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Old 21st April, 2009, 06:00 PM
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Secunia Pushes For Standard That Updates Consumer Apps

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Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Danish security firm asks software vendors to help build common application that handles all third-party application updates and patching

Apr 21, 2009 | 08:52 AM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins

SAN FRANCISCO -- RSA CONFERENCE 2009 -- Danish security firm Secunia is attempting to rally other software vendors to develop an industry-standard tool that automatically updates all applications on a consumer's PC. [Front page...]
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Old 23rd April, 2009, 12:21 PM
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Maybe they should take a look here: Package management system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Could give them a few hints
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Windows already has package management - it's called "Add/remove software".

Some vendors just ship the patch to an application, rather than shipping a whole new copy of the application. That does make sense, especially if an application is large, and the patch is small.

Thing is, vendors would need to agree to use the same system for marking which patches are installed. Even Linux can't do that - it requires each one of the distributions to figure out, and then package up files from the upstream source.
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