Patch Issues Become A Headache For Microsoft

Microsoft releases patches to fix common bugs associated with their programs every second Tuesday of the month. Big firms and home users were quick to install patches, as soon as Microsoft released them. However, the latest issues with patches from Microsoft have made them rethink. The latest troubles with security patches occurred in the month of August. The patches were designed to fix the security issues. However, installing the patches created more troubles for the users.

According to Wolfgang Kandek of Qualys, "Each time this happens, it is really bad for the cause because we always tell people to patch as quickly as possible, and these things are real setbacks." He says that even though Microsoft uses most of its resources to release the best patches, and many tests are carried out before the release of a patch, unfortunate things with these patches are recurring.

Last day, Microsoft released an update for its exchange program, which created different troubles for the users. With the installation of the update, the content index feature of the program was broken. The Microsoft problems related to Active directory and kernel still exists.

The chief technology officer of Qualys, Mr Kandek says that "We would argue the risk faced by an organization by not patching security issues due concerns over patch quality will become much larger very quickly when compared to the risk of service disruption or long-term impact from a bad software patch."

Some other experts in the field like Amichai Shulman of Imperva say that with many complexities associated with software programs, it has become unpredictable. This is because patches fail to work together with each other and in turn creates troubles during software updates.

Another major step to overcome these troubles is the use of virtual patching. In this technique, the program tries to find the issues and associated vulnerabilities and takes steps to fix them. This is an effective measure, which will help to keep the patch issues at bay.

The virtual patching technique can be used with the help of Microsoft Active Protection Program, where the company provides details on the vulnerabilities, and later releases the patches. This will help the security providers detect the issues at an early stage and find the patches as and when they are released.

The issues associated with updates have been troubling Microsoft for a long time. Let us hope that the new updates do not create more Microsoft problems with software and patches.

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