IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Secunia PSI 2 Finds and Installs Patches for Installed Applications

 
 
By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2011-01-05
 
 
 

Secunia PSI 2 Finds and Installs Patches for Installed Applications

by Andrew Garcia

Secunia PSI 2 Finds and Installs Patches for Installed Applications

Dashboard History

The new dashboard clearly shows latest security posture assessment, along with historical graphs depicting posture over time and well as aggregate patches relevant to the system. Best of all, the new dashboard doesn't need ActiveX-based Flash anymore.

Dashboard History

Scanning

Leveraging Secunia's vulnerability research, PSI conducts a weekly scan of operating system components and all applications installed, looking for out-of-date or end-of-life applications that could pose a security risk.

Scanning

Auto Updates

New with version 2.0, PSI now can patch certain programs as well as alert status. PSI will attempt to auto-install patches for supported applications or wait for user approval.

Auto Updates

Scan Results

PSI 2.0 now shows all detected applications in a single screen, moving insecure and end-of-life applications to the top of the list. The user can approve installation of patches for supported applications directly from the list.

Scan Results

System Tray

The System Tray icon is now functional in both Windows XP and Windows 7, showing the user a different color depending on system state assessment. Green means 100 percent up-to-date, while red means less than 90 percent up-to-date.

System Tray

Application Details

Users can click on an application from the Scan Results page to access further information about the item.

Application Details

Additional Settings

Users with local admin privilege can control the behavior of PSI 2.0, enabling automatic updates or the Secure Browsing page, or creating Ignore Rules to exempt certain applications status from the results.

Additional Settings

Secure Browsing

Off by default, the Secure Browsing page shows the security posture for all detected installed browsers, reporting unpatched or zero day vulnerabilities in each browser and their installed plugins.

Secure Browsing

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