With the number of security threats and vulnerabilities on the rise, the hot fixes and updates released by software vendors to address these vulnerabilities is also increasing manifold. It becomes an extremely arduous task for security administrators to cope with the volume and frequency of such patches as the amount of time and effort involved in identifying, testing and installing problem-free patches on vulnerable systems is enormous.
One form of vulnerability remediation on Windows & Linux assets is applying missing patches and service packs & missing packages. Security Manager Plus doubles up as a patch management software here. It identifies missing patches/packages and service packs on vulnerable assets and facilitates downloading patches from vendor site and deploying them on systems that require them - all from a central location.
Windows Patch Management
Security Manager Plus supports Windows patch management for more than 26 languages supported by Microsoft OS and applications. It has its own scanning and patching engine backed by a comprehensive patch database that is updated frequently. You can also use Security Manager Plus to verify the list of Missing and Installed Patches that are reported by other software like WSUS, SMS, etc.
Linux Patch Management
It can also detect missing packages on Linux (Red Hat, Debian, CentOS) systems and install these package updates by interoperating with target system's package management tools (up2date for Red Hat, aptitude for Debian, yum for CentOS).
Support for other Linux distributions can be added by editing patch management scripts from the web console.
In order to use SMP's Linux patch deployment feature, you must ensure that you have a valid support and update subscription license with the different Linux distributions, wherever applicable. It is important that you provide the username/password details for a valid subscription account for the systems to be patched correctly.