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16 June 2005
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 rapid response 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 45 new patch signatures and 24 updated patch signatures in 14 templates:

  • patch.pw5 (Windows 2000 Professional - 3 new, 3 updated)
  • patch.ps5 (Windows 2000 Server - 3 new, 3 updated)
  • patch.pwx (Windows XP Professional - 9 new, 4 updated)
  • patch.p6s (Windows Server 2003 - 9 new, 4 updated)
  • patch.p3i (Windows Server 2003 for Itanium - 6 new, 3 updated)
  • exchg55.ps4 (Exchange Server 5.5 on NT 4.0 Server - 1 new)
  • exchg55.ps5 (Exchange Server 5.5 on Microsoft Windows 2000 Server - 1 new)
  • ie.pw5 (Internet Explorer on Windows 2000 Professional - 3 new, 3 updated)
  • ie.ps5 (Internet Explorer on Windows 2000 Server - 3 new, 3 updated)
  • ie.pwx (Internet Explorer on Windows XP Professional - 1 new, 1 updated)
  • ie.p6s (Internet Explorer on Windows Server 2003 - 2 new, 1 updated)
  • ie.p3i (Internet Explorer on Windows Server 2003 for Itanium - 1 new)
  • isa2k.ps5 (Internet Security and Acceleration Server on Windows 2000 Server - 1 new)
  • isa2k.p6s (Internet Security and Acceleration Server on Windows Server 2003 - 1 new)
This rapid response policy includes updates to the OS Patches (Patch) module templates that detect new vendor-released patches dated on or before June 16, 2005:
  • 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 vulnerabilities that were disclosed by Microsoft on June 14, 2005.
MS05-025     Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (883939)
MS05-026     Vulnerability in HTML Help Could Allow Remote Code Execution (896358)
MS05-027     Vulnerability in SMB Could Allow Remote Code Execution (896422)
MS05-028     Vulnerability in Web Client Service May Allow Remote Code Execution (896426)
MS05-029     Vulnerability in Outlook Web Access for Exchange Server 5.5 Could Allow Cross-Site Scripting Attacks (895179)
MS05-032     Vulnerability in Microsoft Agent Could Allow Spoofing (890046)
MS05-033     Vulnerability in Telnet Client Could Allow Information Disclosure (896428)
MS05-034     Cumulative Security Update for ISA Server 2000 (899753)

This policy is designed for Symantec ESM agents running SU 18 (and later) versions of the Patch module.

ESM 6.0 and 6.0.1 users: To automatically install, use the link below or use LiveUpdate.

Download OS Patch Policy BestPractice_OS_Patch_Updates_20050616.exe Obsoleted

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

Initial Post on: Thursday, 16-Jun-05 11:19:00
Last modified on: Tuesday, 28-Jun-05 17:18:47