How can I test security patches released by Microsoft?

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What are some of the tools can be used for security patches testing?

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Usually there is no major need to test Microsoft security patches. On a rare occasion,  a patch may cause another issue. In this case we can roll back and remove it in most cases. It all depends on what the patch fixes. Some are easy to test, like a fix to the Office products and require no tools, others are much harder and time consuming to test. This is where we have to put our trust in Microsoft.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Why this is necessary for you? Why did you need to test MS security patch? Is this your class assignment. Or real business work?
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Are you looking to test for security flaws to make sure that the patches have been applied? Or, are you looking to test the patches themselves? And what would you be testing them for?
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  • akkijalo
    I want to test the security patches, for any malware activity or bug before pushing to my network.
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  • ToddN2000
    I guess it depends on how the patches are distributed. If you get a file to install the patches you could scan that file/EXE or what ever format with a good AV program. It the patches are done automatically through the application I don't think there is much you can do before it gets installed. It the patch is coming in from a company and it contained malware they would not be in business long.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Is there no anti-virus program on your system? Probably you downloaded the patches and keep in a drive/HDD. Whatever it is, it is better to scan/check for viruses (however this is not necessary as these are from Microsoft), by downloading a good anti-virus program like MWAV (a free/an emergency virus scanning tool) and make sure about that.
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  • 8586virat
    You may have a look on this article: https://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/answer/Testing-a-security-patch
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