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It's Patch Tuesday! *grrr*

It's days like today that I dispise. One of the things I primarily deal with is security issues related to desktops at my company. Part of that is dealing with the monthly Microsoft security bulletins, which regularly come out on the second Tuesday of the month. Because of some efforts I put forth at work, I do the initial work of evaluating each security bulletin, determining impacts to both desktops and servers (mind you, I'm a *desktop* person...), determining what our actions will be for desktops and servers, and documenting all of this.

Normally, this isn't a big deal. There are usually a handful of security bulletins that get published about 10 am local time, and I can rip through them easily before lunch. Today, however, will not be so easy. Today, there are TWELVE frackin' security bulletins. To put this in context, for the months of January through May, there were a total of twenty security bulletins, one of which was released out of cycle. So that's an average of four a month.

Needless to say, the average will be going up after today. *mutter mumble*

The icon today -- "Who do you serve and who do you trust?" -- seems tragicly appropriate and wins out over the Shadow icon.

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mizcrank
Jun. 13th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
when are they going to send you to the evil empire Microsoft campus in Mtn View?
rialtus
Jun. 13th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
Frankly, I have a better chance of getting to Redmond than I do to Mountain View.
mizcrank
Jun. 13th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
why is that?
rialtus
Jun. 14th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
Nothing happens at the Mountain View Microsoft office that doesn't also happen at the LA, Irvine, or San Diego offices -- all of which I visit several times a year.
cahwyguy
Jun. 13th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
I do the initial work of evaluating each security bulletin, determining impacts to both desktops and servers (mind you, I'm a *desktop* person...), determining what our actions will be for desktops and servers, and documenting all of this.

A very important job. It is a critical part of the certification and sustainment process. There's also the whole regression testing issue.

Did you see my recent post on ACSAC tutorials? You might find the conference of interest.
rialtus
Jun. 14th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
Oh I don't mean to imply it's not important, just ... irritating sometimes. We've been too far behind the 8-ball on sustainment, but are coming to speed on that with some better installation and reporting tools.

I had previously scanned your ACSAC post, but I'll cut back and actually read it this time. =)
dorwrath
Jun. 13th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
love the icon lol
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