Windows Distributing Third-Party Patches
It's relatively easy to keep Windows systems patched, thanks to the Microsoft Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). The problem is in remembering to check and update many critical third-party applications installed on Windows systems.
That might be changing for the better, at least if you use Secunia's authenticated internal vulnerability scanner, Corporate Software Inspector (CSI) 4.0.
According to news out of Copenhagen yesterday, the latest version of CSI is integrated into WSUS, which will provide simplified patch management of third-party programs.
Making critical patches easier to find and apply is always a good thing, particularly in light of some of the recent major security holes in programs like Firefox and Cisco's IOS. Hopefully, this move will pave the way for other companies to use the Windows update systems for critical patch application.