About third-party software updates
Oct 23, 2023
Kaspersky Security Center Cloud Console enables you to manage updates of third-party software installed on managed devices and fix vulnerabilities in Microsoft applications and other software makers' products through installation of required updates.
Kaspersky Security Center Cloud Console searches for updates through the Find vulnerabilities and required updates task. When this task is complete, Administration Server receives the lists of detected vulnerabilities and required updates for the third-party software installed on the devices that you specified in the task properties. After viewing information about available updates, you can install them on devices.
Kaspersky Security Center Cloud Console updates some applications by removing the previous version of the application and installing the new one.
A user interaction may be required when you update a third-party application or fix a vulnerability in a third-party application on a managed device. For example, the user may be prompted to close the third-party application if it's currently open.
For security reasons, any third-party software updates that you install by using the Vulnerability and patch management feature are automatically scanned for malware by Kaspersky technologies. These technologies are used for automatic file check and include virus scan, static analysis, dynamic analysis, behavior analysis in the sandbox environment, and machine learning.
Kaspersky experts do not perform manual analysis of third-party software updates that can be installed by using the Vulnerability and patch management feature. In addition, Kaspersky experts do not search for vulnerabilities (known or unknown) or undocumented features in such updates, as well as do not perform other types of analysis of the updates other than the specified in the paragraph above.
Tasks for installation of third party software updates
When metadata of the third-party software updates is downloaded to the repository, you can install the updates on client devices by using the following tasks:
- The Install required updates and fix vulnerabilities task
This task is used to install updates for Microsoft applications, including the updates provided by the Windows Update service, and updates of other vendors' products.
When this task is complete, the updates are installed on the managed devices automatically. When metadata of new updates is downloaded to the Administration Server repository, Kaspersky Security Center Cloud Console checks whether the updates meet the criteria specified in the update rules. All new updates that meet the criteria will be downloaded and installed automatically at the next task run.
- The Install Windows Update updates task
This task can be used to install Windows Update updates only.
When this task is complete, only those updates that are specified in the task properties are installed. In future, if you want to install new updates, you must add the required updates to the list of updates in the existing task or create an Install Windows Update updates task.
The software update installation tasks have a number of limitations. These limitations depend on the license under which you are using Kaspersky Security Center Cloud Console and on the mode in which Kaspersky Security Center Cloud Console is working.