Sneak Peek: Free Third-Party Application Patching

Brad Hibbert, September 27th, 2011

Third-party client side exploits continue to be a favored attack vector especially in widely deployed tools like Adobe Reader and Internet browsers. Recent studies show that third-party programs are responsible for 69% of the vulnerabilities on a typical endpoint.

Unfortunately, for many smaller companies the process of identifying these vulnerabilities and then efficiently patching them is a difficult task, especially when limited budgets restrict the purchase of automated tools.

If you find yourself in a similar situation – help is on the way! In a couple of weeks eEye will be releasing two significant offerings to the security community.

First, we will be expanding our Free Retina Network Community beyond our standalone scanner to our Retina CS Management Console (which provides centralized vulnerability management – across all locations and assets). Retina CS Community will enable organizations to scan up to 128 assets and perform unified vulnerability discovery, prioritization, and patching – for free.

From a patching perspective, this will enable organizations to better prioritize remediation efforts with a completely integrated and automated solution for approving and tracking patch deployments for both Windows and third-party applications including Adobe and Firefox.

The Retina CS Community version is a robust solution that will require SQL Server to support its power, so it will take a little more technical skill and effort to get it up and running compared to the standalone Retina Network Community scanner. However, I think once you see the benefits of a management console, you will find it was time well spent. And, we’ll provide lots of resources to get you installed.

Now, if you do not want to install Retina CS Community, but still want to use the standalone Retina Network Community scanner – no problem. Retina Network Community will still be available at no cost, but will also be expanded from 32 to 128 IPs! Additionally a new third-party patch audit group has been added to the standalone Retina Network scanner so that you can scan your environment to see how many third-party applications you have.

We realize that performing integrated patch deployment and verification can sometimes be challenging given budgetary restrictions and hope that this offering can help protect your organization without breaking the bank. If you are technically savvy and find benefit in Retina CS Community, please let us know, and please lend a hand to support other community members who may not have your experience and knowledge through our Community Forums.

What additional third-party applications would you like to have available for patching? Take a quick poll.