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Microsoft Windows Vista Management and Administration by Scott Chimner, James Walker, Andrew Abbate

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Chapter 5. Patching and Keeping Windows Vista Up-to-Date

Understanding Automatic Updating and Patch Management

Patch management is a crucial part of any business’s network processes and procedures, and home computers and home networks are no exception. Technically, patch management encompasses all systems and devices on a network, not just Windows PCs. Routers, servers, mobile phones, applications, and almost every computer device today has some sort of updating process. These updates usually address some sort of security vulnerability, such as a buffer overflow or remote code execution. Organizations and home users need to ensure that systems are patched on a timely basis, thus reducing the window of time in which a vulnerability could be exploited. ...

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