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Extensive Patch Bulletin Requires System Restarts

Lumension Security : 09 August, 2010  (Technical Article)
Microsoft is continuing with its record of distributing large patch bulletins with the latest containing many critical upgrades affecting most platforms and requiring a restart warns Lumension
Alan Bentley, SVP International at Lumension comments on the Bumper Patch Tuesday expected from Microsoft.

"Any last ditch effort to enjoy the end of summer is being put off with another huge Patch Tuesday. More than half of the patches in this months update are critical, requiring a restart and impacting almost any Microsoft platform. Microsoft also makes no mention of the emergency patch that it issued earlier this week around Windows XP Service Pack 2, which will continue to affect XP users.

"For most businesses, having to deal with fourteen security bulletins of critical patches is plenty to be getting on with. But even more concerning is the emergence of the W32.Stuxnet worm, which is believed to have emerged earlier this year, yet has been running since June 2009, with further updates to the worm improving its sophistication in early 2010.

"Patching continues to be essential and can certainly go some way to addressing vulnerabilities. However, Stuxnet is a good example of a sophisticated and current threat which many enterprise networks have been exposed to for more than a year, without knowing a thing about it from their 'traditional' defensive technologies. Most importantly, it highlights the growing need for organisations to readdress their approach to security.

"Simply preventing the known bad can no longer sufficiently protect an organisation from potential threats. Businesses need to take a more intelligent approach to securing their network. Malware can only infect a network if it has a place to execute - so technology such as intelligent whitelisting, which allows only what the organisation, knows to be good to become active in the network, puts control back in the hands of the business and out of the hands of the hackers."
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