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13 April 2004
Symantec Enterprise Security Manager™ OS Patches (Patch) module

The OS Patches (Patch) module checks for the presence of operating system and application patches that strengthen system security. Patch information is stored in Patch templates.

Symantec updates Patch templates with the Symantec ESM policy installer. This ensures that updated Patch templates for supported operating systems and applications are available for policies that are delivered with Security Update releases. Installing this update adds or updates the OS Patches policy and associated template files on the Symantec ESM manager.

The policy includes updates to the OS Patches (Patch) module templates that detect new vendor-released patches dated on or before April 7, 2004 for Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows NT 4 Server, Windows NT 4 Workstation, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, Red Hat Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Standard Server 8. The following applications are also supported: Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), Internet Information Services Web server (IIS), SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Outlook Express.

This policy is designed for Symantec ESM agents running SU17 (and later) versions of the OS Patch module. Symantec ESM agents running SU16 are acceptable but not recommended. Due to a modification in the method used to extract version information, SU 17 or greater is required for Windows NT.

This update includes rapid response support for the detection of multiple vulnerabilities that were disclosed by Microsoft on April 13, 2004.

MS04-011, Security Update for Microsoft Windows
MS04-012, Cumulative Update for Microsoft RPC/DCOM
MS04-013, Cumulative Security Update for Outlook Express
MS04-014, Vulnerability in the Microsoft Jet Database Engine Could Allow Code Execution

ESM 5.5 & 6.0 users: Use the link below or use LiveUpdate to automatically install this policy.

Download OS Patch Policy: BestPractice_OS_Patch_Updates_20040413.exe Obsoleted

Last modified on: Wednesday, 21-Apr-2004 11:22:07 PDT
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