Are you uptodate? How to be sure ...

By jobeard
Feb 15, 2007
  1. No matter how hard you try to stay current with system updates, you're bound
    to miss something -- even with Automatic Update Notification.

    Secunia has a service that will identify the currency of major applications
    and tell you what is out-of-date! Some results may surprise you (see below)

    The Secunia Software Inspector is located here

    Feature Overview - The Secunia Software Inspector:
    * Detects insecure versions of applications installed
    * Verifies that all Microsoft patches are applied
    * Assists you in updating your system and applications
    * Runs through your browser. No installation or download is required.

    How Does it Work:
    The Secunia Software Inspector relies on carefully crafted "Secunia File Signatures" to
    recognise applications on your system. The detected applications are then matched against
    our "Secunia Advisory Intelligence" to determine whether an application is up-to-date or not.
    The results are then used to advise you on how to update to more secure releases of the insecure applications.

    Microsoft Windows Update is used to determine if your system is missing security updates from Microsoft.

    The Secunia Software Inspector covers the most common/popular end user applications:
    * Internet browsers
    * Internet browser plugins
    * Instant messaging clients
    * Email clients
    * Media players
    * Operating systems
    * View detailed list of applications

    Interesting Findings:
    The screenshots are attached for the Test, Results-Overview and Details.

    Obviously, I need some XP updates! But more interestingly, there are multiple
    versions of Java Runtime Installed (JRE) and Macromedia Flash Player!

    Upon investigation, I found the JREs are independently installed for the
    Developer Suite (JDK) vs the normal Runtime -- this is acceptable (to me).

    Also the Macromedia issue is related to a specific screen saver I love for
    Formula 1 Racing -- so at least I understand how it got here :)

    A secondary benefit of this service then is to identify multiple versions of software
    and to understand (by your analysis) how they got there -- you may need to
    take action to remove some if you did not know they were present.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    And it doesn't require IE to run?! WOW! :D

    Looks like a very cool thing.

    Ran it now and it found some really interesting stuff. Mostly things that programs' updates have left behind. FFS if i "update" a program, it should be clear that I want the old binaries to be removed!

    /me glares at Sun and Macromedia/Adobe
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