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25 January, 2008
Symantec Enterprise Security Manager™ Patches module


The Patches 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 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 UNIX operating system. There are a total of 2118 new patch signatures and 183 updated patch signatures in 7 templates.

Note: The Patch templates have been created based on available information as on 18 January, 2008.

The new templates are as follows:

  • patch.ph1 (HP HP-UX 10.20-11.11 - 302 new, 59 updated)
  • patch.ph2 (HP HP-UX 11.23 - 180 new, 54 updated)
  • patch.plx (RedHat Linux and Enterprise Linux - 412 new, 68 updated)
  • patch.ps5 (Microsoft Windows 2000 Server - 1 updated)
  • patch.ps6 (Sun Solaris 2.6+ - 27 new)
  • patch.psl (SUSE Linux - 1197 new)
  • patch.pw5 (Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional - 1 updated)

This rapid response policy includes updates to the Patches module templates that detect new vendor-released patches on the following operating systems:

  • HP-UX
  • AIX
  • Solaris
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and 10
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and 10 for Itanium Processor Family
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and 10 PPC64
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and 10 for AMD64 and EM64T (x86_64)
See the Symantec Enterprise Security Manager Data Sheet:
[link: http://eval.veritas.com/mktginfo/enterprise/fact_sheets/ent-factsheet_enterprise_security_manager_6.5_06-2005.en-us.pdf] for specific version information.

This policy is designed for Symantec ESM agents running SU24 (and later) versions of the Patch module.

For SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 PPC64 support, the minimum requirement is SU31 on ESM agents.

ESM 6.0, 6.1.1 and 6.5 users: To automatically install, use the link below or use LiveUpdate.

Download Patch Policy BestPractice_OS_Patch_Updates_20080125.exe

For agents earlier than 6.5, use the LiveUpdate package entitled, Patch Policies OS Patches for 5.5/ 6.0
For 6.5 agents and later, use the LiveUpdate package entitled, Patch Policies OS Comprehensive

Note: For more information regarding this update, download the Patch Policy Release Notes <pup_rn.pdf>.

Last modified on: Friday, 25-Jan-08 07:04:19