Re: Sysadmins and Security Patches

From: Chip McClure (
Date: 05/18/02

Date: Sat, 18 May 2002 13:56:08 -0700 (PDT)
From: Chip McClure <>
To: Stephen Zeigler <>

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Hello Stephen,

- From my experience in smaller, to medium sized organizations, it is
expected that an admin stays current on security patches, as well as
bug-fixes, for the machines that they administer. Having an admin not do
this, or not following security procedures, is in my opinion, highly
detrimental not only to the system, but to that of the network.


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Chip McClure
Sr. Unix Administrator
GigGuardian, Inc.
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On Fri, 17 May 2002, Stephen Zeigler wrote:

> Hi all,
> I would like to get a feel for how other shops handle this issue. I am a
> security admin responsible for keeping about 140 servers, Unix and NT, up to
> date with security patches and hotfixes. This isn't my only responsibility
> and I'd like to get the sys admins more involved in keeping their servers
> patched. I love my job - but more stuff keeps landing on my plate. How is
> this best handled? Is it reasonable to expect sysadmins to install security
> patches? Thx

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