Third-party Microsoft patches could get new life

By | August 1, 2006

It has been nearly three years since Microsoft moved to a monthly patch release schedule as a way to rein in some of the chaos that had begun to engulf its vulnerability reporting and repair efforts.

The result has been a more orderly, predictable process that enables enterprises to plan patch deployments well in advance and avoid costly downtime during business hours. And several other vendors, including Oracle Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co., have followed suit by launching scheduled patch releases of their own.

But some administrators and security experts say that for all its benefits, the predictable release schedule also has its downsides, and can leave enterprises hanging when a new flaw is discovered between patch releases, which has led to a rise in third-party security fixes.Read Full Story

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