GFI LANguard 9.5 was launched at the end of May with a new and very important feature for people working in the network security area: patch management for non-Microsoft applications.
The aim is to perform from a central location network wide detection, download and deployment of missing updates for all important vendors of popular applications widely spread in corporate environments. Such applications get a lot of attention from hackers and therefore need security updates quite often.
The enhancement saves a lot of a network administrator’s time as it would take forever to patch each machine individually even for relatively small networks with 20-100 machines. To have an idea of the amount of work involved it is enough to take a look at some of the updates released last month (June 2010):
oOne Microsoft Silverlight update (June 3rd)
o10 security bulletins on patch Tuesday (June 8th)
oTwo updates of Firefox (Firefox 3.6.4/Firefox 3.5.10 and Firefox 3.6.6)
oTwo updates of Thunderbird (Thunderbird 3.0.5 and Thunderbird 3.1)
oOne update of Flash Player (Flash Player 9.0.277.0/Flash Player 10.1.53.64)
oOne update of Reader (Reader 8.2.3/Reader 9.3.3)
oOne update of Acrobat (Acrobat 8.2.3/Acrobat 9.3.3)
There are a total of 18 updates only from Microsoft, Mozilla and Adobe. Other vendors (i.e. Apple) have released security updates too. It becomes extremely hard to keep up with them.
So far, beside Microsoft security updates, LANguard 9.5 could be used to patch popular applications from Adobe (Flash Player, Acrobat Standard and Professional, Reader and Shockwave Player), Mozilla (Firefox and Thunderbird) and Oracle (Java Runtime Environment).
Starting on July 13, 2010 new applications are added to the supported list:
- Apple QuickTime
- Adobe Air
- Adobe Acrobat Professional Extended
- Opera Browser
The complete list of supported applications is available. Stay tuned however as new applications will be added to the list soon!
If you would like us to consider additional applications for patch management you can submit a request.