Testing patches for vulnerabilties

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Before installing a patch on any environment, a patch should be tested amongst other things for application testing and other conflicts. Should a patch not be tested for vulnerabilities to assess whether it is worth  the risk of applying the patch? I know patches tend to close a bigger whole that was presented previously by other configurations however don't you thing patches should be tested for vulnerabilities?
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Yes. But just look at Microsoft’s patch history… Many of their patches have gone on to cause other problems. It may not be that they were not tested but their quality assurance team is not doing their job thoroughly.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Yes, patches should be tested for vulnerabilities before applying. It keeps the system safe/secure. Also this procedure can help to apply the system with more enhancing way. But for what is the reference of your query.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I don't know of any business environment where IT and security teams would have time to do this. Most people can't even keep up with the patches themselves much less take things to the next level to see what security vulnerabilities they might pose.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    One more thing, don't deploy patches frequently, else users feel irritate and this will decrease main application's usability. However important patches are always necessary to increase product\s utilities.
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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    Of course testing a patch for any kind of vulnerabilities is very important. After QC the patch must be tested in a closed environment of real users before releasing it to production.
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