Patching Multiple Linux Distros

The importance of patch management has come into focus following the increase in malware and ransomware attacks over the past couple of years. As you already know, the attacks are simply a byproduct of the real challenge we’re currently facing for data security.

Both workforces and infrastructures have become decentralized. Employees access the network 24/7 from a variety of devices. Cloud infrastructure is used in 95% of companies. Multiple operating systems are common. 3rd party software applications are accessible to everyone, and downloaded without IT’s knowledge.

Quite simply, there has never been a more difficult time to stay patched. Microsoft provides its own solutions and a few automated patching tools can support Mac devices or 3rd party software application. Unfortunately, patching Linux has continued to be a tedious and time-consuming task.

As a free open source alternative, Linux has gained market share and now powers a large portion of today’s servers, as well as mobile devices and even workstations. The same reason it has become more common also presents security challenges.

Linux is distributed by multiple providers including Ubuntu, RedHat, SUSE, among others. Thus, patching Linux isn’t as simple or straightforward as patching Windows or Mac.

It is estimated that there are 500 active Linux distros tailored to different needs, from large, commercial vendors to open-source distributions that are maintained by the Linux community. While all distros are backed by the same source code, they each have unique attributes that make patching the different variations of Linux extremely challenging.

One challenge of Linux patching is that the open-source codebase allows thousands of contributors to introduce new security flaws. With over 20 million lines of code, there are often more than 10,000 patches in each kernel release.

Another unique challenge of Linux is the fact that many companies will use several Linux distros, which makes for an incredibly complex patching process. While individual vendors such as RedHat offer patches for their own Linux distro, they are not effective for other distros and also require you to manually download and apply all updates.

Until recently, companies may have been patching Linux irregularly using vendor-provided tools. But as targeted exploits have grown, the need for a central Linux patching solution has increased.

Automox was built with today’s modern multi-OS environments in mind. You can patch Linux along with Windows and Mac OS X from a single dashboard. As a cloud native solution, Automox works across all of your servers and workstations, regardless of physical location.

Once you deploy the lightweight agent, you have full visibility of each endpoint, including the 3rd party software included on each.

The powerful policy engine allows you create specific patching policies, group endpoints to easier manage like devices, manage configuration settings, and even deploy and blacklist software. Detailed reporting is available at the click of a button. Now you can provide current patch status to stakeholders in real time.

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