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Method and System for Detection and Deployment of Software Patches

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201019D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-04
Document File: 5 page(s) / 84K

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Abstract

A method and system is provided for detection and deployment of software patches.

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Method and System for Detection and Deployment of Software Patches

Disclosed is a method and system for detection and deployment of software patches.

The method and system disclosed herein scans software patch servers and one or more neighboring computers connected via a network to a client computer for available software patches. The information of the available software patches on the software patch servers and the one or more neighboring computers is thus detected. If the software patch servers or the one or more neighboring computers contain an updated version of a software patch currently present on the client computer, then the updated software patch is downloaded and deployed on the client computer.

Fig. 1 illustrates a flowchart of a method for downloading and deploying a software patch on a client computer. A local software patch version (patch information) stored on the client computer is discovered and broadcasted. The local software patch information is broadcasted to the servers and the one or more neighboring computers.

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Thereafter, available software patches in the software patch servers and the one or more neighboring computers corresponding to the broadcasted local software patch information are detected as illustrated in Fig. 2. Accordingly, software patch lists are collected from the servers and the one or more neighboring computers. Software patch versions in the lists are compared with the local software patch version. In case there are newer software patches that are available in the lists, a list of software patches that are needed to update the client computer is created and notified to the client computer. On receiving the notification, the code for the software patch is verified from the server. Further, if the client computer...