Feeds

Microsoft mulls patch distribution with AV updates

Lookouts for Outlook

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Virus Bulletin Microsoft is considering using anti-virus vendors to deliver security patches for its product alongside their own updates for virus definition files.

Randy Abrams, release antivirus specialist at Microsoft, whose main job is to ensure that software shipped of Redmond is virus-free, told us the idea, still in its formative stages, came up during his discussions with vendors at the Virus Bulletin conference in Prague this week.

Initial reaction to the idea was mixed, with Sophos, among others, suggesting that the best time to apply a Microsoft patch is when it first becomes available - not when a virus which exploits a particular vulnerability is released.

Another point is that corporates need to plan the deployment of any patches to make sure they apply them in the knowledge of the effect they have on other systems.

That said, integration between virus updates and security updates for consumers has its merits. when people are encouraged to update their protection against the Nimda worm, for example, they would also be reminded that it exploits an Outlook vulnerability, for which Microsoft has issued a patch.

Of course for this to work Microsoft patches would always need to work as advertised. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
Vendors just don't care, says researcher, after finding basic boo-boos in security software
'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece
Leaking sprinklers, overheated thermostats and picked locks all online
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu
Just slapping a patched OpenSSL on a machine ain't going to cut it, we're told
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
Tor attack nodes RIPPED MASKS off users for 6 MONTHS
Traffic confirmation attack bared users' privates - but to whom?
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.