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13 October 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.

This patch update for Symantec Enterprise Security Manager reports operating system and application patches for both Windows and UNIX operating systems. There are a total of 83 new patch signatures in 14 templates:

  • patch.ps4 (Windows NT 4 Server)
  • patch.pw5 (Windows 2000 Professional)
  • patch.ps5 (Windows 2000 Server)
  • patch.pwx (Windows XP Professional)
  • patch.p6s (Windows Server 2003)
  • patch.p3i (Windows Server 2003 64-Bit Edition)
  • exchg2k3.ps5 (Exchange Server 2003 on Windows 2000 Server)
  • exchg2k3.p6s (Exchange Server 2003 on Windows Server 2003)
  • ie.pw4 (Internet Explorer)
  • ie.ps4
  • ie.pw5
  • ie.ps5
  • ie.pwx
  • ie.p6s

The rapid response policy includes updates to the OS Patches (Patch) module templates that detect new vendor-released patches dated on or before October 13, 2004:

  • Windows Server 2003 64-bit Edition
  • 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
  • SUSE Linux Standard Server 8
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8

The following applications are also supported:
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)
  • Internet Information Services Web server (IIS)
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Outlook Express
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
This update also includes rapid response support for the detection of a 9 vulnerabilities that were disclosed by Microsoft on October 12, 2004:

MS04-029 Vulnerability in RPC Runtime Library Could Allow Information Disclosure and Denial of Service MS04-030 Vulnerability in WebDAV XML Message Handler Could Lead to a Denial of Service MS04-031 Vulnerability in NetDDE Could Allow Remote Code Execution MS04-032 Security Update for Microsoft Windows MS04-034 Vulnerability in Compressed (zipped) Folders Could Allow Remote Code Execution MS04-035 Vulnerability in SMTP Could Allow Remote Code Execution MS04-036 Vulnerability in NNTP Could Allow Remote Code Execution MS04-037 Vulnerability in Windows Shell Could Allow Remote Code Execution MS04-038 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer

This policy is designed for Symantec ESM agents running SU 17 (and later) versions of the OS Patch module. Symantec ESM agents running SU 16 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.

ESM 5.5 & 6.0 users: To automatically install, use the link below or use LiveUpdate.

Download OS Patch Policy: BestPractice_OS_Patch_Updates_20041012.exeObsoleted

Note: For more information regarding this update, download the OS Patch Policy Release Notes.

Last modified on: Wednesday, 13-Oct-04 16:52:05