| By Susan Bradley |
This month’s security patches were fairly few in number, but bulky updates for Vista and OneCare have caused some “interesting” side effects.
For some people, it wasn’t until days after Patch Tuesday that notifications became visible that patches were ready for Vista machines.
Update indicators confuse harried admins
This past week, I traveled to Sydney, Australia, for the Trend-sponsored SMB Security Summit.
When I travel, I usually don’t install any patches on my laptop the week before I leave, unless there’s a real good reason for doing so. In the week after Patch Tuesday on Nov. 13, I found it very interesting that it took quite a while for my Vista laptop to indicate that patches I knew were available were ready to be installed.
Each time I shut down my laptop, there was a clear indicator that a few patches were all ready to be installed upon shutdown. I have my laptop set for “Download but do not install,” so the patches are downloaded in the background, and then an indicator in the system tray says they’re ready to be installed. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. The update indicator after patches have been downloaded.
This time, I didn’t see any patch indicator, although I knew patches had been released. But when I went to reboot my system, the icon on the hibernate button indicated that some patches were, indeed, ready to be installed.