SolarWinds Cautions IT World to Deploy Effective Patch Management to Java-Run Environments

SolarWinds Cautions IT World to Deploy Effective Patch Management to Java-Run 
Underemphasized Flaws in Earlier Java Versions Could Impede Business
Continuity Without Proper Attention 
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 02/05/13 --   SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a
leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software,
today reiterated a reminder to IT professionals on the importance of
keeping all patches for third party applications up to date in light
of the recent Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 7 vulnerabilities.  
"In the past, patch concerns were primarily about fixing bugs in the
product, but organizations not applying security patches to Windows,
Flash, Java, and many other third party apps are now prime targets
for infestations," said Lawrence Garvin, SolarWinds Head Geek and
patch management expert. "What's more, all vulnerabilities have a
history. And in the case of Java, it's important to remember that
only 18 of the issues identified since Java 7's release are unique to
Java 7. 
"Of the 84 vulnerabilities identified since Java 7's release, 66 of
them also existed in Java 6, while 40 still exist in Java 5 and will
never be fixed. The history of these vulnerabilities is an example
that underscores the importance of diligent and continuous patch
nt in every business environment." 
Garvin said the press coverage around Java 7's security issues may be
influencing some organizations to fail to upgrade their Java 6
installations to Java 7, thinking that Java 7 is flawed, when in fact
the entire core of the Java platform has vulnerabilities. 
Oracle has announced that no new updates will be forthcoming for Java
6 after February 2013, so that any additional vulnerability
discovered in Java 7 -- and also existing in Java 6 -- will never be
patched after that time. 
In an effort to help enable IT professionals to manage any exposure
they may have to the JRE 7 vulnerability, SolarWinds recently updated
SolarWinds Patch Manager, its patch management solution. Now, all IT
professionals can fully deploy the latest Java Runtime Environment
(JRE) 7 patch to their environments using the 30-day free trial
version of this product. 
How to Deploy the JRE 7 Patch Using SolarWinds Patch Manager 
Step 1: Download the free 30-day SolarWinds Patch Manager evaluation. 
Step 2: Configure SolarWinds Patch Manager using the Evaluation
 Step 3: For WSUS, approve the update for installation. For
ConfigMgr, add the update to an existing Deployment Package. 
For more information on the history of Java's vulnerabilities and
steps to manage exposure, check out Garvin's blog post, "How Bad is
the State of Java, Really?," in, a thwack community
space for Microsoft and third-party patch updates, tips and
peer-to-peer discussion. 
Garvin also shared his findings with Brian Krebs of KrebsonSecurity,
who validated the research and shared them in a blog post over the
weekend, "Critical Java Update Fixes 50 Security Holes." 
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