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Author Beattie, Steve ♦ Arnold, Seth ♦ Cowan, Crispin ♦ Wagle, Perry ♦ Wright, Chris
Source CiteSeerX
Content type Text
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Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Optimal Uptime ♦ Model Practical Value ♦ Security Vulnerability ♦ Empirical Data ♦ Formal Foundation ♦ Security Patch ♦ Mathematical Model ♦ Security Update
Description Security vulnerabilities are discovered, become publicly known, get exploited by attackers, and patches come out. When should one apply security patches? Patch too soon, and you may suffer from instability induced by bugs in the patches. Patch too late, and you get hacked by attackers exploiting the vulnerability. We explore the factors affecting when it is best to apply security patches, providing both mathematical models of the factors affecting when to patch, and collecting empirical data to give the model practical value. We conclude with a model that we hope will help provide a formal foundation for when the practitioner should apply security updates.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2002-01-01