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KB40317 - Changes / Enhancements to patch management solution in 8.1R10 and 8.2R1

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Last Modified Date9/24/2016 7:59 PM
Synopsis
This article provides information about the changes and enhancements made to the patch management solution in 8.1R10 and 8.2R1.
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Starting in Pulse Connect Secure 8.1RX and Pulse Policy Secure 5.1RX, Shavlik patch management solution was deprecated and replaced by OPSWAT.  For more details about the transition, please refer to TSB16374 - Updated: Software Deprecation Announcement - Patch Assessment Support.


What changes or enhancements were made to the patch management solution in 8.1R10 and 8.2R10?

  • Additional granular options to detect missing patches by severity and category
  • Add reason strings to responses to notify end users what specific patches are missing
  • Reason strings are supported in Pulse Client 5.1R10 and above. 

Granular patch detection by severity and/or category enhancement:

Previous behavior:

During the initial release of the patch management solution in 8.1RX, the PCS administrator would configure a patch management policy by selecting the product name.

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During policy evaluation, the endpoint would need to have all possible patches (required and optional) installed to successfully pass the compliance check.

New behavior:

Starting in 8.1R10 and 8.2R1, the PCS administrator has additional granular options to detect missing patches by severity and category.

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This allows the PCS administrator more control over the type of patches that are required to pass the compliance check.  

Note:  For patch management products that do not provide severity and category details, administrator can choose Unknown.  Similar to the previous behavior, this will report all missing patches during the policy evaluation.



Reason string enhancement:

Starting with 8.1R10 and 8.2R1, support was added for reason strings.  This will provide end users with additional information about what specific patches are missing. 

Previous behavior:

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New behavior:

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