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Configuration scanning to determine applicable software maintenance

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242020D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

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Abstract

A method for configuration scanning to determine applicable software maintenance is disclosed.

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Configuration scanning to determine applicable software maintenance

Disclosed is a method for configuration scanning to determine applicable software maintenance.

In large scale enterprise computing environments, it can be difficult for system administrators to become aware of important software maintenance updates. This difficulty may extend to processing large amounts of data about available software fixes and determining what is applicable and necessary for their specific environment and configuration. Software vendors frequently publish patches, fixes, security updates, and other types of maintenance. Many of these updates address problems that only impact a small percentage of the install base. For example, a specific configuration setting must be enabled or other specific conditions must exist within the environment in order for a problem to occur. There is currently no simple method for system administrators to identify specific software updates that may be applicable to their specific environment and configuration.

There currently exist many scanning tools that search a software installation or environment to determine if a specific list of updates have been installed and recommend updates that have not been installed. However, these lack the ability to identify specific criteria that must exist in order for the software installation to be vulnerable to the problem that is corrected by the update and scan the installation to determine if these criteria are met and recommend a custom list of necessary updates.

Disclosed is a more customized update detection mechanism which scans an end user's system and/or software in order to determine if certain conditions are met for

which a particular update or updates would then be recommended to resolve. Software vendors may include a set of criteria packaged with software maintenance updates that describes the conditions that must exist in an installation of that software in order for it to be vulnerable to the problem that the software update addresses. This criteria can include, but is not limited to: configuration settings, operating system on which the software is running, other software that is installed in the environment, and types of applications that are running on the software. This set of criteria would...