Patch Management

Vendors are often in too big a hurry to get something released—anything, in fact—that will plug up some hole just found in their product, even if it means breaking a thing or two in the process. That “thing” they might break, or disable, or remove, in the name of counteracting a vulnerability, may bring your business to a standstill. Pick your favorite DBMS or messaging application and take a look at the list of patches, and then the patches-for-the-patches, that were released over the last five years. Ask your DBA how often a patch breaks some obscure function of a critical application. The same obscure function that just happens to be the favorite function-of-choice for your developers, and, of course, the one function the ...

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