Secure software distribution system

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Authenticating and upgrading system software plays a critical role in information security, yet practical tools for assessing and installing software are lacking in today`s marketplace. The Secure Software Distribution System (SSDS) will provide automated analysis, notification, distribution, and installation of security patches and related software to network-based computer systems in a vendor-independent fashion. SSDS will assist with the authentication of software by comparing the system`s objects with the patch`s objects. SSDS will monitor vendor`s patch sites to determine when new patches are released and will upgrade system software on target systems automatically. This paper describes the design of SSDS. Motivations ... continued below

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Bartoletti, T.; Dobbs, L.A. & Kelley, M. February 1, 1997.

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Authenticating and upgrading system software plays a critical role in information security, yet practical tools for assessing and installing software are lacking in today`s marketplace. The Secure Software Distribution System (SSDS) will provide automated analysis, notification, distribution, and installation of security patches and related software to network-based computer systems in a vendor-independent fashion. SSDS will assist with the authentication of software by comparing the system`s objects with the patch`s objects. SSDS will monitor vendor`s patch sites to determine when new patches are released and will upgrade system software on target systems automatically. This paper describes the design of SSDS. Motivations behind the project, the advantages of SSDS over existing tools as well as the current status of the project are also discussed. 2 figs.

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  • National information systems security conference, Baltimore, MD (United States), 7 Oct 1997

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  • Other: DE98050913
  • Report No.: UCRL-JC--123354
  • Report No.: CONF-971034--
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 575153
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc694247

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Bartoletti, T.; Dobbs, L.A. & Kelley, M. Secure software distribution system, article, February 1, 1997; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc694247/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.