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24 October, 2008
Symantec Enterprise Security Manager™ Patches module


The Patches module checks for the presence of operating system and application patches that strengthen the system security. The patch information is stored in the patch templates.

Symantec updates the patch templates with the Symantec ESM policy installer. This ensures that the updated Patch templates for supported operating systems and applications are available for the policies that are delivered with the Security Update releases. Installing this update adds or updates the Patches policy and the associated template files on the Symantec ESM manager.

This rapid response patch update for Symantec Enterprise Security Manager reports the operating systems and application patches for Windows.

There are a total of 17 new patch signatures in 11 templates.

The summary of the updates is as follows:

  • patch.p3i (Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for 64-Bit Itanium-based Systems - 2 new)
  • patch.p64 (Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions - 2 new)
  • patch.p6s (Microsoft Windows Server 2003 - 2 new)
  • patch.p8i (Microsoft Windows 2008 for Itanium-based Systems - 1 new)
  • patch.p8s (Microsoft Windows 2008 - 1 new)
  • patch.ps5 (Microsoft Windows 2000 Server - 1 new)
  • patch.ps8 (Microsoft Windows 2008 x64 Editions - 1 new)
  • patch.pw5 (Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional - 1 new)
  • patch.pwv (Microsoft Windows Vista - 2 new)
  • patch.pwx (Microsoft Windows XP Professional - 2 new)
  • patch.pxw (Microsoft Windows Vista for x64 - 2 new)
This rapid response policy includes updates to the Patches module templates that detect new vendor-released patches on the following operating systems:

  • Windows Vista Enterprise 32-bit
  • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit (Opteron and EM64T)
  • Windows Server 2003 and 2008 64-bit (Opteron and EM64T)
  • Windows Server 2003 and 2008
  • Windows Server 2003 and 2008 (Itanium)
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Windows 2000 Professional

See the Symantec Enterprise Security Manager Data Sheet link:
[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.

The following applications are also supported:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)
  • Internet Information Services Web server (IIS)
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server
  • Microsoft Outlook Express
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player
  • Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services
    This policy is designed for Symantec ESM agents running SU 24 (and later) versions of the Patch module.

    For Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 32-bit and 64-bit (Opteron and EM64T) support, the minimum requirement is SU 30 on ESM agents. For SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 PPC64 support, the minimum requirement is SU 31 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_2008.10.03.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 <Symantec_ESM_Patch_Policy_Release_Notes_2008.10.03.pdf>.

    Last modified on: Friday, 24-Oct-08 08:41:19