management and antivirus management to my superiors. Thus far, my proposition has been met with two responses: We haven't had any ...
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What is the difference between APSA and APSB?

What would be the difference between Adobe APSA and APSB security bulletins / advisories?
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Windows 7 File Patching, Custom Visual Styles

In order to apply custom "visual styles" or themes in Windows 7, you must patch a few system files including Explorer. I can see from the start how this could be a potential security problem, but how ...
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Padding oracle - Vulnerable Version of ASP.NET

I would like to install the vulnerable version of ASP.NET for testing purposes. I've thought about it and I guess the best way would be to delete/disable some security updates to make that possible. ...
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How to analyze server crash dump after recent patch update? [closed]

I want to know, if there a way I can identify on windows systems an event / log generated due to patches incorrectly installed / or corrupted in the process. Is there a way I can process or look ...
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Security announcement mailing list for Java

I didn't find a security announcement mailing list for Java (from Oracle). How to get notified about new Java patches? I am not interested in other Oracle products. For example Apple provides such a ...
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What reputable site should I download Putty from?

I recently did a Bing search for Putty and can only guess at which distribution is "trusted", contains no malware, or sleuthing code. If you needed to download Putty for a high security Windows ...
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Zero day vulnerability appropriate corrective action

Is it appropriate for a software developer to provide zero day vulnerability corrections as at-user-discretion installers to apply patches or is it preferred to force it in cyclic updates? The reason ...
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Does every security patch get back ported to every .NET framework? Are there exceptions to the rule?

I can imagine a scenario where Microsoft will create a security patch for some versions of .NET and not others. This might occur in occasions it's too expensive to regression test and back port all ...
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List of unpatchable exploits in MS Exchange 2003 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find a list of un-patched CVEs for a specific piece of software? MS Exchange 2003 is no longer supported by Microsoft since April 2009. However the ...
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Android security without updates

I have an android phone which, like many others, has quickly become unsupported and is not receiving any updates. At the same time there are publicly available exploits for privilege-escalation ...
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Is there any way to use Nuget securely?

Visual Studio now includes a Package Manager that downloads and updates software packages from the internet. The common name for this is "Nuget" The problem I have is that anyone can pretend to be ...
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How to write an email regarding IT Security that will be read, and not ignored by the end user?

I've observed that several of our users are ignoring messages sent from IT Security managers, and also the system generated "You just sent a virus" notifications. The problem seems to be among people ...
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How can IT audit for installation of IIS Express?

IIS Express is a developer tool for Windows XP and higher which provides the full feature set of IIS, but without needing administrator rights. I've seen discussion by some developers who are ...
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Patching Mechanism and security holes

Let me clarify two methods of patching softwares and then I will go straight to the question: I am using both MAC OS X and Windows and different mechanisms of these two famous operating systems in ...
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Download Windows 7 security updates and patch offline

I am planning to do a clean Windows 7 OS installation. Is it possible (and/or recommendable) to download all the Windows 7 Security Updates from Microsoft in advance and patch my fresh Windows 7 ...
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Are Windows security updates audited?

An IT guy said that in his company, the Windows updates (small security updates that are downloaded automatically by the Windows autoupdate) are checked by the auditor. ie: the auditor checks if every ...