Patch work

By eweek  |  Posted 2004-12-20 Print this article Print

Patch work

Software patches may be free, but software patching is expensive. Severe and continual exploits mean that software patching often must be done on the fly, which means that lots of time, energy and, yes, money must be spent fixing new problems that arise when patches are applied to existing issues.

Patching tools help, and vendors such as Shavlik Technologies, BigFix and St. Bernard Software have allowed IT managers to bring some manner of order to patching chaos. But the real answer to the patching problem is to obviate or at least decrease dramatically the need for patches. And the only hope for that is if applications are developed much more carefully from the get-go.

—Cameron Sturdevant

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