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March Patch Madness
This has been a fun month with all the Daylight Saving Time patching from a myriad of vendors.  (I wonder if anyone has done a study to see how much energy we burned preparing to save three more weeks of daylight?)

Although Microsoft is the favorite whipping boy in these situations, they weren't the only vendor that was slow to provide solid guidance or patches across their platforms.  Actually, they did well on the OS level, but Exchange and Outlook patches felt like they were being changed hourly at one point.

We had to deal with patches from Sun, RIM (Blackberry), Oracle, and Apple -- among other large vendors -- and they weren't all timely or bug-free.  They all need to improve in this area.

Quite possibly because of all this activity, Microsoft has elected to .  Another reason could be the (including R2) and XP x64 edition.

, with fixes for both OS 10.3 and 10.4.   Apple has been rather busy with security fixes, of late.

Now, that had previously been deemed a low-priority vulnerability with some DoS potential, but which now has a proof of concept (PoC) exploit which provides local elevation of rights.

Let's hope that more businesses will take the time to dedicate some time each month, across all business units, to ensure maintenance of the technology that is very critical to their business.  This includes patch management, and not just enhancements...

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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 7:17 AM by Logik!

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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.